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Final: Pirates 3, Mets 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (20-16) vs. New York Mets (14-19)

Starters: RHP Jeanmar Gomez vs. RHP Matt Harvey

Time: 1:10 p.m.

Site: Citi Field, New York

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. Travis Snider, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Jordy Mercer, 2B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Michael McKenry, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Gomez, RHP

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Beat writer Rob Biertempfel is on the scene.

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, recently, 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 country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Thundercrack says:

    As JRay mentioned on the morning thread, Mercer batting 5th today.

    It will be interesting to see if he’s still here when they bring Walker back. I think he has to stay. But I still don’t think that he’ll play much shortstop – as a starter. They are going to stick with Barmes for as long as they think possible.

    But of course if Jordy goes 0-4 today we can fully expect them to say “see, he has more things to work on”, and then send him back to Indy

  2. Dadtackular says:

    What type of defensive history does Mercer have at short? (At daughters college graduation this morning. Yes. On Mothers Day. )

  3. John Lease says:

    And lineup without John McDonald is one that needs to be made.

    Cut bait with him, please. There is no way Mercer should be going down for that bum to ride the bench.

    If he’d only ride the bench, that’d be something, Clint seems determined to make Barmes look good by trotting McDonald out twice a week.

    Snider is falling apart, again. Tabata has smoked yet another weak competitor, he’s the starter. Snider doesn’t need to be offered arbitration after another meek season.

  4. tomp says:

    There should be no doubt, the correct move when Walker returns, is bye bye to J Mac Donald.

    I can see a scenario where Mercer can get 12 to 15 ab’s a week.
    That limited amount of time, should provide the Pirates much more value than having a guy hitting under 100 , with very limited range, and pretty much an automatic out, when at the plate.
    If Mercer is sent down, after all the promise he has shown, this team is not all about winning, just the almighty $$$$.
    Maybe now would be a good time to shop Tabata for an extra arm?.

  5. Drew71 says:

    What the heck is THIS???

    Where’s that wonderful Day Game “B Team” lineup from yesterday?

  6. Arriba Wilver says:

    Wait a sec. If Jordy Mercer is sent down it will be because of the almighty dollar? Mercer was a 3rd round draft choice of NH in 2008. The money spent on McDonald is spent whether he is kept or not. Neal’s going to keep his own draft choice in AAA because of $1 mil spent on McDonald? Really? If they keep McDonald, the last thing it has to do with is money IMHO.

  7. Drew71 says:

    Sitting on the deck of the Melbourne Crowne Plaza, overlooking the Atlantic. Love the smell of salt in the air. Not staying here; it’s about 25 minutes south of Cocoa Beach. Just stopped in to sample their locally famous seafood chowder and watch the surf crash on Kovacevic Beach.

    Big swells on a calm day. I think a storm is coming in.
    (No. That’s not a Terminator cue.)

    Singer about to warm up. Just met her. Any Idol fans out there? Maybe you have heard of her. Michelle Ottway. I don’t know much (anything) about her beyond the promo info they posted and our brief conversation. Friendly enough, and whatever the music, it’s a pleasant way to spend an early afternoon.

    Somebody call my wife and wish her a happy Mother’s Day.

    Hey. She’s not MY mother.

    And to the other mothers out there, my all the love of all the children, expressed or otherwise, wash over you today and every day.

  8. Thundercrack says:

    I don’t understand that either.

    I would think that Mercer has enough service time in the majors that his ‘service time clock’ has to have been started.

    And McDonald money is spent.

  9. JRay3 says:

    Doesn’t look good for Mercer according to Biertempfel twitter indicates Mercer most likely returning to Indy tomorrow…unreal. NH and CH need to wake up and play and keep best 25.

    Also Mortonmaking two rehab starts and could join Pirates on May 26…gives options for fifth spot in rotation.

  10. theplanisworking says:

    Are you really surprised????

    Mercer deserves to stay.

    McDonald deserves to be DFA’d.

  11. Thundercrack says:

    Greg Brown just said on the GM’s show that Clint Hurdle made it seem the other day that Mercer would go back down.

    But I believe that could have been before he hit 2 home runs yesterday

  12. theplanisworking says:

    If Mercer goes down to Indy, it just re-affirms what many already feel about this “braintrust”.

    McDonald should have never been signed in the first place, let alone be guaranteed a roster spot with that uber-impressive .069 BA. :(

  13. JohninOshkosh says:

    Happy Mother’s Day.

    Happy Graduation to all graduating this spring as well. I did not go to my college graduation and I wish I had.

    Bud Selig is giving the commencement address today at a small Catholic school south of Green Bay. The news said tickets were scarce for the event. I understand all the tomatoes at the local stores are sold out as well.

    My favorite baseball writer had some of his column devoted to Liriano. Tom Haudricourt wrote in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    “”Sometimes I even forget I broke my arm,” Liriano said. “It doesn’t bother me at all, not sore or anything. It feels very normal, so I’m ready to go.”

    Command issues have plagued Liriano over the last two seasons (five walks per nine innings), but he switched to a more over-the-top delivery in the Dominican Winter League and believes that has made a difference.

    “I’m throwing a lot more strikes,” he said. “I feel very comfortable with the delivery now.””

    I think he believes Liriano was a good pick up.

  14. theplanisworking says:

    Hey, everybody!!!

    The way neal acquires questionable pitchers (see J Sanchez), here is a thought-provoking development:

    The Astros today DFA’d Phil Umber. He of the perfect game last year.

    Just food for thought.

  15. Arriba Wilver says:

    Believe me, I’m not disagreeing with the view Mercer should stay over McDonald. Just questioning the “logic” that it is a $$$$ issue.

  16. Thundercrack says:

    McDonald is about a .235 lifetime hitter. They knew what they were getting with him as far as offense. They got him for his glove – second and short.

    I think if Josh Harrison showed more with the glove at those 2 positions he might have stuck with the club and they wouldn’t have acquired McDonald.

  17. radio wave says:

    It will be interesting to see if our marginal starter can give another quality performance. It will also be interesting to see if we can get to the Mets star rookie starter and knock him around like we did yesterday.

  18. theplanisworking says:

    Are we sure it wasnt because neal and Hurdle love veterans?

    Just another head-shaking moment from TBMTIB……..

  19. Arriba Wilver says:

    This may be old news, but I just heard on the pre-game Sanchez won’t be activated because Martin will be available in an emergency, and they don’t expect him to have to go on the disabled list.

  20. Thundercrack says:

    That probably did play a big factor in their decision (veteran).

    I don’t think it was a bad move to acquire a veteran backup infielder in ST. Especially since the cost to get him was low.
    I just don’t think it is a big controversy that the traded for McDonald.

    Keeping him over Mercer maybe a little more of a controversy for me…but it won’t be surprising to me.

  21. tomp says:

    Well i feel the best 25 man roster going at this point in the season, should have a guy like Mercer on it than Mc Donald.

    The bat , not the glove, should get the greater consideration here.

    It’s a $$$$ issue if Mercer is sent down, IMHO!!!.
    No way the 1 tool player should get the spot over someone who has SHOWN the potential to really help this team, in many , many more ways.

  22. tomp says:

    No, they will just play with a short bench for 4 to 5 games , until they realize Martin needs to be Dl’d.

    Smooth move, again, by the FO.

  23. JohninOshkosh says:

    Harvey is due to get rocked.

  24. theplanisworking says:

    Agreed. McDonald is the “25th” type of player. I agree it was low cost. I just think he should be gone, especially when mercer has shown to be the better player, (although it is a small sample size) ……..

  25. Drew71 says:

    Yes, I agree, Arriba, though it makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit to write that.

    This is not a defense of the move. It is intended as an explanation. I don’t know if I agree with the move, but I believe it will be made for different reasons.

    1. Walker is returning soon. When he does, the Pirates will need a backup who will not play as much as Mercer or McD would once the starting infield is intact. D becomes more important in that role, as well as the ability to play multiple positions effectively. Key word: effectively.

    2. Mercer is not an effective SS and his weaker arm would make him a joke at 3B. He is an effective 2Bman trying to learn additional players. With Walker’s return, his highest value position is not really needed and his greatest liabilities are not as needed.
    3. Pirates have shown the commendable guts to let dead money walk – more than what McD makes – in past seasons when Neal signs less than commendable, fading MLBers. No reason to think $ would make them keep McD when it didn’t make them keep (insert long, more expensive and pathetic list HERE).

    3. Besides, McD’s D is very good. Overbay and Aki, by comparison, were expected to contribute D and O. McD is contributing exactly what he was signed for. (Again, not justifying the signing, which did not excite me. Just explaining as I see it.)

    4. If the backup middle infielder becomes just that, with very few ABs, why have Mercer fill that role, especially when he has shown such hitting potential this season at the MLB level? Sitting in Pittsburgh can’t help nurture his stroke as much as hitting every day in Indy, and maybe getting better at SS D. It could be seen instead as a move to protect their investment, not limit it.

    I almost talked myself into it.

    Consider this from ANOTHER team’s perspective. If this same team was a perennial playoff team rather than the P’s, and they were near the top of the division and WC race, this move would go unnoticed. In fact, some would complain if the untried rookie was retained in a playoff race.

    But it’s not the Yankees-Rangers-FillInTheBlankets.

    It’s the Pirates. And we have our own filter for looking at these things.

  26. cmat0829 says:

    Tomp, are you saying that they should DL Martin now and forego his very important presence in the lineup and behind the plate for 10+ days to have Sanchez available off the bench? If Martin can catch today in an emergency, then he won’t be going on the DL… so Tomp, give me the call if you were the FO, not these buffoons…what move do you make?

    Easy to do the “Muppets Old Men in the Balcony” stuff, but I think the blog is more lively and interesting if you actually offer up moves that you would make as an alternative.

  27. Lad9 says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to all who come to this place, which is about so much more than the local sporting scene. We are very lucky to be able to come here and find friends that most of us haven’t even met AND get access to sports knowledge that sometimes blows me away. Thanks to all for the good wishes on my daughter’s college graduation yesterday, which was awesome. Believe it or not we have one more next Sunday in lovely Cleveland and then I get a year of no tuition until my last one starts. But more immediately, lets go Buccos!

  28. cmat0829 says:

    I have resisted having really any passionate opinion about things like the 25th guy and the long reliever, but I will be PISSED if John McDonald is kept on the team and Mercer sent back to Indy. I guess if the FO/CH want to opine that they want Mercer to get regular work vs. 2 days a week in MLB, then I won’t get mad about that part…but JMac needs to go no matter what. He was signed as Barmes insurance but Barmes is fine… he is what he is, low .200 hitter and slick fielder… Mercer has proven he can play if Barmes gets hurt…. so if they don’t want Mercer here (and I violently disagree with that), then at least recall JayHey as someone with speed/energy to plug in when needed and not the ancient one.

  29. radio wave says:

    That’s radio is claiming that Harvey can also handle the back.

  30. theplanisworking says:


    I always liked the Muppets Old Men in the Balcony!!!!

    Just sayin’ ;)

  31. JRay3 says:

    The state of umpiring in MLB is deteriorating at a very quick clip….Marte was safe as he not only beat out ball but Davis was not even on bag when he caught the ball, horrible.

  32. Patrick(ri) says:

    It would have nice to put the kid pitcher in a stretch position early – especially with Marte speed on 1st.

  33. theplanisworking says:

    Gomez seems to be a pleasant surprise so far this year………..

  34. Arriba Wilver says:

    I thought it was a very close play, and not perfectly clear Marte beat the ball to the glove. Almost a tie. But I went back after you mentioned the 1B’s foot was off the bag when he caught it, and that does seem to be the case in the replays. No one seemed to be arguing that point, though. Usually you would see the player, coach and/ manager pointing to the bag in that situation, which I didn’t see, just complaining he beat it.

  35. JRay3 says:

    Pedro with double to gap, now 5-8 in this series.

  36. cmat0829 says:

    I think the issue with umpires, and I don’t think Bud Selig will do anything about it, is that MLB umpires are extremely arrogant (word is Angel Hernandez, the ump who blew the replay of the HR in Cleveland, had no intention of reversing his call regardless of what the replay showed because he is “against replay”)… I also heard that many veteran umps hated when Jim Joyce admitted he was wrong in the call on Galarraga’s perfect game because they thought that “umpires should never admit they are wrong”.

    Even on Jone’s HR, you could read Joe West’s lips the other day when Clint asked for replay…he was sure that “it hit off the top of the wall” and didn’t seem to want to review it at all.

    There are many close calls, and I’m sure the umps get their share of those calls right, but seems to me all would benefit if they’d dump some of the arrogance.

    In the NBA for example, it is very common for refs to reverse a call (usually an out of bounds call) when all of the players aggressively object to the call… that comes from a place of “close call we may not have seen it” and MLB umps are far, far away from that attitude.

  37. Thundercrack says:

    I still am not following the money. Please explain why you think this decision is based on $$$

  38. JRay3 says:

    Scary when John Buck steals a base on you, his first since 2009.

  39. Milo Hamilton says:

    If they give up this 2nd run I think we’ll all be able to move on to the rest of our day.

  40. Drew71 says:

    While I was on the deck, nearly everyone stood and pointed To The Other Side Of The Hotel.

    At a dark swarm of love bugs, rising above a high rise hotel. Which, to our great fortune, swirled around a fixed position on The Other Side Of The Hotel.

    HaHa, I said quietly to my self as a lunched on my bug-free, um, lunch.


    It must be Torturous for anyone on The Other Side Of The Hotel.

    I finished, paid my bill and whistled serenely as I began to walk to my car…

    Parked on The Other Side Of The Hotel.

  41. JRay3 says:

    Definitely big for Gomez to get out of it, however Ron Darling on Mets broadcast is pointing out Harvey fastball not near as electric today and not showing the stuff of his last start, so may have a chance to break through on him.

  42. Milo Hamilton says:

    It’s not often you put back to back starts like that together. Hey, they beat Shelby Miller.

  43. JRay3 says:

    Especially if Barmes can tattoo him.

  44. radio wave says:

    New York radio moaning that Harvey has no strikeouts to this point.

  45. radio wave says:

    Of all people.

  46. JRay3 says:

    Brames with shot to left to give Buccos run back, just third HR given up by Harvey this season.

    Gomez robbed on shoestring catch on floater to center.

  47. JRay3 says:

    Snider snaps out of 1-18 funk with single on hit and run, Pirates on the corners for Cutch, time for a crooked number.

  48. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    There’s no room on this team for a defensive specialist.
    However….Neal Huntington is not one to back track on his moves.
    He’s always right, and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks…..Period.

  49. Milo Hamilton says:

    Andrew McCutchen’s mother sang the National Anthem at one of the games I saw in spring training. She was outstanding.

  50. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Sorry for not posting a line today.
    Mother’s Day festivities stared early and ran late.
    Didn’t get a chance to get online until now.
    Will have 3 lines for tomorrow.

  51. JRay3 says:

    Jones Sac Fly for his 21st RBI of year, plates Marte who has 29 runs scored near top of the NL, 2-1 good guys.

  52. JRay3 says:

    Looking forward to it, Mother’s Day activities should take precedent, will there be updated standings?

  53. JRay3 says:

    Must have been a nice experience, on of these days I need to get out to Bradenton, have seen the Bucs a lot of places, never there.

  54. JRay3 says:

    Neil Walker singled in his first AB with Altoona today, has now hit in all four games played with the, during rehab.

    Nice and quick 1-2-3 for Gomez in third to protect lead just given to him.

  55. Milo Hamilton says:

    I was thinking, who do you think will pitch 1st for the Pirates this season ? Charlie Morton, Jeff Karstens or Gerrit Cole. Interesting. Maybe Playoffs could put a line on it, or offer up some extra credit.

  56. JRay3 says:

    Interesting question, Morton slated to be first one ready if no other setbacks, Karstens about four rehab starts away which is about a month and Cole who management will convince the rest of us still has few things to iron out.

    My question is what if rotation stabilizes do we necessarily see Cole or could management continue to delay his clock?

  57. JRay3 says:

    Eight straight retired by Gomez who is showing he is up for the challenge opposing Harvey. One of the under the radar additions to the team this offseason.

  58. Milo Hamilton says:

    Under the radar ? I laughed at it. But in some cases I’ve learned that crow can be quite delicious.

  59. Bob Hasis says:

    I’m thinking it’s unnecessary to speculate about the rotation – FOR THE MOMENT. We seem to have unexpectedly (to me) found a reasonable five in Wandy, AJ, Locke, Liriano and Gomez.

    I’d say let’s run with that until. . . . . . . . . . we need refueling.

  60. Milo Hamilton says:

    Gomez at 65 pitches thru 5 innings.

  61. JRay3 says:

    And has retired 11 in a row….maybe Clint will let a starter go a little deeper when performance dictates.

  62. JRay3 says:

    Why is Mazzaro loosening in the pen?

  63. Milo Hamilton says:

    Looks like he’s done. I have no idea why. Once again, it won’t be the starter’s fault the bullpen has to cover 4 innings.

  64. JRay3 says:

    What a difference in management styles, Mike Matheny of the Cardinals will let his starters throw 120 pitches or until arm falls off, and Cards pen has thrown least innings of any team.

    Clint forces innings upon his pen when starters are cruising, makes it tougher for them, to ever build up and get accustomed to owning 100 pitches, and seven innings.

  65. Patrick(ri) says:

    Another strange & wondrous decision. A 65 pitch limit seems a bit stringent when pitching so well?

  66. Well Steve and Tim will get their wish of seeing our bullpen work against their team early. Meanwhile, Harvey has now settled down and will probably pitch into the 8th.

  67. Milo Hamilton says:

    I am a fan of Clint Hurdle right up until the 1st note of The Star Spangled Banner.

  68. JRay3 says:

    What a joke, this is on Clint Hurdle, Gomez cruising and he goes to pen and promptly they give up lead off walk, utter mis-management being shown.

    Our bullpen is going to wilt away this summer with usage the manger forces on them.

  69. Patrick(ri) says:


  70. Bob Hasis says:

    He has the right buzzwords, the appropriate clichés, but can’t manage a lick

  71. Milo Hamilton says:

    He’ll bring in Wilson to face Davis & Duda.

  72. JRay3 says:

    Might explain why in 11 seasons as a MLB manager he has finished above .500 just one time…his miracle run to World Series in ’07.

  73. Milo Hamilton says:

    I still like him as a manager, but in game strateegery is not his strong suit.

  74. JRay3 says:

    Who would have thought after five innings and just two hits allowed we would need two relief pitchers to get out of sixth and will need to burn two-three more to get to end of game…SMH.

  75. Patrick(ri) says:

    Did you know he would also pull one of his hot hitter? A bit premature for defensive change?

  76. Starter covers 65 pitches and 5 innings, now there are two pitchers to cover 1 inning, and how many more to cover the last three? At least 2 with the 8th and 9th guys. Clint needs to be a little more trusting of some of these starters.

  77. Milo Hamilton says:

    He had to catch a plane for Indianapolis. :)

  78. Patrick(ri) says:

    Oops, I was sure hit would put Ol Mac in for

  79. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hey, at least he brought in a lefty to pitch to a lefty. Baby steps.

  80. JRay3 says:


  81. Patrick(ri) says:

    Some reasonably that you can’t argue with results — but I will still argue these moves were not necessary!

  82. Milo Hamilton says:

    He put Inge in for Mercer. You were close.

  83. Officer Mancuso says:

    I think you’ve buried the lede at point #4.

  84. Arriba Wilver says:

    Barnes is a bum.

  85. Asleep on the base paths again. Senseless!

  86. Patrick(ri) says:

    Well, the good news is, Cutch won’t have to lead off.

  87. Dave G says:

    Just joining in. Spent the day landscaping my front yard.

    Ahhhh. just in time to see Barmes get nailed at second.

    At least the Bucs are winning.

  88. Officer Mancuso says:

    Poetic justice for regaling those of us in more northerly, culinarily challenged climes with these surf and chowder anecdotes. It’s 44 outside and I’m lucky if I can find a sausage with some seasoning in it, should I dare venture out in the 25 mph winds sweeping the featureless Illinois prarie.

  89. Bob Hasis says:

    Are any of Hurdle’s antics explainable – IN LOGIC?

  90. Arriba Wilver says:


  91. Milo Hamilton says:

    The strawberry pie has arrived. I love Mother’s Day.

  92. Patrick(ri) says:

    The truly sad part, is that Barmes was having a great day.

  93. Officer Mancuso says:

    Maybe Clint is painfully aware that his boss is more adept at replacing fallen relievers than fallen starters.

  94. Arriba Wilver says:


  95. Bob Hasis says:

    Somewhat of a contradiction in terms I would say

  96. All you need to know, walk, wild pitch, cheap hit, run, tie ball game. Bull pen blows it when it didn’t need to be blown.

  97. Patrick(ri) says:

    What are the odds if the plan to use 5 pitchers in 4 innings, that one of them will have trouble?..

  98. Milo Hamilton says:

    McKenry still hasn’t thrown anyone out stealing this year. He’s a liability back there.

  99. Guys should not get that big of a jump against a lefty. Even if McHenry’s throw is there, he is still safe.

  100. radio wave says:

    He is now zero for nine throwing out runners. What is the book on Sanchez arm?

  101. Dave G says:

    Well, all I’ve seen since i got here is bad base running, wild pitches, stolen bases…

    Not a recipe for winning.

  102. Sad thing is that Jeanmar will get a two hit 1 run no decision out of this game and Harvey gets off the hook for the possible 1st loss of the season. Get this guy so he doesn’t get the freakin’ win.

  103. Milo Hamilton says:

    With the same pitchers, Martin has thrown out 8 of 23. McKenry is 0 for 9.

  104. Patrick(ri) says:

    To borrow from your CH comment — I love him until he gets behind the plate.

  105. Go back out and do some more landscaping, Dave. Might change their luck back. Just kidding.

  106. Arriba Wilver says:


  107. Milo Hamilton says:

    He doesn’t pinch hit for Snider, but he pinch hits for Jones. SMH.

  108. If that was called correctly as strike three, Cutch would have been out by a mile. Didn’t see if he knew it was called ball four, so shut it down, but still. I’ll take it. Come on, Jose!

  109. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Pirates say Gomez was removed because of the comebacker that hit him in the leg in the 1st inning.

  110. Drew71 says:

    C’mon. Get a five run lead. Then start plunking.

    It’s the freaking mets

  111. Patrick(ri) says:

    A big fat Mother’s Day apology to CH for all the awful things I said and thought about his pitching moves.

  112. Their just doing damage control since they know that question was coming in the post game. Now they can use that as an excuse. The way this game is going, the pen is going to pitch even more innings if Pedro doesn’t come through.

  113. Patrick(ri) says:

    Today. So far . . .

  114. Dave G says:

    Pedro delivers! Bucs up 3-2

  115. Milo Hamilton says:


  116. JRay3 says:

    El Toro comes through against Mets closer with two out RBI and Bucs take lead back 3-2!

  117. Pedro coming through. Nice knock there Pedro!! 3-2 good guys.

  118. Officer Mancuso says:

    Just an observation: the tide of annoyingness has turned. “Defend the FO at all costs” partisans seem to have retreated from the field of play, and “find faulters” are unchallenged in the comment boxes. I’m reminded of financial markets. When every wage worker spends his breaks taking about the killing he made in Yahoo stock it’s timeto sell, and once there’s unanimous consent that things are going to hell in a handbasket, everyone who’s going to sell has sold, and it’s time to buy.

    This Pirates team is playing some excellent ball this year and looks like it may actually have an embarassment of riches once Morton, Karstens and Walker are healthy. (If Karstens can. get healthy). IMHO, they merit cheers from bottom to top, not derision.

  119. JRay3 says:

    Alvarez now 6-11 in series, 2-4 today and has moved above Menoza line at .203.

  120. radio wave says:

    That is what PA needs to be calm, a contact guy who can keep a rally going.

  121. JRay3 says:

    Best thing was he went opposite field line drive, not trying to do to much.

  122. Patrick(ri) says:

    I would agree, since I include myself as a bit of a sunshine patriot — except for what sincerely seems me are too many gaffes for a long-term competative
    Mlb team.

  123. Milo Hamilton says:

    McKenry is absolutely killing them back there.

  124. Passed balls and wild pitches and walks kill you ALL DAY.

  125. JRay3 says:

    McKenry is a defensive liability, can’t throw out runners and let’s too many balls get passed.

  126. Arriba Wilver says:


  127. Patrick(ri) says:

    Best walk of the year. Even if he steals 2nd.

  128. Arriba Wilver says:

    No more pink shoes for Melancon.

  129. Lad9 says:

    Just a thought. Could you see Goose Gossage out there in pink shoes?

  130. Milo Hamilton says:

    Look at the bright side. If this were the NFL he’d have to wear them for a month.

  131. Dave G says:

    Wow. What a final out.

    Very lucky to end the eighth.

  132. Patrick(ri) says:

    Melancon for President! Inge for VP.

  133. Nice back up by Inge there to save the run.

  134. Patrick(ri) says:

    Escaped the gaffe.

  135. JRay3 says:

    Wow, big break there off the bag and Inge firing to Melancon covering, Houdini act to get out of that one….on to the ninth.

  136. Arriba Wilver says:

    Clint’s a genius. I don’t think Mercer makes that play Inge did.

  137. Drew71 says:

    Grounding out to end the threat,
    Duda, Duda
    Grounding out cause he’s a met,
    All Duda Day

  138. Dave G says:

    And still beat the runner by two steps.

  139. Patrick(ri) says:

    That play, power hitting from Barmas & a clutch hit by Pedro . . . This may be the year.

  140. Baywatch says:

    Well, as Neil Walker likes to say: “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good!” Woo-Hoo! (And since when did our Pirates ever have “good luck?”) THIS year, BayBee!

  141. Ghost says:

    Hi Gang.
    Because I have the advantage of coming in late and being able to take in an afternoon of comments at once, it does appear to me that we’re a little bit impulsive here jumping on Clint Hurdle, or jumping on The Fort. Jeanmar Sanchez is not stretched out yet to go 100 or more pitches twice a week and it is prudent to pace him in the short term so that this pleasant surprise might be ready for us all the way through the summer. As for McHenry — no, he not a first string catcher. He has his shortcomings. Today, unfortunately, we saw many of them at once. But we also know that he usually plays better than this in addition to adding some nice pop to the lineup when he gets in there. He’s a nice piece to have and we shouldn’t forget that. Martin is our number one. I’m sanguine about both and what their roles are.
    Go Bucs! Close out the ninth and leave the Big Apple winners!

  142. Patrick(ri) says:

    How long have you been waiting?

  143. Ghost says:

    I wanted lyrics from Divine’s song.

  144. theplanisworking says:

    ……….. and get fined if he didnt……….

  145. Patrick(ri) says:

    Well, maybe Inge for Secretary of State.

  146. Drew71 says:

    All Duda Day

  147. theplanisworking says:

    My life is now complete………..

    besides Bugs Bunny, someone else has worked “Camptown Races” into a baseball game……..

  148. Milo Hamilton says:

    … and get fined if he still has them on one day too long.

  149. Brandie says:

    Like lots. I wish your daughter best of luck in the future.

  150. Milo Hamilton says:

    My mom just noticed the pink bats. She’d kill me if she knew what I was typing. :)

  151. Brandie says:

    Heh, heh, heh!

  152. Brandie says:

    + 50,000 Cronkites!

  153. theplanisworking says:


    We missed you last night on the Pens thread.

  154. Drew71 says:

    Yes. It completed me, too.

    But evidently not Camptown Lucky.

  155. theplanisworking says:


    We missed you on the Pens thread last night.

  156. Patrick(ri) says:

    Everyone holding their breath.

  157. Brandie says:

    Camping again. Glad they won and quite glad the Boys of summer crushed it last night.

  158. Ghost says:

    Everything’s GROOVY.

  159. Lad9 says:

    Raise it. Nice win Buccos. Lots of good stuff.

  160. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe you were the inspiration for Drew and his “Duda Day” stuff?? ;)

  161. Raise the Jolly Roger, Baby! Happy Mother’s Day victory and 3 of 4 against the Mets. Take it to the Brewers for the next four. Evening all!

  162. JRay3 says:

    Behind another solid outing turned in by Jeanmar Gomez, a key two out RBI by Pedro Alvarez and a 15th save from Jason Grilli the Bucs take the series over the Mets, winning 3-2 and there was noooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Pirates have now taken three of four over three NL East teams this season. The win moves the Bucs back to a season high five games above .500 for the third time this season at 21-16. Pittsburgh is now 6-4 in the month of May. The Pirates head home to begin a 10 game home stand tomorrow night as the Brewers come to town. AJ Burnett will take the hill in the opener of the series.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  163. theplanisworking says:

    Grilli may put all our catchers on the DL with that hug.

  164. Milo Hamilton says:

    Awesome weekend for those wacky Buccos.

  165. Patrick(ri) says:

    Fun to blow by the wise guy.

  166. Dave G says:

    …and there was nooooooooooooo Duda bout it!

    (Sorry, Drew!)

  167. Brandie says:

    A 3-2 win is quite delicious. Getting Inge, Melancon, and other non household names to steep up and handle their business changes everything. These BUCCOS will not do it with trumpets and fanfare, but under the radar suits me just fine.

  168. Ghost says:

    We have another enemy ballpark flag pole for you to bend! (True, you met your demise in Milwaukee. But we resuscitated you, fed you sausages, slapped some mud on you, and you never missed a beat. Dance on that pole till it’s horizontal!)

  169. Brandie says:

    I think vats of sugared cereal, moonshine, and pixie dust are all the inspiration Drew needs.

  170. Officer Mancuso says:

    Hurdle protects a young arm in the Dr. Andrews era. Go Bucs!

  171. Brandie says:

    Hipposterize the pole, Plan.

  172. theplanisworking says:

    Ghost, you are a nutcase!

    Thanks for the resuscitation, and the mud, but Hippos eat grass. We are not carnivores. Pretty funny as being Hippos are HUGE !!!!

    But I will bend another flagpole if it will help the team.
    New Yorkers are a meaner bunch than Milwaukeeans, so help may be needed. ;)

  173. The Gunner says:

    Nice to see JMac’s replacement in the rotation keeping the Bucs in a position to win, keep it up, Jenmar. And Pedro looks like he is coming to life.

  174. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie, you are funny.
    You think I am wrestler……………..
    I couldnt be, I cant find a mask big enough ;)

  175. Officer Mancuso says:

    Hopefully the poster named Milo Hamilton revisits his earlier outbursts.

  176. theplanisworking says:


  177. Ghost says:

    Yes! “Hipposterize it!”

  178. Brandie says:

    Like, Officer Mancuso.

  179. theplanisworking says:


  180. Ghost says:

    Brandie and I will divert the angry New Yorkers’ attention while you do your thing!

  181. Ghost says:

    Put me down for a “like” too.

  182. Brandie says:

    Oh. Don’t be too sure about that. They could find a company to make you one. Besides, every family needs a couple of enforcers.

  183. The Gunner says:

    Gomez sure is making the fans forget JMac!

  184. theplanisworking says:

    Arn Anderson Hippo?

  185. Brandie says:

    Hippo Hogan!

  186. Brandie says:

    Hippo Hogan the wrestler. Hippomania runnin’ wild.

  187. Officer Mancuso says:

    Go Bucs.

  188. Milo Hamilton says:

    What would those “outbursts” be ?

  189. theplanisworking says:

    Hippomania??? Hahahahahaha!! 8-)

  190. Brandie says:

    With Mother Jandy as your manager.

  191. theplanisworking says:

    Even better!!!!

    We can’t lose !!!! :)

  192. Arriba Wilver says:

    They took Gomez out because his calf stiffened up from being hit by a comebacker in the first.

  193. theplanisworking says:

    I know that is what they said, but………………..

    He got hit in the first, but stayed in 4-5 more innings? Why not take him out in the 2nd, or 3rd inning?
    Just curious, thats all.

  194. Brandie says:

    Either way, they did right by him. Pitching is keeping these guys hungry and in the hunt, even this early in the season.

  195. Brandie says:

    Maybe to see how he fared?

  196. Baywatch says:


  197. Thundercrack says:

    At least he’s not Ryan Doumit.

  198. Thundercrack says:

    Is this the 3rd or 4th game in a row he’s caught.

  199. theplanisworking says:

    or how he fouled??? ;)

  200. Brandie says:

    I bow to you, Hippo Father!

  201. theplanisworking says:


    No bowing to Hippos here, please. ;)

    Off to important things, like taking a nap after making delicious authentic red beans and rice.

    See you guys later………….. Bucs playing the hated Brewers tomorrow.

    Hippo out.

  202. JohninOshkosh says:

    Tiger and Sergio in a great duel at Sawgrass with a couple players nipping at their heels.

    Tiger just played an extraordinary 16 and birdied to take the lead. Some remarkably gutsy aggressive golf.

  203. Milo Hamilton says:

    Sergio gags away another with 2 balls in the water on 17. A Tin Cup moment.

    DK: He’s amazing. And to do that after chirping Tiger through the press.

  204. JohninOshkosh says:

    It’s going to be Tiger or the “rest of the field” bets again at Merion next month.

  205. JohninOshkosh says:

    Hey, Dejan’s buddy Lindsey Vonn is there!

  206. Milo Hamilton says:

    And promptly rinses his tee shot on 18 also. The only thing missing is Rene Russo.

  207. JohninOshkosh says:

    I think I’m a David Lingmerth fan.

    He plays the way I would play…you know if I was good.

  208. JohninOshkosh says:

    Now from genteel golf to the brutal beauty of hockey.

    You gotta love sports!

    Go Red Wings!

  209. tomp says:

    That was nice for mother’s day, that she let you out of the basement.

  210. Officer Mancuso says:

    Spare me tedium.

  211. Ermine says:

    Mercer isn’t Ernie Banks …. he’s a .226 lifetime MLB hitter, with 93 AB. He hit .210 last year. Sutton hit well for a short time last year.I wonder where he is playing now? I’d rather have McDonald come in in a double switch to play short in a close game. hey didn’t get him, for his bat.

  212. Ermine says:


  213. JohninOshkosh says:

    These posts taking digs at Milo not appreciated here.

  214. Arriba Wilver says:

    Because it didn’t stiffen up until the 5th? Why make something up? So Clint wouldn’t get criticized here on the blog?

  215. cmat0829 says:

    Sergio is only slightly more likeable than Tiger, but heavens, let’s not freak out about someone, anyone actually calling out Tiger in the press. The cheating in the Masters and today his drop was “borderline” as called out by johnny miller…and every other member of the ‘press’ jumped up to protect Tiger… i think Tiger needs more chirping in the press.

  216. Jandy says:


  217. Jandy says:

    he can hug me like that anytime he wants to ;)

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