It was a beautiful day for baseball and Aki Iwamura ended a long streak of futility. I was on hand to witness the historic event.

After a pair of weak outs earlier in the game, Iwamura singled through the hole between first and second in the fifth. Ryan Doumit - the hero of the game - was on second base representing the tying run. He tried to score but was gunned out by Melky Cabrera as Doumit collided with former Buc catcher David Ross.

The Braves took that lead off of Zach Duke in the second when Yunel Escobar reached on a Ronny Cedeno error and scored on a single from Ross. The Pirates broke through off of Braves starter Kris Medlen in the sixth. Andrew McCutchen led off with a triple. Garrett Jones walked and Steve Pearce brought Cutch home with a sac fly. Jones stole second and move...

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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.