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The Pirates came into town as losers of eight straight games; oddly, they swept the Giants in San Francisco only two weekends ago, and even managed to scratch a win off St. Louis, but that was a week and a half ago. The Dodgers happily handed the Bucs three straight losses, and so they leave town with their losing streak intact and extended eleven games. They're nowhere near the National League record for futility, held by the godawful 1899 Cleveland Spiders, a franchise that defined the depths of dispair for all time by going 26-128.

That streak might not be the worst in the Senior Circuit, but it's a local maxima; the Bucs haven't lost so many in a row since erstwhile manager Fred Haney (and later, Angels GM) led the 1955 Pirates to a 55-99 record. What's even more embarrassing for the Bucs is that they got swept by the Kansas City Royals, one of the few teams that even Pittsburgh should have, in theory, been able to beat.