Sean Rodriguez #3
After entering the game in the 8th inning as a defensive replacement, the Pittsburgh Pirates' versatile star player, Sean Rodriguez, led off the bottom of the ninth in a 2-2 game, and he quickly sent everyone home with a majestic walk-off home run, giving the Pirates a 3-2 victory. Rodriguez ripped a 2-1 fastball from Cincinnati Reds reliever Ross Ohlendorf into the left field stands for the second walk-off blast of his career. The walk-off win for the Pirates was a good way to start the six-game homestand.
QUOTE: "Huge pick-up not only for me personally, but the team. That was a big win to start this homestand right," said new Pirates closer Tony Watson, after he gave up the run in the top of the ninth to tie the game.
FACT: The Cincinnati Reds' bullpen has now relinquished 23 home runs to the first batter they face, an all-time franchise record. The previous franchise record was 20, set in both 2004 and 2009.