Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/18/13
Bud Black anticipated the question and fired off an answer before it could be completely asked. “How do you explain . . .” “I can’t . . . there’s no rhyme or reason” said the Padres manager Wednesday night after the Padres rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth on three straight two-out singles to defeat the Pirates and continue both their incredible run at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park and their more recent successes against two playoff-bound teams. Wednesday’s win was the Padres third straight over the former National League-Central leading Pirates this trip and their 14th in their last 15 games at PNC Park – where the Padres are an incredible 31-10 since the ballpark opened in 2001. And the Padres are 5-1 over the last six days against the playoff-bound Braves and Pirates. Black said he couldn’t explain it. But he could at least the most recent part of it. “I’m encouraged about how we’re playing right now” said Black. “This is the time of the year when guys are tired. And
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