• Entering Sunday's action, the Pirates had won seven games while scoring one run or two. How unusual was that? A trio of teams had yet to win a single game under those conditions: the Angels, the Blue Jays and the Yankees were a collective 0-46 when scoring two or fewer.
• Also going into Sunday's game, the Pittsburgh pitching staff had held opponents to an average of .223. The lowest on record by a National League staff is .224, by the Sandy Koufax-Don Drysdale 1965 Dodgers.
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