The Pittsburgh Pirates are on a roll as they just finished off a sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers to maintain the best record in baseball. It took 14 innings on Sunday to beat the Brewers, but a walk-off single by pinch-hitter Russell Martin did the trick.
The Pirates won 2-1 to move to 51-30 on the season with their ninth straight victory. They’re currently two games up on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central while the Brewers have dropped to the bottom of the division.
They are still waiting for Ryan Braun to return from a right hand injury, and they could use his bat back in the lineup, which was proven by the one run in 14 innings on Sunday.
The Pirates, on the other hand, can’t do anything wrong at the moment as they’ve continued to win ball games. Nine-in-a-row is a stretch for any team in baseball, but the Pirates have a found a way to do it in dramatic fashion.
Russell Martin ended the drama with his walk-off hit, and he’s loving his time in Pittsburgh since coming over from the New York Yankees.
“It’s fun,” Martin said, according to Yahoo! Sports. “Obviously winning is fun, but just being on a team with a bunch of guys who play with their hearts out and enjoy the game is definitely a pleasure.”
The Pirates will now move on to face the Phillies in a three-game series beginning Tuesday. Philadelphia has lost two straight games while dropping nearly 10 games back in the NL East.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made a huge call in Sunday’s game by stealing with Gaby Sanchez to put him in scoring position. Martin followed with the walk-off single to finish off the sweep.
Are you convinced by the Pittsburgh Pirates after they finished off a sweep of the Brewers to maintain the MLB’s best record?
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