As if it needed to be stated, this is the oldest person ever to throw out a first pitch at an MLB game …
The previous record holder was 105-year-old Agnes McKee, who tossed a first pitch last July in San Diego.
What a night it was at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.
The host Pirates were down 2-0 to the visiting Cardinals after the top of the third inning and 3-0 after the top of the fifth, but Bucs starter A.J. Burnett hit a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth and then Jung Ho Kang and Pedro Alvarez tied the game with back-to-back RBI singles in the bottom of the eighth.
The score would remain 3-3 until the 10th, when Cardinals first baseman Mark Reynolds slugged a go-ahead solo homer — his second homer of the game. But then Pirates catcher Chris Stewart answered with an RBI single in the bottom half.
Jhonny Peralta put St. Louis back on top once again in the top of the 14th on an RBI single that scored Matt Carpenter, but that just set up Andrew McCutchen to play the hero with this walkoff blast …
Pittsburgh has won two in a row and now stands just 3 1/2 games back of first place.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta jumped all over this fastball from Cubs reliever Pedro Strop with two strikes and two outs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday night at Wrigley Field …
Great call there by Cardinals television play-by-play man Dan McLaughlin. St. Louis would hold that 6-5 lead through the bottom of the ninth with closer Trevor Rosenthal picking up his 25th save of the season.
Ugly scene Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon was down on the ground for several minutes and eventually had to be taken off on a cart after injuring his left leg near the warning track while chasing after a ball in the fourth inning. It’s being called a left groin strain, but that’s just an initial diagnosis. An MRI is in the works.
MLB.com has video of the injury that unfortunately isn’t embeddable. The way his left leg twisted as he tried to replant — man, it looked really, really bad.
Gordon is among the best defensive players in the majors and he’s batting .279/.394/.457 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI in 78 games this season for the American League Central-leading Royals.
He was named a starter for the American League All-Star team on Sunday evening.
UPDATE, 11:29 p.m. ET: Bad news from the Royals’ postgame clubhouse …
Alex Gordon could be out for months, Ned Yost says. He does not appear optimistic.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) July 9, 2015
Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel threw only 12 pitches in a flawless top of the first inning Wednesday night against the rival Cardinals, but Clayton Richard was spotted warming up in the bottom half of the first and took the mound in the top of the second. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com has the reason …
#Cubs say Jason Hammel left the game with left hamstring tightness.
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) July 9, 2015
Hammel’s next scheduled start isn’t until after the All-Star break, so he shouldn’t miss a rotation turn. But the Cubs need all the wins they can get against the division-leading Cardinals and Hammel obviously gave them a much better chance Wednesday than Richard, who allowed two runs in his first frame. Hammel boasts a 2.86 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 105/18 K/BB ratio in 103 2/3 total innings this season for third-place Chicago.