Opening day has finally arrived. Finally games that matter, and in real stadiums. The Pirates open their 162 game schedule in Houston taking on the Roy Oswalt and the Astros.
Pirates starting pitcher Zach Duke went 7 innings, only giving up 2 runs on a Luke Scott Home Run in the bottom of 5th.
The Bucs battled back late with a pinch-hit solo homer in the 8th by McLouth. In the 9th, down 2-1, Xavier Nady sent the first pitch he saw into the left field bleachers, evening it up at 2-2.
The 10th saw Jason Bay put the Bucs ahead with a 2-run Home Run, and Torres retired the Astros 1-2-3 for an extra-innings Pirates victory in the season opener.
Matt Capps picked up the win, Salomon Torres the save.
Chris Duffy looked impressive in center field, gunning Scott trying to stretch a outfield hit into a double in the 2nd, and then throwing out Burke trying to score from second in the 5th.
Hometown kid, Don Kelly, made his MLB debut with a pinch-hit in the 9th inning.
Last years NL Batting Champ Freddy Sanchez started off the season on the DL due to a sprained knee.
$3.2 off-season acquisition Adam LoRoche went 0 for 5 with 4 strike outs.