For only the third time in his career and first as a Pirate, catcher Rod Barajas hit a walk off home run to capture the 5-4 victory for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Washington Nationals jumped on the board first scoring a single run in the top of the third inning, followed by another in the top of the fourth off of starting pitcher AJ Burnett. The Pirates responded by scoring two of their own runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie things up. Both of those runs were solo home runs, the first was Andrew McCutchen followed soon after by Garrett Jones.
The tie game held until the bottom of the 8th inning when the Pirates tacked on one more run. The run came when Nate McLouth scored from third on a Neil Walker sacrifice fly to Bryce Harper in right field.
The ninth inning proved to be the most exciting inning of the game (although the two home run inning was pretty nice for Pirate fans). The Nationals started things off by taking advantage of a few rare Joel Hanrahan mistakes and tacking on two runs.
The Pirates stepped up and responded in convincing fashion. Alex Presley hit a line drive single to center field to put the tying run on first base. This is where the game got really fun for Pirate fans..... Nationals pitcher Henry Rodriguez threw two consecutive wild pitches to pinch hitter Yamaico Navarro allowing Presley to move to third base. Navarro then went down swinging to give the Pirates two outs with the tying run standing on third.
Enter Rod Barajas, who on his first pitch of the at bat takes a 96mph fastball and sends it deep over the left field wall to give the Pirates the 5-4 win over the Nationals.
This was game one of a three game series between the two teams at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. The two teams meet up again Wednesday night at 7:05pm when Erik Bedard (2-4) takes the mound verse Ross Detwiler (3-1). Here's hoping the Pirates can make it two in a row!