DENVER -- The 1983 Chicago White Sox claimed the American League West title by making sloppy play somehow always come out right, thus inventing the concept of "winning ugly." Did the Pirates on Monday night coin the phrase "losing pretty?" After all, minutes before Dexter Fowler's walk-off sacrifice fly gave the Rockies a 5-4 win in Coors Field, Pedro Alvarez had delivered the most dramatic homer imaginable to pull the Bucs into a 4-4 tie.
Alvarez teed off on southpaw Rex Brothers' first pitch following a 52-minute rain delay with two on and one out in the top of the ninth. "The big moment doesn't always have to be tied to a win," manager Clint Hurdle said the day after. "Not only was the team up, it does something for Pedro, too, something tangible to put in his back pocket to carry forward. We'd have liked the win, no doubt, but finding ways to make good things happen also counts." "One of the most weird games I have ever been a part of, with all the rain and all the crazy plays," said Andrew McCutchen, who along with Neil Walker had singled an hour ahead of Alvarez's clout. "We were just scraping to find something, then after the delay they go to a lefty-on-lefty matchup that didn't seem in Pedro's favor. "Then he hits a 98-mile fastball middle-away 10 rows deep. I mean, one crazy game. We lost it, but it shows we're never going to give up, we'll keep fighting regardless, we'll be grinding, trying to get the job done any way we can."