Jun 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Josh Harrison (5) is greeted by Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (18) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
The Pittsburgh Pirates put on a nice show against the Los Angeles Dodgers on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball last night and finished off a successful series in which they won 3 of 4 games. For the first time in a while, the Bucs picked up a series win in Los Angeles. When realizing how long it’s been since their last series win in LA, I figured I’d take a stroll down memory lane and recall some of the things that have happened since their last series win in the City of Angels.
- 27 no-hitters have been thrown. None by the Pirates.
- Six players joined the 500 home run club.
- Five new MLB stadiums have opened up.
- Barry Bonds broke the MLB home run record.
- Matt Morris was signed by the Pirates, gave up 75 runs in 16 starts, and was cut.
- Freddy Sanchez won the National League batting title.
- Jason Grilli has pitched for six different teams.
- Chien-Ming Wang won 19 games for a Major League team.
- Julio Franco played in the Major Leagues.
- Gerrit Cole and Yasiel Puig were both sophomores in high school.
The list could go on and on, and whether you guessed it or not, 2006 was the last time the Pirates got a series win in Los Angeles. As for four-game series, 1995 marks the last time.
Los Angeles is a tough play to play, and it’s no secret that the Pirates struggle to scrap together wins out on the west coast. Taking three of four from any MLB team is always nice, especially when it happens on national television and better yet, against a team that has a payroll $157 million dollars more than yours.