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Game #99: Bucs Offense Comes to Life in the 9th

Game #99: Bucs Offense Comes to Life in the 9th

Minute Maid Park | 8:05 | Van Benschoten vs. Runelvys Hernandez | Box
The Pirates entered the 9th inning trailing 3-2. Against Runelvys Hernandez they had managed just two runs. They had amassed 12 hits, but only one went for extra bases. Then someone opened a crate of spinach and Popeye emerged. With one gone in the 9th, Jason Bay cracked a solo homer to tie the game. Extra innings perhaps? Nope. Xavier Nady singled and Adam LaRoche followed with a two run homer (note to self: propose that LaRoche be nicknamed "Mr. July") to break the tie. Slim leading going into the bottom of the 9th? Nope. After a Jose Bautista single and a walk to PH Jason Michaels, Jack Wilsonsingled in another run. Not done yet. Freddy Sanchez drilled a pitch that took a weird bounce off the wall and went for an inside the park homer. A seven run 9th inning. Three homers. Come from behind. All good stuff. All much needed.
It was already a weird game before the offensive explosion. Neither Hernandez or John Van Be...

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