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Final: Pirates 6, Cardinals 3, 19 innings

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (66-54) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (65-55)

Time: 2:15 p.m.

Site: Busch Stadium, St. Louis

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. St. Louis LHP Jaime Garcia

  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Josh Harrison, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Travis Snider, RF
  6. Michael McKenry, C
  7. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Jeff Karstens, RHP

Comments

  1. Milo Hamilton says:

    LHP Jaime Garcia is starting for the Cardinals.

    I don’t care if Sandy Koufax in his prime is pitching today, Garrett Jones HAS to be in that starting lineup.

  2. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Today’s PICK ‘EM (always for fun of course)

    What Will Jeff Karstens Get in Today’s Game
    WIN
    LOSS
    NO DECISION

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

  3. JAL says:

    Marte to the DL, Walker and Mercer below par, Mercer going on Paternity leave tomorrow, the ever changing roster

  4. JMB says:

    @Jray Yeah, me too on Marte. Total stinkage!

    I also hope Walker is back. He was knocked out by Ryan Church (IIRC) before I got to Oakland in 2010, and he was off on the Saturday I came to LA last year.

    I hope Walker is functional this week.

    Today’s lineup is so far removed from our various squads that I don’t know what to make of it.

  5. JMB says:

    @Playoffs

    I’m hoping for a win, but I’m wagering on a LOSS for 100.

    Thanks!

  6. radio wave says:

    at playoffs:
    Put me down for 100 on a choice of win.
    JAL, thanks for the transactions update.

  7. JAL says:

    Qualls back tomorrow so they flip him for Mercer leaving.

  8. Boise Bucco says:

    no GFJ? Double-play monster Gabby hitting cleanup?

    Playoffs, I’d like to wager 100 fake units on the WIN for Karsty today, and I’d like a shot of your cheapest whiskey too…

    Heartburn game for everybody today!! GO BUCS

  9. Derek Smith says:

    I don’t trust Tabata. I would rather see Presley recalled. Presley has played much harder than Tabata, and I think that would translate to more success than Tabata will have. Hopefully I am wrong, but I don’t like Tabata being recalled a bit.

  10. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    A GLIMMER OF HOPE!!!

    I just took a look at the schedule for this week. The reds will be in Philly and facing the following pitchers:

    Monday – Roy Halladay
    Tuesday – Cliff Lee
    Wednesday – Vance Worley
    Thursday – Cole Hamels

    I know, I know, Philly stinks on ice this year. But, if ever there was a time for those 4 pitchers to pitch like they CAN….. Now, would be that time. Wishful thinking sees the Reds LOSE 3 of 4.

    Factor that in with us in San Diego, and HEYYYYYY YOU NEVER KNOW…..

  11. Mlrgenuine says:

    @Playoffs

    I’ll take 50 on the WIN. Thanks!

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  12. Nate83 says:

    75 on the win. Thanks

  13. Keith says:

    Bench better not be needed today!

  14. Chico says:

    50 on the no decision.

  15. bman says:

    @playoffs

    35 on NO DECISION

  16. Cmat0829 says:

    100 on the WIN.

  17. RobertoForever says:

    @Playoffs

    Wow, what a quandry the Bucs roster is. Injuries really piling up this week.

    Karstens has been alternating, decisions and no decisions.

    Guess I will wager 50 on the No Decision. Maybe Jones coming off the bench gives the win to Grilli.

    Need some Zoltan today.

  18. RobertoForever says:

    Just wondering – no comments from the Asylum on DK’s twitter exchange with J-Mac & Cutch?

  19. 19 Years and Counting says:

    My son got an autograph from Walker yesterday and asked him when he’d be playing again. His response was a cryptic “Not sure, as soon as I can”. I would have felt a lot better if he would have said in a day or two.

    I still can’t get over Hurdle not bringing in Hughes to face Molina yesterday. If we miss a playoff spot by 1 game that’s the moment I’ll think of first. As I suspected, Hurdle said that he wanted to give Bedard a chance to pitch out of it to boost his confidence. In stark contrast to Hurdle was Mike Metheny, who didn’t give a hoot about Lance Lynn’s confidence and pulled him in the 5th, got out of the jam and won the game. I just pray that someone in a position of authority with the Pirates realizes that they’re in a pennant race before it’s too late.

  20. Boise Bucco says:

    @RF–saw that yesterday, thought it got taken out of context. Seemed to get settled pretty quickly.

  21. radio wave says:

    Let’s hope Garcia is rusty.

  22. The Gunner says:

    TABATA BETTER BRING HIS “A” GAME TODAY!!!!

  23. Boise Bucco says:

    haha Gunner, he’s your favorite player, isn’t he? HE RUNS OUT GROUNDERS SOOOO FAST

  24. The Gunner says:

    Well, well, well – so far Tabata is making a bigger fool out of me than I already am

  25. Milo Hamilton says:

    @Roberto

    I just read that this morning. Just another example of the evils of twitter. What’s a guy like Dejan supposed to do, not say what he thinks & feels ? He gets paid to have an opinion (I agree with this one, by the way). Sometimes athletes get confused on the role of the press. Cheerleading is not their job. Methinks Cutch doth protest too much in this case. Maybe Dejan’s comment hit a little close to home ?

  26. Milo Hamilton says:

    And one more thing on Cutch. The outside part of the plate has been a black hole for him since he was hit by Chapman. If this continues, word’s going to get out that he can be intimidated – fair or not.

  27. Eric Bowser says:

    @Milo – That scouting report should already be there now. It happened last year and repeating itself again after Chapman, if there are teams who are not aware of this concern, they are not doing their job.

  28. DemonDachshund says:

    Re: The Cutch Twitter thing…

    I thought DK’s criticism was fair and appropriate. The Bucs needed Cutch badly yesterday, and he failed in numerous chances. It was certainly not a MVP-like performance.

    I can understand Cutch not liking it, but it’s DK’s job to point out things like that. It’s not his job to be a fan.

  29. The Gunner says:

    Nice to see Snider hit the hard

  30. pattonbb says:

    I missed the whole twitter thing with DK, and to be honest, I’m just too lazy to look now. Anyone care to give me the “cliffs notes” version?

  31. The Gunner says:

    hit the ball, hat is.

    Geez, I must be so fired up over Tabatta being back, I can’t type

  32. Milo Hamilton says:

    The only 2 guys that have actually hit the ball have hits. What a concept.

  33. The Gunner says:

    C’mom Daydro, go deep, my man!!!!

  34. Reading says:

    The trend of base hit then 3 straight outs getting old after two.

  35. RobertoForever says:

    Wow, was McKenry’s standing there looking at a fastball called third strike down the middle as frustrating as it seemed on Gameday?

  36. The Gunner says:

    It is looking like it is all on Karstens, today. Hopefully, he can give us 8 more innings like the first (or at least darn close.)

    Then maybe we’ll get a guy to third base and the Cardinal pitcher will make a wild pitch and the Bucs win 1-0!!

  37. Eric Bowser says:

    DK said on twitter:

    “An MVP has to do better than that. It’s never easy criticizing Cutch, but 0 for 5 with six stranded … unacceptable in game like this.”

    Then had one of those long messages on Sulia

    “The FACT about Andrew McCutchen is that he’s still MVP material. Leads the majors with a .356 average, has 23 homers, all that. He also hasn’t been as bad in August as most think, at .286, or with runners in scoring position, at .359. But the other fact is that, in any sport, your best players have to be your best players. On this team, that can’t be Garrett Jones, Neil Walker or even A.J. Burnett. It’s GOT to be Cutch. This team has to follow his lead to fully believe in itself. More is needed. ”

    Cutch responded to DK with

    ” ur right…some friend u are bud.thanks n God Bless.thanks to the tru fans.hes def not gettn the batting gloves”

    ………………..

    Nothing wrong with Dejan’s comments, the Pirates do need McCutchen to be better and if you want him to be MVP, you don’t have 8 RBI in 2nd half of season or have a massive failure on national tv (o for 5 w/ 6 LOB).

  38. RobertoForever says:

    @Milo

    I loved the part where Cutch pulled out the “true fans”, lol. J-Mac seemed to take the first offense to it, and the Cutch responded as well. Cutch probably doesn’t follow Dejan, but J-Mac surely does.

    Dejan did seem awfully defensive after the fact. Posted 4 replies. I guess that’s the danger of the 140 character limit. Easy to start a misunderstanding, harder to explain it, in such a short amount of type.

    Not sure its “settled” either. Cutch never posted again about it, after his two tweets.

  39. Milo Hamilton says:

    McCutchen is hitting .232 since the beaning & .194 in the last 10 games. The Pirates have lost 9 of 15 since then. Coincidence ? Your best players have to be your best players. Some friend I am, huh ?

  40. The Gunner says:

    C’mon Jose – go deep!!!

  41. Eric Bowser says:

    seriously Karstens, seriously?!?

  42. DemonDachshund says:

    I’ll give him credit, Jose ran his butt off on the ground out.

  43. Parrothead01 says:

    Uh oh, looks like the strike out kings are back. 14 yesterday, 4 already today. Runs going to be hard to come by Karstens better pitch well.

  44. RobertoForever says:

    Milo, its true it is DK’s job to call him as he sees it. But perhaps many of today’s reporters try to be friends with the players as well. Its tough to claim objectivity in the difficult times, when you have tried to foster chumminess the other times.

    I like Kristy Robinson and her coverage, but she tries to be very chummy with the minor leaguers on twitter. That will come back to haunt her. I am certainly not in the clubhouse, so I am not saying DK did that.

  45. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    The book is obviously out on McCutchen.

    Throw it low and away and he’ll swing all day.

  46. Chico says:

    They need to stop calling McCutchen’s performance a mini-slump and recognize its a full blown slump.

  47. 19 Years and Counting says:

    A good high schooler could hit that strike 3 fastball that Cutch missed. Praying that he fights out of this soon.

  48. Reading says:

    Robert Duval was “chummy” with the “Natural.”

  49. Milo Hamilton says:

    @Roberto

    It’s a fine line. You try to forge a friendly working relationship with the player without being friends. The minute you cross that line is the minute your objectivity goes out the window.

    Kristy’s another story altogether.

  50. Eric Bowser says:

    I didn’t know 19 games was still ok to be a mini anything.

    Excuses don’t win championships.

  51. RobertoForever says:

    Is Gameday right? Did Carlos Beltran, he of the 20 HR’s vs RHP, just BUNT on the first pitch with no outs?

  52. pattonbb says:

    Sure wish he would’ve tried to bunt again.

  53. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand now is the prefect time to go coach bad adult league hockey. I will post the updated standings tonight. Good day all.

  54. Reading says:

    Negative post of the day: What time does the Steelers game start?

  55. Milo Hamilton says:

    @Reading

    Not negative at all. You’re just transitioning.

  56. Reading says:

    Beltran tried to bunt down third base line because Pedro was reportedly playing deep. The ball was fouled off into the stands.

  57. Reading says:

    Milo, I’m an excellent transitioner, especially down 2-0 and nobody on our team can hit a changeup.

  58. Eric Bowser says:

    Who is the NL MVP?

    RBI since All-Star break

    Beltran: 20
    McCutchen: 13
    Posey: 34
    Zimmerman: 26
    Kemp: 23

  59. Milo Hamilton says:

    @Reading

    It isn’t even hitting the changeup, it’s just not swinging at it. So undisciplined.

  60. Reading says:

    A couple of nice plays by Harrison at second today.

  61. Drew71 says:

    Damage limited.

    Now HIT

  62. Reading says:

    Frustrating that pitchers who haven’t pitched in two months or otherwise have an ERA over 8 suddenly morphing into Whitey Ford against the Pirates.

  63. radio wave says:

    so much for rusty, eleven in a row.

  64. Reading says:

    Quality plate appearances there.

  65. Milo Hamilton says:

    I found John Tesh singing & playing piano with a big band on PBS. Someone let me know when/if we wake up.

  66. bobhasis says:

    When the composition of your team is basically 5 players out of 9, and two of the 5 are out with injury, one is in a slump, one is benched because of the lefty-lefty house rule and the fifth component is Barmes, what’s the Mgr. of the Year supposed to do?

    Pray for a perfect game by his pitcher I presume.

  67. Milo Hamilton says:

    Wandy would have been out.

  68. Reading says:

    Here we go!

  69. Reading says:

    Okay J-Hay. Drive one.

  70. Reading says:

    There’s one! Come on Cutch!

  71. radio wave says:

    Talk about a punch and judy rally.

  72. Reading says:

    Nice! Need a real hit now to bring Cutch in!

  73. twentytwo22 says:

    Dodger O

  74. RobertoForever says:

    Another Pirates rally started by a hit from Clint Barmes. batting .306 in Aug with 8 RBI and OPS of .769. Hard to argue with running him out there everyday now. His stats have just gotten better and better as the year went on. Has handled the adversity as a real professional.

  75. Milo Hamilton says:

    That rally means nothing unless Karstens shuts them down this inning.

  76. Milo Hamilton says:

    Nicely done Jeff.

  77. radio wave says:

    Very nice sixth for Karstens.

  78. Reading says:

    Bunt, swinging bunt, drag bunt, suicide squeeze. A 3-2 win. Ballgame.

  79. twentytwo22 says:

    Christmas card for Karstens. Give Hurdle credit for letting him bat in the 6th down 2. 1 more inning would be dandy.

  80. Milo Hamilton says:

    I guess starting a runner occasionally is out of the question ?

  81. Reading says:

    A real hit wasted, again.

  82. Boise Bucco says:

    Pedro gets out faster than I can type

  83. bobhasis says:

    Why bunt with Tabata and not the Fort. The scenario (with 0 outs ) was the same?

  84. Reading says:

    #STFD Friese!!!

  85. Milo Hamilton says:

    @bob

    Perfect hit & run situation with McKenry when the count got to 1-0.

  86. Boise Bucco says:

    Maybe they need to watch game tape from April/May and figure out how they won all those games? It HAS been a while…

  87. Boise Bucco says:

    Time to take the lead fellas

  88. radio wave says:

    I don’t think the Cards thought Garcia would go into the eighth today.

  89. Boise Bucco says:

    Navarro? Really?

  90. Milo Hamilton says:

    I can’t be happier that guy’s back. SMH.

    DK: Honestly.

  91. Boise Bucco says:

    Where’s Delwyn Young when you need him?

  92. Eric Bowser says:

    Yeah, real nice to see DUI and being a bad player still gets you a recall to the majors.

  93. Reading says:

    Too bad Joyce’s sight wasn’t as spot on during the perfect game that wasn’t. I doubt a Fred Bird gets rung by him on that alleged swing.

  94. Milo Hamilton says:

    Jim Joyce is a hack. He’ll sob when he sees the replay.

  95. Reading says:

    A future potential fake line might be whether the opposing pitcher will record a career high in Ks.

  96. Boise Bucco says:

    OOOOH GRILLI IN TO PITCH IN A TIE GAME ON THE ROAD

    HURDLE’S THROWIN AWAY THE BOOK ON THIS ONE

    Next thing you know they’ll be asking Pedro to bunt…

  97. radio wave says:

    No help anywhere today.
    La up 5-0 on Braves, Reds beat Cubs 5-4.
    And Xavier Paul continues to contribute to the Reds, triple to start winning rally.

  98. Milo Hamilton says:

    Motte vs. Jones II coming up in the 9th.

  99. Reading says:

    #STFD Carpenter & Jay!!

  100. Reading says:

    Cutch with opportunity here.

  101. JMB says:

    Bummer!!!

  102. Reading says:

    Curses!!! Almost.

  103. Boise Bucco says:

    @radio wave–I see your Xavier Paul, and raise you 1 Andy LaRoche…currently tearing up AAA Pawtucket, .271/7 HR’s/23 RBI’s.

  104. Milo Hamilton says:

    Pfffffffft.

  105. Boise Bucco says:

    PH FOR GABBY

    GFJ

    DO IT NOW

  106. radio wave says:

    at boise #103
    I follow the Pawsox everyday.
    with injuries at third, Andy still can’t get a callup, what does that tell you?

  107. Reading says:

    Correia up. Not looking good for last of the ninth.

  108. Boise Bucco says:

    So the Cards brought in their closer in a tie game…what do the Bucs do in the bottom-half, assuming they go to the bottom of the 9th still tied?

  109. Milo Hamilton says:

    Here comes Correia against the big boys. This shouldn’t take long.

  110. Reading says:

    No way!!!

  111. Eric Bowser says:

    that pitch, wish I had that kind of strike zone as a pitcher. outside and low.

  112. radio wave says:

    at Milo:
    Have faith:

  113. Boise Bucco says:

    @radio wave–lol, I just try to find a way to balance out all the Bucs who have found success elsewhere with the former Bucs who haven’t…for every Jose Bautista there’s like 10 Andy LaRoche’s

  114. Eric Bowser says:

    oh my, here we ago with Correia in the bullpen again.

  115. Reading says:

    This has walk-off written all over it. Ye of little faith.

  116. twentytwo22 says:

    Using Correia in a tie game against Craig, Holliday, Beltran. If this works out good for Correia and Hurdle.

  117. Boise Bucco says:

    Ok Correia…pretend it’s the playoffs…

  118. Reading says:

    This will be first day out of wild card in several months if Dodgers win.

  119. Reading says:

    Dodgers won.

  120. radio wave says:

    Cards radio crew hoping they get in scoring position. They describe the Bucs outfield arms as less than hof caliber.

  121. Reading says:

    Need a GIDP.

  122. Reading says:

    One more. Need a #STFD to get to extras!!

  123. JohninOshkosh says:

    Freese worries me.

  124. RobertoForever says:

    Correia shuts em down. Good job, Kevin.

  125. Milo Hamilton says:

    Quite a clutch effort by Correia there.

  126. Chico says:

    Maybe he’ll get the win — good reason for him to be happy to be in the game. That would make him look better as a starter…

  127. The Gunner says:

    Talk about dodging a bullet

  128. radio wave says:

    KC does the job.
    Clint is a good gambler.

  129. Reading says:

    Good! Correia showed me!

  130. JohninOshkosh says:

    @Roberto:

    What are you watching/listening to? Your post re the shutdown posted 3 pitches before I saw the flyout on the package!

  131. Boise Bucco says:

    @22–what you said in #116. Coming out of the ‘pen isn’t exactly the greatest for a starter, but you couldn’t ask for a higher pressure situation than that…bottom of the 9th, 2-2, heart of the order…to be asked to shut that door, you’re being asked to be THE man. Good for Correia to get through that inning.

  132. Boise Bucco says:

    If they can string together a couple hits, GFJ would be up 5th this inning

  133. JohninOshkosh says:

    Don’t fully understand why, but for some reason I am looking forward to watching exhibition football tonight. Hope it is after an extra inning win here.

  134. radio wave says:

    Cards pen has been suspect all year.
    And they have lost a lot of close ones because they don’t score.
    This one is shaping up that way.

  135. RobertoForever says:

    @John

    It was a premonition.

    Haha, I actually thought Beltran was the 3rd out. Looked up and it said 2 outs, then it updated with Beltran’s out.

  136. twentytwo22 says:

    Snider was up 2-0 in the count leading off the inning and swung at a pitch ankle high.

  137. Reading says:

    Come on Pedro! Need a jack!

  138. RobertoForever says:

    If the Bucs don’t have the lead, expect Clint to run Correia out there again.

  139. Boise Bucco says:

    Wow, that was a 4-pitch walk to #Daydro

  140. Reading says:

    Come on Clint! Need a jack!”

  141. radio wave says:

    Boggs has lost the plate.

  142. Boise Bucco says:

    wow, that was a 4-pitch walk to #AlwaysSmooth

  143. Reading says:

    Come on GFJ!! Need a jack!”

  144. JohninOshkosh says:

    @Roberto:

    Ha! I was beginning to think that I might want to go to the track with you!

  145. RobertoForever says:

    That was a fantastic AB by Barmes. 2 strikes really close to the strike zone, but he laid off.

    C’mon Jonesy

  146. Milo Hamilton says:

    Nice couple of days for him too.

  147. Reading says:

    About a foot outside! Yeah, blue wants a home win.

  148. Milo Hamilton says:

    The worst thing about being on the road is that you have to get 6 outs to win.

  149. JohninOshkosh says:

    Oh no. Here comes the destroyer of all things Pirates, Yadier. Don’t let him beat us.

  150. RobertoForever says:

    Wow, my Gameday indicates that was a Ball that Joyce rung Jonesy up on. Tough call to give Boggs after he couldn’t find the plate.

  151. twentytwo22 says:

    Snider and Jones with incompetent at-bats. Pitcher throws 8 straight balls – Jones swings at first pitch, swings at 1-1 pitch down out of the zone.

  152. RobertoForever says:

    Ummm, that first pitch to Jones was right down the middle. I would hope every hitter jumps on the first fat strike that a pitcher throws when there a RISP.

  153. radio wave says:

    KC with another good inning.

  154. RobertoForever says:

    Nice! Correia with 2 good innings shutting down the Cards in clutch time.

    C’mon bats, let’s get something going.

  155. Reading says:

    Correia- the new Lincoln.

    Okay, here we go! Everybody hits!

  156. twentytwo22 says:

    Correia doing his part… chance #3 to take the lead for Hanrahan.

  157. Boise Bucco says:

    It’s like Hurdle bringing in Correia is subtly telling the Cards “hey, we can do this ALL DAY LONG, I’VE GOT PITCHERS FOR DAYS” and hoping the Cards leave a bullpen pitcher in too long. It’s been a low scoring game up to this point, it could be a long one…Cardinals might want to leave a guy out there…

  158. The Gunner says:

    Get it started, Jose!

  159. Reading says:

    Somebody needs to tag one.

  160. radio wave says:

    Amac with a cutch clutch hit.
    Come on just a sacrifice.

  161. TDB1977 says:

    Josh with a trip trip triple! Come Cutch, bring him home.

  162. Reading says:

    Cutch time NOW!!!!!

  163. Reading says:

    Sissies!

  164. RobertoForever says:

    OK, J-hay!

    C’mon Cutch. Channel that inner-Lisa-hate, lol.

  165. radio wave says:

    Walker hitting for Kc

  166. JohninOshkosh says:

    Now is the time to show that Dejan, Andrew.:)

  167. TDB1977 says:

    Just need a sac fly Neil

  168. radio wave says:

    Boy do I look like a fool, Cards radio had the wrong batter on the triple.

  169. RobertoForever says:

    Woah! PRNW sighting!

  170. Boise Bucco says:

    Cutch go take your free 2nd base

  171. Milo Hamilton says:

    Another situation where you can start the runner. Open up a hole, stay out of the DP, and all Neil would have to do is make contact.

  172. JohninOshkosh says:

    See how he can take an intentional walk. :)

  173. TDB1977 says:

    Bloody he double hockey stick!

  174. DemonDachshund says:

    Who needs a pinky finger?

  175. Reading says:

    Joyce again!!

  176. Boise Bucco says:

    crrrrrap

  177. twentytwo22 says:

    Why can’t we ever break up a dp?

  178. Milo Hamilton says:

    Once again, 1-0 count. Start the runner & there’s no double play. And he was out. Terrible managing. Terrible.

  179. Boise Bucco says:

    haha on the plus side, a PRNW home run right there would have cost a $BILLION to re-sign him this off-season…so at least there’s that…

  180. radio wave says:

    Right now, based on recentresults, Resop scares me more than KC.

  181. Reading says:

    Tie goes to the runner except in STL.

  182. Milo Hamilton says:

    I don’t know about you all, but I’m starting to get flashbacks.

  183. Boise Bucco says:

    Never a better time then now to break out of a slump

  184. Kevin says:

    This sure is an unusually long way to find out who wins the over under for the series…

  185. Reading says:

    I was personally hoping for a suicide squeeze, not sure if Walker could actually swing. Cutch would have gotten to second if JHay was out at home.

  186. Reading says:

    We get rung up there.

  187. radio wave says:

    Another good inning for the pen.

  188. Reading says:

    Meals is not one of the Umps, is he? In case this goes 19.

  189. twentytwo22 says:

    Chance #4

  190. RobertoForever says:

    Good Resop shows up. Hope we don’t need him for the second inning.

  191. twentytwo22 says:

    Obviously we need a HR or a WP/PB with a guy on third.

  192. bobhasis says:

    Yes Milo, I agree with #178; but you already knew that

  193. Chuck H says:

    The lack of hitting is really showing up now for the Pirates. They had chances galore
    to win yesterday’s game and also todays. All we can do with runners in scoring pos. is to hit into DPs. Are we not trying hard enough? Shame to waste a good pitching effort by Karstens. How come the other teams seem to find ways to win the close ones?

  194. bobhasis says:

    How is Pedro going to hit that pitch if he doesn’t get out there after it. ???

  195. TDB1977 says:

    This game is starting to become a bit unnerving.

  196. Reading says:

    We should just drill Molina as payback for past losses.

  197. Reading says:

    Come on Man! Need this last out!

  198. Milo Hamilton says:

    @bob

    I’ve come to expect that kind of consistency from you. I think that’s the 1st time I’ve unloaded on Hurdle. On the blog, that is.

  199. Reading says:

    #STFD Schumacher!!!

  200. RobertoForever says:

    Great outings by Correia and Resop. 2 innings each.

    Up to the whipping boys this inning.

  201. Reading says:

    Somebody. Anybody. Feel free to step up now and win this game.

  202. DemonDachshund says:

    Time for the hot August hitters Barmes/Jones/Tabata to get things done.

    Clearly, the entire game was managed to get the team into this position.

  203. The Gunner says:

    @ Bob – 194

    Pedro couldn’t have hit that pitch with a bed slat

  204. Chico says:

    Here’s hoping this goes 19 and we win it on a disputed play at the plate. Reverse the Jerry Meals curse!

  205. Reading says:

    Wow, Tabata got a call. Come on J Hay!

  206. JohninOshkosh says:

    I dare say these are the type of games (and series) that postseason clubs find a way to win.

  207. JMB says:

    Oh, Tabby…

  208. Milo Hamilton says:

    Glad he’s back too.

  209. Reading says:

    Quality, I say. Quality.

  210. The Gunner says:

    Whoops – you leaned too much, Scabata

  211. bobhasis says:

    The old Tabby is back

  212. The Gunner says:

    @ Milo – 208

    Amen

  213. Boise Bucco says:

    So was that a pickoff or did he just get caught stealing? Watchin’ gamecast here…

  214. The Gunner says:

    @ Bob – 211

    Looks like he still stinks

  215. Reading says:

    He started to steal, stopped, and dove back to first. Molina gunned him down at first.

  216. Arriba Wilver says:

    Not a lean, he took off for second and changed his mind a Third of the way there.

  217. RobertoForever says:

    Think I would have rather had Correia for 3 IP than Resop, but here’s hopin Resop keeps the streak going.

  218. Reading says:

    One more!

  219. Pedro is the Neville Chamberlain of power hitters. Next time he gets on a roll, please trade him for someone who can contribute on more days than he can’t.

  220. Reading says:

    Really need a #STFD here!!

  221. The Gunner says:

    @ AW – 216

    At least I don ‘t think Scabby committed a mortal sin by his indecisiveness.

  222. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Pirates can say til their blue in the face that the 19 inning game in Atlanta didn’t have a long term effect on them last year. I will always believe that it did. Just look at their record after. A win today can have the opposite effect. If they can somehow can find a way to pull this one out, they won’t need the plane to fly to San Diego. If they can’t find a way …

  223. DemonDachshund says:

    I will say, win or lose, I’m enjoying this.

  224. Reading says:

    YESSSSSS! STFD!!!!!!!!!!!

  225. twentytwo22 says:

    Resop doing Shane Youman’s work.

    that’s not funny.

  226. DemonDachshund says:

    That looks like payback for the Jones K.

  227. JohninOshkosh says:

    Will this game finish before kickoff and the first couple series of downs? Otherwise, I’ll miss all the starters.

  228. DemonDachshund says:

    @Cutch -

    The whole crummy weekend is forgiven if you score this inning.

  229. RobertoForever says:

    This is now the longest game of the year for the Bucs. Previous long was a 12 inning winner against Houston, 3-2. Bucs are 3-0 in extras. Need to make it 4-0.

    C’mon Cutch!

  230. Boise Bucco says:

    Resop–LIKE A BOSS

  231. @robertoforever re 217, Resop is far from perfect but has displayed a willingness to come in to awful situations and do his best that it’s not clear Correia shares.

  232. Reading says:

    Score one for Maverick!!

  233. bobhasis says:

    There has to be some redeeming value in Tabata – isn’t there??? Something with which you can call him a Major Leaguer??

  234. RobertoForever says:

    @Officer Mancuso,

    you mean like the 9th and 10th inning today?

  235. Reading says:

    Big guys now up. Ours did nothing.

  236. JohninOshkosh says:

    Travis Snider was theoretically traded for AB situations like that.

  237. Reading says:

    Resop came through big time tonight!! Hammer must do likewise!

  238. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m going to be consistent here. I’ve gotten on Tabata for being out of shape and that leading to various pulled leg muscles. So it’s only fair that I do the same with Snider. Pull a groin simply swinging a bat ? Geez.

  239. Reading says:

    GIDP. NOW!!

  240. Roberto, I’ve certified 234 as a trick question. The IRS charges a 10% penalty.

  241. The Gunner says:

    C’mon Hammer

  242. Reading says:

    #STFD Friese!!!!! One more!

  243. Milo Hamilton says:

    This guy’s too clutch. Walk him now.

  244. Reading says:

    Walk dude now and #STFD the next guy!!

  245. Milo Hamilton says:

    Playing with fire.

  246. Milo Hamilton says:

    Had you just intentionally walked him, that guy’s not on 3rd. Takes the slider away ?

  247. Reading says:

    Of course Joyce says he didn’t swing! Not looking good. Come on Man!!!!!!!!! Need a #STFD!!!!!

  248. TDB1977 says:

    Thank you Jose! On to the 15th inning.

  249. The Gunner says:

    Good hustle by Scabby!!!

  250. bobhasis says:

    Well. maybe

  251. Reading says:

    Yesssss!!!!!!!! Lucky number 15, it is. The time is now!!!”"

  252. TDB1977 says:

    Now the Fort or Pedro need to find the bat this inning! And as I’m typing that, damn you Jay!

  253. The Gunner says:

    Here’s your big opportunity, Pedro!!

  254. pattonbb says:

    Crap…

  255. Reading says:

    Can anybody get a hit???????????

  256. The Gunner says:

    @ Reading – 255

    Nope

  257. Milo Hamilton says:

    Giants down 6-1 in the 7th. There could be a three way tie for the last spot.

  258. DemonDachshund says:

    Uh oh, guy with the great defensive play at the plate…

  259. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pirate pitching has been stellar this whole series. Now, c’mon offense.

  260. Reading says:

    #STFD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sweet 16, it is!!

  261. RobertoForever says:

    wtg, Jared. Another inning down

  262. TDB1977 says:

    What happens first by 8:00 PM? This game ends or the Yanks/Sox Sunday nighter begins.

  263. TDB1977 says:

    Make it happen this inning! End this game here.

  264. RobertoForever says:

    Jonesy!

  265. JohninOshkosh says:

    DO NOT SQUANDER A LEADOFF DOUBLE. GET JONSEY IN.

  266. The Gunner says:

    Great bunt Scabata……….not!!

  267. TDB1977 says:

    Needed to bunt that down the 3rd base line Scabby! Stupid bunt.

  268. JohninOshkosh says:

    UGHHHHHH

  269. Reading says:

    Takes care of that! Come on Man!!!!!

  270. Milo Hamilton says:

    There was my hit & run. Nevermind.

  271. JohninOshkosh says:

    Was that supposed to be a hit and run?

  272. The Gunner says:

    Why did they recall Scabata? One game back and nothing has changed. Presley was a much better choice.

  273. bobhasis says:

    So what was NH’s reason for bringing up tabata now?

  274. Reading says:

    AMac!! Time!!

  275. TDB1977 says:

    Its now time to do something big Mr MVP candidate.

  276. The Gunner says:

    @ Bob – 273

    Maybe it was an Affirmative Action matter

  277. T.S. says:

    Pardon my all caps here: WHAT THE HELL IS CLINT HURDLE THINKING BUNTING THERE?????? WHAT IS HIS FASCINATION WITH THE BUNT? PLEASE TELL ME? AND THEN HE HAS THE AUDACITY TO SEND TABATA? ARE YOU KIDDING?

    HURDLE, LEARN HOW TO MANAGE A GAME. WOW.

  278. Boise Bucco says:

    TELL me Tabata got picked off again

  279. JohninOshkosh says:

    This game just got an ominous feeling about it.

  280. Reading says:

    Joyce!!!!! Again!!!!

  281. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Pathetic baseball…even if Cutch was safe, poor hitting all day. Tabata still looks like dogcrap…..Come on guys!!!!!!!

  282. The Gunner says:

    I see that there certainly a lot of Tabata dissenters out there today!

  283. Parrothead01 says:

    Picked off, terrible bunt, makes up for it by caught stealing. Good thing Jose learned from his time in the minors.

  284. bobhasis says:

    Before he steps into the batter’s box, wouldn’t you the Mgr. of the Year would tell him BUNT THE BALL TO THIRD BASE ONLY!
    Stupidity all of the way around

  285. Cmat0829 says:

    Come on guys…..the bunt to get a go ahead runner to third with one out is absolutely the right call. Let’s color inside the lines please.

  286. Patrick(RI) says:

    If hurdle blames players for this fiasco inning, he should be fired. A small-ball run no guarantee, with overwrite bullpen.

  287. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m pretty sure that was a hit and run called and the pitcher threw down and away. That caught stealing on Tabata was very much all about Molina handling a tough pitch and making a great throw and not so much about Tabby, IMO.

  288. bobhasis says:

    . . . .wouldnt ‘you think . . . . .

  289. The Gunner says:

    Cutch was definitely safe

  290. Patrick(RI) says:

    “overwrought”

  291. T.S. says:

    Yes, poor fundamentals by Tabata. But Clint is to blame there. His three favorite things on this team: Barmes, Barajas, Bunting. If the Pirates lose, I put this on Hurdle, first.

    BLAH!

  292. DemonDachshund says:

    Shouldn’t need to tell a MLB hitter to bunt to 3rd, imo. He should know that.

  293. JohninOshkosh says:

    One thing I will give Sabremetrics: I hate the sacrifice bunt, especially after a leadoff double.

  294. The Gunner says:

    @ Parrot – 283

    Makes perfect sense to me!

  295. T.S. says:

    @Cmat.

    Disagree strongly. Tabata isn’t a bunting machine. Let him hit the ball to the left side to move Jones over. Horrible.

  296. Patrick(RI) says:

    @ TS

    Nice line, lol

  297. T.S. says:

    Swinging away, that is.

  298. pattonbb says:

    Believe me, Tabata knew he was supposed to push the bunt down to 3rd. Everybody knows he was supposed to push the bunt to 3rd. For some reason, he’s just too stupid to do it.

    Bunting in that situation with Tabata at the plate, was most definitely the right call.

  299. T.S. says:

    Thanks, Rhode Island Patrick. I try. :)

  300. Milo Hamilton says:

    I hate the sacrifice bunt when it’s not executed properly. A pop up drops in behind a drawn in infield and nary a discouraging word is heard.

  301. bobhasis says:

    I’m heading over to the Daily Number and then the pre-game jibber jabber for the steelers game.
    This baseball game is putting my stomach in knots and ruining my dinner.

    I do love Jared’s demeanor; at 6’7″ 230 it works

  302. T.S. says:

    @pattonbb

    Why not swing away? For one, Molina is a gold glove catcher. Just not sold on Tabata. Don’t think I ever will be the way he lollygagged before being sent down. Major leagues just don’t do that. And the ones who do, are out of the baseball quickly. If he didn’t have that new contract, there’s a chance the Bucs might have DFA’d him vs sending him down with a slap on the wrist. Okay, I’m getting off topic.

  303. scapper says:

    MLB tweet: “J. Meals to relieve home plate ump in 18th inn. But no worries, yinzers. Your team ain’t cursed or nothin’.”

  304. Kevin says:

    When does the Steeler thread start?? HA!

  305. Kevin says:

    Sorry, that was an awful ‘HA’… I apologize.

  306. The Gunner says:

    JMac is back!!

  307. Kevin says:

    JMac gettin’ things started!! Very nice.

  308. Drew71 says:

    There’s something you don’t see everyday.

  309. TDB1977 says:

    Why would people be running to watch a pre-season football game when this is basically playoff baseball with the Bucs? I just don’t get it. Almost every game from here on out is going to be basically a playoff game because of the 2nd wild card spot.

  310. DemonDachshund says:

    Pinch hitting JMac for Hughes is the ultimate sign of confidence in Barajas.

  311. Chico says:

    Calling it — McKenry’s going deep!

  312. Drew71 says:

    Do you think he can play SS?

  313. Patrick(RI) says:

    Speaking of “demeanor,” Mercer looks like I recall Walker looking after he got some playing time — looks like a player, now.

  314. Chico says:

    Or not.

  315. TDB1977 says:

    Come on Pedro. Time to make that 1 for 6 with 2 RBIs and a Home Run.

  316. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Come on Pedro!!!!!!

  317. TDB1977 says:

    I beg you Barmes to put some decent wood on the ball.

  318. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Intentional BB…..,,,Barmes time……?????

  319. Reading says:

    Sissies!!!!! Come on Barmes!!!!

  320. TDB1977 says:

    Bases loaded!

  321. T.S. says:

    @TDB1977

    Bandwagon.

  322. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    2 out, bases loaded magic for GI…?????

  323. Patrick(RI) says:

    Walking Pedro to get to one of Ts’s killer b’s!

  324. Kevin says:

    They don’t know what WE know about Barmes, do they?? C’mon CB!!

  325. The Gunner says:

    Nice going Barmes / Garrett, this is your chance to become a folk hero in Pgh.

  326. Patrick(RI) says:

    Kelly was too scared to pitch to him, alas

  327. Kevin says:

    Ok, maybe they do…I’m just gonna stop talking now.

  328. Reading says:

    Defining Moment?????

  329. T.S. says:

    @Patrick

    Mercer is a player, for sure. And like the FO did with Walker, they underestimate him as a — and I hate this term — super utility player. You watch, he’ll turn out to be a good player, if they let him.

  330. TDB1977 says:

    TS

    #321

    Me a bandwagon person?

  331. Patrick(RI) says:

    Still time to bunt, Clint . . .sorry, stupid comment time

  332. TDB1977 says:

    Come on Jones!!!!! Just a blop hit to plate one, maybe two!

  333. TDB1977 says:

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  334. Reading says:

    We will take that ROCKET!!!!!’n

  335. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yesssssss! Good ole infield single!!!

  336. Milo Hamilton says:

    Their pitchers are lousy fielders.

  337. The Gunner says:

    It ain’t pretty but we’ll take it

  338. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Redemption time Tabata………Come on….

  339. RobertoForever says:

    JONESY!!!

  340. Reading says:

    Redemption time!!!

  341. JohninOshkosh says:

    Molina leads off their half.

  342. Boise Bucco says:

    Can AJ pitch the bottom half?

  343. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m going to go away for a little while & then come back. Hopefully, it’ll all work out.

  344. Boise Bucco says:

    I’m only about 1/8 kidding

  345. Reading says:

    This game has got to be WON!!! Come on Man!!!

  346. pattonbb says:

    @ T.S.

    But Tabata’s contract is SOOOO team friendly. Everyone said so when he signed. It was a “steal” of a deal.

    I’m being sarcastic.

    Winning run is on 2nd, extra innings, no outs? Tabata at bat? I bunt. If Tabata Just knew how to execute…well, that’s another story.

    Just my opinion. Totally understand wanting to let him hit. I just don’t let Tabata swing in that situation.

  347. Drew71 says:

    Since JMac PHed, I thought maybe Barrabbas would pitch.

  348. JohninOshkosh says:

    Good sign. Cardinals radio just ran a PNC ad just before coming back.

  349. TDB1977 says:

    Cruz – find the strike zone!

  350. RobertoForever says:

    C’mon Cruz. Make it 4 for 4 in save opps this year!

  351. Reading says:

    Need a GIDP!!!!!!!!!!’

  352. The Gunner says:

    This will not be for the faint of heart

  353. Drew71 says:

    Good. Good. Make it interesting.

    It might kill Milo.

    But it will be interesting.

  354. Drew71 says:

    I think I see Barrabbas warming up in the bullpen.

  355. RobertoForever says:

    This is Cruz’ 6th appearance in 8 days.

  356. Reading says:

    Jose, I mean Juan!

  357. Reading says:

    Get this guy!!!!!!!

  358. Bizrow says:

    Barrabbas is a lefty, right?

    PBC doesn’t use them

  359. pattonbb says:

    what a shame…

  360. Reading says:

    Not good! Defeat from the jaws of victory!!

  361. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yikes!!!! I’m going away to find Milo.

  362. The Gunner says:

    @ Drew – 354

    It looks more like Barnaby

  363. The Gunner says:

    Actually it’s Wandy!!!

  364. The Gunner says:

    Need a HOOVER!!!!!!

  365. TDB1977 says:

    Great stab by Mercer! DP wins this game now.

  366. Reading says:

    Nice!!!! Dodged one there. GIDP!!!!! Come on Man!!!!!

  367. TDB1977 says:

    Jerry Meals is actually dressed up as Jim Joyce today.

  368. RobertoForever says:

    Cruz vs Cruz

    We want the house!

  369. The Gunner says:

    &@”#%^

  370. JohninOshkosh says:

    Drew:

    What d’ya say. Lets leave and go to IHOP to get that senior discount. This one is never ending.

  371. Cue the Arby’s oven mitt: “Will it never end?!”

  372. TDB1977 says:

    Who is going to be available to pitch tomorrow vs the Padres out of the bullpen? Need to look at the next series. Both teams have actually taxed their bullpens with this game.

  373. Boise Bucco says:

    Bucs/Cards really givin’ the fans their money’s worth today!

  374. Reading says:

    Good to see Cards fans have bailed.

  375. DemonDachshund says:

    If this goes to 19, they just hand the victory to the home team, right?

  376. DemonDachshund says:

    @Cutch -

    Seriously, a HR here and we forget the rough series.

    OK?

    Please?

  377. Chico says:

    If Wandy is in, who starts tomorrow? Someone in AAA? LOCKE?

  378. radio wave says:

    I thought the next day starter travels ahead of the team?

  379. Chico says:

    McCutchen looks exhausted.

  380. Reading says:

    Dude is throwing strikes. Mercer is only one who does anything.

  381. Chico says:

    This would be a helluva way to lose the wager on Barajas…

  382. Drew71 says:

    Holy Crap.

    I just walked into IHOP. Whole buncha youse guys.

  383. TDB1977 says:

    How about Justin Wilson, he will be on 5 days rest and can pitch tomorrow?

  384. Reading says:

    You just knew he would be stranded on something lame. 3-4-5 coming up for them. Time to rearrange the deck chairs.

  385. T.S. says:

    TDB.

    No, the people who you were referring who would rather go watch the Steelers preseason game, they are bandwagoners.

  386. Drew71 says:

    Ah. THAT’S why JMac hit instead of Barrabbas.

    Or is it Barrabbad?

    How bad do you have to be to get a nickname on your nickname?

  387. Boise Bucco says:

    I’m 100% all for Locke getting a turn in the rotation. Love to see what he could do.

  388. T.S. says:

    @pattonbb

    If Tabata can’t get a little looper and must bunt cause he can’t hit, then he has no business being in the majors. Oh, wait, um…

  389. Reading says:

    #STFD Holliday!!!!

  390. T.S. says:

    If it wasn’t for having A.J. Burnett on this team, Barajas should be left off the playoff roster.

  391. T.S. says:

    Does Wandy have any magic?

  392. Drew71 says:

    So let me make sure I get the rules.

    It’s ok to leave now because I’m too nervous.

    That’s a real fan.

    As long as while I’m gone I don’t put on the Steelers “game”.

  393. T.S. says:

    Greg Brown says the Snider injury might be a bad one. Ugh.

  394. Boise Bucco says:

    What happened to Snider? “watching” on Gamecast, not getting updates.

  395. TDB1977 says:

    #STFD Freese

  396. Bizrow says:

    Jerry Meals isn’t umping this game, is he?

  397. T.S. says:

    I think Snider aggravated/worsened his hammy (or whatever it was) from the other day.

  398. twentytwo22 says:

    O strike’m out throw’m out DPs for us all year.

  399. DemonDachshund says:

    @Drew -

    I think the rules are…

    EYE am a real Pirate fan.

    EWE are not.

    Got it?

  400. TDB1977 says:

    @Biz – No, but his twin brother Jim Joyce is at first base.

  401. T.S. says:

    @Bizrow

    Even if he’s umping, he’s not really umping.

  402. JohninOshkosh says:

    Here is what the true, loyal, honorable, genuine, non-bandwagoning, IHOP eating Pittsburgh sports fan is doing right now: listening to the Bucs on the radio as she/he sits at Heinz and makes comments on this blog via smartphone.

  403. Reading says:

    Cannot lose to a pitcher batting. Come on Man!!!!

  404. TDB1977 says:

    UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  405. Bizrow says:

    Sometimes I wish (not really) we were 30 games under

  406. T.S. says:

    Walk the pitcher? Oy.

  407. Reading says:

    Wandy trade solidified as a definite Win.

  408. Chico says:

    Way to hold the runner.

  409. TDB1977 says:

    I think Wandy has no magic left in his wand.

  410. T.S. says:

    @TBD

    Keep it rated PG. :)

  411. pattonbb says:

    Jim Joyce is famous for his blown call, but he regularly rates among the best umps in the game.

    James Hoye, on the other hand, is a bum.

    On to the 19th we go!!!

  412. Chico says:

    Boom. Maybe that’ll get Wandy’ head in the right place and with this team.

  413. T.S. says:

    oops TDB

  414. Reading says:

    See!!!!! #STFD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  415. TDB1977 says:

    Jerry Meals – please do not enter the state of Missouri. That is a direct order by the fans of the PBC!

  416. TDB1977 says:

    I didnt think it was anything but PG until I reread it! Opps.

  417. Boise Bucco says:

    haha Wandy had us all fooled…walking Wainrwright to face Schumaker who was 1 for 7 on the day…classic Wandy!

  418. TDB1977 says:

    Let’s play THREE today!!!

  419. T.S. says:

    C’mon Pedro

  420. DemonDachshund says:

    C’mon guys, I gotta get up for work tomorrow…

  421. TDB1977 says:

    It’s Pedro time! Time for him to do something today. Its the normal start time for an evening game Pedro.

  422. Reading says:

    If Pedro can ever make contact again, he could win this game.

  423. T.S. says:

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOONEEEEEEEEEE

  424. pattonbb says:

    Wow….I mean….just wow.

  425. TDB1977 says:

    HOME RUN Pedro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  426. JMB says:

    El Toro!

  427. Reading says:

    Mr. Psychic!!!!

  428. RobertoForever says:

    WOW – Daydro with the HR off a lefty!

  429. Boise Bucco says:

    SHUT THE FRONT DOOR ARE YOU SERIOUS

  430. Drew71 says:

    Pedro?????

  431. T.S. says:

    I think Greg Brown needs an aspirin for that heart. BP level just skyrocketed.

  432. TDB1977 says:

    Bucs smell blood in the water. Pounce on the birdies!

  433. Reading says:

    Insurance time.

  434. Reading says:

    Why was he not sent?????!??

  435. pattonbb says:

    Fire Leyva now. I mean right now. This second. Fire his butt.

  436. TDB1977 says:

    Okay Harrison. Just a base hit to put an insurance run on.

  437. T.S. says:

    Levya is a moron. As usual.

  438. Reading says:

    Hope we don’t need that run!!

  439. Chico says:

    Leyve strikes again….

    On the plus side, looks like this will pass last years fiasco as the longest game in Pirate history (that was 6 hours, 10 minutes…)

  440. TDB1977 says:

    The worse that can happen if he goes is he thrown out at the plate, but they are already up by 1. That would have given them 2 up and Tabata could be on third.

  441. T.S. says:

    Excuse me, Leyva. A.K.A., Leave em at third.

  442. Milo Hamilton says:

    Don’t blame Leyva. Barmes never once looked at him.

  443. RalphM says:

    The replay showed Leyva waving him in. Barmes didn’t pick him up and stopped on his own.

  444. TDB1977 says:

    Come on Cutch! Hit the ball solidly!!!!

  445. T.S. says:

    @Milo

    Barmes. Not surprised.

  446. Boise Bucco says:

    Cutch with a shot here to turn this game upside down…

  447. RobertoForever says:

    Ok, Cutch, let’s put this one out of reach!

  448. T.S. says:

    I guess the old saying, “Just put your head down and run” held true there.

  449. Boise Bucco says:

    slump or not, no one on the team anyone would rather have up than him

  450. RobertoForever says:

    The Radio guys said that Leyva first stopped Barmes, then when he saw Holliday bobble the ball, Leyva started waving him home again.

    If that is true, then not everything is a tragic mistake.

  451. pattonbb says:

    Radio is saying leyva waved him around before Barmes got to the bag, then stopped him, then tried to wave him again.

    All on Leyva.

  452. JaxBuc says:

    450 comments today, wow!

  453. TDB1977 says:

    6-3 BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  454. T.S. says:

    Goodnight Irene!

  455. Reading says:

    AMac!!!!!!!!!!

  456. Milo Hamilton says:

    Elizabeth Barret Browning ?

  457. pattonbb says:

    guess it doesn’t matter now…way to go Cutch!

  458. TDB1977 says:

    A happy flight to San Deigo

  459. RobertoForever says:

    Great job Cutch! Now a THREE run lead!

  460. T.S. says:

    Cutch Cutch Cutch Cutch. That is one talented ballplayer.

  461. Boise Bucco says:

    There ya go Cutch.

  462. The Gunner says:

    Way to go Cutch & Pedro. Let ‘s hold ‘em now!!!

  463. Reading says:

    Come on Man!! 1-2-3 and get out of there!!

  464. RobertoForever says:

    Ohh, Mercer comes up with a rookie pitcher struggling, and swings at the first pitch, a ball out of the zone and ends the rally.

    Ok, Wandy, time to get your first W as a Bucco!

  465. Boise Bucco says:

    Now let’s hold on to it and get the heck outta here!

  466. T.S. says:

    This puppy might hit #500 by the time all is said and done. We should have more 19-inning ballgames. Wait… what am I saying?

  467. TDB1977 says:

    *andy – you can get your W back with a 1-2-3 inning.

  468. Reading says:

    A few #STFDs for good measure and then pack it up.

  469. T.S. says:

    W for Wandy? Bueller? Bueller?

  470. twentytwo22 says:

    THAT LOOKED LIKE MCCUTCHEN RIGHT &I%$#$% THERE. 3-1 count, outside pitch, no overswing pull job, lined hard the other way, 2 rbi.

    Wandy Rodriguez gets his first win with the Pirates as a reliever?

    3 OUTS TO GO.

  471. DemonDachshund says:

    Leyva could’ve been doing anything, wouldn’t have mattered… Barmes was ball watching the whole way.

    Granted, had Barmes been looking at him and listened, he probably would have slowed greatly at 3rd and then been gunned down at home.

  472. RobertoForever says:

    That’s one out. Furcal grounding out!

  473. TDB1977 says:

    andy, your getting closer to that W

  474. T.S. says:

    Nothing is over until WE decide it is. What is over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

  475. TDB1977 says:

    / andy is almost there!

  476. twentytwo22 says:

    Maverick Meals Mercer lol

  477. Bizrow says:

    One more to go

  478. RobertoForever says:

    TWO outs, fly out by the young backup catcher

  479. Reading says:

    J-Hay with the nice grab!!! One more!!

  480. TDB1977 says:

    2 strikes!

  481. twentytwo22 says:

    HARRISON **** YEAH

  482. T.S. says:

    Over!

  483. Reading says:

    Just another win. No biggie.

  484. Milo Hamilton says:

    Pirates Baseball – A Quinn Martin Production.

    Tonight’s Episode – Reversal Of Fortune.

  485. JMB says:

    Awesome!

  486. pattonbb says:

    ….fear the Bones…..

  487. Bizrow says:

    I can’t take this stuff anymore

    BIG WIN

  488. TDB1977 says:

    Congrats Wandy for getting your first win in a Buc’s uniform! Raise the Jolly Roger!!!!!

  489. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Ugly series…….but we took 2 of 3………..we will take it…….Go Steelers…..

  490. T.S. says:

    Peace out everyone! Let’s Go Bucs!

  491. RobertoForever says:

    Wandy!! Great work by the bullpen AND Karstens today.

    Raise it over the Mighty Mississip! Bucs win. Don’t forget to tweet the praise, Lisa ;)

  492. The Gunner says:

    Great win by the Bucs! The swagger will be back as the Bucs will be rejuvenated!

  493. Boise Bucco says:

    Man Wandy, you sure know how to earn a W!! Great Win tonight!

    Anti-Meals!!! GO BUCS!!!

  494. DemonDachshund says:

    Nice hustle by Wandy to get to first there ahead of Jay.

    Sorry, had to go there.

  495. JHadar says:

    The anti-Meals extra inning win!

    Let’s hope we can call the slump OVER.

  496. TDB1977 says:

    4 starting pitchers were used in this game. Karstens with the start, Corriea pitched a couple of innings, JMac with a base hit and run scored, and Wandy with the Win.

  497. twentytwo22 says:

    Man, I think I set a personal record for most expletives uttered in one game.

  498. pattonbb says:

    They would’ve lost this game last year.

    Oh wait, they did.

    Who cares, LETS GO BUCS! Don’t jump off this bus yet. Still lots of baseball to be played.

  499. The Gunner says:

    What is going on with Snider’s injury?

  500. Boise Bucco says:

    I am freakin’ psyched to see them win this one. They didn’t care how long it took, they went into St. Louis and they took a series they absolutely had to take. Great series win.

  501. Drew71 says:

    Forget the win.

    I’m just happy Milo is still among the living.

  502. T.S. says:

    DK just tweeted that Jerry Meals passed away about a half hour ago. I was guilty of harsh criticism. One game does not an umpire make. Gone too early. RIP Jerry.

  503. Milo66 says:

    Oh My! Lets Go Bucs!!

  504. T.S. says:

    I guess it was just an allegory for the 19th inning win. Hmm.

  505. DemonDachshund says:

    @TS -

    Er, I took that to mean RIP Jerry Meals ghost from last year, given that the date and time are right when the Bucs’ game ended.

    I could be wrong, but I haven’t seen anything about him dying, and it would be one heck of a coincedence.

  506. Boise Bucco says:

    Google doesn’t have anything about it…don’t take this away from us! I want this to be the anti-Meals game!

  507. T.S. says:

    @Demon

    Indeed. :)

  508. Milo Hamilton says:

    It would actually be kinda funny if Jerry Meals died the exact minute today’s game ended. I’m into gallows humor you see.

  509. twentytwo22 says:

    Need a Steelers thread for next game.

    Horizontal Offense? Ben 5/9. 57, 18 yards to Brown and 3 dump-offs.

    DK: Really sorry. Had it ready. Forgot to publish. It’s up now.

  510. Arriba Wilver says:

    All I can say (well, right now) is Harrison has to get the baseball equivalent of the decathlon. He got key hits and also made key defensive plays at second and right field. Dude may not be a starter, but he’s a player.

  511. Drew71 says:

    No. Give it to Thunder. Traveled three time zones away and took his Karma with him so the Pirates could win.

  512. Jandy says:

    TDB1977
    August 19th, 2012 – 7:59 pm

    I think Wandy has no magic left in his wand.

    Post of the month!!!!

  513. twentytwo22 says:

    #JerryMealsSaysItsATouchdown

  514. twentytwo22 says:

    You gotta be kidding me. Checkdown Charlie. We need Mike Wallace. I hope there is more to the offense than this. 6 quarters 252 passing, 186 rushing, 438 yards.

  515. Boise Bucco says:

    lol 500+ comments on a Bucco game thread…

    AND ZERO ON A STEELERS GAME THREAD SERIOUSLY

  516. Arriba Wilver says:

    No offense, TDB, but Jandy has a point. But truth be told, go through the thread and you have lots of competition (not limited to Wandy, but just about every other player, manager, coach).

  517. Boise Bucco says:

    haha @22 #JerryMealsSaysItsATouchdown

  518. Boise Bucco says:

    How many games does it take for a major Pittsburgh newspaper to write the first “should have kept Arians” article?

  519. Danch70 says:

    @arriba

    I agree. Harrison seems to come through when it counts. He can make the timely play. While he may not have a world of talent, he seems to have an awareness about him. He gets a lot of flack from fans, but I like him a lot as a bench/utility guy.

  520. JRay3 says:

    Wow just wow….I watched the first nine innings than had family obligations and come back to this! Hopefully this propels our run!

    But lots of questions, hoe did Snider get hurt? Come on. Who pitches tomorrow? Really was looking forward to seeing Wandy in person but looks like that is not an option but happy he contributed. However I read somewhere he did not look happy when told to go to bullpen, I hope that is not the case everybody had to step up today.

    Looks like we need some help, Presely? Wilson? Mercer leaving after a couple of really good days.

    All this much better to think about after win…can’t wait to see the team live next three games.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  521. Arriba Wilver says:

    JRay–Clint said i the postgame Wandy was feeling pretty good after the game about the Win.

  522. JRay3 says:

    Arriba – thanks for sharing…would be awfully disappointed if he wasn’t extremely willing to help in this game…..big win!

  523. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Sorry to interrupt the Stillers talk, but……

    So right before I left somewhere in the 5th inning, I decided to DVR the rest of the game, ya know just in case. Thankfully I was smart enough to put an extension until 10pm on the recording (I seemed to remember an opening day game against the Cubs a number of years ago that went something like 16 or 17 innings and my DVR cut off somewhere in the 12th). Anyways…glad I did. WOW!!

    The NO DECISION wins for today. The UNDER on the Barajas line wins, and the OVER wins for series wins. Thank again to all who played. See you for a late one tomorrow.

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  524. TDB1977 says:

    Nice to see my lead for last place is safe once again. Sorry Boise that you have fallen like you have :)

  525. JRay3 says:

    @ Playoffs – wish I would have DVR’d the game missed a great last 10 innings.

  526. Boise Bucco says:

    I’m gonna turn it around! I’m comin’ for JRay next!

  527. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @JRay, enjoy the games this week!! Don’t leave early if it starts raining this time.

  528. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Boise and TDB,

    I’d like to add an incentive for you both to get on the positive side by the end of the season. So, if either one of you or both of you ends above ZERO, I’ll throw in a prize. You both are due for a strong finish, and I’m more than happy to reward that.

    #LeaveTheBasement

  529. JRay3 says:

    @ Playoffs – ha…good one! Not a chance sitting through every out this go round!

  530. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @JRay,

    Back in the day I traveled out west a ton. Perhaps we crossed paths at Sky Harbor a few times. I still have my Gold Flight Fund card from America West.

 
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