Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 7/12/13
All of a sudden people are feeling a lot better about the Pirates again after an exciting walkoff win over the Mets Friday night at sold out PNC Park. The Bucs have won two in a row and certainly appear to have put the four game losing streak in the rear view mirror. Leading up to the game, all the talk was about Pedro Alvarez, David Wright, and the Home Run Derby “drama.” Pedro quickly added to it with a two run bomb on the first pitch he saw in the series. Alvarez secured a spot in the contest yesterday, of course, but it was still pretty cool to see him blast one out right in front of Wright (and 39K fired up fans) immediately. (Wright, by the way, handled the situation with great class before and after the game – I don’t think the fans were booing him with serious hate…I’d say they were mostly just sticking up for Pedro.) More importantly, Pedro’s shot gave the Bucs the early lead. They’d need it, because Jeremy Hefner was excellent for seven innings and allowed nothing more. It was another pretty rough evening for the Pirates offense, but this time they were able to do just enough to support the excellent pitching. Charlie Morton delivered a very solid outing – maybe his best of the year. He worked five scoreless before allowing a run in the sixth and another in the seventh to tie the game – but still, seven innings, two runs, four K’s and just one walk is a start you’ll take any day of the week. Charlie’s looking much more comfortable lately and is working deeper in to the game, and certainly looks like a fairly strong back-of-the-rotation guy. I’ll take the Pirates over the Mets in a battle of bullpens every time, and even though it took a while, the Bucs eventually did win out. It was a situation that used to be foreign but is becoming more and more familiair this year – as the game dragged on into the late innings, a Pirate win seemed almost inevitable. The Bucs clearly had the better bullpen arms, the Mets had only one legitimate threat in their lineup, and the bottom halves of the late innings lasted a lot longer than the top halves. At home, with a loud crowd and the last at-bat, you have to feel good about your chances in those situations. The Pirates squandered walk off opportunities in the ninth and  tenth, but Mark Melancon, Jason Grilli, Tony Watson, Bryan Morris, and Vin Mazzaro all held the Mets scoreless. The Bucs finally broke through in the eleventh when Jordy Mercer rolled one up the middle to score Andrew McCutchen with two outs, sending PNC in to a frenzy. It also sent A.J. Burnett out of the dugout with pie: WALKOFF! #RAISEIT pic.twitter.com/KJWLEfwYat — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 13, 2013 Fun times at PNC Park. Pirates 3, Mets 2 / Box / 2013 Record: 55-36 / Next: Saturday, vs. Mets, 7:15 Source: FanGraphs
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