The Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates began tonight's game thinking it was just another game. Little did they know that a game beginning at 7:10 p.m. EST would last for nearly seven hours as the Pirates and Braves were locked into a marathon game until Scott Proctor drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 19th inning to give the Braves a 4-3 victory.
Proctor was the hero of the game for Atlanta as he picked up his second win of the season after pitching three scoreless innings of one-hit relief. Proctor also picked up his first career RBI after driving in the game-winning run.
The Pirates began the game with two runs in the first inning and one more in the second to build a three-run lead. After a rough start to the game, Braves' starter Tommy Hanson settled in to pitch six solid innings, allowing just the three early runs on seven hits while striking out six batters.
Atlanta scored its runs early in the game as well as the Braves used RBI singles from Dan Uggla and Jason Heyward to tied the game at three runs apiece and begin what would be a battle for the ages.
Proctor's game-winning RBI came in the bottom of the 19th inning. After Heyward grounded out to second to begin the inning, Julio Lugo walked then advanced to third on a Jordan Schafer single. Proctor then stepped to the plate and grounded into a fielder's choice at third as Lugo scored on a controversial call at the plate to end the game.
The Braves and Pirates used 15 pitchers combined with eight of those coming from the Atlanta bullpen.
Christhian Martinez proved to be a valuable piece of Atlanta's bullpen as he came in to pitch six innings of relief, allowing just two hits while recording six strikeouts. Martinez also record his second career hit in the bottom of the 13th inning.
On offense, the Braves pounded out 15 hits in the game and were led by Heyward who finished the game 2-for-7 with two RBI (29) and Uggla who finished the game 2-for-8 with and RBI (41). Lugo and Freddi Freeman recorded three hits apiece while Schafer and Brian McCann each recorded two hits.
On a sour note, McCann has been placed on the 15-day DL with a strained oblique he suffered in the 10th inning as he was throwing to second base.
The Braves and Pirates will be matched up tomorrow in game three of a four-game series starting at 7:10 p.m. In the game, Braves' ace Jair Jurrjens (12-3, 2.44 ERA) will be taking the mound against Paul Malholm (6-10, 3.26 ERA) of the Pirates at Turner Field.
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