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Crick, Vazquez fight as sinking ship clinches another losing season

SAN FRANCISCO -- Eighty-two losses.

Seventeen games to go.

They won't matter, just as the past month didn't matter in competitive baseball terms for this Pirates club. It's a disappointing season, even historically bad at times. With the 5-4 loss to the Giants on this Tuesday night at Oracle Park, they locked down their 23rd losing season in the past 27 years, the eighth in 12 years under this front office. That same stretch has brought the team three brief playoff appearances and precisely zero division titles.