After getting swept from Chicago over the weekend in Pittsburgh, Manager Clint Hurdle was repetitive with what needed to be done to get the Pirates out of their rough stretch.

“Everything is in front of us,” Hurdle said on Sunday after the loss. “We need to win games. You don’t need more incentives than being in the place we’re in right now. You need to win more games."

The Pirates kicked off a three game set against first place Cincinnati in a big series needing to make ground. They entered game action just 2.5 back of St. Louis, despite losing 20 of their last 29 games. With 23 games left of the regular season, the Bucs need to get hot during the stretch, but lost a heart breaker in extras on Monday.

After the bullpen battled over 6.1 scoreless frames against the Reds' tough off...

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