Monday, April 9, 2012

Comebacks All Around, BUCS WIN

Bucs walk off again, take series from Phils

WP: Joel Hanrahan (1-0)
LP: David Herndon (0-1)
 For the second time in two nights, the Bucs came back in walk off fashion. This time, Andrew McCutchen played the role of hero, with a center field shot that easily scored Josh Harrison.  The Bucs won, despite being down by three late in the game.

Full Recap after
      - Written by Brendan

Like it was for Saturday night's game, the Phils scored in the first inning, this time getting one off of a Hunter Pence double, scoring Shane Victorino. 1-0. For a while this game looked like it would be something similar to the first two games, a low scoring affair.

Hunter Pence then hit a moonshot to the notch. Cool. Still hate him. 2-0.

Much has been made of the decision to have Pedro Alvarez on the major league roster after a horrid spring, yada yada yada. However, in the 5th, Alvarez stepped to the plate and took a ball to FRIGGIN SOUVENIR CITY. This ball was crushed. Was about a foot away from a one-bouncer into the river.  (as @whygavs said on Twitter, Vance Worley basically threw the same pitch in Pedro's previous at-bat, which he whiffed on.) 2-1.

Fast forward to the 7th, Juan Pierre (Jay-Z name dropped him in a song one time!) had a 2 RBI single off of Jared Hughes. Now your thinking, "Alright this game is pretty much over, with the Pirates offense". 4-1.

However, the Bucs would score in the final 3 innings, the first in the 7th coming from Casey McGehee ripping a RBI double, followed by a Alex (not Elvis!) Presley run-scoring single. 4-3.

Then in the 8th, the "Hit Collector" Matt Hague got his first MLB hit and RBI off, scoring Andrew McCutchen and tying the game at 4. 4-4

Joel Hanrahan comes in for the top of the 9th. 1-2-3. Then in the top of the 9th, McGehee rips another double to lead off the inning. Presley lays down a gorgeous bunt (fundamentals!!!) which moves over pinch runner Josh Harrison to 3rd. Jose Tabata would strikeout. Then, after falling behind 0-2, Cutch gets it to a 3-2 count and launches a ball over Victorino's head in center. Game. 5-4.

Three Stars
3) Casey McGehee (2-2, RBI)
2) Matt Hague (1-1, Game-tying RBI)
1) Andrew McCutchen (3-5, BB, GW RBI)