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Final: Pirates 9, Mariners 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (46-30) vs. Seattle Mariners (34-43)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. LHP Joe Saunders

Time: 10:10 p.m.

Site: Safeco Field, Seattle

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. Tony Sanchez, DH
  8. Neil Walker, 2B
  9. Brandon Inge, RF

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel reports.

Also, coming online at 11 p.m. is a column about the 2013 Pirates I’ve been contemplating for a while now. Extra-length.

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.

Comments

  1. Crash says:

    Can we leave Pedro in the 5 hole and end the failed Hurdle Logic of Gaby hitting cleanup?

  2. I have a bad feeling about tonight. Neil Walker needs to hit tonight.

    Hopefully, the players won’t be too shook up about hearing that JMac has signed up for another hitch on the Convenience List!

    Even Dr. Andrews knows it is the Convenience List——he wouldn’t take the appointment.

  3. Carl Reagle says:

    Crash it is a left handed pitcher. Probably why you won’t see Pedro hitting cleanup

  4. What’s Pedro’s batting average and Homerun total against lefties?

    No scholarships for batting Cleanup or #5!

  5. Arriba Wilver says:

    Dropping him to 8th may be a message, but Inge in 9th? How about 13th?

  6. Hard to believe we are all begging for Jose Tabata’s hustle in right!

  7. Ross says:

    Failed Hurdle logic? Sanchez has a .320 avg, .424 on base percentage and a .640 slugging percentage against southpaws this season (I say that because Saunders is throwing for the M’s tonight). Also, batting in the cleanup spot this season, Sanchez has four home runs and is hitting .325, .414 on base percentage and a .554 slugging percentage. I see nothing failed there my friend

  8. Reading says:

    Assuming that “history” will be made tonight if they get the W and go 17 over. First time since 1992?

  9. Good stats, Ross.

    No alternative, really!

  10. Bizrow says:

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  11. pattonbb says:

    Speak for yourself Groat.

  12. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Batting 8th for Walker needs to be a sign. I’m sure he understands that he’s underperforming.

    CH seems to be a good clubhouse manager. I’m sure he’s had a few conversations with Neil on the issues.

    Batting 8th may give him some opportunites, especially with Inge behind him, he essentially hits like a pitcher.

  13. pattonbb says:

    Against lefties, I’ll take Gaby in the 4 spot all day long.

  14. Brandie says:

    Careful what you wish for or what you say…Could drop you to The Convenience Blog…per DK. :-)

  15. The Gunner says:

    Tabata, my favorite player for sure. Clint should play Martin in RF and McKenry behind the plate. This Inge has seen better days, folks.

  16. Arriba Wilver says:

    I understand when you come in from the left coast you can’t catch up on everything, Ryan, but you can read 15 on the game thread.

  17. JRay3 says:

    Awfully late to the party with travel, work but excited for game night. Read some news on Wandy Rodriguez that I do not know if posted.

    He experienced some soreness after start in Indy and plan is for him to throw bullpen on Friday and make another rehab start on Monday. So still a little bit away from a return, just hope it was minor soreness from not throwing in couple of weeks.

    As I mentioned this weekend, it was great to see AJ Burnett throwing out in Anaheim with Jeff Locke, he even fielded throws in a squatting catcher position and seemed to be moving around just fine on the calf, hope we hear some news regarding him soon.

    Time for back to back sweeps and take down these M’s.

  18. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    TUESDAY OVER/UNDER!!!

    http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/keep-calm-and-break-500/

    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.

    NEW PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME & ENCOURAGED!!!

    Tonight’s Line
    Total PITCHES THROWN by Jeff Locke in tonight’s game
    Line is 97.5

    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!!!

    Looking for the current standings???
    http://blog.triblive.com/dejan-kovacevic/2013/06/23/first-pitch-pirates-angels-3/#comment-193285

  19. Reading says:

    Watching CWS preview show, and never knew that the seams on a college baseball are 1/2 of a millimeter higher than on a MLB baseball. That explains it!

  20. Brandie says:

    Dear Mr. Playoffs,

    I would like 75 on the under, please. Thank you.

  21. tdb1977 says:

    100 on the under Playoffs! Thanks as always

  22. tdb1977 says:

    DK’s column tomorrow is all about the Pirates. Here comes the free fall!

  23. Matt hoffman says:

    100 on the under please. Thank you!

  24. Keith says:

    100 on the UNDER, please.

  25. Frankie says:

    100 on the under…

    Thanks Playoff

  26. Keith says:

    This is the All-Star selection game for Locke. If he persists at pitching as well as he’s pitched and picks up seven scoreless, he should be there. If this is the game he lets up, he probably won’t.

  27. Jandy says:

    It’s been a while since I placed a wager, please give me 100 Lockes on the under please, and thank you, sir :)

  28. Jandy says:

    Matt, does Bizrow have your hometown on the Dejan’s Lunatics’ Asylum list?

  29. Bill Born says:

    100 on the under Please.
    Thank you.

  30. Lad9 says:

    100 on the under please Mr Playoffs. Thank you. Go Buccos!

  31. bman says:

    @playoffs

    I’ll take 70 on the UNDER

    Thanks!!

  32. Bizrow says:

    100 on the under, thanks Playoffs

  33. JohninOshkosh says:

    55/Over Por favor.

    XOXO

    Gossip Girl

  34. Arriba Wilver says:

    100 on the UNDER, please, Mr. Window.

  35. JRay3 says:

    Good evening to the window, great night for the Bucs to extend their winning streak to five which would be longest streak of year.

    As for today’s line, when taking a peek at Jeff Locke this year and his pitch counts, he has gone over the number three times and under the number nine times. When he is efficient and on he often times makes it six-seven innings below the number. This is a light hitting M’s team he should be able to go right after.

    100 on the UNDER

    Thanks and Let’s Go Bucs!

  36. Arriba Wilver says:

    Lets lobby for no predictions. No Locke’s.

  37. Bizrow says:

    No new signups

    Honestly, what am I doing wrong?

    Thought, just keep a list of lunatic locations?

    That being said, we should beat these guys

  38. Jandy says:

    You’re not doing anything wrong, Biz, some people are either shy, or just reticent. We’ll keep plugging away, and try to get some more. :)

  39. JohninOshkosh says:

    Remeber the turtle and the hare, Biz. Or the ant and the grasshopper.

    Your tireless work is appreciated here.

  40. Jandy says:

    seconded!

  41. Bizrow says:

    Thanks

    + 1000

  42. Arriba Wilver says:

    Thirded.

  43. JUCOFan says:

    100 on the over please!!

  44. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Can I chime in on this with an objective opinion?

  45. Jason81 says:

    100 on the UNDER, please!

  46. Jandy says:

    You feel the need to ask permission? Silly you!

  47. pattonbb says:

    100 on the OVER, please.

  48. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    I love when Mother Teresa has some quick wit.
    Makes The Window smile.

    This is only my opinion, just from what I’ve seen.
    It’s not meant to be critical in anyway at all, so please no one take it that way.
    And if I’m off-base or out of line, please call me out on it.

    Ok, here goes….
    When a new poster shows up on here, it can be a little overwhelming for them (again, in my opinion) to immediately share where they are currently located.

    It would make me a little uneasy sharing my current location in a place I’ve never posted in before, especially if I wasn’t familiar with who was asking me to post that information.

    More often than not, people like to be somewhat anonymous in these forums.
    Give them time to warm up to everyone on here, and they will have no problem sharing.

    Jump at them right away and you’ll scare them off.
    Kind of like winning the trust of a stray animal.

    That’s my 2 cents. I’ll go back to my window now…

  49. Ryan76 says:

    100 on the Under.

  50. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Biz, you are the wind beneath this blog’s wings!

  51. Jandy says:

    Good advice, Playoffs. I’ll definitely keep it in mind. I mean, not everyone is as crazy as I am, posting silly comments ;)

    And, glad I make you smile :*

  52. Brandie says:

    Go Buccos ! Let’s make some positive history tonight!

  53. Brandie says:

    Keep plugging away, Biz. Each and every person here adds something to this here blog part-ay!

  54. Brandie says:

    Dripping with positivity. :-)

  55. Brandie says:

    Evening Ladman!

  56. cherokee23 says:

    100 under

  57. theplanisworking says:

    Everyone jumped on me, but since I am Hippo-sized, it didnt matter.

    But you bring up good points.

  58. theplanisworking says:

    BRANDIE!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!
    Go Muppets!
    Go Hippos! ;)

  59. Jandy says:

    Hey Brandie, hope your day was good…raining here, and windy…knocked the Dish out for a few, but it’s back on :)

  60. theplanisworking says:

    Mr. Playoffs……….

    May I have 100 Locke-step Hippos on the UNDER please?

    Tanks.

  61. theplanisworking says:

    Dripping with bacon grease…………. ;)

  62. theplanisworking says:

    If it knocked out your Dish, what did you eat on??? ;)

  63. Lad9 says:

    Good evening Brandster! How the heck are you on this fine evening? Only 50 minutes to game time!

  64. Jandy says:

    paper plates LOL

  65. theplanisworking says:

    I hope I get to watch the game.
    Really, I mean really strong storms about 10 minutes away from me.

    I may have to hide……….

  66. Brandie says:

    Doing okay. Going to listen on my tablet. Hope all is going well with you.

  67. Brandie says:

    Mmmm. Grease of the bacon.

  68. Nate83 says:

    100 on the under. Thanks

  69. Brandie says:

    PLANSTER! Cap’n Hippo. Doing okay. Keep yourself safe. Now that I have a Hippo friend, I sure don’t want to lose him. :-) Listening on Sirius.

  70. Jandy says:

    I like storms, but that’s just me…

  71. Joey Mellons says:

    100 on the under. Thanks.

  72. chethejet says:

    Seattle pitcher is very good at home with 5-1 with mid 2′s ERA. On the road he struggles. Locke is now in the category of can he continue his impressive year? He never did this at the major league level and we will see if he can maintain his steller pitching.

  73. Brandie says:

    Jandy-woman. Hope you keep your dish all night. Great to talk to all my blog pals!

  74. 21sthebest says:

    Angels up 10-3 on the Tigers. Trout, Pujols, and Hamilton are 7-11. Hamilton is 3-3.

  75. JohninOshkosh says:

    I haven’t read much about tonight’s game. Does anyone know the last time Pittsburgh played in Seattle ?

    Seems really strange, them playing there.

  76. theplanisworking says:

    Lol.

  77. theplanisworking says:

    I like the Cap’n Hippo.

    I can only wear the hat………… cant find a uniform big enough for me. ;)

  78. theplanisworking says:

    Well, you ARE different. ;)

  79. 21sthebest says:

    Same here Jandy.

  80. Jandy says:

    All right! 21 like them too!
    I always sat outside with my dad as a little girl and watched the lightning flash and heard the thunder crash. Always loved it, still do.

  81. JAL says:

    2007

    Only 3rd season the two teams have met. 2004 in Pittsburgh 2007 in Seattle and this season in both places

  82. Lad9 says:

    Our Colt league game got lightninged (word?) out but all is well. Only 2 more days of work this week too! You are starting your job soon aren’t you?

  83. JaxBuc says:

    Please sir, may I have 97.5 kroner…oops, must be in multiple of 5…may I have 95 kroner on the UNDER?

  84. JohninOshkosh says:

    Boy, I have no recollection of the 07 series. I guess Dejan was probably there.

    Thanks, JAL. Much obliged.

  85. JAL says:

    Pirates won game one 5-3 then were shut out by Weaver and Hernandez in games 2 and 3

  86. Lad9 says:

    Summer storms rock. I always remember the drumming of the rain on our porch awning and the steam rising off the street. Ah, those were the days.

  87. Drew71 says:

    Also, coming online at 11 p.m. is a column about the 2013 Pirates I’ve been contemplating for a while now. Extra-length.

    Mercy, please.

    Don’t jinx em.

  88. JD says:

    100 on the over please. Go Bucs!

  89. Jandy says:

    Lad and 21, guys you make me smile :)

  90. Jandy says:

    double mercy!

  91. Jandy says:

    The hat is all ya need ;)

  92. theplanisworking says:

    If they collapse this year………. pitchforks and torches to the Trib offices, and the Fountain! ;)

  93. Jandy says:

    He** yeah!

  94. theplanisworking says:

    Man, would that not be one of the funniest things imaginable??? ;)

  95. theplanisworking says:

    A Marte-partay to start!

  96. Patrick(ri) says:

    Is a homer a Ho,Ho,Ho,Ho Home Run?

  97. theplanisworking says:

    And looks like a decent amount of Pirate fans in the crowd. :)

  98. theplanisworking says:

    Only on certain street corners.

  99. Patrick(ri) says:

    You are such an animal.

  100. Lad9 says:

    Biz

    I have been thinking of offering up a Lunatic Nation Hall of Fame nomination for a few weeks and this seems like a good time to do it. I would like to nominate John Challis, the young man from Freedom Pa who passed away from cancer in 2008. I did not know him, but I was inspired by his courage in the face of unbeatable odds. He coined the”Courage + Believe = Life” saying, and also said “Life ain’t about how many breaths you take – it’s what you do with those breaths”. While his body was ravaged by a cold, cruel killer, his spirit never wavered. I would like to nominate John. Thank you.

    Kevin

  101. Milo Hamilton says:

    N.D. Chavez.

  102. Lad9 says:

    LMAO!

  103. theplanisworking says:

    Does this mean the blog will turn into a pumpkin at 11, and will be broken again? :(

  104. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’d normally say that Locke’s been squeezed on a few pitches here early but CB Bucknor is the umpire & he just doesn’t know any better.

  105. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Emphatically SECONDED!!!

  106. Lad9 says:

    You are so right. He is very fair – maddeningly inconsistent for both teams.

  107. JohninOshkosh says:

    My brother is a Mets fan. He maintains that the Mets were cursed and never the same franchise after Endy’s spectacular catch in game 7 of the ’06 NLCS. Beltran struck out with the bases loaded to end the game and nothing has gone right for his Mets since.

    Ollie Perez started that game for the Mets.

  108. Patrick(ri) says:

    Time for (cr)Inge to come through.

  109. Patrick(ri) says:

    Aha!

  110. Lad9 says:

    Did I really just see that? I meant to predict that Brandon Inge would go yard and I forgot. Whoa. Back to back.

  111. pattonbb says:

    Inge and Marte back to back!! It’s contagious people!!!

  112. stickyweb says:

    Anyone up for a little home run derby? Back to back so fast they can’t even show a replay before the next one. I love it!

  113. JRay3 says:

    Brandon Inge goes yard for his first major contribution to team with three run shot, than Marte Parte as he makes it back to back shots.

    Are we having fun yet? 5-0 good guys early!

  114. theplanisworking says:

    My God, the end of the world is near!!!

    INGE HR!!! O.o

    Marte HR!!!

    And, its getting closer to 11 !!!

  115. JRay3 says:

    Losing count….6-0 good guys

  116. Patrick(ri) says:

    What did Travis feed these guys?

  117. JRay3 says:

    Cutch now gets into act ripping double into corner.

    Anyone else notice the Angels laying 14 runs on the Tigers tonight, the same team the Bucs shut down first two games of weekend series and out-slugged Sunday.

  118. Milo, weren’t we looking at Joe Saunders last year?

    Probably a good move not made.

  119. Milo Hamilton says:

    That’s a triple & a homer for Marte in the first two innings.

  120. JRay3 says:

    I hope he is grilling for the boys tonight as well.

  121. JohninOshkosh says:

    The Pirates will not lose another game until after the ASB!!!

  122. Lad9 says:

    I hate to see Mr. Saunders leave us this evening. He had nothing on the ball but his fingerprints!

  123. theplanisworking says:

    Lucky, who werent we looking at??? Seriously, more names were attatched to the Bucs than a Manhattan phone book.

  124. Milo Hamilton says:

    Really. I’ve always really liked that guy. And I thank him for tonight’s effort.

  125. pattonbb says:

    Lots of meat.

  126. Lad9 says:

    I am thinking cycle….

  127. pattonbb says:

    Put the Kool-Aid down John…..ah who am I kidding…give me a cup too! This isn’t last year’s team.

  128. JohninOshkosh says:

    Is Daryle Ward the last Pirate to hit for the cycle ?

  129. JRay3 says:

    A lot of people laughed off the comments Clint Hurdle made before the season when he said he had 95 wins in mind to be the playoff team they were gunning to be.

    Have to tell you I was one of many shaking my head at that comment but as we approach half way point of season team is playing at slightly better than that pace….just crazy.

  130. theplanisworking says:

    PLAN THE PARADE !!!!!!!

  131. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yeah, my prediction was 82. Loving it. :)

  132. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hope Locke settles down here. He is all over the place.

  133. JRay3 says:

    Read something hysterical – with that HR Brandon Inge surpassed Matt Diaz on the Pirates all-time HR list…funny.

  134. Milo Hamilton says:

    Yes. Kendall before him.

  135. Lad9 says:

    That is great stuff!

  136. JRay3 says:

    Are we seriously potentially looking at the team being 17 games above .500 for the first time since 1992? As CH would say just another item we can check off and move forward with.

  137. JRay3 says:

    In the more good news department….Oakland has jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the Reds.

  138. pattonbb says:

    Regularly shows up at the top of those anonymous “worst umpire” polls.

  139. JohninOshkosh says:

    I think there is a quirky stat that there have been roughly the same number of no hitters thrown in the history of baseball as the number of players to hit for the cycle.

    Bucs got no hit last year. Only statistically fair that they have someone hit for the cycle.

  140. JohninOshkosh says:

    I would not want to be a road team at that park in Oakland. The A’s are use to it but visiting teams are not.

  141. Reading says:

    Time to pitch like you’ve had a 5-6 run before (even if you haven’t). In other words, no free passes.

  142. Milo Hamilton says:

    Yeah, I hear it smells pretty bad. :)

  143. pattonbb says:

    DK’s Wednesday column is up. Really good stuff. Plus extra points in my book for a Leo Durocher quote.

  144. JRay3 says:

    DK – What a truly enjoyable piece to read was your column, you have a knack of capturing the essence of a moment, and presented I think fairly your apparent stance thus far this season.

    Have not agreed with all of your takes so far this season, but can appreciate and understand the balance you present of real versus facade, or just a bit magical and unexplainable.

    This has been the most fun following the Pirates in quite some time, overtaking even last year’s fairy tale ride through August.

    This past Sunday I witnessed maybe the most exciting Pirate game I have seen inside a ballpark and stayed to the end still thinking the team had a chance. With each passing day this team does achieve more and many of us are believing more.

  145. JD says:

    Good post. Agreed!

  146. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Two words…

    Aaron Heilman

  147. Milo Hamilton says:

    Who had to break a leg for Ralph Kiner to hit a triple ?

  148. JRay3 says:

    Are we sure he did not hit a HR and just elect to stop at third?

  149. pattonbb says:

    ….like I was saying…CB Bucknor is a really good umpire.

    :)

  150. Arriba Wilver says:

    Q+1

  151. Milo Hamilton says:

    Earl Weaver would be on his second pack by now.

  152. theplanisworking says:

    The 60′s and 70′s were truly horrible for building stadiums.

    Who on earth would ever build a stadium 23 feet below sea level? (Oakland).
    Underneath a runway at LaGuardia? (Shea).
    Cookie Cutter round messes? (Too many to mention).
    Grass in a dome??? (Houston).
    A ceiling full of asbestos? (Seattle).

    Man, talk about bad acid trips.

  153. Patrick(ri) says:

    Column hits the right note for lot of the loonies. A meaningful 3 run shot from Inge is another little confidence builder that this might be the year. Btw, it is really hard to type on an ipad with your fingers crossed.

  154. Karen22 says:

    We just had a brief power outage that knocked out my DISH signal…I’m headed to Snoozeland with faith that I’ll awaken to news of the Buccos’ 47th win. Ijust read DK’s column, and it is just PERFECT! I AM believing, ONE game at a time…we’ll see what happens. ONE game at a time.

  155. Karen22 says:

    +1

  156. Karen22 says:

    Yep!

  157. JRay3 says:

    Six straight retired by Locke who looks as if he has settled in….worth noting that Locke has allowed one run or less in 10 starts and just two runs in his last 24.2 IP. Putting up ace like numbers.

  158. pattonbb says:

    Tigers had 6 errors tonight. I bet Leyland’s been through 2 packs since the game ended.

  159. JohninOshkosh says:

    I won’t read his column till I’m hunched over my computer with a cup of coffee. To do otherwise would mess too much with my time-space continuum.

    Looking forward to it, though.

  160. Reading says:

    Speaking of quotes from great managers, here’s a Murtaugh quote from the October 17, 1960 issue of SI, in response to reporters’ questions following the Yankees’ 16-3 beatdown of the Pirates in Game 2:

    “Anybody get hurt out there today? No? Then we’re O.K.”

  161. Milo Hamilton says:

    I normally read it at lunchtime in the actual paper. But I cheated tonight & I’m glad I did. I’ll read it again tomorrow.

    And the standings & box scores aren’t the same on the computer either. I want to have to wash the ink off my hands after I check up on the standings.

  162. JohninOshkosh says:

    Spot on about the standings. I read the actual physical USA Today each morning and then use the QR Reader to get updated scores and standing. Very unnatural.

  163. JRay3 says:

    Ho hum just another Jeff Locke type performance tonight- 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H 2 BB 4 K and well on his way to improving to 7-1. Such an integral key to the stabilized back part of rotation.

  164. Milo Hamilton says:

    The partay goes on until the wee small hours.

  165. JohninOshkosh says:

    Starlin!!

  166. JRay3 says:

    Multi-HR night for the Marte Parte, eight on the year for Starling as the Bucs offense now with 18 runs past two games.

  167. Reading says:

    Marte Partay again!! First pitch swinging, too.

  168. Thundercrack says:

    We’re good.

    And sustainable.

  169. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Crap I missed this!!!!!!!!!!

    Tough window, playoffs

  170. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    dude, its only 10pm?

  171. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    MY first shot at seeing Duuuuuuuuukkkkkeeeee pitch.

    Tell ya, I’m a big fan of his minor league numbers, think he’s the future closer.

  172. theplanisworking says:

    Raise the Jolly Hippo!

    Dejan didnt jinx us!

    Someone please dont leave me up the flagpole all night, ok?

  173. JRay3 says:

    Behind seven strong innings from Jeff Locke who earns his seventh win and monster power shots from Martin, Inge, Sanchez and Marte twice the Pirates take the opener of the two game set in Seattle downing the M’s 9-4 and there was noooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs get to 17 games above .500 at 47-30 for first time since 1992, improve to 6-2 on this nine game road trip and have now won a season best five consecutive games.

    The Pirates will go for their second consecutive sweep tomorrow afternoon in the finale with Jeanmar Gomez making his return and getting the start.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  174. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I’ll take a 5 game winning streak, gonna be tough tomorrow, but I like what I see on this AL road trip.

    RTJR!

  175. cmat0829 says:

    Just back from Safeco Park, a slightly lesser version of Coors Field with a retractable roof. Chilly in the park as the stadium is never enclosed. Very, very cool patio sections in left field and in center field between the bullpens, great place to watch the game, grab a beverage, etc. Distinctive feature of Safeco, along with about 3 espresso kiosks on the main level.

    Locke looked a little sluggish as he warmed up in the pen…must’ve bounced about 10 in a row to Russ Martin as he warmed up (maybe that is what they do every time, first time I have watched that in person)…but I do think in the early innings Locke was struggling to find the groove, took a loooong time between pitches, etc. How far he has come to be able to post 7 innings of 2 run ball on such a night.

    Pirates offense jumped alllll over Saunders… the bat was cracking LOUDLY all night long. Inge’s shot was epic, the deepest HR of all I believe.

    Marte and Cutch really cover a ton of ground in the outfield and do it effortlessly. Very very underrated story for the Bucs in terms of run prevention.

    Lots and lots of black and gold Pirate fans, is Steeler Nation jumping on the bandwagon? In the 2nd inning, after Inge’s HR, sounded like an away Steelers game, loud, loud ovations for the Bucs.

    5 in a row! The bats are waking up! Will be back out there in about 13 hours to see if there are any runs left on this road trip against King Felix.

    DK: Check’s in the mail. Nice work.

  176. Reading says:

    Probably hit it off the 457 ft. wall.

  177. tdb1977 says:

    Guess I’ll lower the Jolly Hippo since no one else has tonight!

  178. theplanisworking says:

    Thank You !!!!!!!!!!!

 
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