Pittsburgh Pirates: Excellent Starting Pitching, Ke'Bryan Hayes Lead the Way to a Sweep of the Royals

Takeaways from Pittsburgh's trip to Kansas City to battle the Royals

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Another huge series from Ke'Bryan Hayes, excellent starting pitcher, and more takeaways from the Pittsburgh Pirates sweeping the Royals in Kansas City

Following a disappointing 3-4 homestand that was capped off by losing four of the final five games, the Pittsburgh Pirates traveled to Kansas City to kick off a six-game road trip. This road trip kicked off with a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium against a Royals team that is as bad as any baseball has seen in recent seasons.

Playing a woefully bad Royals team the Pirates were able to take advantage by sweeping the hosts. With the series sweep, the Pirates are now 15-22-4 in series played this season and are 61-73 overall on the season. Additionally, with the sweep the Pirates finish August with a respectable 14-15 record. Their second best record in a month this season next to their strong 20-9 April.

The Pirates will get Thursday off before making the short trip to St. Louis for a three-game series this weekend. So far this season the Pirates are 7-2 against the Cardinals and a series victory this weekend would go a long way toward burying the Cardinals in last place in the division.

Before looking ahead to St. Louis, let's take one last look back at their series in Kansas City. Here are takeaways from the Pirates sweeping the Royals in Kansas City.