The Pittsburgh Pirates did it again with a Russell Martin walkoff win and head to Colorado with white t-shirts and grease in their hair. Martin may have a little leftover shaving creme too.
The game was yet another comeback win in a season filled with them. The Marlins got up early 4-0. The Pirates got Jose Hernandez out of the game by bumping his pitch count and feasted on the Miami bullpen. Bucs win 5-4 in ten innings with some big hits from Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen, but perhaps none bigger than the pinch-hit by Martin.
The Pirates have nine walkoffs this season, a new single season record at PNC Park.
Martin has provided four of the walkoff wins.
The Bucs can get to 95 wins by going 25-23 the rest of the season.
Andrew McCutchen said it’s not bad at all after being pulled from the game. Cutch recorded his first career pinch-hit. Can you imagine McCutchen when he is like 40 years old? He will be one hell of a bench player, probably getting paid millions to step to the plate. Well, if he is even interested in playing when he is that old, we tend to think he will have plenty of cash in the bank by then.
McCutchen compared the Bucs comebacks similar to the Miami Heat. Start slow, finish strong.
Cutch is batting l393 in his last 30 games at PNC Park.
Since coming off the disabled list, Neil Walker has 18 hits with 8 going for extra bases.
It’s the quickest the Buccos have reached the 70 win total since 1972.
As the Pirates sing GREASE! songs on the flight to Denver, it’s well deserved. The batlling Buccos completed a 9-2 homestand. (Another factoid for you–it was the first first nine-win homestand since 2005. )
The thing that will really make Pirates fans happy was how the team stacked the wins: five of them were by one run, three of them were walk-offs.