Pirates win Interleague duel vs. Jays
Mientkiewicz's double sparks rally for victory in 12th
The box score will show that the Pirates won Friday's 12-inning game on a Blue Jays error.
It's unfortunate, however, because that masks the fact that this 1-0 victory over Toronto at PNC Park was won by so much more.
There was a performance from Zach Duke that rivaled the best among any Pittsburgh starter this year, though his seven-inning outing had been over for almost two hours by the time this one ended. Not to mention the fact that Duke showcased himself at his best with former Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay as his opponent.
"He was outstanding," manager John Russell said. "Obviously, if he gives up anything it's a different story."
After Duke threw 19 pitches in the first frame, he'd average just 13 each inning from there. He worked both sides of the plate with ease, consistently keeping his pitches down. Only five of his outs were recorded by the outfielders, and he scattered six hits and walked one.
My sons, my father-in-law and I visited Pittsburgh and saw the Pirates beat the Blue Jays in 12 innings, 1 - 0. PNC Park is beautiful, the weather was fantastic and the post-game fireworks (see video) were the best we have ever seen.
PNC Park is the best baseball stadium in the country. Better than Wrigley, better than Fenway, better than Jacobs Field... Better than all!— Bob Armour