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On location: Pirates 5, Rockies 1, Game 2


Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game 2, doubleheader: Pirates (7-10) vs. Colorado Rockies (9-8)

Time: 3:55 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score. Karen Price has her Game 2 story written already.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Nate McLouth, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  6. Yamaico Navarro, 2B
  7. Clint Barmes, SS
  8. Rod Barajas, C
  9. Charlie Morton, RHP


  1. TJA says:

    the bucs had better come out angry for round 2 and beat the (blank) out of the baseball! oh yea..this is the pirates…

    sorry…i am just SO frustrated…

  2. Thundercrack says:

    Two catchers?!!?

    Who is in centerfield?

  3. If McCutcheon had stolen . . . . . . .

  4. AJS says:

    Quick turnaround on this one. How’s ground Chuck’s sinker looking early. I see he has given up a couple hits already including a double.

  5. JRay3 says:

    Navarro an absolute walks machine!

  6. JRay3 says:

    I said it last night and I will say it again…can’t wait to see Fryer or Sanchez! Barajas has more awful AB’s in key situations than any player I have watched.

  7. Milo Hamilton says:

    I understand Pirates doubleheaders have replaced waterboarding at Gitmo.

  8. Kenerdivanis says:

    2nd and 3rd, nobody out, and they don’t score, mostly because Rod Barajas can’t hit a ground ball or get a ball into the outfield.

  9. twentytwo22 says:


  10. Barajas pops up again for the 2nd time in two nights with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs.

    Well, at least he throws out more baserunners than Doumit.
    What . . . . lower % you say?

    At least he gives a pretty target behind the plate!

  11. JRay3 says:

    Memo to Neal Huntington: Our starting pitchers have been staked a two run lead once this season…our SP ERA is currently 2.56, can you get the team A BAT!!!!

  12. 2 doubleplays in 3 innings——go get ‘em, Ground Ball Charles (it’s what his mother calls him)!!

  13. AJS says:

    JRAY3…1 bat isn’t going to do it…but it would be a good start.

  14. AJS says:

    I’ll say this, I am certainly no longer complaining about the trade of McLouth. Wow has he busted hard.

  15. AJS says:

    FYI for the tech team DK, the link to “Sports” on the top of the page is currently redirecting me to the home page instead. Don’t know if this is a problem for everyone.

  16. JRay3 says:

    Another strong start by a Bucco starting pitcher, we have actually pitched well enough to be atop the Central.

    A statement of some sort is needed, Clint needs to replace Ritchie for no other reason than a different voice or approach or way of looking at hitting!

  17. JRay3 says:

    And Pop Up Barajas goes quietly again…

  18. Milo Hamilton says:

    If I keep betting the under, I’m going to be a 1%-er.

  19. I don’t know why you guys keep busting on Ritchie . . . .

    . . . . . even Michelangelo couldn’t carve a masterpiece if all he was given was balsa wood

    Pirates big power acquisition this winter was Rod Barajas.

    Balsa wood!

  20. JRay3 says:

    The AP opening game 1 wrap: “The Colorado Rockies needed seven innings to get a hit and only pushed a runner to third base three times. Against the Pittsburgh Pirates, that’s more than enough.”

    Isn’t that the sad truth.

    Nice escape by Morton…time for a wake up call OFFENSE!

  21. Don says:

    Six of our nine starters are hitting .170 or lower

  22. Milo Hamilton says:

    Alex Presley has a 10 game hitting streak.

  23. JRay3 says:

    A lost ball in the sun results in an RBI double for McLouth…take it anyway you can!

  24. Milo Hamilton says:

    That’s it. That’s been it all along. The setting sun.

  25. JRay3 says:

    And than Cutch with an RBI fly that the OF has difficulty picking up in the sun, maybe we should move our home game start time 4:00 EST!

  26. God gets involved in the Pirate game!

    The sun blinds Gonzalez on Nate’s popup to left and Presley scores.

    Double and RBI for Nate! 1 — 0 Bucs!

    Now McCutch hits it in the sun to left and it falls for a single with Nate scoring.

    2 — 0 Bucs!!! Thank you, God!!!

    Only the supernatural can cause the Bucs to hit!!!

  27. twentytwo22 says:

    Here comes the sun
    do do do do
    Here comes the sun
    and I say it’s alright

  28. Milo Hamilton says:

    If you’ve ever watched batting practice before a 7:00 game from the leftfield bleachers, you know exactly what Cargo is going through.

  29. Milo Hamilton says:


    One of my all time favorite songs by the forgotten Beatle.

  30. JRay3 says:

    GI Jones to Clint Hurdle: “Sorry about the base running gaffe how about you don’t worry about it and I’ll just circle the bases”…..a crooked number half inning – SWEET!

  31. Clint Hurdle should take Garrett Jones out and bench him more often!! 3 hits and a dinger!

    At least Jones did not get picked off 2nd on his way around the bases!

  32. Milo Hamilton says:

    Home run or nothing here on Home Run Derby.

  33. JRay3 says:

    And than Pedro says BOOM…for his team high 4th of the season….all or nothing with him and the Bucs explode for 5 runs in the 5th!!!

  34. JRay3 says:

    Somebody pinch me I must be dreaming…the largest lead of the season and the first time we have led by 3+ runs!

  35. Pedro——April 25 and already as many homers as ALL last season!!!

    All with no one on base. Hm-m-m-m.

    Still, it makes him a threat instead of just a cheese-eater.

  36. Milo Hamilton says:

    All four of Pedro’s HR’s this year have come on off speed pitches. Why these pitchers throw him anything but fastballs is beyond me. His bat is simply too slow to catch up with big league heaters. Keep throwing him soft stuff guys.

  37. RobertoForever says:

    No dreaming. You just bought into the small sample size to soon.

    And Hurdle wasnt mad at Jones, he was playing the percentages.

    And Alvarez has a 2 HR day.

    And the Bucs now have tripled the number of multi-RBI hits.

    Milo, you just lost all your winnings on the under. You are back at zero. But at least you have all those cheap jokes to keep you warm, right?

  38. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Now, we can’t say Pedro’s a bust since he’s reached his HR total of last season already. Now, if he COULD somehow hit a fastball, as Milo said, and raise his average .130 or so, we could forget all the bust talk.

  39. Milo Hamilton says:


    Actually, the number is 7.5. I’m still gold.

  40. twentytwo22 says:

    I think Alvarez leads the Pirates in HR and RBI. Just reporting…

  41. NMR says:

    “His bat is simply too slow to catch up with big league heaters. Keep throwing him soft stuff guys.”

    Milo, surely you jest.

    Hitting for power is ALL about bat speed. All the muscles in the world won’t help unless you harness them into bat speed.

  42. Nate83 says:

    Every hit Pedro has this year has resulted in an RBI

  43. Milo Hamilton says:


    That’s right, all six of them.

  44. JRay3 says:

    A double opposite field for Pedro giving him the multi-hit game, if only he can get into a groove what a difference it would make to the look of the lineup.

  45. Milo Hamilton says:

    Now that was encouraging. It should have been an out, but encouraging nonetheless.

  46. TDB1977 says:

    Pedro needs to stop hitting the ball. He needs to start striking out more again! His average is getting to high. *sarcasm*

  47. Baseball Tim Neverett just called Pedro’s 2nd Homerun of the game and 3rd of the day.

    Unfortunately, the ball actually short hopped the fence.

    Let’s all take up a collection and buy him some glasses. (or a muzzle!)

  48. Milo Hamilton says:


    Jones got 7 innings in. Is he on a pitch count ?

  49. JRay3 says:

    @ Groat – living out west the past few years I have had my fill of him calling MWC and Versus games…too funny. Keep up your drive to FIVE HUNDRED!!! Looks like we missed out on an opportunity to achieve that today but if we take this one it takes the sting away and gets us another series win!

  50. JRay3 says:

    And a solid 1-2-3 inning of relief provided by Brad Lincoln. He has looked sharp since his recall from Indy, where he was pitching well in that rotation.

  51. Milo Hamilton says:

    All together now – UNDER.


  52. JRay3 says:

    And on the strength of another solid pitching performance and a five run fifth inning the Bucs take Game 2 of the twin-bill 5-1 and there was noooooo doubt about it!

    For the Pirates they have now won their third series out of six on the season and following the off-day will take their winning streak on to Atlanta for a four game set, site of the infamous 19th inning blown Jerry Meals call.

  53. Brian says:

    So what happens when Karstens is healthy, assuming the ERAs all stay sub-3.00 for the other five starters?

  54. RobertoForever says:

    Buccos are 5-4 at home this season.

    Pedro is 5 for his last 15 with 2 HR’s with 4 RBI’s and only 3 K’s. Yet cheap shots continue. Love those bitter Pirate fans.

    No errors in the entire 3 game season. Clint Barmes with the #2 web gem tonight.

    Barmes has a 6 for 11 series with a HR and 2 doubles. Yet, what is said about him…..crickets.

    Offense provided 31 hits in the series and 11 runs scored. Pitching allowed only 15 hits in the series, 6 runs scored and 21 K’s vs 4 BB’s.

    Pirates are 5-3 in their last 8, playing 3 teams in the top 15 rankings of all MLB.

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