That captures the scene at Turner Field as Joel Hanrahan mowed down the Braves to cap off a 3-1 win in the most meaningful nationally televised game this late in the season in two decades. The two hour rain delay was worth the wait, as this game summed up the 2011 season perfectly to this point. The Bucs simply outworked, outhustled, and outfought a talented Braves team. While this was a typical team effort by the Pirates, one player personified the win.
Unheralded catcher Mike McKenry, the club's seventh catcher used this season, had a night to remember. First, he completed a double play with a laser throw to second. Then he knocked in a run, and made a diving, difficult catch of a foul ball when the Braves were threatening. Fortunately, McKenry also escaped a broken finger or hand on a catcher's interference.
While this was only one game at the beginning of a long, difficult road trip, it was memorable. On a side note, did anyone else notice the sprinkling of Bucs fans in the crowd? Good to see the pillbox hats and Tekulve/Stargell jerseys worn by those Pirate fans.