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Final: Pirates 12, Giants 8

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (38-26) vs. San Francicso Giants (33-30$

Starters: LHP Francisco Liriano vs. LHP Barry Zito

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

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, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Neil Walker, 2B
  8. Brandon Inge, RF
  9. Liriano, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is on the beat. I’m here, too, for the Wednesday column.

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. KJX says:


  2. NMR says:

    Ha! Excellent.

    Sadly, I can’t really argue with the start. The lunchbox has been empty lately.

  3. 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.


    Today’s Pick ‘Em Line
    Total Combined HITS by Mercer + Sanchez + Inge in tonight’s game
    0-2 (EVEN ODDS)
    3-5 (EVEN ODDS)
    6-8 (DOUBLE ODDS)
    9 or More (TRIPLE ODDS)

    GOOD LUCK!!!

  4. I might go with Presley there for a rare appearance. He or Jones. Zito throws those lollipop loopers and those guys, even LH, could get hold of one of those.

    Maybe Pedro will. He really rose to the occasion last night.

  5. JRay3 says:

    Good stat of the day – Gerrit Cole became just the fifth Pirate pitcher aged 22 years or younger to win his debut. The last was Jose De Leon in 1983.

    Well seeing Inge out in RF, has me pining to see Jose Tabata to get healthy quickly, as there is just no right handed OF options on this team.

    Interesting that I read Francisco Liriano has lowest ERA of any NL pitcher with at least 4 wins. Zito on the other hand has given up four or more runs in four of his last five starts to see his ERA balloon from 2.75 to 4.06. Seems ripe for the picking.

  6. Dom says:

    100 on 3-5.


  7. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    This must be an official game in order for this to be a valid line tonight. Any postponement, cancellation or suspension of the game will make this line void.

  8. JRay3 says:

    Good call on Pedro, he is actually hitting 7-27, .259 with 4 HR’s in the month of June to raise is average up to .216.

    With Cutch hitting .310 in June thus far if these two continue to heat up and get some additional support we may just see this offense perk up a bit.

  9. Naterosboro says:

    I can. GFJ should be playing RF tonight. Zito shouldn’t overmatch anyone. Even if your track record against LHP is abismal.

    No reason to put Brandon Inge in RF, even if to get another RHB in the lineup.

  10. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I agree..and AP might be even worse against lefties. Tabby’s injury really hurts us in the lineup against a LHP.

    Especially one with Zito’s Uncle Charlie.

    Worst ERA on the road from any starter in the league.

    Which means; 7 shutout innings

  11. pattonbb says:

    100 on 3-5, please.

  12. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    100 on 0-2

  13. PirateFaninGA says:

    Sad to point out (unless someone did it last night) that Cole’s 1 win in 1st ever start matches Bryan Bullington’s 1 career win.

    Additionally, anyone have Barmes stat line against lefties? Would Barmes against a lefty with Mercer at 2nd be a better option than Walker against lefties?

  14. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    These 2 catch on fire will put a real rise in this lineup. They are keys to it all, offensively. The rest are fillers.

  15. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Check out his road ERA….10+

  16. 21sthebest says:

    Pedro’s OPS in the last 28 days is 1.028.

  17. Jason81 says:

    100 on 3-5, please!

  18. PirateFaninGA says:

    Nevermind. Looked it up. I’ll take Walker tonight.

  19. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I admit, Cole’s start last night really got me excited for the rest of the season.

    Liriano is pitching well. AJ is AJ. The depth is there and I like it.

  20. JRay3 says:

    +1, great stat

  21. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Hard to cry offense when they put up 8 against the World Champs.

    And yes, I had fun last night rubbing everybody’s noses in it…

  22. JRay3 says:

    Now just get Wandy back fully healthy and not missing too much time and this rotation certainly does begin to look formidable top to bottom.

  23. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Exactly. I do worry that his injury may be more than just a strain, or whatever they are calling it.

  24. The Gunner says:

    yeah, even I am with you on missing Tabata, JRay

  25. Gunner, what did you think of Cole?

  26. You aren’t counting his wins for the Hiroshima Lake Carp or whoever he’s pitching for now?


  27. stuart66 says:

    100 rupees on the 3 to 5 please, and thank you playoffs.


  28. JRay3 says:

    Good afternoon to the window. Perfect day to take a series from the defending World Series champs and really start this home stand on the right note.

    Always tough Wednesday pick ‘em today. Zito pitching make s me believe each of these guys has one hit in them this evening.

    50 on 3-5

    Thanks and Let’s Go Bucs!

  29. stuart66 says:

    Ryan and JRay, things are looking up. Although we have been “burnt” many times in the recent past, I still feel optimism.


  30. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Your prize went out in today’s mail.
    Let me know when you get it.

  31. Tom P. says:

    I was thinking that baseball looks pretty easy when a team scores 8 runs in a game. Even having two runners thrown out on the bases does not hurt too much.

  32. JRay3 says:

    Will do.

  33. Milo Hamilton says:

    Time for a “killing the bullpen” update.

    Chapman 28.0 IP
    Mujica 27.2 IP
    Grilli 27.2 IP

    All together now – WE’RE DOOMED !

  34. PirateFaninGA says:

    The Wandy injury does start to concern me as well. Will have to see how it shakes out. But not sure what they do when he is healthy. Cole is going to force them to keep him in the rotation I think. Morton is out of options. Depth is a nice problem to have until you can’t “hide” guys anymore. Do you send Locke down if the control problems continue or until Morton proves his trade value and gets you something decent in return?

  35. Nate83 says:

    yep that is all that really matters and he leads the team in RBI’s batting out of the 6th and 7th hole. His strike outs often come with bases empty and he has had more hard outs of late.

    We need to stop getting hung up on the average. Yes .190 is not going to work but .240 to .260 will work if it comes with 35 HR’s and 100 RBI’s. Many teams throughout the league would take that production.

  36. Jandy says:

    Mr. Playoffs, Sir, 100 units on the 3 – 5 line…thanks :)

  37. Naterosboro says:

    Let me tell you something.

    It’s very hard to screw up a grilled cheese.

  38. PirateFaninGA says:

    Ha, probably won’t take long for Cole to top that number as well!

    Nothing, against Bullington personally, just last night was a reminder of just how bad a bust he was.

  39. Nate83 says:

    They better rest him we wouldn’t want his arm falling off. It would be the most terrific thing my son has ever seen during a baseball game while being the most horrific thing I ever saw.

  40. TCB says:

    3-5 for 100.

  41. NMR says:

    July is right around the corner. Arms are about to hit the fan.

  42. Nate83 says:

    You just are not trying hard enough. My wife screws it up all the time but using wheat bread. Wheat!!!! Why???? Life is too short to not enjoy processed food.

  43. Frankie says:

    100 on 3 to 5


  44. Nate83 says:

    50 on 3-5. Thanks.

  45. Jandy says:

    Italian bread for grilled cheese is the best…and that’s not an intentional thing on the Italian part…it REALLY is good LOL

  46. Jandy says:

    ewwww..everybody duck!

  47. pattonbb says:

    Wheat bread?!!? That’s downright unAmerican…

  48. pattonbb says:

    Cole pitching Sunday…according to some of those useless twits

  49. Nate83 says:

    Add the 2% low fat cheese and you end up just eating two helpings of soup and making yourself some cheese stuffed pretzels later that night.

  50. You’re right. Seemed like a good guy. AAAA for sure.

  51. Bob Hasis says:

    Let’s see; Marte at 3rd, Jones at 3rd after a huge indecision about rounding second, and of course Walker at the plate. Three

  52. 21sthebest says:

    And so is not using American Cheese.

  53. JRay3 says:

    My vote would be to move Morton into the pen into a long reliever role. There are a couple of guys in the pen, Reid, Zagurski who should not be there long term and more than anything were brought here to give a breath to the other guys.

    Between the days off the team has had and are upcoming, coupled with AJ going 8.1 the other night, Cole pitching into the seventh, and the starters starting to get deeper into games, the team is in a position to retool the pen.

    You go with your top five guys in the rotation – AJ, Wandy and Liriano are locks if healthy, Locke deserves to keep his spot based on performance and results, but that could change. As long as Cole pitches well you keep him here. Cutch said it best last night, he is a guy that can pick a team up. The guys on the club feel he belongs and feel he can help.

  54. Lad9 says:

    100 on 3-5 please. Thank you Playoffs. Go Buccos!

  55. Bizrow says:

    100 on 3-5

    Thanks, Playoffs as per usual

  56. NMR says:

    Completely agreed.

    Morton to the pen is a dream scenario, if you ask me. Takes some stress off that reconstructed elbow, allows him to focus on incremental improvements, and also shields him from his noted lefty splits.

    More than anything, he’s a cheap rotation option for next year. Should find a way to keep him for that alone.

  57. NMR says:

    Melancon has pitched 2 innings this month. Grilli 3.

    I’ll ask again, anybody out there care to explain why projecting reliever innings by assuming consistant usage makes any sense?

  58. Nate83 says:


    You should have done and over/under on the attendance for tonights game. It seemed to dominate over half of this mornings blog on a day after the Pirates moved 4.5 games ahead for the wildcard spot and their most anticipated pitching prospect since Benson had a successful start.

  59. JD says:

    100 on 3-5 please.

    Go Bucs!

  60. John Lease says:

    One of these days soon will be Inge’s last as a Pirate.

    It’s just not today, I guess.

  61. Nate83 says:

    It’s not because the amount of 1 and 2 run games the Pirates where playing was above the normal amount for any team. I could be wrong but I think one of Melancon’s innings may have been just to give him work and keep him sharp since he hadn’t pitched in a while.

    This debate is not sustainable.

  62. Drew71 says:

    You rang, sir?

  63. JRay3 says:

    Fife, Kershaw and Greinke for the Dodgers this weekend opposed by AJ, Locke and Cole for the Pirates….should be a great weekend out at PNC!

  64. Brandie says:

    Mr. Playoffs,may I have 50 on 3-5? Thanks!

  65. pattonbb says:

    I’d never call you a twit.

  66. Drew71 says:

    DFA him around 8:45, during the stretch.

    Better yet, as he walks to the plate for his first AB, pull him for Jones.

    When Inge walks back to the dugout with a confused look, tell him then.

  67. Drew71 says:

    Japan is lovely this time of year

  68. Brandie says:

    Yes, yes we are!

  69. Drew71 says:

    Tho I’ll miss his intangible batting average

  70. Drew71 says:

    Maybe he can room with McGehee.

    Can you imagine how good their clubhouse would be?

  71. Jim S. says:

    Inge can’t hit much at all. He’s a good back-up infielder, defensively. Seems like a double negative to put him in RF, where he’s awful. Clemente must be rolling over in his grave every time we throw an infielder in RF as though the prep work for that defensive position consists of shagging a few dozen balls during batting practice for a week.

  72. Nate83 says:

    Just a guess but I think he’s on the team for the entire year. I don’t see Harrison or Presley staying up instead of Inge when Tabby gets healthy. It seems as if they have 42 or 43 players for 40 spots when everyone gets healthy. I think Contraras and Legurski will be gone and if there isn’t a trade I assume they try to sneak someone through waivers but I don’t see anyone that would make it. I would have thought Mazzarro at the beginning of the year but no way he makes it now. Maybe someone pulls a hammy and goes on the 60-day DL.

  73. Drew71 says:

    We’ve now established that you’re not my wife

  74. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Thought about it, but I’ll leave that topic for the Twitter-verse to discuss.
    The Window is a happy place.

  75. Nate83 says:


    Rule of thumb is usually don’t do more then 3 jokes on any one topic, but each of these got progressively better. This isn’t sustainable so you should stop while your ahead.

  76. Drew71 says:

    Can you imagine his first game there?

    I bet they draw an extra 8,000.

  77. Drew71 says:

    Who’s joking?

  78. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think you may need to go to Twitter for that.

  79. Jim S. says:

    I don’t see the high end (.260) of your range, Nate. But, I’ll be thrilled if he gets back to .244 again as that probably means he needs to hit .260 or so the rest of the way. I think you might be right about the 35 bombs. In fact, that may be light. The Big Man is hitting the ball to LC again. Good things happen when he does that. He almost decapitated G Cole’s future B-I-L last night.

  80. Ermine says:

    100 on 0-2 please

  81. Drew71 says:

    Why couldn’t they pitch Cole again tonight?

    Good for attendance.

    But not good enough.

  82. Jim S. says:

    But, this lineup does show how badly we need to add a competent bat that can hit lefties.

  83. theplanisworking says:

    Mr. Playoffs…………

    I am back at your window for the first time in almost a week.


    I would like 100 Huffalump Hippos on the 3-5 hits line, please.

    And Thank You. :)

  84. blazer says:

    I’ll take the 3-5 hits for 100….even though Biz did take the same bet..

  85. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Reds are allowing Aroldis Chapman pitch in the broad daylight of Wrigley Field. Don’t they know about harmful UV rays ? DOOMED I tell you.

  86. Drew71 says:

    Dejan just called. He’s at the turnstile, counting walkups.

  87. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    You got it man.
    Good to see you again.

  88. theplanisworking says:

    Sourdough bread is best for a grilled cheese.

    Use sharp, colby, meunster cheeses.

    To die for!!!

  89. Nate83 says:

    Make me a non wheat bread grilled cheese and I can rule you out as being my wife as well.

  90. Jim S. says:

    I really didn’t plan to be agreeing that we are missing Tabby. But, he was heating up and we just can’t have Brandon Inge playing RF. Just can’t.

  91. Brandie says:

    My husband is an artisan bread baker. He makes a mean sourdough.

  92. Drew71 says:

    By the way, Playoffs. Dejan wants to know.

    Can you start setting lines on the attendance?

  93. Milo Hamilton says:

    It only took 8 pitches. Get him some air conditioning & a popsicle. And a hooker.

  94. theplanisworking says:

    Without advance notice, the walkup crowd would be even less.
    Then we would hear about that.
    From the twits………..

  95. Brandie says:

    Dang! Milo getting all schmutzy!

  96. theplanisworking says:

    A Hooker in the AC with a popsicle? ;)

  97. theplanisworking says:

    What is he using? An Abacus??

  98. Jim S. says:

    Walker doesn’t usually fare well vs. lefties. But, he did hit a near HR to LC last night. It was one of those “probably a HR anywhere but PNC” shots.

  99. Ghost says:

    I can’t speak to innings pitched, but Grilli has been run out there less frequently this month. He had 15 appearances in 28 games in May (or 27 — didn’t we have one unfinished rain delay???) Just three appearances this month. Haven’t checked for Melancon. But it does seem both are being paced more this month. (Don’t know how many times each has gotten up to get warm without entering games.)

    Some pitchers, like Salomon Torres, could throw everyday. Some, like Franquelis Osorio, could also (albeit, very poorly). Don’t know what kind of arms Grilli and Melancon have — maybe they actually thrive on frequent use. But though DK has been needled often for bringing up the “sustainability issue” with our two bullpen aces, figuring out each’s appropriate pace and not running them out there too much is what I, for one, would actually prefer.

    What is an appropriate pace? Beats me. In Clint do I trust.

  100. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    No. If this becomes an issue I think Cole goes back down. Might depend on his next start or 3

  101. theplanisworking says:

    Thank You.

  102. theplanisworking says:

    it is the best tasting, most filling bread.
    And, it is thick enough to maje sure the cheese isnt over-melted.

    I am hungry now. Think I am off to the store for cheese! ;)

  103. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I’ve lost my twitter password……….can’t get in

  104. JD says:

    He’s debating whether to wand them or not.

  105. Jim S. says:

    The highs and lows of the long MLB season. After watching the Bucs in Atlanta, I was wondering how we were going to stay afloat. A week later, and it’s “Bring it on. We’re ready for anybody.” I have to avoid the wild swings and just accept that this team will keep battling.

  106. Milo Hamilton says:

    Only if he had a clue.

  107. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    If Pedro hits .260-.270 he’ll have over 40 HRs and 100 RBIs.

    Though I don’t see him hitting for these figures.

  108. NMR says:

    The point is that an “appropriate pace” is a complete and utter myth. No manager in baseball history has purposely used relievers an equal amount of innings per month.

    They are used AS THE GAME DICTATES.

    This entire issue has been soooo overthought that the most obvious aspects are forgotten. The only way Melancon and Grilli were “on pace” for the ridiculous amount of inning and appearances people were playing the exact same type of games the entire season. That doesn’t happen. Ever.

  109. Jim S. says:

    I agree, NMR. I do think, though, that someone else will break down at least for a while, and Charlie will be starting for some portion of this season. But, he needs to wait his turn. I wonder if he can handle the demands of the pen right now. Maybe Locke is more suited for that. Decisions, decisions.

  110. NMR says:

    Sounds like a party.

  111. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Couldn’t agree more.

  112. Brandie says:

    Drew is full of it today.

  113. Bizrow says:

    We’ll all bet the under, I’d bet….

  114. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    And they still put up 8 runs, simply amazing…even with Barmes in the lineup.

  115. NMR says:

    Exactly why all of us would make absolutely dreadful managers and GM’s, haha.

    Could you imagine?

  116. cosmo says:

    50 on 6-8 thinking big tonight.

  117. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    the popsicle doesn’t stand a chance

  118. Jim S. says:

    I actually heard what I thought was a knowledgeable Bucs fan on MLB Radio on the way to work today – until he started with the overworked bullpen stuff. He actually started with Grilli. Not only is Grilli at a reasonable amount of innings, but he gets out of innings on 12-15 pitches quite often. They have a deep bullpen. I think the manager and GM are handling it quite well right now.

  119. Drew71 says:

    DKish: Put me down for 6,000, Playoffs.

  120. Jim S. says:

    I struggle keeping an even keel helping coach 11 year olds.

  121. Drew71 says:


  122. theplanisworking says:

    …………………. neither does the hooker…………

  123. NMR says:

    Add this one to the close call department…

    Through 222 PAs, Chase Headley is hitting .222/.333/.368.

  124. theplanisworking says:

    Isnt that normal?? ;)

  125. Jim S. says:

    Great answer on the GC with Italian bread. Actually, what isn’t great on Italian bread? Nothing, IMO.

  126. Thundercrack says:

    No time to print the groupons

  127. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    You got it!!!

  128. NMR says:

    Haha, I love that comment, Jim. So true!

  129. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Ha Ha…its funny, not only do the Pittsburgh writers talk about over use of the pen, but so do the Giants. Here’s a little tidbit from their blog:

    “Kontos was a key member of the World Series team last year and started well this year, but he has struggled with his key pitch, the slider. You have to wonder if overuse played into his struggles.”

    And here, we all thought this was a new concept.

  130. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Kontos was sent down today.

  131. Arriba Wilver says:

    I was actually a little surprised he was at the game at all. He had said if something was happening at Consol he might not be there. After dealing with the traffic going in, I heard that the Backstreet Boys were playing at Consol, so I figured he’d be there.

  132. Tom P. says:

    I had forgotten about Marte at third. Too many baserunners to keep track of is a nice problem to have.

  133. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    And btw, their blog really, really sucks…….

  134. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    What??? He’d fit in well with this lineup.

  135. cosmo says:

    Is that how Wandy hurt his arm, wanding.

  136. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    This one time, in Korea………….oh nevermind

  137. Tom P. says:

    I lived in Germany for a year 25 years ago. I still miss the bread made by bakers like your husband. Great stuff.

  138. Bizrow says:


    Been busy most of the day, why do you say that?

  139. Milo Hamilton says:

    His control was letter perfect when he was trying to hit our guys.

  140. Jim S. says:

    Italian bread with American cheese. All bases covered.

  141. JAL says:

    Baseball a season of ups and downs. Key is have more ups than downs. 3 game losing streaks are nothing. Tigers lost 3 straight to Pirates and are 7-3 in their last 10. After the Pirates series they lost to Orioles for a 4 game losing streak then started their 7 wins in 10 games.

  142. Arriba Wilver says:


  143. Jim S. says:

    Sure it is. Just watch. Ha ha!

  144. Arriba Wilver says:

    Are you suggesting the Pirates may not be in a “June Swoon?” :-D

  145. Arriba Wilver says:


  146. Jim S. says:

    You all do realize … if the offense heats up and we start winning games by 6-2 and 8-3 scores more often, the argument for July will be …. wait for it …. “Hurdle’s an idiot. He absolutely has to get Melancon and Grilli more innings, just to keep them sharp. I don’t care how big of a lead we have. Doesn’t he see that?’

  147. tdb1977 says:

    100 on the 0-2 line. I can see Inge going 0fer and Mercer will probably get 2 hits. But what do I know, when I called for 9 K’s for Cole last night.

  148. Jim S. says:

    How good was Morris last night? He looks ready for a spot 8th/9th inning to me, if need be.

  149. Jim S. says:

    Maybe someone could hang a “Half off tattoos” coupon strategically near his locker, and have the place be located in Indianapolis.

  150. Jim S. says:


  151. Jim S. says:

    The last 3 words took that post from good to great.

  152. Brandie says:

    Hookers and Popsicles? Sounds like the title for a rockstars autobiography.

  153. Jim S. says:

    Nice, DK!

  154. Jim S. says:

    Sometimes the trades you don’t make …

  155. 21sthebest says:

    I hate made up words like groupon, staycation, and webinar. Especially webinar.

  156. PiratesFaninGA says:

    I like that it keeps all 6 guys on roster because injuries are the reality of the game. Only question would be Charlie’s effectiveness in long relief. Gomez was good in the role but we would have to see about Morton. Does Gomez have options left? Don’t think you put both guys in pen when he is healthy also. I do like that we have some arm options for later in the season to reinforce pen as guys become healthy. I still think that Hughes and Vic Black could help the pen later in season once healthy and clicking again at AAA.

  157. Jim S. says:

    I found it hilarious, when Bob Walk, who had been at the game all evening, purportedly watching the events on the field, insisted he wasn’t throwing at our guys on any of those 5 pitches until he finally clipped Cutch.

    Then, on MLB Network this morning, I heard a replay of Blass saying, “Nothing will be done tonight about this, but you can be sure it will be filed away.”

    One of them got it right. I know which guy I think it was.

  158. Brandie says:

    What my mother terms as wind, pee, and excitement (notice it’s not excrement).

  159. Milo Hamilton says:

    George Kontos has been suspended 3 games & Bruce Bochy 1 game for last night’s shenanigans.

  160. Brandie says:

    I call shenanigans on those shenanigans.

  161. Arriba Wilver says:

    I thought Walk even said he wasn’t trying to hit Cutch on the pitch he hit him with.

    It was kind of interesting after the game, too, that both Walk and Teke were saying they didn’t care about velocity. Finally, Rob King interrupts and says ” I like velocity” and Brown wholeheartedly agreed. Put me in Rob’s and Greg’s corner on that one. The velocity is exciting, like when Cole threw a pitch 97 mph in the 7th.

  162. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    So you’d side with the 2 guys that never pitched?

  163. Arriba Wilver says:

    Can they avoid the suspension by sending him down? Although, I guess they always bring someone up to replace the suspended player anyway.

  164. PirateFaninGA says:

    Any benefit from a Super 2 standpoint to sending him back down? ( if Bucs think that the official day wasn’t reached) If not, then it’s going to be hard to send Cole back down unless he goes through some real troubles which is entirely possible.

  165. Bizrow says:

    I think they still might be sniffing at him come this trade deadline

  166. Karen22 says:

    100 on 3-5

  167. Karen22 says:

    AGREE! How crazy is this?

  168. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    It just does, very disappointed. This one is easy to use and that one, is not.

  169. Bizrow says:

    Yeah, it is avoided if he’s sent down, I think, know it is if he’s DFA’d

    Didn’t a Mr Johnathan Sanchez get suspended about the same time the PBC waived him goodbye?

    Get called up, then you gotta deal with it

  170. Arriba Wilver says:

    I never pitched. (Well, I did once).

    Yeah, I’m a fan, not a former pitcher who couldn’t throw 95, let alone 99-100. Call me crazy.

  171. Ermine says:

    Attendance is the new bug a boo.

    Unsustainable bullpen is old news

  172. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    To put where? This was my problem last year with this deal. Pedro goes where? Jones to where?

    Moving Pedro across the diamond to 1st in the middle of the season doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, unless Headley has played there. I haven’t paid much attention to him.

    GFJ to RF makes sense though.

  173. Karen22 says:

    NO! With apologies to Henny Youngman: “Take my wife (and BARMES)…PLEASE!”

    Barmes nearly got booed out of PNC last night! And some of the crowd was chanting his name, a la “Fleury” – but in his home venue!!

  174. JRay3 says:

    Maybe Kontos got a game for each time he tried to hit Marte and missed and than a game for when he actually plunked Cutch. It was so obvious it was just plain bad.

  175. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


    I think Greg Maddox did well without velocity.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like a 99MPH FB as much as the next guy, but I don’t see it as vital.

  176. PirateFaninGA says:

    It was a nice swing. He needed five feet of Pedro’s bomb to get it out of the park. Hopefully it gives him some confidence. I feel like Walker is the offensive key to hanging around. Cutch is going to be right where he needs to be. Pedro will be at 30 and .245ish by years end. Walker getting back close to .300 with quality ABs is what we need.

  177. Barb says:

    So glad your back Hippo. You were missed and missed your perspective on everything.

  178. Bizrow says:

    Ok, I caught glimpses of it today when I’d check in

    I know what you are saying, just wanted to confirm I was seeing what I was seeing

    Hang in there please, this too shall pass


  179. Barb says:

    Now that’s pretty sad.

  180. Bizrow says:

    Don’t let me forget, AW, we got another game to go to, we can either go on a Saturday, or use my season ticket freebees during the week

    Glad you got to the game last night

  181. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    ha ha…I think I’ll be OK.

  182. Barb says:

    Okay guys stop. I am now drooling on my laptop and I don’t want to short it out. And I don’t have anything in the house to even make a bad grilled cheese. Oh bother. Can’t go to the grocery store because I broke my right ankle.

  183. Arriba Wilver says:

    I didn’t say “vital,” I said I liked it and it was exciting. Which is what King and Brown said. Walk and Teke were poo-pooing it as even being relevant. I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest you didn’t see any of the comments I’m talking about?

    Greg Maddox? Really? No one said velocity was the only way to pitch. Are you upset because the Giants lost?

  184. Barb says:

    The trifecta played last night, Boys To Me, 98 Degrees and Boys To Men. Dang too bad I lost my ticket.

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  186. Barb says:

    That should be Boys To Men. Don’t want to get too hinky.

  187. theplanisworking says:

    Sorry to hear that Barb!

  188. Barb says:

    God Lord. Just disregard all of this because I certainly am having a hard time. That should be New Kids on the Block.

  189. theplanisworking says:

    …………..Or, Sunday afternoon at Drew’s house. :)

  190. Jimmy,

    I was right on with what you said until you started giving the General Manager credit for what a Manager must do.

  191. Arriba Wilver says:

    If you got that from Smizik I don’t accept it. ;-)

  192. Bizrow says:

    And this place will be so too ;-)

  193. Arriba Wilver says:

    Check with DK. I’m sure he has all the info, including the attendance numbers, and the looks on the faces of the attendees. :-)

  194. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks Barb.

    Good to be back.

  195. Thundercrack says:

    I side with AW on this.

    And the velocity was exciting. The atmosphere last night was much different than the night I attended Zach Duke’s debut.

  196. Brandie says:

    Yikes, darlin’. ;(

  197. Brandie says:

    How about unsustainable attendance?

  198. Brandie says:

    Wonder what Mrs. Drew71 thinks of that?

  199. Barb says:

    Yea it stinks. Can’t drive and have to have others take me from point A to point B. But I can still work! (Secretary – chained to my desk)

  200. Barb says:

    Poor DK. He really took a bath on that one.

  201. Barb says:

    And I raise you on the shenanigans.

  202. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Ha Ha…normally I would be upset if they lost, just not this time around.

  203. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I didnt say the velocity wasn’t exciting, of course it is. Its not everyday (especially witht the Pirates) that you get to see this kind of heat.

  204. Matt hoffman says:

    100 on the 6-8 please. Thanks!

  205. Arriba Wilver says:

    Barb– he brought it to the blog. Are some of the posts over the top? No question. But he brung it, well aware of what would happen. The life of a columnist/blogger/twit.

  206. Arriba Wilver says:

    And I think Teke and Walk were missing that in their commentary, and I welcomed King interrupting, and Brown’s backup. Pretty simple, really.

  207. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Oh I wasn’t talking about this one Biz….the SF Chronicle one…

  208. MadTurk says:

    Would love to see Presley in as well. Why watse the hot bat he was having just t sit for weeks.

  209. Barb says:

    That’s true.

  210. MadTurk says:

    + many and welcome home

  211. MadTurk says:

    how about gravatar?

  212. Brandie says:

    Thought For The Day:

    You can’t please everyone. DK is danged if he does and danged if he doesn’t, with every blog entry, Twitter Post, or podcast. When you think about it, that is part of the engine that drives this here blog. You don’t always have to agree with him, thus spurring debate. To be honest, I come for the jokes, I stay for the debates.

    Have a great game, Yinz.

    DK: So these two Navy SEALs walk into a bar …

  213. MadTurk says:

    And could be to generate posts

  214. Dadtackular says:

    100 on 3-5

  215. cosmo says:

    I’ve seen on different sites that a good many 1st round picks have signed or agreed to terms already. Does anyone know where the PBC stands with their 2 1st rounders?

  216. My thoughts exactly.



  217. theplanisworking says:

    I dont have any thoughts, so that must mean I am a twit…………………………..

  218. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Agree. I think, but I didn’t see it, Teke and Walk were speaking in baseball terms. That a pitcher doesn’t need the velocity to be successful epsecially since neither one of them had it.

  219. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Really? Navy SEALS???

  220. pattonbb says:

    Brilliant. :)

  221. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Very funny

  222. Ghost says:

    I bet your right! And do hope our O brings us to that point.

  223. Milo Hamilton says:

    No silly, it’s a priest, a rabbi & Madalyn Murray O’Hair walk into a bar …

  224. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Aw crap……..

  225. Brandie says:



  226. theplanisworking says:

    I thought it was DK, Ron Cook, and Rob Rossi walked into the fountain……. ;)

  227. Brandie says:

    That is the last semi serious thought I try to post on this here blog…proving the point you are danged if you do, and danged if you don’t.

  228. pattonbb says:

    Liriano with a 26 pitch 1st inning.

    They’ll be calling the bullpen early tonight.

  229. Brandie says:

    Looks that way.

  230. bob says:

    Will you two be downtown on Sat? My guess is yes and together.

  231. Barb says:

    Ewwww! Thanks for that Kodak moment. :)

  232. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Nah, too early for that..

  233. Thundercrack says:

    Nice crowd here for a Wednesday night I’m sure the storm threat killed the chance at 8000

    Lots of SF Giant fans in my section.
    I think Groupon was probably invented in Northern California.

  234. pattonbb says:

    Dear Starling,

    Nice hustle down the line. Now that you’re on 2nd, with no outs, please remember one thing; If the ball is hit to 3rd, do not run into the tag.

    Armchair Baserunning Coaches of America

  235. Barb says:

    So all that bellyaching about Melancon and Grilli not pitching that much this month………

  236. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Giants fans travel…….like Steelers fans

  237. Barb says:

    :) +many

  238. Milo Hamilton says:

    Groupon’s new CEO is Ted Leonsis.

  239. Barb says:

    Go Cutch.

  240. pattonbb says:

    The bats are starting to stir…..

  241. theplanisworking says:

    only………………. nevermind.

  242. JohninOshkosh says:

    The walk up crowd at my softball game tonight is incredible.

  243. Milo Hamilton says:

    Almost as bad, what was Cutch still doing on 1st base ?

  244. pattonbb says:

    Impressive throw by Perez. Very impressive throw.

  245. JRay3 says:

    Mercer costs team a run with costly tag up out. Have to be sure in that situation you will make it, and that ball was not that deep.

  246. Thundercrack says:

    Was Mercer safe at 3rd?

    I thought Cutch should have tagged and tried for second

  247. Ghost says:

    “…playing the exact same type of games the entire season. That doesn’t happen.”
    That is true. And “pacing” pitchers also has as much to do with overwork as underwork (a point Jim brings up). But fatigue can be accumulated, as can stress on the arm (or any other part of the body if overtaxed). One hundred and sixty-two games will not all play out the same, of course. But it IS conceivable we have another stretch like we did in May. Or that the simple volume of work placed upon our late relievers finally exceeds what they could bear.

    I’m not deeply worried about this, however. Like I said, I think Clint knows what he is doing and won’t callously blow out anybody’s arm.

  248. Barb says:

    Another base running goof. What gives?

  249. JRay3 says:

    Just one run on four hits, missed opportunity that half inning.

  250. JRay3 says:

    No Mercer was out wasn’t that close had him by a step.

  251. Arriba Wilver says:

    They overdid it, and I saw it.

  252. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t scarf up those 6,000 seats last night? They were only $10 I heard. That’s got to be like $7 to SF’s, maybe less.

  253. Milo Hamilton says:

    I see Cam Bonifay in the stands scouting for Cincinnati. He’ll report back to Walt Jocketty & Dusty Baker on how the Giants went about beaning Andrew McCutchen.

  254. Thundercrack says:

    This Mercer kid might be able to hit.

  255. pattonbb says:

    Cutch is getting locked in.

  256. Jim S. says:

    Yesterday and tonight so far looks like that. Zito is lobbying meatballs up there so far.

  257. Jim S. says:

    Well, he has to work with the manager to ensure the right guys are brought up from Indy. Once they get here, it is all Clint’s job.

  258. Brandie says:

    Pot stirrer! +many.

  259. Brandie says:

    Ah! Baseball…the game of ups and downs…fortunately, Buccos are on an up!

  260. Jim S. says:

    I think Neil is slowly getting back in shape with the bat. The injury at the end of last season, and then the one this year has knocked him off stride. His real problem is when he is forced to bat righty. Last night he had the long out, and tonight he ripped the liner to RF on his first AB.

  261. Patrick(ri) says:

    Only if you keep him on ice 6 days a week!

  262. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Once summer fireworks/concert season starts up I promise I’ll do at least one attendance over/under line.

  263. Jim S. says:

    Looks like unsustainable attendance syndrome has hit tonight.

  264. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    YOU GOT IT!!!

  265. Patrick(ri) says:

    A question perhaps already put forth: if lefty hitters bat at .370+ against Zito, what is Presley doing on the bench? Defensive replacement for Inge???

  266. Jim S. says:

    Staycation is to make you feel better as a kid when all your friends go to Hawaii on Spring Break and you get to go to 2 movies and a museum.

  267. theplanisworking says:

    No, he’s being held back as a backup for the new security checkers. ;)

  268. Jim S. says:

    Well, the BABIP gods may be about to cut him overdue slack.

  269. Barb says:


  270. Jim S. says:

    You are right, Arriba. I meant to say including the pitch that hit Cutch. What was Walk thinking?

    Yes, velocity is always preferred by me.

  271. JRay3 says:

    Pirates 1-5 hitters are 8-10 tonight while the 6-9 hitters have gone 0-8 this far. Bodes well for the next half inning.

  272. Jim S. says:

    If you lined up all the pitchers who throw hard on one side and the ones who don’t throw hard on the other side, there would be a big difference in success. Walk knows that. He started out a flamethrower, but I think he lost it quick. To his credit, he learned how to pitch and carved out a nice career. Teke never had any velocity. Just had that submarine delivery. He was good also. But, who are they kidding?

  273. Patrick(ri) says:

    Giants announcer just said that with the strikout,, Inge is 3 for 28 against Zito. This game must be more complicated than I realize.

  274. Jim S. says:

    No, I heard on MLB Radio tonight that his suspension must be served at the MLB level.

  275. Jim S. says:

    They can still send him down. But, he has a suspension waiting for him if/when he gets back.

  276. Brandie says:

    Such dry wit, Hippo.

  277. Jim S. says:

    Well said, Brandie. And I give 2 thumbs up to Dejan for injecting good hearted humor in his responses today while a lot of people have given him crap for the one tweet last night.

  278. theplanisworking says:

    Dont go using those fancy numbers, now…….

  279. Jim S. says:

    I thought he had Pence struck out on the check swing before he dropped that hit into RC.

  280. theplanisworking says:

    You know its funny you say that………..

    last night, on the trip home, I stopped by a friends house, and brought a housewarming gift that wasnt dry.

    A nice bottle of Old Grand Dad 114 Special.

    Wet booze goes well with a dry wit. :)

  281. Jim S. says:

    Someone is obligated to say “No one travels like Steelers Nation” here. Must have been my turn.

  282. Brandie says:

    That was my dad’s drink of choice.

  283. Barb says:

    Sorry just had to show how long I could hold my finger down on the zero key.

  284. Jim S. says:

    Am I the only one who has been watching MLB forever and can honestly say I have never seen a right handed batter get down the line on a routine grounder to 3b as Marte did in the first inning? The guy threw it away, but he was safe by a wide margin even on a great throw. I have never seen a guy get down there that fast. I had to watch the replay 3x with my son to believe it.

  285. Barb says:

    Liriano’s innings are numbered I would say.

  286. JD says:

    The only one who will hang out with me is my dear Old Grand-Dad. And we drink alone.

  287. theplanisworking says:

    ………..Yeah, with Nobody else……….

  288. Jim S. says:

    He doesn’t bring veteran leadership.

  289. Patrick(ri) says:

    Yup, it is a good thing we are not “overexposing” this Mercer guy.

  290. Thundercrack says:


    He should learn to play the OF too

  291. JRay3 says:

    Martin drills that one for RBI and lead back than El Toro keeps up his torrid June with double to chase Zito, 6-4 good guys.

  292. theplanisworking says:


  293. JRay3 says:

    14 runs in 14 innings against the defending champs…not too shabby.

  294. JRay3 says:

    Make that 16 runs in 14 innings on Walker two out two RBI single!

  295. Bob Hasis says:

    That would actually be 13 innings

  296. JRay3 says:

    Every position player minus Inge with a hit tonight, Bucs with 24 hits in first 14 innings of this series with Giants, good majority against former Cy Young and 126 Million dollar pitcher.

    Great to see the offense break out a bit.

  297. Barb says:

    Pitchers best friend – DP.

  298. JRay3 says:

    You are correct…even better!

  299. JRay3 says:

    Make that 13 innings as Bob pointed out above.

  300. Jandy says:

    wow..look at that

  301. pattonbb says:

    Hello Alex Presley.

  302. Milo Hamilton says:

    I like Alex Presley. He’s spunky.

  303. tdb1977 says:

    *blink* Alex Presley with a home run!

  304. JRay3 says:

    How about that…pinch hit HR for Presley and the dismantling of the Giants continues.

  305. Bob Hasis says:

    I don’t know who the “dude” is playing SS or from where they dredged him up, but he looks really good and I think they should give him a shot.

    I do know that NH will have a much more difficult decision to send him back to Indy tomorrow. Let’s just wait and see who gets jettisoned – probably Presley.

    Oh no a pinch -hit homer by Presley, now the decision is even tougher. But I have confidence in NH that he’ll botch this and make the wrong choice

  306. Jandy says:

    No, Lucky is Spunky ;)

  307. Thundercrack says:

    He’s a scapegoat.

  308. tdb1977 says:

    The only reason why the offense is hitting the way they are in the last 2 games is because Cole showed them how to actually put the ball in play in his first AB yesterday. They were all kinda embarassed by it actually. Secret team meeting they called during the inning break!

  309. Jandy says:

    Who’da thunk it?

  310. Jandy says:

    Kinda like Ray Shero?

  311. Thundercrack says:

    Marte is 4 for 4 , with no HBP….yet

  312. Jandy says:

    Spunky is NOT a goat! :P

  313. Milo Hamilton says:

    I don’t think a position player has to go until Tabata comes back. Zagurski probably goes to make room for Charlie.

  314. Bob Hasis says:

    The “logical” choice, but I’ve been on this road before

  315. Thundercrack says:


  316. theplanisworking says:

    Is he a Hippo? ;)

  317. Jandy says:

    I’m out another 100 units, but hey, we’re winning so, it’s all good

  318. Now if Pedro can nail one…..

  319. tdb1977 says:

    Grilli is going to get bored in the bull pen if they keep piling on runs tonight.

  320. Jandy says:

    lol Hippo, I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to see you on here t his evening…m issed you!

  321. Bob Hasis says:

    Yes speaking of VERY difficult choices for him

  322. cosmo says:

    not yet. 5 total hits so far. Mr. Inge with a 0 for.

  323. Jandy says:

    ahhh okies…thanks cosmo

  324. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks Jandy.
    I missed you guys too.

    After hanging out with my family theses past days, I am ready to escape that loonie bin!

    My family tree is a whole lotta branches short, if you know what I mean.

  325. Jandy says:

    LOL you can pick your friends, not your family ;)

  326. theplanisworking says:

    Saw the game against the Cubs Sunday.
    My cousin sees Zagursky pitch, and screams…………

    LOOK A FAT GUY LIKE ME!!!! I LIKE HIM !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    only in my family……

  327. Milo Hamilton says:

    Justin Wilson is learning what every rookie finds out at some point. It ain’t that easy.

  328. Jandy says:

    I was thinking the same thing, Milo. And it the Buccos don’t tighten it up, they could see this lead vanish

  329. theplanisworking says:

    I know I didnt pick my family.
    They are the rejects from the Island of Misfit Toys.

  330. Thundercrack says:

    Not too many of those balls were that hard. Just one of those hits…IMHO

  331. Jandy says:


  332. Jandy says:

    nice walker :)

  333. Milo Hamilton says:

    I hate the shift.

  334. Milo Hamilton says:

    That’s a home run but as Mr. H. said before, we’ve been down this road before with Lunchbox.

  335. JRay3 says:

    That’s a HR… How many of these close reviews can the Pirates have?

  336. Jandy says:


  337. Thundercrack says:

    That is why love Clint

    The old manager would still be napping in the dugout

  338. Milo Hamilton says:

    Mets beat the Cards 5-1. Dillon Gee shuts down the Redbirds & the Mets beat Shelby Miller. You just can’t figure this stuff.

  339. Bob Hasis says:

    Did he just pinch-hit for Presley?

  340. Milo Hamilton says:

    He is napping in the dugout right now. And they played a day game.

  341. Jandy says:


  342. cosmo says:

    Jones PH for Inge, up to Mercer and Sanchez to get to 6+

  343. Barb says:

    Yes but Cincinnati killed Cubs again. Can’t make any ground up with the Reds. :(

  344. Bob Hasis says:

    I have my sound off – due to the presence of Blass – or was it the pitcher’s spot

    Excuse my ignorance please

  345. cosmo says:

    No they must did a double switch last inning.

  346. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Reds have won 12 straight games at Wrigley Field.

  347. JD says:

    Blass is alright. Plus, he’d be a fun guy to have a few beers with while he spun some yarns about the good ol’ days. . He’s better than Jim Rooker.

  348. theplanisworking says:

    I see Blues Traveler is concerting Saturday Night.

    Isnt Zagursky their lead singer??

  349. Jandy says:

    here we go

  350. Barb says:

    Grilled Cheese is warming up.

  351. JRay3 says:

    20 runs on 30 hits these past two games, can’t say I expected that but sure is fun to witness.

  352. Steelag70 says:


  353. Lad9 says:

    Hippo -hope all is well. Welcome back. I have only been able to post sparingly lately. This work thing is interfering big time plus my #2 son is moving to – gulp – Seattle tomorrow to go make his fortune with Microsoft. And no way I can catch up on over 1,200 posts today! Hope the pond is in order.

  354. Lad9 says:

    Raise it! We are making the defending champs look bad. Keep it up Buccos!

  355. Jandy says:

    nice :)

  356. Steelag70 says:


  357. Steelag70 says:

    Another Marte Par-Tay tonight!!

  358. tdb1977 says:

    #RaiseIt!! #WorldSeriesChumps #PowerofColeaid!

  359. theplanisworking says:

    I would say raise the Jolly Hippo, but I am still cleaning up.

    Nice win tonight.
    All those runs and hits, hope they saved some for tomorrow.

    Got to see Ron Howard make an appearance in the broadcast booth.

  360. JRay3 says:

    Behind an 18 hit 12 run outburst that included five players with multi hit games and HR’s from Walker and Presley, the Bucs give Liriano his fifth win of the season downing the Giants 12-8 to take the series versus the defending champs and there was nooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Pirates improve to 13 above .500 at 39-26 while gaining a game back on the Cards in the Central and building on their WC lead. The Bucs are now 23-11 at home winners of nine of their past 11. The Pirates have now won 14 series on the year, two consecutive and are 14-6-2 in series this season. The Bucs will go for the sweep tomorrow when Charlie Morton makes his return from Tommy John surgery in his season debut.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  361. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks Turkey.
    Didnt see this before. :)

  362. theplanisworking says:

    Thank You.
    Pond is in fine order.
    All is well…………… as much as can be expected.

  363. tomp says:

    They must be doing an all baseball stadium -has been tour this summer.

    Watching the Nationals game the other day, i noticed a banner advertising they are playing in D.C. , the saturday after being at PNC park.

    Maybe Bud gives “the Traveler” a package deal.

  364. tomp says:

    I am getting tired of Brandon KrINGE taking Ab’s away from anyone on the team.

    I just hope he is gone by the 4th of July.

    Next to Brandon Moss, Inge is my least favorite Pirate in a long , long, time.

  365. Jack Laurence says:

    Glorious, explosiver win at PNC last night. When the Giants evened the score at 4-4, the Buccos’ bats responded. The top four in the order, Marte, Mercer, McCutchen and Sanchez scored 8 runs and had 13 hits between them.
    Pirates’ bats have come around nicely in the past five games, giving the team four wins and one loss. The team has scored a total of 29 runs in those five games and given up 16. Yet, the Bucs are 5-5 in their last ten games after losing the series to the Reds and being swept by the Braves earlier in the month. With the addition of Cole and Morton to the pitchng staff, more quality starts would seem apparent. And if the hitters continue to do well, a long string of victories may be beckoning.
    Looking at the season overall, the team batting average is only .240 (12th in the NL). But pitching and fielding have been outstanding. The Bucs have held opponents to a collective BA of .226, lowerst of any team in the Major Leagues. Pirate pitchers rank 3rd in the ML with a combined ERA of 3.29. The team is also first in the Majors with the fewest runs given up: 225 in 65 games. But the number of runs scored – 249 – ranks 10th in the NL and gives the team a low positive run differential of plus 0.37 per game. That has improved considerably in the past five games but is still down on what it was three weeks ago.
    It looks as if the Pirates have resumed their winning ways from April and May. The Cardinals and Reds continue to do the same.

  366. Jim S. says:

    Longest visiting team streak there ever.

  367. Bob Hasis says:

    I can say he’s alright too, and I would accept having a beer with him, but as a color man, he has a profound propensity to speak to the listening audience as though we are all 10 year olds.
    He blathers on about the obvious – which we have already perceived – and tends to make everything a humorous little tidbit or anecdote.

    How about just simply talking baseball, or did I just accurately describe what a “color man” is?

    And don’t always tell us when the opponent has runners in scoring position “we need a strikeout or a one-hopper to short” in an overly verbose manner.

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