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First pitch: Pirates-Astros

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (71-64) vs. Houston Astros (42-93)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. Houston LHP Fernando Abad

  1. Brock Holt, 2B
  2. Clint Barmes, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, RF
  5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Rod Barajas, C
  8. Alex Presley, LF
  9. Kevin Correia, RHP


  1. Thundercrack says:

    I hope that starter for Houston is abad one.

  2. Thundercrack says:

    So….should we start worrying about Neil Walker?

  3. pattonbb says:

    Abad got rocked by the Reds last time out. 4 IP, 9 hits, 6ER.

    He’ll probably go 8 innings tonight.

    Ah, screw that. LETS GO BUCS!!!!!

  4. Chico says:

    Barmes batting second. There’s a change…

  5. Chico says:

    Also… Barajas is back. Ugh.

  6. Arriba Wilver says:

    What’s his career high in strikeouts, I mean before tonight?

  7. pattonbb says:

    They scratched Tabata. The original lineup was –


    Wonder what gives?

  8. pattonbb says:

    let me try that again. Here was the original lineup –


  9. What in the Heck is this lineup?

    I like Clint Hurdle very much and I defend him . . . .

    . . . . but I think he made out this lineup just to TICK ME OFF!!
    The Killing B’s, one of them batting 2nd, and “Matt Diaz” Sanchez.

  10. Milo Hamilton says:

    Ramzi Abid ?

  11. Bizrow says:

    Obviosly PRNW’s back will be used as spin for the BMTIB during the off season

    That being said, he’s a big loss

    I’m sure the FO has been building a file to try to “deflect” thinks if the collapse continues

    You hear the same thing from the Stillers and Pens (not really)

    Just sayin


  12. Thundercrack says:

    I think he likes Sanchez between Jones & Pedro – to have a right hander between 2 lefties.

    Who else would you bat second? Presley?

  13. Wilver Dornel,

    Good call on the strikeout total insinuation for Abad.

    You’ve been “ON” with your comments all day! Good Job!! I’ve needed the witty periodic smiles today.

  14. Arriba Wilver says:

    Tabby hurt his foot last night, and Snider aggravated his hammy. I guess Clint prefers a swinging strikeout batting second over a caught looking strikeout.

  15. Yes, bat Presley 2nd——better speed, taking walks recently, isn’t significantly worse against lefties!

  16. Thundercrack says:

    So Biz, you’re thinking the FO will say in the offseason that the reason we didn’t make the playoffs was because Walker hurt his back?

    I wonder if JMac and Karstens will be in that file too.

    Beat Em Bucs, indeed.

  17. Thundercrack says:

    I agree with the speed part about Presley.
    In his last 10 games he’s hitting .200, 3 walks, 7Ks.

    I’ve been really disappointed with him all season.

  18. Milo Hamilton says:

    You pull yourself from a game in the middle of a pennant race with a bruised foot ? He had better not even be able to walk.

  19. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    I don’t have a problem with Barmes batting 2nd and Presley in the 8th spot.

    2 ways of thinking with this. 1. Barmes sees better pitches ahead of Cutch or 2, if Holt gets on, can bunt him over in scoring position for Cutch.

    With Presley, in a way at the 8 hole, his a bit of a 2nd leadoff guy. Big IF he gets on, pitcher bunts him over or he could steal, but then nobody on this team can steal.

  20. Arriba Wilver says:

    Milo—my thoughts exactly!

  21. I really wanted Alex Presley to end up being a Chris Duffy with heart.

    He has turned into Adrian Brown.

  22. Milo Hamilton says:

    With Correia pitching you know you need at least 5 runs to win. The 3-6 hitters in that lineup really have to come through. No excuses.

  23. pattonbb says:

    I agree with Milo, Tabata better be limping around the clubhouse.

    Hey, at least he has a very “team friendly” contract. We only have four more years of this to look forward to.

  24. Milo Hamilton says:

    Presley hitting .273 vs lefties this season, .225 vs righties.

  25. North Cali Ryan,

    Not exactly a compliment when you hope Barmes can make productive outs by bunting. And he has proven to be such a good bunter. Yikes!!

    If I’m Abad, I never, never, never throw Jones and Pedro a fastball. Make them go golfing in the dirt. If they walk, “Matt Diaz” Sanchez and Boomer Barajas can hit into doubleplays.

    Need a shutout tonight. Or, more likely, we need more dropped popups at shortstop like last night!

  26. Bizrow says:

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  27. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    I’d rather him bunt than hit into a DP. Productive outs are not a bad thing.

    Get em on, move em over, get em in.

  28. Arriba Wilver says:

    Barmes is batting .277 vs lefties, .205 against righties. (yes, the .277 was a shock)

  29. If Holt gets on and Barmes bunts him over, that will immediately take the bat out of McCutch’s hands. They will walk him to pitch to the lefty.

    Look for a high LOB figure tonight.

    Pray for more dropped pops!

  30. Arriba Wilver says:

    G2M–I had the same thought about Barmes and bunting, but when I looked, he is leading the team in successful sacrifice bunts ( 7), followed by Harrison with 6 and Presley with 4 (excluding pitchers).

    And thanks for the shout out.

  31. Redus says:

    sanchez goes yard and barmes turns in a nice night as well – alvarez need you big buddy…cutch is back…jones sneaking up on everyone…what KC do we get tonight???? September and we care…thanks fellas

  32. Arriba Wilver says:

    Holt hasn’t hit against a lefty yet. I sense a platoon situation brewing at SS, unless, of course, Brock goes 4 for 5 again.

  33. Milo Hamilton says:

    If I think it’s entertaining now, I can’t wait until Holt is on the bench while Barmes is still playing every day. That’s going to blow the doors off this place.

  34. JRay3 says:

    @ Milo – #18- could not have said it any better. I just wonder how many guys on this team truly hate losing. This is the stretch,these guys are closer than they have ever been I want guys that have to be dragged off the field.

  35. T.S. says:

    It’s official. Clint Hurdle has officially flipped his lid. The Pirates are short two guys in the lineup. Oh wait, never mind. Barmes and Barajas are playing.

  36. Milo Hamilton says:


    Remember Dave Parker with that rigged up football mask ? Missed only 15 days with his broken jaw wired shut.

  37. JRay3 says:

    Have the Pirates had four LH bats in a starting lineup versus a LHP this year?

  38. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Groat #29

    That is a possbility of course, however that gives Jones a shot at doing something.

    and I’ll take Cutch on base 4 times via the walk…I’d rather not of course, but when he’s on base, there’s a chance for him to make things happen…except for stealing.

  39. JAL says:

    CH doesn’t have a lot options–only 2 healthy outfielders so Jones bet left to play right, that puts Sanchez at 1st. C and SS only position with much choice.

  40. pattonbb says:

    Milo – I don’t think that will blow the doors off of this place. If Holt hits, he plays. Obviously he’s not going 4-5 every night. But he should get a chance to play. What’s your problem with him? Is there something about the guy you’re not a fan of? I’m just curious. Not trying to sound like a smartazz. Just wondering if I missed something.

    Wait till Barmes is on the bench and Holt is getting starts at ss. I bet that will blow the doors off of your place.

  41. Thundercrack says:

    Well, Neil Walker has missed a lot of games during the same pennant race that Tabata has supposedly pulled himself out of.

  42. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    I’m assuming Tabby took one off the foot. Sometimes, those linger. Not jumping to any conclusions with that.

  43. Milo Hamilton says:


    I have no problem with him. None at all. I love what he has done. But there is no way he is going to play shortstop over Clint Barmes on a regular basis. They won’t even move on from Barajas with a perfectly suitable replacement right there under their noses.

    I’m not saying what should happen. I’m saying what will happen. I hope they prove me wrong.

  44. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    I don’t know if anybody noticed or not, but Cinncy lost also today.

  45. Arriba Wilver says:

    Sure, Brock may be a Sept wonder like Allensworth, Tike, Duffy or Brown and others, but assuming they were infielders I’d take their first September’s production right now. We’re not setting the roster for next year, we’re trying to win now. (so THERE, Milo)

  46. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Pirates need a W tonight and I hope the freakin’ Dodgers lose. That spending spree makes me hate them even more. Most of my hatred is because the wife is a Giants fan, so I must support if I want to be fed.

  47. pattonbb says:

    Milo – OK, I understand where you’re coming from. Thought I missed something. Sorry.

  48. LuckyNKentucky says:


    There was a gentleman on this AM from Bicknell, Indiana.

  49. JohninOshkosh says:

    Looks like a miniscule crowd. Might hear more of that woo thing.

  50. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    BTW, 100 on the over

    Oh wait…….

  51. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    OK, I admit, I’m not too worried about Correia tonight. A strong 5 will be ideal for a spot starter, 6 or more bonus.

    I worry more about the offense, to be honest.

  52. JohninOshkosh says:

    I do gotta say Brock Holt has both the name and looks to have been pulled right out of central casting.

  53. pattonbb says:

    Nice 1st inning for KC. Time to make Abad work.

    Lets go Bucs!

  54. Milo Hamilton says:

    We’re not the only ones with attendance issues. Today in St. Louis – 30,090 – the smallest crowd in the history of Busch Stadium III.

  55. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    What? BH grounds out to 2B?

    Send that kid down, he stinks.

  56. pattonbb says:

    uh oh…look at Barmes getting a hit from the 2 spot.

  57. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    bad spot for him……..should be 8th. LOL

  58. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    I guess even with Barmes on 1st it still takes the bat outta Cutch’s hand.

    Can’t say I blame the pitcher for being scared!!

  59. pattonbb says:

    Legend delivers!!!

    1-0 good guys.

  60. JohninOshkosh says:

    Jones’ stats this year must both please and terrify the Pirates frugal FO.

  61. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Garrett Jones is to Astros as Pedro is to Cardinals.

    Not as much power though, but honestly, who has as much power as Pedro?

  62. pattonbb says:

    Now Gabby gets in on the fun.

    Here we go boys. 2-0 good guys.

  63. Milo Hamilton says:

    This is normally Roberto’s territory, I promise I’ll never do it again. Clint Barmes was hitting .170 on June 1st. He’s hitting .252 since.

  64. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    What are the odds of Barajas actually getting a hit here?

    That would be awesome, but highly doubtful.

  65. Milo Hamilton says:


    The sinister, conspiracy theory part of me thinks that the acquisitions of Snider & Sanchez were made with an eye toward trading Jones & his handsome arbitration number this off season.

  66. JRay3 says:

    @ Milo – because it is you I will bite my tongue…besides .198 Barajas is the new whipping boy….happy to see Barmes deliver.

    @ JohninOshKosh- #60 – interesting take…they just need to lock him up and get the deal with Walker done this off season.

  67. JRay3 says:

    @ Ryan – # 19 – so far your assessment has played out nicely.

  68. Milo Hamilton says:


    Your forbearance is appreciated. And like I said, never again.

  69. JohninOshkosh says:

    JRay and Milo:

    It will be very interesting to see what happens with Jones in the off season. Whatever happens will be revealing.

  70. JRay3 says:

    And the mystique of Brock Holt lives on, RBI single….3-0 Bucs!

  71. pattonbb says:

    the bat plays.

  72. Arriba Wilver says:

    Milo @ #43. I did not know that was where you were coming from. I heard a bit of an interview with Neal on the Fan today, and he pretty much confirmed your view in so many words.

  73. Eric Bowser says:

    oh wow, Pirates can’t get a break.

  74. JRay3 says:

    Is Jerry Meals at second? Holt looked safe.

  75. Arriba Wilver says:

    On the slo-mo replay, Holt was clearly safe.

  76. Arriba Wilver says:

    It was very close in real time, though.

  77. pattonbb says:

    Arriba – Now I see where you’re coming from.

  78. Eric Bowser says:

    Ouch, just saw the replay of A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy getting a line drive off his head.

  79. Arriba Wilver says:

    And Barmes walks for the 9th time this year. No, really.

  80. Arriba Wilver says:


  81. JohninOshkosh says:

    Flipping to the NFL preshow. Had a segment with all the different NFL networks giving a preview of the game each is covering this weekend.

    The NFL just gets it when it comes to the media.

  82. Eric Bowser says:

    What are the Dallas Cowboys doing with TE Jason Witten being active for tonight’s game. The dude had a spleen issue and this is how they treat game one of the regular season, to risk a player’s health.

  83. Milo Hamilton says:


    Tabata thinks Witten should sit.

  84. Milo Hamilton says:

    Just threw Wallace a 3-2 changeup with a 3 run lead.

  85. pattonbb says:

    Did anyone catch Hines on NBC NFL pregame? I won’t re-hash the entire segment, but a Giant had told him Romo was a good QB, not a great one or “elite” becuse he’s prone to make mistakes. Costas then compares Ben to Romo. Hines smiles and says, “Ben has two rings”.

  86. JohninOshkosh says:

    Do not let them get back into this game!

  87. Eric Bowser says:

    @pattonbb – national media will never give Ben his proper due.

  88. Eric Bowser says:

    …and here’s the Kevin Correia, we know.

  89. JRay3 says:

    Oh brother, time to wiggle out of this half inning before further damage is done.

  90. Eric Bowser says:

    It is the Lastros, can Correia just have one start where he doesn’t drive up the blood pressure for Pirates fans.

  91. Eric Bowser says:

    wow, big risk on the 3-2-3 double play by Sanchez to Barajas to Sanchez.

  92. JRay3 says:

    Wow that is one of the most impressive 3-2-3 DP’s you will see….Sanchez was playing way back at first.

  93. pattonbb says:

    Nice dp turned by Gabby and Barajas.

  94. Arriba Wilver says:

    Jones and the Fort could have made it. (I’m kidding)

  95. JohninOshkosh says:

    A triple!

  96. JRay3 says:

    AP trip trip triple to get Bucs run right back, nice answer.

  97. Eric Bowser says:

    Barajas singles to RF, scores from 1B on Presley’s single. Big man was chugging.

  98. pattonbb says:


    Way to get that run right back. Maybe Clint really does know what he’s doing with these lineups. :)

  99. Eric Bowser says:

    I meant triple…. argh

  100. Eric Bowser says:

    really nice at-bat by Kevin Correia to battle and foul off some pitches.

  101. JRay3 says:

    Hey just another day at the office for Brock Holt, sac fly, two RBI day for Holt, 5-1 good guys.

  102. Eric Bowser says:

    If this keeps up, I’m going to be purchasing a #2 Pirates jersey.

  103. DemonDachshund says:

    I’m surprised they don’t have oxygen for Rod in the dugout.

  104. JRay3 says:

    Two walks in one game from Barmes, someone pinch me I must be dreaming this up.

  105. DemonDachshund says:

    This game can’t really be happening.

    Barajas scores from 1st?
    Barmes walks TWICE????

  106. Jandy says:

    Is it ok if I laugh at Barajas half the night chugging his way home, then taking the rest of the inning to catch his breath???

  107. Arriba Wilver says:

    My prediction is that Abad will be dfa’d tomorrow for walking Barmes twice.

  108. pattonbb says:

    I think it’s ok Jandy. He was probably laughing too.

  109. Jandy says:

    patton lol….no doubt!

  110. pattonbb says:

    Only took KC 7 pitches to get out of that inning?

  111. Reading says:

    Houston Oilers, Houston Oilers, Houston Oilers Number One!! Wait … wrong sport. Never mind.

  112. Arriba Wilver says:

    Neal called. He said it’s not like these guys are the ’27 Yankees.

  113. Eric Bowser says:

    It would be wonderful for the Pirates to get Gabby Sanchez to start hitting, they will need his bat against LH pitching and pinch hitting.

  114. Reading says:

    The ’27 Yankees called and said they want their Murderers Row back.

  115. bobhasis says:

    Barmes display of defense is an aberration which SOON must end to allow the NEW DUDE to play all of the time.

    Presley’s speed and hustle must play.

    I see an outfield of Presley, Cutch and Marte (left to right), Jones at 1B and anyone alive at C who can throw out a runner. Tabby, Gabby, Snider and Mercer in reserve with Fort.

    With 13 pitchers, that leaves two spots available. Get your 2013 tickets now; they are going fast.

  116. Jandy says:

    is that 2 hits for Gaby tonight?

  117. bobhasis says:

    Oops I left out Walker and Pedro. No spots open for next year

  118. Arriba Wilver says:

    bob–your love of Presley is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma.

  119. Eric Bowser says:

    wow, weak Lastros, just weak.

    Pirates could use another inning or two from Correia to keep that bullpen rested and build his confidence.

  120. bobhasis says:

    Correia is showing NH and CH they aren’t perfect in their decision-making

  121. Jandy says:

    AW would that be an enidrum or a conundma?

  122. Jandy says:

    Woah, presley with another hit :)

  123. bobhasis says:

    Yes his speed and hustle are what teams look for; and don’t forget to mix in a little rhetorical hyperbole and, VOILA, a neat little ball player emerges

    Thanks AW you remember.

  124. Milo Hamilton says:


    You mean like thinking Jeff Locke is a major league pitcher ?

  125. Eric Bowser says:

    Not a fan of KC being pulled after 6 IP, 67 pitches.

    Hurdle just can’t let the game manage itself.

  126. JRay3 says:

    @ bob – and to think they moved KC to the pen in order to keep Bedard in the rotation, oh to have those games back.

  127. Jandy says:

    eric I was thinking the same thing

  128. bobhasis says:

    I might also settle for 12 pitchers and keep JHay

  129. bobhasis says:

    No Milo, I merely said 12 pitchers without naming them

  130. Arriba Wilver says:

    This has to be the first game this season Hurdle has been criticized for pulling a pitcher too soon.

  131. Eric Bowser says:

    now the kid bunts the men over… is there anything Brock Holt can’t do?

  132. Jandy says:

    Add sacrifice bunt to Brock’s resume

  133. JRay3 says:

    @ Eric -scratching my head on that as well, KC just had an easy inning of work and was dealing.

    Nice sac ny Holt, the kid is doing a little bit of everthing today.

  134. Jandy says:

    Eric…as a matter of fact, he can’t please some people in here ;)

  135. bobhasis says:

    Yes JRay, those games would look lovely in our race for a WC – had we won them instead of Bedard butchering them

  136. bobhasis says:

    AW @132 he does it all the time to Correia – no one else

  137. bobhasis says:

    Yes Eric – HE CAN”T PLAY SHORTSTOP, because CH won’t let him.

  138. Eric Bowser says:

    holy Barmes…. squeeze it!

  139. Milo Hamilton says:

    I think we found our #2 hitter.

  140. pattonbb says:

    There must be something about Correia that Clint doesn’t trust. I can’t figure it out.

    Love watching a well executed squeeze play. Especially when it’s not done to the Pirates, but by the Pirates.

  141. Arriba Wilver says:

    bob–you miss the point. On almost a nightly basis in losses, he is criticized for leaving a pitcher in too long, even Karstens in the second inning recently.

    What is Correia’s record again?

  142. Milo Hamilton says:

    By the way, good on Alex Presley for taking advantage of an opportunity.

  143. Jandy says:

    nice…Lurch with 2 K’s :)

  144. Arriba Wilver says:

    I second that, Milo, but he is not one of the 3 best outfielders when all are healthy.

  145. Jandy says:

    sometimes i swear Jones can’t see very well with h is contacts

  146. Eric Bowser says:

    GFJ just can’t play balls in that spot

  147. Jandy says:

    Good job Lurch :)

  148. Milo Hamilton says:


    No, not at all.

  149. Milo Hamilton says:


    As a matter of fact, I think Presley may be in danger of being left off the 40 man this winter.

  150. bobhasis says:

    AW, in an unspecific way, it seems like it’s only Correia getting a quick hook; it’s probably not the case

  151. Jandy says:

    dayum, Gaby’s on a roll.

  152. Eric Bowser says:

    Who is this Gabby Sanchez?

  153. Eric Bowser says:

    Pedro wants that one back, he ‘juuuuust’ missed it.

  154. Jandy says:


  155. bobhasis says:

    Milo I’ll give you two mortal cinches that will be omitted from the 40 – both last names begin with B

  156. Milo Hamilton says:


    I think you’re half right.

  157. JRay3 says:

    Correia had only thrown 67 pitches to get through six and only had one rough half inning, probably could have left him in, but all is well Hughes has done nice job.

  158. JRay3 says:

    Love the dirty Brock Holt Jersey, kid just looks like a ballplayer….nice to see Eric Fryer we did actually call him up.

  159. Jandy says:

    JRay Holt looks like “The Natural” :)

  160. Arriba Wilver says:

    bob–fair enough on Correia. I just don’t see it as an issue based on his record, especially over his last 10 or so games.

  161. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Just got home from church. I see you guys and gals have built a nice lead. It’ll give Hanny a night off before an off day. Sweep the Cubs and we’re back in the WC as the Cards continue to falter. (That’s prophetic, BTW)

    Correia was probably pulled because he has never seen the seventh inning and it’s Sept. Saving his arm for the playoff push, right bob? They won’t drop Barmes, either. He’s owed too much moolah.

  162. Jandy says:

    welcome home, Lucky :)

  163. JAL says:

    Also took Correia out because he hasn’t been starting so arm might not be ready to go too far.

  164. Arriba Wilver says:

    Clnt never should have brought Grilli in.

  165. pattonbb says:

    …fear the Bones….

    Nice all-round game by Gabby tonight. Very welcomed sight.

  166. Milo Hamilton says:

    If they can just win 2 games in each series the rest of the way, that will give them 88. I’ll take that & go quietly.

  167. Jandy says:

    Grilli finishes it off :)

  168. Eric Bowser says:

    72 wins.

    10 to go….

  169. JRay3 says:

    And behind six solid innings of work from Kevin Correia earning him double digit wins on the season the Bucs take the series from the Astros with a 6-3 victory and there was nooooooo doubt about it.

    The Bucs move to within 1.5 games of the Cardinals for the final WC spot. The Pirates resume play Friday night when the Cubs come to town to begin a three game series with AJ Burnett drawing the pitching assignment.

    Let’s Go Bucs.

  170. scapper says:

    Didn’t see game. Just checked box score. Maybe I’m having a mental block, but how do the Pirate pitchers get credit for 8.2 innings pitched in a nine-inning win? Where is that 27th out and who no credit to any pitcher?

  171. Drew71 says:


    At least while our Traveling Gnome is in Denver or London or wherever.

  172. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m getting a hankering to go Skeet shooting tomorrow, East of the City, in the mountains.

  173. scapper says:

    I mean “why” no credit.

  174. bobhasis says:

    Lucky they will have to push real hard, but since my main man has been given a new opportunity – that being AP – the push will be easier too, with Walker coming back and then the futuristic outfield alignment for 2013 with SPEEEEED to burn Presley, Cutch and Marte will give us a preview to anticipate next year.

  175. Eric Bowser says:

    Gotta admit, did not like the lineup tonight but it worked out and team won.

  176. DemonDachshund says:

    10-16 gets it done.

    Sorry, after Friday through Monday, I react to the word “Playoffs” the same way Jim Mora does.

  177. Arriba Wilver says:

    bob—see post #120. That guy knows what he’s talking about.

  178. Drew71 says:

    and while you’re at it, bob, see post 165. that girl says it all.

  179. LuckyNKentucky says:

    She’s in bed, Drew. 4:00 comes early!

  180. Drew71 says:

    I’m afraid that I’m too lazy to know.

  181. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Good news on the rehab front. Marte played in Indy’s game and went 1-3 with only 1 K.

  182. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Ric got VandenHurked, though. Gave up 3 runs in the first and took the loss. Guess he won’t be wearing any black and gold anytime soon.

  183. pattonbb says:

    uh oh, Dejan’s ripping the attendance again on twitter…

    I’M JUST KIDDING DK!!! I know, poor joke….couldn’t pass it up though.

    DK: Very funny.

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