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Final: Cardinals 8, Pirates 4

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (61-68) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (67-63)

Time: 8:15 p.m.

Site: Busch Stadium, St. Louis

TV, radio: Root Sports, News Talk 104.7 FM

Weather: 82 degrees, clear

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


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


  1. Skip Schumaker, 2B
  2. Allen Craig, CF
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B
  4. Matt Holliday, LF
  5. Lance Berkman, RF
  6. David Freese, 3B
  7. Yadier Molina, C
  8. Rafael Furcal, SS
  9. Edwin Jackson, RHP

News updates are on our Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is in St. Louis.


  1. JAL says:

    Presley in lineup, d’Arnaud back, Yo-yo man Ciriaco and Thompson down

  2. Bizrow says:

    Anyone watching the Little League World Series?

    Fascinating, but the crying doesn’t belong. Reminds me of the old blog site

    Dejan’s Lunatic Nation – at the Trib,
    Arizona – Tucson, Chandler
    Arkansas – Rogers
    Austrailia – Mackay
    California – Bakersfield, San Francisco, UNION CITY, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Yuba
    Colorado – Ft Collins
    Connecticut – Cos Cob, Bridgeport
    Delaware. Newark
    District of Columbia
    Florida – Palm Harbor, Orlando, Valrico, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Oviedo, Tampa, Jacksonville
    Georgia – Marietta
    Germany – Leverkusen/Cologne
    Hawaii – Honolulu
    Idaho – Mountain Home, Coer d’Aline
    Indiana – Indianapolis, Burns Harbor
    Iowa – Bettendorf
    Illinois – La Salle, Peru, Payson, Chicago, Palatine (3 inmates there), Lincoln Park, Grayslake
    Japan – Tokyo
    Kentucky – Louisville
    Louisiana – Slidell
    Maryland – Arnold, Odenton, Severn, Baltimore
    Massachusetts – Boston
    Michigan – Kalamazoo, Eaton Rapids, Lansing
    Mississippi – Biloxi
    Nebraska – Omaha
    New Hampshire – Barrington
    New Jersey – Chesterfield, Princeton, Roxbury, Lebanon
    New York – New York, Smithtown
    North Carolina – Asheville, Hickory, Charlotte
    North Dakota
    Ohio – Cincinnati, Columbiana, Westerville, Green, Hilliard, Toledo, Mason, Louisville, Columbus, Perrysburg, Pickerington, Youngstown
    Pennsylvania – Downtown, Hopewell, Indiana, North Wales, Franklin Park, Forest Hills, Lansdale, Philadelphia, DuBois, Reading, Crafton, Arnold, Wexford, Mt Lebanon, Canonsburg, Lancaster, Huntington, York, Boiling Springs, Philly suburbs, Morningside, Harrisburg, Lawrenceville, Bradfordwoods, Norristown, Hanover, Clearfield, Sewickley, DuBois, Plum Boro, Slippery Rock, Wilks-Barre, Sharpsville, Bessemer
    The Phillipines
    South Carolina – Duncan, Longs, Columbia
    Tennessee – Smithville, Nashville
    Texas – Tyler, San Antonio, Belton
    Virginia – JAL, Hampton, Rescue, Richmond, Front Royal, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Warrenton, Springfield
    Washington – Seattle, Nine Mile Falls, Spokane
    West Virginia – Martinsburg, Morgantown
    Wisconsin – Madison, Oshkosh

    134 locations represented in the blog,
    8/25/2011 5:47 PM

    Check out Rob’s blog, good tidbits/reporting

    Good writing in the Trib too

    I never would have thunk that its the only paper I now subscribe to

    Beat Em Bucs

  3. I’m quite surprised that Tabata is leading off and Presley batting 2nd.

    Tabata is so good hitting to right side/field, which is what you want if Presley were leadoff and got on base as much as he did before. Tabata could fill up that right side hole! While Presley is a lefty batter, he did not pull the ball all that much when he was here before, so it would seem he would not take advantage of the 1st baseman holding Tabata on if Tabata leads off on base.

    Plus, I think Presley is a little better base stealer than Tabata.

    All in all though, two exciting options to have at the top of the order!!!

    Are we looking at next year’s batting line-up, with Pedro dropped into the 6-hole in place of Harrison?!

  4. Hey Bizzy!
    I work in Greensburg (where I’m writing right now), but I live in Washington, 52.4 miles away. Two more towns for your list.

  5. Steve Smith says:

    @DK are you doing any coverage of the Little League World Series? Hopefully the Mid-Atlantic countryboys from PA can take tonights game against the surfer dudes from CA. It would be nice to have the homestate boys in the final game. Be nice to have the hometown boys win tonight as well in St. Louis.

  6. Bunch of fair weather fans... says:

    Stat of the day…

    The Pirates have used the DL the most times (tied with SF & LA) in MLB.

    Can’t control the uncontrollable.

  7. Bizrow says:


    Logged in, thanks

    Its interesting I see no thanks to DK for helping to bring Sid’s stuff to a head

    I’m just sayin, no one better than Dejan

  8. JMB says:

    I feel like Beavis or Butthead, but …

    @Biz said DK & head.

    “Uh huh huh huh”.

    Eternal 7th grader.

  9. Steve Smith says:

    Charlie may want to start throwing some outside since several balls that have been hit very hard have been inside off the plate. Pujols and Molina at least hit ones that were definitely balls inside.

  10. CDBrewer says:



    Need Morton to get out of this 2nd and go let Jackson walk a few of us…

  11. CDBrewer says:

    very bad…
    3 is a big lead against a team without too many 3 run shots…
    Jackson also can pitch without pressure…

    not good

  12. JMB says:

    I was just thinking this morning that 78-84 is possible again, and we could possible make 82-80 if we get hot, but we need to split this series at the minimum.

  13. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Welcome back, Prez!

  14. Pattonbb says:

    we’ll score some runs against Jackson, just hope Charlie finds his groove.

  15. CDBrewer says:

    With you JMB, 78 in still in the conversation – I think 81 has sailed, but I will say, I am thrilled at the shot at 78 and the strong likelihood of 75+.

    Good year.

    And Jackson is losing his control!!

  16. Steve Smith says:

    So far your looking right there CD. Hopefully we can get one.

  17. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Can’t wait til Diaz gets in the game……

  18. Steve Smith says:

    Jackson getting Larussa calls now.

  19. Steve Smith says:

    Nothing like a 6 ball walk!

  20. JMB says:

    brand new game!

  21. Steve Smith says:


  22. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Jones delivers!

  23. Steve Smith says:

    Like last time J-hay! Come on Bucs!

  24. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    @ Steve… I saw that walk on the pitch tracker and was thinking the same way… two called strikes clearly outside off the plate.

  25. CDBrewer says:


    You got me yesterday with “How did Diaz do?” well after the game ended…and you just got me again…never expected it…lol…you were just missing exclamation points

  26. Steve Smith says:

    @Dave the ump gave them back to us on Jones AB, though so all was well.

  27. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Double-double for the lead!

  28. Steve Smith says:

    Bad baserunning again!

  29. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Nicest lineup perhaps all year for the Bucs.

  30. Pattonbb says:

    Maybe we can hire Tim Raines or Kenny Lofton as a base running coach next year. We absolutely suck at it.

  31. CDBrewer says:


    I love that thought…We could use a base stealer to help us as a coach…not just a fast guy, but a great base stealer.
    What is Tim Raines doing these days?

  32. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Wow. Top 7 Cards in the line-up tonight are batting over .290

  33. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    … and Pujols is the lowest of those seven guys…

  34. Bunch of fair weather fans... says:

    Obviously, this group never played baseball. McKenry was caught because Jackson made a nice play. The Fort is supposed to run on a groundball up the middle. It wasn’t bad baserunning. It was a good defensive play.

  35. Bunch of fair weather fans... says:

    Either that or they were taught the wrong way.

  36. Pattonbb says:

    Bunch, I agree, the play on McKenry wasn’t so much bad base running as a nice play by Jackson. My bad base running comment was more of an emotional response. But, you have to admit that is one area we definitely need to improve in.

    Obviously though, McKenry would be better served to make sure the ball gets past the pitcher before he breaks for home.

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

    Baserunning has been bad….Wasn’t it yesterday or the day before we had 2 runners cut down in the same inning……bad…..all year……just need some screws tightened a bit……

  38. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Jackson is close to being finished tonight. Just hit 90 pitch mark.

  39. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @CD Brewer

    I’m just keepin it real I guess……

  40. Bunch of fair weather fans... says:

    Baserunning has had some mistakes (not unlike the rest of MLB) but they’ve also been victimized by Nick Leyva quite a few times this year. Its a combination of things.

  41. Steve Smith says:

    @Bunch, played tons of baseball, and I am of the mind of @Pattonbb, he should have waited the extra second to see if it gets past the pitcher.

  42. Steve Smith says:

    @Bunch agree about Leyva.

  43. Steve Smith says:

    Now we’re down a run and that baserunning play comes back to bite.

  44. Bunch of fair weather fans... says:

    How many times has Mortin give up hits on balls several inches off the plate?

  45. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Pedro Alvarez Update………….
    Since being demoted — 3 for 27 — .111 AVG — 9 KO — 4 BB — YUCK!!

  46. Bunch of fair weather fans... says:


    That’s easy to say but on a hard hit ball they have a better chance of getting him at the plate if he waits. It’s a catch-22. More often, that ball gets by the pitcher.

  47. Steve Smith says:

    PA Little League lost 2-0 to CA tonight, but they are still 3-2

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

    Chase really gets out of the box quickly…….and gets good jumps off of first when he steals……

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

    If he can just get his avg up 30-40 points…….He’s a hustler….

  50. Bunch of fair weather fans... says:

    Two nice plays against Tabata in RBI situations.

  51. CDBrewer says:

    Hey Bunch,
    I am not upset with McKendry because stuff happens over 162 games, but if he waits a second he is NOT even drawing a throw to the plate by a middle infielder, if one of them had been able to get it.
    He has been trained to watch it clear the pitcher -unless it is contact play, which that wasn’t.
    And he is paid well to do it.
    Coming from college baseball (didn’t see the field much at all – couldn’t hit at all at that level – but, yes, Big East at that).

    I happen to think this was a nice play and he got nailed on his 2ndary lead, which I can live with.

  52. JRay3 says:

    Nice effort by leroux tonight…time to get to this weak cards pen!

  53. CDBrewer says:


    Unless we now ph for him because of their move…

  54. Pattonbb says:

    Here comes Diaz!!

  55. Steve Smith says:

    Hey Matt Diaz is in the game as a PH for now.

  56. Steve Smith says:

    That last pitch was a ball almost immediately out of the pitcher’s hand and he swung at it. At least he got Paul to 3rd. Get him home Jose!

  57. Steve Smith says:

    Sorry didn’t realize the pitcher’s spot was before Cedeno now. Come on Cedeno.

  58. CDBrewer says:

    oh my God, this is the least predictable guy we have…in this spot too

  59. Steve Smith says:

    With 2 strikes now, anyone – K are popup?

  60. CDBrewer says:

    Would love to see Ronny do this…
    I don’t dislike him…I think he just is distracted…all the time

  61. Steve Smith says:

    Swinging at ball 3 above his head.

  62. CDBrewer says:

    Molina is a very good catcher…he knew what he was doing…

  63. Pattonbb says:

    That’s a tough pitch to lay off.

  64. Steve Smith says:

    How awesome would it be if Doumit grew the mountain man Keisel beard?

  65. Steve Smith says:

    Tabata, Cutch and Walk 0-9 with 2 walks and a HBP. Hopefully we can get something, just anything in the top of the 9th.

  66. JRay3 says:

    Big out! Gotta like the ice watson shows in his veins in big situations!

  67. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    What’d I miss?? Diaz hit a homer??

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

    We’ve got d’arnuald, Tabata and Presley in the ninth…..time to manufacture a run or two…………Let’s hold ‘em Bucs……

  69. Florida Steeler says:

    Cedeno is pathetic but this team has no shortstop, no catcher, no third baseman and first base is marginal. Nutting must spend money to get some proven talent at these positions. I am getting tired of the Steve Pearce’s, Pedro Ciraaco and other no hope major league talent. Sick of hearing these wonderful drafts and I am afraid Pedro may be another Huntington folly!!!

  70. JRay3 says:

    @ playoffs – now that would be a first! Sad thing it really would be.

  71. Steve Smith says:

    Good night folks!

  72. Florida Steeler says:

    Nice job Watson and Hurdle.

  73. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Ouch. Sometimes intentional walks sting. We got stung.

  74. Steve Smith says:

    Don’t think the hammer will be used for a week now. That was the situation to bring him in. No need to keep him in the pen.

  75. CDBrewer says:

    Gotta admit, I wouldn’t have gone Hammer there, but don’t think Watson would have been my plan either…

  76. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Tabata’s 18th game vrs Cards. He had hit in all 17 previous games. 10-game hitting streak over as well.

  77. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Should have started Diaz…………

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