Travis Snider hit the go-ahead home run to give the Pirates a 4-3 win. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The Pirates haven’t reached that level since 1992. And after 20 years of losing, they’ve finally ended the losing streak in the most unlikeliest of ways. Travis Snider came up big in the top of the ninth inning, hitting a solo homer, which was his fourth of the year, and giving the Pirates a 4-3 lead and their eventual streak ending 81st win of the season. Just like it was drawn up when the Brad Lincoln trade was made.
It was ironic that Snider came up big with the pinch hit homer. The only other Pirates to record hits on the night were Andrew McCutchen, Justin Morneau, and Marlon Byrd. The latter two combined to go 5-for-6 with two walks. Byrd was brought in largely because Snider underperformed this year in right field. He was responsible for knocking in two runs, but it was surprisingly Snider who came up with the big hit in the end.
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