Late Inning Heroics Lead Pirates to Comeback Win

Patrick MaceContributor IJune 2, 2009

ATLANTA - MARCH 31: Pitcher Ian Snell #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws a pitch during the game on Opening Day against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field March 31, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Knocked down early by the Mets lineup, the Pirates rallied against the impressive New York bullpen Monday night to win in comeback fashion.

Ian Snell struggled early in the game, giving up five runs in three innings. But Snell battled and lasted six innings giving up only two more runs.

The Pirates late inning heroics started in the eighth inning when Pedro Feliciano was brought in for relief of Livan Hernandez. Adam LaRoche started the inning off with a double, getting the Pirates lineup in motion.

Two batters later, Adam's brother, Andy, drove him in with a single off Hernandez. Then Jason Jarmarillo singled, bringing up Jack Wilson. Wilson hit a single scoring Andy LaRoche and was followed with another RBI single from Delwyn Young.

The bases were loaded when Freddy Sanchez grounded to shortstop Wilson Valdez and Valdez dropped the ball on the transfer, scoring one more. Then Nate McLouth hit a sac fly scoring the final run of the rally.

Gorzelanny picked up his third win on the season, improving his record to 3-1. While Capps picked up his 11th save on the year.