It was good experience for both teams last night at Wrigley Field.
By scoring a run in the 9th inning, after a 21-years of October golf, the Pirates clinched at least a National League wild card slot by beating the Chicago Cubs, 2-1, paired with the Washington Nationals loss to St. Louis.
As all these young Cubs watched and learned the joy of turning a losing franchise around, the Pirates Starling Marte hit the go-ahead homer in the top of the 9th and the Pirates threw out a runner at the plate for the final out of the game. That’s what winning teams do.
“That’s what we need to do,” Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs starting pitcher who went six innings allowing just one run, told reporters post game. “I think we’re getting there, but we need to get some things ironed out.”
The Pirates in the postseason
|1||1979||NL East||98||64||1||.605||1st of 6||Won WS (4-3)||Chuck Tanner (98-64)|
|2||1971||NL East||97||65||0||.599||1st of 6||Won WS (4-3)||Danny Murtaugh (97-65)|
|3||1960||NL||95||59||1||.617||1st of 8||Won WS (4-3)||Danny Murtaugh (95-59)|
|4||1925||NL||95||58||0||.621||1st of 8||Won WS (4-3)||Bill McKechnie (95-58)|
|5||1909||NL||110||42||2||.724||1st of 8||Won WS (4-3)||Fred Clarke (110-42)|
|6||1927||NL||94||60||2||.610||1st of 8||Lost WS (4-0)||Donie Bush (94-60)|
|7||1903||NL||91||49||1||.650||1st of 8||Lost WS (5-3)||Fred Clarke (91-49)|
|8||1992||NL East||96||66||0||.593||1st of 6||Lost NLCS (4-3)||Jim Leyland (96-66)|
|9||1991||NL East||98||64||0||.605||1st of 6||Lost NLCS (4-3)||Jim Leyland (98-64)|
|10||1990||NL East||95||67||0||.586||1st of 6||Lost NLCS (4-2)||Jim Leyland (95-67)|
|11||1975||NL East||92||69||0||.571||1st of 6||Lost NLCS (3-0)||Danny Murtaugh (92-69)|
|12||1974||NL East||88||74||0||.543||1st of 6||Lost NLCS (3-1)||Danny Murtaugh (88-74)|
|13||1972||NL East||96||59||0||.619||1st of 6||Lost NLCS (3-2)||Bill Virdon (96-59)|
|14||1970||NL East||89||73||0||.549||1st of 6||Lost NLCS (3-0)||Danny Murtaugh (89-73)|