Looking ahead to first pitch …
Game: Pirates (50-44) vs. Cincinnati Reds (47-49)
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Site: PNC Park
TV, radio: Root Sports, News Talk 104.7 FM
Weather: 85 degrees, clearing up but still humid
Here is the official live box score, and here are the lineups …
- Alex Presley, LF
- Josh Harrison, 3B
- Neil Walker, 2B
- Andrew McCutchen, CF
- Garrett Jones, RF
- Lyle Overbay, 1B
- Brandon Wood, SS
- Mike McKenry, C
- James McDonald, RHP
- Drew Stubbs, CF
- Zack Cozart, SS
- Joey Votto, 1B
- Brandon Phillips, 2B
- Miguel Cairo, 3B
- Chris Heisey, RF
- Fred Lewis, LF
- Ryan Hanigan, C
- Mike Leake, RHP
Rob Biertempfel has news updates on the Bucco Blog.
UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: First pitch from McDonald to Stubbs, 86 degrees.
7:08: Sizzling start for McDonald with swinging Ks of Cozart and Votto. Already has that curve going. Crowd into it again. Going to be a little bigger than last night.
7:31: Flipping through my scorebook, Walker’s 13-game hitting streak isn’t the whole story: He also has a hit in his first plate appearance of the past seven games. That’s pretty neat.
7:49: McDonald has good control of his fastball, which is getting up there at 92-93. That’s an even better sign than the curve. He looks sharp.
7:50: My Wednesday column will look into whether or not the Pirates’ players actually want outside help. And, from that, I will renew my call for outside help.
8:17: Just snapped the above photo. An amazing sight on a Tuesday night. Really is.
9:03: Total eruption just now for Joe Beimel’s big K of Jay Bruce. I mean people jumped out of their seats, the ones who weren’t already up. Here comes Chris Resop to try to get Stubbs.