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Pittsburgh Pirates: Observations from Sunday's 19-Inning Victory
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The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their resilient season Sunday afternoon, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in a 19-inning game that may have a significant impact on the remainder of their season.

The victory puts the Pirates two games ahead of the Cardinals, who many believe to be their biggest competition for a playoff berth, in the National League wild-card race. It is a significant win for the Bucs, who have managed to keep the Cardinals at bay for much of the season and would have fallen into a tie with the Redbirds with a defeat.

There is also some symbolic significance to a Pittsburgh win, as Pirate fans were undoubtedly remembering the Jerry Meals game throughout extra innings today. Given how the 2011 season collapsed following Meals' infamous blown call, Pittsburgh fans can only hope this victory will spur their team to greater heights.

This game had its fair share of heroes, along with a few moments that should stick in Clint Hurdle's mind going forward. The Pirates have an interesting week ahead as they look to recover from Sunday's marathon, and there is much to be learned from the victory.

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