Pirates squander a once promising July

Written by Craig Rhodes | Jul 30, 2017 9:51 AM

 (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli rolls on the ground after a foul ball hit by San Diego Padres' Cory Spangenberg struck him. After a brief timeout, Cervelli was able to continue to play during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Stan Diego, Saturday, July 29, 2017.

(Pittsburgh) -- What's going on with the Pittsburgh Pirates?

Not long ago they had their fans talking of a post-season run after rolling through the first three weeks of July with a 12 and 5 record, good enough to put the team over the .500 mark for the first time since April 9th.

They also found themselves just two games behind first-place Milwaukee in the up-for-grabs National League Central Division.

Unfortunately for the Pirates faithful the final week of July has been painful.

The Cubs caught fire and the Bucs headed south.

Their 4-2 loss Saturday night in SanDiego was their 4th in a row and sixth in their last seven.

There's still plenty of baseball left,.. but what a difference a week makes as the Pirates now sit in 4th place,.. five-and-a-half games back.

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