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Final: Pirates 7, Cardinals 0

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (61-70) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (69-63)

Time: 4:11 p.m.

Site: Busch Stadium, St. Louis

TV, radio: Fox, News Talk 104.7 FM

Weather: 80 degrees, clear

Here is the official live box score.


  1. Jose Tabata, RF
  2. Alex Presley, LF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Ryan Doumit, C
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Garrett Jones, 1B
  7. Josh Harrison, 3B
  8. Chase d’Arnaud, SS
  9. Brad Lincoln, RHP


  1. Jon Jay, CF
  2. Rafael Furcal, SS
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B
  4. Matt Holliday, LF
  5. Lance Berkman, RF
  6. Skip Schumaker, 2B
  7. Yadier Molina, C
  8. Daniel Descalso, 3B
  9. Chris Carpenter, RHP

News updates are on our Pirates page.


  1. 1 Bucco fan says:

    Perhaps it’s time to re-boot Andrew McCutchen,a day on the bench could possibly cause him to pick-up signs a little better. Of course Dejan the Baseball Media we have in town has taken it upon themselves to see that he is most proctected athlete in Pittsburgh history from having anything negative ever written about him. What’s more unusual a win over the Brewers or the face of the franchise driving in a runner from 3rd with less than 2 out. Yet the Media leads the charge to make him a 10 million dollar a year player! If that’s the case as a 50+year fan I hope it’s somewhere else. Anything that exceeds what bruce got from the Reds is absurd. Him being the face of the franchise says all anyone needs to know about Pirate Baseball. “From one who bleeds black and Gold! LETS GO BUCS RAISE THE JOLLY RODGER.

  2. JAL says:

    McCutchen was 3-4 last night with an RBI. Not sure what you are referring to.

  3. JAL says:

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  4. diehard says:

    JAL – I am a big fan of Andrew’s, but there was much hope and prognosticating by baseball “experts” that this would be his break out year. I sure hope that’s not the case. He hasn’t been consistent all year. He’s had some good stretches, a few of them extended, but he’s still only showing himself to be a .270something hitter with a little pop and not a great base stealer. (Could Ryan Braun possibly beat him in a 90 foot sprint? Yet Braun has 30 steals, AMac’s not even close.) I would agree, at the moment, a Jay Bruce contract would be over paying – in part because Bruce is grossly overpaid at the moment. I do think Amac needs locked up long term, but if it’s done after this year it’s all going to be on the hope that he’s going to break out and be spectacular – which he could be, and I hope he does, and does it here.

  5. diehard says:

    By the way JAL – recalling you’re in Northern VA correct? Be safe this weekend.

  6. JAL says:


    So far so good here in No VA.

    As for McCutchen, Brain O’Neill has a good piece on his running in which he points out:

    So yesterday, I looked to see how many players have snagged more bags than McCutchen since his debut on June 4, 2009, also the date of his first major-league theft.

    Only nine players have stolen more than McCutchen’s 75 bases in that time: Michael Bourn, 142; Rajai Davis, 119; Juane Pierre, 108; Brett Gardner, 98; B.J. Upton, 93; Carl Crawford, 91; Ichiro Suzuki, 90; Jacoby Ellsbury, 89; and Elvis Andrus, 88. Chone Figgins has matched McCutchen with 75 steals.

    How nice for them. Since the object, however, is not just to steal that base, but to touch home plate before a third out is made, McCutchen has them all beat.

    Here are the rankings among these 11 thieves in runs scored: McCutchen, 239; Bourn, 227; Crawford, 214; Andrus, 208; Suzuki, 206; Upton, 193; Gardner, 189; Pierre, 188, Davis, 170, Figgins, 166; Ellsbury, 165.

  7. hsages211 says:

    31 games left in the season and McCutchen has surpassed his career highs in home runs with 18 (16 last season), RBIs with 76 (56 last season), and walks with 72 (70 last season). There is also a good chance he’ll finish the season with career highs in doubles, triples and OPS and also made his first All-Star team. Not sure if that qualifies as a “break out” season but it’s a pretty significant improvement for our best player who is still only 24. Hope the Bucs can get him signed to a long term deal soon. His stats also compare very favorably with Matt Kemp during his 3rd season.

  8. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    I sure hope Diaz gets the start today. He has earned it.

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

    Apparently, someone needed something to complain about today. Andrew McCutchen is still improving and he’s already very good. I know that some of you remember a guy who played here in the late 80’s and early 90’s who stole over 500 bases (and hit over 700 HRs). Obviously, I’m talking about Barry Bonds.

    Everybody marveled at his natural abilities. He had 85 steals, 90 doubles, and 65 HR in his first 3 seasons (407 games) while hitting .258. McCutchen has 75 steals, 91 doubles, 46 HR, and a .281 batting average (391 games). Bonds walked less and struck out slightly more often.

    I’m not saying McCutchen will end up with Bonds-like career numbers; it’s unlikely for anyone. But getting anything close is more than worth locking up long term.

  10. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    Andrew wont have Bonds career-like numbers because even if steroids became legal, I think he’s smart enough not to use them.

  11. JAL says:

    Pirates lineup

    Tabata 9 Presley 7 McCutchen 8 Doumit 2 Walker 4 Jones 3 Harrison 5 d’Arnaud 6 Lincoln 1

  12. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    No Diaz in the starting lineup. Obviously saving him for an important part of the game.

  13. Steve Smith says:

    Hey J-Hay!! Nice knock even though I can’t see it due to all the Hurricane coverage here in N. VA.

  14. Radio wave says:

    Harrison doing well.

  15. Radio wave says:


  16. Radio wave says:

    Jones mr. August

  17. Steve Smith says:

    J-Hay doing it again! Nice!!

  18. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Harrison has done more in this game than Alvarez has done all season.

  19. Radio wave says:

    Josh in 2012

  20. Steve Smith says:

    Bout time our pitcher gets a hit to drive someone in.

  21. Radio wave says:

    Lincoln gets into the act

  22. Eric Bowser says:

    Pirates are putting some good wood on the ball against Carpenter. 6-0 Pirates

  23. Bizrow says:

    Bob Walk is a pretty professional color guy

    Who was that friggin color guy last week?

    He was awful

    Steve Blass IMO is priceless, a few years and Mr Walk sits in the same seat

    Lincoln is showing some stuff too

  24. JAL says:


    In same area, no baseball just covering Irene.,

  25. Eric Bowser says:

    gasp, 2-out RBI single by McCutchen, 7-0 Pirates

  26. Steve Smith says:

    @JAL Yeah my area has the same. No Little League World Series either on the ABC station. Another California team vs Japan again. Too bad the PA boys couldn’t make it.

  27. Radio wave says:

    Amac clutch

  28. Eric Bowser says:

    great performance so far by Brad Lincoln. This is the guy the Pirates thought they were getting as a 1st round pick.

  29. Radio wave says:

    Got out of it

  30. JAL says:

    Very nice job by Lincoln–6 shutout innings on 78 pitches

  31. Eric Bowser says:

    would be nice to get another inning or two out of Lincoln to help out that bullpen.

  32. Bizrow says:

    He got shut down after 6

    Seems to be a theme


  33. Bizrow says:

    Mr Walk is holding his own

  34. JAL says:

    Lincoln on a pitch count. last game it 60 to 70, this one a bit longer. Remember, he came up August 7 and pitched out the pen, never going more than 2 innings

  35. Eric Bowser says:

    Nice win for the Pirates.

  36. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    It’s not a real game unless Diaz gets an at-bat……..

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