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On location: Pirates 10, Cubs 4

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Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (22-24) vs. Chicago Cubs (15-31)

Time: 1:35 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. Chicago RHP Matt Garza

  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. Michael McKenry, C
  9. Erik Bedard, LHP

UPDATE 1:38 p.m.: First pitch from Bedard to David DeJesus, 88 degrees …

2:10 p.m.: Alvarez’s first-inning blast marked the Pirates’ first three-run home run of the season. It’s May 27. That’s astounding in and of itself, but as always, we’ve got more. Our Rob Biertempfel points out that the Pirates’ last three-run shot came from, of all people, Ross Ohlendorf, last season in Los Angeles. And MLB.com’s Tom Singer tallied that it was only the 21st inning all season in which the Pirates produced more than two hits.

Other than all that, we all saw it coming.

145 Comments

  1. Ha. I feel better about my error on the other chain. DK- Jones in RF

  2. Hopefully Harrison can take the SS job and run with it.

  3. I wonder if Brad Lincoln and one of the AAA arms would net us a guy like Alex Gordon from the Royals. They need pitching bad and have an OF tearing up the minors. And in case nobody noticed, we need some offense.

  4. Aw, no fun–can’t watch Barmes swing at pitches in another time zone :)

  5. Shame on you, JAL. I thought it was just another area code.

  6. Tried to get on the Plus blog. Got a “Gateway Error”.

    Anyone else?

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  7. Had a great trip back to Beaver County. Still getting caught up.

    It was great meeting up with some bloggers.

    Road Weary Foo

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  8. mayhay……..if Lincoln and a AAA arm would get us Gordon, I’d be ecstatic.

    However, he is only hitting .226, so……………………..

  9. Foo

    Gateway error

    Yes–comes and goes.

  10. Lucky

    Another time zone would be another area code :)

  11. From the other thread

    What is the big deal with the Pirates Charities sign?

  12. NOW we’re talking.

    Dejan’s up, sitting at his laptop in his PJ’s, and the party is ON.

    Not that I can SEE him.

    Now I have to go wash my eyes out with soap. ewww. Just the image.

    (His hair isn’t combed, but did i even need to SAY that?)

  13. @Roberto – Architecture 101, don’t introduce obstruction to the intent of the design, which is the best view of a city in any pro sports venue.

  14. Well, this old man (I’m 34, lol) heading up to Kittanning area to enjoy some food and camping. Not sure which decision was worse, me and two kids in a tent or signing Nate McLouth.

    Let’s get the sweep!!

  15. Now JAL, you be nice about Barmes … was just listening to the radio broadcast last night and on both Neveritt said Barmes struck out swinging at pitches that were incredibly outside. Which is saying something because it seems he’s ALWAYS lunging for pitches out of the zone. Hopefully, a shortstop change will be coming soon. I understand Mercer’s had a hot May bat down in Indy.

  16. Hi, Bay! Not sure why anyone would throw a strike to Barmes. Of course he has walked TWICE in 146 PA’s.

  17. Did I read the stats right from last night? We got 8 walks and only K’d 7 times?

  18. Adam Jones gets 6/$85m, and Cutch effectively took 7/$66m.

    Once again, Cutch should getting a lot more credit for giving the team a “hometown” discount, and now they owe it to him to use those savings to build a solid group of players around him.

  19. Who needs power hitters when you can win with 3 walks and a HBP! The days of “two bloops and a blast” are gone.

  20. @Mayhay22

    Got this from mlbtraderumors.com

    There’s a feeling that Royals outfielder Alex Gordon could be had in a deal, but it would take an overwhelming package involving a front-line starter.

  21. DK- heard Clint’s pregame with you guys– what was the 7th game, managing, bunting about? I couldn’t hear the question, which I think you asked or at least commented on.

    DK: 1979. I ended up staying in the office for a while talking with Hurdle about all of Chuck Tanner’s many great moves that day.

  22. @Eric, thx for the info.

    Wasn’t it a Pepsi sign first?

  23. @JMB

    Cutch got the same deal as two others got in his draft class, Bruce and one other.

    There was NO hometown discount. Pirates paid full price.

  24. @Roberto

    Salaries have gone up since those deals were signed. Over the two year window of these three contracts, inflation has been baked in due to TV contracts.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/pirates-lock-up-andrew-mccutchen/

  25. Thanks, DK. I thought it might have something to do with Tanner. :-):

  26. rumbunter ‏@rumbunter
    When people ask about draft, I point to Albert Pujols…… 400 plus players taken in front of him. The draft is an art. NH

    ___

    I hope NH can finally show us he doesn’t belong in a kindergarten “art” class after the first round this season.

  27. @JMB

    Ummm, Jay Bruce signed his contract about 12 months before Cutch.

    Inflation didn’t go up that much in 1 year.

  28. Nice turn by Harrison.

  29. Good afternoon fellow Bucco fans….nice DP to get the day started. Some discussion on Harrison getting more time at SS with Barmes continuing to struggle. I am one that likes this lineup but will have to see if we lose any defense due to it.

    I believe Cutch signed a very fair deal and gave the team an option for another year that if he keeps his pace up will be a huge bargain in year seven.

    Great day for a sweep…Let’s Go Bucs!

  30. Baseball contract inflation did for premier players.

  31. Speaking of bunting and game 7s, Murtaugh bunted Bob Skinner, his number 3 hitter, in bottom of 8th in 1960 Series. Groat was on first and Virdon on second.

  32. Tabata started it off in 9th last night and now starts the first off with a hit, would be so good to see him get going.

    thanks for the gift Garza Bucs in business after throwing error 2nd and 3rd 0 out time to get an early inning crooked number.

  33. There’s the Matt Garza we know and love. Rushes his throw and sails it past 1st base.

    There is a reason that the Twins dumped him. #Headcase

  34. El Toro time!

  35. Pedro with a three run bomb! El Toro strikes again.

  36. Interesting stat…Bucs 11-3 when Alvarez knocks in a run.

  37. That was the Pirates’ first home run with more than one man on base this season.

    That’s amazing a day b4 Memorial Day!

  38. Haha,

    The Cubs broadcast pregame focused on how high BA were in the majors on hitters counts.

    Brenly then talked about when hitters get a 2-1 and 3-1 count, they ‘keyhole’ and look for a pitch in their location.

    Brenly highlighted this point on the 3-1 count for Alvarez. then BOOM. The announcers get to talk about how great the BA is in the majors on hitters counts. Got to show the graphic again.

    I think they had hope that graphic would apply to the Cubs and not the weak hitting Buccos. Classic.

  39. Jonesy with a double to please all of his Chicago-area friends and family watching on WGN.

  40. It was a free and easy swing by Alvarez for the HR. Jones took a controlled swing and hit a double to left center.

  41. @JMB,

    I’ll bet its the first HR in the season for the Bucs as well, in the bottom of the first when its 88 degrees out as well. #WowNotReally

  42. It’s going to be a short game for Bedard if this keeps up.

  43. The Cubs just showed a replay of DeJesus in RF, picking up Alvarez’ HR ball that had bounced back into the field of play, and throwing it over the RF stands and into the river on the fly. A small lack of decorum there. Double digit losing streaks will do that I guess.

  44. WGN broadcast profiled Lalli, a Pittsburgh native coming out of the commercial break. When they flashed to him sitting in the dugout, Lalli proceed to pick his nose. Thank goodness that wasn’t on the ‘Root’ broadcast, lol.

  45. Tabata with a nice easy swing and a gap triple. WHAT IS GOING ON?

    DK: Matt Garza looks just terrible. Pitches are way up. And Bob Davidson behind the plate isn’t hurting, with a visibly high strike zone.

  46. and Harrison swings like a madman and strikes out. 3 extra basehits in two innings by guys not attempting to kill the baseball.

  47. Bedard 47 pitches through 3 innings. Bedard goes 6 and the bullpen shuts down the last 3 for a welcomed sweep.

  48. On the Cutch vs Adam Jones contracts. These two contracts are not even comparable, since the Pirates were paying for Cutch’s years of service 4 through 9. The Orioles were paying for Adam’s years of service 6 through 11. Cutch is being paid more for comparable years of service than Adam is.

  49. @twentytwo

    Was that your crystal ball, or am I really far behind on my DVR, lol.

  50. Burnett, a healthy Bedard and J-Mac sure look like a formidable top 3 of a rotation….and a few options to round out staff when Karstens builds arm strength up and can return. Add to that Locke, Owens and Wilson knocking on the door and options are a plenty….could we see a June deal?

  51. JHay with backhanded stab and turn to lead the DP…Bedard has avoided trouble with leadoff men reaching three times in four innings with ability to induce ground ball.

  52. @Roberto

    That was my Hannibal Smith ‘I love it when a plan comes together’ vision.

  53. Last night the radio was 20 seconds ahead of the Fox telecast.

  54. That was the second hardest hit of Hague’s MLB career.

  55. 5 of the last 7 outs by the Pirates are K’s and that 3 on the scoreboard is going to be there awhile.

  56. If only the Cubs were the only team we had to play. Cincinnatti is looming, and they’re for real.

  57. @twentytwo

    I’ll have a cigar for you went that plan comes together. Love it!

  58. How many pitches has Bedard thrown?

  59. Not that these wins aren’t nice to see, but hitting (or being beaned) just enough to beat a truly awful team doesn’t mean this is the start of a serious period of winning for the Bucs. They still need to fire the hitting coach, DFA McGehee (1 single in 20 games?) and Navarro, call up a few bats from AAA and trade some of that pitching – at peak value, like the A’s do – for a proven hitter. None of that is rocket science.

  60. Bedard at 77 pitches, 46 strikes thru 5IP

  61. What a swing by McCutchen. That was beautiful.

  62. Thanks, Roberto.

  63. Nice shot by Cutch, 4-0 better than 3-0

  64. @Adam,

    The Pirates won the season series vs the Reds last year, 10 games to 5.

    And I like our pitching matchup of Morton, McDonald and Burnett vs the Reds at home.

  65. Pirates with 6 hits thru 5 innings, including 4 XBH and 2 HR’s.

    Might get a few more once we get to the bullpen and the cleanup crew.

  66. Cutch a true joy to watch….@ Adam – won’t get much argument about still needing a bat or a move needing to be made but let’s remember the Cubs do have 15 wins and have beaten teams above us in the division so still sweet to have chance at sweep. Could be just one under .500 at days end and only a few games behind Central lead and WC positioning….hopefully that forces organizations hand….but I do not want to discredit the good ball the team is playing.

  67. I’ll start being optimistic if they get over .500

  68. The crafty vet Bedard gets through the sixth still unscathed! Another quality start for a Pirates starter.

  69. You’d think 20 years of losing would force the organization’s hand.

  70. If one focuses on why beating a weak team means little then then staying near .500 against what was considered the strongest schedule in MLB to start the season has to mean something.

  71. 3 homeruns on 3 awesome swings. Not trying to do too much and it looks so pretty.

  72. Power Surge….Jones with a 2 run bomb…thanks for coming Chicago we have enjoyed the visit! 6-0 Bucs!!!

  73. @JAL

    Well said.

  74. @ JAL – +1

  75. Purdue wins the Big 10 tourney, but the 9th inning marred by a brawl in the top of the 9th on a 3rd out at 3rd and a hard slide.

    Purdue in line to get the a #1 seed in the NCAA Tourney.

  76. Cincy series seemingly lining up similar pitchers

    Mon Arroyo vs McDonald
    Tues Bailey vs Morton
    Wed Cueto vs Burnett – Aces of the staff.

  77. Hague takes a 4 pitch walk. McKenry walks on 5. Just because it’s 6-0 doesn’t mean you have to show any mercy. The Brewers never did. Let him walk 100.

  78. That was a bold move by Sveum to put him back out there today. I think his next appearance will be in Iowa.

  79. WGN shows an extended fan cam coming back from the pitching change, with Joe Walsh, and Life’s been good.

    Yet, they did not find one Cubs fan in the crowd. Some Expos hats, Orioles hat, but mostly Pirates. Shocking they couldn’t find one Cubs fan.

    Guess they all headed out early to beat the traffic on the turnpike, lol.

  80. Hague has been on base more this weekend than McGehee and McClouth had, combined, in almost all of May if I’ve got my numbers right.

  81. @twentytwo

    Agreed. Hope they score double digit runs for the first time this season. #Pound’EmIntoSubmission

  82. Hague has shown a very good approach at the plate and has played very solid defense this series….first hit for Gorkys plus 2 RBI what a moment for him, just hope Tabata is fine as he was limping earlier.

  83. Bedard at 90 pitches on a hot day, but he bats for himself in the bottom of the 6th and sac bunts over both runners.

    Gorkys with a nice 2-run single, his first in the majors! Congrats Gorkys

  84. Is this the most runs this year?

  85. Extend Gregg Ritchie, these guys can hit.

  86. WE WANT TEN, WE WANT TEN, WE WANT TEN!

  87. @Piratemike

    No, Bucs scored 9 runs on Apr 30th

  88. If this holds up, McDonald on the mound tomorrow to get back to .500.

  89. @mayhay

    LOL – hilarious. Ritchie will be forgotten if the Pirates start hitting. Just like Barajas is now barely acknowledged, even though he was demonized back in April as the worst signing ever

  90. C’mon, Cutch, we want 10.

  91. Cutch extends his torrid May with infield hit, hitting near .400 in the month…locked in!

  92. 8 runs…nice. Let’s save some for Cincy.

    9 runs…nicer.

  93. Neil Walker looked like Neil Walker there with the stinging line drive to left.

  94. 4 RBI day for Pedro and 23 on the year….@ Roberto – yes Barmes has by far overtaken Barajas has the worst signing ever:). Ask and you shall receive Bucs plate 10!!

  95. Walker delivers better than Domino’s on a slow Monday!

    Ten runs and a new season high. Let’s go for 20, guys

  96. yes, a new high for the season.

  97. Barajas is actually starting to look like a good signing. He’s getting on base and playing solid defense. Barmes, however, doesn’t look like he could hit a beachball right now.

  98. I guess Maholm is feeling really at home ……..playing at PNC PARK with a last place club.

  99. Brenly just mentioned that it is snowing in Great Falls, Montana, home of a Pioneer League rookie affiliate of the White Sox.

  100. Just announced Tabata experiencing cramping in left leg to be re-evaluated tomorrow…fingers crossed

  101. The Pirates definitely do a first-class job in honoring our military.

    Thanks everyone for their service – Ryan and CW, and others, including my 2 cousins in active duty with the Navy and Coast Guard.

  102. @JRay

    He played 5 more innings thru the cramps. Shouldn’t be that bad. He first experienced them when he went to 3B in the bottom of the 1st.

  103. @piratemike

    Some might say he was one of the big reasons the club was in last place. Either way, the Pirates did not finish last in the division in 2011. Actually 4th ahead of Cubs and Astros. #babysteps

  104. Right on Roberto. I’m always moved by our service men and women, even if they’re just standing and soluting. Good stuff.

  105. @RobertoForever

    But he did play on last places clubs here. Anyway I didn’t mean it in a snarky way.

  106. @piratemike

    He sure did. Appreciate the tone note. Tough to read sometimes in a 10 word comment. Apologizes.

  107. @Roberto Forever

    I have a hard time expressing myself. I think funny in my thoughts but when I put the words down they don’t come out that way. I need to work on that.

  108. @piratemike

    I will try to remember that you are attempting to be funny and not snide and take it in that context.

    Personally, I like Paul Maholm. But he kinda represented the best that the old Pirates represented – mediocre.

    Now this team has true stars – McCutchen, Walker, Hanrahan, Burnett – and several on the verge – McDonald, Alvarez, Morton and maybe Lincoln.

  109. And behind the bats, yes I said bats, the Pirates hit 3 HR, pound out 11 hits and score a season high 10 runs to earn the sweep over the Cubs 10-4 giving Eric Bedard his third win as a member of the Pirates…and there was noooooooo doubt about it!

    4-2 through the first six of the nine game home stand as in come the Reds for a big three game series with the top team in the NL Central….Go Bucs!

  110. I am amazed that Cruz has an ERA of 1.01, when opponents are batting .297 against him.

  111. And with that 10-run outburst, the Pirates leave FIVE teams that have not scored in double digits – Cubs, Royals, Marlins, and two surprise teams – the Nats and the Angels.

    Info from Tom Singer

  112. First series sweep at home since Sept 2010

  113. Pirates set their season high in runs (10) but not in hits.

    Actually the 6th time that the Bucs have had 11 hits. The bucs have also had 12 hits once and 13 hits 3 times.

    But today was the season high for the team BA for any game (11 for 32, .344).

    Hopefully, the Buccos liked what they felt today and can have games like this more often.

    Rockies had 5 solo HR’s against the Reds today, but the Reds had 3 solo HRs and a 3-run HR of their own. Reds close out the series winning 7-4. Reds take last 2 games of the 3 game series.

    Beat Em Bucs

  114. Anyone know how Drew Sutton is doing??

    DK: 0 for 8 in his past two games. Do you, by chance, work for the Pirates?

  115. C’mon Roberto, spill it!

  116. Jandy,

    He’s busy getting Neal his after-game coffee.

  117. A very astute fellow once told me, beware of double posters

    Maybe an employee of Seven Springs?

    A good weekend series for sure, I was most definitely worried about that hidden vigorish thing

    Cubs found a way to lose the first two, PBC said thank you very much

    IMO, its been a while since we did that

  118. Some of these posts ought to end with -30-

  119. @Bizrow

    please add me ….Cape Coral Florida formerly of the the great metropolis of Wilmerding home of the Westinghouse Air Brake Co. and numerous bars like the Rose Garden and Mary Visnick. ……Sorry to put you last Mary but you could have had me instead of the jerk you married………..(remember what I said Roberto)

  120. I’m w. you Biz.

    I really thought this series might be the beginning of the end, but the team did just enough to win the first two and dominated today.

    Any season where we aren’t ten games under .500 on Memorial day (like 2010) is at least a reason to hope.

  121. Lucky,

    It was too hot for coffee for Neal today.

    I brought him some iced tea.

  122. I read today that Oswalt just wants the biggest payday now and doesnt care where he goes.

    If we could grab Oswalt and make a trade of some SP’s for a hitter, we could keep the pitching strong while upgrading the offense.

    I’m a dreamer…

  123. Dejan,

    maybe?? Is that a crime? The way some people blog and comment around here, it sure seems to be.

    But no, I don’t work with the Pirates. However, I WOULD work for them, if the business reasons were right.

    The new ownership and FO seem to be following the same model as the Twins, A’s, Royals and Rays. Better results than the Twins, Royals and A’s. Not nearly as good as the Rays have executed (Sutton trade aside, as the story on that can’t even be drafted yet, although some have sold the movie rights already)

  124. Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

  125. Dejan,

    You also didn’t mention that Sutton’s 0 for 8 included 3 K’s, more than any single Pirates batter over the last 2 days.

  126. Cubs lost the first game because Pirate pitching shut them out. Can’t win if you don’t score

  127. @piratemike, got it, thanks for signing in

    Cubs are 15-32?

    They find ways to lose 1-0 games, 3-2 games

    Plus side, we took what they gave us, minus side, we were lucky.

    Must have hit a nerve about double posters ;-)

  128. Nerve, no, just made me think of Shakespeare. Post was in fun

    As for finding ways to lose 1-0 games, quit true, but that is not the same as Cubs giving the game away

  129. Biz, add Cocoa Beach, Florida. Me and Major Nelson.

    Yes. That’s right. That makes me Major Healey.

    (And don’t ask. I was a Mary Ann guy.)

  130. I will say this for Sutton even going 0-8 last two games versus Buckholtz and Beckett (since we always use opposing pitching to defend our lack of hitting) the guy is still hitting .316 and we carry two infielders who are at .175.

    The old adage held true in first two games of this series, good teams find ways to win, bad teams will find ways to lose just happy it worked in our favor this go round. Something tells me the Reds will make us earn wins.

  131. Drew

    Sure you aren’t Dr. Bellows :)

  132. Speaking of good and bad teams, Indy was down 4-2 going to the ninth and has put up a 7-spot in the top of the ninth at Louisville, still nobody out. Jordy Mercer a two-run shot and Marte a granny. Mercer is at .300. Locke went 6.1 and struck out 11 with no walks. They’re either real good or real bad. Still in first by 3.5 games in a bad division.

  133. On the other hand, Taillon gave up 5 today in 3.2 innings. Three hits, 2 walks, 5 K’s.

  134. As you know, I’ve been behind Pedro from day 1.
    Or not. Go Bucs.

  135. @ Lucky – great report from Indy game especially involving some key names…also thought I heard Presley hit a punch hit HR?

  136. JRay,

    He did. Average is up to .243

  137. @Drew71

    You have you’re tv shows mixed up.

    Mary Ann was on “Gilligan’s Island” The astronauts with Larry Hagman were on ” I dream of Jeannie ” with Barbara Eden who was way hotter than Mary Ann and Ginger.

  138. Re- As for finding ways to lose 1-0 games, quit true, but that is not the same as Cubs giving the game away

    Spin,

    Crap, one would think a professor would be a bit more……..

  139. I can’t camp out because of the rain and lightning AND I miss out on the 10-run explosion by the Pirates this afternoon.

  140. As much of an idjit as I am, and this may surprise you Mike, but I can keep two shows in my head at the same time.

    But just barely.

    JAL, I had forgotten Dr. Bellows. How could I, considering he’s now the MLB commish.

    Officer, from one ‘or not’ to another…

  141. Hey JAL, Don’t quote that play. Bad juju

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