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Final: Reds 5, Pirates 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (60-45) vs. Cincinnati Reds (65-41)

Time: 7:10 p.m.

Site: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. Cincinnati RHP Mike Leake

  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Michael McKenry, C
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Travis Snider, RF
  8. Josh Harrison, SS
  9. James McDonald, RHP


  1. Can’t wait for FIREWORKS night! We’re ALL IN!!

  2. Don’t know quite how I feel about all this retaliation talk, I want the WIN

  3. You guys are crazy.

    You don’t hit batters.

    You wing a fast ball directly into their dugout.

  4. put a little biz on the ball and letter fly

  5. Found this on the net. Good read on how the Pirates give the teams they’re facing essentially a 6 inning game instead of a regulation 9 inning game when they start Barajas/Barmes

  6. I will suffer tonight for having canceled my over-priced comcast cable. Never miss it otherwise, but I’d like to see this one.
    If nothing else, I hope Greg Brown is on the radio for this one.

    They should always have the more enthusiastic announcer on the radio anyway. TV is exciting enough, you don’t need any more excitement. Tim Neverett fits on TV just fine.

  7. Great artical, Dave! The data speaks loudly. Not entirely convinced about Barajas, but Barmes is worse than I thought.

  8. “article,” for those who can spell and type.

  9. @Dave

    Thanks man. Awesome awesome article by @Jim_Krug of
    Right on the friggin’ money.

  10. That would be nice Drew, especially if it knocked the toothpick out of Dusty’s mouth

    Folks on the radio here are pretty much stressing the first hitter for the Reds eats a fastball.

    The way JMac has been pitching, that might happen by accident

    The best way to pay back is three or four dingers

    We need the W

  11. Steve Blass was on the fan, told a story where Bob Gibson plunked Willie in the ribs after he hit a homer off of him, Murtaugh looked at Blass and nodded, Gibson came up, Blass hit him in the ribs, Gibson put the bat down and just walked to first

    Steve called it the “old way of playing”, Gibson took his medicine and it was over

    Lets see what happens tonight

  12. Hey Dejan, if you’re up late in London, the game is on ESPN America.

  13. What ump is working the plate?
    Who is the chief ?

  14. They wanted a fight…Lets give them one…

    Come on Bucs, the best way to get back at them is with a victory. Tonight is a very important night to show them and everyone that they are not backing down from a fight and that they should have never ticked the Pirates off.

    I’m still fired up about it. Totally uncalled for…He could have really been hurt bad.

    I get the Blass story and what took place but Cutch didn’t even do much last night.

    Let’s see what kinda of fight our Bucoos have in them and what this team is made of!!!

    I like our chances!!!

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

    Total Runs Scored by the Pirates in Tonight’s Game
    Line is 3.5


    Mlrgenuine ** 1550
    JRay3 ** 1475
    radio wave ** 1390
    Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) ** 1300
    Nate83 ** 1240
    Chico ** 1155
    crkkid ** 1125
    pattonbb ** 1000
    DemonDachshund ** 910
    Bizrow ** 845
    RobertoForever ** 795
    dcpinpgh ** 750
    Mike C. ** 750
    manny_sanguine ** 750
    Slack Boss ** 735
    cosmo ** 700
    Jay G -Jacksonville FL via New Castle ** 600
    stuart66 ** 580
    Curt ** 500
    JohninOshkosh ** 450
    JaxBuc ** 425
    Steve J Smith ** 400
    JD ** 375
    dcpfjr ** 350
    Evan ** 303
    Absolute59 ** 300
    jeffsbar ** 300
    Arriba Wilver ** 280
    cmat0829 ** 250
    JMB ** 250
    Naje ** 250
    MarkV ** 225
    likeabugonarug ** 207
    Hal Smith ** 200
    Officer Mancuso ** 180
    Milo Hamilton ** 125
    milo66 ** 100
    lckythump ** 100
    Bucco_Jax ** 99
    Sir Lochsby ** 50
    JUCOfan ** 25
    tmp444 ** 5
    Karen22 ** 0
    swissvaletoarizonapat ** 0
    NMR ** 0
    Dan1283 ** 0
    Drew 71 ** 0
    buggee ** 0
    Pants-n-at ** -50
    Kevin ** -100
    TK ** -100
    Petro Steel ** -100
    Joe Bucco ** -100
    K. PenFan ** -100
    Rocco ** -100
    lawnbeaver ** -150
    OZ ** -150
    McG ** -200
    Stickyweb ** -225
    bman ** -265
    GlassHalfFull ** -305
    bob hasis ** -450
    Boise Bucco ** -500
    Kevin S ** -500
    TDB1977 ** -940

    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

  16. From Deadspin…video of Cutch getting hit last night:

    Notice the lack of tipped-cap from Chapman…Leake might as well name that bruise he’s gonna get on his ribs “aroldis” now…

  17. Playoffs. 100 on the over. Thanks.

  18. Playoffs

    Nice line per usual

    100 on the OVAH


  19. Playoffs

    Please, 50 on the OVER for tonight

    Thank you

  20. Playoffs, gonna need to take 100 on the OVER tonight…

    haha i’m never gonna dig outta this hole if I keep betting over…oh well. GO BUCS

  21. @playoffs

    I’ll put 100 on the over

  22. @ playoffs

    100 on the over.

    you should have listed a second over and under line tonite. How many pitches til a Reds player gets Plunked.

    thanks as always and keep em coming.

  23. I almost never bet, but I was hoping.

    I was hoping for a line about how many of those fragile itsy bitsy reds wrist bones JMac will break tonight.

    I’m thinking three and a half works for both lines.

    And the half is in play.

  24. I understand the best way to get even is to come back and win, however, that said I think the team must show it is united and is not going to let somebody go after their MVP like that. Score some runs in the first and allow J-Mac to do it early and send message back. Game On!

  25. At playoffs:
    75 on the over.

  26. IMO, I still say, the best way to pay those punks back is to spank the bejeebers out of them on the scoreboard.

    Thanks for the link, Boise

    JMac hits the first guy, the umps could toss him

    Just sayin

  27. @ Playoffs – I will take 100 on the OVER, have a feeling this will be a wakeup game.

  28. @ Playoffs

    A big 100 on the OVER!

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  29. 100 on OVER

    If our fellows can’t score tonight, they have no backbone. If they can’t put up a four spot, then we might as well call it a season.

    I expect a fired up team.

  30. Drew –

    Ty Cobb used to hit liners into the other guys dugout duirng BP.

  31. @JH

    Ty Cobb sharpened his spikes with a file and would try to sleep with players wives, he was a cuss and a half

    I understand where you folks are coming from, the PBC does need to make a statement

    Most important to me is a good start from JMac and a WIN

  32. @Playoffs -

    All In.

    100 on the OVER.

  33. 100 – OVER.

    DO IT, Buccos!

  34. My wife got me a Zoltan shirt. It’s going on right now.

    They got this.

  35. 100 on the OVER

    I like Neil Walker back at the #2 spot and the Fort behind the plate. Barajas should be playing every fourth and fifth day and McKenry gets the rest of the starts from here on out!

    Let’s Go Bucs! Hope we win this one.

  36. Playoffs –

    Please give me 100 on the OVER for tonight. Thanks!

  37. @playoffs,

    100 on the OVER pls


  38. @Playoffs

    Thanks again for the hard work. Hope you are enjoyin a beer watching the game tonight.I’d buy ya one if I could.

    Let’s go 100 OVER tonight. Thanks

    Lets Go Bucs!

  39. we need someone to volunteer to take a practice plunking during JMac’s warm-ups.

    where’s Thunder?

  40. Should’ve called up someone from AAA to start this game and had JMac ready for after the ejection.

  41. What is going on defensively?

  42. So I’m following the game on MLB watching the pitch location, its saying McDonald is hanging some curves…is that what it looks like on tv

  43. Thanks for the help, Ludwick

  44. No but he just served a flat fastball over middle of plate after getting the 2 K’s just unreal.

  45. No Votto, no Phillips we have to be able to take advantage, hope this team has some fight in it.

  46. This offense better damn well wake up!!!

  47. Almost as bad as the Rolen hit is that I have to listen to Reds announcers.

  48. Your new starting catcher….the FORT!

  49. @Poz – seriously they are horrible…like nails on a chalkboard.

  50. @ JRay3 – 48

    I agree. Worst case, he has to start at least 75% of the time. Also, there’s going to be some type of donnybrook tonight.

  51. Enough is enough….I don’t care we have to protect our hitters, just after a HR come on and now the warning?? Bush League

  52. Reds keep plunking batters and the ump warns both benches. And throws Hurdle out!!!

  53. Brian Gorman is such a horse’s ass

  54. I missed the first half-hour…anybody care to give me a quick recap?

  55. I guess the Kingfish (aka Dusty Baker) is innocent

  56. This umpiring crew is awful MLB should be embarrassed…Clint just went off team needs to respond with play on field now.

  57. Bob Walk says Leake is the instigator, walking toward J-Hay with his arms up after he hit him.

  58. What the f&ck is wrong with Brian Gorman? That is unbelievable.

  59. @Gunner…Reds get two in the first on a two out single by Rolen. Fort hits a solo shot. Harrison gets hit. The ump warns both benches because the Reds keep hitting Buccos. Hurdle objects because his pitchers haven’t hit anyone. He gets ejected for having the audacity to mention it.

  60. This is why you don’t act chicken. They hit McCutchen. McDonald does nothing and still gives up two runs. Leake hits Harrison and the Pirates don’t do anything. Warning issued and now they won’t do anything. The Reds own the Pirates now. Chicken baseball at its worst. Shame on the Pirates’ players.

  61. Brian Gorman is a chicken@#$T umpire… what a complete joke…

  62. @ T.S. – 58

    See post #53 for the answer

  63. My recap should have been @ Boise Bucco. Sorry. was so pis#ed I screwed up.

  64. Hey 22, I realize it’s a free country and you can speak your mind, but do it on another blog.

  65. @Gunner

    Love it, bro

  66. I put that on JHay.

    Leake pitch didn’t appear intentional. Even if it was, you have to know that mouthing off to Leake is going to get the warning issued. You need to do what Cutch did last night and leave it at a glare.

    Going to need to take out a knee at 2nd I guess, or run over a catcher.

  67. Afterthought; Jhay should have attempted a steal then leveled Cozarts like James Harrison nailed the Browns QB last year.

    Then have both teams charge the field, then let’s see what Gorman would have done

  68. Attended plenty of bloodbaths in the ’70′s between these two teams at 3 rivers…

  69. The time to hit a batter came and went. If they were gonna do something it should’ve been the first inning, if they didn’t do anything then that is that.

    I started watching just as CH got tossed, and he had every right to argue, that was a BS call by the umps, Hurdle did what he had to do.

    All that can be done now is to score some runs, get out from under the Reds’ cleats. Because until the Bucs put up some crooked numbers, the Reds own them.

  70. The only response now is to beat the Reds. That will trump everything else.

  71. @22

    WHO ARE YOU?? Your posts are ridiculous, ignorant, unwarranted and unwelcome…apparently there are two horses…oh, nevermind. Wish there was a “block” option here…

  72. Alex way to start the inning off!

  73. That is a bat we need to have, plus the speed


  75. Jose Tabata is playing 2nd base tonight-

    1 for 2 up to .317

  76. I don’t care how, but better get this run in.

  77. That will work!

  78. There ya go PRNW, that’ll work

    2-2 Bucs

  79. That must be a typo BB.
    D’arnaud in LF and Tabby @ 2b?

    I can’t believe it.

  80. Tied at 2…right back in it do the damage on the field.

    @22 – I assume you have managed, played the game at a high level right? I do hold out hope you will post one relevant post before this season ends but will not hold my breath. And FYI the Reds own NOTHING we have won 6 of past 8 in their backyard!

  81. @ Bill Born – nice to see Tabby keep this pace up as I believe he can still be a piece to help us this season. D’Arnaud seems to be turning the corner as well which is big as I think many would prefer not to witness much more of Barmes.

  82. Ok JMac those were two cheapo hits, one out, let’s get outta this inning.

  83. So much nicer now that I know what the PR means!! Duh….

  84. Biz –

    Got called away and didn’t see #30 after #29. I don’t use smileys on sites that animate them into icons, nonetheless I didn’t think anyone would take that one seriously.

    If that irritated anyone for that matter, please re-read it with an ever so slightly different tone of voice and inflection.

  85. Hope Searage had some good advice…

  86. How many infield hits can one team get?

  87. did someone in cincy pay off the umps? this is crazy.

  88. When did JMac stop throwing that killer slider he had in the first half of the year? It’s looking like all he’s got is fastball/curveball right now.

  89. JHAY that is how you get payback! We can get to Leake no cheapies tonight!



  91. With no risk of plunking, J-Hay should have take a REALLY slow trot around the bases and thrown his hands up as he ran down to first at Leake, lol.

  92. If anything we are seeing a lineup where the C and SS actually provide punch to the lineup.

  93. JMac needs to know that he has zero leash left…this is a game the Bucs NEED to win. First chance of danger, Resop needs to be rolling in fire extinguisher in-hand.

  94. May have to go to the well rested pen early tonight J-Mac looking a little tired.

  95. @JRay–SECONDED

  96. JRay3

    Your entry @#93 is beautifully true. Like the Prodigal Son(s) have returned, after having been lost.
    They just closed two of the huge gaps we had in our offense at 7-8-9

  97. At risk of sounding like 22, but that inning was a gift. Stubbs could have just stood there with the bat on his shoulders and ended up at first base. He had no business swinging, even check-swinging. One of the strikes was gift-wrapped and bow-tied from the ump and strike-three was right down the middle.


  98. Who says Presley can’t hit. We need that dude! And he DOES know how to steal

  99. Alex twice tonight has started an inning off, now we need to find a way to get him in…do we test the newcomer Navarro?

  100. Walker’s next homer will tie Johny Ray for 3rd most homers for a Pirate Second Baseman.

  101. Obviously, we haven’t had many powerful Second basmen in Pirates History.

  102. Man, that double play was a killer…we need some of those…

  103. @ Pig Legs Robinson – great tidbit, couldn’t ask for a better guy to jump one of my favorites.

  104. @ Bill Born – 75

    It also shows Hague is playing SS. Gotta be some type of technical issue. Scabata certainly is not 2B material. I wonder if he has started hustling or if he is still jaking it?

  105. @Boise

    I will try to speak for the group and say that you most certainly DON’T sound like 22…no one here (except 22) sounds like 22…Speaking the truth is something 22 doesn’t seem to understand.

  106. I feel bad because sometimes there is some truth to his posts (22) but he needs to reply to people and he needs to post positive stuff too…can’t be all doom and gloom all the time. haha it’s not like we’re dealin’ with the ’09 Bucs here…and even then, we posted positive stuff back then.

  107. Nice rip by Jones…lead off double

  108. Here is a cool irony –

    All the talk this winter when we acquired Rod Barajas was that he could finally break the all-time record for home runs in a season by a Pirates Catcher, which is only 16. (I believe). I think Jim Pagliaroni has the record.

    Barajas averages 16 homers every year.

    Now, it looks like that record will be broken by Michael McKenry!


    Now let’s do something with it!!

  110. Would make things a lot easier if they’d stop giving Leake an extra strike on every at bat.

    That pitch 6 inches outside? That’s a ball.

  111. Pedro is overdue for a dinger

  112. That was probably the most productive strikeout I’ve ever seen…7 or 8 pitches, Leake just didn’t make any mistakes. Good at-bat by McKenry.

  113. We’ll take it!

  114. Way to go, Duke!!

  115. Wow, what a break…Pedro K’s, but the ball gets away and he gets to first base.

    Runners at 1st and 3rd, 1 out for Travis Snider.

  116. haha my feed may be behind a little…?

  117. I wonder if J-Hay’s Mom kicked anybody’s @ss when he got hit with that pitch tonight. She don’t take no crap!

  118. That’s an OVER.

  119. The OVER wins.

    Mlrgenuine ** 1650
    JRay3 ** 1575
    radio wave ** 1465
    Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) ** 1300
    Nate83 ** 1240
    Chico ** 1155
    crkkid ** 1125
    DemonDachshund ** 1010
    pattonbb ** 1000
    Bizrow ** 945
    RobertoForever ** 895
    manny_sanguine ** 850
    cosmo ** 800
    dcpinpgh ** 750
    Mike C. ** 750
    Slack Boss ** 735
    Jay G -Jacksonville FL via New Castle ** 700
    Curt ** 600
    stuart66 ** 580
    JohninOshkosh ** 450
    JaxBuc ** 425
    Steve J Smith ** 400
    JD ** 375
    dcpfjr ** 350
    JMB ** 350
    Evan ** 303
    Absolute59 ** 300
    jeffsbar ** 300
    Arriba Wilver ** 280
    cmat0829 ** 250
    Naje ** 250
    MarkV ** 225
    likeabugonarug ** 207
    Hal Smith ** 200
    Officer Mancuso ** 180
    Milo Hamilton ** 125
    milo66 ** 100
    lckythump ** 100
    Karen22 ** 100
    Bucco_Jax ** 99
    Sir Lochsby ** 50
    JUCOfan ** 25
    tmp444 ** 5
    swissvaletoarizonapat ** 0
    NMR ** 0
    Dan1283 ** 0
    Drew 71 ** 0
    buggee ** 0
    Kevin ** 0
    Pants-n-at ** -50
    TK ** -100
    Petro Steel ** -100
    Joe Bucco ** -100
    K. PenFan ** -100
    Rocco ** -100
    McG ** -100
    lawnbeaver ** -150
    OZ ** -150
    Stickyweb ** -225
    bman ** -265
    GlassHalfFull ** -305
    bob hasis ** -400
    Boise Bucco ** -400
    Kevin S ** -500
    TDB1977 ** -940

  120. Was going to suggest a double switch last inning to put Barmes at SS and hitting 9th, but then I realized I’d rather have JMac hit this inning.

  121. Gunner@#112

    Pedro is overdue to start playing like he is serious. His swings are boring looking, and bored looking for that matter. Last RBI 7/22, last dinger 7/18 ?

  122. GREAT inning. Strikeout, 1-pitch flyout, and a nice throw from Jay-Hay at SS. Plus, the pitcher’s spot is due up first next inning.

    JMac looks to be done at 6 innings, don’t think he’ll be coming back out for the 7th.

  123. Re earlier posts on Indianapolis lineup. A couple of minutes ago Gameday corrected itself, and everyone is back in his “normal” position. It wasn’t just D’Arnaud and Tabata out of sync. Everyone was. D’Arnaud is ss and Tabata CF.

  124. 1. Isn’t Marte terrible against lefty’s?
    2. Isn’t Sanchez great against lefty’s?

    Just wonderin’…

  125. Jones with a great scoop on a bad throw by Harrison. Right after a great hustle play to get a double, that led to the tying run. Great night for Jonesy.

  126. Wow…Cairo is like 63 years old too and still stole 2nd…that may be something the Bucs need to work on in the off-season.

  127. That was a great play by Harrison. He should be new starting SS.

  128. Wonder when Cutch will get on track being productive again?

    His last HR July 17th, his last RBI, July 22nd?

    Since Cutch was last productive, Jones has 3 HR’s, 9 RBI, and a 9 game hitting streak. Guess the 101 mph HBP didn’t really awaken the productive part of Cutch.

  129. Hughes is money!

  130. If you love Jared Hughes moxie and demeanor, besides his results, raise your hand

  131. Actually not so for Jones – On that bunt attempt by the batter after Cairo that Jones let go foul, Bob Walk (radio) rightly says if he would have picked it up he would have had a double play, getting the batter and then Cairo in a rundown. An unfortunate example of an inexperienced first baseman. All for naught though, as Hughes gets out of the jam.

    I’m a big fan of Garrett Jones though. I’m not dissing him.

  132. i am so not a fan of swinging at the first pitch. come on cutch?!

  133. Boise @#127

    They can’t wait until off season – how about Sunday night at PNC

  134. Funny, everyone loved the throw from Harrison, except the radio crew. They said it was a great play to get to the ball, but Jones saved the throw to make the out.

    Would love to see the play for myself. Methinks that many are seeing his plays thru Barmes-colored glasses.

  135. Way to go Hughes!

    I was thinking that when Jones let it go foul, he could’ve picked it up and tagged the runner…Walkie called it though, he didn’t know what was going on behind the play. And there’s a chance he misses the tag, drops the ball…

    Also, ROOT, we can use way less Matt Morris highlights, even if they are Home Runs. Thanks!

  136. @ Boise Bucco – 136

    I agree with you on the Matt Morris clip – they must have been desperate tonight. Hey, the Fort comes thru again.

    Pedro is way overdue!!!

  137. Pedro needs to get with Manny Sanguillen and learn how to hit balls that aren’t perfect pitches.

  138. Grilled cheese – hold ‘em now

  139. i am starting to really hate the reds…like i did back in 80′s with the mets and the 90′s with the braves..damn..

  140. @ Pig Legs – 138

    Sangy could teach El Toro a lot.

  141. Their trade pickup- Broxton- two scoreless against us. Somebody needs to take Chapman deep. Marte. J- Hay. Somebody. Come on Man!!!!

  142. Correction

    Hold ‘em Hughes!

  143. Man, did you see how heated Pedro was? Threw his helmet, looked like he wanted to go after the 1st baseman for a second…you can tell he wants to crush a ball, just can’t seem to do it. He’s gonna get ahold of one soon.

  144. We hated the Reds and the Phillies in the 70′s. But I agree we hated the Mets in the 80′s and the Braves in the 90′s.
    We also hate the Brewers and Twitchy in the 2000-teens.

  145. Rolen will probably be injured now.

  146. What’s worse than watching the hated Reds? Watching the Reds’ announcers on MLB absolutely murder the game.

  147. Boy do those Reds get all the breaks.

  148. God I love Hughes…and Thom Brenneman stinks as an announcer

  149. Takes care of that. Thought we might take it up a notch and put a beatdown on them. Guess not. 5 1/2 out now and Wild Card tightening up. Sit down Navarro.

  150. Hughes don’t take no $hit. I like that guy.

  151. Nice shove, Hughes

  152. I love the shove by Hughes. But he had no biz fielding that ball. Had a play at home.

  153. Time for Travis to launch one.

  154. What? No faith in Snider and Harrison against Chapman? Wasn’t it the 7th & 8th hitters who beat him up last time?

  155. @ Pig Legs

    Yes, I know what you are saying about the 70′s. That’s true. But, there was also something special about competing against Sparky Anderson and the “Big Red Machine”. Tonight and last night though, how frustrating.

  156. Hughes is awesome.

  157. Well here is our chance to get back at Chapman, team has battled all night and didn’t get any offense out of Cutch….time for a bloop and a blast.

    I am taking this game too hard and don’t want this to ruin my night…come on Bucs!

  158. @Keith

    I am in dayton watching the game and can’t agree more reds announcers = vs hockey announcers…completely useless, and the BS they said after the hbp in the second was unbearable

    Let’s get this one Bucs

  159. Game right there on that horrible play. Good night all. Wake me when the Bucs want to start playing ball again. They had the chance to come out POd tonight and layed an absolute egg. Cutch must have been trying way too hard to kill everything and that is why he didn’t do anything. Umps have been absolutely horrible as well and helped the Reds all night.

  160. don’t let this game, jray, ruin your night. we will regroup after this, however it comes out. this pirates team is too special.

  161. Jared is the ONLY one showing that he wants to fight tonight. Way to go!

  162. Snider may as well not even swing.

  163. Is Barmes a relative of Elmer Fudd??

  164. Really could’ve used one more legitimate MLB bat in the lineup tonight.

    Just sayin’.

  165. The Reds, HAVE, to lose a game, SOMETIME in the next two months! This pace of theirs can’t possibly keep up. We have A.J. going for us tomorrow. That in itself makes me feel a little better.

  166. We got a chance!

  167. At least the Braves and Dbacks lost.

    Cards picked up a game though.

  168. single…single…single…come on gaby!!!!

  169. Why is Harrison chatting with the first and second basemen? This definitely isn’t hockey.

  170. terrible call, ump!

  171. crap! 5 1/2 back :(

  172. Just wanna say there is A LOT of season left…this would have been a good series to win, but there is A LOT of season left and the Reds have to take a dive at some point…they just HAVE to….

  173. thank you, kevin. well said. and true.

  174. The UNDER wins for Series Wins.

    Mlrgenuine ** 1550
    JRay3 ** 1475
    radio wave ** 1365
    Nate83 ** 1240
    Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) ** 1200
    pattonbb ** 1100
    Chico ** 1080
    crkkid ** 1025
    DemonDachshund ** 910
    RobertoForever ** 855
    Bizrow ** 845
    manny_sanguine ** 800
    dcpinpgh ** 750
    Slack Boss ** 735
    cosmo ** 700
    Mike C. ** 650
    Jay G -Jacksonville FL via New Castle ** 600
    stuart66 ** 505
    Curt ** 500
    JohninOshkosh ** 450
    JMB ** 450
    Steve J Smith ** 400
    JD ** 375
    dcpfjr ** 350
    JaxBuc ** 325
    Evan ** 303
    Absolute59 ** 300
    Arriba Wilver ** 280
    Naje ** 250
    MarkV ** 225
    likeabugonarug ** 207
    jeffsbar ** 200
    Hal Smith ** 200
    Officer Mancuso ** 180
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  175. Two years in a row, blown out of the water by a team winning like 30 out of 32 games. Unreal. Maybe some millenium that team will be us. Can’t wait to hear the post-game “big talk” from the locker room. Becoming disgruntled.

  176. A loss that stings for sure. But hardly something to get down about. Bucs just lost a 1-run game AT the home ballpark of the division leader. Bucs are 5-6 against the Reds this year. If the Bucs win tomorrow, the series will have resulted in a 1 game loss in the standings.

    Still 6 more games vs the Reds – 3 there, 3 at PNC

  177. Thoughts
    The last 2 nights the umps have not helped with the outside pitch. If calling for one team you need to call it for both.
    Cutch is scared of the walls. Have seen it before and again tonight. Never even jumped when all he need was maybe an inch or two. Need to move him to a corner spot and let Marte play center.
    The Fort needs to play more
    Gotta give Saddro a night game or two off. Tomorrow is a day game so he should be in there.
    Besides Hughes the Pirates need to show some attitude.

    Although the rant in me wants them to plunk every batter, rip their hearts out and feed it to them. I will settle for the guys playnig decent ball and getting this last game tomorrow, Then when we meet again hit them first, that was terrible tonight. I was waiting for them to hit one of ours because you knew the umps then would warn both benches. We waited to long if we were going to make any kind of a statement.

  178. Hope but expect

    Somehow it makes life easier with the PBC

    Only 5 1/2 back, its only August 4th

    Hope is a good thing

  179. Anyone still on? What is up with Cutch? He just seems weird lately.

  180. It’s very disappointing to lose 2 in a row in Cincy. What has happened to the Buccos’ swagger? Looks like it has disappeared. They need to come back to life real quick!!

  181. I would say that Cutch is a victim of the post-HR Derby slump, but he just won NL Player of the Month for the second straight month. Still would like to see a multi-run jack from him tomorrow.

  182. Gunner, yeah, seems our big bats are quiet…our role players are shining tho.

    Reading, I hope that’s all it is, but I dunno..he didn’t even try to catch that fly at the wall.

  183. I just hope Cutch isn’t POed that the Buc pitchers didn’t really back him up tonight – the 1st Cincy batter should have been hit with a pitch

  184. Yeah, the plays at the wall lately certainly would not qualify for any web gems. Marte last night, Cutch tonight. Not sure what the deal unless they just are not seeing the ball well. It seems like they are in position then they just miss the ball.

  185. He sure seems distant. I dunno what is up.

  186. @Reading, makes you realize just how hard those up against the wall plays really are, if Marte and Cutch can miss them in consecutive games. At least, it made me think twice. I get so used to seeing them all the time on Baseball Tonight, seems like they should be automatic sometimes.

  187. No doubt those are tough catches- Marte got a taste of the brick wall in Wrigley too. Seems lately that we aren’t getting the game-saving type catch in the outfield.

  188. My two cents:

    The main focus and priority of the Pirates today: Win The Game.

    There will be plenty of opportunities in the future to hit someone.

    Now, if the Bucs are up or down by 6 runs or so, then I fully expect a Red to take a pitch right in the hip.

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