Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 8/5/12
This is what the Pirates needed. After AJ Burnett struggled in the first inning and gave the Reds a 1-0 lead, things seemed pretty bad. Two straight losses, an early deficit, a ton of pitches for Burnett in the first ... I said before the game that a sweep wouldn't have been the end of the world and I'll stay by that assessment, but I'll also say that it would've been awfully disappointing. And so when Neil Walker stepped up and crushed a 1-0 pitch into the right field stands to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of the Pirates. Walker's home run was almost everything that Burnett needed. After giving up a walk and two hits in the first, he only gave the Reds Drew Stubbs' homer between the second and eighth innings. No more walks, no other hits. Still, Stubbs homered evened things up and after last night, tied isn't quite where I wanted to see the Pirates. It didn't stay tied long; Starling Marte ripped a two-out, two-run triple to right fiel...
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