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Pirates 2013 Season: 12 Memorable Highlights From Pittsburgh's 1st Winning Season In 21 Years (VIDEOS)

10/11/2013 01:22 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2013
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After a historic season for Pittsburgh, the Pirates didn't have an answer for Adam Wainwright on Wednesday night in Game 5 of the ALDS. But don't be so quick to lower the Jolly Roger just yet.

Check out these 12 memorable moments that helped lift the city to its first postseason appearance since 1992.

  • Burnett's 2,000th Strikeout - April 17
    A.J. Burnett notched the career milestone during his fourth start of the season in a game against the Cardinals. Carlos Beltran would go down as strikeout No. 2,000 for the veteran hurler.
  • Cutch's Late Walk-Off Homer - May 14
    In the bottom of the 12th, Andrew McCutchen came through in the clutch and smashed a game-winning home run at PNC Park to seal a 4-3 win over the Brewers.
  • Martin's Walk-Off Sets The Pace - May 30
    The Buccos catcher crushed a walk-off hit to left-center with the bases loaded to give the team some early magic.
  • Cole Shines In MLB Debut - June 11
    In his first big league game, the 23-year-old took a shutout into the seventh inning against the defending World Series champions and knocked in a two-run double in his first at-bat.
  • First Team To 50 Wins - June 29
    Jason Grilli posted his 27th save of the season by pitching a perfect ninth to help the Pirates become the first team in baseball to post 50 wins.
  • Walk-Off Wins 9th Straight Game - June 30
    Russell Martin's walk-off single in extra innings lifted the Pirates to their ninth consecutive win. Their nine-game winning streak began on June 20 and would end almost two weeks later.
  • Alvarez Crushes A 2-Run Bomb - July 12
    Mets captain David Wright did not initially select Pedro Alvarez for the roster at the 2013 Home Run Derby. In his first at-bat since Wright's decision, Alvarez responded with a two-run homer.
  • Liriano Fans 13 In Win - August 19
    The lefty pitched seven scoreless innings, scattered four hits and struck out 13 in a dazzling outing against the Padres.
  • Bucs Grab 82nd Win - September 9
    Pittsburgh celebrated its first winning season in over 20 years with a win over the Rangers.
  • Marte's Go-Ahead Clinches Postseason - September 23
    Thanks to Marte's big bat, Pittsburgh would clinch a playoff berth in Chicago.
  • Byrd Homers In First Playoff At-Bat - October 1
    Marlon Byrd was unable to reach the MLB playoffs until his 12th season in the majors. He made it count during the Wild Card elimination game against the Reds.
  • Fans Rattle Johnny Cueto - October 1
    In the second inning of the NL Wild Card Game, Pirates fans started chanting Reds ace Johnny Cueto's last name. The pitcher suddenly dropped the ball on the mound and on the very next pitch, Russell Martin crushed a solo homer to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead.
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