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Final: Padres 7, Pirates 5, 10 innings

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (67-55) vs. San Diego Padres (54-70)

Time: 10:05 p.m.

Site: Petco Park, San Diego

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the Trib’s Bucco Blog for updates from Rob Biertempfel on the scene.

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. San Diego RHP Jason Marquis

  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Travis Snider, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Clint Barmes, SS
  8. Rod Barajas, C
  9. A.J. Burnett, RHP


  1. cosmo says:


    Didn’t volquez pitch last night?
    I thought Marquis was pitching tonight.

  2. JRay3 says:

    Pirates activate Qualls and recall Daniel McCutchen, Wilson and McPherson optioned back to Indy.

  3. JAL says:

    yes, it is Marquis tonight

  4. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Marquis is beatable….Still can’t believe the gem he threw last time out……….

    Not Jason Marquisesk

  5. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Another bright spot from last night.

    Jose Tabata hitting the ball hard. Looked pretty good at the plate, though I understand his 1st AB wasn’t so good.

  6. lawnbeaver says:

    Didn’t look like the A’s gave up a lot to get Stephen Drew, I think he could have helped the Buccos…..

  7. JAL says:


    it was a surprise, his next outing the Braves lit him up for 6 runs in 4 and 2/3rds

  8. RobertoForever says:

    AJ to get his revenge on Jason’s home soil.

  9. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Liking the odds of a W for the Buccos tonight.

    The A’s didn’t give up much, but they also took on all of Drew’s remaining salary.

    I don’t think this would’ve been a good pick up for the Buccos right now. Drew’s not hitting and we already have a few guys on this team that can’t hit.

    Barmes’s defense has been outstanding as of late and his bat has actually been pretty good in August.

  10. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    I see a repeat of that tonight……

  11. JohninOshkosh says:

    The Friars are 20-17 since the ASB. That includes a 5 game losing streak last week. Good manager, Good young ballplayers. This is not an awful ballclub. Would love to see AJB take care of business tonight.

  12. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Great story Milo posted on previous thread. Jim Joyce showed the type of person he is when he apologized to Galaraga after that missed call. Now, he shows what kind of person he is again. Umpires aren’t all idiots, just like all preachers aren’t liars.

  13. lawnbeaver says:

    I think that my negative opinion of Barmes is so entrenched, that he could put up ARod #s now and I would still want him on the pine or gone.

  14. pattonbb says:

    @Milo – thanks for posting the Joyce story. Great read.

  15. Playoffs by 2012 says:

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

    Total Hits by Pirates Batters in Tonight’s Game
    Line is 6.5


    JRay3 ** 2000
    pattonbb ** 1600
    Chico ** 1530
    Mlrgenuine ** 1530
    Nate83 ** 1515
    Curt ** 1200
    Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) ** 1050
    Slack Boss ** 1035
    Mike C. ** 1000
    RobertoForever ** 950
    radio wave ** 930
    cosmo ** 775
    manny_sanguine ** 750
    Bizrow ** 745
    crkkid ** 725
    DemonDachshund ** 700
    dcpinpgh ** 675
    Jay G -Jacksonville FL via New Castle ** 675
    JohninOshkosh ** 550
    stuart66 ** 530
    Karen22 ** 500
    Arriba Wilver ** 470
    Steve J Smith ** 400
    dcpfjr ** 350
    JMB ** 350
    Evan ** 303
    Absolute59 ** 300
    Hal Smith ** 300
    JD ** 275
    Naje ** 250
    MarkV ** 225
    likeabugonarug ** 207
    Kevin ** 200
    Stennettorian ** 150
    JaxBuc ** 125
    jeffsbar ** 100
    milo66 ** 100
    lckythump ** 100
    buggee ** 100
    Sir Lochsby ** 50
    tmp444 ** 5
    Milo Hamilton ** 0
    swissvaletoarizonapat ** 0
    NMR ** 0
    Dan1283 ** 0
    Drew 71 ** 0
    Officer Mancuso ** -20
    cmat0829 ** -50
    JUCOfan ** -75
    TK ** -100
    Petro Steel ** -100
    Joe Bucco ** -100
    K. PenFan ** -100
    Rocco ** -100
    albatros ** -100
    Bucco_Jax ** -101
    OZ ** -150
    McG ** -200
    bman ** -275
    GlassHalfFull ** -305
    lawnbeaver ** -350
    Pants-n-at ** -400
    Stickyweb ** -425
    Kevin S ** -500
    bob hasis ** -550
    Boise Bucco ** -700
    TDB1977 ** -1140

    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. RobertoForever says:

    Good to see Barmes staying hot. Batting .304 in August with a .768 OPS. .720 OPS over the last 28 days and batting .364 in the last 7 days with an OPS of .871 OPS. That’s middle of the lineup stuff. Thrilled to see he is having his hot period and dragging his 2012 stats back to where they should be.

  17. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    But twentytwo22 said they (the 2012 Padres) were the worst team ever assembled. I don’t know who to believe……….

  18. LuckyNKentucky says:


    Don’t forget what your dad said. Don’t let that clown bother you.

  19. Boise Bucco says:


    100 OVER


  20. RobertoForever says:


    I’m all in on this one. I’ll take 100 OVER.

    Beat em Bucs!

  21. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    100 on the OVER please

  22. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    Very true. Thank you sir.

  23. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    He’s getting hot when this offense needs him too. They carried him for the first months of the season…..and now he has their back.

  24. cosmo says:

    @ Playoffs

    Marquis can’t offer up a repeat performance, Can he?

    100 on the over.


  25. RobertoForever says:


    I just realized that Walker is batting 4th and Jones is batting 5th. That seems weird

  26. Boise Bucco says:

    Jamo’s starting for the Curve tonight

  27. JohninOshkosh says:


    Hope you and yours are doing well.

    50 battleship class units (nod to the boys and girls in USN at SD) on the OVER, please.

  28. Dcpinpgh says:

    1⃣0⃣0⃣ on the over

  29. Dcpinpgh says:

    100on the over please

  30. Chico says:

    50 on the under please.

  31. Neil Parker says:

    Hurdle just doesn’t get it. What is the redeeming quality of Rod Barajas? Someone please tell me.

    DK: Um … anyone?

  32. pattonbb says:

    Playoffs, 100 on the OVER, please.

  33. Boise Bucco says:

    By September Hot Rod will be the Doug Mirabelli of personal catchers. He only has one month this year hitting over .200, and that’s May when he hit .302 (however that happened, no clue.) Every other month he has hit under .200, and he’s at .114 for August.

  34. JohninOshkosh says:


    He seems like a good Dad. As a member of society, I find that rather redeeming.

  35. pattonbb says:

    Neil – He does have 7 kids…and they seem pretty well behaved. Plus I heard he might even help little old ladies cross the street. Redeeming qualities in my book.

  36. pattonbb says:

    Sorry John. Didn’t see your post.

  37. JohninOshkosh says:

    Dexter Fowler just made the most graceful catch robbing an extra-base hit/home run you will see all year.

  38. JohninOshkosh says:

    No prob, pattonbb. What’s that they say about great minds?

  39. Boise Bucco says:

    And let’s be honest–if AJ goes out and throws an awesome game tonight and Barajas goes 0-3 like normal–I can deal with that. If AJ likes Barajas to catch him and he thinks Hot Rod gets better results–cool by me. I’m perfectly fine with personal catchers for $18M pitchers that produce results, zero sarcasm intended. I just don’t think that Hot Rod is an every day player anymore, and I think that McKenry should be taking on most of the playing time. In the off-season, the Bucs need to take have a long conversation with AJ and Wandy and, if Bedard sticks around, him too–and ask them if they’re comfortable with a catching tandem of McKenry and Tony Sanchez next year.

  40. JRay3 says:

    @ Playoffs – good evening from sunny San Diego where currently I am right across the street from the ballpark. have to get in on the action before checking out BP.

    100 on the OVER

    Have a really good feeling tonight….let’s go Bucs! And looking forward to meeting @ JMB.

  41. RobertoForever says:


    Does Barajas and McKenry call their own game? It seems like McKenry does not call his own game, but it is hard to tell.

  42. TDB1977 says:

    I’m going to take 100 on the under tonight. Only because AJ is going to hold the Friars to a hit or two while throwing a shutout. Marquis is also going to hold the Bucs bats in check, but the good guys will be able to push across 3 runs tonight. Bucs 3 Friars 0. :)

  43. Milo Hamilton says:


    I saw it (#31). Thought it was so obvious I just let it go. 4 out of 5 days that’s a good post.

  44. Arriba Wilver says:

    Playoffs–100 on the OVER, please.

    Boise, you got it all wrong, it’s Hurdle’s fault for letting AJ push him around. :-)

  45. Boise Bucco says:

    haha I’m in full-on Bill Swarsky’s Super Fans mode with the Bucs right now…

    “ehhh I’ll hand it to the Padres, they got a heck of a team down there, but the Buccos n’ AJ will be too much to handle tonight. I got Buccos 127, Padres 1, bullpen might still be a little depleted and all.”

  46. RobertoForever says:


    Every roster needs 2 catchers. As bad as Rod Barajas is, he is hardly being buried by McKenry in the last 7 day period (.125 vs .000 – McKenry is 0 for 17 in the last week) or the last 14 day period (.077 vs .107)

    Also, its entirely possible that McKenry is at his best catching 2 times a week.

  47. Milo Hamilton says:


    Tony Sanchez ? You are kidding ?

  48. Boise Bucco says:

    Here’s the one big problem though: The last good year AJ had (by his standards) was in 2008 with Toronto. He went 18-10 and had 231 K’s. Even in Spring Training this year, he credited Hot Rod a lot–that was his catcher that year. So, the problem becomes–what if they get rid of Barajas, and AJ’s performance drops off? Now, he’s a vet and it “shouldn’t,” but reference his 2009-2011 years, and it did. The Bucs need AJ to pitch how he’s pitching, and it’s worth having a .190 hitter to get it, at least in my opinion.

  49. Boise Bucco says:

    @Milo–no, not really…I’m pretty sure Sanchez could come up and hit better than .190, if that was the only option. And he could surely throw out runners at a better rate.

  50. Milo Hamilton says:


    .213 at AAA. Hasn’t earned it.

  51. Boise Bucco says:

    @Milo–no, he definitely hasn’t, won’t argue with you there. Bucs would be better off with a FA if they can get one. I’m just saying that as a backup catcher for McKenry, he wouldn’t be a terrible option.

  52. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Neil Parker,

    Barajas is fluent in both English and Spanish. A great quality for any manager to have in their catcher. I believe that is the reason he is playing tonight.

  53. dcpfjr says:

    Taillon is mowing down the Trenton Thunder thru 3.

  54. Arriba Wilver says:

    I didn’t know AJ spoke Spanish.

  55. Milo Hamilton says:

    Barajas reportedly finished a close 2nd to Michael Strahan as Regis Philbin’s replacement with Kelly Ripa. Tonight’s start is his consolation prize, along with Gelman’s home phone number.

  56. cosmo says:

    @ Milo

    Darn, I was so looking forward to watching Live With Kelly and Hot Rod

  57. Naje says:


    –100 fake units on the over 6.5 hits, please. Thanks.

  58. JohninOshkosh says:

    Speaking as a forty-something, someone needs to preserve some of that Ripa DNA.

  59. DemonDachshund says:

    Sorry to go a bit off topic here, but…

    With all the talk about Strasburg getting shut down after a certain number of innings… Wouldn’t you have to consider pulling the plug sooner and saving some of those starts for the playoffs? Especially if they win another game or two this series, having a 6 or 8 game lead in the division and even more in the WC race with just under 40 to play seems like a good cushion, and if you’re only talking another handful of starts anyways… I’d have to think about it.

    And what if they wanted to sit him before rosters expand? Would they try to CL him? Send him to AAA to not play?

  60. JAL says:

    Barajas and AJ have a great working relationship.

    Also, almost every baseball person will tell you catcher and SS are the two positions where they would give up offense for defense or calling the game.

    Tony LaRussa once said he didn’t care if Molina hit 0 because the job he did behind the plate.

  61. DemonDachshund says:

    @Playoffs –

    100 on the OVER please.

  62. JAL says:


    Living in the DC area I have a lot about Strasburg and what the medical people say is that he should shut down completely and rest. It is not just the number of innings. They could have held him out at the start of the season but the doctors say pitching him 120 innings, stopping him, then starting him again would not do the job.

  63. DemonDachshund says:

    I’m all for a soft hitting catcher who plays great defense and calls a great game getting playing time.

    However, the Bucs have Barajas, who is a soft hitting catcher who calls a great game.

    That being said, Fort deserved yesterday off, and AJ can have Bedard catch for him if he wants.

  64. DemonDachshund says:

    @JAL –

    Ah, I’d never heard the stop and restart portion of that explanation. I’d just heard it as an inning limit, and I’ve always wondered. Makes sense then… They should certainly do whatever’s best for his long term health.

  65. dcpfjr says:

    Taillon’s final line for 5 innings in his AA premier against the Trenton Thunder:
    0 runs
    4 hits
    6 K’s
    0 bb
    67 pitches

  66. JAL says:


    The stations here have covered every possible thought on the issue.

  67. RobertoForever says:

    Reds just had bases loaded in the top of the 6th, trailing 1-0 in Philly.

    Cliff Lee got a grounder, 3rd to home. Then Jay Bruce grounded into a 4-6-3 DP.

    Happens to every team.

  68. Kevin says:

    First @ Playoffs –

    Please may I have 50 on the OVER for tonight’s line.

    Second –

    Barajas (IMO) has been as close to MVP for this pitching staff as anyone else on this team. I realize that he doesn’t have the bat, but his leadership, knowledge and skill behind the plate has been perhaps the single most reason for the success of our pitching staff. If there is an unsung hero award for this team, it belongs to Barajas. Not to mention his mentoring of the Fort.

    Barajas was one of the BEST pick ups for this team for this season. Period. ‘Nuff said?

  69. Cmat0829 says:

    100 on the over all the way. Marquis gets his tonight. Re Barajas, he has the respect of the pitching staff and is a veteran presence but his offense has been lacking for sure.

  70. Boise Bucco says:

    Halliday pitches–11 runs of support
    Cliff Lee pitches–of course they only score 1 run…

  71. manny _sanguine says:


    100 on the OVER pls


  72. Boise Bucco says:

    rut roh…Reds have 1st and 2nd, nobody out…

  73. JohninOshkosh says:

    Explain this to me Mike Rizzo. Strasburg started tonight’s game. There was a 51 minute rain delay after a couple of innings. Strasburgh came out after the delay to pitch again in the game. Teams rarely do that with non TJ pitchers. Can’t think of much more stress on an arm than that. Don’t get it, Davey and Mike.

  74. Bizrow says:


    100 OVAH, OVAH, OVAH

    Or as they say OVER

    10 hits tonight



  75. JaxBuc says:


    Please sir, may I place a wager of 100 quesadillas on the OVER. We’re breaking out the bats tonight, guys (and ladies).

  76. JMB says:

    Alright , I’m here and ready!

  77. Bizrow says:


    No sense in talking logic vs some folks

  78. JohninOshkosh says:

    Billy Hamilton, Reds prospect, 146 SB in 120 minor league games. Breaks Vince Coleman’s professional baseball record.

    No word on how Hamilton is with avoiding tarps.

  79. Bizrow says:


    Imagine how Hamilton would do vs our catchers ;-)

  80. JMB says:

    To Jray — 108, which row?

  81. Boise Bucco says:

    Reds finally broke through, took the lead in the 7th–up 3-1 now

  82. DemonDachshund says:

    Phillies tied it up 3-3, runners 2nd and 3rd and 1 out.

    I almost want the Reds to win though… Seems like every time they lose, the Pirates lose too.

  83. bman says:


    100 on the OVER please

  84. Mlrgenuine says:


    100 on the OVER please


    Let’s Go Bucs!

  85. JRay3 says:

    Well great start to the night, talked briefly with Jared Hughes and he told some fans he knew he planned on being in LA for a baseball academy for a few days after we win the World Series, you have to like his attitude!

    Just met @ JMB who is sitting just one section over from me, always nice to meet a fellow Bucco fan that shares the same passion. Now I just hope AJ is on and we get to witness a Bucs win.

    Phillies tie the Reds at 3, however does not appear the Astros will be much of a help against STL.

  86. JMB says:

    Same here JRay.

    AJ will get us a win tonight.

  87. McG says:


    100 on the over

  88. Mike C. says:

    @playoffs – 100 on the OVER . thank you

    believe in AJ

  89. Milo Hamilton says:


    I’m glad Jared Hughes has survived all the roster shuffling to this point. Should have never been sent down in the 1st place.

  90. Nate83 says:

    100 on the over. Thanks

  91. Reading says:

    Tips to win: Score more runs than SD.

  92. Reading says:

    Distracting camera problem with Root feed.

  93. TDB1977 says:

    When AJ strikes people out tonight – can I yell STFD at the TV? :)

  94. Boise Bucco says:

    Just 2 “under” votes today…haha looks like if I lose I’ll have lots of company!

  95. Boise Bucco says:


  96. bobhasis says:

    The time for experimentation is near over. If CH insists on using Tabata, Barajas, Barmes, and Pedro as often as he does, then he will bear the burden of what transpires, or merit the taste of ultimate victory.

    I truly wish him GREAT success

  97. pattonbb says:

    Cabrera might have been able to jog to 2nd.

  98. TDB1977 says:

    So glad that the final score guess wasnt part of the line tonight :D

  99. pattonbb says:

    Ah, crap.

  100. Reading says:

    So much for having a personal catcher. Next reason the Fort is on the pine.

  101. Milo Hamilton says:

    This is beyond annoying. Terrible choice by Jones, have to get two there. But, he can’t throw to second.

    And AJ has to turn this around. He’s already had 2 crappy starts in a row.

  102. pattonbb says:

    These 1st inning struggles are annoying.

  103. ClarenceOveur says:

    Losing to the Padres. Again.

    Absolutely unacceptable.

  104. bobhasis says:

    Jones made the right decision; the execution took too long. In that case you must chase the runner back to his base then make ONE throw then the tag. They made three throws.

  105. Milo Hamilton says:


    All due respect, Bob. Jones absolutely made the wrong decision. Always take 2 outs in the 1st inning.

  106. bobhasis says:

    I guess it was two

  107. bobhasis says:

    There was no guarantee of two outs was there

  108. Milo Hamilton says:


    Except that he can’t throw to 2nd base which throws conventional wisdom out the window.

  109. ClarenceOveur says:

    Barajas is useless.

  110. Boise Bucco says:

    eh, it’s one inning, we’ll get it back

  111. bobhasis says:

    I wonder why Jones was deployed in if the intent wasn’t to cut off the run. Did you see where he fielded the ball?

  112. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    The Pirates as a team really seem to have problems hitting against sinker ball pitchers. Lots of swings over the top of the ball.

    Not having been very good at the plate past the age of 14, I don’t know how you go about correcting it. Just an observation I guess.

  113. Boise Bucco says:

    @Playoffs–I don’t know, but Atlanta seems to have the trick…lit Marquis up last start

  114. Boise Bucco says:

    …somebody’s quietly got themselves a 3-game hitting streak…

  115. ClarenceOveur says:

    McCutcheon got absolutely lucky there.

    Another wasted at bat.

  116. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Cutch hits into a sure thing double play, except………

    The slide by Snider both stopped a double play and scored a run. Very Impressive.

  117. pattonbb says:


  118. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Cutch, Cutch, Cutch, man……what is going on??

  119. Boise Bucco says:

    are you talking about Daylon McCutcheon for the Cleveland Browns? Or Mark McCutcheon for the Buffalo Sabres?

  120. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Cutch is the worst “fast guy” at stealing bases in the history of stealing bases….

  121. Boise Bucco says:

    haha but he stole that one back in the first…dang it

  122. ClarenceOveur says:

    @Boise I always add the “o” for some reason.

    Regardless, that AB was another waste.

  123. Boise Bucco says:

    AJ’s about to get a strikeout/DP combo…

  124. ClarenceOveur says:

    Come on, AJ.

    Got to get out of this.

  125. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Jay Jax #120

    His base-stealing reminds me an awful lot of Bernie Williams. In fact his game in general reminds me a lot of Bernie Williams, too. Bernie Williams in his prime had good speed (not as fast as Cutch, but still way above average), but never could really figure out how to steal bases consistently.

    Take a look at Bernie Williams career numbers. I really think he is a very accurate comparison for McCutchen in many offensive categories.

  126. ClarenceOveur says:

    that’s a huge DP for AJ.

  127. Milo Hamilton says:


    Ever been in a Turkish prison ?

  128. bobhasis says:

    I do not like that back-handed throw from a second baseman to shortstop – especially one that far. I’ll still take the Maz technique, pivot and dart throw.

    Nice work by AJ

  129. Eric Bowser says:

    RBI since All-Star break:

    McCutchen 16
    Barmes 14

    That can’t happen…. ever

  130. Milo Hamilton says:


    Yeah, but has Cutch ever been nominated for a Grammy ?

  131. Milo Hamilton says:

    Billy Ray Smith sitting behind home plate.

  132. bobhasis says:

    I guess sending Jones was the right call, but why are Leyva’s decisions ALWAYS questionable?

  133. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    His career is young…….

    Cutch on the Claves
    McCutchen’s Percussion

  134. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @bob #132

    because you always question them?

  135. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Playoffs…I just remember how quick Chase D’arnauld was out of the box last year and how quick of a jump he got off of first on steals…..decent speed, but great instincts….if he could hit more than .200 that would help, but he had base skills………Cutch needs to put some time in…….

  136. DemonDachshund says:

    Barajas is almost guaranteed to get a hit here, given the out made at home to end the inning.

  137. Milo Hamilton says:

    Way to go Rod. A homerun may score him here.

  138. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Some guys are fast as the wind, but just can’t get “the art of the steal” down. I’d love to see Cutch work in the offseason with someone like Tim Raines. There was a guy who was an amazing base stealer. Raines had great technique.

    But honestly, if Cutch can hit .330, and hit 30 dingers with 100 RBI’s I really won’t care how many bases he can steal.

  139. Milo Hamilton says:

    Pitching around Snider to get to McCutchen. My how things have changed.

  140. DemonDachshund says:

    Have to say that if I’m a shortstop, I’m terrified of Barajas coming at my knees.

  141. bobhasis says:

    I guess you’re right Playoffs, because I don’t trust him most likely. I do concede as I did above this was the right call

  142. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:


  143. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Can’t fault Cutch on that one. He hit that really well.

  144. Reading says:


  145. Boise Bucco says:

    Venable was kinda shading that way too…Cutch hit that one into the gap, Venable just played it right.

  146. pattonbb says:

    That’s the 3rd or 4th pitch Cutch has stung only to have somebody catch it. He might not be struggling as bad as we think.

  147. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    It’s all good man.

    He had to send him though. If he doesn’t you’ve got 2nd & 3rd for Barajas……..who they would have walked. So it’s bases loaded for AJ. Leyva didn’t really have any choice but to send him.

  148. Reading says:

    Would rather see hit and run than straight steal, but then we’d have to have a guy make contact.

  149. Reading says:

    Two perplexing things about Cutch- speed doesn’t transfer to steals, nor does he beat as many grounders as his speed would suggest. On the other hand, first to third time wins gold somewhere.

  150. pattonbb says:

    Does anyone else think of Blazing Saddles every time they mention Headley’s name? No? Maybe it’s just me.

  151. Milo Hamilton says:


    That’s Headley !

  152. Playoffs by 2012 says:



    That is why I really wanted the Bucs to get him. Literally just to be able to yell, THAT’S HEADLEY!!! every time he came to bat.

  153. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    “Head them off at the pass?? I hate that cliche.”

    “How did he do such amazing stunts with such little feet??”

  154. ClarenceOveur says:

    @Milo Hamilton

    Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?

  155. JohninOshkosh says:

    …scuse me while I whip this post out.

    Big moment in the game alert

  156. ClarenceOveur says:

    I too wanted the Buccos to acquire Headley, if nothing else for the Blazing Saddles references.

  157. JohninOshkosh says:

    atta boy AJ

  158. ClarenceOveur says:

    It’s time for some runs, daggumit!

  159. pattonbb says:

    Glad I’m not alone with that. I also think of Slap Shot every time I here Hanrahan’s name…”Hey Hanrahan….”

    I’ll stop there.

    Is AJ getting squeezed?

  160. Boise Bucco says:

    San Diego strandin’ runners like it’s their jobbie

  161. Milo Hamilton says:

    Mongo only a pawn in game of life.

  162. ClarenceOveur says:


    Re: Hanrahan…Me. Too.

  163. Boise Bucco says:

    Nothin’ like Peter King talking through PRNW’s at-bat…gee…cool Peter King…

  164. Boise Bucco says:

    sorry, I’m watching the SD broadcast

  165. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Players who have to play in Petco should be allowed to take PED’s.

  166. ClarenceOveur says:


  167. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  168. Reading says:

    Just so frustrating that these early modest deficits are effectively insurmountable. Ha, as I type a GFJ bomb. You’re welcome.

  169. Boise Bucco says:

    haha I WAS watching the SD feed…until Mayor Jones’ HR


  170. ClarenceOveur says:

    GIJones is officially at the Loverboy level: “the kid is hot tonight”

  171. RobertoForever says:


    Garrett moved down in the order tonight because of a poor history against Marquis.

    He responds with a HR, part of a 2 for 2 night with a walk. Wtg Jones!

  172. JohninOshkosh says:

    I wonder if some producer had to tell that cute girl who Peter King was prior to the interview?


  173. pattonbb says:

    Here we go! Here comes one of our hottest hitters, Barmes. Who thought we’d ever say that?

  174. ClarenceOveur says:

    Two base hits for Barmes.

    Bizarro Buccos.

  175. Boise Bucco says:


  176. Boise Bucco says:

    Next thing you know Hot Rod will get a hit LOL

  177. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    AJ has really battled tonight. Get some more runs for the man……!!!!!

  178. Milo Hamilton says:

    Jason Marquis reminds me – “…how about this leaflet, Greatest Jewish Sports Legends.”
    That’s for you, Captain Oveur.

  179. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:


  180. RobertoForever says:

    The OVER wins, on the backs of Snider, Jones, Barmes and Tabata.

    Who knew?

  181. ClarenceOveur says:

    Barajas pulls a double out of his…pocket

  182. Boise Bucco says:


  183. ClarenceOveur says:

    @Milo Hamilton

    All right…give me Ham on 5, hold the Mayo.

  184. Boise Bucco says:

    ok…Next thing you know AJ will hit a homer LOL

  185. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Tabata needs one of his dumpy Freddy Sanchez bloopers to right……

  186. JohninOshkosh says:

    The Padre pitchers are choking like they are Phil Mickelson or something.

  187. Boise Bucco says:

    C’mon Snider, time to get the Asylum PAID

  188. ClarenceOveur says:

    Problem is, Hurdle will likely continue to play Barajas as that RBI double will justify it in his mind (although he’d probably do it regardless of that hit).

  189. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    The OVER wins. PICK ‘EM WEDNESDAY tomorrow. Thanks to all again.

    JRay3 ** 2100
    pattonbb ** 1700
    Mlrgenuine ** 1630
    Nate83 ** 1615
    Chico ** 1480
    Curt ** 1200
    Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) ** 1150
    Mike C. ** 1100
    RobertoForever ** 1050
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    Jay G -Jacksonville FL via New Castle ** 675
    JohninOshkosh ** 600
    Arriba Wilver ** 570
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    Steve J Smith ** 400
    dcpfjr ** 350
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    Evan ** 303
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    JD ** 275
    Kevin ** 250
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    likeabugonarug ** 207
    Stennettorian ** 150
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    Officer Mancuso ** -20
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    TK ** -100
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    Joe Bucco ** -100
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    Rocco ** -100
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    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

  190. Boise Bucco says:

    ackkk….well, it’s tied up…AJ will hold it, Bucs’ll take the lead in the 7th

  191. Milo Hamilton says:

    Cameron Maybin completely stinks this year & we can’t get him out.

  192. ClarenceOveur says:

    Pedro, why did you drop to your knees before the ball even got to you?

  193. Boise Bucco says:

    haha i didn’t even notice the Bucs were up, stupid Ethics paper…

  194. ClarenceOveur says:

    Wow Barajas.


  195. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Well this went downhill quickly……..

  196. Boise Bucco says:



  197. ClarenceOveur says:

    And this is why I damned near threw something through the TV when Snider grounded out with the bases loaded.

    Can’t waste away opportunities to score runs. Just can’t.

  198. Boise Bucco says:

    Qualls/Watson in the ‘pen…

  199. Milo Hamilton says:

    Jones, all concerned about having to throw to 2nd.

  200. Milo Hamilton says:

    This is a complete 2nd guess. Pinch hitting for AJ in the top of the inning doesn’t seem like such a bad idea now.

  201. sd says:

    Should have pinch hit for AJ, just needed to get a ball put in play to extend the lead and sorry, but he was dancing through the rain drops all night and really a one run lead wasn’t enough and now this entire debacle is happening because it finally caught up to him, though granted no help from his teammates this inning. Way to just throw it all away Bucs.

  202. ClarenceOveur says:

    Just a nasty 3-2 pitch.

    Now a DP to stop the bleeding. Please.

  203. Reading says:


  204. Boise Bucco says:


  205. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    AJ saves our a$$e$ yet again.

  206. pattonbb says:

    Wow…..just wow.

  207. Reading says:

    #STFD & #STFD!!!!

  208. Boise Bucco says:


    NICE DP 5-4-3 WAY TO GO

  209. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    AJ has shown big time guts in this game. Let’s go lumber!!!!!!

  210. sd says:

    Great Recovery! Still would have pinch hit for him though. Hopefully, the middle of the order can put up some runs.

  211. ClarenceOveur says:

    What a play by Walker to complete the DP.

    Good job by AJ to stop the bleeding.

    Now we need some runs, daggumit.

  212. JohninOshkosh says:

    OK you Eastcoasters-let’s see a show of hands-how many of you stay up for the whole thing if this one goes 19 innings?

  213. Boise Bucco says:

    MAN I can’t wait to see the replay of that double-play! Haha Greg Brown’s call was more exciting for that than it was for GFJ’s homer!

  214. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    That’s a negative. I’m fading as it is. God bless the DVR.

  215. Boise Bucco says:

    Seriously, if Pedro can throw a slider, he might have a career as a relief pitcher in an alternate reality…

  216. Boise Bucco says:

    You think Cutch remembers Brach’s strikeout of him from last night?

  217. ClarenceOveur says:

    Cutch, what’s your problem?

  218. Milo Hamilton says:


    Midnight is the point of no return for me so I’m in for the long haul. Don’t have to leave the house until 9:15 tomorrow.

  219. JohninOshkosh says:

    Me too Playoffs and I’m a Centraltimer. Amen to the DVR and “Quick Pitch” for that matter.

  220. Boise Bucco says:

    Bahaha BY ALL MEANS IBB Pedro to get to Barmes

  221. Reading says:

    21,000+? Sounds like about 300 people are there.

  222. ClarenceOveur says:

    And that’s why we’re in the top 3 for strikeouts in the league.


  223. Reading says:

    I will continue to watch so I can see the “Grease” Nissan commercial as many times as possible.

  224. JohninOshkosh says:


    I’ve got a 40 pound alarm clock in the form of my daughter that gets me up at 6:30 no matter when I check out for the night. But I am going to try to hang in for awhile.

  225. ClarenceOveur says:

    1010 strikeouts coming into tonight’s game.


  226. Milo Hamilton says:

    I can’t believe they’re letting him out there.

  227. Reading says:


  228. Boise Bucco says:


  229. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Clarence, dude you are becoming cancer. Relax.

  230. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yasmini Grandel ought to marry Yasmine Bleeth.

  231. Boise Bucco says:

    hmm…how’s AJ gonna get outta this one…2nd and 3rd, 1 out?


  232. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pitching change por favor

  233. Milo Hamilton says:

    Should have never let him back out there, and that’s a 1st guess.

  234. Reading says:

    I say load em up and try to induce DP.

  235. Reading says:

    Nice call Blue.

  236. ClarenceOveur says:

    @Playoffs by 2012

    Because I call things for what they are?

    Fact is this team strikes out far too often.

  237. Boise Bucco says:

    Leave ‘em in Hurdle, he’ll get out of it. Watson…doesn’t exactly thrill me

  238. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    Your point?

  239. JohninOshkosh says:

    Well, this is why pitchers in the bullpen get paid.

  240. Boise Bucco says:

    Jared Hughes throws a sinker that was tailor-made for double-plays

  241. Milo Hamilton says:

    AJ allowed 17 baserunners in 6.1 innings. That’s just too much traffic.

  242. Boise Bucco says:

    First pitch Sac Fly…no kidding.

  243. ClarenceOveur says:

    @Playoffs by 2012

    So producing a statistic to support a point isn’t allowed here? Because you find it inconvenient?

    Too bad.

  244. Reading says:

    My plan was an intentional BB by Burnett and then Burnett induces DP. Poor execution of a brilliant plan.

  245. ClarenceOveur says:

    Time to produce some runs.

    How about another double, Rod?

  246. JohninOshkosh says:

    Could have been worse, that’s for sure.

  247. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    No, you’ve been cancer all night.
    Whine, complain, blither, repeat.
    I’m standing up to cancers like you.
    Losing to the Padres. Again.

    Absolutely unacceptable.

    Barajas is useless.
    McCutcheon got absolutely lucky there.

    Another wasted at bat.
    Regardless, that AB was another waste.
    Problem is, Hurdle will likely continue to play Barajas as that RBI double will justify it in his mind (although he’d probably do it regardless of that hit).
    Cutch, what’s your problem?
    And that’s why we’re in the top 3 for strikeouts in the league.

    1010 strikeouts coming into tonight’s game.



  248. Boise Bucco says:

    @Clarence–it’s more that we all know they strike out a lot. Haha we don’t need stats, it’s a fact–they strike out a lot. We know. We also know that Cutch is in a slump, Hot Rod can’t throw out base stealers, and Tabata tends to jog out grounders. We know.

  249. Milo Hamilton says:

    I actually thought it was closer to 2,000 strikeouts. Seems that way anyway.

  250. Boise Bucco says:

    The 20-0 game was remarkably positive for what it was, now that I think about it

  251. Milo Hamilton says:

    Why is Yamaico Navarro in the Major Leagues ?

  252. Reading says:

    Need to light up R. Cey in 9th.

  253. Milo Hamilton says:


    Surely you’ll be more positive ?

  254. JohninOshkosh says:

    I have been impressed with this SD club, A little tinkering over the winter and they just might have a playoff contender as early as next year. Good young club.

  255. ClarenceOveur says:

    @Playoffs by 2012

    So a poster isn’t allowed to point out something obvious? Sounds like I need your permission to say what’s on my mind. Didn’t realize you were in charge here.

    And labeling someone a “cancer” for speaking their mind when that’s the whole point of a comment section is as childish as it gets. Let me guess, next you’ll call me a “hater”.

    I’ll criticize (or “complain” as you put it) as much as I please.

    Got anything else for me?

  256. ClarenceOveur says:

    @Milo Hamilton

    If we weren’t reverting to old habits and playing poorly against a team that is 15 games below .500, I would be more positive.

    And don’t call me Shirley.

  257. JohninOshkosh says:

    BTW-I think it is just about time for Jandy to wake up.

  258. Boise Bucco says:


  259. Boise Bucco says:

    @TwentyTwo22, what do you think of this game so far? :)

  260. Milo Hamilton says:

    I think we all deserve bereavement time for having to watch Chad Qualls pitch.

  261. ClarenceOveur says:

    @Milo Hamilton

    But he Qualls so hard…

  262. Boise Bucco says:


    I don’t know what SportsYapper is, but I’m not getting it. Or Sulia.

    Qualls sucks. I’m pretty sure he has naked pictures of Hughes’ old lady or something.

  263. ClarenceOveur says:

    There ya go, Cutch.

    Walker and Jonesy, here’s your chance.

  264. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    “I’ll criticize (or “complain” as you put it) as much as I please.”

    That’s exactly what a cancer does. Just speaking my mind.

  265. Milo Hamilton says:

    Thayer went to Chico St. same school as Nellie Briles.

  266. ClarenceOveur says:

    @Playoffs by 2012

    So you’d prefer that I blow sunshine up your arse instead?

    Amateur hour ended a while ago, bud. Grow some thicker skin.

  267. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    I don’t care what or who you blow. As Vince Neil once said, don’t go away angry, just go away.

  268. Boise Bucco says:


    “I’m not your bud, guy”
    “I’m not your guy, pal”
    “I’m not your pal, chief”
    “I’m not your chief, dude”

    Ok, I’m done

  269. ClarenceOveur says:

    Come on, Garrett…need something here

  270. ClarenceOveur says:


  271. JohninOshkosh says:


  272. Boise Bucco says:



  273. JoeBucco says:


  274. Reading says:

    GFJ!!!!!!!!!!!! PEDRO NEXT!!!

  275. Boise Bucco says:


  276. ClarenceOveur says:

    @Playoffs by 2012

    I’m not going anywhere, Kemosabe.

    @Boise Bucco

    That episode never gets old. Ever.

  277. Boise Bucco says:

    Hahahaha NOW I see Hurdle’s strategy using Watson and Qualls early, get them out of the way so that they can’t Jose Cruz the game up when this sucker goes 19 innings!

    Smooth Move Hurdle! That’s Manager of the Year stuff right there

  278. JoeBucco says:

    Prediction – Qualls gets the Juan Cruz treatment tomorrow. Since, you know… that run was kinda a ‘game coster’ now. In hindsight and all.

  279. ClarenceOveur says:

    Now please, PLEASE force extras.

    It’s 1:26am and I’m wide awake. Ready for the long haul.

  280. Reading says:

    Not enough there Alonso.

  281. Milo Hamilton says:

    OK. If it ends at 2:00, I still get 5 hours.

  282. Boise Bucco says:

    @JoeBucco–YESSSSS DO IT

  283. JRay3 says:

    I can’t believe what my eyes just saw!! GI Jones thank you!

  284. Reading says:

    Maybe Jones was not real happy with NH trying to replace him at trade deadline.

  285. bobhasis says:

    If this blog is allowed to clamor for Pedro come hell or high water, then certainly Jones must receive the same adulation whether lefty or righty, first base or right field – HE MUST PLAY

  286. Boise Bucco says:

    @JRay–you ready for 19 innings!?

  287. Boise Bucco says:

    haha if Hurdle penciled Mayor Jones in at Catcher I wouldn’t argue at this point

  288. ClarenceOveur says:

    Grilli…come on…

  289. JoeBucco says:

    Come on Cheese

  290. JohninOshkosh says:


    You ought not to have mentioned Maybin earlier. This is scary.

  291. Milo Hamilton says:

    This is starting to look like that game in Denver after Pedro tied that one up.

  292. ClarenceOveur says:

    Thank you, Pirates Jesus.

  293. JoeBucco says:

    Cutch had no business catching that ball.

  294. JohninOshkosh says:


  295. Milo Hamilton says:

    It’s a big ballpark. With marine layer. And Cutch.

  296. Reading says:

    Can of Corn. Wondering if radio call was #TNDP.

  297. ClarenceOveur says:

    Petco Park and Andrew McCutchen bailed us out big-time just now.

  298. Boise Bucco says:

    There we go…Extra Baseball!


  299. JRay3 says:

    I can’t believe what my eyes just saw # 2….Cutch, thank you and MVP

    @ Boise Bucco – strapped in not going anywhere!

  300. Boise Bucco says:

    They called up Daniel McCutchen today too…that’s some serious premonition…

  301. Reading says:

    Everybody has won- Cards Reds. This needs to end in the W column.

  302. JoeBucco says:

    You’d think that by now Barmes would know that big looping curve is coming with a 2 strike count. But no, it gets him every. single. time.

  303. ClarenceOveur says:

    Bizarro Barajas.

  304. Boise Bucco says:

    Hot Rod’s 2 for 5? Well of COURSE HE IS

  305. Milo Hamilton says:


    Braves, Dodgers & D’Backs all lost. Arizona scored 5 in the 1st & lost 6-5.

  306. ClarenceOveur says:

    All right, come on bullpen.

  307. JoeBucco says:

    The thing about having by far the easiest remaining schedule of all the NL playoff contenders is that you have to beat those bad teams left on the schedule.

    Need to get this one…

  308. JohninOshkosh says:

    JAL- For your morning links song, I humbly recommend:


  309. Boise Bucco says:


  310. Reading says:

    A loss puts us only a half game up on Cards. Need the W.

  311. Milo Hamilton says:


    Should be Louisiana next ? Battle of New Orleans – Johnny Horton ?

  312. Reading says:

    Walk Headley.

  313. ClarenceOveur says:

    come on, DCutch. Dig deep.

  314. JoeBucco says:


  315. JohninOshkosh says:


  316. ClarenceOveur says:

    —- that.

  317. Boise Bucco says:

    Technically, Venable’s a Molina so he was gonna get on base anyway, so a walk really doesn’t hurt THAT bad…

  318. Reading says:

    Why let their best guy beat us? His run meant nothing.

  319. Boise Bucco says:


  320. ClarenceOveur says:

    Any reason why Hurdle chose McCutchen over Hanrahan?

  321. Milo Hamilton says:

    Allow 23 baserunners in 9 plus innings, that was a just result.

  322. ClarenceOveur says:

    @Milo Hamilton

    And don’t capitalize on opportunities with RISP ourselves.

    Just disheartening. Can’t lose games like this to teams like San Diego.

  323. twentytwo22 says:

    If you can’t beat San Diego you don’t have much. After they lose tomorrow they will be 7-13. Last year they went 5-15. They finished 16-30 for a 72-90 record. They will finish 15-24 for a 82-80 season. The perfect Pirate way for ruining the end of the losing seasons.

  324. ClarenceOveur says:


    To hell with that, I’m greedy and want the Wild Card.

    Suffered for too long to witness another collapse. The winning season is pretty likely at this point. It’s playoffs or bust.

  325. Boise Bucco says:

    And they can’t say that they didn’t have the solution in place yesterday either…small sample sizes being as equal as they can be and all, McPherson got 2 innings and Wilson got 1 to prove themselves, and they did pretty good. And they both sport 95 mph fastballs. MLB had DMac at 90 on his. I’m not a hitter, but there’s gotta be a reason that DMac was a part of the 2011 Bucs, but couldn’t find a roster spot on the 2012 version. I always thought that DMac should’ve been in the ‘pen, but hey, I’ve been known to be wrong–so far I’m 700 in the negative and all…

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