With a 4-3 loss to the National Central Champion Cincinnati Reds Sunday afternoon the Pittsburgh Pirates clinched their 20th consecutive losing season.
The Pirates’ last winning season was all the way back in 1992 when they won 96 games in the regular season and came within one game of reaching the World Series.
The 2012 Pirates progressed record wise slightly from 90-loss 2011 season that came to a crashing burn following a blown call by Jerry Meals in a marathon 19 inning game .
Who is to blame of the collapse of the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates? Continue reading
The Philadelphia Phillies are the 2011 PA State Champs.
2011 battle of Pennsylvania results:
6/3 Pirates 2, Phillies 1 (12 innings) from PNC Park
6/4 Pirates 6, Phillies 3 from PNC Park
6/5 Phillies 7, Pirates 3 from PNC Park
7/29 Phillies 10, Pirates 3 from Citizens Bank Park
7/30 Phillies 7, Pirates 4 from Citizens Bank Park
7/31 Phillies 6, Pirates 5 (10 innings) from Citizens Bank Park
Phillies win season series, 4-2.
The Phillies win their first state championship in 2 seasons.
The Pirates and Phillies renew their rivalry tonight when Pittsburgh’s Charlie Morton takes on Philadelphia’s Charlie Morton.
Both cities take their sports seriously and don’t share much in common other than the state they are located in and the animosity they have for each other.
The past few years have given us some classic Keystone State Clashes, lets look back at a few.
Who can forget 2009 when Pennsylvania was home to 3 of the 4 major sports trophies.
11/7/2004 – Behind a stellar defensive effort and a rookie named “Ben” the Steelers rip through the undefeated Eagles.
5/18/2008 – The Penguins run the Flyers out of the Igloo on their way to an Eastern Conference Title.
9/22/2008 – Ben Roethlisberger was in for a rough afternoon as the Eagles defense sacked him 9 times en route to 15-6 victory. The Steelers however, had the final laugh as they lifted the Lombardi at the end of 2009.
6/25/2009 – Pittsburgh, behind Sidney Crosby, rallys from 3 goals down in Philadelphia to win Game 6 and move on to the 2nd Round.
7/12/2009 – Matt Capps blows a 4 Run lead in the 9th, ending in a Paul Bako walk off single at Citizen’s Bank Park.
8/25/2009 – An Andrew McCutchen error proved costly in the 9th allowing the Phillies to tie the game. Sweet redemption came in the form of a 2-Run walkoff HR in the home half of the inning off Brad Lidge.
10/7/2010 – Behind a stellar effort by “Bob” the Flyers spoil the debut of the Penguins new home, the Consol Energy Center.