Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Climbin' Back

Hey, while all the attention in Pittsburgh was turned to the Penguins, the Pirates basked in the glory of their twilight crowd of 10,494 and sent the Cards to their second straight defeat, 5-2.

The Big O continued his sharp pitching, holding the Redbirds to two hits and a run over six innings. He struck out five and didn't walk a soul; heck, he didn't even bean anyone.

The Pirates cranked out 11 hits, five of them doubles. Jack Splat led the parade with 3 bangs, and the MIA boys, Adam LaRoche and Brandon Moss, added a pair, as did Steady Freddy.

The boys are enjoying the game again. As Pops once said "It's supposed to be fun; the man says 'Play Ball' not 'Work Ball' you know." And right now, they are.

-- A little bit of MLB history was made last night. Adam LaRoche's opening inning blast to right was called a home run by the first base ump, but upon further review, it was found to have bounced off the Clemente Wall railing and was correctly ruled a double.

It was the first time that a home run call was reversed since the replay rule was implemented last year, and to boot, it was the first review ever at PNC Park.

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