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Final: Brewers 4, Pirates 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (49-38) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (41-46)

Time: 2:10 p.m.

Site: House of Horrors

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. Milwaukee RHP Yovani Gallardo

  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. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. A.J. Burnett, RHP

Comments

  1. Dcpinpgh says:

    Is it true that before this game, that the Pirates had a picture of Mercer on the back of a milk carton?

  2. Drew71 says:

    Another game?

    Get out of town. This is too good to be true.

    How many of these games do they play?

  3. Karen22 says:

    Who’s this Mercer guy??

  4. Nate83 says:

    They are scheduled to play 75 more but hopefully it will be more then that. I don’t even remember what it felt like to care about the baseball playoffs.

  5. Bizrow says:

    They have playoffs in baseball???

  6. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    A series win should be a Brewin’ today. Let’s open the window!!

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

    Total Combined Pedro Alvarez Strikeouts + Walks + Errors in Today’s Game
    Line is 2.5

    *** MAXIMUM IS 100 (FAKE) UNITS ON ANY SINGLE LINE ***

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  7. Mike Shigley says:

    Last night not good for the pitching prospects. Taillon and Cole both were hit hard in losses. Taillon gave up 6 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks (2 strikeouts) in 4 2/3. Cole gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks (3 strikeouts) in 4 innings. Only 55 of Taillon’s 99 pitches were for strikes, although Cole did a bit better (55 of 81). At least Alex Dickerson upped his average to .296 (8 homers and 64 RBIs).

    In fact, it was a bad night for pitchers. Bradenton’s second game starter gave up 9 runs in a 11-10 loss, and Justin Wilson, for Indianapolis gave up 8 in 3 innings of Indianapolis’s 12-9 victory. Doug Slaten reduced his ERA to 0.34 with the win. Starling Marte hit a homerun and now stands at .286 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs.

  8. Drew71 says:

    Yes Biz. Once every two decades.

  9. Kevin S says:

    100 Under… Like to see OVER 2.5 RBI’s today though…

  10. DemonDachshund says:

    @Playoffs -

    Day game, so I’ll put 100 on the UNDER.

  11. Dcpinpgh says:

    100 on the under please

  12. Nate83 says:

    Playoffs

    Back from a week long vacation and ready to go big in an effort to make up some ground I lost. 100 on the under please. Thanks.

  13. Bizrow says:

    Playoffs, 100 on the UNDAH, Pedro bounces back today

  14. tmp444 says:

    Playoffs…50 on the under, please!

  15. Thundercrack says:

    I hope Mercer goes 3-4 and scores a couple of runs.

    The victory would be nice too, but I want to see this blog blow up

  16. Chico says:

    Playoffs….

    75 on the under please!

    Here’s to AJ throwing 8+ to get the second line from Friday….

  17. JRay3 says:

    @ Playoffs – Time for a series win today.

    I will also take 100 on the UNDER….thanks.

  18. Bradster says:

    What no Gorkey for Sutton today?

  19. DemonDachshund says:

    I’m guessing that’s one last start for Mercer before being sent back to Indy, when Presley’s ready to go on Tuesday.

    Presley went 2-4 with a walk in his first rehab start last night.

  20. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Some interesting stats:

    Lifetime Stats vs. Yovani Gallardo
    Clint Barmes 0-13, 1 walk, 4 K’s
    Pedro Alvarez 0-5, 1 walk, 2 K’s
    Neil Walker 2-5, 1 walk, 0 K’s
    Andrew McCutchen 4-15, 2 doubles, 2 RBI’s, 1 walk, 2 K’s
    Garrett Jones 4-11, 6 walks, 1 K

  21. The Gunner says:

    @ Pig Legs

    You are right about the firing of Bob Prince & Nellie King being the all time stupidest move in Pirate history. How Milo Hamilton survived for the 3 years he was here with the constant comparisons to Prince had to be difficult. He was doomed to fail and I personally never cared for him.

    So much for this topic, the Gunner is looking down on today’s Buccos and is very proud. Him & Clint would have had great chemistry; he would have helped make CH a folk hero in Pgh., just like he did with Steve Blass back in the day.

    Now AJ has to go out and dominate the Brewers today so the Bucs can win another series!

  22. Mike C. says:

    @playoffs – i’ll take 50 for the UNDER plz. thanks

    how about a line that goes something like
    “the MLB Roster will see someone new through a trade or a call-up of someone we haven’t seen yet (Marte, Clement, R.Owens, Locke etc) over/under 30 days”

  23. OZ says:

    100 on the under. Thx!

  24. Curt says:

    Hoping that Marte joins the club for the Rockies series.
    Although the routes that Sutton sometimes takes on fly balls can be entertaining!
    Time to win the series. Let’s Go Bucs!

  25. hal Smith says:

    GO BUCS

    50 on the over. Thanks Playoffs……

  26. Bizrow says:

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  27. Chico says:

    DK — if the Pirates win the series, maybe you need to rename the “house of horrors”….

  28. Drew71 says:

    Chico – Just say Horrors with a Pittsburgh dialect and it gives it a whole new meaning.

  29. jeffsbar says:

    Playoffs-

    100 on the Under

    Thank you.

  30. Bizrow says:

    The PBC is interested in Jon Lester from the BoSox?

    Any other names out there?

  31. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Kevin S, you got it and good luck!!

    @Demon, you got it and good luck!!

    @dcpin, welcome back, you got it and good luck!!

    @Nate, welcome back also, you got it and good luck!!

    @tmp444, you got it and good luck!!

    @Chico, you got it and good luck!!

    @JRay, The Window misses the analysis, you got it and good luck!!

    @Mike C, The Window has thought about doing that, but it’s just too hard to handicap, you got it and good luck!!

    @OZ, welcome back, you got it and good luck!!

    @Hal Smith, Welcome back to you as well, you got it and good luck!!

    @jeffsbar, you got it and good luck!!

  32. Bizrow says:

    Playoffs, did you get my 100 UNDAH?

    Thanks for all you do here, just didn’t see it listed

  33. @Playoffs, I’m going to go with 100 on the UNDER for today. Thanks.

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

    Marte in Denver………come on brass, get him there…..

  35. Chico says:

    Drew — well said LOL

  36. manny _sanguine says:

    @playoffs,

    100 on the UNDER pls
    Thanks

  37. RobertoForever says:

    @playoffs,

    Great day for a series win. It is a day game but indoors, so that may mitigate. Would love to see a Day-dro HR.

    I am going to go 75 under. Need to get back on the winning side.
    Thanks.

  38. bman says:

    @Playoffs

    100 on the UNDER please

  39. Markv says:

    @Playoffs

    I’ll take 50 on the Under. Thanks.

  40. Chico says:

    Bizrow –

    The Angels scout was at the game watching Correia yesterday. Peter Bourjos has been talked about I guess. He was displaced by Trout and could be a nice fit, along with Cutch and Marte long term.

  41. Milo66 says:

    100 on the UNDER

    Go Bucs!

  42. Markv says:

    ESPN is reporting Bucs willing to offer Marte in a deal for Justin Upton.
    I think that would be a mistake. Would rather take my chances with Marte long term.

  43. Arriba Wilver says:

    Playoffs: 65 on the OVER, please.

  44. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    I read a report yesterday that Appel is a childhood friend of Ryan Braun and his family, and it was Braun who urged him not to sign with the Pirates.

  45. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Bizrow, sorry about that, thanks for the reminder, you got it and good luck!!

    @Steve, you got it and good luck!!

    @manny, you got it and good luck!!

    @Roberto, you got it and good luck!!

    @bman, you got it and good luck!!

    @MarkV, you got it and good luck!!

    @Milo66, you got it and good luck!!

    @Arriba, good to see you back here at Ye Olde Window, you got it and good luck!!

  46. Naje says:

    @Drew
    “Chico – Just say Horrors with a Pittsburgh dialect and it gives it a whole new meaning.”

    You know Drewsie, Braun DID claim it was a male enhancement supplement that spiked his, ahem, well… there you go. House of what…????

  47. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Playoffs

    I’ll 100 on the UNDER for today.

    Thanks

  48. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Playoffs

    HOw many innings does AJ need to get to break the Friday OVER/UNDER for innings pitched?

    I’ve lost track and think I went OVER.

    I took UNDER on the wins though, hope I’m wrong.

  49. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    wait, wait, wait…….who’s this “Mercer” guy at SS?

    Did I pronounce that right? LOL

  50. JohninOshkosh says:

    Braun = Evil

  51. Bill Born says:

    Marte is not in the line-up today in Indianapolis.

    Wondering why.

  52. jaxbuc says:

    Playoffs. 40 on the UNDER, please

  53. Mlrgenuine says:

    @Playoffs

    I’ll take 50 on the UNDER today. Thanks!

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  54. JohninOshkosh says:

    @Playoffs:

    50/Over Merci.

  55. DemonDachshund says:

    What in the heck would make the Red Sox think they could get Cole for Lester?

    And why would Arizona give up Upton without getting one of the big name pitchers back?

    So many of these rumors just don’t make much sense.

    Heh, maybe Mercer is starting today to showcase him for a trade. I should tweet that so it can become a rumor.

  56. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Ryan, AJ needs to go 8 innings for the OVER to win on that line, as for today, you got it and good luck!!

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

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

  57. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @John, you got it and good luck!!

  58. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Yikes…….I may take a pretty good hit today if I’m wrong on these 3.

  59. JD says:

    Playoffs – 50 on the over please.

    Go Bucs!

  60. radio wave says:

    At playoffs:
    50 on the under please.

  61. JMB says:

    @playoffs

    100 on the UNDER, plz!

    muchos gracias!

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

    Being a musician, I don’t care for rap too much…Turn the channel everytime that god awful Buctown song comes on…..But seeing the story on Okobi and how big of a Pirate fan he was growing up (big Van Slyke props) got me more psyched up about Pirate baseball…….Props to Chukky……

  63. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @JD, you got it and good luck!!

    @radio, you got it and good luck!!

    @JMB, denada senor, you got it and good luck!!

  64. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Window will stay open until Pedro Alvarez’s first at-bat or Pedro Alvarez takes the field, which ever comes first.

  65. JMB says:

    I’d love to get Upton, depending on the price.

    I figure he is better than Pence (if HP is made available) in a couple of ways: cost & control. Pence will cost around $20mm for the rest of this year and next, and Upton will cost around $43mm to have thru 2015 or $30mm thru 2014. I think he has a cheap buy-out for 2015.

    They would cost about the same in prospects based on what I’ve read.

  66. JohninOshkosh says:

    Lot of talk in the Wisconsin Sunday sports news that the Brewers first nine days out of the AS Break, all against NL Central teams ahead of them, are critical for the direction of the club going into the trade deadline. I think I even read that today was a “must win.”

    Wow. How nice would it be for the Pirates to begin the Brewers derailment. And how nice is it that the Pirates are viewed in such high regard. I have to say the the Wisconsin sports media has been very impressed with the Bucs. Even heard good things about Barmes! Tom Haudricourt, the fine baseball writer for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, has the Pirates rated #2 in his NL power ratings.

  67. JMB says:

    PRNW stays RED hot!

  68. JRay3 says:

    Rumors of the Pirates serious in Upton talks are huge in my opinion. Upton is just 24 and signed for multiple years and you put him with Cutch and somebody in LF and you have perhaps the best OF in the game a a bat to protect Cutch.

    Marte is unproven, Upton has done it, a move like that seriously puts us in position to compete for it this year. Especially if we do not have to add one of our TOP arms, get this deal done if possible!

  69. JRay3 says:

    Huge K of Braun there by AJ, now let’s get out of the inning!

  70. JRay3 says:

    And Ramirez goes down on strikes and AJ battles through the lead-off double, nicely done.

  71. JohninOshkosh says:

    I think it is crazy for the Pirates not to pursue Upton. He finished 4th in the MVP voting last year and has been regarded for a few years now as one of the best all around players in the NL. Too much attachment to prospects in this organization. Marte is unproven and still needs to go through the rigorous, often lengthy, Major League learning curve before he is established as a bona fide big leaguer (Pedro Alvarez, anyone?). If there is any validity at all to those rumors, Neal ought to be working his iphone as we speak.

  72. Boise Bucco says:

    Some of these trade rumors…it is indeed hot stove season…

    When I read something like the rumors of Gerrit Cole in a deal for Jon Lester, it makes me wonder if some sports writers write this stuff, just for the sake of sparking drama. If they’re going that route, they might as well just start a Barmes-for-Adrian Gonzalez rumor.

    I can’t tell if a trade rumor like that de-values the prospect or over-values Lester. It could also be that since I’ve been a Pirate fan for the last 31 years that I’ve grown to over-value prospects.

  73. Boise Bucco says:

    Also, the Pirates “may have interest” in just about every single player in MLB, so I think it’s safe to go ahead and not put the “may have interest” part in trade rumors anymore.

    I think DK might even agree…”may have interest” is to trade-deadline columns as “Holy ________ Batman” is to comic-book columns.

  74. Naje says:

    Alvarez: 5 Ks in 13 plate appearances… gotta do better than that dude…

  75. JRay3 says:

    Hey not only a Jody Mercer sighting but a ground rule double in his first AB, time to take the early lead.

  76. DemonDachshund says:

    At least Burnett didn’t bunt it into his eye.

  77. DemonDachshund says:

    Missed sac bunt = missed Sutton SF to take the lead though.

    Hope Walker can make it meaningless.

  78. Mike C. says:

    it all depends on relatively cheap “years of mlb control” you get with these young players.

    we control Marte through 2019 I believe, i could be wrong.

    Upton’s years & salary
    2012 $6,750,000
    2013 $9,750,000
    2014 $14,250,000
    2015 $14,500,000

    Upton doesn’t come cheap, relative to the Pirates, and I’m not sure they can keep him, Cutch, as well as sign guys like McDonald and others.

    This trade would basically be mean WS championship in 2015 or bust. not sure the Pirates can make moves like that.

  79. Boise Bucco says:

    Here’s a little blast from Milwaukee’s past…Ben Sheets is pitching today for the Braves, and he’s not doing too bad. He’s keeping up with Johan Santana, and thru 5 innings he’s given up 2 hits/0 runs/1 BB/4 K’s. Hope it works out for him!

  80. DemonDachshund says:

    The Bucs control Marte for 6 full years of service, and his clock doesn’t start until he’s promoted. So assuming they call him up some time in the 2nd half, that would mean they’d have him through 2018, I believe.

    Remember too that the Bucs could always flip Upton after the 2013 season if needed. There are a good dozen teams for which $14M isn’t too much to pay someone.

  81. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Cutch is AMAZING!!!

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

    Cutch and the opposite field homers……nice…..

  83. JRay3 says:

    Are you serious…CUTCH a solo bomb and the Bucs lead…MVP, MVP

  84. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    AND BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!!!!

  85. Boise Bucco says:

    YESSSSS

  86. Eric Bowser says:

    I’ve never seen a Pirates hitter this locked in, ever.

    Yes, I’m including Barry Bonds in statement.

  87. Mike C. says:

    wow
    greatness blooming right b4 our eyes
    we are just witnesses

  88. DemonDachshund says:

    It’s really a shame how badly the Home Run Derby has messed up Cutch’s swing.

  89. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    DUELING STORYLINES…………..

    McCutchen’s March to the MVP
    Alvarez’s March to the Mendoza

  90. JRay3 says:

    Not only does Pedro strike out, but than to follow it up with a lack of hustle on a ball that gets away is inexcusable, I’m sure Clint will be all over that.

  91. Boise Bucco says:

    Last Mets/Braves update I swear…Braves put up a 6-spot on Santana in the 5th, Braves up 6-0 and Sheets is in line for his first MLB win in like 3 years!

  92. Bizrow says:

    So is Pedro OVAH the OVAH yet?

  93. Boise Bucco says:

    Haha Karstens is telling AJ right now, “dude, it took you 7 pitches to get out of that inning!? WAY TOO MANY.”

  94. JRay3 says:

    AJ Burnett is just locked in right now, needs just seven pitches to get out of the fourth. How about a few add-on runs for him?

  95. Naje says:

    Playoffs…
    Forget Alvarez’ march to the Mendoza… the guy’s struck out 6 times in 10 plate appearances this weekend… Bucs have K’d 23 times in 13 innings (23 of their 39 outs).

  96. Bizrow says:

    I don’t think Cole is going anywhere

  97. DemonDachshund says:

    Pedro is still UNDER thanks to a friendly scoring decision a few innings ago… But it’s not looking good.

  98. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Naje

    After Alvarez made that error at third last night that allowed 2 runs to score, you could just see it in his face. I cringed as I watched it. Then the next 2 at bats he barely swung the bat and K’ed both times.

    You can see it in the field and at the plate today. Stinks that one bad play can set him back like that. I only hope it’s just a week of this and not the rest of July and into August. He’s come way to far to regress at this point in the season.

  99. Naje says:

    Playoffs…
    Yeah, your point about that error is pretty clear. I sense it will be a short term thing based on Hurdle’s quotes about Alvarez talking to him and relieving some of that pressure he’s putting on himself. He’s lost again… head just can’t focus on making contact with the ball or whatever approach he’s deciding to use.

    Lack of focus…lack of a plan…add those together and even the best hitting talent gets rendered useless.

  100. Boise Bucco says:

    3rd time through the lineup…time to do some damage.

  101. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Naje,

    I hope so as well.

  102. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    The Window has to log off unfortunately. Dinner at the in-laws followed by hockey coaching. The Window will update the final weekend standings this evening. Take care all and GO BUCS!!

  103. twentytwo22 says:

    I saw that Gallardo has 50 walks this year. The Pirates are not hitting smart. If a pitcher is going to throw the ball in the dirt and you swing at it, it’s a wonder he doesn’t get 27 strikeouts. Bad approach. My not even matter but it’s still bad.

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

    A Jose Castillo reference…..I will say this Castillo and Jack Wilson turned some great double plays………

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

    Another hit for Cutch……..all fields, all typles of hits……..locked in………..

  106. Eric Bowser says:

    Horrible throw by Jones, just can’t give up a run like that…. my goodness that was bad

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

    UGGGHHH…..

  108. JohninOshkosh says:

    Just like that 2-1 Milw. Errors kill

  109. Boise Bucco says:

    Maybe this will light a little fire for the Bucs…1 run was never gonna hold agains the Brewers.

  110. JohninOshkosh says:

    Cross fingers for Walker.

  111. Reading says:

    Wheels coming off. Come on Man!

  112. Eric Bowser says:

    Defense, defense, defense… second half of last year was bad pitching and bad defense.

    Not liking the team defense these first three games.

  113. JRay3 says:

    Just looking terrible defensively and are giving the Brewers this game.

  114. JohninOshkosh says:

    Even Cy Young candidates have a hard time keeping it close with defense like this. Pedro was charged with an error on that Weeks play for O/U players.

  115. Chico says:

    Terrible inning. Crazy that was ruled a hit and not an error on Pedro… good for the “under” though.

  116. JMB says:

    Well, at least we won yesterday cuz otherwise I would be worried!

  117. twentytwo22 says:

    3 games, 1 game of bad pitching, 3 games of bad situational hitting, 1 game of horrid approach to hitting, and 3 games of bad defense. Hopefully they leave the circus in Milwaukee.

  118. Chico says:

    Ha — nevermind. Pedro gets the error. They changed the ruling.

  119. Reading says:

    At least we didn’t get swept. Reds 5-game streak. Could be left in dust like last year if we don’t pick it up in Denver.

  120. JRay3 says:

    I really wish they would have shipped Milwaukee back to the American League and kept Houston in the Central, this place is just a house of horrors for the Bucs,

  121. Eric Bowser says:

    Too bad Gorkys Hernandez can’t hit…

  122. Reading says:

    I guess we’re not going to put the ball in play anymore.

  123. JohninOshkosh says:

    They had to play well today. Gallardo might add a Cy Young to his resume someday.

  124. JRay3 says:

    15 K’s yesterday, already 13 today, get the team a bat! Sutton can not play everyday and is a liability in the OF, Hernandez plays great defense but does not hit. Get Presley back up here.

    I am headed to Denver tomorrow and will see the Bucs series at Coors Filed and hope they leave this show behind in Milwaukee as the upcoming series will be big against a lesser foe.

  125. Reading says:

    Going through the motions. Epic fail.

  126. JohninOshkosh says:

    Struck out the side. Geez, the Pirates can rack up the K’s.

  127. twentytwo22 says:

    2 more strikeouts on balls not even close.

  128. JMB says:

    JRay,

    You get around!

    Where is your home?

  129. Bizrow says:

    Another career high in K’s

    PBC should get bonuses from the pitchers that do that

  130. JohninOshkosh says:

    BTW Franchise record for strikeouts by a starter is 18 (Sheets)

  131. JRay3 says:

    @ JMB – I live in Phoenix, AZ…travel the SW with work which takes me to Denver next week, but I planned it that way so I could catch the series while Pittsburgh was there.

    Always try to catch a few of the west coast series that I can get to like San Diego in August to take advantage of my best opportunities to see Bucs baseball.

  132. JohninOshkosh says:

    AJB still in with 81 pitches thrown Wonder if book on him for the next few weeks will be to jump on his first pitch.

  133. Eric Bowser says:

    Marte isn’t in the lineup for Indy.

  134. florida steeler says:

    Get rid of Pedro!!

  135. JRay3 says:

    @ Eric – interesting…could he be coming to Denver? Could a trade be imminent?

  136. Eric Bowser says:

    @JRay3 – I’m hoping Pirates promote him and see what they have or don’t have before the trade deadline. I’m not real high on their chances to acquire outfielder Justin Upton if the team won’t offer Jameson Taillon.

  137. JRay3 says:

    The Rockies will throw two LHP against the Pirates to start the series with Francis and Friederich. Maybe Marte is coming up to get the RH bat into the lineup. Also, the Rockies use a four man rotation with their starters capped at 75 pitches.

  138. Bizrow says:

    I think Sheets won for Atlanta today??

  139. JRay3 says:

    Sutton 0 for last 8 with 5 K’s.

  140. florida steeler says:

    This team cannot win with Garrett Jones and Sutton in the outfield with Barmes at shortstop and Alvarez at third. Cannot wonder boy Huntington see this??

    And, how about Bob Walk today being so stupid to say Pirates striking out may be a strategy to get the starters tired and get to “their under-belly–the bullpen”. Pirat announcers homerism has caused them to lose all touch with reality because they always look for ways to paint a pretty picture. How dumb do they think all of us are??

  141. JohninOshkosh says:

    @Bizrow:

    Yes, Sheets won. The line:

    Player IP H R ER BB K HR BFP Pit B-S ERA OpBA
    B. Sheets, (W 1-0) 6.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 21 88 31 – 57 0.00 .100

    Atlanta is an organization that has always been aggressive and thought outside of the box.

  142. Reading says:

    McCutchen is only guy who showed up today.

  143. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    Funny how the Cubs got LaHair starting in right today and both the Snakes and the Cubs have all the potential trade pieces in the starting lineups, knowing that Pirates are scouting Upton today. Can’t fault the Cubs for that.
    Upton is stinking it up with the bat as he has all year though. Did have an outfield assist, although Rizzo isnt exactly a speedburner.

    I hope they don’t trade Marte. He’s a special player.

  144. JRay3 says:

    Well Cutch came to play after the break, but he needs some help.

  145. twentytwo22 says:

    I can’t describe how bad that at-bat was by Jones. He was ready for the game to be over. That was bush league.

  146. Eric Bowser says:

    and Milwaukee’s house of horrors does it again to Pirates.

    Get out of that city now.

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

    We can’t win????….We’re tied for first place….We hardly ever lose series…We are going to lose a few more….We’ll get Presley back, will get Marte up…..That’s a big upgrade there…..We’ve had to battle the last few weeks because of Presley’s injury and Tabata’s goofiness….but have still won!!!!…..Trying to take pitches and get their starter out early was Walk’s point….Not striking out 300 times….Horrible game…Great season…Looking good for the upcoming week…………

  148. twentytwo22 says:

    There is no excuse to look that bad in a series when you are in first place and playing a sub .500 team. I don’t care where the game is played. Somebody better be pissed. 3-3 road trip is fine but that caliber of baseball couldn’t beat Houston.

  149. JRay3 says:

    @ twentytwo22 – tough to argue, did not look like a first place team the past three days, only thing to do is move on and hope for better out in Denver.

  150. twentytwo22 says:

    One more thing from that game, when a rookie scrub catcher cheap shots your second best player that guy needs one buried in his ribs. Chicken pitching by the Pirates.

  151. Eric Bowser says:

    Root for STL tonight.

    Well, time to go cook some wings.

  152. Karen22 says:

    That was an absolute STINKBOMB. And so was the whole series…amazing we won one. NOT happy!

  153. JohninOshkosh says:

    The AB by Weeks where the ball was smoked by Alvarez (who was unable to get in front of it) was first ruled to be a hit, then changed to an error, and later officially changed to a hit giving Weeks the double. The over/under action was still in play at that time. However, Alvarez later-wait for it-struckout giving him three strikeouts on the afternoon.

    Thus, the OVER wins it.

  154. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    F Milwaukee. There I said it. Pedro K’s 3 times today to make the OVER a winner. The Bucs 3 starters this weekend put up a combined 17.67 innings making the UNDER a winner, and they only take 1 in Milwaukee so the UNDER wins that as well. Thanks to all who played this weekend. MULTIPLE LINE MONDAY is up for tomorrow. See you then.

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  155. sd says:

    Please don’t trade Marte. he is a special, special player. I’d like Upton as well, but not at the expense of Marte. Trade Tabata instead, trade 4 or 5 guys for just him if you absolutely have to, but please do not trade Starling. He’s gonna be really, really good.

 
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