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Final: Pirates 4, Brewers 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (67-58) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (58-66)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the Trib’s Bucco Blog for updates from the beat writers.

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. Milwaukee RHP Shaun Marcum

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

175 Comments

  1. Ah. Priorities.

  2. 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. 50 on the WIN, please. Thanks!

  4. Seeing Barmes and Pedro’s name in the lineup everyday has become so depressingly boring, then watching them go through the motions of futility and incompetence in the game, I have come to this thought; If Washington – the best team in the majors and likely World Series winner – can shut down Stephen Strassburg for the rest of the season, why can’t we do that with our great under-achievers Barmes and Pedro?

    We have nothing to lose now! The season has escaped us again. Put some spirit and hustle at 3B in Harrison, and some favorable young potential at SS in Mercer and just go for it. As far as C, go with the Fort. We aren’t going to throw anyone out at second anyway.

    If that doesn’t work, after the 40-man call-up try something (someone) else; just get Barmes and Pedro out of my sight.

  5. Well it appears the Dodgers just became the Yankees of the NL, must be nice to just add Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino and just for kicks pay somebody 20 million who needs surgery and will be out 6-8 months in Carl Crawford.

    We couldn’t beat the Dodgers before they acquired all this talent, yikes.

  6. Isn’t Marcum coming off of the DL to pitch tonight? Did he see this lineup and decide this is when he would be healthy to pitch?

  7. Playoffs,
    100 on the Win please.

  8. Yes, JRay, first time he has pitched in 2 months.

  9. JRay,

    You’re right. Cy Young Marcum. Fresh off the DL. Licking his chops like that bat boy in SD.

  10. “I put up my thumb, and it blotted out the earth.” Godspeed Ohio’s Neil Armstrong. You ventured so very far from home, yet kept the sensibilities of a decent citizen of Wapakoneta, Ohio till your dying day. I mourn the loss of a hero who never let me down.

  11. Half of the Pirates’ 27 outs last night were by strikeout. They K’d 13 times.

    That has got to stop.

  12. The Pirates have the third most strikeouts in the Majors – 1039.

    The National League team with the least is the Phillies – 828.

    KC has the fewest – 775

  13. Marcum is as good as it gets when your fastest pitch is in the high 80s or low 90s. He lives and dies by control, and when that’s lacking, look out for home runs. I’m a fan of his, but with him coming off the DL I’d bet against him. He gets more K’s from his changeup than anyone in MLB.

  14. RIP Neil Armstrong.

    True gentleman. True hero.

  15. During the course of the season, NH must have made 50 personnel changes to the pitching staff alone; he must have made 20 personnel changes combined to 1B, RF and LF, and absolutely ZERO moves to the three weakest positions on the team – 3B SS and C.

    He is a professional baseball man, so is CH. Me, I’m just a professional fan (some may argue that) who simply understands the game. Why were they unable to see what I saw all the back to May, or were they just content to sweep our troubles under the rug?

    Well while they were being so oblivious to the obvious, they have successfully swept us out of the playoff race.

    Thanks NH and CH

  16. I don’t think I can bet on this game. I don’t know who is mad about charity, who is mad because we are not ‘all in’, who is mad becausethey were forced to take pix with fans today at 4pm instead of BP and who is mad because of a twitter war with Lisa.

    Oh who to blame.

    Give me 75 on the Win for Karstens. If i lose, i’m blaming Nutting, the clubhouse guy, the bullpen catcher and security.

  17. I see where Boston disposed of $262.5 million of salary responsibility in one transaction, by divesting themselves of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett.

    That amount would be equal to the Pirates total combined salary for FOUR years.

    Hard for me to imagine.

  18. Ethier, Kemp, and A-Gon?

    Can anyone think of a better 3-4-5? Amazing…..

  19. Would be nice if the biggest problem they had was the leading HR hitter among NL 3b and number 3 in MLB.

    RF and LF have been far bigger problems. No one has hit for average or power, The single biggest need they have on offense is a lead off hitter who has a OBP. Their leadoff OBP is way below the league average.

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    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES FITTED NEW ERA 59FIFTY HAT

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:
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  21. Playoffs…

    100 for the victory……Come on Bucs, snap out of it!!!!!!

  22. Casper,
    Hey to ya, look me up on Facebook……

  23. I’ll go out on a limb and #1 in K’s and LOB in the majors. Just a guess.

  24. pattonbb

    Don’t if better but Brerwer trio of Braun, Ramirez, and hart is pretty good. Also good are the cards with Holliday, Beltran, and Craig. Reds good too even without Votto,

  25. Seems like somebody is mad.

  26. Bob

    Remember the players, as long as Adam Dunn is playing no one else will lead the majors in strikeouts. Pedro 6th in MLB, Dunn”s 180 is 25 more K than 2nd place Carlos Pena.

  27. Don’t have LOB stats.

  28. RIP Neil Armstrong. I drive by his museum on I-75 in Wapokeneta all the time. He was a Great American. I wish we had more like him. (especially in politics)

  29. RIP Neil Armstrong. Sad news.

  30. @JAL

    I thought you were just comparing third basemen. Of course Adam Dunn tops everyone.

    I can remember 5 or 6 of Pedro’s HR’s being dynamic and meaningful (giving us a tie, a lead or a win), but the others were possibly just dynamic add-ons or after the fact in a loss..

    Just last night, three big K’s and seemingly half-hearted attempts.

    When he hits them they can reach the next area code; he simply doesn’t do it often enough, and I would like to see a list of just who his victims were, and whether lefty or righty?

  31. DK,
    I would be interested to see what the local tv ratings are for tonight’s Pirate game and Steeler game.

  32. Thunder – Yes. Then we can have another Priorities discussion.

  33. JD,

    Good to see you. Where’ve you been?

    One thing about Ohio, we lead the league in astronauts. (Probably not. Just seems that way with John Glenn and Armstrong).

  34. Drew, please don’t give anyone any ideas.
    The last thing we need is the discussion turn into Rooney vs Nutting.

    Oh great…I went and did it.

  35. Just checking a few salaries of Pirates for this year, and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if there were some, let’s say ill feelings amongst some of the players, based on salary performance and effort.

    As an example;
    Barmes 5 million
    Bedard 4.5 million
    Barajas 4 million
    Pedro 2.2 million
    Tabata 915 k

    Cutch 708 k
    Walker 500 k

    See anything wrong yet?

  36. bob,

    I’m one of your biggest proponents, but Cutch has a 51 million dollar, whatever number of years contract. I doubt if he’s worried about Barmes being overpaid this year. And Walker will sign one, if not soon, someday.

  37. Bob
    My initial post was just 3b

    The HR post was answering your “#1 in K’s and LOB in the majors”

    Among 3b Pedro has the most k’s , 14 more than Headley but Pedro also has about 80 less at bats than Headley.

  38. Bob @ 36
    Lucky @ 37

    I am definitely in both of your camps as it relates to “ill feelings amongst some of the players.”. I think it could be related to the salaries (as Bob indicated). And I speculate that the players are POed at the FO for not spending a few bucks to bring in some impact players at the trade deadline.

    The players can be ticked at CH or NH but, they should be ticked at Bob Nutting. Skinflint Nutting is playing to “break the streak” this year, not for the post season.

    Geesh……………..that damn Stinkcinnati is winning again!!! Let’s hope the tide turns in our Buccos direction tonight

  39. Shaun Marcum. The last time they faced him was June 2.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL201206020.shtml

    After the game, you could hear the disgust in Clint Hurdle’s voice. He and Gregg Ritchie were taking on criticism about how well they did their jobs and he called out the ability of his team to hit like professionals. Basically he was saying that the coaching is major league and the hitters are a bunch of amateurs.

    Post-game audio:
    http://vocaroo.com/i/s0tH6BONWwto

    “He hasn’t changed in 3 years.”

    It’s my favorite post-game audio of Hurdle because he called his team out. That is something he never does in the year and a half he’s been here. I wish he held the team to higher standards and wasn’t afraid to say so publicly.

    The numbers say that this had a positive impact on the offense. Pretty much from that game on the Pirates ceased lavishing praise on the opposing pitcher.

    Now we can’t even hit a frickin Independent League pitcher. Every team is better than us. Evey pitcher is better than us. And we walk around with our heads hung low

    I’m interested in this game tonight solely because Marcum is the opposition pitcher.

  40. At playoffs:
    75 on the win.
    Thanks

  41. Lucky, you’re in my corner, and I in your’s for many other reasons “well beyond” baseball.

    I am aware of Cutch’s contract, which is for next year and Walker’s of course will come. But in THIS year when we were all fired up about winning, there are some obvious reasons we aren’t, and some of those reasons are way overpaid this year. Cutch’s salary and performance for this year, are not in balance with the under-achievers THIS YEAR.

    Next year will be a whole new ball game – so to speak.

  42. Gunner, I think the gilt has come off of the lily, and just about everyone has decided, “what’s the use of busting my butt. I think I’ll save it for next year”, or thoughts to that effect.

    Hopefully the under-achievers will ALL be gone, including the Mgr.of the Year in-waiting. He is humorous, he seems to have a nice personality, but he makes out horrible lineups (with the material he has), and his in-game strategies leave me in doubt. I believe some of the players think so too.

  43. Playoffs–

    Put me down for 50 on the no-decision, please.

  44. OK I’m pissed off now. The reason this team has lost since the trading deadline is because you can’t hold a transient roster accountable. You bring up Marte, a rookie. You bring in Snider and Sanchez, whose main goal is just staying in the major leagues. The Pirates were acting and being coached and playing like they were a winning professional baseball team Since the TDL, that has stopped. If they don’t get back to holding each other accountable in all aspects of the game, the losing is going to continue because the players most responsible for it are the ones who have been here the longest. Crack the whip, or GTFO of the way and let someone else come in here and do it. That’s all.

  45. @Playoffs

    Please sir, may I have 100 pierogies on the WIN, today?

  46. News flash– some of the players might not think Clint is the best in game manager.

    Reminds me of Casey Stengal saying his job was to keep the half of the players who hate his guts away from the other half (more or less) who haven’t made up their minds. (or something like that).

  47. DK said on Sulia that one vet told him the players weren’t offered the option of going in Sept. He said he’s sticking to the first report that said they were. He lists 6 of the vets who went, but said the team was unhappy, not just the ones who shot clay pigeons.

    Like Drew said, we’re 0-1 after pigeon-gate. Let’s see how the team responds, especially with Marcum on the hill. A nice 5-game winnning streak will ease the tension and it can start tonight.

  48. Lucky, if you are suggesting that some of this is just tension from playing like (insert word of choice) lately, there may be something to that.

  49. I do think we’re making more of this than there is, but I’m not sure the record since it happened is the appropriate gauge of its impact. I don’t think they learned of it on the trip home from San Diego. The fact they’re still talking about it may be significant, though. Added to the much maligned report from 24/7 about the deadline deals.

  50. For a minute there I thought you were going to say, “Reminds me of Casey Stengel (I think) saying his job was to keep half of his players (or somewhere there abouts) who hate his guts (I believe it was) from the other half (more or less) who haven’t made up (I think it was) their minds (or something like that.)

    But I got your drift, irrespective of the marginally accurate recall (so to speak).

    I’m laughing too AW

  51. @Playoffs –

    100 on the WIN please!

  52. Drew,

    That’s what I’m suggesting. If they weren’t playing like (insert word of choice), it would be a non-story or at least not one worth the time of an award-winning columnist. Like someone said on an earlier thread, players, coaches and managers do charity work all the time and it only gets mentioned in passing. Now it’s a big deal because of the 20-20 thing, no rest and (insert word of choice) play.

  53. I’ve been lurking on this thread and the last, and as far as the charity thing goes, I have questions:
    1.) Do other teams require such things, and if so, more/less/better planned? This might be a horrible mistake, or it could be a consistent organizational issue OR it could be the industry.

    2.) Why didn’t CH or NH say something (or AJ – he is a leader)? CH and NH have jobs at stake to some extent.

    3.) What would have happened if they hadn’t gone? Seriously, I think the team would have covered for them, given a make-up date or fine, and swept it up. The organization doesn’t want to bury its ambassadors – and players FREQUENTLY take advantage of that. I don’t want to advocate for what would have seemed insubordinate, but…do you really think the organization would have publicly killed them?

    Seems like all parties could have found better solution.

  54. Tim Kurkjian just said “that to the people of Boston, the Red Sox were no longer a likeable team, so management jettisoned alot of those who did not act in compliance behind Valentine’s back.

    So the Boston Herald headline stated, “Bums Away”.

    What a novel idea. Wanna bet our FO has no idea how to pull something off similar to that.

  55. I sympathize with the players as far as their public obligation at Seven Springs, but that’s part of being a baseball player.

    #1. This event did not sneak up on anybody. These guys knew it was happening.

    #2 The grumbling is unwarranted. Most likely borne out of frustration from losing. If the Bucs had won ten in a row going into that airplane ride home, you wouldn’t have heard a peep about this.

    #3 There is nothing to be gained by dwelling on the negativity being created by this. Forget about it NOW. Don’t drag this out… It’s over with. Get back to playing baseball. Concentrate on racking up a few wins.

  56. By the way, I don’t see quit in them – Cutch’s knee is evidence.
    Beyond that, Pedro just goes through these spells of looking horridly passive, PRNW is playing with a BAD finger…I just don’t see lack of effort.

    I see a team that might only be an 84-85 win team. I was not shocked by the slide last year, but this year I am surprised it started already. I thought we would make September.

    Dismissing the 82 win barrier is to dismiss the noose the Cubs face every spring…one gorilla off back at a time.

  57. My opinion about the skeet shooting fiasco changes if they weren’t offered the choice to go Sept. 6th. Actually, no it doesn’t. Everyone involved with this should shoulder some blame. The FO should be ashamed for showing such poor judgement. Only the Pirates’ brass could figure out a way to distract players from the first possible playoff run in 20 years. Do they do this crap on purpose? I feel like I’m watching Major League part 5.

    And I’m sorry, but I just can’t feel sorry for 10 major league players who were surrounded by fawning fans for 5 or 6 hours out of their day. Yes, I know they were tired. Yes. I know it was their off day. I’m sorry their employer asked (told) them to do this, but grow up and get over it. Enough already.

    Lets Go Bucs!!!!!!

  58. Thanks playoffs once again

    Kartsy with the big W for 100 smackeroogies

  59. This season has been like Rocky. We caught some beatings in the early rounds and came on strong in the 5,6,7, but now as we enter the championship rounds, we might just have to be satisfied with going the distance versus Apollo Creed.

    There is always Rocky II.

  60. @Playoffs

    100 on the OVER please

    Thanks

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  61. Bob– I have a feeling if there was a “bums away” here it would not be the players,or the manager.

  62. IMO, and glad I was otherwise occupied today

    Its BS that the BMTIB did not step in and set proper priorities

    Hopefully, someone will smack the BMTIB in the head and say “Hello, McFligh, anyone home there???”

    Ridiculous

    And knock down that ugly sign

    Just sayin

    As a wise man said to start this thread, Ah, priorities

  63. with you JMB, as usual…good comparison.

  64. @playoffs

    I’d like to lose one more hundred tonite..Karstens with the ND. Thanks

  65. @CDB

    Thanks!

    It’s always great to see you drop in.

  66. @ Playoffs – I would like to take 50 on the WIN

    thanks and Go Bucs!

  67. @JMB,

    Before business starts tonight, good to be here – the Mariner gig (while spectacular) has cut into Pirate watching. That said, I flashed a “Z” to an older man in a Pirate cap last week at a game, and he gave it right back. Right in Safeco.

    School must be starting for you soon…I completely understand both ends of those emotions (taught for 13 yrs, now also at a technical school in student support office).

  68. @playoffs,

    50 on the WIN pls

  69. That’s neat about the Safeco guy.

    It was awesome to see all of the fired up Pirates’ fans in SD –definitely more than I remember in Oakland (2010) and LA (2011).

    Yeah, we have our composition meeting next week, and it’s back in the saddle right after Labor Day.

  70. That a way Snider, sacrifice the body and makes a great catch!

  71. Well, good start…
    Maybe Karstens rolls and the pen gets its day off…(don’t know when the regulars will)

  72. Dave G,
    Excellent post – #56. I agree with everything.

    I wish I would have wrote that post…instead of the 43 I wrote earlier today.
    (and I’m sure others would agree)

    ————————————————————————
    Watched the Pirate pregame show and they had interviews with players inside the clubhouse. The first thought in my mind when I saw them: boy, they look tired.
    Seriously.

    And I think the Inside Pirate Baseball show had an interview with the trainer. I didn’t see the whole thing but it was pretty interesting…including the part on getting the proper sleep. Seriously.

  73. @Playoffs

    I was on autopilot…. OVER means WIN

  74. WOW what a play by Barmes!

  75. If I missed the comments and facts that all major league clubs require players to get off a red eye flight, get into a bus, etc

    When is the Yankees clay shooting? Or the Tampa Bay, “ride a rollercoaster day”?

    Its akin to handing out demerits in the minors for a messy locker

    Cut me a break

    Yup, thinking about it, I am sure the BMTIB knows what they are doing

  76. Bah, that stunk!

  77. Steeler news – David DeCastro hurt his knee. Carted off the field in Buffalo.

  78. How do you allow yourself to be picked off second? Base running continues to be atrocious.

  79. There it was in full view – the ultimate example of disinterest and lack of hustle!!!

    Then the Alfred E. Neumann facial countenance of “What me worry?”

    His HR’s are meaningless if he doesn’t want to play!!

  80. Patton:

    That is just awful news. Good Lord I hate preseason.

  81. At some point our hitters must realize Marcum is just throwing off speed and quit lunging and sit back on it ready to rip. He hasn’t pitched in over two months and we can’t touch him.

  82. At least the game is moving quickly……..

  83. Jeff Karstens turning in a shut down performance and we need every bit of it tonight. Encouraging following a solid effort turned in from Wandy yesterday.

  84. Not many commenters tonight. Guess they will be back at halftime.

    Missing a great game. Barmes with TWO outstanding plays, and several other great fundamental plays. Strange didn’t bounce a single throw over, contrary to popular belief.

    Snider with a great play as well. Need some hits though. Lot of hard hit balls held up by the wind blowing in.

  85. Here we go!! The Fort knocks one in.

  86. Frankly, this is our formula…pitch well and have the bats come along…
    We’ve been trying pitch crappy early and chase. That is hard for anybody, dang near impossible for us.

  87. I thought Wandy had his best performance for us yesterday, JRay. It kind of got lost in the angst over the loss.

  88. Barmes really needed to deliver there.

  89. Roberto–how are you seeing the game?

  90. Karstens shows them how to do it!

  91. Nice to see the Fort get his swing going last few AB’s, now has RBI’s in last two games.

    @ RF – I must have missed all the hard hit balls outside of Jones to the wall, Pedro and Fort doubles, lots of pop outs, strike outs and ground outs off this soft tossing pitcher.

    And with that Karstens doing it all tonight, base hit to drive in a run, he figured he would have to contribute with the bat after Barmes flamed.

  92. @Arriba

    In person. Putting my 9-1 record on the line. Does that mean no TV tonight in Pittsburgh?

  93. Karstens showing the jets!

    Tabby crushing it!

  94. Good to see Tabata hitting to left center.

  95. This is more like it!

  96. Rob Biertempfel ‏@BiertempfelTrib
    First RBI for #Pirates Jose Tabata since being recalled from Indy

  97. Tabata did hit well over .300 for an extended stretch last year, got hurt, and has NEVER been close to that.
    Maybe he can get straight and be that OBP guy at the top.

  98. Roberto—I kinda figured you were there. Better make it 10-1. :-)

    It’s on Root.

  99. Can’t really complain about Tabata and his effort and performance since recall. This is the big inning the club needed.

  100. Sadly Cutch still cant SB.

  101. @Roberto:

    Can’t watch the game tonight. Getting updates on my phone. Relying on you to update me on my favorite SS whipping boy. :)

  102. @JRay,

    Jones first fly out would have been a HR without the wind knocking it down. Jones 2nd out was hit hard as well. Of course Pedro’s hit. There were also several well-stung foul balls down the RF. Not hits but well stung.

  103. 10-1 for Roberto. Keep it going.

  104. Uh-oh, Tabata out.

    Anything on the broadcasts as to why?

  105. CCB–Tabata never hit over .300 any month last year, but he did have a decent OBP for extended periods.

  106. CDBrewer, sorry.

  107. Tabata pulled after first good shot…lol…don’t care if it is injury or CH move…just can’t get going…

  108. Tabata get hurt, I presume? I missed it…

  109. 1B Gaby Sanchez replaces Tabata in #Pirates lineup. Snider goes to LF, Jones to RF. No word yet on reason for moves.

    *************************

    It looked like he was really struggling coming home.

  110. So Tabby got hurt last year and has supposedly been reluctant to go all out from fear of getting hurt again…

    He finally seems to get over that and was hustling since the recall, and then gets hurt again?

    Seriously, is it something with the jerseys that makes this sort of thing happen???

  111. @AW

    Sorry, it was soon after we called him up 2 years ago…you are right about last year…very bad…
    Look at his July – August in 2010…and over 300 ABs…but right on about last year. Sorry, it all runs into each other

  112. @DD,

    DK has oft said it is the 7 letters across the front of the jersey…

  113. Haven’t heard any explanation yet on Root for Tabata.

  114. 24/7 tweets no word on Tabata yet.

  115. lol PRNW chirps the ump after that K, and he had every right to…

  116. I didnt want to be negative since we were scoring, but I thought Tabby was loafing coming home — looking around too much instead of just hustling. But it makes more sense if he was hurting and simply trying to struggle home.

  117. Several Pirates have been unhappy with calls tonight. Even form down the RF line that pitch looked low. The catcher dropped his glove to get it.

  118. A Pedro hot streak would go a long way towards hanging on in the race…

  119. Tabata: 15 day DL, sprained psyche

  120. CDB–I know. Actually, I was surprised in looking that his OBP for much of the time he was playing last year was adequate for a lead off hitter.

  121. Man, Barmes almost beat that throw

  122. Barmes has not looked like his ‘august’ self at the plate tonight. In the field however, he has looked like an All-star.

  123. Left groin discomfort for Tabata. Same area that bugged him earlier this season (groin/hip/quad).

  124. Alex Presley better pack his bags!

  125. @ JMB – thanks for that update….better have Presley on standby.

  126. Jeff Karstens has pitched like the Pirates ace his last few starts….seven strong tonight!

  127. Man, Bucs are cruisin’

  128. I had to go over to Prime Ticket to watch the Dodgers gloat about their new all-star team.

  129. Here’s too hoping this Dodger team is like that mid 90′s Mets team that prompted the Book The Worst Team Money Can Buy.

    How long is Marte out? Do they expect him back when he is eligible?

  130. Tabata Tabata Tabata. You play well then you get hurt.

  131. now it looks like JK hurt his right groin!

    Bah!

  132. Can we BUY a break please?
    geez, Karstens gets going, then this.

  133. Ah, CRAP…2 groins in a game?

  134. I am sure some will kill Barmes on that last play. Bianchi got a huge jump on Karstens, and Barmes probably had little chance to catch the speedy Morgan, even if he could have effectively reversed direction, fielded the ball and attempted an against the body throw.

    And now Karstens hurt. Bummer. Great start Jeff

  135. Well that is not good….our best pitcher in month of August leaves with leg injury, can we just get some good news.

  136. Why not Grilli? Here we go again…

  137. Karsty is just about the only good start we’ve had in the past 2 weeks

  138. Lance…Neil…bad week to be an Armstrong.

  139. Um, 1st 4 Dodgers have hits tonight including 3 run dinger by Gonzalez in his first LA AB.

  140. A-Gon – 3r hr in 1st Dodger ab.

  141. Nice seeing Grilli come in right here…this is exactly where he’s needed. Brewers at the corners, 1 out. Go get ‘em!

  142. Better start thinking about catching Braves, Cards and Giants….LA just might run away with it with that lineup.

  143. Way to go Grilli makin’ it look easy!!

  144. Grilli comes in and slams the door, nice work three more outs!

  145. Sorry, this confuses me. 4 run lead and we are running Grilli AND Hammer out there?

    What are we going to do tomorrow in a 1-run game with them both well used?

  146. haha use ‘em again! Grilli only threw 5 pitches, no reason he can’t go again

    They can’t go complaining about a clay pigeon shoot on a day off, then not pitch a day after pitching in a game. Penant race and all.

  147. @ RF – was wondering same thing about Hanrahan especially with him pitching last night…I understood Grilli there were two on and meat of Brewer order, but save your closer for save situations!

  148. And honestly, throwing Hanny here, it’s not a bad idea…Bucs are on a 4 game losing streak, they really need this one. Don’t need something getting in their way, even if it’s some random fluke inning.

  149. C’MON HANNY LET’S GET IT DONE ALREADY

  150. Check with CH, I’m sure he has a plan

  151. Behind seven plus innings of shutout ball from Jeff Karstens the Bucs take the middle game of the set 4-0 over the Brewers and there was noooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs move back to within one game of the Cardinals for the final WC spot. the Pirates go for the series win tomorrow afternoon as Erik Bedard will take the hill on eight days rest.

    Go Bucs!

  152. STFD Nyjer!

    ….fear the Bones….

  153. Made it anxious with loading the bases, but Hammer finishes it.

    Thanks Karsten for running my personal record to 10-1

  154. RAISE IT

  155. #STFD Tony Plush!!!

  156. haha how much pressure is that, to get interviewed in front of the entire stadium

    I’d be scared to death I’d swear or something

  157. Musta been the pigeon shoot.

  158. Now 1-1 post skeet-gate.

  159. Jeff Karstens for the WIN. Thanks to all who played tonight. Getting crowded near the top again…..

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  160. Bring on the pigeons.

  161. Forget the stinking pigeons. This team doesn’t need any negative diversions right now.

    Play ball. Win.

  162. Ok then. Ducks.

  163. They read the blog? Better yet, they pay attention to the blog? Even moreso, they pay attention to Drew?

  164. YEAH. What HE said.

    waittaminnit…

  165. “We recognize and understand that if you want to be good in this league, you have to spend money” – Magic Johnson after the big trade.

    What a novel idea.

  166. pattonbb,
    I saw Magic on the news last night and read some of his comments in the paper this morning.

    I wondered ‘how long will it take for Magic to realize – this league is screwed up!’.

    Carl Crawford won’t be back until later next season. He may end up being a .250 hitter – and nowhere close to the player he was before he signed that giant contract.
    Beckett is a jerk and his performance is sliding fast. My guess is that the reality of MLB will hit Magic pretty fast.

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