Billy Hamilton steals one of two bases today against the Pirates. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a chance to clinch the playoffs today, but instead got hammered by the Cincinnati Reds. However, the Nationals split a double-header with the Marlins and the Cardinals lost to the Brewers, so not much changed in the playoff race. The magic number for the playoffs is two, and the Pirates enter the final week of the season tied with the Reds for the Wild Card, with both teams sitting two games back from the Cardinals.
NL Central
Brewers 6, Cardinals 3

Reds 11, Pirates 3

The Cardinals lost a game in the standings, however the Pirates couldn't capitalize. Instead of moving to within one game of St. Louis, the Pirates moved back to a tie for second place with the R...

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