In a move reminiscent of walking Eckstein to face Pujols, Salomon Torres walked Ryan Theriot to face Derrick Lee. Obviously Theriot must be more clutch than Lee.
Once again the situation worked in the Pirates favor, so who am I to complain. Torres capped off the ninth with a Lee fly ball to Duffy to closeout his eighth save on the year as the Pirates won 3-2 over the Cubs returning the Pirates to .500 on the season.
Jason Bay's bottom of the eighth solo shot over the Clemente Wall gave the Pirates the lead heading to the ninth. Doumit just came short of making it back to back jacks as he was retired on a fly ball to Jacque Jones.
Prior to the eighth, the Pirates were able to scratch out two runs off the impressive Ryan Hill (just kidding on the Ryan thing, I know it is Rich) from the most unlikely of places. The struggling Bucs played a huge offensive role in the win.
Freddy went 2 for 4, possibly ending his in-season Spring Training.
Adam LaRoche went 1 for 3 with an RBI to raise his average to an awe inspiring .133.
Ronny Paulino went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI.
Ryan Doumit, playing in right, continued to impress with the bat going 1 for 3 with a run scored.
From the mound Zach Duke went 6 2/3 innings of 2 run ball being pulled in the 7th with the bases loaded. Jonah Bayliss once again saved the day by getting A-Ram to pop out to Bay.