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Final: Braves 5, Pirates 4, 10 innings

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (35-23) vs. Atlanta Braves (34-22)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. LHP Mike Minor

Time: 7:10 p.m.

Site: Turner Field, Atlanta

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. Jordy Mercer, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Russell Martin, RF
  6. Michael McKenry, C
  7. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Locke, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is on the beat.

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. Ermine says:

    Another tough assignment tonight. Minor has been pretty much lights out.

    What’s new though, It’s been a string of tough starters.

    If they want to be consider among the big boys , they need to beat them.

    Let’s hope Locke can continue his string.

  2. Hawk says:

    Martin in right field??? I what’s the thinking with that?

  3. Bizrow says:

    Well, at least no Inge at 3B

  4. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    Max “wager” is 100 units on any single line.
    All “wagers” must be in multiples of 5 units.
    Play as few or as many lines as you’d like.
    As always, this is for fun and entertainment purposes.

    Tonight’s Line
    Total ERRORS COMMITTED by the Pirates in tonight’s game
    Line is 1.5

  5. Playoffs by 2012 says:

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  6. Bizrow says:

    100 nuke nuggets on the under, here’s where I start my comeback

    Just like the Pens…..

    Oh, crap, we’re doomed ;-)

  7. fellocolonial says:

    Under for 100

  8. Ermine says:

    I didn’t even notice that, I saw Mercer at second and scanned right down to Barmes.

    I guess that’s the only way of sitting Snider and Jones, but curious to say the least.

    With no Tabby. What else would he do.

    It’s kind of telling about the lack of RH depth

  9. cmat0829 says:

    LETS GO 100 on the UNDER

    yikes, i need to turn this around, my run differential does not bode well for my end of season standings……

  10. Ermine says:

    100 to the under, please

  11. KJX says:

    75 UNDER

  12. cmat0829 says:

    wow, this looks like a Jim Leyland lineup…. obviously Minor must be tough on lefties, and right now, like it or not, Walker as a RH hitter is Inge-like. I like keeping Martin in the game but giving his knees a rest….

  13. KJX says:

    Crap just took a good look at the lineup. Not so sure about this wager, now

  14. NMR says:

    Two RH’rs are are already starting off the bench.

    Theres only 25 spots on the roster…

  15. NMR says:

    If anything, its more of an indictment of our lefty hitters.

  16. NMR says:

    Hurdle just realizes there isn’t much need for a right fielder when the team hits the ball over the fence.

  17. Dom says:

    100 UNDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. JRay3 says:

    Hey Biz, I was told to contact you for Playoffs email info…so you must be the man in the know.

  19. TK says:

    Maybe they want Martin and his bat to play but also want keep him far enough away from an umpire as possible

  20. Dom says:

    Just to confirm, the point is to get the lowest number possible, correct?

  21. Frankie says:

    Give me 50 on the under

  22. Arriba Wilver says:

    My thoughts exactly. Unless Iassogna is the first base ump and Clint wants to mess with him. :-)

  23. JRay3 says:

    Good afternoon to the window…well hoping this is bounce back Tuesday for the Buccos as yesterday got away from the team quickly and and leaves the Pirates now 6-13 in the opener of a series.

    As for today’s line, scary one with the lineup being pieced together today. But the team has played well behind Jeff Locke.

    75 on the UNDER.

    Thanks and Let’s Go Bucs!

  24. pattonbb says:

    100 on the UNDER, please.

  25. NMR says:

    Big time redemption start for Jeff.

    Seems funny to think about, but his last start against the Braves had many calling for his removal from the rotation after giving up 3 HR and 4 walks in less than five innings of work.

  26. Arriba Wilver says:

    That’s what Biz says: FORE!

  27. Bill Born says:

    100 on the under please

    We mustn’t start losing series’ now ,for St.Louis and Cincinnati won’t be.

  28. Jim S. says:

    Martin isn’t hitting anyone much lately. I guess him as a RH hitter is better than Walker as a righty, though.

    The one thing I have forgotten to calculate into the Pirates rest of season performance is our brutal intra-division schedule, facing the Reds and Cards so much and not Houston. At least this finishes us with Atlanta. Or, at least I think it does.

  29. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    CONGRATS on the May win!!
    Helluva turn-around!

    Send me an e-mail or contact me thru Twitter so I can mail you out your bumper sticker.

  30. TK says:

    Russell Martin combined minor and major league experience in right field has been one game in 2003 (as a 20 year old) for South Georgia in A ball. He had recorded no outs, assists or errors.

    I’m thinking this is going to be an adventure tonight.

    In totally unrelated news, Dan Bylsma said there is no goaltending controversy. Game 3 will be Sidney Crosby’s first ever start in the net.

  31. Jim S. says:

    I think we really need him to step up again, NMR. AJ doesn’t disappoint often, but last night was not something we can afford often with our offense performing like it is lately. Of course, Atlanta’s offense has a few sub-.200 hitters and it didn’t stop them last night.

  32. Jim S. says:

    Clint seems to think anyone can just grab a glove and head out to RF. Roberto is probably looking down with disgust. We have seen JHay, Drew Sutton, now Martin there in the past 2 years.

  33. Ermine says:

    That’s a very good point. I wasn’t looking at it that way.

  34. Lad9 says:

    100 rials on the under please Playoffs. Pirates have been strong defensively. Thank you sir and Go Buccos!

  35. NMR says:

    The Pirates are a poor man’s Braves. Remarkable how similarly they profile offensively. Lot’s of K’s and score with power.

    Big if, but IF Locke can picth like he has since that first Braves outing – working both corners, down in the zone with movement – he can shut down this lineup. Get them to roll over a ton of groundballs.

    If he challenges them up in the zone like AJ last night, forget about it.

  36. Jason81 says:

    100 on the UNDER, please!

  37. Jim S. says:

    I agree. Lots of holes in those swings, but hang something and they can mash. Then, there’s guys like Freeman who are to be avoided, especially with RISP, at all costs. Can’t be walking Uggla.

  38. Bizrow says:

    I have to see if I can find it, am not sure if he wants it posted, will get back to you on that

  39. Bizrow says:

    + 1

    Its the negative reactivity thing ;-)

  40. Nate83 says:

    100 on the under. Thanks.

  41. JRay3 says:

    Ok, or you can send him mine to contact me…….thanks.

  42. JRay3 says:

    Feel free to contact me at my email…

  43. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    John Russell did the exact same thing with RF’ers.
    Doumit, Pearce, Michaels, Wilson, etc….

  44. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Thanks will do, buddy!!

  45. stickyweb says:


    100 on the UNDER tonight sir.


  46. MadTurk says:

    Let’s hope our sports teams show up for the games starting tonight..

  47. NMR says:

    Freeman is a stud. Love that swing.

  48. Karen22 says:

    Under for 100 errant hockey pucks.

  49. Thundercrack says:

    I trust Clint.

    But Russel Martin is a .250 hitter with 14 RBI, is it really that important to keep him in the lineup as an outfielder?

  50. pattonbb says:

    His HR last night was impressive. As was McCann’s. McCann’s timing got better with every swing. Freeman is one of the hottest hitters in the game right now. Lets hope he cools off tonight.

  51. Bizrow says:

    Send me an e-mail at and I will forward playoffs e-mail to you

  52. stuart66 says:

    100 Kroners on the over for errors.


  53. TCB says:

    under for 100.

  54. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Right now I say NO.
    But can I wait until after the game to give you my final answer / opinion?

  55. JUCOFan says:

    100 on the under!!

  56. theplanisworking says:

    This is good, Arriba!

  57. theplanisworking says:

    Deep Sea Diving classes——– plenty of spots still available! :)

  58. blazer says:

    I’ll take the over on tonights line for 100. Probably the first two balls hit to right…

  59. theplanisworking says:

    Sure you can.
    Just sit right over there by Regis…………….. ;)

  60. Thundercrack says:

    that’s what I don’t understand.

    That were about the only options John Russell had.
    Clint has better – and more – choices.

  61. Bizrow says:

    Plus my current W/L rate is “unsustainable”

    Well, maybe not….

  62. Bizrow says:

    No other right handed bat, other than Inge, that can play the outfield.

  63. cherokee23 says:

    100 over

  64. Bizrow says:

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    Pls sign up, its my hobby

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  65. theplanisworking says:

    Can anyone answer me what’s up with the Braves wanting to send down Upton?

    I know every time that is suggested here in the Burgh with Pedro, the answer is always “keep him up here, he just needs to work thru anything”.

    Any help in this would be appreciated.

  66. cosmo says:

    100 on the under

  67. JD says:

    100 under please.

    Go Bucs!

  68. Thundercrack says:

    I think this whole righty/lefty thing is way overblown.

    You have Jones and Snider that are actual outfielders.

  69. Bizrow says:

    He’s hitting like a buckfifty, he was a huge signing for them in the off season.

    They want to win this season and he’s hurting them, but has options, unlike say JMac with us

  70. JohninOshkosh says:

    Have not played for awhile.

    75/Under please.

  71. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks Biz.

    I think you hit the nail on the head……… “they want to win this year”

    Could it be they have any capable replacements in AAA for him, unlike the Bucs who dont? I just found it amazing that they would even entertain sending him down. He was their big offseason acqusition. I just was shocked when I heard it, but had no background on it.

  72. Bizrow says:

    They have this Gattis guy, a great story, was out of baseball for a few years, he’s a catcher by trade but McCann is back now.

    I think one of their thoughts is to get Gattis (and I might be spelling this wrong) a ton of ABs, so they can see what they do with McCann (sp, sorry) because he is older, (30, gawd I wish I was 30) and a FA after this season.

  73. theplanisworking says:

    See, this is why I rely on you, and others here for my info.

    At my Pond, there just isnt room for satellite trucks with the knowledge of the great big outside world. I still have a Commadore 64.

    I do appreciate you filling me in on this. I suspected they had someone available down in the farm system they would feel confident promoting……………….. just a shock to hear they would demote Upton. I only referenced Pedro, because I know there was a debate as to what to do with him to improve the BA, K rate, etc.

    Thanks for helping a Hippo out. ;)

  74. Bizrow says:

    You are the best

    Can you do me a favor? Post what follows tomorrow am, the Pens are not done, stuff happens

    What is your real name, BTW, my real name is Ron

  75. theplanisworking says:

    Post what happens? Like a missile strike or something? ;)

    Like new poster hometowns?

    My real name is Roger, until WITSEC decides on a new one for me.

  76. Bizrow says:

    Ok, its 1979, me and my wife, Norma, and my son Chris, went to like 43 or so games at the end of the season, sitting behind the Cobra sigh. What a great time, Chris was 3.

    So game 4 of the World Series, we got smoked. I was totally crushed, we got ridiculed by some Balty fans, I went home and just went to bed, thinking, I want the world to see what this club is all about. We stayed at my Mom’s and Dad’s. My Dad even came up to see if I was OK

    The next day, Jim Rooker pitches a game of his life.

    Here’s the message, and sorry to be so babbly to get there.

    The Pens will show their class, or they might not..

    I’m not giving up.

    The fat lady knows, and she is sitting back down, she is just stretching.

    Just about dam anything can happen

  77. Arriba Wilver says:


  78. Bizrow says:

    Check below, Roger, and thanks

  79. Joey Mellons says:

    100 on the under. Thanks.

  80. Arriba Wilver says:

    50 on the OVER, please, Playoffs.

  81. radio wave says:

    Playoffs: I will take 75 on the under for tonight’s line. Thank you

  82. JohninOshkosh says:


    I’ve noticed there isn’t much from the entertainment field in the HOF. Pittsburgh has
    contributed honorably to the television and film arts.

    Mr. Rogers is in and a given. But what about someone like Gene Kelly or Shirley Jones ?

    Also, Andy Warhol deserves enshrinement in my view.

    Just some thoughts-not sure if you want to extend into the arts very much.

  83. theplanisworking says:

    Mr. Playoffs……….

    I will take 100 Hopeful Hippos on the UNDER.

    Need to wash the bad taste of last nights losses out of our mouths.

    Thank you.

  84. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think radio was waiting to see what I posted.

  85. Dadtackular says:

    100 under

  86. Ermine says:

    I was at Game 5. Up in 650 . I could see the ALCOA sign better than home plate.

    That game renewed my sense of never say die.

    Although the one disappointment of the game was…The Penthouse playmate of the year sang the anthem. It was like 38 degrees, she was wearing a full length coat, and I was a mile away from the plate anyway lol

  87. Ghost says:

    Great story, Biz.
    How it all seemed so bleak back in ’79 after the Bucs had dropped two of their three at home and trailed the O’s three games to one. I had forgotten that it was Jim Rooker who pitched in game five. I do recall that it was a day-game and that Mad Dog led the way to an easy rout that day. (Incidentally, Rooker was born in a little, eastern Oregon town out in the middle of nowhere called Lakeview, and I was living right there in Lakeview in 1979. The Pirates and the Steelers kept me from going bonkers that year.)

    Great that you went to a World Series game. Too bad that particular game was downer.

  88. Ermine says:

    The seat was also 10 bucks..Things have changed

  89. JohninOshkosh says:

    Boy that says something about the 70’s and its era-Penthouse girl singing the national anthem! LOL!

  90. pattonbb says:

    Nice grab leaning into the stands by Freeman.

  91. JohninOshkosh says:

    Hard to believe. Per ATL announcers, reminded that Cutch made his MLB debut 4 years ago today.

    They have also mentioned at least twice that Locke came to the Buccos in the Nate Mclouth trade with ATL.

  92. Ermine says:

    The Braves don’t run a lot. Something tells me they will tonight :/

  93. theplanisworking says:

    Nice HR by Gabby!

    Was plenty fair, too. ;)

  94. Ermine says:

    Gabby !!!!

  95. Ermine says:

    I was reversing the foul ball. At first I thought it was fair. when I went back to live. Gabby was rounding second. That will teach me.

  96. Patrick(ri) says:

    As long as Clint is making Martin very versitile player, maybe he should loan him to the Pens Don’t they need a stopper?

  97. Ermine says:

    So far so good.

  98. pattonbb says:

    How come every time I say something nice about Pedro, he follows up with a super bone-headed play? I was just bragging about how good he plays his position last night. Sheesh….

  99. Patrick(ri) says:

    Pedro has his weaknesses, but lack of effort is not among them. Sort of liked that play.

  100. pattonbb says:

    Very nice hustle down the line by Locke.

  101. Ermine says:

    Poor bunt cost a run

  102. theplanisworking says:

    Cutch !!!

  103. JMB says:


  104. JRay3 says:

    Cutch-Clutch…stings two out two RBI double!

  105. Ermine says:

    I guess not !!! Way to go Cutch

  106. Thundercrack says:

    The day off pays off for Cutch

    Finally a key 2 out hit with RISP

  107. JRay3 says:

    Huge hustle play as it turns out, kept inning going to tack on.

  108. theplanisworking says:


  109. Ermine says:

    I didn’t think the pond had wifi

  110. theplanisworking says:

    Trust me, I definitely have WIDE– fidelity. :)

  111. Ermine says:


  112. Ermine says:

    20 years later that %$#@in chant is still annoying

  113. Arriba Wilver says:


  114. tdb1977 says:


  115. Ermine says:

    I don’t care what Johnny says. That was a luck double.

  116. theplanisworking says:

    Didnt they take that from the FSU Seminoles???

  117. Ghost says:

    I read somewhere that it was Deion Sanders who brought the axe-chop chant to the Braves from the Seminoles.

  118. Patrick(ri) says:

    No matter what JW says, that was a tough way to end a scoreless streak.

  119. Ghost says:

    The Hippo is faster than a ghost!!

  120. tdb1977 says:

    According to the article – MLB is going to look to suspend Braun and A-Rod for 100 games. How you like those apples crying Ryan? 50 games for the contact with the guy in Florida and another 50 games for another reason they say in the article. Lets see you get your suspension reversed this time.

  121. Cmat0829 says:

    Martin looks fine in Rf. We doth protest too much. Minor is brutal against leftys so you load up with right-handers. Love that MLB is gonna suspend that smug Ryan Braun, among others. No word yet on Grilli.

  122. tdb1977 says:

    Oh, and there are at least 20 Major Leaguers on the list to be suspended. But those are the two big names that I remember.

  123. Ermine says:

    Yes he did. That’s more reason to hate it

  124. Patrick(ri) says:

    Excellent point!

  125. theplanisworking says:

    + many.

  126. theplanisworking says:

    Well, my cousins were ballerinas in Fantasia, so I guess thats where I get my quickness and agility………………. ;)

  127. Patrick(ri) says:

    Very nice re-focus for Locke. This kid is impressive.

  128. theplanisworking says:


  129. Ermine says:

    Pedro !!!!!

  130. JRay3 says:

    El Toro goes opposite field yard, gets one back, off a lefty no less

  131. Ermine says:

    Only the 10th hit all year by a lefty against Minor.

    Who’d a thought it would be Pedro

  132. Cmat0829 says:

    Opposite field power……if he can start doing that…….please, please Pedro

  133. I would really love that. There you go Cryin!

  134. A couple Yankees and former Yankees too.

  135. I’m surprised that in those years that no Native Americans, nor FSU has sued them to stop playing it as well. Freaking hate it.

  136. pattonbb says:

    Yes they did. FSU started the chant in the early 80’s. Braves adopted it in the 90’s.

  137. Ermine says:

    Hayward is the Braves Pedro.. Don’t want him getting hot

  138. Ermine says:

    Heyward **

  139. Thundercrack says:

    Unlike a young Paul Maholm, Locke doesn’t seem afraid to pitch inside

  140. Ermine says:

    Coming out of spring training, I thought they made the wrong call bringing him north.

    I’m glad I was wrong.

  141. Thundercrack says:

    A lot of people think that they know who is coming north when spring training starts — that there really isn’t much true competition for spots

  142. Bizrow says:

    One of the best memories of my life

    Never, ever give up

    It takes 4

  143. Bizrow says:

    I want to honor the Burgh, our hometown, am up for anything.

  144. Jandy says:

    Biz, just wanna say, your “class” post up ^ there is awesome. You give Mother Theresa some more optimism :)

    Hipposter, if you have Wide Fidelity, I think you should market it ;)

    Looks like the Buccos have some stuff going for them tonight…cool.

    Any sign of Brandie?

  145. Jandy says:

    That’s some sweet numbers for Locke

  146. Brandie says:

    Right here. Biz, your post put a smile on my face and made me realize anything is possible if you get your head out of you rear and plan your work, as well as work your plan (A Shout Out to Hipposter). Jandy, thanks for always looking out for me.

  147. Brandie says:

    Locke n’ Load.

  148. Ermine says:

    Could have easily kept the scoreless streak going.

    That WAS a lucky double

  149. Jandy says:

    Players Under Scrutiny

    Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players connected to Biogenesis, OTL has learned. Among the players who might ultimately face discipline:
    Player Team
    Ryan Braun Brewers
    Everth Cabrera Padres
    Melky Cabrera Blue Jays
    Francisco Cervelli Yankees
    Bartolo Colon Athletics
    Nelson Cruz Rangers
    Fautino de los Santos Free agent
    Gio Gonzalez* Nationals
    Yasmani Grandal Padres
    Fernando Martinez Astros
    Jesus Montero Mariners
    Jordan Norberto Free agent
    Jhonny Peralta Tigers
    Cesar Puello** Mets
    Alex Rodriguez Yankees
    * Sources told ESPN that Gonzalez only received legal substances ** minor leaguer, not a member of the MLB Players’ Association

  150. Jandy says:

    Friggin Braun gets suspended, I might throw a party!

  151. Jandy says:

    Hey girl! How goes it?

  152. Jandy says:

    Mother Theresa checks out for her proteges ;)

  153. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Ladies.

    Just swimming by to give you a warm greeting.

    Bucs looking like they forgot last night…… which is a very good thing. :)

    And, as I type this, Upton ties it…………. :(

  154. Jandy says:

    Dang and blast. First time I get to see Reid pitch…and this :sigh:

  155. theplanisworking says:

    …….and her Hippos………….

  156. Jandy says:

    Is this normal for Reid? sheesh

  157. Jandy says:

    Hippo Proteges ;)

  158. Brandie says:

    If Dan Uggla married Uma Thurman, her name would be Uma Uggla. Just some really bad humor there.

    Can I come to the Ryan Braun suspension party Jandy is throwing?

  159. Jandy says:

    Hubby and I have been making fun of Uggla’s name…and his face fits it…my bad.

    Sure! Might have to get a keg!

  160. theplanisworking says:

    Did you see my link above for a possible Braun suspension??? :D

  161. Brandie says:

    It could be better. Interview was rescheduled for Thursday. Wish me luck. I will send any good vibes your way.

  162. Brandie says:

    Yes. As I am taught daily, lest I forget…nothing stays hidden for long. If you do the crime, you must do the time.

  163. pattonbb says:

    I waited on Deion Sanders one time when I was in college. He brought a group of kids into the restaurant I tended bar in and taught them all how to eat crab legs. Ordered Shirley Temples for all of them and tipped everyone that was working. He was a big tipper too.

    That’s the only nice thing I’ll ever say about Deion Sanders.

  164. JohninOshkosh says:

    Kegger! Must have plastic red cups and someone willing to lookout for the cops.

  165. Jandy says:

    I elaborated on your link, Hipposter…good info…thanks for the link :)

  166. Jandy says:

    BeST of luck, girl. sending prayers, vibes and anything else that will help

  167. Thundercrack says:

    At that party you may have to serve ‘juice’

  168. Jandy says:

    Well, we DID have some deer in the yard today….

  169. Jandy says:

    Red solo cup!

  170. Jandy says:


  171. JohninOshkosh says:

    In high school I thought beer had to come in the solo cups.

    Did I say high school ? I meant when I was lawfully of age and had my first beer!

  172. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie, may the Force be with ewe! :)

  173. Brandie says:

    :( Price Is Right Sad Trombone now plays.

  174. Jandy says:

    uh huh…ssuuurree ya did ;)

  175. Offense needs to get it going. Don’t they remember what happened to the Reds on Sunday when they played them.

  176. Jandy says:

    are you kidding me?????

  177. theplanisworking says:

    When I was in school, all the neighboring states had lower approved ages for booze. :)

  178. theplanisworking says:


  179. Ermine says:

    Every one surrounding PA

  180. Jandy says:

    yeah i don’t want hubby to disown me lol

  181. theplanisworking says:

    Uma Butt Uggla?? ;)

  182. Ermine says:

    New York was our destination

  183. theplanisworking says:

    I had a choice of Ohio or West Virginny.

  184. Jandy says:

    Oh and we got the creek for anyone who wants to go skinny dipping ;)

  185. Jandy says:

    I was married at 19…and wasn’t allowed to drink..let me tell you , that stunk

  186. Thundercrack says:

    19 innings!

  187. JohninOshkosh says:

    Bite your tongue!

  188. theplanisworking says:

    Whenever I hear the name Freddie Freeman, I think of Foghorn Leghorn, and Rhode Island Red………………………………. “Freddie the Freshman”.

    Boy, I said, Boy………… you are testing the limits of my patience………..

  189. Arriba Wilver says:

    Watson fans Freeman on three pitches. I wonder if he’s, um, chemically enhanced?

    (I’m totally joking.)

  190. Jandy says:


  191. Jandy says:

    maybe lunchbox is???
    (joking too)

  192. Thundercrack says:

    He does spend a lot of time with Grilli


  193. theplanisworking says:

    It is beyond sad that anytime someone succeeds, we have to have a bit of suspicion about drugs. AW, I am not casting blame towards you in any way. It is just because of all the players that cheated, and many more that were never proven to cheat, but the suspicion was still there.

    Now Zagursky, on the other hand……… ;)

  194. Jandy says:

    true dat! ;)

  195. Jandy says:

    Always some dorktard has to ruin it for everyone else…

  196. theplanisworking says:

    Are you calling me a dorktard?

  197. Jandy says:

    No, silly, you’re a cool, Hip, Hip Hipposter :P

  198. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think she was referring to bug-eyes. I agree with your sentiment, plan. Kind of my point. ;-)

  199. theplanisworking says:

    Good thing it wasnt my point, AW.
    Its a big one on top of my head………………. ;)

  200. Jandy says:

    Bug eyes it is!

  201. theplanisworking says:

    Well, the pond is a bit cool tonite……… ;)

  202. Jandy says:

    I was referring to YOU, Mr. Hipposter :P

  203. JohninOshkosh says:

    Great tweet from Mets beat reporter Andy Martino:

    Andy Martino ‏@MartinoNYDN 29s

    Remember this about Mets prospect Cesar Puello, part of the Biogenesis mess: He’s not good anyway.

  204. theplanisworking says:

    Did my Hippo eyes just see some schmuckle “leading” their fans in that crazy chop thing?

    Good Lord………………..

  205. Jandy says:

    whew got outta that jamb!

  206. Brandie says:

    “Boy’s about as sharp as bowling ball.”
    “Look at that boy, got more nerve than a bum tooth”.

    -Foghorn Leghorn

  207. Ermine says:

    My old heart cant handle these close games all season long

  208. Brandie says:

    Means something totally different at a hippie festival.

  209. Jandy says:

    that it does!

  210. theplanisworking says:

    How would you know?? ;)

  211. theplanisworking says:

    GMTA miss Jandy…..

  212. Brandie says:

    I know…I read.

  213. theplanisworking says:

    Without the flash cards, I have a difficult time………….. :(

  214. Jandy says:

    between these guys and the Pens….sheesh!

  215. Brandie says:

    Sad trombone plays…:(

  216. Brandie says:

    Mike Zagursky…AKA…The Kegger.

  217. theplanisworking says:


  218. Jandy says:


  219. Ermine says:

    Oh My. The heart stopped lol

  220. Jandy says:

    somebody say something! Besides ermine lol

  221. Jandy says:

    mine too

  222. Jandy says:

    watch Hipposter type “something”

  223. Jandy says:


  224. Ermine says:

    Who said 19?

  225. Jandy says:

    Thunder…I didn’t thwap him hard enough I guess lol

  226. theplanisworking says:

    ………….. something………………. ;)

    Lets play 2 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  227. Ermine says:

    Is everyone ignoring us? lol

  228. Jandy says:

    see? lol :P

  229. Jandy says:

    I was wondering that myself

  230. theplanisworking says:

    Thank you very much…………….. :)

  231. Lead off walks again, but of course, as usual, the ump was squeezing him.

  232. Ermine says:

    What’s will all the walks? grr

  233. Jandy says:

    A much needed K

  234. Lad9 says:

    It looks like Melancon is our new 10th inning guy. :) And if I am Searage my pitching plan for the rest of the evening is as simple as ABZ….Anybody But Zagnut!

  235. Jandy says:


  236. Ermine says:

    Better not see Zags tonight

  237. theplanisworking says:

    He looks like he ate a bunch of Zagnuts……….

  238. Jandy says:

    OK I’m closing down and hitting the sack. 4 am comes too early….night!

  239. Ermine says:


  240. theplanisworking says:


  241. Lad9 says:

    You timed that right Jandy. Damn!

  242. Ermine says:

    That sucked

  243. theplanisworking says:

    Went to the bathroom, and BAM! we lose.
    That will learn me………

  244. twentytwo22 says:

    I’ve never seen a team that had pitching this good and the hitters had no interest in batting. The effort and attitude of the two parts of the team are completely different. Gutless offense that will not win.

  245. Ermine says:

    The pen was bound to have an off night..It wasn’t a bad night, they just gave up a run late. Everyone does it, we’ve been spoiled

  246. Lad9 says:

    You nailed that.

  247. Arriba Wilver says:

    Gutless offense? What does that mean, other than you’re frustrated?

    Since they lost, I’m frustrated they only had one error.

  248. Lad9 says:

    Well, on the bright side, I had the under on the window line…. Seriously, it is time for someone to get hot and carry the squad for a while. Have at it #22!

  249. Ermine says:

    Marte is due to snap out of his funk too

  250. Naje says:

    There’s a large difference between gutless and talentless…right now, they’re not a very talented bunch of hitters. And the supposed best or better hitters are pressing quite a bit. When you play teams that are better than you, you have to beat them…you have to out-play them. The Reds are clearly better than the Bucs right now. The Braves are too. Both of those teams have lineups where one or two batters don’t slump for weeks at a time like Alvarez or Cutch or Jones or Walker or Sanchez or Marte. You don’t see Votto or Freeman or Phillips or McAnn pulling what Cutch pulled last year in the last two months…or what Alvarez does with his short bursts of power.

    The Pirates lineup, while much more talented than in years past, is nowhere near consistent enough to battle the top tier teams night in, night out. And this stretch of games v. the Reds and Braves could well have a longer lasting effect. Because if they go in a funk now and start losing to lesser competition, it will be a long summer.

    McCutchen: time to start acting and producing like a top 5 player. If you don’t, this team will flounder very quickly.

    Walker, Alvarez, Jones, Marte, Sanchez, Martin: time to start getting more than 2 hits a week.

  251. Ermine says:

    at least the Reds lost

  252. theplanisworking says:


  253. Chuck H says:

    Once more, we lost because we can’t hit with men on base. Like one blog put it, the hitters have no interest in hitting. Let the pitchers pitch their hearts out, it’s HO-HUM for the hitters, we’re still getting paid for not hitting, Half the starting lineup is hitting below that famous line “The Mendoza Line”

  254. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Starting to get the feeling that reality is setting in with the Pirates.
    Cincy and St. Louis look better than last year.
    If we drop behind much more than five…It’s gonns be tough.

  255. Naje says:

    For the division, yes indeed it is and will be very tough. Reds and Cards lineups are too good. And like I mentioned above, Votto/Phillips/Bruce and Freeman/McCann…those guys just don’t slump for weeks at a time, let alone all at the same time.

    McCutchen has to hit… and not just one of those .450 tears for two weeks and then .250 for a month. Alvarez has to be a tougher out. Walker has to be more consistent as does Jones, Sanchez, Marte and Martin. Those are seven guys that aren’t doing much now (though Alvarez has come to life a little bit in the last three weeks), and the offense is too easy for pitchers to pick apart.

    If these two series have a lingering effect on the team, it’s going to be a long summer. Opportunities to produce are there, the results are not. And if that continues, the doubt creeps in… and when the doubt creeps in, hitters get desperate. And last August and September we all saw what desperate hitters do.

  256. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think that’s a fair evaluation.

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