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First Pitch: Indianapolis is Finished, Are the Pirates Finished Too?

First Pitch: Indianapolis is Finished, Are the Pirates Finished Too?

The Indianapolis Indians were eliminated from the International League playoffs tonight, ending their season. That also wraps up the minor league season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The major league season has a little less than a month to go. But do the Pirates have anything left to play for?

I've got to be honest here. I didn't watch much of the last two games. On Friday I was driving down to Raleigh to visit some friends. When I checked the score, the game looked out of reach, and that was before the Cubs had 12 runs. My first thought after seeing the one hit the Pirates had was "Jeff Samardzija must be on the mound". My thought when I saw it was Travis Wood on the mound was "Who the hell is Travis Wood?".

Today, Samardzija was on the mound, and while he didn't take a one hitter in to the ninth inning, he did pitch a complete game to take the series from the Pirates.

I didn't watch much of either game, which gives me a different perspective. I checked Twitter after each game, and ...

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