This Pittsburgh Pirates team battles, and never gives up. Even when things look like they're starting to turn for the worse, they've been able to prevail and beat the odds. It proved to be true on Sunday afternoon, in perhaps the wildest first four innings played this 2012 season.

"We’re pretty good," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "We’re not perfect. We’ll confuse you. We’ll probably anger you from time to time, but we’re going to let it all hang out and play hard. They found a way to dig one out of the dirt today. Just scratched and clawed back."

The defense let down the club and starter Erik Bedard from the get-go. San Diego was able to put a four spot up on the board before the Pirates were even able to see a pitch. Pittsburgh had lost their third straight on Saturday, and four of th...

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