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Final: Pirates 6, Red Sox 4

One hour to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (38-37) vs. Boston Red Sox (44-31)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, News Talk 104.7 FM

Weather: 69 degrees, cloudy

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


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

Red Sox:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. J.D. Drew, RF
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Josh Reddick, LF
  8. Marco Scutaro, SS
  9. Tim Wakefield, RHP

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


  1. The Pirates are 38-37. No shrinking their win total :P

  2. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Fixed! And thanks. You really haven’t been to a game that long?

  3. JAL says:

    Alvarez with another setback, this time his neck Was to start playing in rehab games Friday but now pushed back. Also, Dusty Brown DFAed and Eric Fryer called up.

  4. Curt says:

    Like that they brought d’Arnaud to play. Glad he’s in the lineup again! He hits well, any chance he stays around?

  5. MrB says:

    Lets go Bucs!!!

  6. MJAM412 says:

    Long time lurker first time poster…

    Wish there was the lively discussion I read from the posters on the other blog — I hope it will grow here.

    What got me to actually post? A member of my family will be at each one of this weekend games, the possibility of season tickets is being discussed at the dinner table, and a genuine excitement exists for the first time in years. All of this coming from folks who wouldn’t sit down and watch a whole game with me as recently as last spring.

    Really hope the Bucs keep it up tonight — just keep winning each series and it’ll be a very memorable summer (easier said than done, I know)


  7. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    @JAL: The greatest disappointment so far this season is that Alvarez is losing almost all of it to what really sounds like a routine injury.

    @Curt: Sure, why not? D’Arnaud is a legit prospect. And it’s not like he’s being blocked.

    @MJAM: Welcome!

    @All: Help me out with details tonight! I’m still in St. Paul, no TV, no radio.

  8. pattonbb says:

    Let’s go Buccos! Time to capitalize on this momentum and deal a second consecutive loss to those Boys from Beantown.

    On another note, is anyone else getting concerned about Alvarez? Jeeze, it seems every couple weeks there’s a new ailment.

  9. Steve Smith says:

    Another night, and another ump going to screw us with squeezing the strike zone. Thanks Blue!

  10. MJAM412 says:

    At this point I’m really not expecting Pedro back until late August and early September… its very discouraging.

    Two walks by Karstens in the first and a poor defensive play by Cedeno, even though the error went to McHenry it was a ball that should have been caught.

    @DK you couldn’t have asked for an internet subscription as part of your free agent package?

  11. pattonbb says:

    That strike zone looked rather peculiar. Hope the crew chief isn’t trying to prove a point to Hurdle after he voiced some displeasure with the calls last night.

  12. MJAM412 says:

    Yes I meant to type McKendry…

  13. MJAM412 says:

    wow, I can’t give the poor guy a break.. the Pirates catcher should not have been given a throwing error. Editing a post option would be wonderful :)

  14. Steve Smith says:

    @Bizrow Woodbridge, VA is here.

  15. MJAM412 says:

    It seems like Mr. Wakefield has his knuckler dancing all over the place

  16. SlackBoss says:

    Nice play by d’Arnaud at third on slow roller. Kid looks like he has a decent arm.

  17. MJAM412 says:

    Made it look routine

  18. MJAM412 says:

    Off the bat I thought we were Chasing one home there… Hopefully it will get better now that they’ve seen it once through the lineup

  19. pattonbb says:

    Dodged one there…and Wakefield leads off next inning.

  20. MJAM412 says:

    Chase looks much better than Harrison defensively speaking. He’s making tougher plays look routine. That double play was huge.

  21. JAL says:

    The walks were due to very narrow strike zone. Karstens lives on the edges . He often goes two games wiithout a walk, two in inning is very unusual.

  22. MJAM412 says:

    Agreed. He is being squeezed and that’s problematic as far as the pitch count goes. Hopefully he can get some 8 or 9 pitch innings here and give us 7 innings.

  23. pattonbb says:

    Agreed. Like what Chase has showed in this small sample of games so far.

  24. pattonbb says:

    Here we go!! Wakefield is about to get lit up.

  25. Steve Smith says:

    That’s the way to do it Lyle!

  26. Steve Smith says:

    Happy Birthday Jeff’s Mom!! RBI #1 for Karstens!

  27. @Dk: Yeah I haven’t been to one since then. I went to Barry Bond’s first game back as a Giant and never went again. He was my favorite player and the Pirates haven’t had a real replacement until McCutheon(sp? doesn’t look right).

  28. JAL says:

    Giles was pretty good for his years with the Pirates–39, 35, 37, 38 home runs

  29. CDBrewer says:

    Ohhhh, DK – Paul almost made a miraculous catch and dropped it for the last out, and they shot the fireworks…
    Hanny vs Gonzalez who is the tying run…
    Don’t know what you heard in Minny

  30. CDBrewer says:

    phew, Hanny’s still perfect.

  31. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    @CD: I know nothing other than your post there. No TV, no radio.

  32. Keith says:

    The Pirates may have just become a national story with this win. Think about it: the way they won, with Hanrahan beating Papi and Gonzalez in the ninth, the fact that they bettered their .500 record by two against the scariest team in the majors, and the three sellouts. If they sweep, ESPN should light up.

  33. JAL says:

    6-4 final–homers by Overbay (3 run shot) and Jones. Pen took over with two outs in 7th and a 5-4 Pirate lead.

  34. Dan says:

    What a game! What a win! What a series!!! Tonight’s drama was present in almost every at-bat after the Overbay home run. Good to see Jones add the insurance homer as well. Also it is wild how much better the bucs are playing defensively than the Sox.

    We got to see two All-Stars pitch tonight – Hanrahan and Karstens. I bet Karstens goes, especially when you think of how many pitchers opt out every year.

  35. LikeaBugonaRug says:

    How sweet it is. Took them awhile to recover from my visit to Cleveland last Saturday (what a good ballpark they have, too!), but they’re on a roll again. Let’s hope Charlie can bring out the broom tomorrow.

  36. LikeaBugonaRug says:

    Ah, I see now that Charlie is getting skipped tomorrow and McDonald is going. Need a good start from him with all the work the pen is getting lately. And my guess would be that Joel won’t be available for closing tomorrow.

  37. Karen22 says:

    Don’t wake me (or the Pirates) up! I must be dreaming! This is just getting “funner” and “funner.” Whoda thunk? NO ONE! Bring the brooms tomorrow…wouldn’t that be crazy?

  38. Bizrow says:

    I was there tonight, actually, one of the best games I’ve had the fun of seeing in years. The Red Sox have lightening in some of their bats

    Lets go for it, folks were talking about not getting embarrassed, sweet…..

    I’m thinking though playing this series in Fenway, a different ballgame

    I must admit am starting to expect more than just hope

    PBC Nation – at the Trib
    California – Bakersfield, San Francisco, UNION CITY
    Colorado – Ft Collins
    Connecticut – Cos Cob
    Florida – Palm Harbor, Orlando, Valrico
    Germany – Leverkusen/Cologne
    Idaho – Mountain Home, Coer d’Aline
    Indiana – Indianapolis
    Illinois – La Salle, Peru
    Kentucky – Louisville
    Japan – Tokyo
    Louisiana – Slidell
    Maryland – Arnold, Odenton
    Massachusetts – Boston
    Michigan – Kalamazooooooo ( al la, Pittsburgh goal scored by Mario Lemoooooooooooooo)
    Mississippi – Biloxi
    New Jersey – Chesterfield, Princeton, Roxbury
    New York – New York, Smithtown
    North Carolina – Asheville, Hickory
    Ohio – Cincinnati, Columbiana, Westerville, Green, Hilliard
    Pennsylvania – Downtown, Hopewell, Indiana, North Wales, Franklin Park, Forest Hills, Lansdale, Philadelphia, DuBois, Reading, Crafton
    South Carolina – Duncan. Longs
    Tennessee – Smithville
    Texas – Tyler
    Virginia – JAL, Hampton, Rescue, Richmond, Front Royal
    Washington – Seattle, Nine Mile Falls
    Wisconsin – Madison

    57 in all, so far, with miles to go
    6/25/2011 11:46 PM

  39. Bizrow says:

    Just a question, with all the relievers we are using lately, do we have Dr Andrews on retainer?

    Excellent gutsy job by Kartsens again tonight, I have no fault with what CH is doing, but he let Kartsy in too long

    Dejan, a question, would play-by-play even work here? We could try it

  40. Mason says:

    Great to see Watson, Wood, Moskos, and McCutchen being called upon in big spots and getting continually getting outs. Same goes for D’Arnaud and Harrison. Presley’s next in line.

  41. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    @Biz: Yes, it would work. The only delay on any comments here is for someone’s very first comment. And even then, I try to get them up as quickly as possible.

  42. Mason says:

    Is Pedro living in a cave down in Florida?

  43. Joe C says:

    Bizrow…it’s joerevs300 from the PG site. I’m down here in San Antonio TX. I have this bookmarked and hope to visit more often! Very happy to see the Pirates succeeding this year, the fans deserve this!

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