Pregame: Happy memories


Tim Wakefield’s memories of Pittsburgh are of a time when the Pirates won more often than they lost, when the fans were loud and the ballpark rocked on game nights. In other words, sort of how things were Saturday night at PNC Park, when a loud, sellout crowed cheered a 6-4 victory against Wakefield and the BoSox.

“This reminded me of how it was back then in Pittsburgh,” Wakefield said. “I’m happy for the fans because they’ve waited a long time to have a team to get excited about. As much as I hate to lose a game, it is nice to see this town excited about baseball again.”

Wakefield, who pitched for the Pirates in 1992-93, also appreciated the reception he got last night from the local fans. “I got introduced as the starting pitcher and got a huge round of applause,” Wakefield said. “I’m very grateful for that.”

»»» Last night’s win against Boston was the Pirates’ first multi-homer game since May 28, when they hit four against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. “We’re not the big home run team,” said Lyle Overbay, who smacked a three-run homer off Wakefield. “It’d be nice to get a three-run shot here and there. Those are big runs. Being in Toronto last year when we hit all those home runs, we were never out of a game. They’re real helpful, but you don’t want to live by it because then the consistency of the little things we do real well will get pushed to the back.”

»»» The Pirates are 14-9 so far this month and are guaranteed of having a winning record in June for the first time since 2009. They have not won more than 15 games in any month since May 2008, when they went 15-13.

»»» Once again, whoever programs the pregame music is proving that PNC Park has the most awful playlist in the major leagues. Bizarre, annoying noise blaring from the p.a. system today. Just a thought — if Sunday games are supposed to be geared toward families and kids, they why not play stuff that they would recognize and appreciate?


Lineups for today’s game:

Red Sox (44-32) – 1. Jacoby Ellsbury cf, 2. Dustin Pedroia 2b, 3. Adrian Gonzalez 1b, 4. Kevin Youkillis 3b, 5. J.D. Drew rf, 6. Jarrod Saltamacchia c, Josh Reddick lf, 8. Marco Scutaro ss, 9. Andrew Miller lhp (0-0, 4.76)

Pirates (39-37) – 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Chase d’Arnaud 3b, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Andrew McCutchen cf, 5. Neil Walker 2b, 6.Lyle Overbay 1b 7. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Mike McKenry c, 9. James McDonald rhp (4-5, 4.86)