We owe those special moments a quick review:
• Sixth inning, bases loaded with Cardinals, none out: Charlie Morton's 1-2 pitch sails way behind David Freese -- and catcher Russell Martin blindly sticks his arm out and gloves the pitch, saving a run.
On the bench, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle goes, "Are you kidding me?"
Pitching coach Ray Searage: "That's one thing our catchers are really good at, catching pitches behind the batter."
Martin: "You only lose sight of the ball for an instant; you reach out for it and hope it's there."
• Eighth inning, Pirates holding on to a 3-2 lead, Cardinals on first and third with two outs: Left-handed pinch-hitter Matt Adams demolishes Bryan Morris' 1-2 pitch into short right -- but right at second baseman Neil Walker, who had shifted over from his regular post just prior to that very pitch.
Said third-base coach Nick Leyva, who is responsible for positioning infielders based on the intricate hitting charts provided by club analysts Dan Fox and Mike Fitzgerald: "We always have a starting point, but adjust based on what we see from the batter. If you watched Adams, he was dead-set on pulling the ball. The credit goes to Neil; he watched how he was swinging and moved when he felt the time was right."
• Eleventh inning of a 3-3 tie, Cardinals at the corners, one out: St. Louis reliever Seth Maness is at the plate, facing Jeanmar Gomez and a five-man infield. Maness hits a grounder to short, and Clint Barmes flips to right fielder Josh Harrison, who is standing right atop second and relays to first for the basic 6-9-3 inning-ending double play.
Hurdle: "That's the first time we used [the five-man infield]. Drew it up in the dirt and threw it out there. Backyard ball."
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.