by Zane Heiple
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The Pittsburgh Pirates used the long ball to win 5-4 in extra innings over the St. Louis Cardinals. It started in the third inning, with the Pirates down 1-0, Andrew McCutchen would step to the plate with runners on second and third. He would then tuck the ball inside the foul pole for a three run homer that gave the Buccos the lead.
Joel Hanrahan came into the game to begin the ninth inning and did not show his best stuff tonight. He would allow the leadoff batter to double, which was followed up by a sacrifice bunt. With one out and a runner on third Pujols was intentionally walked to set up the double play. Matt Holliday hit a sacrifice fly, which at the time looked like the winning run.
This time however Meals opinion at the plate had no bearing on the outcome of this game. After neither team scored in the tenth, the Cards would get a base runner in the top of the eleventh, but would leave him at first base. This would allow Garrett Jones to blast a walk off home run over the right field seats and one hop into the Allegheny River.
These two teams will wrap up their series tomorrow night PNC Park, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm. Paul Maholm will look to pitch well and receive some run support from the Buccos Bats, while the Cardinals will counter with Kyle Lohse.
Record vs. N.L. Central: 27-23
Record at PNC Park: 28-32
Overall Record: 58-63
Let’s Go Bucs!!!