If anyone still has doubts about whether the Pittsburgh Pirates are legit, the Atlanta Braves convincingly dispel them.
The Raiders spent Tuesday/Wednesday 19 innings fending off those pesky pirates, and was obviously not a blown call by home-plate umpire Jerry meals, the two sides can continue in this now.
In a game that tied for the longest in the majors this season, the Badgers finally prevailed when Julio Lugo scored from third on a grounder to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, whose throw home beat the runner from abundant. Catcher Mike McKenry applied a tag after a scan, but meals called safe, much to Lugo befuddlement and disgust over the pirates.
Replays showed Lugo was outside.
"I saw the tag, but it seemed like the oléd, and asked for the safe," he said. "I looked at the replays and it seems that may have got the shin area. I guess you may have got it, but when I was there when it happened, I don't see a tag. As soon as I saw the glove sweep. I don't see the glove leg hit. "
In 6 hours and 39 minutes, this was the longest game time by pirates or Packers played ever. The conclusion raised ire Pittsburgh Manager Clint Hurdle, kept arguing even as meals and the rest of the umpiring crew left the field.
"The game tonight was way better than that," he said.
The pirates now have won one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central, converts this season as they try to hold a series of 18-year losing seasons which is the largest in the history of major American sports.
They had three representatives in the all-Star Game for the first time since 1990, and entered the third game with a 53-47, mark 17-game turnaround from a record 36-64 year after 100 games. Pirates of the road are already 10 more wins from 17 of the last period, and is four victories last year totalling 57.
The third was the second game of a seven-game road trip against NL East powerhouses Atlanta Zips and Philadelphia that the testing of the pirates. Won 3-1 on Monday and again appears the feistiness of the third Marathon.
Even in victory, the Braves had plenty to celebrate. The Cardinals won their Division, leading to a major league-high six games and all-star catcher Brian McCann had to leave the game with a strained oblique muscle in the 10th inning, damage that would be required to go on the disabled list.