By Chad Carlson
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Last night’s 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds marked the first time the Pirates won 70 or more games in season since 2004. That being said, the Bucs need to finish the 2011 season against the Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers with a record of 3-2 to avoid a 90-loss season.
Tonight, the bats were working, Brad Lincoln gave a strong-willed performance, and the Bucs knocked off the Reds again by a score of 4-3 at
. PNC Park
Josh Harrison had four hits to lead the Bucs past the Reds, assuring them of a losing season a year after they won the N.L. Central.
The bullpen, aside from Jose Veras, pitched scoreless baseball. Jason Grilli gave Joel Hanrahan the night off, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.
It was a great night at
, as the Pirates played a well-received game by the nearly packed house. While it’s certainly been and up-and-down year for the Bucs, it’s nice to see them finish off their disappointing home schedule with a series victory. PNC Park
They’ll go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, as James McDonald will take the hill looking for his 10th win of the season. First pitch for the final game at
in 2011 is slated for 1:35pm. PNC Park
Record Vs. Reds: 10-4
Record Vs. N.L. Central: 38-38
Record At Home: 36-44
Overall Record: 71-87
Let’s Go Bucs!