Josh Palacios hit a walk-off two-run homerun in the bottom of the 10th innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies by a 6-4 score at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon.
Neither starting pitcher earned a decision in this one, with Cristopher Sanchez and Rich Hill going five innings each respectively. Hill gave up two runs on five hits, while Sanchez gave up only two walks and no hits in his time on the bump. Angel Perdomo tallied with the win for Pittsburgh while Andrew Vasquez suffered the loss.
Alec Bohm’s 10th homerun of the season, a two-run bomb to right center field, broke the scoreless tie and gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Bryan Reynolds’ two-run homerun in the sixth, his 12th of the year, tied the game 2-2.
It looked as though the Phillies were going to come out of this one with the win after a two-run seventh put them in front. Bryce Harper singled home Garrett Stubbs to make it 3-2, and Bohm’s single scored Kyle Schwarber to make it 4-2.
Reynolds’ RBI single in the seventh cut the Philadelphia lead to 4-3, and Nick Gonzales tied the game in the bottom of the eight with a sacrifice fly that scored Jared Triolo.
Then in the 10th, after attempting a bunt the pitch before, Palacios stepped into the batter’s box and belted a two-run bomb over the fence to win the game for his team….on his 28th birthday.
This was a feel-good win for the Bucs, and a great second half of the weekend. After losing the opening game of this series, the Bucs won back-to-back exciting games on the North Shore in front of big crowds against their cross-state rivals.
After a day off on Monday, the Pirates will continue their home stand when they take the field on Tuesday evening against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park. Matt Manning will be on the bump for the Tigers against Johan Oviedo for Pittsburgh.
Record vs. Phillies: 2-1
Record vs. N.L. East: 7-6
Record at Home: 25-27
Overall Record: 47-58
Let’s Go Bucs!