The moments that turned out to be the vital ones for the Pirates in Friday's 3-1 win against the Washington Nationals pretty much summed up Pittsburgh's season in a nutshell.

Mark Melancon got Bryce Harper to strike out swining to end the eighth inning on Friday. Photo by: David Hague

With Neil Walker officially being placed on the disabled list, the team had to call Jordy Mercer up from Indianapolis on Friday afternoon just a few hours before the game. In the first month of the season seemingly whenever something would go wrong for the team -- be it a loss or a cold streak -- the end result could be viewed as a positive.

With the game tied 1-1 in the fifth inning, Mercer, who was hitting second for the Pirates on Friday, smacked a 2-0 pitch just over the left field wall and beyon...

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