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Final: Padres 4, Pirates 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (67-56) vs. San Diego Padres (55-70)

Time: 6:35 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 LHP Andrew Werner

  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Michael McKenry, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. James McDonald, RHP


  1. Bizrow says:

    Mercer does not need to be added today, right?

  2. RobertoForever says:

    Good to see Jonesy getting his everyday starts. The man is on FIRE!

    We will also see if McKenry can break his 0 for 18 streak.

  3. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Let’s hope for a repeat performance from JMac tonight and the lineup takes it to this rookie.

    Got a baaaaaadddd feeling about this one.

  4. RobertoForever says:

    Tabata (7 g) and Barmes (4 g) with the longest hitting streaks on the team.

  5. Playoffs by 2012 says:


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

    What Will Joel Hanrahan Get in Today’s Game?


    DK: I’ll take 100 on SPLINTERS IN DERRIÈRE.

  6. Dejan,

    Enjoyed the faux Onion.

    However, I still had little problem with pitching McCutchen over Hanrahan (reasons on other thread.) Non-save situations are not Hanrahan’s best Center Stage. Certainly not “inexplicable” to use your choice word.

    Once Padres stole 2nd, I would have walked Headley.

    I thought your post about the Front Office giving Hurdle a bucket to put out fires with many holes in it was more to the point. Hurdle can only play the players he’s given.

  7. The Gunner says:


  8. By the way, in the last 12 games McCutch is batting .218 . . . . . . . . . the same .218 he batted after the All Star break last season.

    I’ve seen that “try to pull everything” sing before!

  9. TJA says:

    I consider myself a “Christian” person, but I sure don’t like these “Padres”…

  10. RobertoForever says:

    It’s interesting because on the radio pre-game last night, they interviewed Daniel McCutchen. He talked about being woken up at 2am in Syracuse, heading to clubhouse to pack up, and then getting on a 6am flight, landing in SD at 11am PDT. That means by the time he pitched that fateful changeup at 154AM EDT, he had been up almost 24 hours.

    Anyway, the most ironic part of the interview was when they were asking him about last year’s 19-inning loss to Atlanta. D-Cutch talked about being the last option in the game, since Hanrahan had been up and down several times in the game. He also said that he was just up there playing backyard ball and throwing anything up there. Then, ironically, when asked about getting over that loss, he said that now he has a daughter, that it is easy to put those things in perspective, and see what was important in life.

    When he said that, I cringed, thinking, I hope that he doesn’t end up laying awake in his hotel room, wondering about what is important in life…

  11. JRay3 says:

    @ Ryan – yes out here in SD…just hoping I get to witness one win before heading back home. Met another blogger here @ JMB at game last night that was cool.

    Here at the bar across from Petco and talking with a bunch of Bucs fans still venting from last night, we could be our own talk show this afternoon!

  12. JRay3 says:

    @ Bizrow- today is the third day of Mercer paternity leave, he will need to be activated before Friday game.

    Facing a AAA arm today, would certainly be nice if the Bucs could jump onto early, something we have not done a lot of this season.

  13. JRay3 says:

    @ Playoffs- good afternoon….time to get back into the win column.

    I will go 25 on the SAVE today.

    thanks and Let’s Go Bucs!

  14. albatross says:

    I realize first base has been an issue all year, but do we need Garrett and Gaby both playing first?

  15. RobertoForever says:


    DK is entering a 100 fake units entry on “ND/no pitch” for @Playoffs line!

    #HistoryWillBeMade #9inningsToGo #LisaIsAlive

  16. Kevin says:

    Playoffs –

    Please give me 50 on the SAVE for today…keepin’ the faith! Thanks.

  17. Bizrow says:

    Playoffs, is splinters an option?

    100 on no decision/not pitch.

    I think Dejan is on to something.


  18. Boise Bucco says:

    This is gettin’ re-posted since no one said anything about the game thread bein’ up…THANKS ERRYBODY–anyway…

    So as far as the batting order is concerned, I wanted to find out which spot produced the highest batting average. Of course the 3rd spot was gonna be highest, and it was–Cutch has been holding it down for most of the year. 3rd spot produces a .343 average, when you factor in the couple times that Tabata and McLouth spot-started for him. But we knew this…

    What spot came next was what I wanted to know…I had a feeling, but I wanted to be sure–and I was right. The second spot–PRNW’s “normal” spot. The second spot in the order has produced a .267 average this year, with a .317 OBP and .756 OPS. Not too shabby. PRNW’s played 50 games in the 2nd spot, with Harrison getting 19 starts in the second spot and Tabata 18.

    County Commissioner GFJ is hitting .313 when he bats 4th, with 14 HR’s and a .934 OPS (!) LEAVE HIM THERE HURDLE HE’S DOIN’ GOOD. Or move him to the 2nd spot, where he would SURELY hit a bases-empty Grand Slam during a rain delay and the umps would count it (I’m convinced the 2nd spot is lucky and you can’t tell me otherwise.)

    I found this amusing, in that “only the Pirates could do this” kind of way…the 7th spot in the order is getting on base more often than the 1st spot in the order, which is funny considering who’s usually in the 7th spot…the breakdown in average for 1st/7th is the same (.230), but OBP (.275/.292) and OPS (.637/.670) is higher for the 7th spot.

  19. Boise Bucco says:

    bahaha DK’s about to join me in the negative column…

    …on that note, @Playoffs, if you don’t terribly mind,

    I’ll be taking a SAVE for 100!

    Also, did you see Clarence vs. 22 last night!? I thought 2 negatives would make a positive, but it didn’t, it just made more negative…my 2nd grade teacher was waaay wrong

  20. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Shout out from the Grand Poobah himself!!


  21. JohninOshkosh says:

    Bartolo Colon suspended 50 games for testosterone.

    Fat, doped and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

  22. Chico says:

    Gotta go with DK —

    100 for the No Play/No Decision…

  23. JaxBuc says:


    Please sir, may I have 25 corn tortillas on the NO DECISION option. I think he gets in the final inning while the bucs are up by five runs and there is no save opp.

  24. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    I tend to ignore 22’s dribble…….read a game that the team has been up and down and so is he.

    Rides with the tides of thar Pirates……..ARRRR

  25. cosmo says:

    @ Playoffs

    here’s hoping for a freaking blow out win tonite.

    100 on the no decision, sir

  26. Boise Bucco says:

    Hey, wasn’t Bartolo Colon just heralded a couple years ago for his “comeback” with the Yankees or something? I seem to remember something about how he was tearing it up, and this was after he was out of baseball for a year and a half or something.

  27. cosmo says:


    Is Sutcliffe wanting Colon to be deported also?

  28. GlassHalfFull says:


    After two months hiatus it’s time to get out of the negative hole I’m in (or go deeper in it)…
    100 smackers on the SAVE please.

  29. JohninOshkosh says:


    Nice sulia post, Dejan

    I would be remiss not to remind everyone that The Onion was conceived and launched in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. It was based there for years.

    A favorite:,2407/

  30. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    GLASS!!!! Good to see you again!!

  31. RobertoForever says:


    I think the Bucs will not get swept, so that leaves me with a no decision vs a save (win seems remote).

    So I will go 25 units on the SAVE for tonight.

    Beat em Bucs!

  32. GlassHalfFull says:

    Thanks Playoffs! Good to be back. I guess my gambling rehab stint didn’t go too well. ;-)

  33. tdb1977 says:

    I’ll take 100 on the no pitch tonight for the Hammer.

  34. JohninOshkosh says:


    50 oncologist units on SAVE, please.

  35. McG says:


    100 on the no decision/not pitch

  36. dcpinpgh says:

    25 on the save please

  37. Chuck H says:

    Why the H– can’t we beat the Padres? Everybody else beats them. Do they own a curse over the Bucs? We can’t beat them no matter where we play them. Daniel McCutchen got here just in time to lose a game for us. I would have selected Joel Hanrahan to pitch anyway. Still too many strikeouts, and against noname pitchers. Don’t our batters have any discipline at all at the plate? They won’t swing at the first pitch, which is most always down the middle. Anyhow, we stink against some teams.

  38. JoeBucco says:

    In anticipation of the 13 run outburst tonight and ensuing W, I was shopping around on Ebay looking for some good Bucco finds. Stumbled across this nice Andrew McCutcheon jersey. Pretty cheap, but come on man… ;)

  39. DemonDachshund says:

    Is it also spelled McCutcheon on the jersey?

  40. pattonbb says:


    100 clams on NO DECISION.

    Bats are going to wake up tonight. There won’t be any save opportunities.

    Lets Go Bucs!!!

  41. Drew71 says:

    Happy to see so many new posters today. No matter how many times they were identically welcomed.

    Happy to see several returnees.

    Welcome to all.

    Unless the Pirates lose. Then it musta been bad Karma.

  42. Bizrow says:


    I think Colon was using some funky treatment, injecting stem cells or something in his arm to rejuvinate it.

    They say things come in threes, thats two busts for MLB, and they sampled correctly, go figure…

    Hopefully Friars wins don’t come in threes.

    Dejan, regarding the tweets, don’t you know its sacrilidge to question the decisions of the BMTIB?

    I know when I do it, I get blasted from the total supporters

    That being said, it seems there is no urgency in NH and making this year special. He has two years left on his contract.

    Its like he’s “learning” how to be a GM in a pennant race

    Much like he “learned” how to trade at this level.

    BTW, my Saturday 20 game plan went up 50% for next year.

    But a beautiful letter from Slick Frank

    We’re blowing a great chance here folks to be the story of the year

    Just sayin

  43. Mlrgenuine says:


    I’ll take 100 on No Decision

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  44. JoeBucco says:

    Looks like it is right on the jersey I guess. But wow, looking at some of these things, lots of horrible knock off versions of these jerseys floating around out there.

  45. bman says:


    I’ll go with 40 on the no decision/no pitch

  46. JoeBucco says:

    One thing I just want to chime in on regarding Huntington and his roster moves. As much as I’d loved to criticize the guy up until this year, it’s kinda hard to knock him on this bullpen move. He’s pretty much done a terrific job at building bullpens every year he’s been around. If anything, I have to give him that much. No, Qualls should not be on the roster. Should have been DFA’s this morning even. But as far as D-Cutch goes, I have no problem with that. I think they were trying to learn how to respond after last year’s 19 inning game took the wheels off of this thing. Credit for trying to keep guys somewhat fresh, even if it didn’t work out.

    And heck, if Cutch doesn’t make that catch in the bottom of the 9th, game is over anyway and the loss is tagged to Grilli. Then would anyone have a problem with anything today?

  47. radio wave says:

    At playoffs:
    75 on no decision.

  48. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    D-Cutch is probably the best athlete on our staff…A good guy to have on your 25…Long relief, pinch run……Dude has pitched well for us before, Hanny should’ve thrown last night, though….Let’s get the W tonight boys…….

    Playoffs… decision option for 60 tallies, please………

  49. pattonbb says:

    Oh Crap….Werner’s looking like Cy…..just kidding.

    We’re going to knock this kid out in 4 innings.

  50. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    And Cutch strikes out again

  51. RobertoForever says:


    Excellent point about Cutch and his awesome defense bailing out Grilli. I do wonder what the comments and tweets would have been about then? Criticism of AJ? PRNW? Cutch?

  52. Milo Hamilton says:

    And away we go.

  53. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    What? Another stolen base? No way!

  54. Reading says:

    Reassuring start.

  55. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    JMac did that on purpose so he can induce a DP….its all good

  56. The Gunner says:

    Let’s try to get out of the 1st inning without the Padres getting a run! What is this BS – walking the 1st 2 guys you face. C’mon JMac – bear down!!!

    This better not be an indication of what is in store for the Bucs tonight!

  57. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Headley hits a HR here I’m not paying anymore attention to today’s game.

    I’m starting to get my normal feel back for the Buccos.

    Its seems they can’t do anything right these days.

    Funny, listening to Walk last night talk about how many comebacks these guys have had and yada yada yada…..made me realize why they’ve had to have so many comebacks.

    Because the starters give up runs in the 1st inning.

  58. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    I have a baaddd feeling.

  59. Milo Hamilton says:

    You can’t have substandard pitching like this and continue to compete, let alone contend. Ticking time bomb.

  60. Reading says:

    J-Mac reverting back to 2 minutes between pitches. Been oitching for 10 minutes, nobody out. Come on Man!!

  61. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Got to be kidding me.

  62. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    This rookie’s gonna throw a gem……..

  63. The Gunner says:

    @ Ryan – 58

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. 3 walks in a row is absolutely unacceptable – this is Little League stuff.

    Pick it up, JMac…………….NOW!!!!!!!

  64. ClarenceOveur says:

    The Pirates are the industry leaders when it comes to giving up runs in the 1st inning.

    Bar none.

  65. The Gunner says:

    Hey Hurdle, get your leadbottom out of the dugout and get this guy out of there.

  66. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    I know it the scheme of things, JMac gives up 1 or 2 runs this inning, its not all bad if that’s all he gives up.

    I’d rather have them early if you’re gonna give up anything, but c’mon man, enough 1st inning runs is enough.

    The offense seems to ALWAYS have the pressure on them, back against the wall.

  67. ClarenceOveur says:

    This segment of Pittsburgh Pirates baseball is brought to you by Yakety Sax!

  68. Reading says:

    Unreal. They may as well have gone to North Island and looked at the carriers, or Miramar Officer’s Club and reenacted the Top Gun scene.

  69. The Gunner says:

    3-0, isn’t this just delightful. The Pirates are playing like the 1962 Mets.

  70. The Gunner says:

    I am starting to really believe there is serious dissension on this team.

  71. Reading says:

    Note the time, an Ump actually called a guy out on a tag play.

  72. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    19 innings……….downfall.

  73. Milo Hamilton says:

    Is there any way we can get the Padres to go to the American League instead of Houston ?

  74. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Wow, got out of that…….Let’s hope that’s all they get today.

    I can deal with JMac giving up 3 runs, if that’s all he does.

    The biggest problem of that inning isn’t the 3 runs, its the amount of pitches thrown. BP will be taxed tonight.

  75. RobertoForever says:

    Wait, is someone actually recommending that Hurdle pull J-Mac with 1 or 2 outs in the first inning?


  76. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    whoa, whoa, whoa……you mean to tell me that a catcher threw out somebody?

    Why steal 3rd in that situation?

  77. The Gunner says:

    They better get some baserunners this inning!

  78. pattonbb says:

    J-Mac isn’t even close with most of these pitches. I just don’t get it.

  79. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Yea, you read that correctly. I wasn’t gonna go there.

  80. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Maybe they should’ve brought in Hanrahan there in the 1st to shut it down.

  81. ClarenceOveur says:

    The Pirates were 5th worst in the MLB for average runs given up in the 1st inning (0.71) coming into tonight’s game.

  82. pattonbb says:

    Where’s Daniel McCutchen when you really need him?

    Just kidding, folks.

  83. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Jones is swinging that bat well right now, glad to see, always liked him

    But when he’s ugly…….man.

  84. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Gotta get Jones in…..get at least one back this inning, especially with a leadoff double.

  85. ClarenceOveur says:

    Come on Pedro.

    Base hit, fly ball. Something.

  86. RobertoForever says:


    or at least Grilli.

    I blame NH. Why would he trade for a guy like this

  87. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Productive out…….though according to GAMECAST it went to SS and Jones still got over….


  88. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    I agree, that guy sucks!

    Bring back up a rookie!! Send JMac to AAA

  89. Reading says:

    3-3 here would be nice. A game reboot.

  90. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    I hate to say this, but I smell a double play

  91. Reading says:

    Or an internal server error instead.

  92. pattonbb says:

    I’m telling you, we’re going to light this Werner kid up tonight.

    What? 6-4-3 double play? Lovely…..

  93. RobertoForever says:


    I blam you for the Fort’s problems


  94. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    3-3 would be, but I’ll take 3-1 and a settled down JMac to start.

  95. RobertoForever says:

    or #FreeTonySanchez

  96. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    YOU CAN’T!!!!!

    I called him out right before he got hot and made me look like a chump….

  97. ClarenceOveur says:

    Well Pedro did his job, and the guy we’ve all been clamoring for more ABs (McKenry) hits into an inning-ending DP. Not gonna cut it, Fort.

  98. Milo Hamilton says:

    Werner gave up 8 runs in his last AAA start.

  99. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


  100. Parrothead01 says:

    I cringe every time mcHenry or Sanchez bat with a runner on first. It seems over half of their at bats end with ground balls to short.

  101. The Gunner says:

    A typical Pirate inning – strand some runners

  102. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Tony Sanchez…

    I actually would like to see him be the catcher called up in September.

  103. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Now, I’ll take a 1 pitch out ANYDAY, but especially after a 30 pitch 1st.

    Thank you Cameron Maybin.

  104. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Some guys JMac just needs to go after…..Baker was one of them. Too many pitches.

  105. cosmo says:

    wish Ohlendorf was pitching tonite.

  106. The Gunner says:

    thank God Werner went to the Jose Scabata School of Bunting

  107. Reading says:

    THAT was a nice play!

  108. cosmo says:

    i was thinking the same thing.

  109. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Gamecast froze, what happened?

  110. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    OK, it came back to life.

  111. Boise Bucco says:

    I haven’t got onto Gamecast yet, wanted to read the comments and see if I could guess how the Bucs were doing…I’m guessing 8-1 Pirates lead

  112. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Bingo, nailed it.

    JMac’s on a no-no bid

  113. Boise Bucco says:

    aww man I was sooo close

  114. RobertoForever says:


    I would prefer Jose Morales. Solid veteran backstop. There will be time for Tony.

  115. Milo Hamilton says:

    Don’t let Cy Werner fool you, he’s beaten the Washington Wild Things twice.

  116. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    I know and I can’t argue that. Just wanna see what TS can do.

    I know his batting stats are pretty Clint Barmes like.

  117. Boise Bucco says:

    haha who said it a couple/few weeks ago…liked it better when the Pirates sucked!? How apt is that? No drama, no gut punch losses, you know what to expect…ahhh the life…

  118. ClarenceOveur says:

    One hit thru three innings against a rookie pitcher.


  119. cosmo says:

    Werner pitched in the Frontier League, and he’s mowing down the Pirate
    hitters with ease.

  120. ClarenceOveur says:

    @Boise Bucco

    It sucks to be emotionally invested again…

  121. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Way to look like clowns…..

  122. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Understand that pitchers always have an advantage, I don’t care who they are.

    The Buccos should get after him after they see him a time or two.

    “All is well!”

  123. Boise Bucco says:


    of course a guy named everth hits a bunt single, why not. Now Venamolina’s gonna hit a Granny with only 1 person on base

  124. The Gunner says:

    now that was an interesting play. LIke Casey Stengel said when managing the 1962 Mets:

    “Can’t anybody here play this game?????”

  125. cosmo says:

    Didn”t Cabrera get 50 games for PED’S. My bad, wrong Cabrera.

    How did the BMTIB miss this Werner kid. Don’t we scout the Frontier League.

  126. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    double play time.

  127. Boise Bucco says:

    You know what would fix it? We should re-sign Lyle Overbay and Matt Diaz. Remember all the chemistry last year? That was awesome.

  128. Reading says:

    The play was a bunt that Pedro fielded, threw to Barmes at second, and on to first for a double play.

  129. Milo Hamilton says:

    Cy Werner has an interesting mix of pitches and throws with great sideward plane.

  130. Boise Bucco says:


  131. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:



  132. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    That’s too easy…..

  133. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Are you freaking kidding me with the SB crap?

  134. Boise Bucco says:

    Below the belt?

  135. Reading says:

    Negative thought: keep thinking about Wild Card game (assuming Pirates don’t fold) against Braves, and D. Ross or Hinske hit walk-off with Maholm pitching complete game. Ex-Pirate syndrome.

  136. The Gunner says:

    I think the Padres need a few more baserunners.

  137. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Now SOMEONE walked Headley after going down 3-0

    Everyone happy now.

  138. JohninOshkosh says:

    You guys have ruined Headley for me. Can’t get Blazing Saddles outta of my noggin everytime he comes to bat.

    I do have to say that I have enjoyed listening to Dick Enberg. He has lost a little but still a great broadcaster.

  139. Boise Bucco says:

    That’s funny how Ohlendorf sucked that last start, and the Padres straight up demoted him…wonder how often that happens, especially among teams not vying for Wild Card spots

  140. Parrothead01 says:

    McDonald has forgotten concept of work fast throw strikes.

  141. cosmo says:

    What is Quentin doing in the batters box with that bouncy motion ?

  142. Reading says:

    On the play, Pedro actually charged in and fielded the ball between home and the pitcher’s mound, and then turned and made the peg to second. That’s why I thought it was a great play. Not a routine turn.

  143. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Can we PLEASE keep all Ray Miller references out of the blog??

    I’m so tired of hearing “Work fast, throw strikes, change speeds”

  144. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    Thanks again, I read what happened, but figured it had to be a pretty good play on Pedro’s part.

    Better move that guy to 1st. He’s too fat for 3rd.

  145. cosmo says:

    OK let’s get a few guys on and set the table for Daydro this inning.

  146. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    In Ray Miller’s day, they didn’t worry as much about pitch counts either…..Maybe they should just scrap those too. (I wouldn’t mind that actually)

  147. Boise Bucco says:

    I think the next time Cutch gets caught stealing, he should work on his Lloyd McClendon routine and LITERALLY steal the base…then GFCCJ could make a shrine of it and BOOM there’s your motivation for the homestretch

  148. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    That a boy!

    Like to see Jones double it up again….

  149. cosmo says:

    Classic shot on ROOT. Showed a girl brhind the plate with an old Padres hat on.
    Brown with yellow SD. I had forgotten that those were the Padres colors at one time.

  150. Boise Bucco says:

    Gabby, you’ve been sitting at .216 for a while now…feel free to get hot

  151. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Gotta roll all, have fun…got football practice to get too

    Get em Bucs…

  152. Parrothead01 says:

    Did not make statement as Ray Miller reference. When you work fast you get in a rhythm and your fielders stay ready. The strike part is obvious to be succesful. Jmac was doing this when he was successful.

  153. Milo Hamilton says:

    They really are in a hurry to get on that plane, aren’t they.

  154. ClarenceOveur says:

    One run is nice…but GIJ’s base-running is not funny anymore

  155. The Gunner says:

    at least Daydro drove in one run; but Jones’s baserunning is horrible

  156. ClarenceOveur says:

    Dayyyyyyydro (dayyyyyyydro!)

  157. Reading says:


    I guess I should also credit Barmes with a quick turn at second. Don’t want to be a hater.

  158. JohninOshkosh says:

    I think players have become so accustomed to outfielders throwing to the plate above their cut off man irrespective of any chance for a play at the plate that Jones just assumed the ball was going through to home.

  159. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hurdle needs to get somebody ready & get him outta there before this gets out of hand. Like now.

  160. bobhasis says:

    See Playoffs, every decision he makes at third is a problem. In this case he must have presumed they would throw home so he made the decision to bring the slow footed Jones (who was thrown out the other night), but SD realized it was hopeless to get Cutch so the threw to third. Leyva can’t comprehend such heavy duty thought processing, thus makes bad decisions generally.

    It’s just my opinion.

  161. Boise Bucco says:

    Honestly, wouldn’t mind Hurdle having a quick hook today…just to kinda show the starters that they’re not immune to it anymore. He’s been leaving them in as a sign that he’s got confidence, but anymore there’s really not too much confidence to go around. Way too many baserunners. No reason to not have a 1-2-3 inning at this point.

  162. Milo Hamilton says:

    ROOT lost video. Obviously Nick Leyva’s fault.

  163. cosmo says:

    double steal.

  164. JohninOshkosh says:

    Wow, bases just for the taking.

  165. bobhasis says:

    They have technical difficulties – so do we – BAD COACHING

  166. Boise Bucco says:

    From a Padres’ fan POV, this has been an AWESOME series. I would be falling over myself praising my manager for attempting a double steal with the pitcher up, trying to prevent a DP. Great move.

    On the other hand, I’m not a Padres fan…

  167. cosmo says:

    Must have pulled the plug running from Dan Potash wanting to know more about the base running gaffe

  168. pattonbb says:

    That double steal just might have been the lowest point of the second half. Hard to look any worse than this.

    J-Mac needs a couple quick innings and some runs. Time to slap Werner around!!!

  169. Boise Bucco says:

    Werner took 7 pitches too…nice at bat for a AAA pitcher.

    Don’t they have a DH in the minors?

  170. bobhasis says:

    When does the coaching staff get a maintenance day off. Some of them need one

  171. JohninOshkosh says:

    Padres leaving men on bases here. Need to make them pay for that.

  172. Reading says:

    No video problem with the “Grease” Nissan commercial, of course.

  173. bobhasis says:

    I think this technical difficulty is a “blessing in disguise”.

  174. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yeah, I’m with you on that one, Reading. The Padres feed has been saturated with Peyton Manning Buick ads. As if Peyton Manning drives a Buick!

    By the way, did you beat Chelsea FC today?

  175. Boise Bucco says:

    Now go get him Hurdle.

  176. Reading says:


    You know, for the first time in my life, I actually set up to tape a soccer game because I thought there might be some shots of Reading, England. Always wanted to see what that place looked like. Anyway, game was at Chelsea, and I believe Chelsea won 3-2.

  177. Reading says:

    Watching Padres broadcast since ours was in technical difficulty. Anyway, Padres having a Beerfest on Sep. 7th.

  178. Milo Hamilton says:

    Video has returned. So glad I can actually see The Great Cy Werner continue his mastery.

  179. Boise Bucco says:

    haha Hanny gettin’ a save isn’t looking so good…I blame DK

  180. JohninOshkosh says:


    That is funny about the soccer. I watch my fair share of Premiership games on Fox Soccer Channel and I can’t recall them showing any exterior shots of the neighborhoods or town. Doesn’t seem like something their telecasts do.

  181. The Gunner says:

    @ MIlo – 179

    As former voices of the Pirates, you have to be as disgusted as I am with what we are seeing this evening.

    And Stinkcinnati is winning again!!

  182. Milo66 says:

    Wow. The apathy is really showing today. When Walker does not run hard something is wrong. How we can let this happen against this team again is beyond unacceptable. As i said last week, I want this team to win soooo bad. But, what do I see as soon as I get home from work? I see 3 straight weak ground outs by our 2, 3 and 4, with Walker not running hard. So bad. :(

  183. Reading says:

    Apparently, the Pirates did not receive the league-wide Memo on how to beat the Fathers.

  184. Milo Hamilton says:


    Spitting nails. They look like it’s the 15th round against Joe Frazier. This 20 games in 20 days thing is so overblown. The organization has acted like it’s the Bataan Death March or something. It’s too hard.

    But look at the bright side. We got to see The Great Cy Werner in his prime. Something to tell the grandkids about.

  185. JohninOshkosh says:

    Padres announced they are putting up a statue of longtime radio man Jerry Coleman.
    Cubs have a Caray statue. Brewers will unveil Uecker statue next Friday. Broadcasters often mean more to fans than the franchise’s iconic players.

    Maybe the Pirates should erect a Bob Prince statue at PNC.

  186. TCB says:

    Padres, Dodgers and Orioles apparently have the blueprint on how to beat the Bucs. 2W 14L. WOW.

  187. TJA says:

    I wished that someone else in this NL pennant race (like the Reds) would face the Padres and get their butts kicked. The Dodgers, of course. will face them several times next month.

  188. cosmo says:

    yo Gaby-Gaby

    Been waiting to use that one.

  189. Reading says:

    Wait, dude just hit a home run and not a weak roller. Awesome!

  190. Boise Bucco says:

    Huh, lookit that…solo shot, first pitch…THERE’S LIFE IN THEM THAR BATS

  191. Milo Hamilton says:


    Any word on the Cy Werner statue ?

  192. JohninOshkosh says:

    This game is far from over. Padres have a suspect pen. I’m not sure stoner Dale Thayer is oozing with confidence after Jonesy last night.

  193. cosmo says:

    Let’s see what they can do with a real ML pitcher now.

  194. Reading says:

    We need to turn the new guy’s W into a ND.

  195. Reading says:

    Of course, a few weeks ago, when the Reds played SD, the Padres blew saves in the 9th in at least two games.

  196. JohninOshkosh says:

    Resop is pitching. I wonder if I have time to paint my porch before the Pirates come up again?

  197. The Gunner says:

    @ Milo – 185

    I am rip roaring mad at them. I really think there are internal problems, dissension etc.

    Do you think I am on to something or have I gone senile?

  198. Milo Hamilton says:


    No. I think they’re just playing crappy. Probably Leyva’s fault.

  199. RobertoForever says:


    Resop is done. 11 pitches, 1-2-3 inning. First of the night.

  200. Boise Bucco says:

    Brach pitched 3 days in a row…

    Just wanted to point that out. Padres are playing this series like the playoffs. Their fans gotta love this series.

  201. Reading says:

    11 pitches? Uh oh. Resop might be unavailable for Friday.

  202. JohninOshkosh says:


    He did a great job. He’s been effective. Just knocking his slow work style a bit. Oh, I see Ronnie Cedeno is batting .342 since the ASB. :)

  203. Reading says:

    This Gregerson guy is basically laughing at us. Dude hangs everything and we can do is whiff.

  204. cosmo says:

    One last chance to avoid the dreaded sweep.

  205. Milo66 says:

    Bad. Top of the order rolls over like dogs again. Maybe GI will get a leadoff HR next inning and start something. Clearly the top of the order is throwing in the towel this evening.

  206. The Gunner says:

    @ Milo – 199

    Maybe Leyva is a graduate of the Frank Oceak University of Coaching 3rd base. I can’t even blame things on Tabata.

    They really stink these days.

  207. Milo Hamilton says:

    I just did some research. The 2 runs allowed by Cy Werner tonight are the most he’s ever given up in a big league game. Good work Buccos !

  208. RobertoForever says:


    Hanrahan has done that 3x as well this year. Funny, how a manager will do that when his team is winning close games three days in a row.

  209. Reading says:

    Resop definitely “unavailable” on Friday now.

  210. The Gunner says:

    who is that masked man in LF?

  211. Reading says:

    Taking one for the team in a second grueling inning. On another note, nice play by Tabata.

  212. cosmo says:

    Resop 6 up 6 down, good job.

  213. JohninOshkosh says:

    Here we go:

    back to back to back jacks and then Hammer time!

  214. Reading says:

    Well, a secured spot in the WC was nice while it lasted. Are we at 82 Ws yet?

  215. Boise Bucco says:

    haha here’s an idea…

    Since the first inning seems to be the bug in the Bucs’ butt, throw Hanny in the first inning, Grilli in the 2nd, and then let the starter go from the 3rd on.

  216. cosmo says:


    It’s not Leyva’s fault. It’s that god blessed nissan “Grease” commercial.

  217. Boise Bucco says:



    ENJOY THAT 100

  218. Reading says:

    My overtly negative postt could only evoke a “tapper” from GFJ. I’ve lost my touch.

  219. JohninOshkosh says:

    I do not love thee, California.

  220. Milo66 says:

    Thanks for the solid effort tonight fellas. It really showed….

  221. cosmo says:

    Practice @ 1:00 tomorrow in Washington Pa. Got to learn how to hit Frontier League pitching.

    Today’s game could be the low point of the season.
    Scratch that, The 5 loses to the Padres could doom the season.

  222. RobertoForever says:


    Feel for ya man. Go to all 3 games in sunny San Diego and you get not 1 win. Almost criminal.

  223. Boise Bucco says:

    Hey they’re only a 10 game winnning streak away from 1st place and a shaved Greg Brown

  224. TJA says:

    San Diego USED to be one of my favorite cities to visit…

  225. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Seems somewhat appropriate given the circumstances……

    The NO DECISION / NOT PITCH wins today. Don’t know about you all, but I’m gonna enjoy the off day tomorrow. See you for THREE PLAY FRIDAY.

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  226. Chuck H says:

    The Pirates, right now, couldn’t even beat a AA team. To lose to a raw rookie is about as low as you can go. And what other manager would allow his starting pitcher to walk the first 3 batters that he faced. Shame on Hurtle and shame on McDonald. In fact, shame on the whole damn team. I don’t care any more whether they win or lose.

  227. Arriba Wilver says:

    Thanks, JRay. Thanks a lot.

  228. RobertoForever says:

    I don’t know who to blame for this loss.

    I hope Lisa tells me soon.

  229. Boise Bucco says:

    I blame the grey uniforms.

  230. Jay Jax Fl via New Castle says:

    Pretty embarrassing.

  231. The Bucs are tanking again. Watch it and weep.

  232. JRay3 says:

    Well totally at a loss of words and I can’t believe I used vacation time for this. If only we could start the game in the second inning and play 8 inning games. So frustrating to constantly be down 1,2,3 -0 so early and always have to fight back.

    By night’s end we may no longer be in a playoff spot, somebody anybody step up and right this ship quickly. Six game home stand versus Brewers and Cardinals will be pretty telling.

    Going to be a long trip back home, sigh.

  233. Boise Bucco says:

    sorry JRay…go to Pacers, get your head straight :)

  234. Reading says:

    I’m calling for the banishment of the alternate hat and softball shirt uniform. Tired of that uniform.

  235. Arriba Wilver says:

    Sorry, JRay, probably not the right time to be kidding you.

  236. Reading says:

    So much for the Reds facing the Phils’ aces. Then again, I guess it really doesn’t matter anymore.

  237. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    On your way back through Sky Harbor, grab a Blue Burrito carne asada burrito. Always cheered me up back in the day.

  238. DemonDachshund says:

    15-23 not looking like much of an absolute lock right now.

  239. JRay3 says:

    @ Arriba Wilver – no worries at all.

    @ Boise Bucco, @ Playoffs – thanks for the suggestions may have to take them both up.

  240. Thundercrack says:

    How do you lose 3 games to those 3 starters that the Padres put out there?

  241. Arriba Wilver says:

    By not playing well?

  242. Thundercrack says:

    Is that you AW? You sound like someone else….

  243. Arriba Wilver says:

    I know who you mean, but it’s kinda looking like that, to me. Blame Neal for having the wrong players, blame Clint for making the wrong moves, but really, the players are not performing the same way they were when we were winning. Most of the announcers have made that point, and I know you can say they’re homers, but the evidence is on the field. To quote DK, it really is.

  244. Thundercrack says:

    I agree with you. I blame the players the most.

    Poor pitching, poor defense, and no timely hitting.

  245. Arriba Wilver says:

    Yep, too many times . . .

  246. Thundercrack says:

    Demon, you do not know how scary that feeling is to me. (#239)

    I never really believed that our starting 9 was good enough to get a playoff spot. So being in this race is gravy to me. But I REALLY want to break the losing streak.

  247. Arriba Wilver says:

    I did believe we were/are good enough. But I am starting to worry, too. If my math is correct, that’s a .395 winning percentage. They CAN turn it around, but they need to play better, pure and simple. Hopefully San Diego was just the Curse of the Padres.

  248. Drew71 says:

    Arriba. I thought it sounded great.

  249. Drew71 says:

    And. You guys are missing it. Completely.

    How about putting the blame where it belongs.

    Pirates are 1-13 since Dejan said 82 wins was a lock.

  250. Arriba Wilver says:

    Well, there is that.

  251. Boise Bucco says:






  252. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Not a surprise that this team has fallen apart since GM Neal Huntington took an ax to it in late July.
    Playing with the chemistry of a winning team is a no-no….And that’s exactly what Huntington did.
    Of course…When you haven’t really and truly set your sights on winning a division…..Why should you even bother?

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