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By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
Topic - Neil Walker
The career-high 128 pitches Josh Beckett threw in his no-hitter didn't hurt him Friday night against the Pirates - at least not as much as Ike Davis' tape-measure home run.
Sloppy in the field and punchless at the plate. The past two days in New York were ugly ones for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Nationals stuck with their ace. The Pirates made them pay.
Gerrit Cole left after six innings trailing by a run while facing Strasburg in the first matchup of No. 1 overall draft picks in almost nine years. But Strasburg (3-4) allowed three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
It took only one batter for Michael Wacha to realize his second time pitching at PNC Park wasn't going to be nearly as good as the first.
Neil Walker wasn't expecting to have a big offensive game Friday night, especially with Michael Wacha pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Pittsburgh Pirates came up with a second straight comeback win.
Jhonny Peralta went deep twice, ending the St. Louis Cardinals' 366 at-bat homerless drought.
After they lost a crucial appeal, things quickly unraveled for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cincinnati Reds have seen enough of Ike Davis already in 2014 - and the season isn't even a month old.
Ryan Ludwick had never experienced anything quite like this rainy night.
Maybe it's good this one got suspended. Gave everybody a chance to dry off a bit, catch their breath and let those unbelievable numbers start to sink in.
Rick Renteria's first two games as a big league manager ended with difficult losses. Still, he's staying positive.
Lengthy games don't bother Tony Sanchez. He played in the longest game in NCAA tournament history while at Boston College in 2009, the Eagles losing in 25 innings to Texas.
Jimmy Rollins began the season with a slam, Neil Walker with a walkoff homer and the Washington Nationals with a thrilling ninth-inning comeback.
"He threw it where he wanted and we couldn't put anything together," Walker said. "It was one of those days where we had a good feel for what he was trying to do and where he was trying to put the ball and we didn't counter quite as effectively."
"He threw it where he wanted and we couldn't put anything together," Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker said.