PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Catcher Rod Barajas has been struggling at the plate since the season started and entered game action hitting for just a .133/.200/.183 line in 60 at-bats. The veteran has been putting in extra work early in the cages, and it proved to pay off at PNC Park against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Trailing 4-3 in the ninth with Alex Presley on third, Barajas took the first pitch from Washington's reliever Henry Rodriguez for a two-run homer down the left field line for the walkoff win.
"I was pretty confident" Barajas said on whether he knew it was gone. "I faced him last year in a pretty tight situation. I know he throws hard. I was able to hit a double down the line off him last year. After seeing those two breaking balls in the dirt, I kind of figured c...
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