Sweeps prove elusive for otherwise sturdy Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- Given the Pirates' overall solid play over the past two months -- they entered Thursday night's game with the Major Leagues' top record (34-22) since May 2 -- their ongoing inability to secure that elusive series sweep qualifies as an oddity.

The Bucs have had eight shots at sweeping a series of three or four games, but the target keeps moving.

Here is how Pittsburgh has remained the Majors' only team without a series sweep this season:

  • April 3: 3-2 to the Cubs
  • May 4: 7-2 to the Blue Jays
  • May 11: 6-5 to the Cardinals
  • May 25: 5-2 to the Nationals
  • June 4: 3-2 at the Padres
  • June 15: 3-2 (10 innings) at the Marlins
  • June 25: 5-1 at the Rays
  • July 3: 10-2 to the D-backs

Three of the broom-avoiding losses were by 3-2 scores; Arizona's seven-run ninth inning on Thursday at least prevented another miss by that count.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.