Empty roads, empty seats?


Hooray for the G-20 summit! It took me about 15 minutes this morning to breeze down the unusually empty Parkway East and into the parking garage across from PNC Park. All of the players I talked to this morning in the Pirates’ clubhouse said the same thing: easy access from the North Hills and North Shore.

The Pirates said about 12,000 tickets have been sold for this afternoon’s game. However, folks I spoke with here this morning said they expect to see 2,000 fans or fewer in the seats.

Lineups for this afternoon’s game:

REDS (71-81)

  1. Willie Tavares cf
  2. Drew Sutton ss
  3. Joey Votto 1b
  4. Brandon Phillips 2b
  5. Scott Rolen 3b
  6. Jonny Gomes rf
  7. Wladimir Balentien lf
  8. Ryan Hanigan c
  9. Bronson Arroyo (13-13, 4.04) rhp

PIRATES (56-93)

  1. Andrew McCutchen cf
  2. Delwyn Young 2b
  3. Garrett Jones 1b
  4. Lastings Milledge lf
  5. Brandon Moss rf
  6. Andy LaRoche 3b
  7. Jason Jaramillo c
  8. Luis Cruz ss
  9. Charlie Morton (4-8, 5.00) rhp