Series Review: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Arizona Diamondbacks

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Aug 17, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez (24) reacts at home plate after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates responded to a tough series loss to the Cardinals by sweeping the New York Mets in their ballpark. Any sweep is a satisfying, but a road one seems even better. The Pirates then came home to turn their attention to the National League West as they took on the improving Arizona Diamondbacks in a three game series.

Once again the Pirates find themselves staring down an under .500 opponent right before a big series against a playoff contender as following the D-backs series, the San Francisco Giants come to town. The Pirates couldn’t afford to overlook Arizona as every game in a pennant race is a big one regardless of opponent. Were the Pirates able to focus all their attention on a non-contender?

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