After a rare ninth-inning-one-out rain delay left the Pittsburgh Pirates with two runners on base and trailing 4-1, Bucco fans had little reason to believe the comeback kids could pull this out. But at about 12:15 EST, word quickly came down that the tarp was coming off in Colorado.
Pedro Alvarez didn’t waste another second of time as he crushed the first pitch into the left field seats at Coors to tie the game at four all. It was Alvarez’s 18th bomb of the season.
Jason Grilli came on to pitch for the Bucs, and – with his velocity down from what we have seen previously – was hit around and eventually allowed a one out walk-off sacrifice fly off the bat of Dexter Fowler.
Rockies 5, Pirates 4
The Bucs remain a game behind the Reds, who lost tonight as well.
The situation Pedro Alvarez was in is exactly what you want to see. Left hander. Game on the line. 98 mile an hour heat. Buh-bye.
Sure, it’s a loss, but what a confidence builder for the player that matters the most to the Pirates offense.