Neil Walker led off in the 10th inning with a home run off of pitcher Carlos Villanueva to beat the Cubs 1-0 Tuesday night at PNC Park. It was Walkers first walk-off of his career and the it the first for the Pirates on opening day since Bob Bailey homered off San Francisco’s Juan Marichal in a 1-0, 10-inning victory in 1965.
”This one feels pretty special,” Walker said. ”This is a special day for this team, this organization. We’ve come a long way.”
Before the game, former Pirate Barry Bonds presented centerfielder Andrew McCutchen with the NL MVP award that McCutchen earned last year. The Cubbies will have two more opportunities against the Pirates as they play on Wednesday and Thursday.