Pittsburgh Pirates: Pinch Hitters Come Through& Other Takeaways From Sweep Of Padres

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Kevin Newman #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is mobbed by teammates after drawing a bases loaded walk off walk in the eleventh inning during the game against the San Diego Padres at PNC Park on June 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Kevin Newman #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is mobbed by teammates after drawing a bases loaded walk off walk in the eleventh inning during the game against the San Diego Padres at PNC Park on June 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 22: Felipe Vazquez #73 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Elias Diaz #32 after the final out in a 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres at PNC Park on June 22, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 22: Felipe Vazquez #73 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Elias Diaz #32 after the final out in a 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres at PNC Park on June 22, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

For just the second time this month the Pittsburgh Pirates have won a series at home

The roller coaster that has been the 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates season continued over the weekend against the San Diego Padres. After losing seven in a row on their last road trip, the team’s second losing streak of at least seven games this season, the Pirates had fallen to a season high eight games under .500 at 32-40.

Since this seven game losing streak ended with the Pirates being swept in a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves, the team has responded. The Pirates are now 2-0-1 in three series played since their trip to Atlanta, and are 6-2 in their last eight games.

Overall this season the Pirates are 11-10-4 in series played this season. Despite owning a winning record in series played, the Pirates are just 36-40 on the season. A big reason for this is due to the team being swept on six different occasions this season. These six sweeps include a pair of four-game sweeps to boot.

Next up for the Pirates is an off day on Monday. After that, the team will travel to Houston to play a three-game series against one of the best teams in baseball in the Astros. But before we look ahead to the Astros, let’s take a look back at 3 key takeaways from the team’s sweep of the Padres.

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