Pittsburgh Pirates series takeaways vs. Minnesota Twins

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Jul 29, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) walks back to the dugout after scoring with left fielder Jaff Decker (14) in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier in the season, the Minnesota Twins came into Pittsburgh and swept the Pirates in the two games at PNC Park. Since that sweep, the Pirates are one of the best teams in Major League Baseball with a record of 40-19. The Pirates gained a little revenge for that series by going into Minnesota and sweeping two games from the Twins. The Pirates didn’t play amazing by any means, but they did enough to beat the Twins. The offensive showed up in a big way this series, scoring a total of 18 runs. The Pirates didn’t play their best baseball, but sweeping any opponent, even in a two games series is nice.

The Pirates now turn their attention to the Cincinnati Reds as they begin a four game series in Great American Ballpark. The Pirates began the unofficial second half by losing five of six and have rebounded to win five of their last six. Good stretches and bad stretches are a part of any baseball season and right now the Pirates are taking care of business and they did it against two playoff contenders. Now they have to focus on a non-contender in the Reds and hope they can keep their focus and beat a team they should beat.

Series result: Pirates win 2-0

2015 win/loss record: 59-41

2015 series record: 17-12-3

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