Pittsburgh Pirates: A Big Weekend For Kevin Newman & Other Takeaways From Sweep Of Cincy

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PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 23: Pablo Reyes #15 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walk-off RBI single to left field giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on August 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players’ Weekend. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 23: Pablo Reyes #15 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walk-off RBI single to left field giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on August 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players’ Weekend. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

For the first time in what feels like forever it was a great weekend for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Since the All-Star Break almost nothing has gone right for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Entering this weekend’s series against the Cincinnati Reds the Pirates were 8-30 since the All-Star Break. This included being 1-11 in 12 series played.

Over the weekend, the Pirates put things together for their best series since the break. The Pirates outscored the Reds 26-10 on their way to sweeping their divisional rivals. By sweeping the Reds the Pirates improved to 7-0 against the Reds at PNC Park this season and 11-5 overall.

With the sweep, the Bucs are now 55-75 on the season. This was also their first series sweep since before the All-Star Break. Yay winning!

Next up for the Pirates is a trip across the Keystone for a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. But before we dive into that series, let’s take a look back at three key takeaways from their sweep of the Reds.