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Final: Pirates 5, Reds 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (42-30) vs. Cincinnati Reds (44-29)

Starters: RHP Brandon Cumpton vs. RHP Homer Bailey

Time: 12:35 p.m.

Site: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

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. Garrett Jones, RF
  5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  6. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  7. Neil Walker, 2B
  8. Michael McKenry, C
  9. Cumpton, 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 more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.


  1. Anybody wanna discuss the value of plunking?

    Just for fun?

  2. #VoteBarmes.

  3. Maybe Clint should flip flop Marte and Cutch for a day. Just for the hey of it. What could it hurt? Cutch might not get a hit? Maybe he’d start spraying it more.

    • Cutch would be the best leadoff hitter in the league. I’d love to see this happen.

    • The lineup I liked for the past two days has resulted in runs in 3 of the past 22 innings. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result, I am ready to try something new.

      • I don’t think the problem is the batting order. I think the problem is the approach at the plate. For example, in one of the extra innings last night, we watched 4 first pitch fastballs go by. I thought they were all hittable.

        • I’ve noticed Cutch is one of the few to jump on those.

        • What you (we) think is hittable and what the hitters view as hittable could be 2 different things.

        • I think they intellectually know all that. I’m suggesting it to mess with the psyche. As in, “all I have to do is get on base.” Sounds simple, but something needs to change.

          • I’ve been kind of railing on this all year, but I just don’t think this team has been constructed very well.

            One of the reasons, at least I believe, they struggle at scoring runs is that their OBP guys – Sanchez, Cutch, Walker, Martin, Tabby/Snider – are also the guys counted on to drive runs in. I think that this, at least in part, explain the team-wide struggle in getting guys home.

            • Keep stat to look at his their BA with guys in scoring postion.

              Last nights game they were talking about NW’s. He has the best career numbers, but is only batting .200ish this season.

              • That’s the one stat that leads me to believe this team will score more runs.

                If you look at the Pirates and around the league, team average w/RISP almost always closely follows team batting average. Pretty sure not team in the last three years has been over/under .018 difference, if I remember correctly.

                I expect BA and RISP to be between .240-.250 by years end.

    • Maybe we should rest Cutch. Maybe he’s tired and maybe him being in the lineup day in and out is the cause for his decline at the end of the past two seasons.


    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.


    Line #1
    Total HITS + WALKS by Andrew McCutchen in today’s game
    Line is 1.5

    Line #2
    Total HITS + WALKS by Neil Walker in today’s game
    Line is 1.5

    Please Note – All games must be considered official games in order for line(s) to be valid. Any postponement, cancellation, or suspension of game(s) will void line(s).

    GOOD LUCK!!!

  5. Lets just hope there’s no “Bailey still hasn’t allowed a hit today” talk this afternoon.

  6. The women at the office play some channel on XM called “The Bridge.” I hear Cat Stevens like 40 times a day.

    That is the definition of insanity right there!

    • Did you see that Jon Stewart changed his mind about him?

      • What was his before and after opinion?

        • This is close, I think, but probably not gospel: Salman Rushdie, who had been on the Daily Show lots of times, was upset with Stewart for inviting Stevens to that thing he and Colbert had in DC. He told Stewart that Stevens had called for Rushdie’s death (over the Satanic Verses). Stewart (who can be naive) said he didn’t think Stevens did, or at least wasn’t serious. So Stewart called Stevens to find out. Apparently Stevens started by saying he hadn’t really meant that, but the more they talked, Stewart realized he really had been serious, and probably still wanted it. And, I think, Stewart then apologized to Rushdie. (And, as someone mentioned, Stevens’ name hasn’t been Stevens for a long time.)

      • I did not see that. Stevens took some odd positions on Rushdie and 9/11, though.

    • Yes, and your kids “will grow up just like” you also.

      I think Kat is going by some Muslim name now.

      I’m Pandora fan myself, and have about 7 “personal” channels. Cat hasn’t appeared on any of them (yet).

      Tell your co-workers that they have to wear head coverings if they listen to Cat. Might work.


      • either that or whatever supplies the music might just happen to “break”

      • Yusuf Islam.

        Al McGuire would refer to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as Lew Alcindor when referencing his UCLA days, and refer to him as Kareem when referencing his professional career after the name change. I’ll do the same with Stevens. When referring to his music I will call him Cat Stevens.

        Not likely to come up again, though. :)

    • LOL! It used to be Joni Mitchell! At least I like Cat better.l

  7. I saw on the morning thread trade talk.

    I can’t post the links, for whatever reason (big brother) but anyone interested in that needs to go to ESPN and Pirate Prospects for their depiction of the Pirates needs.

    I like it, I like it alot…

    BTW, I’d go to PP first. Much better read. Numbers might make your head explode though.

    • I know it should be assumed that any blog article written by a college kid is far more opinion than fact, but I have a hard time giving credibility to some of those severely liberal assumptions made in the “top 10″.

      I cannot fathom a world in which the Pittsburgh Pirates could field a championship roster with Giancarlo Stanton making $30m. That is just ridiculous. No team in modern baseball history has won the World Series with a single player taking up more than 20% of the payroll. The Pirates would have to either break that record or come up with another $80m out of Bob Nuttings piggy bank.

      And I wholy disagree with his quantity over quality approach to replacing Taillon and Polanco within the system. No player(s) in the entire organization can replace those two.

  8. Wait a minute, Barmes got a hit last night and got over .200 And he isn’t starting?

    My world is rocked.

  9. On the offense… I think the issues are clearly on the shoulders of the PLAYERS.. in year’s past we have villified hitting coaches and bemoaned the lack of Clint Hurdle instruction…. I haven’t heard anything negative about Jay Bell and it is clear to me Clint is involved and knows what the problem is…. as he said yesterday, the chase rate is off the charts and they are not swinging and hitting the pitches that are around the middle of the plate. Pedro is an easy target for this, but let’s not give Neil/Cutch/Jones etc a pass. Clint is quite right, THIS offense has to get it going… trades can happen, but Bucs aren’t gonna win if Cutch/Neil/Jones don’t get it going…..

    • Agreed. It can be very frusterating at times watching players up and down this lineup taking first pitch strikes, and also pitches on the outside corner (which seems to hapen quite a bit). Then taking hacks at pitches up at the shoulders or in the dirt.

      • Excellent, excellent, excellent comment.

        Taking the first pitch for a strike is something many good hitters do, but only as a means of waiting on “their” pitch.

        I have no problem with taking first pitch strikes. There is a reason they give you three. But you better darn well have the discipline to swing at one that is worth it.

        • Maybe this was discussed on the morning thread….

          But, last night, Jeff Locke had the bases loaded 2wice. Now, I’m not expecting a hit from Jeffrey, but…


          I’m sorry, but as soon as Mercer gets on in front of him Hurdle (or someone…ANYONE!) should’ve told him to not take the bat off his shoulder unless he had 2 strikes.

          Again, I’m not saying Locke should’ve knocked in a run there, but at least try to draw the walk. Or make him throw you 2 strikes. SHEESH!

          Sorry, but that really irked me.

          • They were asking questions on the radio feed last night why he wasn’t told to not take the bat off his shoulder.

            • On the 1st attempt, think it was in the top of the 5th, Arroyo had just walked Mercer (after having him 1-2) and then went 1-0 to Locke and then he swung at a 1-0 sinker (that looked like ball 2) and weakly grounds out.

              Again, not looking for a bases clearing double in the gap, but knowing the situation and your limitations would be a start.


    • Every time I watch a Pirate hitter take a called strike three with runners on I’m tempted to thrust knitting needles into my eyeballs.

      That’s one of the reasons I don’t keep knitting needles around the house.

  10. among other things, Elvis really needed to get the bunt down yesterday. And I love Jay Bell BUT we need to hit a whole lot better. today is another day.

    • ELVIS’ at bat was MADDENING. WTH was he doing trying to bunt it toward the hard charging THIRD BASEMAN, when he is supposed to bunt it to first baseman? If I were manager, I’d have called time out, marched out to the batters box, took the player by the shoulders and pointed to the first base line and say, “THERE IDIOT”.

  11. I hate it when I want to pick the same wagers as Biz….OH well 100 on each line for the over please.

  12. I’ll be happy if we get through today without getting anyone else hurt.

  13. Just caught up reading the vacation thread, a few thoughts:

    1) Trading for Stanton…YES, like or not folks, THAT is the type of player that is worth some of the top prospects…he’d play for 3 more years and he is RIGHT NOW the player that we hope Polanco develops into. So, I do think trading Polanco in that deal, plus a pitcher who isn’t Taillon (Glasnow/Kingham), plus Sanchez has some merit. But they don’t get Taillon AND Polanco, sorry.

    2) Other than the obvious hole, right field, other impact deadline moves require some interesting decisions. SS is easy, but hard to find upgrades…. Martin is entrenched at Catcher, Cutch is in CF. I assume most agree that Marte needs to play everyday in LF. So, that leaves:

    3B Alvarez
    2B Walker
    1B Jones/Gaby

    I really can’t see a scenario that you don’t keep playing Pedro every day… if they get a solid RH guy who can play vs. tough lefties, so be it, but can’t see them trading for someone and benching Pedro. Now, to be provocative, would they consider perhaps a trade of Taillon & Pedro for Stanton and another piece? hmmmmmm

    As to 2B, I do think Walker is scuffling, but he is so much a part of the team cohesion, that would be tough if they acquired, say, Altuve, and benched Walker…. But to take the ‘next step’, hard decisions like that are upon us.

    on 1B, I think that one is also easy…if they got a very good ML 1B, then Jones/Gaby ‘be gone’ as Hawk Harrelson would say.

  14. Today’s pitching? Grilli/Melancon/Wilson/Mazarro unavailable.

    Who’s available?


    Would assume Watson would close, if we need that…. but wow…

  15. Anyone taking any Giancarlo Stanton talk seriously obviously haven’t read or heard anything 24/7 has written or said since February. They are maxed out on payroll.

    • To be fair, I’m pretty sure they can fit league minimum without going into the red.

      But your comment is excellent advice for ALL trade deadline discussion.

    • Stanton makes $570K this they could indeed fit him in 2013. And next year AJ comes off the books, and I think perhaps Wandy, not sure…

  16. Was Cutch hit by another pitch?

  17. wow, what a “kick the dog” inning… Mercer Ks, (inexcusable); Jones Ks (inexcusable); Pedro Ks (maddening).

    Jones and Pedro were both trying to hit 600 feet HRs… Jones at least needs to just put bat on ball, we likely get a run. Pedro is Pedro, but Jones, very very bad.

    This is a day that Leyland would probably start all the scrubs… people who don’t swing for the fence , but um, we can’t really play Barmes and Inge because they just suck.

  18. I’m assuming they left the buses running today.

    • This is really pitiful. Package Pedro, Snider, Mercer and a ML pitcher of talent for a bat! I would even make that deal for the Pawtucket (red sox) shortstop.

    • So the fumes can hopefully claim Inge, Fort and Barmes for a trip to the DL?

      Hate to say it, and HOPE I”M WRONG< but this can get ugly…

  19. Sorry for the non-Pirate news here………………

    New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez fleeing from police after being named suspect in murder of a man. Police seached his home, and rental car the past 2 days.

    Resume Buc thread.

  20. The fort throws a mean curve ball.

  21. I feel bad for Cumpton today. The rest of them look like their missing their nappie. Gonna get real ugly. Can’t even hit a guy.

  22. How about keep Marte & Martin and trade the rest for Votto?

  23. It is the 1st inning.

    They have been slow starters this year.

    Let’s see how it plays out.

  24. I see The Fort threw out Votto trying to steal. What happen, Votto’s pants fall down around his ankles while he was going from first to second?

  25. Kudos to Cumpton for hanging in there.

  26. Todd Frazier changed his walk-up music from Frank Sinatra to the Sopranos theme for today. Nice move by one of those stinking Reds.

  27. The Patriots suddenly appear thin at tight end.

  28. Seriously, with all these talented young pitchers, we have to go after a talented bat (preferably one who strikes out a reasonable amount and under the age of 35). I miss the sound of bats on a ball.

  29. Searage is really walking the party line in his chat.

  30. See a whole 2nd inning and not a run given up.

    Not a run scored either.

  31. Now would be a nice time to do something Pedro instead of striking out.

  32. That a boy Pedro! Bringing home McCutchen and Jones standing at third.

  33. Alright. Let’s see if they can do this 2 times. I know…

    asking a lot.

    But I’ve been told it doesn’t take much to move mountains………..

  34. That’s the type of hitter PA needs to be. A keep the merry-go-round going guy, not just the all or nothing guy.

  35. Can’t be greedy. Got the one back we gave up in the first. Put them down 1-2-3 and bring the sticks back to the plate.

    • always imperative to put up a 0 after your team scores.

      And with that, leadoff single for Choo.

      • Never mind, missed the Homer Bailey ground out…and ANOTHER THROW OUT FOR THE FORT?!

        What is going on here? Pedro Alvarez getting 2 out RBI base hits (in 1-2 counts)…Mike McKenry throwing out base stealers…I guess Inge has the 8th and Barmes will pitch the 9th today then?

  36. When Garrett Jones hits, good things usually happen.

  37. Forgot the game started!!!

    I hate when work interfers with…..well, anything

  38. The available bullpen today has a total of 170 major league games of experience. Tony Watson has 142 of those.

  39. Did McKendry throw out Choo trying to steal? Did I miss something?

  40. Joey Votto always looks as if the world’s crashing down around him.

  41. Maybe some more bunting drills should be put on the agenda.

    Or better yet, maybe less calls to bunt. I like that one better.

  42. Is it even possible to play four games in that band box and not hit one homerun ?

  43. I still don’t understand why Walker isn’t on third right now

  44. J. bell was one of the best bunters I ever saw. Why are the Pirates so awful?

  45. I think the FBI lost where they put the Pirates runs since they put them in the Witness Protection Program. After they scored 6 runs on Sunday against the Dodgers, they figured it is better to keep them safe for a rainy day.

  46. See? Shoulda beaned Bruce ;)

  47. I can’t watch the games here, for the most part. I’m relegated to listening to the radio broadcast on XM. So I have to ask…

    Is Brandon Cumpton actually kinda-sorta OK? Because it sounds like he’s a ground ball machine over the radio. In fact, since I started listening after the second inning, it doesn’t sound like anything has been struck hard at all.

  48. aaannd wild pitch by Cumpton

  49. Gotta do something about this dead wood. UGH

  50. The self proclaimed Great American Ballpark is the 4th easiest to hit home runs out of the 30 MLB stadiums in 2013 (Philly, Milwaukee & Houston are 1,2 &3). PNC is #30.

    They should consider themselves lucky to have won 1 of these games.

  51. Cumpton sure is pitching well


  53. Take that, Homer ;-)

  54. Thank Goodness Pedro hit that HR.
    The tension of not hitting one this series was getting too much! ;)

  55. PEDRO!!!!!

  56. Finally hit our first home run of this series. Still down 5 in that category.

  57. I think Cumpton is through.

  58. I think the Pirates need to go old school.

    Play every game during the day..Pedro might hit 100 HRs

  59. Neil Walker needs a vacation from the batters box right now. Who’s available to DH? When’s James McDonald get off the DL?

  60. And Homer Bailey is over 100 pitches thus far.

    Cumpton, though I have no visual, seems to be throwing well, minus the Jay Bruce dinger.

  61. Daydro works his afternoon magic again.

    I think it has something to do with the way the sun shines on his ears tucked into his hat during the daylight hours.

  62. Serious question. Should Hurdle leave Pedro in the 5 hole in the lineup? That way, you have McCutchen, Jones, and Pedro hitting back to back to back. If those three can take off and go on a tear together, runs could be plentiful. Especially if McCutchen and Jones can get on base ahead of Pedro.

  63. Come on, Phillips, ground into a DP

  64. OK now let’s get the bats swinging productively

    • They’ve scored 2 runs today, Jandy.

      That’s 33% of what they’ve scored in the previous 3 games (1 Mon., 4 Tues, 1 Wed.)…

      baby steps.

  65. OMG Morris singles :)

  66. Did Bryan Morris just get a hit?

  67. Who needs bench help when you have Morris in the BP.

    And here, I wanted to question the non-double switch move. Clint knows his people.

  68. Why does nobody on this team have a clue how to bunt? This is embarrassing.

    • Why does Clint Hurdle manage like an idiot?

      • I don’t have an issue with attempting the sac bunt there, but at least have somebody up there that knows how to put one down.

        • I do. You move the runners over and open up 1B with your best hitter coming to the plate.

          Any manager worth a damn is walking Cutch and putting in a lefty to face Jones and Pedro.

          Absolutely awful call by Hurdle.

          • Wouldn’t say Cutch has been our best hitter in a couple weeks. But I absolutely understand what you’re saying.

            Pedro can hit lefties by the way.

  69. When is Cutch ever going to come up with a big hit ?

  70. My Lord, Clint Hurdle ladies andd gentlemen…

  71. The stats on our bunting must be beyond belief. Give it up and swing away.

  72. Well, we found something Jordy does just as well as Barmes….

  73. Walk…he’s on..bases loaded

  74. Well, its up to the Legend now

  75. I’ll be honest. I dont like Jones up right now with the bases loaded, I think the outcome will either be great, or a DP…

    Leaning towards the latter, hoping for the first thought

  76. Well, guys..i gotta go…this is killing me. Appointment for 3;30. So… am sending all the good vibes I have to the Buccos to pull this one off! Later on everyone, have a great afternoon.

  77. This is last night’s game still going on, isn’t it ?

  78. Cmon Pedro?

  79. Hello again everyone; needed to take a mental vacation from sports talk after that total melt down from the Pens. Saw some interesting news today and thought I’d chime in despite this being a Pirates thread

    1. Aaron Hernandez destroys home security system and cell phone — hmmm (I believe Ray Lewis has been called for advice)

    2. Builder Bob gets nearly a 1 million dollar raise in JUNE. Who was it this past off season that turned down NFL teams to stay at PSU and said it wasn’t because of money? What college coach gets that kind of raise in JUNE???

    3. ESPN rumor mill has quotes from our favorite Paper in Ottawa where the writer actually believes the Sens are going to target James Neal this off season and expects the Pens to deal him in an effort to keep Letang. Only way I deal Neal to Ottawa is if Melnyk is booted from the NHL and the Ottawa Sun paper is closed as part of the deal.

    4. Pirates looking a lot like the last couple years; pitching carrying the team early with no offense and once the pitching starts to fail the team falls apart. This isn’t even a horror movie. This is like watching scary movie for the 3rd time.

    Ok got that all off my chest.

  80. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand Alvarez has all 5 RBIs today.

  81. Pedro makes Hurdle look pretty smart.

  82. Pedro – a triple away from the cycle! 5-2 good guys!!

  83. I guess Pedro has made up for that throwing error in the first with all 5 Ribbies.

  84. Now this is the Pedro Alvarez that we’ve been waiting for.

    Let’s just hope this version sticks around awhile.

    • Definitely! Brought his BA up to .223 also today. We need more games like this from Pedro. And that 5 spot might be fitting him quite well today too.

    • He has never been gone. He will always be streaky but he still leads the team in RBI with a .220 average. In my opinion in Pedro’s case I don’t think the average matters as much as the run production. If he gets 35 HR’s and 100 RBI his average is really insignificant. Many teams around the league would take that production from their third basemen.

    • I’m not arguing with that fact Nate. He will shoulder the load of home runs and RBI’s for this team. He keeps sending guys ahead of him across the plate when he is at bat, then the average won’t matter. Its the times that he looks lost that will hurt the team. They will go as far as he can carry them.

    • It’s still early in his career. I don’t expect his average to take off like a rocket, but if he could get it up over .250, all other things being equal, you’re looking at 40-45 hr and a place higher in the order where he’ll see more men aboard.

      And his defense, in general, is still improving. He’s in much better shape than his appearance would seem to indicate.

      If it wasn’t for the Boras connection and the high hopes for immediate success, I think we’d all be much more impressed with what he’s done so far and maybe have higher hopes for what he’ll do from here on out.

  85. Look at that swing! Smooth and easy. He swings lightning. So does Jones and McCutchen, and Marte and Walker. Imagine if they did that more often.

  86. Pedro? Against a LHP?

    its the day game thing, please see my post above

  87. Hurdle has to channel his inner LaRussa for these last 9 outs.

  88. And a little bit of credit to Morris. Without his hit, the inning ends with Jones striking out.

  89. Weird year. How often they play like weak Little Leaguers but pull the game out . . .?

    Nothing like a hit with men in scoring position.

  90. Sneaking a peek in here and I’m thrilled Pedro did it! Gotta keep the lead Buccoes!

  91. Why did Grille pitch in the 4-0 game on Tuesday? It would have been nice to have him today.

    Really nice job from Cumpton. Definately hasn’t done anything to hurt himself in the future wether it be with the Pirates or a piece they use in a trade to a team that could use him as a safe backend starter while they rebuild.

  92. This is looking like Watson for 2 innings.

  93. It’s such a gorgeous day today I’ve been outside “playing.” DVR’d the game in case we atone for last night & I can see how later. I like what I’m reading here right now. Paleeeeeeze win this one, Buccos!

    • WOOHOO…I get to watch the game later, relaxed, sipping on a nice glass of vino. No fingernail biting. And I won both over/under lines, too, for a change. Nice!


  94. What in the hell is going on out there?

  95. What in the hell was that?

  96. Well….

    at least we didn’t break any unwritten rules there…

    it was the 2nd out made at 3B…

  97. Someone please explain why NW was stealing 3B?

  98. How about Walkie spending 5 minutes rationalizing Walker’s baserunning adventure.

  99. I want this one, bad….

  100. Mr.Inge………….0 fer his last 11.
    Anyone have Casey McGhee on speed dial? ;-)

  101. Really funny to come in here late and read the complete turn around in conversation. Starts with, “Pedro is terrible let’s throw him away for anyone because he can’t hit” (slightly exaggerated). At the bottom of the feed, i read, “Pedro has all 5 RBIs and is hitting the ball well and hard and is most of the Pirates offense” (again slightly exaggerated).

    Just funny to see.

  102. Daydro has had quite a day today. He’s gonna be a star for the Bucs!

  103. Good thing the Reds don’t play the Pirates every game. That pizza shop would go bankrupt.

  104. Haha! The GABpark Jumbotron just had a headshot of Barmes when Mercer is up!


  105. #VoteBarmes

  106. have seen 0 of today’s game.. but its good to see them respond positively to that crushing loss last night.. 1st blown of the year.

  107. What’s going on with the game? Why is there such a long delay?

  108. Raise the Jolly Hippo!

    We just need to address the LOB situation, and better things will happen!

  109. Pedro Alvarez’s WAR is now at 1. He has beaten the Reds.

  110. I’ll take a split with these guys any day.

    Tough, tough ball club there in Cinncy.

    Nice win today.

  111. Raise it. Nice comeback from last night. I don’t feel bad about a split at all with this team. California, here we come…..

  112. Well, dont know how many of you will be here tomorrow night for the Angels game.

    In the meantime, have fun!

  113. A split on the road against a team like the Reds with their most reliable starting pitcher being Jeff Locke is a good series. Hopefully they can continue against the Angels and Seattle and then come home for a well deserved rest.

    • Baseball is a funny game. Most of us wanted a split of the series, and if you took a poll the majority would have said the Pirates needed to won the games started by Liriano and Locke (me included). Well, the Pirates won neither of those games and still got the split. There isn’t much that separates the Reds and Pirates right now, and I can’t figure out if each team is equally good or equally flawed.

  114. Hats off to Brandon Cumpton. Job well done.

  115. Observations:

    - The Reds bullpen is a little better than I thought

    - Neil Walker could use a day off. Maybe 2

  116. The Bucs looked like contenders today, even with the errors and poor baserunning. McKenry is getting better at throwing out thieves. The split with Cincy makes us 9-9 for June, which is not bad considering the opposition (Atlanta, Cincy, SFO). Now maybe we can add some wins against weaker teams on the coast and grab onto second place for a while. Pedro, we luv ya.

  117. YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Cueing my inner Hawk Harrelson… BIG BIG win for this Bucs team that refuses to crumble (it’s not August yet).

    A few thoughts (not that you asked):

    1) Wonderful performance by Cumpton. He can go back to Indy now and hopefully the experience puts him in better position to get back to the Bigs, though I think it will be with another team.

    2) Walker looks very tired and uninspired at the plate. I agree he needs a day off, egads, are we really saying we want Barmes at SS and Mercer at 2B on Saturday vs. the LHP?

    3) Don’t look now, but Pedro is up to .220, that isn’t light years away from what Neil is hitting….

    4) Very nice job by Morris and Watson, and good management by Hurdle of a short bullpen.

    5) Bucs need to run bases better, but I have NO issue whatsoever of Neil trying to get to 3rd with 1 out… he is slow,yes, but if you aren’t scoring runs you have to take more risks.

    6) Cingrani is impressive but, um, you really can’t get away with throwing 11 pitches in a row at the same speed and in the same spot, can you? Well, it worked against Joness but Pedro hammered it (as Neverett would say). He is a talented kid, but everyone knows you get Pedro out by throwing slow pitches about 8 inches off the plate.

    7) As much as we can moan about the Bucs this series, they really were very, very close to taking the series and they were in game 1 deep…..

  118. Predictions for roster move? Cumpton will be sent back, but who comes up? Can’t recall Presley…. seems a mite early to call Gomez back as he can’t likely pitch for a few days anyway…. JayHey?

  119. I do think they will bring up a position player, because Welker will stay as the extra reliever…. this is outside the box, but MAYBE Tony Sanchez for a quick cup of coffee?

    He can play vs. lefties and let Martin DH to rest the knees… Fort can man the ‘emergency catcher’ fort for a spell and work on his throwing…..

  120. my lineup for Friday, since you all asked:

    Marte LF
    Martin C
    McCutch CF
    Jones DH
    Pedro 3B
    Gaby 1B
    Walker 2B
    Mercer SS
    Snider RF

  121. As promised…here are the current standings:

    Dadtackular ~ 1000
    Jason81 ~ 900
    Nate83 ~ 800
    Lad9 ~ 700
    Frankie ~ 650

    Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) ~ 2000
    bman ~ 1500
    JRay3 ~ 1425
    Frankie ~ 1375
    Pucknutz ~ 1200
    stickyweb ~ 1100
    Nate83 ~ 1075
    theplanisworking ~ 925
    Dadtackular ~ 900
    Jason81 ~ 900
    JUCOFan ~ 900
    blazer ~ 800
    tdb1977 ~ 785
    fellocolonial ~ 700
    radio wave ~ 700
    Bill Born ~ 685
    KJX ~ 600
    cherokee23 ~ 550
    Ermine ~ 500
    RobertoForever ~ 490
    JohninOshkosh ~ 450
    Karen22 ~ 350
    EricBowser ~ 325
    Matt hoffman ~ 300
    TCB ~ 250
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    Evan ~ 200
    Keith ~ 200
    JoeyBats ~ 175
    OZ ~ 150
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    TJ ~ 50
    JaxBuc ~ 45
    Arriba Wilver ~ 25
    tmp444 ~ 25
    Chico ~ 0
    Joey Mellons ~ 0
    Lad9 ~ 0
    pants-n-at ~ 0
    TK ~ 0
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    buggee ~ -50
    absolute59 ~ -100
    Brian ~ -100
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    DemonDachshund ~ -100
    John in WM ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    steelercrazy ~ -100
    cosmo ~ -200
    kr70 ~ -200
    cmat0829 ~ -250
    Ghost ~ -250
    Brandie ~ -325
    pattonbb ~ -400
    Dom ~ -475
    Steve J. Smith ~ -600
    stuart66 ~ -600
    JD ~ -775
    JMB ~ -800
    Kevin ~ -1030
    Jandy ~ -1175
    Bizrow ~ -3200

    ***First Place at the end of JUNE will win:***

    First Place at the end of the season will win:

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:

    Third Place at the end of the season will win:

    Fourth Place at the end of the season will win:

    Fifth Place at the end of the season will win:

  122. Interesting approach, or lack thereof, the Spurs are taking with respect to LeBron James.

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