Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – June 08, 2009 – ESPN

At last. The Braves led 2-0, and 5-1, and 6-3, and yet could easily have lost the game. Chipper hit a two-run homer in the first, McLouth a solo homer in the fifth, and McCann a two-run homer later in that inning. But the Pirates got two runs on a triple, a sac fly, a “triple” (ACHE’s fault on a routine double) and another sac fly to chase Kawakami after six. And Peter Moylan, after getting the first man, gave up a “single” (an obvious error by Chipper) followed by a double, a single, and another triple by my misspelling illegitimate cousin Andrew McCutchen, his second of the game. Bobby then finally brought in O’Flaherty, who saved the game by getting a groundout; Bennett got the next batter to end the inning.

And then it looked like nobody would ever score again. Over and over. The Pirates essentially announced that they were never going to pitch to Chipper again; McCann left the game for a pinch-runner after the twelfth (common sense, nobody should catch more than twelve innings) and that turned into the pitcher’s spot, occupied by Medlen, the last man in the pen. Medlen was pretty terrific, going three innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out three, but he didn’t get a hit after Chipper was intentionally walked with nobody on base.

Blanco walked leading off the fifteenth. Francoeur, being Francoeur, tried to bunt but failed miserably, hitting the ball harder than he had all night, though he managed to stay out of the double play. Prado, playing on an injured leg (I am guessing Diaz will start at first tomorrow) hit a gapper to move Francoeur to third, but couldn’t get to second. After a couple of balls, the Pirates decided to walk KJ, meaning that there were many, many more ways for the winning run to score, and incidentally that they had no respect for David Ross. Ross hit a ground ball to deep short. Wilson had no chance at all at the double play and threw home, and almost got Francoeur, who was looking back instead of running, which is kind of stupid on a ground ball with the bases loaded, but he’s never been confused for a Rhodes Scholar.