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Final: Pirates 2, Astros 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (45-36) vs. Houston Astros (32-50)

Time: 7:05 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. Houston RHP Bud Norris

  1. Drew Sutton, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, RF
  5. Casey McGehee, 1B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Rod Barajas, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Jeff Karstens, RHP

Oh, and if you guys haven’t seen this yet, you’re welcome …


Also, here is the chat transcript from earlier this afternoon.


  1. AJS says:

    Oh man! Bud Norris? He is like the bucs new nemesis! Gotta keep those bats hot!

  2. buggee says:

    OO-RAH! 5 runs, 11 hits, Barmes homers. Now for my next act…

  3. AJS says:

    buggee you are on fire today. remind me of a little kid who just had too much sugar!

  4. tdb1977 says:

    Great video! Let’s Go Bucs! Let’s go for the sweep tonight and bring on SF.

  5. dcpinpgh says:

    Forget Pringles, I gots me some of that Bucco’s Fever n’at. Ain’t no cow bell gone cure it

  6. buggee says:

    right on AJS! everybody… together now… let’s RAISE IT (ya jagoffs) ‘n’ den we’ll go dahn to da bar ‘n’ git some ahrn ‘n’ mebbe some chipchop ham ‘n’ ‘at, right after we git aht some brooms fer dem jagoff astros

  7. buggee says:

    Fleury Flakes aint bad

  8. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    OK. Am I the only one that thinks the Zoltan thing is kinda stupid?

    Its cool that the guys have their “thing” but really? The Zoltan?

    Who came up with that?

  9. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    I’ll take 250 on the OVER BTW, for the wins.

  10. CraigWilson'sRevenge says:

    Bud Norris is exactly the type of guy who would own the pirates early this season and in seasons of the past (or at least it seems like it to me).

    It seems to me like they always have trouble with guys who are having sub par seasons ERA-wise, but who have good strikeout arms.

    Liriano, Scherzer early this season, Bud Norris in the past, Homer Bailey off the top of my head. I don’t know if there’s any data to back my claims up, but it just seems like i can predict when the pirates will get owned because of this.

    But this is a different Pirate offense these days!

  11. Arriba Wilver says:

    Ryan–I’ve heard others criticize the Zoltan thing, but, really, who gives a crap what they do, as long as they are winning? I don’t. More power to them that they are having fun with it. Lots more other things that are important to worry about, or cheer. And watch the movie with the dog scene, and you may change your mind. :-)

  12. JRay3 says:

    @ Ryan – No worse than the Brewers doing the “monster” thing to each other last season. According to something I read Neil Walker was saying early in the season they could not find anything to watch in the clubhouse and came across the movie “Dude Where’s My Car”, many had not seen it in a while and they watched. The players were commenting on how silly it was then they saw the Zoltan and started doing it and it stuck.

    To me the best part of it is it seems to bond the team, a rallying cry of sorts I guess, to that I say whatever works.

    You sure you did not want the under on that? Second place stinks.

  13. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    The Window lost power there for a few hours. Thank the good Lord it is back. Let’s open the window!!


    Tonight’s TRIPLE OVER / UNDER (always for fun of course)

    Please specify which line you wish to (fake) wager on.

    Line #1
    Total Strikes Thrown by Jeff Karstens Tonight
    Line is 63.5

    Line #2
    Total Combined Strikeouts by Pirates Batters Tonight
    Line is 8.5


    Total Pirates Wins in the Second Half of This Season
    Line is 36.5


    53 Current Participants!!
    If you haven’t played yet, what are you waiting for??!!??
    Anyone can play!! Everyone should TRY!!
    What’ll ya have!! What’ll ya have!!

    Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) ** 1300
    JRay3 ** 1200
    pattonbb ** 1200
    Mlrgenuine ** 1100
    Nate83 ** 1015
    dcpinpgh ** 950
    Chico ** 905
    Steve J Smith ** 850
    radio wave ** 745
    Evan ** 678
    RobertoForever ** 600
    manny_sanguine ** 550
    Slack Boss ** 535
    JMB ** 450
    jeffsbar ** 400
    MarkV ** 350
    cmat0829 ** 350
    likeabugonarug ** 307
    cosmo ** 300
    JohninOshkosh ** 300
    JaxBuc ** 260
    DemonDachshund ** 260
    dcpfjr ** 250
    crkkid ** 225
    JD ** 200
    Officer Mancuso ** 180
    stuart66 ** 175
    OZ ** 150
    lawnbeaver ** 150
    Bizrow ** 120
    tmp444 ** 105
    milo66 ** 100
    lckythump ** 100
    Naje ** 100
    Absolute59 ** 100
    Kevin S ** 100
    Milo Hamilton ** 50
    Sir Lochsby ** 50
    JUCOfan ** 25
    Hal Smith ** EVEN
    NMR ** EVEN
    Dan1283 ** EVEN
    Mike C. ** EVEN
    bman ** -65
    Arriba Wilver ** -85
    Boise Bucco ** -100
    buggee ** -100
    Petro Steel ** -100
    Pants-n-at ** -100
    bob hasis ** -125
    Kevin ** -150
    GlassHalfFull ** -305
    TDB1977 ** -840

    First Place at the end of the season will win:

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:

    Third Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) 2012 Topps Roberto Clemente Card

  14. Zico says:


    No it’s not stupid at all. They watched the movie, and in the movie Zoltan Z was done by ‘losers’ no one respected. I think it fits admirably to the Pirates.

  15. JRay3 says:

    After watching that video, tonight’s game can not get here quick enough….NICE!

  16. mayhay22 says:

    Great video…really love the clips of Cutch rounding the bases on a triple. Ridiculous speed.

    Presley is on the 7 day DL and, don’t tell anyone, but Jordy Mercer is officially in the witness protection program again.

  17. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @JRay and AW

    I’m not exactly worried about. Just find rather annoying I guess.

    J-I agree that if it works for them, then keep doing it. And yep, you read that wrong……..keep playing catchup buddy!

  18. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Tough one….thanks again. I actually have to think on this one a little, I usually dont.

  19. AJS says:


    Witness protection! Priceless! What ticks me off is that they have essentially shortened their bench by two players between Gorkys and Mercer. At least Gokys is a good late inning defensive sub. I’m sure mercer will only see the field if barmes, j-Hay, and Sutton all come down with the flu.

  20. AJS says:

    Well if karstens strikes out 10 guys that is at least 30 strikes…ya right. I’m going to continue to stay away from the window. My luck in betting is terrible and my heart wouldn’t let me pick against the pirates in any way. So my optimism plus bad luck would mean betting the Pirates favor all the time and losing, which likely would mean the team would lose so ya, i don’t want a bucco colapse to be on my head.

    Man, I sound ridiculous!

  21. Bizrow says:

    Playoff, you never cease to amaze me

    I’ll take the OVAH for the max for all three lines – 100 golden nuggets for Line 1 and 2
    250 golden nuggets for Line 3

    Its good to be back at home, couldn’t get on yesterday and not until now today.

    It will be interesting to see if DemonDachshund bets the OVAH or UNDAH on line 3, he used to tell me, he missed the Stillers glory years, then he gets to go see the Stillers win Superbowl No. 6. He got me a ticket, but I chickened out.


    Somehow, I got the feeling the Gunner is smiling up there

  22. JAL says:

    P2’s look at Norris

    Exploring the Arsenal – Bud Norris

  23. TC says:

    Bucs went from a “potential” great fielding, speed OF (Cutch, Pres, Tab) to this tonight. Cutch will need to cover line to line on defense. Like Sutton’s and Jones’ bat but their defense/speed leaves a little to be desired, especially towards the notch. Go bats.

  24. bob hasis says:

    Playoffs, I have a technical question regarding those 63.5 strikes; what if a batter fouls off ten pitches – do they count as strikes?

  25. Kevin says:

    Playoffs —

    Gonna need 100 on the UNDER for Line 2 please. Thanks, as always.

  26. Naje says:


    Special Line: 250 units on the over 36.5 wins

  27. JRay3 says:

    Well tonight we get a first hand look at one of the pieces of the Carlos Lee trade as Dominguez is in the lineup batting 8th and playing 3B.

    Lee today with the Marlins in his first game with them is 2-4 with a R as they lead the Brewers 4-0….I will take that swap given we play the Astros 11 more times including today.

  28. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Good question. But foul balls are tracked against the pitchers pitch count. I would assume they would be counted as strikes.

  29. JRay3 says:

    @ Bob – yes those count as strikes, anything called, or swinging or fouled off is considered a strike pitch from the total pitch count. Hope that helps

  30. crkkid says:

    @ playoffs

    I would like 100 units on the under for prop #1, 100 units on the under for prop #2, and 250 units on the over for prop #3.


  31. bob hasis says:

    Playoffs, I would like 50 on the OVER 8.5 on Line 2
    And I have already submitted for OVER 36.5 for 250 as of yesterday.

    Line 1 is too abstract, yet if you note my performance thus far, it would be accurate to say, Every has been abstract for me.

  32. Bizrow says:

    If you haven’t signed into the Lunatic Nation, just post where you currently reside.

    If you are Zach Parise, don’t bother ;-)

  33. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Line 1: 100 under

    Line 2: 100 on the over

  34. TDB1977 says:


    I’m going to take 100 on the under for line 1, 100 on the under on line 2, and 250 on the over for the special line.

  35. bob hasis says:

    Meaning ALL 10 if a batter was able to do so. In other words, it is conceivable to get 4 or more strikeson numerous batters.

    i.e. If they get 36 batters to the plate and each got just 2 strikes that’s 72.

    Just considering 27 outs, @2 strikes per batter is 54.Hmmmm!

  36. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    But, the Buccos still win tonight. Way too much momentum on their side. Helps that Carlos Lee won’t be in the lineup.

  37. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    You got it.

  38. Arriba Wilver says:

    Playoffs–I’ll go 50 on the UNDER for Line # 2. Can’t pick Line # 1 because I’ll be there.

  39. bob hasis says:

    @Ryan and @JRay3

    the wager is for Karstens only. I knew Playoffs was shrewder than me.

    Too abstract – I pass

  40. Bizrow says:

    Hit pitches are strikes

    They add up

  41. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Ryan, for the special line, you got it and good luck!!

    @AJS, The Window is a firm believer in karma, mojo, and hexes, The Window understands what you are saying 100 percent.

    @Bizrow, thank you sir, you got it and good luck!!

    @bob, yes sir, all foul balls will count as strikes, The Window will go off of the official box score for official strike count.

  42. JRay3 says:

    @ Playoffs – Good afternoon on potential sweep day for the Bucs. Boy have your lines gotten interesting at times. So a two play Thursday is in line, time to try and tackle these and make up some ground as I have become the Cincinnati Reds of this contest.

    Line 1 – What a line to attempt to pick. My research shows that in his three considered full starts, Jeff Karstens has thrown 54,60 and 62 strikes most recently. Those all came in games he threw between 85-95 pitches which appears to be his max 95 ish range. So a slight up trend. But how bout this for a cool stat, exactly one year ago today on July 5, 2011 Jeff Karstens started against these same Houston Astros. In that game he threw 95 pitches, 72 for strikes in a 5-1 win earning him his seventh win of the season. I believe he attacks the zone against a weaker opponent again tonight.

    I will take 100 on the OVER for Line 1

    Line 2- Well looking back at the past 10 games or so the Bucs have struck 8 times a few times and over the number a couple of time including earlier in this series against the Stros with 13 K’s on Tuesday night. In addition Bud Norris struck out 8 in 6 IP in his only other start versus the Pirates this year and comes into the contest with 82 K’s in 79 IP.

    The Bucs have had their share of problems with strikeout pitchers…so for line 2…. I will take 100 on the OVER.

    Also 250 on OVER 36.5 second half wins.

    Thanks so much, get your broom out and Let’s Go Bucs!

  43. It’s so good to see my Buccos doing well and the Zoltan thing is hilarious!

  44. cosmo says:

    @ playoffs

    line 1- 50 under
    line 2 – 50 under

  45. NMR says:

    Remember when everybody loved Nats GM Mike Rizzo because he seemed to be the antithesis of Neal Huntington?

    “We’re never going to do a knee-jerk reaction to win now,” Rizzo said.
    -per MLB Trade Rumors

  46. Karen22 says:

    And THANK YOU!! GOOSEBUMPS on the video, Dejan!

    God, I love baseball (again)!

  47. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Kevin, you are welcome, you got it and good luck!!

    @Naje, you got it and good luck!!

    @crkkid, you are welcome, you got it and good luck!!

    @bob, The Window likes the vocab word “abstract”, you got it and good luck!!

    @Ryan, fearless leader, you got it and good luck!!

    @TDB, good to see you again, you got it and good luck!!

    @Arriba, have fun, you got it and good luck!!

    @JRay, you saw the same stat about Karstens that The Window did, love how you do your homework, you got it and good luck!!

    @cosmo, you got it and good luck!!

  48. radio wave says:

    At playoffs:
    100 under on both lines tonight.
    Previously poxted for 200 ober on the special.

  49. dcpfjr says:


    line 1: 50 on the under
    line 2: 50 on the under
    special: 250 on the over


  50. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Good analysis. I agree, I think Karstens will go right after the hitters tonight.

    Line 1: very tough call.

  51. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    To clarify a little bit………

    A STRIKE is a legal pitch when so called by the umpire, which —
    (a) Is struck at by the batter and is missed;
    (b) Is not struck at, if any part of the ball passes through any part of the strike zone;
    (c) Is fouled by the batter when he has less than two strikes;
    (d) Is bunted foul;
    (e) Touches the batter as he strikes at it;
    (f) Touches the batter in flight in the strike zone; or
    (g) Becomes a foul tip.

  52. Evan says:

    100 on the over for both, please

  53. Bizrow says:


    Apply at a Nuke Plant

    Good description of the rules ;-)

  54. Dan1283 says:

    DK, didn’t get to “bust” you on this the other day, but….

    “So, the Minnesota Wild pulls off the double-double, landing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in what now very clearly was a package deal: Both signed for 13 years and $98 million.”


    DK: Nice.

  55. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Evan, you got it and good luck!!

    @Bizrow, took it directly from MLB’s rules page.

  56. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    BTW, I won’t throw anything at you for mentioning Philly, but SF is an amazing city, when you can see it through the fog.

    My 2nd favorite city I have been too.

  57. Dan1283 says:

    OK Playoffs, give me 50 on the under on line 1, 50 on the over on line 2, and 250 on the over for line 3!

  58. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    Quick question for you. Any word on the fates of Moskos or Slaten? Have they cleared waivers yet or have they even been posted? Also, when is a decision needed on Leroux and whom does he replace in Pittsburgh? Thanks as always.

    DK: No, and that word only comes from the Pirates after the 10 days are up. Leroux’s decision is due very soon, per what Neal Huntington told Rob Biertempfel today.

  59. bob hasis says:


    Moskos is catching tonight for Baltimore; oh wait that’s Wieters, I always get them mixed up.

  60. pattonbb says:

    Playoffs – You’re killing me with these.

    Line 1: 100 on the UNDER.
    Line 2: 100 on the UNDER.

    Second half 36.5 wins line: 250 on the OVER

  61. Playoffs by Infinity,

    Today is Leroux’s day——they have to put him on 25-man roster by tonight or DFA him. His 30 day rehab assignment runs out today. (Designated for Assignment——have 10 days to put him on waivers or trade him or release him. Can retain him and send him to Minors after 10 days only if no one else claims him and he agrees to go.)

    Nor Cali Ryan,

    I’m with you . . . . . . San Fran is the only city that give the ‘Burgh a run for its money. To see it from Alcatraz is amazing! Certainly #2!!!

    Philly is for phools and philanderers and phlakes!

  62. December 1983 Dan,

    Good call——nay, GREAT call——on the “package deal” NO SOUP FOR YOU call out on Dejan!!

  63. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Thanks DK, appreciate that.

  64. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Groat, thank you as well.

    @pattonbb, The Window is both fair and balanced :) , you got it and good luck!!

  65. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    For those that love a good baseball story, this is a must read.

    It’s not a Pirates player, but I couldn’t help but read about it.

  66. Markv says:


    Special line – 250 on the OVER
    Line 1- 35 on the under
    Line 2- 35 on the OVER

  67. Milo66 says:

    Line 1 100 UNDER

    Line 2 100 OVER

    Go Bucs!

  68. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    The Brewers lost to the Marlins today…….

  69. Mlrgenuine says:

    @Playoffs –

    Line #1 – 50 on the OVER

    Line #2 – 50 on the UNDER

    Special – 250 on the OVER (just repeating my entry from yesterday)

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  70. Bizrow says:

    Deal Leroux, Hanny can’t go anywhere right now

    Bring up Clement, a stick

  71. SlackBoss says:

    @playoffs – #1 – 100 over; #2 – 100 on the over & #3 – 250 on the over-

    Lets go Bucs!

  72. Bizrow says:

    Its still too early

    Hope but expect

    No magic numbers right now, put your head down, PBC and do what yu are doing

    Grind it out

  73. DemonDachshund says:


    – Line 1 => 80 on the OVER
    – Line 2 => 30 on the UNDER


    I put my 250 on the OVER for line 3 last night. As said in that thread, the Bucs have a very friendly second half schedule. I’m not saying that they’ll make the playoffs, but you have to absolutely LOVE their chances of getting to 82 wins.

  74. tmp444 says:

    Checking in from Sec 204, with broom in hand!!

    Playoffs, we’ll go:

    #1: 50 on the UNDER
    #2: 50 on the UNDER
    #3: 250 on the OVER to break the streak!

  75. Nate83 says:

    Line 1 – 50 on the under

    Line 2 – 50 on the under


  76. Chico says:


    100 on the under for line one
    50 on the under for line two


  77. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Finally able to see the video. Very cool. Thanks DK.

  78. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @MarkV, Milo66, Mlr, Slack, Demon, tmp444, and Nate


  79. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Chico, you got it and good luck!!

  80. bman says:


    Line 1: I’ll take 75 on the UNDER
    Line 2: I’ll take 100 on the UNDER

  81. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    So far we have 36 participants for the SPECIAL LINE!!

    All 36 have the Pirates winning more than 36.5 games in the 2nd half of this season.

    Time to believe!!!!

  82. Cmat0829 says:

    Playoffs: Can I have over on all three lines for the max please. Thanks.

  83. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @bman, you got it and good luck!!

    @cmat, you got it and good luck!!

  84. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Alright Window is officially closed. Thank you to everyone who played. LET’S GO BUCS!!

  85. JRay3 says:

    Seems as if this knee thing is lingering quite a bit for Barajas, second time he has been a late scratch from lineup in past few days. Don’t mind seeing the Fort back there with as hot as he has been though.

  86. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Jon Hey-man! just tweeted that Matt Garza was a more valuable commodity than Greinke or Hamels……


  87. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    If anyone gets a chance to check out the Nats / Giants game tonite, they are wearing uniforms from the 20’s. Kinda neat to see.

  88. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    My guess is because Garza still has one year of control left, whereas Greinke and Hamels are UFA’s after this season.

  89. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    And his price tag is cheaper as well.

  90. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    very true, plus he has shown he can win in the AL East

  91. Officer Mancuso says:

    I think Karstens is my favorite Pirate, though that’s an answer to a silly question. Rock on Jeff, Go Bucs! Did I mention that DK’s blog rocks?

  92. JRay3 says:

    Karstens looks silly tonight, his stuff is crisp and his pitches have great down and in movement. I really think he is the key piece to this rotation as he has shown in flashes he can be a # 3 type guy.

    @ Ryan – maybe tonight he grows on you a little more!

  93. JRay3 says:

    How many dents have Pirates hitters put into the Clemente Wall of late? Lead off double by GI Jones, time to take an early lead tonight.

  94. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    Those who think the Zoltan thing is dumb, I understand. I never saw the movie and so it means nothing to me. The only chance I really have of ever seeing the movie is if the legendary ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000′ (and alumnus) features it on one of their dvds.

    But I also had no love whatsoever for disco, (late 70’s), and thought that ‘We are Family’ was a dumb song. Heck, I was listening to Deep Purple & Led Zeppelin in those days (and still am). I would have thought ‘Smoke on the Water’ or ‘Dancin’ Days’ would have made for a much better anthem.

    But, if it keeps the players united, and loose and playing better, they can have whatever they want. I’ll play along like I did with Sister Sledge.

  95. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    Garrett keeps on rollin’ and Casey clubs him home!

  96. pattonbb says:

    I’ve always like Karstens, especially after that day in Milwaukee a couple years ago.

    1-0 Buccos. Here we go!

  97. JRay3 says:

    RBI double for McGehee….how about this stat- 10 of Casey’s 26 RBI’s on the season have come in the last 10 games. Nice to see him heating up!

  98. JRay3 says:

    Nothing like a 5 pitch 1-2-3 inning…that was quick.

  99. JD says:

    Playoffs – Got on too late for tonight’s action, but I’ll take the max on the over for the 2nd half line.

    Go Bucs!

  100. Officer Mancuso says:

    They joke about who can toss the slowest breaking pitch in the locker room. It’s Jeff. He also doesn’t complain if assigned bullpen duty. A working man. Perfect for Pittsburgh, or any squad that’d give him an audition with no preconceived notions.

  101. JRay3 says:

    Neil Walker with a double opposite field, his 17th of the season. In the last 14 games he has raised his avg. from .258 to .277 thanks to a 18-48 clip or .375 stretch!

  102. Officer Mancuso says:

    I hate to say “told ya so”, but the McGeHee aquisition looked brilliant at the time, to me at the time. NH is looking better than Theo Epstein, but he’s got a head start. I’ll take it.

  103. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    Game of inches, so close to a slam! We’ll take the sac fly though.

  104. JRay3 says:

    GI Jones with Sac Fly to give Bucs two run lead…Jones now has 7 RBI’s in his past four games, 38 for the year.

  105. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    Casey is smart too!

  106. Vette60 says:

    Hi Y’all.

    Listening on SiriusXM and looking forward to a sweltering Saturday afternoon at PNC Park this weekend.

    Getting the crew packed up and will be on the way to PGH tomorrow! Can’t wait.

    FWIW – we’ll be taking it all in from the GA section.

    Let’s get those runs across – take it easy all.


  107. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    Bob Walk said it didn’t actually hit McGehee, but he acted like it did and the ump bought it. Bill Robinson pulled the same stunt in game 7 of the ’79 world series.

  108. JRay3 says:

    @ Vette60 – Enjoy the game, should be a good one, has been quite awhile since two top division teams have played in the ‘Burgh in July. J-Mac versus Vogelsong should be a good pitching matchup as well!

  109. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    Sutton is still bangin’ away.

  110. pattonbb says:

    Drew Sutton is going to need a nickname if he keeps this up.

  111. JRay3 says:

    And Sutton hits one off the Clemente Wall to lead off the inning with a double….Walker a walk and now two runners on for Cutch, chance to try and put this one away.

  112. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    Drew Sutton always makes me think of Frank Sutton, who played Sgt. Carter on Gomer Pyle. Whenever Drew Sutton gets a hit, I always say “‘Py-Le!!” in the same annoyed way Sgt. Carter used to say it. After that pick-off, you can bet I said it again.

  113. bob hasis says:

    Championship teams do not let that stuff happen. They are smarter.

  114. Steve J Smith says:

    @Playoffs, any chance to get in on the second half wins before this game is over? I haven’t been able to read the above, yet. If I can, I would like to go OVER for 250. Thanks. If not, my loss. Go Bucs!!!!!

  115. Boise Bucco says:

    I see that now the blog’s fixed, the Bucs are back to their low-scoring ways…

  116. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    8 very strong innings by Karstens, 8 Strikeouts too! Only 1 walk & 4 hits given up.
    Love to see him get a CG.

  117. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    He’s only made 89 pitches, I say let Karstens come back out.

  118. JRay3 says:

    Don’t need many runs with this type of pitching on the mound. Jeff Karstens has just carved the Astros hitters up tonight.

  119. pattonbb says:

    I think I’m sending in the Hammer if I’m Clint. That’s the only way the under on line 1 wins…oops…I mean….I don’t want them to take any risks with Karstens’ arm. We’ll need it in September.

  120. Vette60 says:

    Nice job by Karstens so far tonight – great that he is under 90 pitches…

    I’d say let him come out…


  121. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    A guy pitching a shutout deserves to at least start the inning. Bring in a reliever if he falters, but at least let him go for the shutout.

  122. JD says:

    Where’s Karstens???

  123. JRay3 says:

    Would have liked Clint to give Karsty the chance at the CG shutout, now we use Hanrahan for third consecutive game and make him unavailable for first game of Giants series.

    Karstens wasn’t even at 90 pitches, don’t get that move.

  124. DemonDachshund says:

    Hanrahan 3 straight nights instead of letting Karstens try to finish?

    Hope this works out.

  125. JRay3 says:

    And now a lead off walk…hope this move does not back fire.

  126. JMB says:

    Matt Capps is back!

  127. JRay3 says:

    Ok, double play ball helps.

  128. pattonbb says:

    All kidding aside, I absolutely agree with you. Karstens should have taken the mound to start the 9th. Hanrahan has been shaky.

  129. Vette60 says:

    Ok…let’s see if the Hammer can drop them. I’d still would have had Karstens come out…


  130. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    I like Clint but I totally disagree here. Now I’m not even nearly as comfortable with Hanrahan in there. The Astros can’t solve the starter, I keep throwing him at him.
    The double play though just helped me breathe again. Good defense!

  131. Chico says:

    Wow – the under on the Karstens line won by two pitches.

  132. Vette60 says:

    Geez….SiriusXM is really lagging with the whole deal since you guys are all posting what has happened and I am listening to the Hammer face the first batter!


  133. Chico says:

    Hanrahan is done. Ugh.

  134. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    I’m only listening on the local fm radio network, ‘the fan’. I got rid of my cable last year, can’t afford Comcast’s high prices.

  135. JRay3 says:

    And behind 8 terrific innings turned in by Jeff Karstens tonight the Pirates complete the four game sweep of the Astros and move 10 games above the .500 mark with a 2-0 shutout victory and there was noooooooooooo doubt about it.

    The Pirates will begin the final series before the All-Star break tomorrow night against the Giants with Erik Bedard taking the hill in game one of the set.

    Let’s Go Bucs and Let’s go Padres and move 2 games up in the standings!

  136. pattonbb says:

    ….fear the Bones….

  137. JMB says:

    raise IT!

  138. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    “Raise it baby!”
    Gotta love Greg Brown on the call!

  139. JD says:

    Love the Hammer, glad he got the save, but Karstens should never have been pulled. Bad move by Hurdle.

  140. Naje says:

    Playoffs… great line on Karstens’ number of strikes thrown… well done!

    Major league best 27-13 home record… team’s good.

  141. Vette60 says:

    NIce job tonight – especially from Kartens! Great home record and how about 10 game above .500!

    Looking forward to the Giants series and being there on Saturday!

    Let’s go Bucs!

    Randy via Richmond, VA.

  142. pattonbb says:

    “Hammer Time” has been gradually raising my blood pressure the last couple weeks. Might be time to rest him for a few days.

  143. TJA says:

    that home record is really impressive. best in the bigs.

  144. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    I tend to assume we’re all local Pittsburghers on here. But I see that is not really the case at all. It’s so cool to see the widespread love for baseball and the Pirates in places far from me. and it’s fun to share our mutual enjoyment on Dejan’s blog in real-time.

  145. twentytwo22 says:

    Got wins from our 4-5 starters for the second straight turn. The Pirates really making a move here. Huge homestand in process. Bedard, McDonald and Burnett coming up. Bedard is due to win one even if It will take 3 1/2 hours.

  146. cosmo says:

    I think Hurdle had the under on line 1. That;s why Karstens didn;t pitch the 9th.

  147. twentytwo22 says:

    Ask Teke question from Matt, Shaler. Does he think he is Titleman now? He’s everywhere.

  148. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    I think the last game Karstens pitched in that awful heat actually toughened him up and got him back to the shape he needs to be in to pitch like he normally does when he’s going good, which is often.

  149. Drew71 says:

    “Bedard is due to win one even if It will take 3 1/2 hours.”

    So 22. You’re saying he will only make it through three innings?

    You don’t get credit for a win for that.

  150. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    And so much for the Bud Norris nemesis. He pitched well, but Jeff Karstens pitched evenb better and Garrett Jones & Casey McGehee continue to do what good teams need – guys picking up each other and helping out the big bombers McCutchen & Alvarez on a night when they are just human.

  151. Chuck H says:

    We won, but I get nervous lately when Hanny comes in to pitch. I don’t know why they lifted Karstens anyhow. He deserved to finish the game. Hanrahan couldn’t find the strike zone, and even threw a wild pitch, which put a runner on third. I still think he should throw a few curve balls, if he knows how to throw a curve. GO! BUCS

  152. Drew71 says:

    No humans, Pigsie. N-O H-U-M-A-N-S

    Humans lose occasionally.





  153. Andy in Rescue VA says:

    KKKKarstens is bacKKKK

  154. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    The UNDER takes both lines tonight. Line #1 was a real close one. Thanks to everyone who played. See you tomorrow for THREE PLAY FRIDAY!!

    Congrats to pattonbb, our new clubhouse leader!!

    pattonbb ** 1400
    Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) ** 1300
    Nate83 ** 1115
    Mlrgenuine ** 1100
    Chico ** 1055
    JRay3 ** 1000
    dcpinpgh ** 950
    radio wave ** 945
    Steve J Smith ** 850
    RobertoForever ** 600
    manny_sanguine ** 550
    Evan ** 478
    JMB ** 450
    crkkid ** 425
    jeffsbar ** 400
    cosmo ** 400
    MarkV ** 350
    dcpfjr ** 350
    Slack Boss ** 335
    DemonDachshund ** 310
    likeabugonarug ** 307
    JohninOshkosh ** 300
    JaxBuc ** 260
    tmp444 ** 205
    JD ** 200
    Officer Mancuso ** 180
    stuart66 ** 175
    cmat0829 ** 150
    OZ ** 150
    lawnbeaver ** 150
    bman ** 110
    milo66 ** 100
    lckythump ** 100
    Naje ** 100
    Absolute59 ** 100
    Kevin S ** 100
    Milo Hamilton ** 50
    Sir Lochsby ** 50
    JUCOfan ** 25
    Hal Smith ** EVEN
    NMR ** EVEN
    Dan1283 ** EVEN
    Mike C. ** EVEN
    Drew 71 ** EVEN
    Arriba Wilver ** -35
    Kevin ** -50
    Bizrow ** -80
    Boise Bucco ** -100
    buggee ** -100
    Petro Steel ** -100
    Pants-n-at ** -100
    bob hasis ** -175
    GlassHalfFull ** -305
    TDB1977 ** -640

  155. Jay G -Jacksonville FL via New Castle says:

    Great game tonight boys……Keep it rolling….Winning in all sorts of ways….excellent…

  156. Jay G -Jacksonville FL via New Castle says:

    Alen Hanson is a 19 year old SS in our system….Maybe you’ve heard a bit about him….Just looked him up….He has 15 homers and is 5’11″and weighs 152 pounds….Are you kidding???….Brock Holt is a smaller dude, as well and is raking in AA……Lots of decent postition players scattered throughout the minors……

  157. Jay G -Jacksonville FL via New Castle says:

    Bases loaded for the Padres, bottom of the ninth, tie game…….no outs……Could be 2 games up on the Reds………………..

  158. Jay G -Jacksonville FL via New Castle says:

    2 games up……Good job Padres…………………….

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