Both teams blew chances. Both teams had the lead. But when it was over, Andrew McCutchen's walk off homer in the 12th provided the last, final run and a Bucco victory. The win evened the Pirates record at 30-30.
Former Pirate Zach Duke returned to PNC for the first time since being traded last off-season. He and Paul Maholm both pitched effectively. Maholm was sharper but was victimized again by poor run support and a blown save out of the bullpen.
Pittsburgh wasted some early chances against Duke. Jose Tabata and McCutchen both singled in the first. The rally fizzled when Tabata was caught stealing third. A fly ball from Neil Walker ended the inning. In the second, Chris Snyder singled and was tossed out trying to go for a double. He also injured his back on the play and would leave the game in the fourth inning. Lyle Overbay immediately doubled, but Ronny Cedeno's tapper back to Duke ended the inning.
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.