We made the drive from Newton Falls to Pittsburgh in just under an hour and spent almost that long trying to find a parking spot. Well not literally that long, but it felt that long. The parking situation is always a little tricky when they have day games due to the fact that everyone is downtown for work already. We parked on the South Shore (as that is the direction we would be heading post game) and walked across the Roberto Clemente bridge, which is used exclusively for foot traffic on gamedays.
We saw a pitching matchup of old vs. young as Jose Contreras went for the White Sox and Zach Duke took the hill for the Bucs, trying to snap their 13 game losing streak. We saw the Pirates on the 12th in San Francisco and they had only won one game since then.
The game was a see-saw battle back and worth with the Pirates taking a 6-4 lead after a 30 minute rain delay in the bottom of the 6th. The White sox were without the services of slugger Jim Thome (NL ballpark, no DH) until the top of the 9th when he pitch hit with one out and one man on. Everyone could feel that something bad was about to happen and Thome confirmed these feelings when reliever Solomon Torres tried to slip a first pitch fastball past Thome, which he whacked over the right field stands and completely out of the ballpark. After one bounce the ball ended up in the Alhegeny.
It looked like the game was going to extras until Freddy Sanchez blasted one into the left field bleachers to win the game and give us our first walk off homer of the trip. A great game all around. PNC is an amazing ballpark in every sense of the word. The seats are cheap, the food is great, and the view is worth a million bucks.
The 30 minute rain delay ensured that we would be put smack dab into rush hour traffic in downtown Pittsburgh. It was rough getting out, but once we got away from the city is was smooth sailing to Columbus. After eating at KFC once again, we checked into the hotel and got to relax for a couple hours before crashing.
Tomorrow we're going to take a tour of Great American Ballpark and then see the battle for Ohio as the Reds take on the Indians.