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Final: Pirates 1, Astros 0

One hour to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (32-33) vs. Houston Astros (25-42)

Time: 8:05 p.m.

Site: Minute Maid Park, Houston

Weather: 93 degrees, but the roof will be closed

Here is the official live box score, and here are the lineups …

Pirates:

  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Garrett Jones, RF
  6. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  7. Mike McKenry, C
  8. Brandon Wood, 3B
  9. Jeff Karstens, RHP

Astros:

  1. Michael Bourn, CF
  2. Clint Barmes, SS
  3. Hunter Pence, RF
  4. Carlos Lee, LF
  5. Jeff Keppinger, 2B
  6. Brett Wallace, 1B
  7. Chris Johnson, 3B
  8. Carlos Corporan, C
  9. Bud Norris, RHP

Feel free to use this as a discussion forum, as always.

60 Comments

  1. Nice outing from Tallion tonight.

  2. @Mason: He certainly hasn’t disappointed, has he? 38K/4BB in 42.2 IP so far.

  3. The timing for the road trip stinks, wife and kids are out of town, so I would have had time to go to a game.

    As for tonight’s game, quite surprised to see Cedeno in the 2-hole.

  4. On one hand, Cedeno has always done a nice job hitting second. On the other hand, YIKES!

  5. @ Dejan: No, and Cedeno probably fits better at #2 than #8 … other than all the extra at-bats.

  6. Cedeno at #2 made more sense in May. In June, he’s posted a sub-.500 OPS. Not good (actually, 126th out of 133 position players… ouch).

  7. @Dejan – I understand Walker is all they’ve got right now but would much rather see Tabata, Walker, and McCutchen at the top of the lineup. Unfortunately, 4-8 is quite possibly worse in all of baseball with Jones, Overbay, Wood, Cedeno, and McKenry.

    I know its silly talk but at some point the Mets and Dodgers will have to trade off salary and maybe just maybe Huntington can swoop in and steal a legit major league hitter like Carlos Beltran (RF) from New York. We need someone else to be known as the last trade deadline acquisition as Shawon Dunston has had him tenure long enough.

  8. Here’s how I’d position the line-up tonight (for righty/lefty, speed and in honor of Brandon Wood’s above .800 OPS thus far in June):

    LF Tabata
    RF Jones (L)
    CF McCutchen
    2B Walker (S)
    3B Wood
    1B Overbay (L)
    C McKenry
    SS Cedeno
    P Karstens

  9. Walker 2, Jones 4, slide rest up, Cedeno 7 and Wood 8. Give Jones and Overbay the slots they should have, and hope they produce. Hey, this lineup can’t do much worse scoring than they’ve done over the past week.

  10. Wow is that a Mutt & Jeff (plus Cutch) lineup.

    Cedeno really is the best fit at #2, but that’s a damning concession.

  11. Evening All! How about a sweep of Houston? Go Bucs!

  12. Perhaps we’re spoiled because for so many years we had Freddy Sanchez and Jason Kendall, prototypical #2 hitters. Oh, wait – the Bucs seldom used them in those slots, did they, because they needed them to lead off or hit third. Oh, well.

  13. Evening DK! Thank you for allowing the horsemen to harrass you on Sunday!

  14. @Harrassing horsemen: No, thank you.

  15. Evening BFFL!

    Nice job Jonesie!

  16. Pirates take the lead!

  17. Howdie JMB!

  18. @JC Steel:

    Brandon Wood should never ever ever bat above 7th in the order. He’s brutal. Never.

  19. DK, do you think Tabata should be sent down? He’s not doing the job at all offensively. Thoughts?

  20. BFFL, how was the trip?

    PBC Nation – a new beginning
    California – Bakersfield, San Francisco
    Colorado – Ft Collins
    Florida – Palm Harbor, Orlando
    Idaho – Mountain Home
    Indiana – Indianapolis
    Japan – Tokyo
    Maryland – Arnold
    Mississippi – Biloxi
    New York – New York (?)
    North Carolina – Asheville
    Ohio – Cincinnati, Columbiana
    Pennsylvania – Downtown, Hopewell, Indiana, North Wales, Franklin Park, Forest Hills, Lansdale
    Texas – somewhere deep in the heart
    Virginia – JAL, Hampton, Rescue
    Washington – Seattle, Nine Mile Falls

    27 and growing

    Sorry for the corny beginning and end

  21. Oh oh, my comment is under review

    Dam, I hate instant replay ; }

  22. Hi Biz!

    Trip was fantastic other than the Pirates play on the field. They went 1-3 while I was there but it sure was a blast. Sorry we weren’t able to connect… but we will be back.

    Have additions for your list:

    LaSalle, IL
    Peru, IL
    Coeur d’Alene, ID

  23. @Dejan: (Off topic) Did you ever read the Strange Sports issue where DC heroes were recruited by Sportsmaster to play a baseball game? I always toyed with different lineups for heroes. Maybe Green Lantern could bat second?

  24. Duncan, SC Biz!!!

  25. @TS: Seriously? Tabata’s been pretty good lately.

  26. @Dejan: Two examples of personal passions coming together: that issue of Strange Sports and NPR’s contest about 15 years ago to name nine classical composers to fill out a baseball team. (Muzio Clementi was in RF.)

  27. In other games, Justin Verlander of Detroit has a no-hitter going against Cleveland through 7…

  28. Ok Mr. moderator…delete my previous post, no-hitter cleanly broken in the 8th.

  29. Thanks, that makes 31

    We’re wasting chances in Houston

  30. Verlander is filthy.

  31. so much for Ronny Cedeno actually being anything more than a .240 hitter… about time Chase D’Arnaud gets a shot in MLB while he’s hot.

  32. Karstens- 63 pitches thru 5 innings… 48 for strikes, 15 balls (MLB.com)

  33. I hope any and all conversations from Pirates and their fans is done as it relates to Jeff Karstens being a rotation fill-in because this guy is dealing some serious action on the mound tonight.

    Now for the hitters to catch up to the pitchers… never thought I’d type those words this soon.

    base-hit for Cutch!

  34. Got em, lets all hand in here, looks like cutch is wounded in action

  35. We certainly don’t need anything wrong with Cutch!

  36. Eric, I couldn’t agree more. This team is in no position to keep running out under-performing (offensively, at least) veterans when we have semi legitimate prospects waiting in the wings on hot streaks. It is time to call up D’Arnaud and give him a few starts at short, and Presley needs to be in right field.

  37. I don’t think Garrett Jones got more than one strike in that at-bat. He could have walked on 5 pitches there.

  38. @TS Brandon Wood has been literally twice the hitter than Ronny Cedeno has been in June. Wood has an .800+ OPS this month compared to Cedeno’s sub.-500 OPS. So right now, I’d rather have Wood batting #2. Go with the hot hand.

  39. now would be a good time for McKenry to get his first hit.

  40. 6 guys left on base so far….. sheesh

  41. Any reason to believe Presley isn’t better than the guys batting in spots 5 – 8 tonight??

  42. Wow. Norris is still in the game, having thrown just over 100 pitches… 49 of them balls?

  43. Scratch that last post… 42 of them balls….

  44. At least Hurdle left Karstens in

  45. Kartsy is out in the 7th

  46. Karstens’ ERA is down to 2.66.

    Why was he pulled? He was rockin’!

  47. Jones has hit the ball well (again) tonight…let him play, let him play.

  48. Biz, you can add philly to the list.

  49. chesterfield, new jersey

    karstens has amazed this year. unbelievable!

    waiting for the handyman to shut it down!

  50. The Pirates beat the Astros 1-0 on another gem by Karstens AND THERE WAS… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DOUBT ABOUT IT!

  51. Ok, so Cedeno had to make a play…other than that looked pretty easy to me.

  52. PERFECT Dejan. you can jinx the Stros any time. Perfect.

  53. @DK – Are you sure about that?

  54. Great game!

  55. 6 pitches, ends the pence hitting streak, top last years road wins total

    corona being cracker right now!

  56. Slidell, LA checking in after a win.

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