It had been 21 years since the Pittsburgh Pirates were a part of postseason play. Unfortunately for the Pirates, the journey ended Wednesday in St. Louis.
Pittsburgh lost, 6-1, to the St. Louis Cardinals Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
The Cardinals advance to the National League championship series to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. That series will begin Friday.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Clint Barmes kneels on second base after being forced out on a double play by the St. Louis Cardinals to end the top of the sixth inning in Game 5 of a National League Division Series on Wednesday in St. Louis.
Cardinals' ace Adam Wainwright was dominant for St. Louis. He went all nine innings, giving up eight hits and only one run. The lone Pirate score came in the sixth inning when Justin Morneau scored after a Pedro Alvarez infield single.
St. Louis' David Freese got the scoring started in the second inning with a two-run home run. The Cardinals tacked on one run in the sixth and three more in the eighth - two coming from a Matt Adams home run.
Though the Pirates season ended, what the team accomplished was historic. The 2013 squad ended a 20-season losing streak and reached the playoffs for the first time since 1992.
For a complete recap of Wednesday night's game, see Page 1C.