April 19, 2014

Pirates can finally call themselves winners

Pinch-hitter Travis Snider homered in the 9th inning to lift Pittsburgh to a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night, clinching the Pirates’ first non-losing record in 21 seasons.

Snider drove a 2-2 pitch from Jim Henderson over the wall in center for his second pinch hit homer of the season.  It was victory number 81 for Pittsburgh, insuring the Pirates will not finish with a losing record for the first time since 1992 when they finished 96-66.

AUDIO: Ron Roenicke on the Pirates breaking long streak of misery :16

The Pirates’ led in the NL Central is now 2-games over the St. Louis Cardinals, who fell to the Cincinnati Reds 1-0.

Yovani Gallardo didn’t have his good stuff but did make it through 7-innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits.  He was not involved in the decision.

The Brewers fell to 0-5 on the home stand.  They’ll wrap up their series with the Pirates tonight.  Wily Peralta (8-14, 4.51) pitches for the Brewers.  The Pirates counter with Francisco Liriano (15-6, 2.57).