The Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Atlanta Braves, 6-0, at PNC Park on Friday thanks to a little help from their feathered friends.
Seen here is a pair of adorable ducks hanging out with Braves center fielder B.J. Upton during the bottom of the fifth. As you can see, Upton appears to be both amused and fascinated by the winged creatures. And who wouldn't be, though? Who honestly doesn't like cute, little ducks?
Ironically, the Buccos also boasted "ducks on a pond" in the frame by loading up the bases at one point.
No word yet on whether the birds were just a ploy for the Pirates to help distract and slow down the surging Braves. Atlanta still sports a league-leading 13-3 record in spite of Friday's defeat.