Pittsburgh Pirates: Slide Continues as Team is Swept by Nationals

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: Luis Garcia #2 of the Washington Nationals beats the tag of Chase De Jong #37 of the Pittsburgh Pirates on an infield single during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: Luis Garcia #2 of the Washington Nationals beats the tag of Chase De Jong #37 of the Pittsburgh Pirates on an infield single during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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Jun 16, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher David Bednar (51) reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell (19) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher David Bednar (51) reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell (19) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

The woes and struggles of the Pittsburgh Pirates continued as the team was swept in a three-game series against the Washington Nationals

When the Pittsburgh Pirates got off to a strong 12-11 start this season it appeared that the team may be able to play well enough to avoid a second-consecutive season as one of the worst teams in baseball. However, this has not been this case.

Since the team’s 12-11 start the Pittsburgh Pirates are 11-33. This drops their record on the season to 23-44, which is the second worst record in the National League behind just the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The latest rough series for the Pittsburgh Pirates came at a ballpark that has never been kind to them. This ballpark? Nationals Park in Washington D.C. To kick off the week the Pirates were swept by the also struggling Nationals in a three-game series in the nation’s capital.

During the sweep it was many of the same issues for the Pirates. Some good pitching performances wasted, a bad starting pitching performance and a series long struggle for the Pirate offense.

Before turning the page to look ahead to this weekend’s three-game Interleague series against the Cleveland Indians, let’s take a look back, if you dare, at the Pirates being swept by the Nationals. A sweep that ran their current losing streak up to 10 games in a row.

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