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Final: Pirates 6, Brewers 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (15-12) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (14-11)

Starters: RHP Jeanmar Gomez vs. RHP Hiram Burgos

Time: 1:10 p.m.

Site: Miller Park, Milwaukee

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Jose Tabata, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, RF
  5. Brandon Inge, 2B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Michael McKenry, C
  8. John McDonald, SS
  9. Gomez, RHP

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel thinks the Sausage is overdue in the race.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.

370 Comments

  1. Let’s kick some rear end at Miller Park today! So what IF Ian Snell was the last one to throw a good game there (in a loss, of course). It stops today with JEANMAR GOMEZ!! Go ahead and RAISE IT! :-)

  2. DK, Your link to the trib pirates page always connects to the trib Duquesne basketball page.

  3. And to add insult to injury, they’re throwing a guy named HIRAM BURGOS at us today! Grandson of a guy with a famous vaudeville act? Drew 71′s vaudevillian grandfather? Oy!

  4. Another darn DVR Special Day!

    Let’s open The Window…What’ll ya have? What’ll ya have?
    As always this is just for fun and entertainment purposes.

    Max “wager” is 100 units on each separate line.
    All “wagers” must be divisible by 5.
    Play as many lines or as few lines as you’d like.

    Please put your replies in this dialogue box, makes it much easier for me to “book-keep” that way.

    WEDNESDAY PICK ‘EM LINE
    What will JEANMAR GOMEZ get in today’s game
    Win (DOUBLE ODDS)
    Loss (EVEN ODDS)
    No Decision (EVEN ODDS)

    Anyone can play, and everyone should try!

    Thanks to all for playing and good luck!!

    CONGRATS TO OUR APRIL WINNER – theplanisworking!!!
    Please contact me via twitter at twitter.com/thebuccowindow so I can mail you your prize.

    CURRENT PARTICIPANT TOTALS
    theplanisworking ~ 1000
    Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) ~ 900
    tdb1977 ~ 800
    fellocolonial ~ 600
    bman ~ 520
    RobertoForever ~ 490
    Frankie ~ 425
    KJX ~ 425
    Jason81 ~ 400
    EricBowser ~ 350
    JohninOshkosh ~ 350
    radio wave ~ 325
    Keith ~ 300
    Pucknutz ~ 300
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    JaxBuc ~ 180
    JoeyBats ~ 175
    cmat0829 ~ 150
    JUCOFan ~ 125
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    Steve J. Smith ~ 100
    TCB ~ 100
    Karen22 ~ 75
    Bill Born ~ 65
    Joey Mellons ~ 50
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    TJ ~ 50
    tmp444 ~ 25
    Chico ~ EVEN
    DemonDachshund ~ EVEN
    kr70 ~ EVEN
    Nate83 ~ EVEN
    pants-n-at ~ EVEN
    TK ~ EVEN
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    JD ~ -50
    JRay3 ~ -75
    Dadtackular ~ -100
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    steelercrazy ~ -100
    stickyweb ~ -100
    Evan ~ -100
    Brandie ~ -125
    absolute59 ~ -150
    OZ ~ -150
    Dom ~ -175
    Ghost ~ -200
    blazer ~ -300
    Kevin ~ -300
    cherokee23 ~ -350
    cosmo ~ -400
    pattonbb ~ -500
    stuart66 ~ -500
    Arriba Wilver ~ -525
    Lad9 ~ -600
    Jandy ~ -800
    JMB ~ -800
    Bizrow ~ -1300

    ***First Place at the end of MAY will win:***
    (1) PITTSBURGH PIRATES BUMPER STICKER
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323996932466962432

    First Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES FITTED NEW ERA 59FIFTY HAT
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323994233155485698

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY HAT
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323994373731794947

    Third Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) PITTSBURGH PIRATES LICENSE PLATE FRAME
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323994796970627072

    Fourth Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) PITTSBURGH STEELERS BUMPER STICKER
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323996576253087745

    Fifth Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS BUMPER STICKER
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323996735837982720

    • 100 on the WIN!

      Thanks.

    • 100 points on No Decision

    • 100 No Decision

    • 100 on no decision. Thank you Playoffs. Go Buccos – time to end this nightmare!

    • 100 on No Decision, thanks Playoffs

    • Mr. Playoffs………
      I am humbled to have been declared the “winner” for April.

      However, I cannot in good faith claim the “prize”.
      I placed most of my bets against the Pirates on the lines, and I will not acccept a prize based on my team doing poorly.

      In lieu of awarding me the prize, I humbly suggest the following options for you:

      1) Give the prize to Ryan, the runner-up
      2) Give a small (equal to the prize) amount to a charity:
      – The American Heart Association
      – The Boston Charities
      – a charity of your choice
      – raffle it off here and donate the price to a charity.

      This is not me being ungrateful, I just feel funny accepting a prize going against my team. I also didnt place that many wagers…………. heck, I didnt even play the first week of the season. Its easy to win when you dont play much.

      Please consider this request, and do what you think is best.
      I truly appreciate the opportunity to read your lines………. it provides a welcome diversion for me right now.

      Hippo out.

      • Give a shout out to Jandy. She was wondering where you were. The tulips hope you are okay.

        • Oh, Jandy and I were conversing on the Pirate thread last night.
          I even asked you for a song request last night.

          I am ok. Keeping busy with important things……………..
          On a positive note, Brandie, the past 2 night, I got 8 hours of sleep each night.
          I havent had that in almost 2 years.
          So I am good.

          :)

          • hey, good to see you my Hippo friend. I was wondering where you were. Make sure you check in every morning :)

            • Yes ma’am.

              Mornings are the busiest time for me now, with all the job search stuff going on……………… but I will try to post something to let you guys know the “Hippo was Here.”

              Hope the Bucs pull one out today………. I really dont like Milwaukee.

          • Fell asleep early. I got lots on my mind…some of it I a, not reacting to very well. I need to get my act together. Anyway, In am thinking Flying High Again. A little Ozzy never hurt anyone.

            • Poor Ozzy.
              He normally is a mess, but without Sharon there, he is going to be completely lost.

              But, your wish is my command.

              Maybe if the Pirates win today, there will be
              No More Tears. ;)

              • Read about Rick Ankiel per one of the links JAL posted. Rough stuff. Makes me look at Sanchez and JMac in a different way. I mean, you make the choice to expose yourself to criticism when things are going well, let alone when things are bad. It can mess anyone up. Gotta suck that up and be professional. I wish them both and you my friend well. Maybe there will be No More Tears for us all.

              • Thanks Brandie! :)

            • I’m sending good vibes (and prayers) to both of you (Brandie and Hippo). hang in there!

      • The Window appreciates your modesty and humility.
        However, there is no picking for or against the Pirates here.
        It is just for fun, nothing more and nothing less.
        You simply “wager” correctly or incorrectly, and you, kind sir, were the best at doing that in the month of April.
        Therefore you are to be commended and rewarded for your winning ways.

        With that said, if you still do not want to accept your prize for being the best in April, I will simply hold onto it until the end of the season.

        • Playoffs, I will abide by your decision to hold the prize til the end of the season.

          Thank You for the kind words, sir.

        • should go to second place then!!!

          Especially since I missed at least the first week.

    • 100 on the loss. I cannot see him as a starter, let alone the stopper (at Miller Park).

    • At playoffs: I will take 75 on no decision. Thank you

    • Mr. Playoffs,

      I would like to place 50 on no decision. Thank you.

    • 100 on the “win” and maybe $5 on the sausage.

    • Alex I’ll take ND for 50 please..

    • 100 No decision for Mother Theresa.

    • Good morning to the window. Well our Buccos have certainly taken their share of lumps this series and probably are welcoming the off day tomorrow and getting back home.

      As for the line today, well I submit these simple facts…the Brewers have won nine consecutive against the Pirates and have now gone 46-7 against the Bucs at Miller Park in the past 53 games. Last night I felt was a great chance to exorcise the demons after Marte hit the three run HR to give the Bucs the lead after trailing 7-3 and we all saw what happened quickly after. Just zero evidence supporting the Bucs turning this awful tide around in Milwaukee.

      I will take 100 on the LOSS and certainly hope Jeanmar proves me wrong and provides one decent start out in the Cream City.

      Lets Go Bucs!

    • 50 on the WIN. Lets go Bucs.

    • @Playoffs:

      Hope I’m wrong, but I’ll take 50 on the LOSS

    • 50 no decision please.

    • I missed the window!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Hate that almost as much as I hate the Brewers, what an ugly game last night.

  5. 2 Right fielders, 2 Center fielders. Is this like when Lastings Millege was playing the “no triples” defense?

  6. Bandon Inge should not be batting 5th.

    Pedro needs to move up and step it up.

  7. On the day I come into the Game thread to appologize to Clint Hurdle for questioning him starting Gaby Sanchez against righties instead of Jose Tabata, of course he would start Jose Tabata instead of Gaby Sanchez.

  8. 2 Starting RFs and 2 Starting CFs, this should be interesting. Maybe a new strategy for playing in Milwaukee

  9. What with the guy starting today, and what with our track record in the House of Horror, there is no way we should win today.

    Nostrabizus therefore predicts a W for the good guys ;-)

  10. I keep telling myself it’s just a two-game losing streak and a win today could put us right back in first (if the Cards lose) — but in the back of my mind, whether it’s true or not (facts don’t matter here), the WW Collapses I & II were the result of playing Them THERE.

    From the other thread: I remember when JAL started doing the links on the Olde Blogge both by popular demand and then by DK’s request. It’s a much appreciated service to the ragtag community of lunatics that make this place what it is — and no doubt there are times when it means sacrificing doing something else; we only get 168 hours each week after all.

    Although I’m not a hockey fan, I think your local TV channel’s decision was playoffs vs regular season — not hockey vs. baseball. Most of the hockey fans I know are very passionate about the sport and the popularity of hockey in Pittsburgh is a geographic anomaly but it may spread.

    And it is the norm in professional sports to keep an established player a little beyond what the average fan thinks a team should when things are not going well for him — after all he may just being going through a rough time. Releasing Sanchez was a couple games too late; he wouldn’t have made the team out spring training if Karstens, Liriano or Morton had been healthy. It’s way too early to give up on JMac, but the wheels may have started to turn in that direction. But when he’s good, he’s very good — wait and see.

    Expecting another slugfest today, but things don’t always go the way I expect. I thought we had ‘em on the ropes last night when we tied it at 8.

  11. Milo, you were right. Crosby not playing.

  12. No Orpik either. Hopefully Depres can crack some playing time.

  13. Give me 100 on the ND please

  14. Liriano May 11th

    Morton May 14th

    as per 24/7 quoting Hurdle

    • Great news, maybe the lift this rotation really needs assuming Liriano and Morton continue with the successes they have had during the rehab process.

      AJ, Wandy, Locke, Liriano and Morton certainly a step up from what we witnessed in April. Makes the 15-12 record all the more shocking.

  15. Tabata with a single.

  16. Why is it we have McDonald instead of alternatves at Indy? Oh, yeah . . . His glove . His bat makes you yearn for Ikawa, but his glove . . .

  17. Well, this is a pretty crappy start

  18. It’s a typical Miller field start

  19. Bases loaded. One out. Need a DP!

  20. When your two starting SS hit .181 and .105 respectively they better field the position.

    Another long inning, another long day ahead.

  21. I guess it is too late to change my bet to a loss. Oh well, jumping out The Window again today. This even sounds gruesome on the radio so far.

  22. Nice try by Jones

  23. When your starter is limited to around 80 pitches, not good to see him throw 27 of them and still be in the first inning.

    • But he did not blow-up. Got out of the big jam.

    • So who is available to go 3 or 4 innings after Gomez gets chased after 3 innings. I’m guessing Wilson who I think they should have started in the first place.

      I will trade a Pirate loss today for a Braun suspension sometime in the next week or so. I absolutely do not like that guy. He is close to Ray Lewis level of dislike for me.

  24. Well Tim Nitwit probably just jinxed it.

    “One strike away from a Houdini act by Gomez.”

  25. Whew….limited the damage to 1 run.

  26. nice job limiting damage

  27. Wondering if Gomez is the guy that gets moved when Contreras comes up, supposedly by the weekend?

  28. Pedro makes up for error

  29. figures. lol

  30. Now lets not give it back

  31. Damning evidence of the worthlessness of WAR applied to pitchers. James McDonald is rated higher than Wandy Rodriguez this season.

    • That’s just wrong.

    • I thought WAR was the ultimate statistic, and those who didnt like it/understand it/use it were heathens???

      This is not directed at you, but I have taken grief over the years because I think WAR is overrated.

      • The people that I know that pay attention to WAR don’t think of it as the ultimate statistic.

      • I’m a fan of position player WAR. I believe it accomplishes what the creators intended, one general statistic that accounts for overall player performance.

        The intent was never for it to be the ultimate statistic. That idea has been bastardized by those who haven’t accepted it and those who use it without understanding.

        It’s a broad paint brush that allows you to say, with some degree of confidence, that Ben Zobrist(5.8 WAR) was a better player in 2012 than Mark Trumbo(2.2 WAR) without analyzing all facets of each players game.

        I’ve never felt the system accurately did the same for pitchers, though.

        • Yeah I agree although I’d still analyze all facets of a player’s game. I tend to pay attention to it more though when I’m looking at the free agent market for lesser needs than a starter like a 4th outfielder, backup catcher, bench guy. This was one of the reasons why I never would’ve signed McLouth last year. I think I was the only person around that liked Xavier Paul better, not that his WAR was anything to write home about. And I know, his PHing was dreadful.

        • I just think the over-statisticion of baseball sometimes clouds judgement.

          For example, some people value wins, some dont.
          Some people value RBI’s, some people dont.
          Some people value ERA, some people dont.

          All I am saying is that WAR has come to replace some stats, but you have to look at almost all stats for a player to have a good idea what is going on. The dismissal of certain stats, and the overvaluation of WAR sometimes is a bit much, IMO.

          And sometimes, all you need is the good old “eye test”………… as in J Sanchez stunk, adn you didnt need many stats to determine that. :)

    • I’m not seeing it that way NMR on baseball reference. -0.1 for Wandy. -0.9 for JMac.

      • I was using the Fangraphs version.

        • And there’s the other problem with it. No uniformity. I can see it as a tool for front offices to try to compare players. But I don’t need it, ever.

          • I read something, and I forget where, that Fangraphs and BR were working on coming up with something uniform.

            • I saw that too. I think it’s hilarious that the geekdom can’t even get it straight. Until they tell who the mysterious “replacement player” it has no credibility with me.

          • Agreed Milo.

            How can you trust a statistic if it isnt uniformly applied, or is different depending on which site you go to. Batting avaeage is determined one way. WAR is determined multiple ways.

            Not criticizing, just makes it somewhat confusing.

            • In my opinion, you SHOULD be criticizing. Completely valid point.

            • You could easily argue that no statistic is perfect. That was one of the justifications that people thought would help A.J. to do well here as compared to the AL East.

              You know what they say. Statistics are like bikinis. They show a lot but not everything.

              • Thank you. Voice of reason.

              • You are right.

                But I would rather have a consistent stat, like BA, vs. an inconsistent stat, like WAR.

                WAR can be useful…………….. but you have to take it into context, and you have to have nmany qualifiers for it………… which I feel dulls its usefulness.

                It is nice to talk about, I mean, we got a bikini reference today!!

              • And if I tell my wife someone said that to me, she’d never believe me.

              • Hahaha, well done to the both of you.

              • if only the imagination could manufacture runs…

          • Absolutely. Both entities are in the process of unifying, for what its worth.

            The only time I really pay much attention is with players I do not know. Quicker to get an idea of a guys skill set than looking at the counting stats.

  32. Jenmar got through 3 in better shape than Wandy or JMac did

  33. Does anyone know the rule of thumb how many starts a pitching prospect will obtain before he gets promoted?

    I checked Stolmy’s #s and he really looks to be due for a promotion. He didn’t let up a run in his last start and his ERA is almost identical to what it was beforehand as it can’t go much further down.

    • The FO will still probably say he has “stuff to work on”, but it would be nice to see him challenged in AAA, see what he can do.

      I think the “rule of thumb” is up to the organization

    • Seems like management keeps a guy at a given level for at least two months before promotion. Tony Sanchez, for instance, was promoted at the beginning of June last year. Stolmy’s in a similar situation.

      And I agree, he does seem pretty freakin’ dominant.

      Another thing to note is that he needs to be on the big league roster next year or else the team will likely lose him to waivers. Seems like a good bet to see him as a September callup if AAA goes well.

    • I thought that I saw somewhere that this front office likes to see at the very least 80-100 innings at a level for a starting pitcher. In Stolmy’s case I think he already had AA experience so maybe he could be brought up quicker.

      However the AAA pitching has been good and there are only so many starters you can have on the roster. Taillon will be going up soon and it is possible Locke or JMac might come back down and McPhearson will start pitching as well.

      • You’re right. They have Cole, Oliver, Lariano, McPherson, and Irwin. There will also be Karstens and Morton shortly.

        We really need to make room for Stormly though we should really be banking on him starting the 2014 rotation.

        • Olivar, Mcpherson and Irwin will probably be there for a while. Add Taillon and that only leaves one spot. If Locke and JMac stay up as middle relievers/starters there is room. That would have to make Karstan a middle reliever as well.

          There are always injuries and they could use 6 man staff in AAA to keep innings down on some of the younger guys. Anyway this is a good problem to have and hasn’t ever really been an issue in recent years.

  34. Quick, get the oxygen for Bernie.

  35. Baseball rules do not mandate that a second home run must immediately follow a preceding home run.

  36. And to think we still have to play the Brewers seven more times in the month of May.

    • Yeah but not in this garbage ballpark. I’d rather watch one triple than a dozen homeruns.

      • Four in Pittsburgh May 13-16, and still three more in this gosh forsaken place May 24-26.

        My detest for the Brewers grows and grows but at some point the Pirates have to do it on the field and start beating these guys.

        Could be in 4th place by day’s end, a lot of that feel good after the STL series will have quickly vanished by the showing at this house of horrors.

      • It’s a nice place to watch a game. And I know that I can drive 90 miles and there wont be a rainout.

        But it is a homerun park.

    • With Aramis Ramirez in the lineup.

  37. C’mon Fort, get something started.

  38. Boy, Even Ronny Cedeno would look good in Pirate uniform.

  39. These missed bunts are killing me.

    • +1

      So frustrating the lack of being able to get that ball down on a bunt that is shown by this team. #FUNDAMENTALS

      • You know, for all the “Nutting is Cheap” stuff, my biggest problem with the PBC is their talent acquisition and development.

        Players that cannot do Little League fundamentals, coaches that cannot coach said fundamentals are killing this franchise.

        The amount of poor bunts, baserunning errors, failure to hit cutoff man just boggle the mind. I would rather have a team fundamentally sound, than a team with “much promise”.

        But what do I know?

        • Do watch many other MLB games? It’s an epidemic.

          • Well, not really. I do rely on the 4-letter for highlights, and yes it seems to be an epidemic. But I will say this………. go look at the Reds, or Cardinals, or Giants, or Braves, or A’s, or Orioles……………. and you wont see the mistakes that you see with the Pirates, and if you do, the mistakes will be far fewer.

            I just think for this organization to brag about “The Pirate Way”, and toot their horn for their development system, the results should be far greater than what they are.

            I also understand that we see the Pirates mistakes more, but they dont seem to be improving that area very much.

            A team can never be a consistent winner if they keep shooting themselves in the foot.

            • “go look at the Reds, or Cardinals, or Giants, or Braves, or A’s, or Orioles”

              Yeah I agree. There’s a reason the really good teams are really good teams.

              As far as how they “brag” or “toot their horn,” you really pay attention to that stuff as having any meaning?

              • No, but it does make them hard to like

                Just do the job ;-)

              • Not really, in the big picture.
                But when an organization has lost for 20 straight years, they shouldnt be tooting anything just yet.

                And I think you missed my point above….
                the really good teams are really good teams because they have a grasp of the fundamentals…… which allows them to develop and concentrate on other areas.

                The Pirates cant move on to other areas until they master the fundamentals.

                Geez.

            • Hahaha, you just said you don’t watch other MLB games, then instructed someone to go watch other games in which you claim good fundementals are exhibited.

              Tsk tsk tsk!

              • I based it on watching other teams highlights.
                If I could glean that from highlights, I assumed anyone could do it.

                Man, you really reached to parse that one, eh?

                Tsk, tsk, tsk, … right back at ya! ;)

              • Plan, they show baserunning errors, poor bunting, and missing the cutoff guy when they’re showing the highlights?

              • It’s been a minute since we got into a tif, plan.

                Just doing it for old times sake, haha.

              • take it outside boys ;)

              • Yes, I have seen highlights where one team scores due to missing the cutoff man, players missing bunts, and runners getting thrown out….killing an inning.

                Yes, I have seen them.

              • Teams score runs by not executing bunts? Teams score runs when a cutoff guy is missed or an extra base is advanced?

              • Oh my Lord……… have you never seen a runner score when a cutoff man is missed? If you hit the cutoff man, he can make a play at the plate…… if you miss the cutoff man, the ball is rolling on the ground, and the ground is sure as he** not going to throw a runner out.

                Have you never seen a player miss a bunt, and a runner get picked off, killing an inning? Have you never seen a player foul off a bunt with 2 strikes, resulting in an out?

                Come on. Debating is fun and all, but I think you are taking this way tool far.

                Really.

              • Oh so other teams make these type of fundamental errors too? I agree and that has been my point.

            • “they shouldnt be tooting anything just yet.”

              They can market the team however they want and they have to answer questions by the media. Obviously they don’t do a very good job of it but what front office doesn’t talk about the players they are developing in pretty much the same way?

              “the really good teams are really good teams because they have a grasp of the fundamentals…… which allows them to develop and concentrate on other areas.

              The Pirates cant move on to other areas until they master the fundamentals.”

              I have no idea what that means. Anyways, I think some teams are good despite the ability to bunt or be smart on the basepaths.

              • Lets say you are a teacher, or professor, or coach………and you have 4 things to teach.

                If you dont have the fundamentals mastered, not you have to introduce a fifth topic, which logically takes time away from the other 4 topics……. or maybe you have to skip a topic.

                That is all I am saying.

            • I grasp what you’re trying to convey, Hippo. If you can’t execute the fundamentals, how can you be expected to make the difficult/splash plays? The Buccos definitely need practice in basic baseball 101. That’s why I said ^ there that the missed bunts are killing me.

              • Thank You, Mother Teresa, the voice of reason!!!!

                Sometimes I think certain posters just like to be contrarian, ma’am.

                I am glad someone understands me. ;)

              • Difficult plays like on defense? Aren’t they made due mostly to having physical talent, quick reactions and good hands as opposed to fundamentals which I think are more a function of the mental side of the game and understanding situations.

  40. Lets hope we can get one more inning out of Gomar

  41. Why did Gomez bat if they were putting in a new pitcher?
    -Great strategy

  42. Somebody who can get Ryan Braun out…Justin Wilson. Braun 6-12 this series, can I ask MLB to randomly test him? #CHEAT

  43. Not a bad start by the Brewers rookie…

    Just said that hoping to jinx him……

  44. Saw on the Mets broadcast that the last 8 months are the 8 highest months of strikeouts per month in the 135+ years of baseball.

  45. Fort with a Homer :)

  46. Fort goes deep, very nice production from both catchers right now….

  47. Well, if nothing else, we’re beaning them Brewers.

  48. Figured the Brewers would get that one back…

  49. I hate watching Braun bat. Constantly stepping out, adjusting things, twitching.

    Ha! “Braunnie” hits into a DP.

  50. Pinch hitter Snider. I guess the bench was not that short. Marte homer…..

  51. It’s a Marte Parte….two run shot and Starling does it again! He is growing right before our eyes. Tie game.

  52. Take that Bernie! Wow, ya gotta love Marte. He is the real deal.

  53. I still say Marte will be as good as Cutch in 2-3 years.

  54. Do I need an invitation to a Marte Partay??

    And I dont have a gift, either………….. ;)

  55. A quote from last night to remember: “he might hit as many as 20 in a few years” — John Wehner “analyst” on Marte’s power.

  56. Oh good grief!!!

    Even when a good thing happens, like a stolen base, a bad thing happens (an injury) !!!

    Milwaukee is a chamber of horrors!!

  57. McDonald pinch-running??

    Wait, Milwaukee made a fundamental gaffe!

    We score!!

  58. Nice! Inge hits in JMac

  59. Well, I gotta close up here and head home. Hopefully the news is good when I arrive there. Go Buccos!

  60. Brewers fans must feel about Weeks like we felt about Cedeno.

  61. Pedro with an 0-2 single off a LOOGY?

    I’m playing the lotto.

  62. WTH, Melancon gives up a hit!! What a bum…

  63. Grill cheese time?

    Let’s get at least one from this place.

  64. I’ve figured out how to break the Miller Park curse for us. If we get this win,
    some intrepid Pirate fan has to sneak the Jolly Roger up the flagpole there at Miller. Who’s up for the task? John in Oshkosh would be the obvious…

  65. Methinks they had JMac Sr. played for RoleyBat depth on that last one!

  66. Hurdle’s done an excellent job with his shortened bench this series… seriously. Team has scored 18 runs with two guys basically unable to play.

    • agree, you score 8 runs you should win the game…

    • I agree too. Some people aren’t happy with certain moves Hurdle makes. But overall you gotta love what he’s getting out of his cast. The offensive moves with JMac, for example.

  67. This guy’s average is .067? Brewer curse.

  68. Heck of an AB for that kid there.

  69. Cards 4 – Reds 2 Final

  70. YAY!

    See some of yinz on the Pens thread tonight!

  71. Grilli stays cool nice job.

  72. Raise it!!! Grilli is a beast.

  73. Raise it! Hell of a road trip. Way to come back Buccos. Now lets go Pens!

  74. One for One! Hopefully, the Pens will make is two for two today.

  75. Okay, time for a certain hippo to climb the flagpole, Jolly Roger held in teeth.

    • Well, looks like the flagpole will be horizontal then!

      • Hilarious imagery!
        The angry Milwaukee villagers will close in and have at you then. I remove my hat in your memory. Seems like we hardly knew ye, Hippo.

  76. Behind a four run 8th inning powered once again by Starling Marte and an 11th save in as many tries for Jason Grilli, the Pirates salvage one game of the three game set in Milwaukee downing the Brewers at Miller Park 6-4 and there was noooooooo doubt about it.

    The Pirates will welcome their first off day since April 11th and will return to action on Friday night when the Washington Nationals come into visit PNC. AJ Burnett is scheduled to take the mound in the series opener.

    Lets Go Bucs!

  77. OK — Here’s the Headline I want to see tomorrow:

    BUCCO BULLPEN BUSTERS BIG BATS BLAST BREWERS

  78. I swear our catchers bulked-up cuz they knew Grilli was gonna maul them at the end of games.

  79. Did you ever doubt Nostrabizus??? ;-)

  80. That’s the BEST 1 out of 3 for the NON-series win I’ve seen in a long time!

  81. Make that SEVEN and 46 for the past six years at Miller Park! Yesssssss!

  82. I made it to see end of the ninth. Grilli did great…woot! Let’s hear it for the hippo!

  83. Why are both Liriano AND Morton assumed to be going right into the rotation?

    Liriano, yes. Morton is going to have to show something. And no 5 start leash for either.

    • “No 5 start leash for either.”
      Meaning, “no leash?” or “no (guaranteed) five starts?” After Sanchez, I’m guessing you mean the latter.
      I agree that we shouldn’t be assuming anything with Morton yet. DK has made this point a few times too as Morton is coming off TJ surgery. Heck, even Stephen Strasburg just had a forearm scare and nobody really knows what to expect with him either, though he’s now over a year past his surgery.

  84. Don’t get swept. Still 4 games over .500

    The NO DECISION wins today’s line.
    Looking forward to a day off tomorrow.
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