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Final: Astros 7, Pirates 4

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (62-71) vs. Houston Astros (44-90)

Time: 8:05 p.m.

Site: Minute Maid Park, Houston

TV, radio: Root Sports, News Talk 104.7 FM

Weather: 103 degrees, hazy

Here is the official live box score.


  1. Jose Tabata, RF
  2. Josh Harrison, 3B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Ryan Doumit, C
  6. Matt Diaz, RF
  7. Brandon Wood, 1B
  8. Chase d’Arnaud, SS
  9. Ross Ohlendorf, RHP


  1. Jordan Schafer, CF
  2. Jose Altuve, 2B
  3. J.D. Martinez, LF
  4. Carlos Lee, 1B
  5. Brian Bogusevic, RF
  6. Jimmy Paredes, 3B
  7. Clint Barmes, SS
  8. Carlos Corporan, C
  9. Wandy Rodriguez, LHP

News updates are on our Pirates page. Karen Price is in Houston.


  1. Eric Bowser says:

    Quite possibly the two worst lineups you’ll see in a game.

  2. Keith says:

    Okay, I see McCutchen, Walker and Tabata for the Bucs. Who’s playing with Lee and Barmes?

  3. Eric Bowser says:

    Of those 16 hitters, I’m not sure we could put out a lineup even capable of beating the Brewers.

    1. Jose Tabata, LF
    2. Josh Harrison, 3B
    3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
    4. Neil Walker, 2B
    5. Carlos Lee, 1B
    6. Ryan Doumit, C
    7. J.D. Martinez, LF
    8. Clint Barmes, SS

  4. MrB says:

    Two RFs listed…I’m assuming Tabata is in LF unless they’re going to try a perverted version of those outfield shifts from last year. :-D

  5. Karen22 says:

    So is the object to have 162 different lineups in 2011? I’m sorry, but I no longer get it.

  6. Eric Bowser says:

    Karen22 – I think the bombastic Hurdle will begin to lose credibility in his clubhouse when he keeps trotting out lineups like this.

  7. Karen22 says:

    I suppose it doesn’t matter anymore this season who is trotted out, but it’s beyond ridiculous at this point. Don’t we need to see how the young dudes fare for the rest of the season?? I mean, Matt Diaz surely isn’t part of the “future,” is he?? And the resurgent Garrett Jones needs to face lefties if he’s the option at 1st, no?? I’m just tired of this…it’s silly.

  8. Eric Bowser says:

    @Karen – agreed. Matt Diaz couldn’t hit cleanup on a Little League team.

  9. pghboyinca says:

    The 6,7, and 8th batters in this lineup speak volumes about this front office in their 4th year of power here.

    What word would be appropriate? Disgraceful, pathetic, laughable, deplorable, unworthy, or how about Nuttigesque?

  10. Eric Bowser says:

    I have a bigger issue with what isn’t in AAA or AA – no power (hitters/pitchers) than what isn’t in the majors through player development. This offseason would have been good timing to sign a free agent power hitter or number one pitcher but that isn’t happening as no one will want to come here and Nutting doesn’t have the money to overpay someone to come here.

  11. JAL says:

    The top 6 in the Pirate lineup are hitting between .260 and .287 which is not horrible. Wood has 7 homers in 213 at bats so some power there.

  12. Steve Smith says:

    @Karen22, just think, in just 3 more days roster will expand. From what Clint has said recently we may be looking at another 10 guys to add, though most will probably be pitchers. That still means more possibilities to make different line-ups. I would personally like to see Matt Hague. Saw him a couple years ago during the final season of Lynchburg in High A. Looked pretty good to me. He was on the same team as Presley, Mercer, and a couple of the other guys now in Indy.

  13. JAL says:

    Karstens will miss his next start, arm fatigue. No replacement announced yet though Aaron Thompson may get another chance.

  14. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    DIAZ in the lineup. CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!

  15. Buckeyehba says:

    What a waste of space to have Diaz playing tonight. 3 or 4 innings and I will have this game turned off.

  16. Radio wave says:

    Good start for ohle

  17. Steve Smith says:

    On our way, really quick, to that 10 strikeout average. Four K’s through 2 already.

  18. Steve Smith says:

    Any bets on the number of K’s for tonight. I’m going for 14 at this point. No plate discipline at all.

    DK: They might have that many by the sixth inning.

  19. Steve Smith says:

    J-Hay to the rescue!

  20. Steve Smith says:


  21. Radio wave says:

    Amac jack

  22. JAL says:

    First two hits in the game become the first two runs

  23. Steve Smith says:

    @DK, What would the chances be for Cutch and Walker to finish the season with 100-100+ RBI this year? I know it’s pretty slim, but that would be awesome – especially with how horrid this offense has been this season.

    DK: Each would need 20-plus RBIs in 28 games. That’s pretty tough if you consider that Garrett Jones had 17 extra-base hits in August and still had only 17 RBIs.

  24. Steve Smith says:

    I knew putting that 14 K line in there would get the Bucs mad. Just the way I had it planned. Hopefully the hit parade will continue. Here’s your boy @Playoffs, and he walks.

  25. Steve Smith says:

    How about a double steal with Douy and Diaz on base!!

  26. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Diaz walk killed that inning

  27. Radio wave says:

    9k’s and a lead

  28. JAL says:

    Playoffs by 2012

    Do you anything about baseball other than Diaz?

  29. JAL says:

    Astros get 1 back. Ohlie has 5 strikeouts

  30. Playoffs by 2012 says:



  31. Eric Bowser says:

    watching Ohlendorf, that man is a ticking time bomb with terrible pitching mechanics.

    He’s got virtually zero bend in his right leg to create the power in his windup, little twist in his hips, no finish with the back, shoulder and dear lord, his arm follow through… what a mess.

    He’s going to be collecting a government check before long.

  32. Steve Smith says:

    5-9 in the order and 9 K’s among them. Just sad!

  33. Radio wave says:

    12 k’s in the 6th, what is the record?

  34. JAL says:


    8 of those 9 are 7-8-9 and it actually 10 5-9 and 5 and 6 have 1 each, 7 and 8 have 3 each and 9 has 2

  35. JAL says:

    Radio–20 by Kerry Wood and Roger Clemens twice in 9 innings

  36. Steve Smith says:

    @JAL, thanks. I was looking at the stats part before it updated. Even though I had the number in my head, couldn’t get my hands to cooperate.

  37. LOPPER says:

    First time I’ve felt I had to reply, JAL totaly agree with you, I don’t think some people know baseball. They are so obsessed with FO and B Nutting that nothing they do is good enough, think they shoud stick to video games where they can all make there own allstar teams like the yankees. They are clueless when it comes to real baseball.

  38. Steve Smith says:

    Okay, my guess of 14 for Wandy was one shy, but the rest of the Astros could get one more K. Likely the way the bottom of the order is going, it will be more, but I hope not.

  39. Steve Smith says:

    Harrison would have made that play better.

  40. Steve Smith says:

    Goodnight Folks. Game Over! See you tomorrow.

  41. Radio wave says:


  42. JAL says:

    went bad in a hurry

  43. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Worst part is, we won’t have our best pinch hitter available for the 9th

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