The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates‘ weekend series started with a bang and ended with one team inching closer to the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the NL Central. As they have all season long, the Pirates held serve on Friday night and despite a loss, they look forward to earning their first divisional crown since 1992.
Well, if the top of Pittsburgh’s line-up can do what it did on Friday night, then the sky is the limit for this Pirates’ team. With the hometown crowd already juiced, Jose Tabata started the bottom of the first off with a home run that was quickly followed up by Neil Walker, who left the park for just the 12th time this season. It’s been a great week for Walker as the Pirates’ second basemen is fresh off of a Thursday game against the San Diego Padres, in which he reached base four times out of five tries.
Keep in mind that this is just the fourth time in franchise history that the Pirates have started the game with back-to-back home runs. Surely, the folks in Pittsburgh would have much rather gotten the victory over the Reds, but it’s still fun to break records, nonetheless.
If you think one measly loss is going to scare these Pirates fans away, then you’re solely mistaken because this fan base is one of the best in the game.