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Wow. The Bucs sweep the Reds

Do you think the St. Louis Cardinals are getting nervous yet?

Probably not, but it's fun to think that they might be looking in their rear-view mirror as the Bucs sit one game out of first place after sweeping the Cincinnati Reds this weekend.

What was particularly encouraging is the way the Bucs are going about business.

They rallied in the ninth inning Friday and Saturday to win the first two games of the series.

With a chance to sweep, Paul Maholm had a strong outing on the mound, giving up just four hits.

Meanwhile, the Pirates made the most of their five hits, scoring five runs in the fourth inning against the Reds on Sunday.

Key hitting. Strong pitching. Good bullpen.

It's a recipe for success, and the Bucs have followed it in four of their past five games.

Yeah, it's been fun. And I know the bottom can fall out at any given moment for this franchise. After all, they were 9-6 last season.

But at least not everyone is satisfied with the start.

"It doesn't mean too much at this point. Now, if we're at that point in September? That will be something," Maholm told the Post-Gazette.

That might be the most encouraging sign.

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