Pirates quietly lose season finale, finish at 79-83

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The Pirates managed only four hits as they lost to the Braves, 4-0, in their final game of the 2012 season.

The Pirates went down quietly in their season finale against the Braves, losing 4-0 while accumulating just four hits against Ben Sheets, who pitched just one inning, and then a bevy of Atlanta relievers.

The Braves got one in the first when Michael Bourn walked, stole second and third, and came home on a sacrifice fly. They grabbed another in the fourth, when Jason Heyward singled, stole second, and came home on Dan Uggla's single. Then in the sixth, Chipper Jones came in as a pinch-hitter in his last regular season game, and singled to right, then moved up on Heyward's single. Freddie Freeman moved the runners up with a groundout, and Uggla walked. Then J.C. Boscan brought Jones home with a single, and Heyward scored when Juan Francisco grounded out. A.J. Burnett thus ended his season with a loss, although the fans applauded him when he left. The Pirates' bullpen pitched a shutout after that (and Chris Leroux even struck out the side in the eighth), but without more offense, it didn't matter.

The Bucs pulled Andrew McCutchen in the eighth, and he too received a nice ovation from the PNC Park crowd.

The Pirates finish at 79-83. It's been a fun season, everyone. Thanks for reading.

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