PNC Park | 7:05 | Taubenheim vs. Edwin Jackson | Box
As Matt noted in the comments, “Woooooo!”. Jason Bay was hitless and had whiffed three times. But he stepped up in the bottom of the 13th and blasted a game winning homer. That’s baseball.
The Pirates had battled all game. Emergency starter Ty Taubenheim was effective in six innings of work and even drove in a run. The Pirates took the lead off of Edwin Jackson in the seventh thanks to a pinch hit RBI double from Doug Mientkiewicz. But Jonny Gomes smacked a pinch hit homer off of Damaso Marte in the 8th to knot the game and send it to extra frames.
Bay’s homer came off Jason Hammel. The recently promoted John Van Benschoten picked up the win by throwing a scoreless inning in the top of the 13th. It was his second career W.
It seems like Edwin Jackson has been around forever. That’s what happens when you reach the show at age 19. He is just 24 now, but already ranks second to Craig Lefferts in wins among players born in West Germany.
He has been average this year – 4-6 record and a 94 ERA+. His lone appearance against Pittsburgh came in 2005. It was one of his two wins on the year. The Bucs are 6-17 against him. Only Xavier Nady (2-2) has more than one knock.
Welcome Ty Taubenheim to the Pirates. He was originally property of the Brewers. He went to Toronto as part of the deal that saw the Jays acquire Lyle Overbay. After 40 innings over 2006 and 2007 and an ERA approaching 5.50, the Jays let him go and the Pirates picked him up on December 3, 2007.
He has gone 4-9 with AAA Indy, striking out about twice as many hitters as he has walked. He threw one scoreless inning against Tampa in 2006, but didn’t face any of the current Rays.