The Pirates return to Petco Park, where a Padres sweep last August put the collapse in motion.
Fans who keep a close eye on the calendar may notice the Pirates' August déjà vu.
On Sunday, August 19, 2012, the Pirates won a 19-inning game over the St. Louis Cardinals, then traveled to San Diego. The Padres swept the Bucs and Petco, and Pittsburgh started into a tailspin of 23 losses in 30 games.
On Sunday, August 18, 2013, the Pirates lost a 16-inning game to the Arizona Diamondbacks, then traveled to San Diego. That date might be familiar to you as "yesterday." Not that the players will place any cosmic significance on this quirk of the schedule. First baseman Garrett Jones merely laughed when he was told about the one-day-off coincidence.
"Didn't even notice, didn't even think about that. It's just one of those things," Jones said, a veteran of four previous August's with the Pirates. "We're not really thinking about that too much. It's a grind at this part of the season. ...
James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship and Allan Malamud Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he promises to write in first-person.