It’s not often you stumble upon a game that you’re going to remember years from now, and if you’re Jacob Stallings, you’ll probably remember this game for the rest of your life.
The Pirates, who were down 6-2 in the seventh inning, came out on top tonight 8-6 after Jacob Stallings walked it off with a two-run home run.
He’s the first Pirate to win a game on a walk-off home run since...
He hit his first walk-off homer September 22 against the Cubs and tonight he sent Pirates fans home happy once again.
The final outcome in this game was certainly not what fans were expecting at the beginning of this game.
Starting pitcher Tyler Anderson surrendered two homers in the first to Darin Ruf (solo shot) and Brandon Crawford (2-run shot) to go down 3-0. The Giants also added a run in the third before the Pirates joined in on the scoring parade. The Buccos scored two in the fifth to cut their deficit in half.
Mike Tauchman responded in the top of the sixth to push the lead back to four, but then the Pirates answered right back with two runs in the seventh with the help of a Kevin Newman single and a Giants wild pitch.
Then, Stallings performed his magic, doubling in the seventh and homering in the ninth to pull off the most exciting Pirates win of the season.
After a week of struggles offensively, it’s nice to see the offense pull off an improbable victory like this. And two straight walk-off wins is not something you see everyday, so it’s definitely nice to see the Pirates give us something to smile about in mid-May.
The Buccos look to get the series win tomorrow against the Giants in the series finale. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. EST.