PNC Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Matt Chico | Box
Rarely do you see the Pirates erupt with a show of such sheer jubilation as you did on Friday night.
Jose Bautista’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth scored Jose Castillo, and the Pirates walked off with a 3-2 win.
As Castillo trotted home from third, Ian Snell vaulted the dugout railing and led his teammates down the first base line. The Pirates mobbed Bautista in a display that you’d expect to see after a World Series win—not a meaningless June game against the Nationals.
It shows just how seriously these Bucs take their jobs. Believe it or not, they enjoy playing the game—and it’s a lot more fun when they win.
A crowd of over 30,000 went nuts as Nationals’ reliever Jon Rauch fell behind in the count, 3-0, to Bautista with the bases loaded. It’s clear that Pittsburgh has a passion for baseball. We’re desperate to support a winner.
Said Dejan recently in a Post-Gazette live chat:
Lave_Dittlefield: How many games back do you think the Pirates need to be at the end of July to have a realistic chance of winning the division, if possible?
Dejan Kovacevic: As I look at the schedule, we will know before the All-Star break if the Pirates still have a prayer. Right after this bad [road] trip comes three against Washington, then the Brewers and Cubs. That is your season right there.
Not much more to it. The Pirates have three against a weak team followed by seven against the division leaders. They’ve got to win the ones they’re supposed to win and a few of the ones they’re not supposed to win.
The talk of protests, deadline deals and so on doesn’t matter right now—they’ve got to put together a winning streak.
Ian starts it off tonight.