Friday, July 8, 2011
Pittsburgh Pirates above .500 by All-Star Break
Don't look now, but your Pittsburgh Pirates are above .500 by the All-Star Break for the first time since 1992.
In an unbelieveable comeback win tonight, the battling Buccos kept coming back and took the lead for good off of a three run dinger from Mike McKenry in the bottom of the eight inning. All-Star closer Hammerin' Hanrahan shut the door for good on the Cubbies, getting save number 26 and clinching a 7-4 win.
The Pirates are making the city excited about baseball again, and for good reason. They are only one game out of first behind the Brewers, and tied for second with the Cards. Had the Brewers lost tonight, all three would have been tied for first. Unfortunately, it seems, the Brewers always find a way to stick it to the Buccos.
The crowd was absolutely electric tonight, yelling and responding loudly to every pitch and play made on the field. The fans have definitely started to believe in this team, and have responded by selling out the stadium. Tonight was a sellout, and tomorrow night will be too.
Let's go Bucs. Raise the Jolly Roger.
Notes: This was the first HR of Mike McKenry's career. He has been 1 of 7 catchers used by the Pirates this season due to injury.