On July 28th after sweeping the Houston Astros on the road, the Pirates were sitting at a season-high 16 game over .500 and just two games behind the National League Central leading Cincinnati Reds. However, since then, the club has taken a nose dive.

After being defeated 3-1 to Milwaukee on Wednesday at PNC Park, the Pirates saw themselves drop to 74-74 on the season. Not since June 2nd had the Bucs been sitting at .500 (26-26).

"We haven’t played well," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "It’s been a while. We had earned the position we earned before, we’ve earned this position as well. The season is 162 games for a reason."

"We’ve talked about finishing from the start of spring training. We’ve got to finish. We’ve got to find ways to finish, to continue to work, continue to play, conti...

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