1.) 7-11-2015 – McCutchen hits walkoff home run against Cardinals
Number one on my list is considered my best moment of 2015 for a number of reasons. The Pirates came back on three separate occasions during the contest, tying the game at 3-3 in the 8th inning and knotting the score again at 4-4 in the 10th inning. Following an RBI single from Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta that put the Cardinals up 5-4 in the top of the 14th inning, the Pirates would answer back once again. With Neil Walker on first base following a leadoff single, Andrew McCutchen came to the plate and decided that the marathon 14 inning game needed to end. McCutchen blasted a walk off two-run home run into center field to give the Pirates a 6-5 victory and to extend an 18 game hitting streak. From controversy surrounding a called foul tip which later turned into a home run for the Cardinals to late inning heroics from Pedro Alvarez and McCutchen, this game had it all. It was fitting that the Pirates franchise player came up clutch in a huge situation and was able to help the team capture one of their most exciting victories of the 2015 regular season. It was a game that most Pirates fans will be sure to remember in years to come.
As the Pirates enter the National League Wild Card game for a third consecutive year, it’s easy to forget just how good this team has been this season. Their 98 wins are the most for this franchise since 1991 and they finished the regular season with the second best record in Major League Baseball while playing in the most competitive division in baseball. This season has been full of great moments for the 2015 Pirates and they will most certainly look to continue that trend this Wednesday night in the National League Wild Card game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.