Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Seattle Mariners Live Blog: Instant Reaction and Analysis
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The Pittsburgh Pirates went into their afternoon game on June 26 looking for their second win in as many days over the Seattle Mariners.
Seattle sent Felix Hernandez to the mound looking for a bounce-back win.
King Felix was dominant throughout the game allowing only two runs and fanning eleven batters in his seven innings of work.
Hernandez's counterpart was Jeanmar Gomez. Gomez had an equally impressive outing throwing five innings allowing one run and striking out five.
The game was a tight pitchers duel throughout.
Raul Ibanez proved to be all the offense for Seattle on the afternoon as he accounted for both Mariner runs.
Neil Walker's two-run home run in the fourth was all the offense the Pirates could muster until the ninth.
In the top of the ninth though, the Pirates smelled blood in the water. Pittsburgh put up two runs in the top of the ninth inning.
Seattle did all they could in the bottom half of the ninth to stage a comeback but in the end Mark Melancon earned his second save of the year for the Pirates.
This win was the Pirates sixth in a row and moves then a half game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Central Division lead and for the best record in all of baseball.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by during the game.
Seager hits it right to Sanchez who steps on first base to end the ballgame.
The Pirates extend their win streak to six games as they beat the Mariners 4-2.
Franklin singles to right, Chavez moves to third.
The tying run is on board as Kyle Seager digs in.
The Mariners are down to their final strike.
Franklin tries to keep the hope alive.
Chavez goes down swinging as the Mariners are down to their final out.
Nick Franklin up to bat.
Endy Chavez digs in representing the tying run.
He's currently 0-4 on the day.
Pinch hitter Mike Zunino singles bringing the tying run to the plate.
This is something Pirates fans haven't heard this late in a season for a while.
Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN "Pirates now three outs from moving to within a 1/2 game of first place in the NL Central, and extending their winning streak to 6."
Mark Melancon into the game trying to record the save for Pittsburgh.
First batter he'll face is former Pirate Jason Bay.
Travis Snider scores for Pittsburgh in front of his family.
The Pirates add another run after Marte strikes out and the ball gets away form Blanco.
4-2 Pirates in the ninth.
Base hit for Mercer and Pedro Alvarez scores!
The Mariners decision to intentionally walk Snider has come back to haunt them.
Mercer makes a smart decision to advance to second on the throw home so the Pirates have two men in scoring position with Starling Marte up.
Mariners elect to intentionally walk Travis Snider.
Gabby Sanchez digs in with the go-ahead run standing at second for the Pirates.
Gabby Sanchez's wild throw is the reason we are all tied right now so here's a chance for redemption.
Yoervis Medina into pitch for Seattle.
Walker advances Alvarez to second on the sac bunt.
Have to disagree with that small ball call though with the way Walker has been swinging the lumber today.
Does anybody agree with Walker bunting here?
Walker shows bunt? Why?
He already has a home run today.
Alvarez leads off the ninth with a single.
Go-ahead run at first for the Pirates.
That strikeout, wild pitch situation that allowed Ibanez to score in the fourth is really coming back to haunt the Pirates.
The Pirates escape a jam as the Mariners strand two.
We head to the ninth inning tied at two.
One out, runners on first and second for the Mariners.
Smoak up at the plate with the chance to be a hero.
Pittsburgh elects to intentionally walk Raul Ibanez. Right call?
Kendrys Morales hits a double.
Ackley into pinch run.
Furbush only needs three pitches to strike out Jones to end the top of the eighth.
Wilhelmsen is done for Seattle.
Into pitch now is Charlie Furbush.
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