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Final: Pirates 9, Rockies 6

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (50-40) vs. Colorado Rockies (35-55)

Time: 3:10 p.m.

Site: Coors Field, Denver

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. Colorado RHP Jeremy Guthrie

  1. Alex Presley, 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. James McDonald, RHP

Comments

  1. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Again, huge thanks to Ryan for subbing in for me yesterday. Much appreciated. Just a head’s up. On most weekdays for the next few weeks, the OVER / UNDER will be posted at or around 8 AM in the previous day’s game thread. I’ll need someone to re-post it for me in the current day’s game thread. So any and all help is greatly appreciated. Once I can get into a decent routine at work, I’ll post them again in the early afternoon. Thanks as always for you help and support. You guys rock!! Anyways on with the show…….

    Good Afternoon my fellow fair weather fans. Let’s open the window!!

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

    Total Combined Hits + Walks for Pedro Alvarez in Today’s Game
    Line is 1.5

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

    57 Current Fair Weather 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!!

    CURRENT PARTICIPANT TOTALS
    Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) ** 1500
    pattonbb ** 1300
    Mlrgenuine ** 1300
    Nate83 ** 1040
    Chico ** 855
    dcpinpgh ** 850
    JRay3 ** 650
    crkkid ** 650
    cosmo ** 600
    radio wave ** 548
    jeffsbar ** 500
    Steve J Smith ** 450
    Naje ** 450
    cmat0829 ** 450
    Evan ** 428
    JD ** 425
    Bizrow ** 395
    dcpfjr ** 350
    manny_sanguine ** 350
    likeabugonarug ** 307
    milo66 ** 300
    JohninOshkosh ** 300
    RobertoForever ** 300
    MarkV ** 275
    JaxBuc ** 270
    JMB ** 250
    Slack Boss ** 235
    stuart66 ** 200
    Officer Mancuso ** 180
    Mike C. ** 150
    lawnbeaver ** 150
    DemonDachshund ** 110
    tmp444 ** 105
    lckythump ** 100
    Absolute59 ** 100
    Curt ** 100
    Sir Lochsby ** 50
    JUCOfan ** 25
    Arriba Wilver ** 5
    Hal Smith ** EVEN
    NMR ** EVEN
    Dan1283 ** EVEN
    Drew 71 ** EVEN
    TK ** -50
    Milo Hamilton ** -75
    buggee ** -100
    Petro Steel ** -100
    Pants-n-at ** -100
    Joe Bucco ** -100
    OZ ** -150
    bman ** -290
    Boise Bucco ** -300
    GlassHalfFull ** -305
    bob hasis ** -325
    Kevin ** -450
    Kevin S ** -600
    TDB1977 ** -1040

    First Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES FITTED NEW ERA 59FIFTY HAT

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY HAT

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

  2. Bizrow says:

    Afternoon game 100 nuclear blue nuggets on the OVAH

    Thanks playoffs, I can’t believe how good your lines are ;-)

    Soooo close

  3. Chico says:

    @ playoffs

    Man, you get a job and now we have to do extra work? Kidding, of course. happy to help out.

    I’ll take 75 on the over.

  4. tmp444 says:

    Pedro vs. RHP — 100 on the OVER, please!

  5. TC says:

    If Bucs are looking to rest Barajas… today would have perfect to do so. McK “hot” after 2 hits last night and then RodB would have 3 days in a row, Unless Rod alkways catches JMac or something.

    Sensing Friday moves… anyone?

  6. DemonDachshund says:

    Barajas usually catches JMac and Burnett + catching a day game after a night game is rough on the catcher.

    Day game + RHP + pitcher with an ERA of 6+. Going to have to put 100 on the OVER.

  7. JaxBuc says:

    Please, kind sir (or madam), may I have 100 on the OVER. Let’s score a dozen today!

  8. manny _sanguine says:

    @playoffs,

    100 on the OVER pls

    Thanks

  9. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Bizrow, The Window can’t believe how close the lines are sometimes as well, if only The Window had luck like that at the real window, you got it and good luck!!

    @Chico, funny how that works right? You got it and good luck!!

    @tmp444, you got it and good luck!!

    @Demon, you got it and good luck!!

    @jaxbuc, The Window is a true gentleman in every sense of the word, just don’t ask Mrs. Playoffs for confirmation on that, you got it and good luck!!

    @manny, you got it and good luck!!

  10. stuart66 says:

    Playoffs, I would like to risk 50 of my accumulated Cruzieros on the OVER for the newly assertive Pedro. Good luck with the job. I am currently winding down my full-time employment, and looking forward to “retiring” at the end of September.

    Stuart66

  11. Evan says:

    100 on the OVER.

  12. Milo Hamilton says:

    @Playoffs

    May I please have 100 units on the over. #Daydro.

  13. JHadar says:

    OK — I know McCutchen has speed and hits for average, but how long can Clint ignore his power? Bat him 4th I say! — especially on days when you can go with Sutton, Presley, and Walker in the first 3 spots. With today’s line-up it would be a bit trickier, but I like Jones at 3 followed by McCutchen and then Alvarez and then McGehee.

    Just an opinion, subject to change.

  14. pants-n-at says:

    Day game! 100 on the over.

  15. stuart66 says:

    Jhadar,
    Just to be Devil’s advocate; I think putting Andrew in the 4 slot might make some subtle message to him to start swinging for the fences. I say he is in the perfect spot at 3, and I hope he stays there for another 10 to 15 years!

    PS Free Marte Now!!!

    Stuart66

  16. Mlrgenuine says:

    @Playoffs

    If this was the final Jeopardy question, I’d bet all 1,300 of my imaginary points, but since there is a limit…

    100 on the OVER please

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  17. radio wave says:

    at playoffs:
    As I watch my score sink in the west, I don’t know what to do.
    Last night I took the under, and the guy gets 1 strike above the line, ridiculous.
    I’m swinging for the fences again, PA has been lousy except for the late night HR, 100 on the over.
    Why not give us a line on whether or not Walkers hit streak continues?
    I wonder if not batting in the same place in the order everyday is a bother to him?
    Go Bucs.

  18. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Milo,

    That’s 2 posts for you, but who’s counting? (couldn’t resist) Still only 1 for Jandy.

  19. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @stuart, congrats on the upcomming retirement, The Window only has about 30 – 35 years to go before that dream will be realized, you got it and good luck!!

    @Evan, you got it and good luck!!

    @Milo, #daydro, LOVE IT!! You got it and good luck!!

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

    @Mlr, bet the mortgage on this one!!! You got it and good luck!!

    @radio, The Window is a firm believer in hexes, curses, jinxes, mojo, karma, and poxes. The Window has yet to put up a “Walker Only” and will not do one while the “you-know-what-streak” is going on. Just knocked on wood three times after writing that. Everyone else please do the same. You got it and good luck!!

  20. JMB says:

    @playoffs

    100 OVER, plz

    THANKS!

  21. crkkid says:

    @ playoffs

    As stated once or twice….it’s a day game. Let me have the over for 100 units.

    Thanks!

  22. K. PenFan says:

    Assuming new guys can join? I have 0 pts… usually optimistic but I’m bearish on Pedro. Was 0-5 with 3 Ks last night. Trying to remember last time he had more than one hit and he strikes out a lot. Betting he goes 1 for 5 tonight. 2 run homer. and 3 more strikeouts. 100 pts on UNDER.

  23. MarkV says:

    @Playoffs

    I’ll take 75 on the OVER. Thanks.

  24. Playoffs by 2012 says:

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

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

    @K. PenFan, all are welcome at The Window, you got it and good luck!!

    @MarkV, you are welcome, too, you got it and good luck!!

  25. pants-n-at says:

    Walker has one of the prettiest swings in baseball. Glad to see the ball drop “where they ain’t” lately. Here’s to the you know what continuing. I tell you, the AS break couldn’t have come at a worse time for our Bucs…..cooled them off a little. And teams not firing on all cylinders (Cincy) got a chance to regroup. But I’m positive we’ll get rolling again.

  26. JohninOshkosh says:

    @Playoffs:

    50 edamame beans on the OVER, if you please.

    My Mets fan brother is visiting and we watched your game last night. Looked like a lot of empty seats for a division leader. Hope you yelled, “You Suck!” to Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo!

  27. pants-n-at says:

    @ OshKosh BGosh. LOL!

  28. JMB says:

    Pick time!

    Well we arent in round B.

  29. JMB says:

    round A is later. I think two teams get stiffed, so it will be interesting.

  30. hal Smith says:

    Playoffs:

    50 on the over

  31. Brandon Uram says:

    DK,

    Am I missing the point as to what rationale is being employed by Appel?

    Could the team that chooses him lowball the offer, being that his alternative is independent ball for a year if he declines?

  32. JMB says:

    Round A

    Pick 6 Miami
    5 reds
    4 orioles
    3 zona
    2 pirates
    1 KC

  33. JMB says:

    WooHOO – we got the 2nd lotto pick!

  34. JMB says:

    Quentin for the comp pick?

    If we had gotten the 1st pick, would we have heard any conspiracy theories about a “give back” after not getting Appel?

    After reading about NBA draft conspiracy theories, people can think up anything.

  35. NMR says:

    Way higher than I thought was even possible.

    I officially have no idea how the new draft rules work.

  36. Milo Hamilton says:

    I predict that pick will be the 1st one ever traded.

  37. Bill Born says:

    Here is an interesting fact – Going into action today The Yankees have 75 RBI from the #7 spot in their line-up.

    “2 different worlds we live in…”

    Need this one today-Lets go Bucs’!

  38. SlackBoss says:

    @ playoffs – 100 units on the over please

  39. Bucco_Jax says:

    Playoffs:

    75 on the OVER

  40. DemonDachshund says:

    @JMB -

    Clearly, Bud gave the Pirates the 2nd pick after seeing what happened with the NBA situation.

    Clearly.

  41. DemonDachshund says:

    @NMR -

    Bottom 10 teams in revenue and market get put in Pool A. Some of those are the same, so 13 teams this year. I THINK it’s an uneven distribution of chance based on previous year’s winning percentage, kind of like what the NBA and NHL do.

    Pick 6 of those teams in some order as Group A.

    Pool B is any team from Pool A that didn’t end up in Group A plus any teams that got revenue sharing. This year, that was the Tigers.

    Pick 6 of those teams as Group B.

    Draft order is now:
    1st Round
    Free Agent Compensation Picks (Much fewer than in the past, have to offer something like $12M+ if I understand it correctly)
    Group A
    2nd Round
    Group B

    May be something else between 2nd Round and Group B, not sure.

  42. JD says:

    Playoffs- I’d like 100 on the over please. (hoping to still get in since Pedro didn’t bat yet)

  43. Mike A. says:

    Well, that’s a lovely start. JMac falls behind the first hitter 2-0, then gives up a bomb. Now 3-0 to the second hitter. Great “bounce back start”….

  44. JMB says:

    The other good thing about the lotto is that the Cards got nothing.

    Oooof! This is not a good start.

  45. pants-n-at says:

    Settle down dude

  46. Slick says:

    This just means they need to trade for an arm, bring up the bat from internal personnel.

  47. Mike A. says:

    Coors Field or no Coors Field, this game is OVAHH.

  48. AJS says:

    HR, 4 pitch walk, HR. Ugh.

  49. buggee says:

    Playoffs, 100 on the OVER please. Thank you! (and congrats on the new job)

  50. Sko says:

    McDonald has been bad with his control the past few outing. He looks like the pitcher from last year. I think we definitely need some pitching help before the trade deadline

  51. tmp444 says:

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I think I heard somewhere (maybe the Fan) that JMac’s ERA in the 1st inning is somewhere in the high 4s, and in the 1s after the 1st?

  52. Evan says:

    I hope Jeremy Guthrie gets back to his old self here next inning. Gonna take some offense today.

  53. AJS says:

    –Coors Field or no Coors Field, this game is OVAHH.

    Naah. JMAc has had some rocky starts in the past only to bounce back and mow down 10 in a row. Add that to the fact the offense has looked much better as of later(save for a couple of games recently) and add that to Coors Field playing like it is 1998 all over again and this game is far from over.

  54. buggee says:

    blech. Probably too late.

  55. JMB says:

    El Toro time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pedro now batting. HOME RUN!!!!!!

  57. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @John, it was a brutal night for a game in DC yesterday, 100 degrees and high humidity, The Window was surprised they drew as many as they did to that game. The Window didn’t really have time to yell at Carpenter of Santangelo, most of The Window’s taunts landed on Adam LaRoche. Alwys nice to see him fall into a prolonged slump, brings back so many memories. The Window did see Ray Knight there, and yelled NANCY LOPEZ at him. Good times!! You got it and good luck!!

    @Hal, you got it and good luck!!

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

    @Bucco_Jax, are you the same as jaxbuc, or a different person?? You got it and good luck!!

    @JD, you got it and good luck!!

    @buggee, welcome back and thank you, you got it and good luck!!

  58. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    And just like that #Daydro is only one hit / walk away from covering

  59. Evan says:

    DAYDRO

  60. Dave G says:

    Pedro Alvarez, King of the Daytime Dinger

  61. JohninOshkosh says:

    That was an opposite field moonshot or should I say sunshot. Glad no one told Pete it was ovah.

  62. JMB says:

    @DD

    That Bud is tricky!

    I knew I didn’t need that clearcoat.

  63. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @JMB

    Don’t forget the floor mats and the rust-proofing!!

  64. Reading says:

    Been hoping that we could get out of Denver without Cargo doing some damage.

  65. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    How long before Brad Lincoln gets up in the pen. Can’t imagine Mr. J-Mac is long for this game at this point. 42 pitches and only 4 outs. Yikes, just not his day I guess.

  66. JMB says:

    JonHeymanCBS
    according to @DKnobler, kendrys morales is available in trade. makes sense since they are stuck with vernon wells

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/moralke01.shtml

    112 OPS+, but only .758 OPS.

    Where’s CD brewer?

  67. NMR says:

    @DemonDog

    Much, much appreciated for the draft rundown.

  68. Milo Hamilton says:

    I have a headache. Blood pressure related I’m guessing.

  69. twentytwo22 says:

    The Pirates aren’t with it at all. 6 for 6 in **** performances.

  70. Drew71 says:

    I just signed back on…for THIS???

  71. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    2 innings
    52 pitches
    5 runs

    Not J-Mac’s day today, but this one is still far, far from over.

  72. JMB says:

    jimcallisBA
    High. #mlbdraft dollars are coveted. __ Any idea what potential value of a lottery pick would be in trade proposals this year?

  73. Drew71 says:

    My dogs are three hours away so I have nothing to kick.

    Where’s Thunder?

  74. JMB says:

    @Drew

    You can kick your Joe Paterno commemorative bobblehead.

    Too soon?

  75. Arriba Wilver says:

    Good to see 22 here to add some cheer. I was beginning to get depressed.

  76. NMR says:

    Just when I thought all had successfully navigated themselves off the ledge…

  77. JMB says:

    G FN JONES!!!!!!!!

  78. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    The Legend right on cue!!!

  79. Evan says:

    Somehow, this is still a game.

  80. Reading says:

    Wrigley-style slugfest in the making!! Pitching apparently optional.

  81. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    ——In my best Chris Berman voice——-

    Jones blasts one, back back back back….GONE!!
    He hits that one to Pueblo!!

  82. AJS says:

    Garrett jones makes this thing competetive again with a single swing of the bat. BOOM!

  83. JMB says:

    Give him a hit!

  84. JMB says:

    bah — error.

  85. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Daydro hits the knuckle-puck to short. What is the official ruling?

  86. AJS says:

    Back to back errors on the Rockie infield. Getting sloppy.

  87. Kevin says:

    Kicking and fighting my way back up the ladder…

    100 on the OVER, please, Playoffs…Thanks.

  88. RobertoForever says:

    Anyone who thinks a Pirates game is over in the early innings, even when faced with a 3 or 4 run deficit, has not been paying attention. This is what they do. Lately, all of the starters have 1 bad inning, and the hitting eventually picks them up and makes the game competitve.

    The fact that the Buccos are able to win some of these games, while they struggle with pitching and defense, is a good sign. When they get things firing on all cylinders again. this team will be mowing down the competition. Just hope it doesn’t take much longer. Maybe get it together on the home stand where the Bucs are 15 games over at PNC Park.

  89. AJS says:

    C’Mon barmes. Do something constructive for a change.

  90. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Kevin, sorry too late for today. Window closed at Pedro’s first at-bat.

  91. JohninOshkosh says:

    Barmes!

  92. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    BARMES WITH THE TEXAS LEAGUER FOR THE LEAD!!!

  93. Milo Hamilton says:

    This inning coupled with the news from home that even after a hellacious storm we had no damage & the basement is dry has my headache subsiding.

  94. Reading says:

    BARMES!!! The new HONUS!!!

  95. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Roberto

    Well said.

    I’ve thought for at least a month if they can find a way to win 41 games on the road this year, they take the division.

  96. AJS says:

    Wow, he must have been listening! 2 Out 2 Run Single!

  97. AJS says:

    Changed Pedro to a hit.

  98. NMR says:

    As much as I claim to be a pitching prude, how can you NOT have fun watching baseball in Denver?

    Shame on my hypocritical self.

  99. JohninOshkosh says:

    Official scorer changed error on Alvarez AB, I believe, to a hit so Over wins already?

  100. tmp444 says:

    ALL WITH 2 OUTS!!!!!

  101. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Well as of now Pedro has covered the OVER. Will wait and see if they change the ruling again before making the tally official.

  102. RobertoForever says:

    AJS

    Yes, that error on Pedro’s AB was changed to a hit, so the OVER wins already.

    #Dayrdo strikes again (too bad I was too late for the window, lol)

  103. Reading says:

    Now, how about putting up a few zeroes?

  104. Arriba Wilver says:

    It’s Colorado, and it was Guthrie, so was way early to panic. If JMac can’t recover, turn it over to Lincoln.

  105. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’ve seen a lot of games this year where the official scorers have waffled on calls. Bizarre. Maybe it’s just selective perception on my part.

  106. Bucco_Jax says:

    I’m a different person.

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

    I guarantee Marte will be called up tomorrow for this weekends series….It just seems like the right time…..(past the right time)……

  108. JohninOshkosh says:

    Did JRay play the O/U today and take the over? Maybe he and his “employees” paid a visit to the official scorer’s booth.

  109. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Bucco_Jax, thank you and welcome to The Window!!

  110. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Bill Romanowski jersey spotted in the crowd.

    Scavenger hunt is now complete!!

  111. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @John,

    JRay had an excused absence today.

  112. JMB says:

    Thanks for the easy one today @playoffs.

    My losing streak was getting concerning!

  113. tmp444 says:

    There’s one 0!

  114. tmp444 says:

    Apparently two 0s in a row was too much to ask for.

  115. MarkV says:

    Maybe the Window should consider a line on when/if Marte is called up?

  116. twentytwo22 says:

    McDonald’s pitches have no confidence or conviction behind them.

  117. Boise Bucco says:

    Think Hurdle needs to look for whatever he found wrong with Bedard’s mechanics…I can’t watch the game but the box score looks awful.

  118. Kevin says:

    Playoffs –

    I apologize. I just walked in the door from work and plunked my 100 at the window. Nice way to save a fake 100!!

  119. JMB says:

    Lumber Co.!

  120. This is going to be a long game with all this offense on both sides. No lead is safe today.

  121. RobertoForever says:

    So, Garrett Jones is now 5 for his last 8 AB’s against LHP, IIRC.

    So, isn’t it time to start playing GIJones in RF/1B regularly instead of sitting him against Lefty starters? McGehee is getting lots of starts for Righties, and Jones is hitting better lately on the tougher splits.

    And Barajas and McGehee have BOTH HR’ed since I started typing this, lol.

    God, these Pirates are playing so sloppy, I don’t even know why they show up {sarcasm alert}

    DK: Great point about Jones, RF.

  122. Boise Bucco says:

    Daaaaannnnnggggg

  123. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Kevin, no worries, that’s what I figured.

  124. JohninOshkosh says:

    For those at work today: Roethlisberger and Isaac Redman have looked good. But so has Peyton for them.

  125. Boise Bucco says:

    I’m not watching, but is McDonald pitching well enough to be earning a trip out to the mound for the 5th inning and a chance for the win? 6 runs thru 4 innings seems like a lot, and I know that they don’t want to get into the bullpen too early, but what else is Lincoln gonna do today? Read a book?

  126. DemonDachshund says:

    Kind of surprised to see JMac go back out for the 5th.

    Guess they want to try to get him the W?

  127. AJS says:

    I started to follow a baseball game and a home run derby broke out.

  128. Reading says:

    Jones in right, McGehee at first, and MARTE in left for Friday night would look good!

  129. JMB says:

    99 pitches as I type. one down

  130. JMB says:

    Might as well give J-mac the chance to win.

  131. JHadar says:

    Looks like this one is going to have a football score before it’s over.

    Boise Bucco, 6 runs in four innings is a lot.

    Still we have 9 in 5 and MacDonald is going out for the 5th.

    Wish I had this on TV, looks like fun (except when they’re batting)

  132. Boise Bucco says:

    What happens if they call Marte up and he goes 0 for his first 25?

    uh-oh time

  133. twentytwo22 says:

    I’m glad that McDonald now qualifies for his 10th win but I think him and the Pirates staff need to get back to the aggressive pitching that was the foundation of the team for 3 months. With this offense they have now it’s like the pitching and defense have gotten sloppy.

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

    All of the tough losses JMac had earlier in the season, he deserves a payback win today….Thanks offence for picking him up…Let’s get more…..
    @ Reading….I’d rather see Presley in left/Jones on first/Marte has a cannon for RF…Casey can platoon…………?????

  135. Boise Bucco says:

    Cutch is 0-3 and they STILL got 9 runs…not a bad day at all!

  136. RobertoForever says:

    Whaaaaa?

    Clutch grounds into double plays??? On a 1-0 count, after a 4 pitch walk to Walker? Awww, even my heros have flaws, lol.

  137. JHadar says:

    So MacDonald goes out with a 2.93 ERA and Lincoln comes in with a 3.04 — wonder if his will be higher or lower by the end of the day. Air must be thin in Colorado today.

  138. twentytwo22 says:

    The Pirates’ pitching staff now has the 7th most walks in the NL. Good time to clean that up against the below .500 teams they are playing.

  139. Reading says:

    I think that McGehee has done a great job defensively at first. I’d leave him there and play Jones in right. Presley can PH.

  140. Reading says:

    Presley could also spell Marte if Marte goes 0-25

  141. JMB says:

    El Toro w. the Ole’

  142. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    HEADS UP TO ALL

    The lines for THREE=PLAY FRIDAY will be posted on THIS THREAD no later than 8 AM on Friday. Just need one of you fair weathered souls to re-post it onto the Friday game thread for me. Thanks in advance.

  143. Reading says:

    That was a quality top half of the seventh.

  144. Drew71 says:

    Wow. I disappear for an hour, losing 5-1, and I come back to see a lacrosse score.

  145. DemonDachshund says:

    Did you just say Drew needs to go away?

    Sorry, we like you and all, but the results speak for themselves.

  146. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Very nice and tidy 2 innings for Lincoln.

  147. twentytwo22 says:

    Nice job by Lincoln.

  148. twentytwo22 says:

    @Playoffs

    Exactly lol

  149. Karen22 says:

    I’m kind of chuckling as I read—we have the game DVR’d, and have just been following the updated score and comments on the blog online. Actually AFRAID to watch it live! God, I hope we win so I can watch the fun AFTERWARD!

  150. JMB says:

    Phew — Tony Watson!

  151. Drew71 says:

    Good point.

  152. Reading says:

    Dodged one there.

  153. RobertoForever says:

    On the radio, they mentioned that the TV side put up a graphic on Walker’s hits.

    99 hits
    33 to LF
    33 to CF
    33 to RF

    Wow.

  154. Milo Hamilton says:

    Score 9 runs & the only 2 guys to go hitless are Walker & McCutchen.

  155. RobertoForever says:

    Also,

    Pirates have 9 runs, and Walker and Cutch combine for 0-8. Cutch’s average falls 5 points to .269

  156. RobertoForever says:

    Time for the Hammer. Let’s hope its less gut-wrenching than last night!

  157. JMB says:

    3-3, I’ll take it!

  158. RobertoForever says:

    RAISE that road Jolly Roger!

    Garrett Jones with a 3 for 5 day, a triple shy of the cycle, and a monster 3 run HR, after the Rockies pitched around Cutch. He also got a hit off a LHP, making him (I believe) 5 for 9 against Lefties lately.

    J-Mac struggled, but got the win, going 5 innings and giving up 6 runs.

    Buccos off tomorrow and then start a homestand against the Astros. Time to get healthy. Would love to see the D-backs take today and tomorrow’s games against the Votto-less Reds.

  159. Reading says:

    Come on D-Backs. Hammer those Reds.

  160. RobertoForever says:

    Correction – the homestand starts with 3 games vs the Marlins and then 3 vs the Cubs

  161. Kevin says:

    Time to follow Reds/D’Backs…unbelievable.

  162. JAL says:

    In Morgantown where my internet connection comes and goes so if you don’t see morning links tomorrow or Friday, that is why

    Did get to watch the game today.

  163. Drew71 says:

    Well. I did MY job. Disappeared so they’d win.

    MVP?

  164. twentytwo22 says:

    Here are the stats: 3-3 road trip, 33 RS 31 RA +2. I haven’t looked it up but I think the defense cost them at least 5 runs. Here are the gruesome walk totals.

    Pirates IP BB
    Starters 36.1 16
    Bullpen 15.1 10
    TOTAL 51.2 26

    Opponents IP BB
    Starters 30.0 7
    Bullpen 24.0 9
    TOTAL 54.0 16

    I believe that will get cleaned up. 3-3 is fortunate. I’ll take back gutless and choking dogs and losers and apply the proper term for that trip ‘sloppy’.

    God I hate Milwaukee.

  165. The Gunner says:

    Great win for the big bad Buccos today! J-Mac’s line looked awful but the offense stepped up.

    I agree with DK’s comment @ 121 regarding playing Garrett Jones in RF no matter if a lefty or righty is pitching. Marte in left, Cutch in center, and Garrett in right – sounds like a winner to me. Presley can be the late inning replacement guy for Jones.

    I am all in!!!

    DK: Giving credit where it’s due, the comment — a good one — came from Roberto Forever.

  166. twentytwo22 says:

    I’m cheering on the Phillies. I want the Dodgers buried.

  167. twentytwo22 says:

    Carlos Ruiz still batting .350.

  168. twentytwo22 says:

    Bury the Cardinals too (47-45). The Mets are 0-5 since the break, bury them too. Bury all the Wild Card contenders just in case.

  169. twentytwo22 says:

    Does anybody here believe that #allbuntsarebad ? The Phillies had 1st and 2nd 0 out in the top of the 12th and Carlos Ruiz made an out without advancing the runners.

    Jamey Wright pitching:

    Shane Victorino : Strike looking, Victorino singled to left center.
    Chase Utley : Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Victorino stole second, Intentional ball, Pickoff attempt, Utley intentionally walked.
    Carlos Ruiz : Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ruiz flied out to left.
    Hunter Pence : Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pence reached on fielder’s choice to third, Victorino to third, Utley out at second.
    Juan Pierre : Ball, Pierre grounded out to second.

    You gotta bunt there. That’s bad baseball.

  170. twentytwo22 says:

    Phillies lose 5-3. That’s why you’re in last place. Now give us Cole Hamels and Hunter Pence.

  171. Eric Bowser says:

    Good 3-3 road trip considering the house of horrors in Milwaukee.

    Missed last night’s game because of the power outage and today’s because it was a day game.

    Hopefully, Pirates can continue their strong home performance this homestand.

  172. DemonDachshund says:

    We chanted MVP for you earlier, Drew.

    People at work were looking at me funny though.

  173. Eric Bowser says:

    A few team hitting categories that you’d like to see improve soon. (stats prior to today’s game)

    Strikeouts
    Pirates: 739 (15th) = 8.21 per game
    NL Avg: 689

    Walks
    Pirates: 219 (15th) = 2.43 per game
    NL Avg: 273

    Pinch Hit Avg
    Pirates: .196 (13th)
    NL Avg: .237

    Caught Stealing
    Pirates: 33 (worst in MLB)
    NL Avg: 23

  174. Jandy says:

    Looks like I missed all the fun, but hey, glad to see the W :)
    Lucky, sorry i couldn’t post more to p^ss someone off, I was on the road today.

  175. Drew71 says:

    Good Demon. (Does that make any sense?)

    JANDY! i KNEW you had it in you!

    No really. I knew you had it in you.

  176. Jandy says:

    Drew, I DO possess SOME intestinal fortitude :p

  177. Drew71 says:

    is that what the kids call it now?

  178. Jandy says:

    Kids? hahahhaa! Drew, you’re so funny! ;p

  179. twentytwo22 says:

    Xavier Paul sighting. He pinch-hit for the Reds.

  180. Milo Hamilton says:

    @22

    And he made an out. Go figure.

  181. twentytwo22 says:

    LOL

  182. twentytwo22 says:

    Reds being routed in the 8th by Arizona.

    The Pirates were on the road for 6 games while the Reds were at home for 6 and they only lost 1 game in the standings.

    The Reds have 4 games remaining on a 10 game homestand. (1 vs ARI, 3 vs MIL)

    The Pirates begin a 6 game homestand Friday. (3 vs MIA, 3 vs CHC)

    Next week, the Reds play 3 at Houston and then 3 at Colorado.

    The Pirates play 4 at Houston next weekend.

    These schedules are so similar that it is tough to find areas that favor either team aside from the 6 games just played.

  183. JRay3 says:

    What a day and what a game. I have to tell you games like that can be a little nerve-wracking but are sure fun to watch, especially when the final out is recorded and you have won the game.

    It was funny after the Rockies took a big lead I stood up and got excited when Pedro hit his HR and some fans behind me yelled scoreboard. I turned and told them talk to me about that after the 9th. Even when down 5-1 for some reason I felt good about today and Jones, McGehee, Barajas, Barmes sure aided in that. I was sitting in the second row in sec. 116 near RF so after Jones hit his 3-run bomb I yelled out to him and told him big hit and way to start the rally, he looked over and gave me a wave and a point. Awesome!

    Stayed down in LoDo to watch the Reds game, and my hometown DBacks came up big and have taken 2 of the first 3 and the Buccos are back in first place. Coors Field is a great stadium and the area surrounding the stadium is awesome and has a great vibe.

    3-3 road trip I think we can take that. Could have been better but easily could have been worse. Time to head back home and take advantage of the six-game homestand. Correia, Burnett, Karstens due up next.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  184. RobertoForever says:

    Reds lost, so Pirates now back in first place (with a tie).

    Bucs off tomorrow, Reds host series finale with D-backs

  185. RobertoForever says:

    @JRay

    Way to bring home two wins!

  186. JRay3 says:

    @ Roberto – Can’t get to the home games like you but trying to get a record similar to yours when in attendance. This year so far 4-2 when I have seen them in AZ and COL, next up SD in Aug.

    Great salvage of a series after game one, this team seems to just pick each other up. J-Mac is off today, he gets the run support. Walker and Cutch don’t hit, no problem everybody else does. Grilli struggle for second straight game Watson gets the job done and ball to Hammer.

    Just a fun team to watch!

  187. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    What a day to be a fair weather fan!! After a somewhat messy road trip the Bucs come back home still 11 games up. Can’t complain about that. Pedro covers the OVER today with an assist to the official scorer. Thanks to all who played. See you Friday for THREE PLAY FRIDAY!!

    The lines for THREE PLAY FRIDAY will be posted on THIS THREAD no later than 8 AM on Friday. Just need one of you fair weathered souls to re-post it onto the Friday game thread for me. Thanks in advance.

    CURRENT PARTICIPANT TOTALS
    Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) ** 1500
    Mlrgenuine ** 1400
    pattonbb ** 1300
    Nate83 ** 1040
    Chico ** 930
    dcpinpgh ** 850
    crkkid ** 750
    JRay3 ** 650
    radio wave ** 648
    cosmo ** 600
    Evan ** 528
    JD ** 525
    jeffsbar ** 500
    Bizrow ** 495
    Steve J Smith ** 450
    Naje ** 450
    cmat0829 ** 450
    manny_sanguine ** 450
    JaxBuc ** 370
    dcpfjr ** 350
    JohninOshkosh ** 350
    MarkV ** 350
    JMB ** 350
    Slack Boss ** 335
    likeabugonarug ** 307
    milo66 ** 300
    RobertoForever ** 300
    stuart66 ** 250
    DemonDachshund ** 210
    tmp444 ** 205
    Officer Mancuso ** 180
    Mike C. ** 150
    lawnbeaver ** 150
    lckythump ** 100
    Absolute59 ** 100
    Curt ** 100
    Bucco_Jax ** 75
    Sir Lochsby ** 50
    Hal Smith ** 50
    JUCOfan ** 25
    Milo Hamilton ** 25
    Arriba Wilver ** 5
    NMR ** EVEN
    Dan1283 ** EVEN
    Drew 71 ** EVEN
    buggee ** EVEN
    Pants-n-at ** EVEN
    TK ** -50
    Petro Steel ** -100
    Joe Bucco ** -100
    K. PenFan ** -100
    OZ ** -150
    bman ** -290
    Boise Bucco ** -300
    GlassHalfFull ** -305
    bob hasis ** -325
    Kevin ** -450
    Kevin S ** -600
    TDB1977 ** -1040

  188. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Sorry I missed all the talk today…….was actually busy.

    Took the series, always a good thing.

  189. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Need a kind fair weathered soul to re-post this in the Friday game thread. Thanks.

    THREE PLAY FRIDAY is here!! 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 Combined Hits by Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker in Tonight’s Game
    Line is 3.5

    Line #2
    Total Combined Home Runs Hit by Pirates Batters This Weekend Against Miami
    Line is 6.5

    Line #3
    Total Pirates Wins This Weekend Against Miami
    Line is 1.5

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

    59 Current Fair Weather 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!!

    CURRENT PARTICIPANT TOTALS
    Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) ** 1500
    Mlrgenuine ** 1400
    pattonbb ** 1300
    Nate83 ** 1040
    Chico ** 930
    dcpinpgh ** 850
    crkkid ** 750
    JRay3 ** 650
    radio wave ** 648
    cosmo ** 600
    Evan ** 528
    JD ** 525
    jeffsbar ** 500
    Bizrow ** 495
    Steve J Smith ** 450
    Naje ** 450
    cmat0829 ** 450
    manny_sanguine ** 450
    JaxBuc ** 370
    dcpfjr ** 350
    JohninOshkosh ** 350
    MarkV ** 350
    JMB ** 350
    Slack Boss ** 335
    likeabugonarug ** 307
    milo66 ** 300
    RobertoForever ** 300
    stuart66 ** 250
    DemonDachshund ** 210
    tmp444 ** 205
    Officer Mancuso ** 180
    Mike C. ** 150
    lawnbeaver ** 150
    lckythump ** 100
    Absolute59 ** 100
    Curt ** 100
    Bucco_Jax ** 75
    Sir Lochsby ** 50
    Hal Smith ** 50
    JUCOfan ** 25
    Milo Hamilton ** 25
    Arriba Wilver ** 5
    NMR ** EVEN
    Dan1283 ** EVEN
    Drew 71 ** EVEN
    buggee ** EVEN
    Pants-n-at ** EVEN
    TK ** -50
    Petro Steel ** -100
    Joe Bucco ** -100
    K. PenFan ** -100
    OZ ** -150
    bman ** -290
    Boise Bucco ** -300
    GlassHalfFull ** -305
    bob hasis ** -325
    Kevin ** -450
    Kevin S ** -600
    TDB1977 ** -1040

    First Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES FITTED NEW ERA 59FIFTY HAT

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY HAT

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

 
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