Moment #2 – Comebacks of the Decade
When discussing this article topic with the staff at Rum Bunter, almost everyone thought about the last two games before the All-Star Break in 2015 against the Cardinals. These games were absolutely insane.
Let’s set the stage.
The Pirates are coming off of two straight playoff seasons in 2013 and 2014. Most people believe that the 2015 Pirates are even better than the previous two playoff teams, and they were right. The team would go on to win 98 games. But, for whatever reason, the Pirates could not seem to get around the Cardinals who were winning the division yet again.
At 51-35, the Pirates were still 4.5 games back from the NL Central leading Red Birds. A key four-game series between the Pirates and the Cardinals led up to the All-Star Break and each team had won a game.
In the midst of the third game in the series, the Pirates were on verge of losing, but put up two runs in the 8th to force extra innings. The crowd became ecstatic. In the 10th, the Cardinals put up a run…the Pirates responded in the bottom of the 10th with a run of their own. The crowd went berserk. Fast forward four innings and the Cardinals put up another run in the 14th. Then this happens.
Andrew McCutchen smashes a two-run walk off home run. As you can see in the video, PNC park was still packed, even though the game was in its 5th inning of overtime. The city of Pittsburgh was in love with this team.
But that’s not all.
Enter game four of the four game series the very next night. The script is reversed as the Cardinals put up a run in the 8th to tie the game and force extra innings. In the top of the 10th, the Cardinals scored two runs, seemingly putting the game out of reach. But the battling Bucs weren’t done yet.
Incredible huh? The crowd was amazing, Greg Brown on the call was amazing, that team was amazing. Most people forget that the Pirates scored those three runs off of Trevor Rosenthal , who had a sub 1.00 ERA at that point in time. What a moment.