Heading in to 2012 it was 19-consecutive losing seasons since the Pirates have fielded a winning team in Pittsburgh. And after a painful loss from a blown save and a bad base running blunder, that streak was extended to twenty.

From where the Pirates were on July 28th -- sitting at 58-42 and a season-high 16 games over .500, on pace to win 94 games -- to where they are on September 30th has been a heartbreaking collapse. The team that was at once at the top the National League Central, to batting alongside St. Louis for the second spot in the Wild Card hunt just a few weeks ago, to needing to win six straight out to finish above .500, have seen it all slip away on Sunday.

"Nobody saw that coming," Garrett Jones said, who belted his 26th long ball of the season in the loss. "Everyone’...

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