Stallings earns memory of a lifetime with 11th-inning walkoff


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Tyler Glasnow congratulates Jacob Stallings' on his game-winning hit. - GETTY

Jacob Stallingdidn't mind being on call for the final weeks of the Pirates' season. He really doesn't mind it now.

The son of new Pitt basketball coach Kevin Stallings lashed a full-count, two-out, bases-loaded, 11th-inning walkoff single off Yusmeiro Petit to give the Pirates a 6-5 victory over the Nationals on an unpredictable night at PNC Park.

As the last position player off the bench in the four-hour, 36-minute game, Stallings said he "did the math" before the inning and figured there was only one scenario in which he'd be needed in the 11th.

That occasion arose after a Francisco Cervelli double, walks to Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Florimon and a Sean Rodríguez strikeout.

"I knew I was the last guy, so got ready just in case," said the 26-year-old rookie, who lifted his second major-league hit over third baseman Anthony Rendon's outstretched glove. "Got the nerves out of the way after the first pitch. Was able to settle back in and stick with my approach."

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Stallings' winner at least partially obscured the Pirates' ninth-inning rally against an old friend.

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