Joel Hanrahan Allows Walk-Off Homer To Corey Hart As Brewers Win 3-2

Sept 1, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Corey Hart (1) celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning home run in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park. The Brewers beat the Pirates 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead when Pedro Alvarez homered on a Marco Estrada breaking ball in the second inning. In the bottom of the third, though, the Brewers tied it when Carlos Gomez walked, stole second and third, and came home on a wild pitch.

The Pirates loaded the bases in the sixth when Alex Presley doubled, Travis Snider walked and Garrett Jones hit an infield single, but Estrada (who had a great start, striking out 10 over seven innings) finally whiffed Alvarez after an 11-pitch at-bat.

Gomez then drove A.J. Burnett (who himself had racked up nine strikeouts) out of the game in the seventh with an RBI double that put Milwaukee up 2-1.

Brock Holt made his major-league debut (there's a phrase I didn't think I'd be writing this year) leading off the eighth and walked, moved up on a sacrifice fly, and came home on Andrew McCutchen's single. It stayed 2-2 until the ninth, when Joel Hanrahan entered, threw a fastball for a strike, and then hung a slider that Corey Hart hammered to left-center for a walk-off homer.

Oh well -- the blogging world has made a cause of Clint Hurdle not using Hanrahan optimally, and then Hurdle brings him in in the ninth inning of a tie game, just like we would want, and this happens. Right process, wrong result.

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