PITTSBURGH – The notable rallies of the pirates in the ninth and eleventh inning on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park were a perfect example of the resilience they have shown this season wronged so far this season.
They were three in the ninth against a close one who had not blown a parry all season, but they fought back to tie the game. There were three defeats in the eleventh game, three outs before an ugly defeat, and Kevin Newman suddenly took fourth spot to end the Bucs' 11-10 win against the Padres with a walk-off run.
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"It's certainly one of the best wins I've seen in nine years," said manager Clint Hurdle. Pirates are still in last place in the National League Central, but they are only 5 1
"It was a big win for us, and during those seven-game losing streak we felt we were very far away." We really are not that far away in the division, "said catcher Jacob Stallings, and everyone knows that.
Where will the pirates stay just over a month before the close of trading? Well, it lets you wait. Some may be in a hurry to declare them as sellers, but the Front Office will allow the team to declare themselves after it has struggled to stay afloat for so long.
"Still in a good two-week period A divisional leader and some very good teams in front of us speak for the resilience and for what could come together," said General Manager Neal Huntington. "Now we have to bring it together. We have a number of really interesting games in the All-Star break.
"Now would be a good time to play really well and close the gap and secure a good seat."
At the end The pirates played well enough on Sunday.
They lost two leads in a sloppy game that ended nearly five hours after Steven Brault's first pitch, but they overcame a three-run deficit against Padres, who was closer to Kirby Yates's 26-on-26 winner at the Chances for the rescue – in the ninth.
Elias Diaz found fault with Manny Machado, Adam Frazier hit a double on the right, Newman tapped an infield single, and Bryan Reynolds tapped an RBI single for center. Starling Marte dropped a victim and Melky Cabrera's groundout finally brought home the binding run.
"We're trying to find ways to get some traction. Today was a day that could have come from us, "said Hurdle. "We participated a few times and were able to prevail. This collective effort in the box was real. People were selfless, trying to fix things and help each other. "
Francisco Liriano was one pitch away from escaping a base-laden jam, but Manuel Margot dropped a perfectly placed single before Austin Hedges San put Diego up by three, one to the right.
For some reason, Pittsburgh never lost hope.
"When we came back in and lost three again," said Newman, "it was like, Hey, why not? "
Reynolds left, Bell moved to the right and Cabrera pulled an RBI double to the right as the last man on the bench came Pinch-Hitter-Stallings to the left of the pitch Osuna singled and Diaz left, then Newman took a high-count slider from Matt Wisler to draw the Buc's first walk-off walk since June 19, 2014.
"Out of hand, I thought so It would be over, said Newman. "It was a big situation, but at the end of the day it's a different field. Trusted my eyes. "
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It was an uplifting end to an encouraging retirement. The pirates overcame a six-run deficit on Wednesday and defeated the tigers 8: 7. Trevor Williams called the victory a turning point. Then they promptly swept the Padres. However, they will need more than one winning streak of four games to return to the race.
Her upcoming road trip takes her to Houston and Milwaukee. July is full of games against the teams they are lagging behind in the NL headquarters: the Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, and in the days leading up to July 31 the Reds a groove and the feeling that we are in good hands in Houston and Milwaukee "Brault said. It's going to be fun, I think we all feel the same, we like where we are. "
Last year, after 76 games, the pirates were almost identical. They had the same score, 36-40, and it got worse before they made a quick fix. Pittsburgh dropped to 40-48 on 7 July, losing 16 wins in the next 20 games. This increase led to the takeover of Keone Kela and Chris Archer by Bucs at high cost for young players like Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow, Shane Baz and Taylor Hearn.
Huntington said the pirates would not overreact to good 10 percent levels. Play range, but a similar run might encourage the Front Office to contribute to the list instead of selling pending free agents such as Cabrera, Liriano, Jordan Lyles, and Corey Dickerson.
Whatever happens, there is no doubt that these pirates will be kept fighting.
"We love to win. We love to play hard, "said Diaz. "That's why we're fighting for 27 or more."
Adam Berry reports since 2015 about the pirates of MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and read his blog.