Monday, August 18, 2008

Game 125: Pirates 5 Mets 2

At one point this afternoon, I imagine that a lot of you were in the same boat that I was: sitting at work with the game on the radio wondering just how long it would be before this team ever scored a run again. After being shut out by Johan Santana yesterday, we were being shut down by a wildly erratic John Maine and the Mets' subpar bullpen this afternoon until Adam LaRoche sent a bomb to the top of the grandstand in right field and tied the game up at 2.

At that point, the weird set of circumstantial happenings that often surrounds baseball games started to take over. Steve Pearce hasn't hit much of anything in Pittsburgh or Indianapolis this year, yet when faced with the second hugely clutch situation against the Mets for the second time on the second straight Monday afternoon, he delivered his second huge hit; this time it was a bases loaded single to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead. When Jack Wilson doubled in two more runs, it was apparent that Sean Burnett would pick up his first win since 2004, a season in which he won the first five decisions of his career. For the rest of this year, we should probably get used to wins coming from unexpectedly places.