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Final: Pirates 4, Reds 3

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (69-87) vs. Cincinnati Reds (76-80)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, News Talk 104.7 FM

Weather: 60 degrees, rain

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


  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Derrek Lee, 1B
  5. Ryan Doumit, C
  6. Garrett Jones, RF
  7. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  8. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  9. Jeff Locke, LHP


  1. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  2. Drew Stubbs, CF
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Jay Bruce, RF
  5. Todd Frazier, 3B
  6. Dave Sappelt, LF
  7. Ramon Hernandez, C
  8. Paul Janish, SS
  9. Edinson Volquez, RHP

News updates are on our Pirates page.


  1. JD says:

    I’m driving in from mid-Ohio. Am I wasting a trip? Not talking bad baseball, but weather.

  2. Bizrow says:

    JD, I think the front is past us, nope, but there are breaks, go for it.

    One more time, all you gotta do to sign in is post and note where your current residence is

    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, Wallingford
    Delaware. Newark
    District of Columbia
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    139 locations represented in the blog,
    9/23/2011 5:03 PM

  3. Bizrow says:

    Although, the number of current responses might match the attendance for this game 8)

    Dejan, have you ever bought a bunch of Starbucks and put it in a themos?

    Nevermind, forgot about the rules on bringing stuff in…

  4. Eric Bowser says:

    Locke throws too many balls, Pirates can’t possibly think of him as a replacement for Maholm?

  5. Eric Bowser says:

    Jay Bruce sends a rocket over the RF wall just foul, then launches a deep fly to CF but Andrew McCutchen snags it for first out.

  6. Eric Bowser says:

    speaking of bombs… Jones just CRUSHED a 2-run HR out of the park to deep CF…. literally over the CF stands.

  7. Eric Bowser says:

    Ryan Doumit, this man is hitting the ball. If he’s willing to come back at a reduced salary, Pirates have to make an effort don’t they, bad defense or not?

  8. Eric Bowser says:

    Reds are hitting the ball hard and far, just not far enough. Not good sign for more than 5 innings for this kid.

  9. Eric Bowser says:

    Alvarez can’t hit the breaking ball, but hey, who needs winter ball.

  10. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    I get to watch these three games vrs the Reds here in Cincy area.

    I will be moving back to the ‘Burgh by December 1st… anyone know of any houses for rent?

  11. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    28,226 at the game tonight?

  12. WOW! If McCutchen runs full out from the time he hits the ball, does he get his inside-the-park home run?
    He did not start running hard until the ball fell past centerfielder, 2/3 down the line. I hope the run-everything-out McCutch returns next year!!

  13. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Reds announcers make a point that their catcher, soon-to-be free agent Ramon Hernandez, could be a good fit for the Pirates, if he doesn’t re-sign with the Reds.

  14. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Hernandez will be 36 next year. Still putting up decent numbers and provides the big hits.

  15. JAL says:

    That would be another added to the collection of catchers the Pirates have

  16. Eric Bowser says:

    Since his appearance in All-Star game, Joel Hanrahan has not been the same pitcher for the Pirates as he’s blown 4 saves in 29 games.

  17. Eric Bowser says:

    Once again, bad offense scores only three runs

  18. Eric Bowser says:

    Jaramillo with an excuse me double to LF.

  19. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Three of those four blown saves are vrs Reds

  20. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Ludwick the hero… 4-3 Bucs

  21. Dave G in Mason, OH says:

    Hanrahan gets a win.

  22. Eric Bowser says:

    nice win for Pirates as Ludwick scores d’Arnaud on ball off CF wall.

  23. JoeBucco says:

    It all comes down to “Don’t lose 90″.

    Weird to say it, but the psychological benefits of losing 89 or less is kinda a huge thing we still have on the line. A 90 loss (or worse) team is still bad. But if we lose only 88 or 89, then we were right there. 16 or so game improvement over last year, and 70 something wins and 80 something losses sounds and feels a whole lot better than losing 90, am I right?

    So .500 or better from here on out. Let’s Go Bucs!

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