Mark this one down as devastating. Carrying a 7-3 lead heading into the 9th, Matt Capps was summoned from the bullpen to finish out the game. One out later, Paul Bako delivered a walk off single to end the game. Prior to that former Bucco Matt Stairs had hit a solo homer leading off the inning and Ryan Howard clubbed a game tying three run shot.
The Pirates had gotten to Cole Hamels early, leading 5-0 after two innings. Garrett Jones, Delwyn Young and Andrew McCutchen each homered and drove in two in support of Ross Ohlendorf.
The Bucs starter was cruising, allowing just two hits through five innings. But the Phillies scored three times on four safeties in the sixth, knocking Ohlendorf from the game.
Ohlendorf allowed three runs in 5-2/3 IP. He gave up four walks and five hits while whiffing five. Hamels gave up five runs in six innings, striking out six and walking none. Tyler Walker pitched a scoreless 9th for the win.
Bucs cranked three homers and collected 10 ...
Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.