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Final: Pirates 5, Reds 3

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (58-65) vs. Cincinnati Reds (61-64)

Time: 4:11 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Fox, News Talk 104.7 FM

Weather: 82 degrees, sunny

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


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


  1. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  2. Fred Lewis, LF
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Jay Bruce, RF
  5. Miguel Cairo, 3B
  6. Drew Stubbs, CF
  7. Ramon Hernandez, C
  8. Paul Janish, SS
  9. Dontrelle Willis, LHP

News updates are on our Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel will cover the game today.


  1. DavedigsDksblog says:

    Can we start the Josh Bell countdown to Pittsburgh?

    Wow. What an impressive looking dude. Mature. More like 25 than 19.

  2. Sammich says:

    So I will be watching the game tonight on the horribly mis-named ESPN America (as it is for audiences outside America). But it is hard to be optimistic about the home team’s chances with this synopsis on ESPN’s programming schedule:

    Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
    Brandon Phillips and the Reds visit PNC Park to take on Brandon Wood and the Pirates in this NL Central contest.

    Duration : 180 mins

    DK: That’s beautiful. Would love to have had a screen grab of that.

  3. JAL says:

    Tony Watson called up to take Morton’s spot. Guess another move will be made when they need another starter unless they plan to use Lincoln. Still need another with a doubleheader Monday.

  4. DavedigsDKsblog says:

    Glad we got Dick Stockton.

    Better voice than Joe Buck.

  5. matmoksik says:

    ESPN America really thinks Brandon Wood is the face of the pirates?

  6. Pattonbb says:

    Presley had 4 hits last night at Indy. Is he up yet?

  7. matmoksik says:

    I saw Willis pitch for Louisville here in Norfolk earlier this season. He pitched alright, but it sure was neat seeing him in action that close.

  8. Jay G -Jacksonville FL via New Castle says:

    We’re getting MIL-NYM here in Jax…….Just finished watching last night’s game I DVR’ed……tough to stomach…..

  9. pghboyinca says:

    I hate bunting Walker with 2 on and no outs mid game. It isn’t like we have murderers row behind him. Why give up your second best hitter for Brandon Wood, Cedeno, and Mckenry? Hurdle may inspire and communicate but can we lock him in the clubhouse during games?

  10. Steve Smith says:

    Can we ever hold a lead anymore? Too many times now, we keep letting the other team back in it. Too many close games all year.

  11. pghboyinca says:

    Hanrahan looked great, good winand good for morale. (team and this blog)

  12. PgherinLev says:

    @pghboy. I was thinking the same thing about bunting Walker. Turns out that was his only hitless at bat.

    @matmoksik Of course ESPN doesn’t think Brandon Wood is the face of the Pirates. They just wanted to be “clever” and highlight a Brandon vs Brandon matchup.

  13. PI Stingray says:

    I’m truly shocked…..just twelve (now thirteen) posts. Guess a busy Saturday night in the Burgh. Sunday afternoon here. Good Win……

  14. radio wave says:

    You knew they couldn’t hold the lead.

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