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Final: Pirates 3, Cubs 2

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Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (21-24) vs. Chicago Cubs (15-30)

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, Fox (regionally$93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. Chicago LHP Paul Maholm

  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Josh Harrison, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Matt Hague, 1B
  7. Rod Barajas, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Kevin Correia, RHP

Comments

  1. Steve J Smith says:

    Will be heading to the game in an hour or so. Hope to bring home a winner with @Playoffs. Will be sitting in section 1, row F, so if you see a goofy dude with my wife and three young cousins catching a foul ball, then that is us. Let’s Go Bucs!

    I personally plan to at least give a few claps for Paul Maholm when he takes the mound, but after that it’s on, and I hope the Bucs rough him up. I think he was one of the better pitchers the team has had in the last 5 years or so, but he was frequently the victim of no offense. The entire pitching staff is going through that this year for the Bucs. I think after a couple off games, that Cutch will be on it tonight since he is mashing lecties this year. I’ll enjoy reading the commentary after the game from the blog.

  2. RobertoForever says:

    @Steve

    Clap a few times for Paul for me as well. Seems like a nice guy. But not after the the first pitch in the bottom of the first ;)

  3. Steve J Smith says:

    @Roberto, you got it. I plan to root very hard against him from the first pitch on.

  4. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Maholm is a fine person and deserves success, but not in the ‘Burgh. Clap for him for me, too. He’s doing the same thing he did here, though. He might have a couple bad games, then 4 good, 3 bad, etc. Hope he is flat-out bad tonight.

  5. RobertoForever says:

    I am shocked to see that Hurdle put out the exact same lineup 2 nights in a row. Not really his way. Hurdle has never used the same lineup more than twice – the entire season.

    Hope its the right recipe two days in a row

    #LetsGoBucs

    DK: The right recipe for a single run?

  6. LuckyNKentucky says:

    BTW, Biz, there was an entry from Bangor, Maine on the previous thread if you get on tonight.

  7. JAL says:

    Probably using the same lineup because they scored a run :)

  8. LuckyNKentucky says:

    JAL,

    Sadly, you said what I thought. 7 hits, a windfall. Considering the Cubs had 10 and didn’t score, we shouldn’t complain. Hope Barajas stays hot. He’s been somewhat of a spark, which is which is what they really need. When this thing comes together, it’s going to be a beautiful sight.

  9. Bizrow says:

    Thanks, Lucky, appreciate it, I will add to the list and post it, still looking for an inmate from Manitoba ;-)

    I try to get here every game, and every Dejan thread, but thanks again

  10. Bizrow says:

    Thanks to Lucky for catching a new inmate from Bangor Maine, welcome

    Just post where you currently reside

    Dejan’s Lunatic Nation – at the Trib,
    Arizona – Tucson, Chandler, Phoenix
    Arkansas – Rogers
    Austrailia – Mackay
    California – Bakersfield, San Francisco, UNION CITY, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Yuba City
    Canada – Toronto
    Colorado – Ft Collins, Estes Park, Denver
    Connecticut – Cos Cob, Bridgeport, Wallingford
    Costa Rica
    Delaware – Newark
    District of Columbia
    Florida – Palm Harbor, Orlando, Valrico, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Oviedo, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota
    Georgia – Marietta, Atlanta
    Germany – Leverkusen/Cologne
    Hawaii – Honolulu
    Idaho – Mountain Home, Coer d’Aline
    Indiana – Indianapolis, Burns Harbor, South Bend
    Iowa – Bettendorf, Humboldt
    Illinois – La Salle, Peru, Payson, Chicago, Palatine (3 inmates there), Lincoln Park, Grayslake, Lincoln Park, Chicago
    Japan – Tokyo
    Kentucky – Louisville, Bowling Green
    Louisiana – Slidell
    Maine – Bangor
    Maryland – Arnold, Odenton, Severn, Baltimore, Waldorf
    Massachusetts – Boston
    Michigan – Kalamazoo, Eaton Rapids, Lansing
    Mississippi – Biloxi
    Nebraska – Omaha
    New Hampshire – Barrington
    New Jersey – Chesterfield, Princeton, Roxbury, Lebanon, Lincoln Park
    New York – New York, Smithtown
    North Carolina – Asheville, Hickory, Charlotte, Raleigh, Charleston, Wilmington, Chapel Hill
    North Dakota
    Ohio – Cincinnati, Columbiana, Westerville, Green, Hilliard, Toledo, Louisville, Columbus, Perrysburg, Pickerington, Youngstown, Cleveland, Olmsted Township, Liberty Township
    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, Greensburg, Washington, Imperial, South Side, Duncansville, Newville, Sheppton, Grove City, Butler, Allentown, Ross Township, Blairsville, Flood City (Johnstown), Overbrook, Danny’s Hoagies, Baldwin, Economy
    The Phillipines
    South Carolina – Duncan, Longs, Columbia
    South Korea – Seoul
    Tennessee – Smithville, Nashville
    Texas – Tyler, San Antonio, Belton
    Vermont – North Bennington
    Virginia – JAL, Hampton, Rescue, Richmond, Front Royal, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Warrenton, Springfield, Virginia Beach, Fairfax
    Washington – Seattle, Nine Mile Falls, Spokane, Sammamish
    West Virginia – Martinsburg, Morgantown
    Wisconsin – Madison, Oshkosh, Hortonville

    179 locations represented in the blog,
    8 countries
    36 states, plus the District of Columbia
    Two planets ;-)
    5/26/2012 3:55 PM

  11. bob hasis says:

    “Hope springs eternal in. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .”, whatever it is in which hope springs. I believe the conclusion is “. . . .the hearts and minds of men”. Being an optimist (my glass is always more than half full), I too choose to continue hoping. Then I remind myself of that German proverb, ” too soon oldt und too late schmahrt”, (phonetically written for effect).

    This team is not talented and on the surface appear to be poorly coached, from an offensive point of view. They are unable to go with the pitch to the opposite field, they seem only to be able to hit the pitcher’s mistakes (and not often enough), poor judgment in base-running, can’t bunt or steal (conversely are thrown out often while stealing), overall below average team speed (Hague should easily have made second on that Cubs botched play yesterday). If Cutch’s batting average falls to, say .290, we will be an easy prey for our opponents, unless three or four guys pick it up on a consistent basis, immediately.

    I’ve always said I’d rather see a 3-2,2-1,1-0 game, but this is ridiculous night after night. Dempster must have changed speed extremely well last night, because we were swinging and missing at pitches down the middle.

    Oh well, having said this, I eagerly await 7:05 PM

  12. Bizrow says:

    Hey, has anyone mentioned this is the anniversary of the Kitten’s 12 inning perfect game? Of course it doesn’t count as a no-no as Bud changed the rules

    Regardless 36 up, 36 down, toast one to Harvey Haddix for arguably the best game ever thrown….

    And the Braves had a heck of a team back then, Aaron, Matthews, Adcock

  13. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Bob,

    My wife has been cleaning out her mom’s house in Ohio, as both her parents are deceased and she brought a plaque home last week with that exact German proverb on it. First time I’d seen it, now twice in a week. Hope Hurdle doesn’t see it.

  14. JAL,

    “The Pirates have played more one-run games (21) than any team in baseball or more World Cup soccer than anything else,” manager Clint Hurdle said.”

    “The Pirates, who entered the game batting a National League-worst .217 and ranked last in the majors in runs (126)”

    Since you might not have heard this first quote down in the home of “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” I thought you of all people might appreciate Hurdle’s humor. I personally saw nothing funny in it!!!!

    The 2nd quote is just a little pain for all us us to endure. Maybe if we all took castor oil we all, including the Buccos, would start running free!

  15. RobertoForever says:

    Took awhile to validate, but after 46 games, Hurdle finally goes with the same batting lineup 2 days in a row. That makes 38 different lineups in the 46 games.

  16. JHadar,

    I loved what you said this afternoon on the other thread of listening to the ball games on radio. Radio is still the BEST for hearing, SEEING, imagining a baseball game.

    I lived in Washington, Iowa, south of Iowa City, for almost 9 years, and I prayed for the nights when KDKA came in clearly!

  17. RobertoForever says:

    The next two teams I checked, the Cubs and the Nats, have used the same lineup back to back days, 6 times and 4 times respectively. The Cubs have one lineup 5 times already and have one 3 game period with the same lineup.

    Hurdle has still never used any batting order more than twiceat any time in the season, including tonight’s lineup. Maybe tomorrow will be the first time he uses a particular lineup 3 times at any point in the season.

  18. RobertoForever says:

    Just got done watching Midway, a film on one of the greatest naval victories in US history. Alot of great actors as well, including Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner and the well-known Pat Morita.

    Excellent film. Also learned that Midway airport in Chicago was named for the battle. Surprisingly, that had escaped my grasp. Always thought it related to where the airport was in relation to the city. Seems stupid to have missed that now.

  19. SlackBoss says:

    @bizrow Formerly Roxbury,NJ now Palm Beach Gardens, Florida going to see Bradeton play Jupiter tomorrow if there is a decent pitching matchup. Got to see Cole’s first pro game, so that was nice. Greetings to all from Paradise aka the Gunshine state.

  20. Just spent some time with the Pirate stats. WOW!!

    Only 3 batters better than .250

    Only one hitter has as many hits as games played!!

    At least Pirates are better than the 1908 Brooklyn Suburbas.
    That’s GOT to be Neal Huntington’s new slogan!

  21. Chuck H says:

    It’s not hard to notice that the Cubbies have a better hitting team than the Buccos, average wise and way more power, and do not strike out as much, but pitching is a different story. They have one or two average starters and not so good bullpen. We have one of the best relief staffs in the majors. Go get ‘em Bucs!!

  22. mayhay22 says:

    We’re going to need more than one run tonight with Correia on the hill. Hurry back Karstens!

  23. Bill Born says:

    We need Tabata to get going-
    I feel 4 for 5 tonight!!!

    The hit man 2 for 57 – 2 Bucs’ win.

    I want to see Slaten up soon, if he were here to other night when watson wasn’t available we’d have won.

    From Berkeley Heights NJ

  24. Bizrow says:

    Thanks – SlackBoss

    Palm Beach Gardens is in the book

    I had tickets for tonight, hope we didn’t miss something special

  25. CV says:

    Pitt ex pat looking for the game…have the MLB package but they’re not showing it…anything on line besides MLB.tv?

  26. JHadar says:

    Groat — Thanks for the kind words.

    When were you in Washington? I lived in Iowa City from ’78 to ’97 and went to school there earlier; used to slip down to Washington from time to time with a stop at the cheese factory north of Kalona along the way.

    Used to drive up to Cedar Rapids to catch the Kernels half a dozen times every summer. The Midwest league may lead the world in great team names.

  27. RobertoForever says:

    Groat

    I looked at the Cubs regular starting 8 and only two of them have more hits than games played vs the Pirates one.

    Guess that stat really isn’t much of a stat.

  28. RobertoForever says:

    Apparently, Ryan Dempster was so upset after his 1-0 loss last night, that he got up early, and to get out his frustration, he went to a Pirates charity event, the opening of a Miracle baseball field, with Joel Hanrahan and Jason Grilli.

    Wonder if Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth ever went out together to charity events after a night game, lol.

  29. JHadar says:

    Roberto

    I can’t imagine Cobb going anywhere with anyone during the season. His own teammates hated him.

  30. RobertoForever says:

    @JHadar

    LOL – Hilarious, but true.

  31. JRay3 says:

    Well I certainly echo everybody’s sentiments with regards to Paul Maholm, classy individual…but when game starts sorry Paul I hope we rough you up.

    Hope this lineup has a better approach at the plate than last night…one of these days the team has to have an offensive outbreak.

    Excited to see the team on a National Broadcast….let’s go Bucs!

  32. what happened to the game on Root sports?

  33. JRay3 says:

    The game is part of the FOX Saturday Baseball game of the week and is being shown on Fox in Pittsburgh, Chicago metros and the state of Arizona.

  34. JAL says:

    Arizona? Getting Phils and Cards in the DC area

  35. JRay3 says:

    Interesting camouflage uni’s….maybe we are trying to hide our hitters from sight, look a lot like the Padres colors of the early 80′s maybe trying to invoke some Templeton, Gwynn, Garvey.

  36. RobertoForever says:

    Correia with a 1-2-3 inning to start the game. Me likey

  37. RobertoForever says:

    Guess Fox must think there are more Cubs fans there than anything else, lol.

    Not getting the Bucs here.

  38. JRay3 says:

    @ JAL – I was surprised to but am watching the game on FOX 10 in Phoenix…a pleasant surprise maybe the local affiliates felt there were many transplants?

  39. JD says:

    @Roberto. I always enjoy reading your glass half-full view of our Buccos. Not sure why DK and a few other sourpusses on hear like to rain on your parade. Oh well, keep on keeping the faith.

  40. JRay3 says:

    Cutch starts it off with an infield hit.

  41. JRay3 says:

    Heads up running by Cutch takes third on wild pitch.

  42. JRay3 says:

    That was efficient….just six pitches to get out of the second for KC.

  43. JAL says:

    Two easy innings for Correia

  44. RobertoForever says:

    @JD

    Thanks – its nice to know there are others there, even mostly silent.

    And the recipe I was referring to was the WINNING recipe, even if DK used it for a snide response.

  45. RobertoForever says:

    anxious to see Barmes and Barajas against Maholm. They both have 1.400 OPS against Paul. Wonder what it will be like now that the uniforms have been reversed.

  46. JRay3 says:

    Wow Alvarez with the bare hand grab throws to home and gets Maholm at the plate to end the inning and escape the jam….probably his only play…nice defense!

  47. JAL says:

    Pedro making some plays at 3rd

  48. pattonbb says:

    Josh Hamilton just hit his 20th hr and now has 53 rbi’s. That is some kind of special. Of course, he could also have an extended visit to the dl any day now, but if he doesn’t, could be a history making season for him.

    Pedro would look even better if that piece of wood in his hands would start making contact with the ball. But yea, his defense has looked really nice lately.

    Here’s his chance….

  49. JRay3 says:

    Intentional walk to Cutch and Alvarez makes them pay with line drive RBI hit to center! El Toro now with 19 RBI matching total of year ago in 74 games.

  50. RobertoForever says:

    AWESOME!

    Maholm pitches around Clutch and El Toro makes ‘em pay!

    Good Guys up 1-0. Somewhere, someone in attendance has crossed his arms, slumped into his seat, and let a scowl creep across his face.

    #LetsGoBucs

  51. JRay3 says:

    Sac fly and 15th RBI for Walker and Bucs take 2-0 lead!

  52. JRay3 says:

    The hit collector with a base hit and he hit a rope in his first AB looks locked in tonight! Nice to see Hague get a shot.

  53. JRay3 says:

    Maholm at 30 pitches this inning with 2 BB and a hit batter…where have I seen this before?

  54. JRay3 says:

    Barmes grounds softly to SS to leave the bases full….Maholm throws 35 pitches to get out of the third. How about quick inning here KC.

  55. JAL says:

    Maholm at 70 pitches through 3–2-0 Pirates after 3.

  56. LuckyNKentucky says:

    JRay,

    70 already through 3. Chances are, we may see the Cubs pen tonight.

  57. I feel greedy or selfish seeing a crooked number go up on the scoreboard.

  58. RobertoForever says:

    Correia averaging only 9 pitches an inning.

    A mistake pitch to Soriano and he hits his 345th HR of his career (5th of the season)

    Good Guys up 2-0 going into bottom of the 4th.

  59. LuckyNKentucky says:

    A 6-pitch inning for Maholm. Why play right into his hands? Don’t feel too greedy,Groat.

  60. RobertoForever says:

    Thru 2 AB’s each, vs Paul

    Barajas with 2 BB’s and a 1.000 OPS.
    Barmes with a groundout and a flyout, but 12 total pitches in 2 AB.

  61. pghboyinca says:

    Roberto, You have sunk toa new low. You know consider it as success for Barmes if he makes outs that take 6 pitches. How about if he takes 6 pitches to get on base?Has anyone ever seen Roberto and Huntington in the same room?

  62. RobertoForever says:

    Castro with a triple to RF to drive in DeJesus who had doubled with 2 outs.

    Anyone with TV who could describe the triple to RF with Harrison playing it?

  63. RobertoForever says:

    @pghboyinca

    Not at all. I reported the 0 for 2. That’s not success. Even 24/7 tweeted that Barmes flyout would have been off the wall or over it in most ball parks. Reporting interesting side notes is just providing context. Some 0 for 2′s are better than hitting the first pitch for a groundout.

    Didn’t see you ripping the person who gave Hague credit for hitting his first out “on a rope”, did I? You snide comments will no more drive me away than others here.

  64. Nice pick by Hague to save pedro.

    Harrison looked like a 2nd baseman playing outfield on that high fly ball to right. A good outfielder catches it, it was in the air so-o-o long.

  65. RobertoForever says:

    @pghboyinca

    Oh, I forgot, NH and I are in the same room when I bring him coffee.

  66. RobertoForever says:

    @Groat,

    Thanks for the description for those of us without tv coverage. I appreciate it.

  67. JRay3 says:

    Missed chance by Walker to get in runner on third less than two out and Hague works a walk and Rod skys out to center.

    Letting Maholm evade more trouble and escape a few jams tonight.

  68. RobertoForever says:

    Cutch walks, and then steals 2nd. That’s 4 straight stolen bases by Pirates – 2 for Cutch, and 2 for Harrison.

    Alvarez grounds out and moves Cutch to 3rd. Walker fouls out. The Hit collected collects a 2-out walk.

    Barajas up and swings at the first pitch – flyout to CF. 2 LOB. BIG Missed opportunity with Cutch at 2nd with no outs.

  69. JAL says:

    Several missed chances in this game and often leads to a loss

  70. JRay3 says:

    @ Roberto – triple by Castro bounced in the far corner by the foul line at base of the wall…agree with Groat everyday OF probably comes down with catch and it would have taken a good one….Hague flashing some leather tonight with a nice pick at first for opening out of 6th.

  71. JRay3 says:

    Nice bounce back inning for Correia here in top half of 6th. Anybody know if Karstens is throwing tonight?

  72. RobertoForever says:

    Maholm at 94 pitches thru 5 IP. Bullpen coming up soon.

    Highest # of pitches thrown for Paul this year is 106 pitches. Last 6 outings:

    6.1 IP 97 pitches – Loss
    6.0 IP 106 pitches – NoDecision
    7.0 IP 95 pitches – Win
    6.0 IP 88 pitches – Win
    6.1 IP 100 pitches – Win
    6.0 IP 92 pitches – Win

    Need to get a run or two against him in the next inning for a chance to hang the loss on him.

  73. RobertoForever says:

    Per tweet from Kristy Robinson

    2nd rehab start – 4.1 IP, 2 hits, 5 Runs, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, WP, 59 pitches, 31 strikes. All the runs in the 5th inning

  74. T.S. says:

    This club needs to pony up and give Matt Hague a long look. 6 starts a week for all of June and July. Considering they are so bad at evaluating talent (including giving the good ones away), Hague deserves that time, at the very least.

  75. RobertoForever says:

    @JRay

    Thanks for the info on the triple. I should have been listening to the radio feed, but guessing that the mothership will show that as one of the ‘highlights’, if they show any.

  76. JRay3 says:

    @ Roberto – thanks. Cubs pen forced in to cover a few innings tonight with Coleman on for Maholm who labored to get through five.

  77. JRay3 says:

    I have given up watching the mothership and find myself watching more of MLB network and their show quick pitch for more fair coverage of game highlights.

  78. Juan Pizarro says:

    So, is this where the old gang from Dejan’s former life went? Glad I finally found you!

    Juan

    DK: About time, Juan! Welcome home!

  79. RobertoForever says:

    @JRay

    Have small cable company here, and they just finally offered the MLBNetwork. May have to pony up the couple of bucks to subscribe.

  80. RobertoForever says:

    Correia bats for himself in the bottom of the 6th (K’s looking) and has 67 pitches thru 6 IP.

  81. RobertoForever says:

    Wow, on MLB gameday, that looked like strike 3 instead of ball 3 on Lalli.

  82. RobertoForever says:

    Correia out after a flyout and a 6 pitch walk to Lalli.

    Watson in with 1 out.

  83. JAL says:

    1 out walk and Ch doesn’t wait, Correia out, Watson coming in.

  84. JRay3 says:

    Close pitches but balls…Clint out call to the pen.

  85. JRay3 says:

    out at the plate as Barajas stretches his body out to block plate…great relay Harrison to Walker to Barajas…Yes!

  86. RobertoForever says:

    Ok TV folks, any adventure to that double turned into a putout at home on the relay from Harrison? Or just a great play?

  87. Arriba Wilver says:

    The national announcers must be anti Pirates. They mentioned that they had 25 runs less this season than ANY team in professional baseball, including A Ball on up. And the worst runs per game (2.82 to 3.23) also. Tsk Tsk. Maybe DK fed them the info. :-)

  88. JRay3 says:

    Lincoln on to face Castro after Watson is wild to DeJesus. So any opinions on do we call up Slaten and if so for who to replace?

  89. JRay3 says:

    @ Roberto – line drive into the corner…Harrison cut the ball off as quickly as he could fired a strike to Walker at edge of outfield grass….Walker’s throw slightly off to left but Barajas handled easily turned body to block plate as ball arrived a little before runner.

  90. JRay3 says:

    Lincoln with filthy curve balls gets Castro swinging! Let’s break out the bats Bucs and help this fine pitching.

  91. JRay3 says:

    @ Arriba – after a very nice in game interview with AJ and cut away to Manny and his BBQ restaurant and reliving playing with Blass and the ’71 series win….they did stick it to the Pirates with that in game graphic on runs scored.

  92. Wow! Lincoln just dominated Castro, the Cubs best hitter.

  93. Arriba Wilver says:

    JRay—how so?

  94. JRay3 says:

    Cutch with a broken back hit to left….already has his 9th SB of year tonight let’s get aggressive.

  95. Arriba Wilver says:

    They’ve spent most of the game talking about the Cubs’ struggles. Sounds far to me.

  96. Arriba Wilver says:

    Fair, nor far

  97. JRay3 says:

    @ Arriba – not in an unfair way at all….very fair broadcast….meant it more as the dig towards the organization and how they should view that slight and work to improve it because it is a sad statistic…that is all.

    And Cutch with his second swipe of the night and 10th of year…boy is he dangerous.

  98. Drew71 says:

    The Pirates hitting vs cubs bullpen.

    Caught between a Wreck and a Soft Place.

    This could go 20 innings.

    And that’s far, not fair.

  99. Arriba Wilver says:

    Agree, JRay, very fair. I’m enjoying the coverage of the game, ballpark and City.

  100. JRay3 says:

    Witnessing a lot of emotion from Pedro during games…last night he screamed at himself after an AB….and after this fly out to left flings his bat in disgust.

    Intentional pass to Walker to face Hague…made them pay earlier in the night, how about a repeat?

  101. Drew71 says:

    (that oughta do it. good for a 3 run HR.)

  102. Drew71 says:

    (or not.)

  103. JRay3 says:

    @ Drew – too funny….as long as Jerry Meals isn’t working the game tonight.

  104. JRay3 says:

    Lincoln retires the Cubs in order for a nice easy 1-2-3 8th…really like seeing hoe he has developed over past few years and still hope he one day gets shot in rotation.

  105. RobertoForever says:

    @JRay

    Thanks for the great description….again. Much appreciated.

    Any talk after that graphic about how the Pirates bullpen in the best in the NL?

    That would be fair. But am I surprised that national media focus on the negative? Nope, its the m.o. nowadays. There are 2 hour programs every weekday dedicated to pointing out negatives. And arguing out how bad the negatives are.

  106. Johnnie Ray III,

    I too love Lincoln and would like to see him in the rotation.

  107. Arriba Wilver says:

    Roberto–not surprising you can pass judgment on a broadcast you can’t see or hear.

    Drew—:-)

  108. RobertoForever says:

    Wow, that looked like it was 12 inches outside on that called third strike on Jones. Could the technology be that off?

    Barajas with a first pitch fly-out, and Barmes with what looked like a bad AB for a strikeout, at least on gameday.

  109. I’m a strong believer that, once you get 2 strikes, you have to swing at anything close to protect the plate.

    That strike 3 called on Jones was not even close! If he would have swung at that pitch, I would have been angry that he was swinging at anything (like Barmes did on strike 3).

    Terrible call!

  110. RobertoForever says:

    Arriba – you may want to read my post again. I passed no judgement. But I guess when you are claiming something I am not doing, why would you really need to read my post for understanding.

    Your snide remarks don’t even require any truth to them. Quite an accomplishment.

  111. JRay3 says:

    Jones get rung up on a backdoor slider that was three to four inches off the plate…geez. Hammer on for the 9th hold them here and let’s go for the walk off.

    @ Roberto – I will tell you this has been a great broadcast and as shown Pittsburgh in a very positive light. Kenny Albert has been very fair and Bob Brenly gushes on Pittsburgh. They have said many complimentary things on the team and have focused more on the Cubs trying to snap their ten game skid.

    @ Groat – glad to know I am not alone in the opinion of Lincoln as I really like his arm and how he is maturing as a pitcher.

  112. RobertoForever says:

    @JRay – appreciate the follow-up info. Glad to hear they have been fair. Wished I could have been watching. I like Kenny Albert much better than Marv.

  113. Arriba Wilver says:

    Roberto– they just showed a graphic that the Pirates had the worst runs per game and the Cubs had the 4th worst. Fair in a tie game 2-2 in the 9th? Or should they mention how good the bullpen is?

  114. JRay3 says:

    Hammer puts them down in order…time to finish this one off. And the broadcast did just speak about the great bullpen ERA and flashed that graphic on the screen, but did mention what a strain it must be for our staff given the lack of runs provided.

  115. JRay3 says:

    Top of the order…Let’s Go Bucs!!

  116. RobertoForever says:

    Wow, Hanrahan threw 7 sliders vs 5 fastballs to get those 2 strikeouts and groundouts. #ChangeOfPace

  117. JRay3 says:

    Leadoff hit up the middle by Tabata…get him to second now.

  118. RobertoForever says:

    @JRay – thanks again for the good info.

    And I agree – Lets Go Bucs! Need something from the top of the order.

  119. Eric Bowser says:

    Pirates would be how good if they had an AVERAGE offense, so frustrating watching this team because of it.

    @Roberto – Following up on my question earlier now that I’m back home, why do you think 2014 is the season. What is your projected lineup for that 2014 season?

  120. RobertoForever says:

    Oh, with Walker’s steal and Cutch’s 2nd steal of the game earlier, Pirates now with 6 straight steals.

  121. JRay3 says:

    Harrison with the walk when he was willing to give himself up….can’t pitch around Cutch here!

  122. Eric Bowser says:

    How bad is that? Hitter is trying to bunt and you walk him with McCutchen on deck.

    Worst sequence ever.

  123. RobertoForever says:

    Just noticed that this Dolis RHP reliever for the Cubs has a .241 BA against for the season, but .375 against RH batters. #oppositeuniverse

  124. Eric Bowser says:

    Un-Clutch by McCutchen, at the very least, team needed to get Tabata to 3B with 1 out.

  125. RobertoForever says:

    Time for El Toro to add to his legacy. #WalkOffPlease

  126. Eric Bowser says:

    and that’s why fundamental baseball is important.

  127. RobertoForever says:

    @Eric – true, so true. If Cutch moves Tabata over, that flyout by Pedro is a walk-off Sac Fly.

  128. JRay3 says:

    Bases juiced for the hit collector…what a situation…be my hero!

  129. Eric Bowser says:

    Cutch was trying to pull everything in that at-bat, if he just concentrates on RF, game over with that big fly. Now bases loaded for The Hague.

  130. RobertoForever says:

    Well, this story sets up for the Hit Collector, if he can just collect right here.

    #LetsGoBucs

  131. JRay3 says:

    Hit by Pitch…Hague with the game winning RBI and there was nooooooooooo doubt about it! Walk off win….YES

  132. All we needed was one big HIT!

  133. Eric Bowser says:

    Pirates can’t even earn the “hit of the game” in the hit column.

  134. Arriba Wilver says:

    Walk off HBP!

  135. pattonbb says:

    take ‘em any way you can get ‘em.

    ….fear the Bones….

  136. RobertoForever says:

    WOW – what a story – I can hear Matt telling it now

    There I was, bottom of the 9th. Tie game. Bases Loaded. 2-2 count. And BOOM, there was a hit and the winning run scored. I was a hero.

    What I want to know – did Hague do the #Zoltan hand gesture???

    Raise it! Pirates win another series. Cubs losing streak extended to 11.

    Let’s get the sweep tomorrow

  137. JRay3 says:

    Another gutsy win tonight led once again by great starting pitching…nice performance for Correia, solid relief from Lincoln, shut down performance by the Hammer who earns the win and once again just enough run support on six hits.

    @ Eric I understand the frustration as it frustrates me to know end to witness the offense and I believe with another solid everyday bat and another solid bench bat this team could contend in a watered down Central.

    But tonight time to just enjoy the series win and chance at a sweep tomorrow.

  138. Drew71 says:

    A Walk Off Plunk.

    A veritable offensive explosion for this team.

    But hey. It counts.

    Nice win. Even if it was an odd one.

  139. Eric Bowser says:

    3 runs, that’s all this team needs to win.

  140. RobertoForever says:

    From Tom Singer –

    Since 2009, Pirates are 31-17 at PNC Park when the attendance is 30,000+

    #PlanYourVisitForFridaySaturday

  141. Arriba Wilver says:

    JAL mentioned elsewhere that this was the first MLB walk off HBP since 2002.

  142. RobertoForever says:

    It does look like that last batter that Correia faced should have resulted in a called third strike and not a walk.

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/numlocation.php-pitchSel=429781&game=gid_2012_05_26_chnmlb_pitmlb_1&batterX=54&innings=nnnnnnynn&sp_type=1&s_type=3.gif

    And the called 3rd strike on Jones was significantly outside.

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/numlocation.php-pitchSel=425861&game=gid_2012_05_26_chnmlb_pitmlb_1&batterX=68&innings=yyyyyyyyy&sp_type=1&s_type=3.gif

    Its always interesting to see key calls.

    But overall, it looks like Maholm had 4 missed strikes and the benefit of 2 strikes, whereas Correia had 2 squeezed and 2 benefited strikes. So for the starters, a slight benefit for the Buccos.

  143. RobertoForever says:

    @Arriba

    Thanks for the info.

    I just saw the HBP on the mothership and it was a 96 mph fastball in the ribs. He will be sore in the morning. But a good sore, lol.

  144. Arriba Wilver says:

    Roberto– and I don ‘t know if he could have gotten out of the way, but he didn’t try real hard. Good for him! :-)

  145. Drew71 says:

    Well.

    I see that last night’s game, as exciting as it was, wore us out a bit.

    Ok. Fine. Whatever.

    Everybody up. Let’s get this party STARTED.

  146. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Drew,

    We should get the lineup pretty soon and we can rip it apart before church. If I was a betting man, I would say he doesn’t use the same one 3 days straight.

  147. Drew71 says:

    Especially for a day game following a night…you are very likely right.

  148. Drew71 says:

    Somebody go poke Dejan.

    Not hard to do. Talk about the Big You-Know Sign. Complain about Pittsburgh. Mimic, over and over and over, something he wrote. [Wait. Don't. That's MY thing.]

    He’ll show you. He’ll point you to a column he wrote eight months ago and tell you to go read it. [See? MY thing.]

  149. LuckyNKentucky says:

    24/7 doesn’t even have the lineup on Twit heaven yet. Oh wait, he doesn’t work 24/7 and it’s a holiday weekend.

  150. mayhay22 says:

    1.Jose Tabata, LF
    2.Josh Harrison, SS
    3.Andrew McCutchen, CF
    4.Pedro Alvarez, 3B
    5.Neil Walker, 2B
    6.Garrett Jones, RF
    7.Matt Hague, 1B
    8.Mike McKenry, C
    9.Erik Bedard, RHP

  151. RobertoForever says:

    Speaking of the PIrates Charity sign, why IS that such a big deal?

  152. RobertoForever says:

    24/7 did just tweet, but not the lineup. Here it is courtesy of Tom Singer

    Tabata LF
    Harrison SS
    McCutchen CF
    Alvarez 3B
    Walker 2B
    Jones RF
    Hague 1B
    McKenry C
    Bedard P

    Lets Go Bucs

  153. RobertoForever says:

    nice work Mayhay.

    I swear that wasn’t there when I started typing, lol.

    Bedard is a LHP.

    And Clint still has never used a lineup more than twice at any point in this year. 39th different lineup

  154. mayhay22 says:

    This is probably our best possible lineup, which is sad since most of these guys would be in AAA for other teams.

  155. LuckyNKentucky says:

    I like that lineup. Weak defensively, maybe, in some spots, but should generate some runs. Garza is better at home and he ain’t at home. Go Bucs!

  156. mayhay22 says:

    Oops. Forgot to change RHP to LHP. Copy/paste error.

    Excited to see the game on WGN today, don’t get to watch very often.

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