Found May 23, 2013 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
The Bucs brought out the brooms on a wet Thursday afternoon as they navigated around a rain delay to sweep the Cubs out of town. Jeanmar Gomez was strong before the long delay came in the fourth inning, and the bullpen was just as good after it. Vin Mazzaro earned the victory for throwing 2.1 scoreless innings. Jose Contreras and Justin Wilson combined to allow one run in the seventh, but Wilson recovered for a clean eighth. MLB saves leader Jason Grilli finished the job with a perfect ninth. The Bucs jumped out to a solid lead early on against Edwin Jackson, scoring all four runs in the first and second innings. Andrew McCutchen had another big day, lining two RBI singles (plus a third sharp single later in the game). Michael McKenry knocked in a run and Travis Snider had the highlight hit of the day: a triple to the Notch that ended with him flashing the Z while lying flat on his stomach: Lunchbox throwing the elusive “stomach Zoltan” after a triple! @lunchboxhero45

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