It was the “out” call heard around the National League. The Pirates not only won the game in Chicago, but the Washington Nationals lost to the Saint Louis Cardinals.
Right in the middle of it all from the very start to the end, Bryce Harper delivered the first game-ending homer of his career, a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth Thursday that lifted Washington to a 9-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates and ended the Nationals’ losing streak at six.
Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano did not allow a hit until the sixth inning against a struggling and depleted Nationals lineup, and Pedro Alvarez homered off an otherwise-dominant Stephen Strasburg, leading Pittsburgh past Washington 4-2 Wednesday night.
The future will only get brighter for Bryce Harper, who has a good chance to develop into a perennial All-Star and MVP candidate.
MLB Network Host Brian Kenny joined John Seibel and Josh Miller of Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93-7 The FAN to talk about the Pirates chances of actually finishing above .500.
Former Penn State and Washington Redskins LB LaVar Arrington is still trying to sort out everything that has happened at Penn State but makes no apoligies that he still feels Tom Bradley should have been the next Head Coach.
(93-7 The FAN) — Bedard gave up three solo homers and Evan Meek, just called up from the minors, allowed three runs in one inning of relief as the Nationals beat the Pirates, 7-4.
Chris Gates | 93-7 The FAN — Predictably, much of the post-game chatter was in response to Strasburg and his performance.
Chris Gates | 93-7 The FAN — let’s not give up on Pittsburgh as a baseball town just yet. In my opinion, this series shows fans in this town haven’t changed.
(93-7 The FAN) — Washington starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg lived up to the hype Thursday night, striking out 13 Pirates batters in a 4-2 Nationals win.
(93-7 The FAN) — The bullpen pitched eight innings Wednesday and the Pirates beat the Nationals, 3-2.
Chris Gates | 93-7 The FAN — Pirates starting pitcher Erik Bedard was removed from Wednesday night’s game against Washington with back spasms.
Chris Gates | 93-7 The FAN — Call me the eternal optimist, but Tuesday night’s walk-off victory for the Pirates is the type of win that can vault a team on a hot streak.
ROOT Sports baseball analyst Bob Walk joined The Fan Morning Show Wednesday.
After the game, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, closer Joel Hanrahan, starting pitcher A.J. Burnett and Barajas spoke with the media. Here’s what each of them had to say.