R.B.I. Baseball 14 peers into the future: Giants will win NL Wild Card Game with 9th-inning comeback
Combining futuristic science with an ancient deck of tarot cards, the MLB.com Games Team has forecasted tonight's NL Wild Card game. The crew fired up R.B.I. Baseball 14 to pit the (simulated) Giants against the (simulated) Pirates. Here are the results ...
The runs came fast and furious. In the top of the second, Brandon Crawford put the Giants on the board with a solo home run. But the Pirates came right back in the bottom half. After batting .273/.377/.500 over the last month of the season, Travis Snider launched a solo home run to tie the game. Following a Russell Martin single in the bottom of the third, Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run shot to put the Pirates up 3-1.
Hopefully he got to relax a little more than on this drive:
The Giants cut the Bucs' lead to 3-2 in the top of the sixth, and it would stay that way until the 9th inning. With three outs left in their season, the Giants started a rally that was surely conjured by Hunter Pence.
With runners on first and third, Pablo Sandoval laced a 2-0 pitch to left field to bring in the tying run. Crawford, who started the scoring, launched a deep drive to the gap in right-center to drive in two more and give the Giants a 5-3 lead. It was a fitting continuation to a season that saw the shortstop set career highs in home runs, triples and OPS.
San Francisco would go on to add two more runs to make it 7-3. Pittsburgh, after battling back all season long, would have no more comebacks up their sleeve.
Will the on-field action follow the storyline predicted by the R.B.I. 14 supercomputer? My guess: probably.