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Final: Reds 1, Pirates 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (76-80) vs. Cincinnati Reds (94-62)

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. Cincinnati RHP Homer Bailey

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


  1. JAL says:

    Mercer playing 2nd and batting 2nd. Finally getting some playing time with Walker done for the season.

  2. gregenstein says:

    Killer B’s at 7-8-9. Not quite Biggio-Bell-Bagwell.

    Yes, that Derek Bell.

  3. Thundercrack says:

    After looking at Nutting’s quotes again, could it be that he will be reviewing and looking further into the PROCESSES and not so much the PEOPLE.

    DK: The question posed was about people. Appreciate your trust, as always, TC
    I was not trying to be snide. When I read the article I didn’t see where Nutting was referring to people. He mentioned the management team but not in a way that said any of the people were in danger. Didn’t even use the pronouns. That made me believe that he had already made up his mind regarding the people and was going to concentrate on the process.

    I re-read and did see where you mentioned “Including the people atop baseball operations.”

    DK: Thanks.

  4. Hurdled says:

    I’m glad that Neal Huntington will be the GM when Hanrahan is traded.

    Imagine the great haul he will bring back on that one…….

    Hoka Hey!

  5. Hurdled says:

    Speaking of great trades, where exactly are Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio?

    Hoka Hey?

  6. NMR says:


    Do you just purposefully repeat ignorant statements to troll the blog?

    Refresh my memory, how did the Pittsburgh Pirates acquire Joel Hanrahan?

    Great example.

  7. T.S. says:

    Mercer should have been playing a lot more. Too little, too late. But good to see Barajas back in there (insert sarcasm).

  8. T.S. says:


    Wow. Lighten up dude.

  9. Hurdled says:

    The same way they acquired 5-tool sensation Lastings Milledge.

    Refresh my memory, where is he currently playing?

    I don’t remember, must be my IGNORANCE!

  10. NMR says:

    Look, Hurlded made a funny! Thanks!

  11. Hurdled says:

    Maybe he is playing with ace-reliever Craig Hansen.

  12. Hurdled says:

    Don’t let me take the credit.

    Huntington made the joke.

    I’m just repeating it.

  13. SlackBoss says:

    @ Hurdled – Yeah – Stupid GM – he failed to diagnose this: In 2009, Hansen was diagnosed with Parsonage-Turner syndrome, a rare condition causing pain, weakness, and numbness in the arms, shoulders, and upper back. He is currently in the Mets minor league system.

    At least pick a scouting failure, there are enough examples there to go around.

  14. Drew71 says:

    I’m going to take SeanAY’s interesting post, 43 on the last thread, a bit further. Maybe too far. But his post got me thinking (for once).

    Sean suggested that it is illogical to think Nutting approved Coonelly’s statement when you consider he spoke almost in contradiction a day later. A relatively quiet man did that. Before he’s completed his review. Ten days after he last spoke.

    So here is my reach.

    This not-very-public man, who always supports his management team the few times he speaks, who was probably contacted by every local sports media outlet to comment on these events, chose to almost-contradict his management team with the media guy who after his last column may be the most-est, hairiest, nonstory-est, persona non of the local media in the eyes of the management team Nutting is almost-contradicting?

    Is that a Double Statement by Nutting-Decided or am I inhaling too many tea leaves?

  15. Drew71 says:

    Left of gratiest. Obviously.

  16. Hurdled says:

    Ask and ye shall receive, a true scouting failure…

    At the time Neal Huntington traded for Craig Hansen his stats were:
    74 Appearnces
    71.2 Innings
    338 Batters Faced
    3 Wins
    5 Loses
    6.15 ERA

    Now I’m not a professional scout, but those numbers look somewhat…how do you say…AWFUL

  17. Bizrow says:

    Nuttin has to have some acumen, he could buy each and every one of us lock, stock and barrel.

    Now his underlings though

    Walk like a duck, quack like a duck, poop like a duck

    Its a duck!!!!

    Hopefully one that can buy us lock, stock and barrel, might be able to figure that out, especially the second time around/chance

  18. JMB says:

    re: the herniated disk for PRNW

    I wonder if he will ever be able to fully recover from it. I forget if he is arb eligible this off-season.

  19. Leefoo says:

    Drew…I have absolutely NO what you said in number 15.

    That may be a good thing, however.



  20. Arriba Wilver says:

    Yeah, Walker’s a Super 2.

    Drew–next time you post, put “fire Hurdle” in it. Foo understands that.

  21. Leefoo says:

    Hurdle just said Walker has a herniated disk. DK, myself and others can attest that disks ain’t to be messed with
    Get well PRNW!



  22. Leefoo says:

    AW…thanks…I knew Yewe would understand

    Fire Foo


  23. Drew71 says:

    Foo – Taking nothing away from our favorite intrepid reporter…

    Is there something to Nutting offering his comments to Dejan, the one columnist who might make Nutting’s management team the most uncomfortable after Dejan’s previous column?

    If anyone reads my question as dissing Dejan’s Clark Kent skills in obtaining the Nutting interview, you are reading the WRONG THING into the question. Dejan is ALL OVER this story. I’m just wondering if Nutting is adding some extra relish to Dejan’s mustard.

  24. SlackBoss says:

    @hurdled – your troll status is confirmed. No point in a dialogue.

  25. Leefoo says:

    Maybe Bob was just playing around with Dejan? Sorta like some devious owner-type payback?

    Why else would he consent to an interview with him?

    I mean, did he buy DK a cup of coffee? If so, that would tell us a lot.

    Conspirator Foo


  26. Leefoo says:

    …, this is our best chance of winning a game in this series.



  27. Leefoo says:

    Drew…I’m tired of this serious draft crap…let’s get silly.

    What good rumors can we make up?

    DK becomes the BMTIB’s much needed PR man?

    Hmmmmmmm….Maybe THAT was the REAL reason for the interview? Nutting is trying to buy him off?



  28. Hurdled says:

    Slack, how is posting stats trolling?

    You can look them up yourself if you’d like.

    I’m such a nice guy I’ll even provide you the link.

    Still no point in dialogue?

    Or is it too hard to argue against the truth?

  29. Hurdled says:

    P.S. – Can’t Andy LaRoche fill in for Neil Walker tonight?

    Oh wait…

  30. Leefoo says:

    Any Pirate fans in here tonite?

    Or is everyone watching Friday night FB?


  31. Leefoo says:



  32. Dave G says:

    I’m always around. I visit this blog at least 5 times a day.

    Most of the time I’m just quiet and let everyone else do the complaining.

  33. SlackBoss says:

    @ hurdled – very simple – anyone that evaluates a person that gets a vary rare disease as a normal baseball transaction is either of questionable judgment or a troll. I was giving you the benefit of the doubt. My mistake. TROLL

  34. Dave G says:

    A hit or two in this game
    would be kinda nice.

  35. They could win this 1-0 game. It wouldn’t matter. The organization is rotting from within.

  36. Reading says:

    A new low tonight. No hitter a foregone conclusion.

  37. You almost wonder if you’re looking at a strike, as in, labor action.

  38. Reading says:

    If we’re going to clinch 20th straight non-winning season, we may as well do it in style. 1971 last no hitter.

    Hoka Hey! There’ll be no hits today!

  39. Reading says:


  40. BFD says:

    Who are the fools who are sitting in the stands for this game? I can only hope these people bought this tickets months ago when they were fooled into believing this team had a chance at the playoffs or at least .500

    EVEY ticket “you” buy is a thumbs up and validation to Nutting that he is running things as he should.

  41. DemonDachshund says:

    I agree that it’s too soon to judge the draft classes, but…

    A) TBMTIB hasn’t had much success in judging MLB hitting talent. They’ve got hits in Jones and McKenry, maybe Snider and Sanchez, but they’ve had a ton of whiffs. It seems a little hard to believe that they’d somehow be able to do something exponentially harder (judging college and high school hitting talent) well, given that they can’t get the easier task done well.

    B) If it’s truly all luck once you get past the first two rounds, then why do you care if NH is the one picking numbers out of a hat? Wouldn’t a trained monkey be able to do just as well?

    C) I’ll grant that 5 years isn’t long enough to get guys to MLB, but how much NH acquired talent played at AA and AAA this year? Potentially contributing in the future talent, I mean… Not AAAA guys kept around to make Indy competitive or fill the backend of the Bucco bench. Seems like most of the valued prospects are at Bradenton or lower, with the obvious Taillon and Cole exceptions. Shouldn’t these “great” drafts of NH have more legitimate talent at Altoona and Indy by now?

  42. RobertoForever says:

    Wow, so what a day. Long Board meeting in Boston. Battle the rain and the traffic to catch my flight in Providence, and blam, parking lot for 40 miles on I-95 due to the torrential rain.

    Miss my flight. Settle into the hotel. Saw the score 1-0 on the scrolling ticker. I think, this can’t be that bad.

    D’oh. Pirates getting no-hit by Homer “Homer” Bailey.

    And then Cutch walks. Finally successfully steals 2nd. And then gets thrown out at 3rd???


  43. Reading says:

    Time to pinch hit J-Hay for somebody. The no-hitter-breaker-upper specialist.

  44. RobertoForever says:


    Oh and thanks for the heads up on that Snider catch I missed while sitting on the tarmac. It was DEFINITELY worth it. Unbelievable catch. And while driving to the hotel, I heard Presley’s HR and thought we might have hit a bit of luck. But that last ball sounded like from the radio call that it had a chance, but CF was just too deep. Oh well.

    As you said, the catch was worth it regardless of the final score.

  45. RobertoForever says:


    Can’t see the video of the game, so serious question. Does the crowd look like 30K+. That was the report of the tickets sold for this game.

    Just wondering how many didn’t show up for the free shirt Friday?

  46. Reading says:

    34k announced crowd. Need a jack!

  47. Patrick(RI) says:

    Now I know why this incredible downpour hit — RobertoForever is in the area! My beagle is still under the couch.

  48. DemonDachshund says:

    If you have to clinch your 20th straight non-winning season, getting no hit does seem an appropriate way.

  49. Corey says:

    The only way this could have been any better is if we had been no-hit for loss #82

  50. Dave G says:

    If the Reds really, really really wanna seal the no-hitter:
    bring in Chapman, bottom ninth..

  51. RobertoForever says:


    Hope you live in high ground. It is pouring out there. And I hear it will continue to rain here for the next 3 days. Gotta love that New England weather.

  52. BFD says:

    DOes a No…no… count against the Nuttings?

    I dunno Roberto. There is a much larger crowd than I would have every thought. They are seeing one heck of a performance…. BY THE REDS!

  53. RobertoForever says:

    ESPN has switched off their Friday football game to bring you the possible no-hitter by Homer Bailey.

    C’mon Alex!

  54. RobertoForever says:

    Wow, that is demoralizing.

  55. Dave G says:




  56. Chico says:

    Screw Steve Blass. He was rooting for the no-no in the ninth. Completely unacceptable.

  57. Patrick(RI) says:


    Don’t get much rain in Pittsburgh?

    Take a cab to Nick’s on Broadway for b’fast — you will not be disappointed.

  58. pattonbb says:

    Congrats Homer Bailey.

    He gave up 5 runs last week, tonight he’s unhittable. Baseball sure is a crazy game.

  59. Reading says:

    That’ll teach Chapman to throw at Cutch!

  60. Hurdled says:

    Hoka Hey
    Hoka Hey

    Guess who got not hit today!

  61. Hurdled says:

    That’s it Chico, get angry at a Pirate who actually won something.

  62. Drew71 says:

    I remember that about three years ago, Dejan wrote to ask (and many misinterpreted),
    “Have the Pirates hit bottom?”

    I didnt answer then.

    I will now.


  63. JoeBucco says:

    Tonight he got to face our lineup. We’ve made quite a few pitchers look dominant this year.

    Steve Blass and Tim Neverett should be embarrassed by their blatant rooting against us late tonight. That was completely unacceptable and s slap in the face to all of us.

  64. Dave G says:

    Dear Mr. Nutting,

    This was not Justin Verlander.


    Please resume your assessment of the state of the organization.

    Thank you.

  65. JoeBucco says:

    This most sucks for Matt Cain and Justin Verlander that they got hosed out of their perfect game and no-hitters against us earlier this year.

  66. Hurdled says:

    Yes, they should fire the broadcasters.

    Not the team or the front office.

    Only the broadcasters.

    Hoka Hey!

  67. Hurdled says:

    How dare those broadcasters enjoy a no hitter.

    What bad team employees.

    They should have been praising Neal Huntington in the 9th inning.

  68. RobertoForever says:


    Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll try to fit that in. Of course it rains in Pittsburgh :D – But I don’t live there. I really wish I did. Just try to work it into my travel schedule to get there as much as I can to take in the Pittsburgh Sports scene.

    But I went to college in the Northeast. Remember playing tennins on a beautiful sunny day, and 5 min later it was 20 degrees colder and cloudy with the wind coming of the ocean. That ocean can sure cook up some weather soup in a hurry.

  69. JoeBucco says:

    I didn’t say that, Hurdled. I just said it was BS. And it was. You want to root for the Reds, go listen to Marty Brennaman. Those of us watching Root were kinda hoping for a Pirates win quite a bit more than Reds history. That’s all.

  70. Drew71 says:

    So. No hitter for loss 81.

    Perfect game for 82?

  71. JoeBucco says:

    Hurdled – just a reminder, it was a 1-0 game. One swing ties it up in an effort to avoid the humiliation of yet another 81st loss. It was unprofessional of those guys during this time to so openly cheer for the other guys.

  72. Hurdled says:

    This guy watching Root knew better than that.

    They got their win for the week already.

    I watched it on Root.

  73. Hurdled says:

    I was convinced that they were going to win this game.

    The Reds that is.

    History was made tonight and will be made tomorrow.

    20 years and still counting.

    Hoka Hey!

  74. Hurdled says:

    Gotta love you guys.

    It’s unprofessional for the broadcasters to defend the Pirates front office.

    It’s unprofessional for the broadcasters to enjoy a no-hitter.

    Those guys have watched more crap baseball in the last 2 months than any other broadcasters in the game.

    They finally got to watch a game that meant something.

    How unprofessional.

  75. Hurdled says:

    By the way, the Pirates are accepting deposits on 2013 Season Tickets.

    Got another email reminder from them today.

    Hoka Hey!

  76. pattonbb says:

    We just got no hit and the only thing we’re angry about is the announcer? Are you serious? I think some anger is a little misplaced. Anyone been paying attention to Pedro missing fastballs the last couple games? 5 k’s? Walker’s back is in seriously bad shape. Does anyone really want to try to imagine what this team looks like without him? Take a look at August if you need a hint. And I’m not even going to pile on the front office mess. That’s way too easy.

    Look, hinting that you might be pulling against your team, on the air, in a 1 run game is more than un-cool. It’s wrong on many levels. Could you imagine Hawk Harrelson of Vin Scully rooting against their teams? I don’t think so either. Maybe Blass will be the lone employee Nutting decides to release. Yea, that’ll change things up….

  77. Drew71 says:

    I think the announcers were just going with the flow.

    Because truly, the Pirates may never get another hit again.

  78. Wintermute says:

    Today is a good day to cry.

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