The Pittsburgh Pirates Walk Off Opening Day Win in Photos

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs in ten innings today, getting a great performance from their pitching staff, along with a huge walk off home run from Neil Walker in the bottom of the tenth inning. Here is a photo recap of the game, with all photos taken by our photographer, David Hague.

Barry Bonds presenting Andrew McCutchen with his MVP award

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Jim Leyland presenting Clint Hurdle with the Manager of the Year award

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Photo Credit: David Hague

Jack Wilson gives Silver Slugger awards to Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez

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Photo Credit: David Hague

The award winners

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Your 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates

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Francisco Liriano tossed a gem, striking out ten batters in six shutout innings. He’s the third Pirates’ left-hander to strike out ten on Opening Day.

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Fittingly, Andrew McCutchen picked up the first hit of the season for the Pirates.

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Photo Credit: David Hague

New first baseman Travis Ishikawa had two hits in his debut with the Pirates.

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Photo Credit: David Hague

The Shark Tank took over in the seventh inning, and picked up where Liriano left off. Tony Watson, Mark Melancon, and Jason Grilli each tossed scoreless frames.

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

The game went to extra innings, which is when Bryan Morris showed off his new two-seam fastball.

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Morris gave up a single to Emilio Bonifacio, but picked him off at first base during the next at-bat. Bonifacio was originally ruled safe, but the Pirates made their first challenge of the season, and got the call overturned after the replay showed that Ishikawa tagged Bonifacio before he reached the bag.

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

The game went to the bottom of the tenth inning, and that’s when hometown hero Neil Walker came through with a walk off home run to win it.

Photo credit: David Hague

Photo credit: David Hague

#RaiseIt

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Photo Credit: David Hague

 

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Ben Swogger

    Awesome stuff from David. Really captures the essence of the moment

  • PiratesFan1975

    Great work David!

  • Monsoon Harvard

    Why wasn’t Dave Parker there to help present the MVP to Cutch? He won it in 1978.

    • stickyweb

      I heard they invited The Cobra but he couldn’t make it. Not sure if that’s true, but I think he’s balling Parkinson’s, so that could certainly be the issue.

  • sammykhalifa

    Jack Wilson looks like either a secret service agent or a mobster in that suit.