A riled up crowd looked on as Josh Harrison blooped a single to center off of Marmol to tie the game. Michael McKenry stepped to the plate.
Marmol wasted no time getting the count to 0-2. Marmol wouldn't waste a pitch after that, and McKenry just fought to stay alive. Then....
Here is the broadcast highlight (I was unable to embed it, unfortunately): http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16769411&c_id=mlb
Gone. The Pirates took a three run lead. Hanrahan came in to shut down the Cubs. The Pirates moved into first place.
The Reds would proceed to blow the game in Milwaukee, so the Pirates would wake up in the morning back in second place. But for one night...Pirates fans could feel like they were cheering for a contender. A baseball team that hadn't let them down for the past 18 years. It was a special moment not only for the fans, but for Michael McKenry and the team.
Here's to more moments like this in 2012.