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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (48-30) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (32-45)

Starters: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Johnny Hellweg

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. Russell Martin, C
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  6. Neil Walker, 2B
  7. Travis Snider, RF
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. Cole, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Karen Price and I are on the scene. I’m not writing off this game, but I’m working toward a Sunday column.

And here’s some of what Cutch had to say this afternoon …

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. Dom says:

    Go Buccos!

  2. Dom says:

    Josh Harrison has been promoted and Tony Sanchez has been optioned back to AAA.

  3. Eric says:

    DK – as much credit as Hurdle deservedly gets, this lineup construction is lousy. A lefty reliever wipes out 4-7. Why not bat Walker second? Seems like a no brainer.

  4. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    I’m a little concerned about Grilli.
    He had two rough outings on this past road trip, and they held him out of the game on Wednesday because of “heavy legs.”
    Let’s hope that’s all it is…..

  5. Jim S. says:

    Yeah, RH-hitting RF problem solved. SMH.

    “Come on up, Josh Harrison. You’re the next contestant on The Price is Right.”

  6. theplanisworking says:


    Make Cole Slaw out of the Brewers.

    Go like ’25 and ’60.

    For good measure, plunk Ryan “PED” Braun. :D :D :D

  7. Jim S. says:

    I was wondering about the odd sequencing as well.

  8. Jandy says:

    I like the last one best of all :)

  9. Jandy says:

    Well, he is a “senior” citizen, ya know? lol

  10. Jim S. says:

    Is he back in the lineup, Plan? I thought he was injured.

  11. theplanisworking says:

    Jiminy Cricket, I dont care if he is in jail, PLUNK HIM !!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  12. theplanisworking says:

    I knew you would! :)

  13. theplanisworking says:

    Geritol to the rescue.

  14. PirateFaninGA says:

    Honestly, I agree it is a poor order. Flipping Walker and Martin makes all the sense in the world; however, all he did was take Gabby out otherwise it is the same order he has been using for the past week against RHP. Don’t jinx a winning streak. Same line-up and wear the Black jerseys tonight. If they lose, change the order tomorrow.

  15. theplanisworking says:

    And SOME posters wonder why I cant have faith in this FO and their decision-making………….. another AAAA player recalled. Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. NMR says:

    Gaby would almost certainly pinch hit for Jones as he always does in that circumstance, but I still like Walker in the two spot.

  17. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Well….He’s got three (or four) months to go!

  18. Ren says:

    How is the weather?
    Are they going to get the game in?

  19. Jim S. says:

    “Ryan Braun was seen heading into PNC Park with seemingly no intention of playing in tonight’s game when Charlie Morton, the Pirates designated Hit Man, stealthily snuck out from behind a curtain in the hallway and plunked him.”

    Morton was heard to say, “That was for the Reds throwing at Cutch.”

    Jim S, Hippo and Jandy cheered wildly!

  20. Jim S. says:

    This Hellweg guy, the Brewers rookie pitching tonight, is 6’9″.

    (Insert downward plane reference here).

    Appears to keep the ball down, throws pretty hard, but doesn’t strike out too many guys. Also, did not give up many hits or HR at AAA. Walked a lot of batters, but Ron Roenicke said his control has improved a lot lately.

  21. Dom says:

    If he can’t make it in the majors, he could always try his hands at professional wrestling.

  22. Vette60 says:


    Like it!

  23. theplanisworking says:

    …………………….. to which Braun got his slimy attorneys, successfully appealed the plunking, and danced merrily away, muttering the plunking “wasnt handled properly”.

    Jim S., Hippo and Jandy booed mightily.

    Hippo then charged the mound and sat on Braun.

    The End.

  24. theplanisworking says:

    Is this Hellwig related to The Ultimate Warrior? (Jim Hellwig??)

  25. Jim S. says:

    Walker is living up to his namesake of late. Drawing tons of walks recently.

  26. Bizrow says:

    Lets hope he’s fresh meat for the Lumber Company

    Beat Em Bucs

  27. Bizrow says:

    Lunatics are in rare form today ;-)

  28. Jim S. says:

    And he doesn’t “heavy legs” in a good way, like Pedro.

  29. 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.


    Line #1
    Total STRIKEOUTS THROWN by Gerrit Cole in tonight’s game
    Line is 6.5

    Line #2
    Total ATTENDANCE this weekend at PNC Park
    Line is 114,000.5

    PICK ‘EM Line #3
    Total WINS by the PIRATES this weekend against the Brewers
    2 (EVEN ODDS)
    3 (EVEN ODDS)

    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!!!

  30. Jim S. says:

    Ha ha!

  31. 21sthebest says:

    Oh my.

  32. Dom says:

    You had me intrigued so I looked it up. Unfortunately, they spell their names differently.

  33. Bizrow says:

    Decisions, decisions,

    100 nuggets on over for lines 1 and 2

    What the heck, 100 on a PBC sweep (3 wins)

    Thanks again, as always, Playoffs

  34. theplanisworking says:

    Its the Brewers this time, not the drugs…………..

  35. Bizrow says:

    I think its all we have down there?

  36. Jim S. says:

    I second that, Biz! I think the Brewers are desperate for starters right now. He’s being Crumpton’d up to the big team. I hope it doesn’t go as well for him.

  37. theplanisworking says:

    Presley or Lambo?

  38. cmat0829 says:

    Thanks as always for these entertaining lines…. let’s go 100 each….

    1. UNDER
    2. UNDER , by a few
    3. 2 wins

    Tempting to go with 3 wins and over on the Strikeouts, but I’ll stick with the above. thanks.

  39. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Biz, I’m pulling for you to have a .500 month!

  40. Jim S. says:

    Yeah, it’s like they just take Harrison’s word for it when he tells them it will be different this time around.

  41. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    No problem at all. YOU GOT IT!!

  42. Bizrow says:

    I hope you are pulling reallll hard, thanks ;-)

  43. Dom says:

    Line 1: 100 UNDER!!!
    Line 2: 100 UNDER!!!
    LINE 3: 100 ON 2 WINS!!!


  44. Reading says:

    “Are you guys playing cards?”

  45. Bizrow says:

    Presley still has to stay down for his 10 day stretch and Lambo is not on the 40 man roster

  46. cmat0829 says:

    Presley can’t be recalled until I think tomorrow or Sunday. Lambo has never played in the bigs. Both are LEFT HANDED hitters, and since the Bucs are going to continue to either give Snider the shot in RF, or can easily move Jones to RF and give Gaby a start at 1B, either Presley or Lambo would not give the Pirates bench what it needs…which is a RH hitter.

    Say what you will (and you will!), this is probably the best move for now…. plus Josh was really raking in Indy.

  47. 21sthebest says:

    I don’t like Harrison at all but he is batting .316 down there and .378 in the last 10 with an OPS of 1.147.

  48. PirateFaninGA says:

    Presley didn’t deserve to get sent down last time but a tired bullpen dictated. I don’t think he has been down for 10 days yet plus Harrison is on fire. Snider seems to get 2 hits a week, one of which helps us win a game so they keep running him out there. I’m ready to give him the hook. 1 good month, 2 poor months. Plus the awful sample from after the trade last year.

  49. Dom says:

    What does that mean?

  50. cmat0829 says:

    First point is that the Brewers really don’t have classic TOUGH LH bullpen arms… in fact you will recognize the 2 they have…. former Bucs Mike Gonzalez and Tom Gorzellany… so not sure I’d make out my lineup in fear of the lefty bullpen arms.

    Also, as was pointed out, Gaby would pinch hit for Jones and they could, if they wanted, pinch hit Harrison or Inge for Snider. Pedro is gonna hit no matter what.

    Martin is in the 2 spot because Walker isn’t performing in avg and obp… I also think Clint likes to have a contact hitter behind Pedro in case Pedro whiffs with RISP and you still have a shot to get the runs in.

    Pretty minor stuff to be tweaking Clint for, given the Bucs have a 48-30 record and Clint has earned the benefit of the doubt.

  51. theplanisworking says:

    I am tired of hearing how great Harrison is doing in the minors. He comes up, and BOOM!! he stinks.

    Bring Lambo up. To make room on the 40-man, either DFA Inge, or Harrison.

  52. Dom says:

    I know you’re not too happy about this decision, 21.

  53. Jim S. says:

    You are correct on those points, cmat. My point was more about “Haven’t we seen enough of Josh Harrison to make a judgment about him already?” How many more trials of sub-.300 OBP, with no pop and average glovework do we need to see?

    I think it points to the need very soon of finding somebody on the bench who can hit righties to replace Inge. I know he had a great game in Seatlle, and I would love for it to continue, but I don’t think so.

  54. cmat0829 says:

    Not real concerned as what I’d be concerned about is anything related to his arm/elbow/shoulder… heavy legs is just another way of saying “Grill’s needs his second wind”.

    Great opportunity with the 2 off days, to essentially give Jason 4 days off… and how nice is it to have Melancon to pop in and get the ‘been here, done that’ saves …..

  55. Jim S. says:

    Sorry, I meant another righty who can hit lefties.

  56. Jim S. says:

    Agree on Melancon 100%.

  57. JohninOshkosh says:

    In the legendary words of the great Pharrell Williams:

    We’re up all night ’til the sun
    We’re up all night to get some
    We’re up all night for good fun
    We’re up all night to get lucky

    Line 1: 25/Under
    Line 2: 25/Over (and I didn’t even look at the forecast)
    Line 3 50/2 Wins

  58. JRay3 says:

    Good afternoon to the window on this 119 degree hot day in Phoenix. Great day for the first place Bucs to make this a seven game winning streak.

    Three play Friday sees the debut of an attendance line, too funny. Ok let’s tackle this. The first line is on Cole and K’s, in his last outing he recorded 5 strikeouts, most in any of his three starts. Have to play the numbers here.

    Line 1 – 75 on the UNDER

    Second line is on the over talked about Pirate attendance numbers. At your line the Bucs need to average one person more than 38,000 a game this series. Tonight and tomorrow look like sellouts in the 38,496 capacity PNC Park with maybe some SRO adding to the total. Sunday appears to still have some tickets remaining, but hey that game day walk up that is mentioned frequently could be the difference here.

    Line 2 – 25 on the OVER

    Line 3 – 50 on 2 Wins

    Thanks and Let’s Go Bucs!

  59. steelercrazy says:

    100, under 6.5 K’s.

  60. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    I believe you can hear that tune nightly at either BLUSH or CENTERFOLDS…

  61. tdb1977 says:

    100 on the over for line 1
    100 on the under on line 2
    100 on 2 wins against the Brewers this weekend.

    On my way to the game now. Have a great evening folks. Stay dry if your going to the park. Let’s go BUCS!!!

  62. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    119…that’s it?

    I used to frequent the great city of Phoenix a lot about 8 – 10 years ago.

    I remember routinely getting stuck in holding pattern above Sky Harbor because the ground temperature was to hot to safely land the plane.

    Oh, the amount of connections I missed because of ground temperature delays….

  63. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Good luck and have fun!!!

  64. NMR says:

    This is the guy that came over with Segura last year in the Grienke trade, right Jim?

    Speaking of, your boy Jean hasn’t regressed to his supposed mean yet. Or at least not as far as I’ve read is expected.

  65. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  66. 21sthebest says:

    Harrison is coming up to provide bench support. I don’t want Lambo to come up and sit on the bench. He’s never been in the Majors. I have no problem with him coming up some time in the next 1-2 weeks to give him some starts if the opportunity arises. He’s a 7 year career minor leaguer who is having a good year. Nothing more, IMO.

  67. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  68. Sisyphus says:

    “Martin is in the 2 spot because Walker isn’t performing in avg and obp”

    Neil Walker’s OBP is .363. Martin’s is .347.

  69. Dom says:

    Why thank you!

  70. 21sthebest says:

    I have no problem with sending Sanchez back down and replacing him with Harrison. I don’t like that we don’t have better options than Harrison.

    By the way, Brad Hawpe is batting .308/.500 in 18 PA’s for the Angels. :-)

  71. Matt hoffman says:

    Line 1: 100 under
    Line 2: 100 under
    Line 3: 2 wins

  72. Jim S. says:

    Maybe Lambeau will make the Leap to the Bucs for Snider at some point, but I think they are giving Lunch a pretty long leash.

  73. Dom says:

    The Patriots are one of the last teams I like to praise but they deserve plenty of it here:

  74. 21sthebest says:

    And Alex Presley has to stay down for 10 days.

  75. cmat0829 says:

    All fair points….. if you look in the blog archive (is there one?), you will see I am far from a fan of SayHey and would like nothing more for the Bucs to try something else… I personally would’ve kept Tony Sanchez up and let Martin play RF when LHPs pitch….

    I guess I just think that IF you are not going to give up on Snider, then I think Presley is not a valuable bench piece as he doesn’t give us the RH bat we need… if your opinion is that they should DFA Snider, then yes, by all means, call up Presley or Lambo.

    Best news about this?? This is a temporary pain…. they WILL get help at the deadline or sooner, a RH outfielder…and I also wouldn’t doubt they’d pick up a bench piece to replace Inge.

  76. cmat0829 says:

    Donde esta tabby?

  77. pattonbb says:

    I’ll have…..

    100 beaten Brewers on the UNDER of Line 1
    100 beaten Brewers on the UNDER of Line 2

    and how about 100 beaten Brewers on (3) wins this weekend. This Kool-Aid tastes great.

  78. cmat0829 says:

    Well, if we are gonna go by STATS, then parrrumphhhh…. :)

  79. Nate83 says:

    line 1 – 100 on the under
    line 2 – 100 on the over
    line 3 – no bet

  80. pattonbb says:

    Wow. That’s insane. And awfully cool of them.

  81. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    No sir.
    Thank YOU!

  82. cherokee23 says:

    100…..under, over, 2 wins

  83. 21sthebest says:

    I don’t recall hearing anyone say that Harrison is doing great in the minors.

  84. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Nothing would make me happier!

  85. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  86. Jim S. says:

    I believe Hellweg is the guy that came with Segura, NMR. I heard Hollandsworth say that this morning on MLB Radio. I don’t think much of him. Looks like a serviceable #4/5 for a few years, maybe.

    Segura has continued to hit. 28 XBH at the halfway marker is pretty good for a SS. He’s like Gomez and Marte with the plate discipline issues, though. I don’t normally like that type of player, unless he makes up for it with the glove, speed and some pop. So far, so good on Segura.

  87. Dadtackular says:

    line 1 under 100
    line 2 under 100
    line 3 2 wins 100

  88. radio wave says:

    Love the triple play Friday. On line number one I will take the over for 75. Online number two I will take the under 450. Online number three I will take two wins for 100 points. Going to the game tonight looking forward to lots of fun.

  89. JaxBuc says:

    Please sir, may I have 100 shuttlecocks on the UNDER for Line 1
    and the OVER for Line 2?

  90. Jim S. says:

    They just want them out of circulation. They want any memory of him and the GIGANTIC bonus they just paid him to be expunged from everyone’s memory.

  91. radio wave says:

    At playoffs: to clarify my previous post for tonight’s triple play. Online number two I would like 50 on the under. Thank you. Sorry for the confusion.

  92. Reading says:

    Token Animal House reference.

  93. Jim S. says:

    Not that anyone would wear one now, anyway.

  94. Eric says:

    In particular versus RHP this year…
    Walker 274/392/849
    Martin 247/338/752

  95. theplanisworking says:


    cmat0829 says:
    June 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Say what you will (and you will!), this is probably the best move for now…. plus Josh was really raking in Indy.

    There ya go.

  96. NMR says:

    I’ll quibble with the Marte/Gomez comp since Jean strikes out about half as much as those guys, but yeah, he sure doesn’t extend many at-bats does he?

    Thats another reason – after history, body type, and swing – that I don’t expect this newfound power to continue.

  97. Vette60 says:

    Line 1 – 50 – UNDER
    Line 2 – 100 – OVER (Who says the Buccos can’t draw fans)
    Line 3 – 2 Wins – 50

    Thanks for putting this together!

    Let’s go Bucs!


  98. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Is that a pledge pin?

  99. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    No worries, I gotcha.
    Enjoy the game!!

  100. Jim S. says:

    I hope you’re right, cmat, about picking up a couple of needed pieces at the deadline. And I believe you are, btw.

    The lack of info. on Tabata is kind of startling, isn’t it? Maybe I have missed something, but I heard about a week ago that he was going to be ready soon for a rehab assignment. How much more vague can you get? That guy is one big enigma. I truly believe they may have dumped him by now, if not for the contact.

  101. cmat0829 says:

    No more arguments from me on that aspect, the other thing is that perhaps they are backing up Pedro for help in the 6 spot… and prefer Neil to do that vs. Martin.

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  103. Reading says:

    On your uniform?

  104. cmat0829 says:

    Seems to me that Segura is hyped as the answer and Locke is still ‘due to regress’ and full of questions…. not arguing that Locke doesn’t have continued growing to do, but just pointing out that Segura hype might be a bit premature.

    As to power, though, he is playing half his games in a bandbox with ridiculous power alleys, so I don’t doubt he can keep up the HRs.

  105. Karen22 says:

    LOL! Awesome!

  106. Dom says:

    Yeah, that would be a horrible reflection of themselves if they chose to wear that.

  107. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Just tell me, mister, what fraternity would pledge a man like you?

  108. Karen22 says:

    #1 – 100 on UNDER
    #2 – 100 on UNDER
    #3 – 100 on 2

  109. Bob Hasis says:

    It was mentioned on the earlier thread about the name New Orleans Pelicans being unusual.
    In the 50’s, I believe, for several years the Pirates had a AA farm team named the New Orleans Pelicans.
    I previously sent this to the early thread

  110. Jim S. says:

    They may not all be from “The Island,” but they all subscribe to the “You can’t walk off The Island” theory of hitting. I don’t know how many pitches Segura sees per AB, but it seems to me he comes up hacking.

    To your power point, Milwaukee is a launching pad. Segura has a 16/12 home/away split on XBH, with most of the dropoff being in HR. Gomez has a huge falloff on the road in HR. He has 22 XBH at home vs. 16 on the road. But, his HR split is 10/2. Put Gomez in PNC and he is not much of a power hitter this year.

  111. Reading says:

    It’s a Delta Pin, sir.

  112. Jim S. says:

    And on the team.

  113. Frankie says:

    Line 1 100 on the under

    Line 2 100 on the over

    Line 3 50 on 3 wins

    As always Thanks

  114. stickyweb says:

    To take it a step further, everyone’s down on Walker this year, but here’s his numbers for 2011-13:

    2011 .273/ .334/ .408/ .742
    2012 .280/ .342/ .426/ .768
    2013 .255/ .363/ .400/ .763

    Sure the AVG is down a little but OBP is up and OBS is right on. And of course we’d like him to improve each year since he is now 27, but based on previous performance, we can’t complain too much

  115. Reading says:

    Yes, Murtaugh managed them around 1952 or so.

  116. 21sthebest says:

    That’s always a goodie. A sweeping generalization is made like many people are saying something and then one example is provided.

  117. cmat0829 says:

    Can only speak for myself, but I’m only ‘down’ on Walker in two ways:

    1) He cannot hit LHP very well
    2) With the Bucs now looking like they are taking the next step, upgrades are not all obvious (as in RF, RH bench player, perhaps backup C and bullpen help)… the next spot you start to look at is 2B.

    I love Neil though, and think he’s a big part of this team, he plays the right way and has a ‘plus bat’ lefthanded and has learned to play a good defense at 2B.

  118. stickyweb says:

    I’ll take:
    100 OVER line 1
    100 OVER line 2
    100 on 2 WINS

  119. Jim S. says:


    Thanks for saying that. People always say Neil gets a pass from the fans for being a local guy, and I’m sure some fans do give him more benefit of the doubt for that reason. But, I find a lot of people who seem to find that as a negative and seem to rip him needlessly for being a local guy, and just dismiss Pirates fans who like him as “homers” or “yinzers.”

    So, I try to look at how he is producing. As 2b go, my impression is he is maybe avg or a little better defensively, and the same goes for his hitting. He doesn’t hit LHP very well, for sure. I think if we found a guy to fill in against bad LHP match-ups for him, his #’s would get better.

    I think he has learned to work ABs much better, beginning last year. So, his OB% is pretty good, even though his avg. is down a bit.

  120. Bizrow says:

    How about the PBC breaks the losing streak ;-)

  121. Jason81 says:

    Line #1–100 on the OVER

    Line #2–100 on the OVER

    Line #3–100 on 2 Wins

  122. Jim S. says:

    Well said, cmat. I know a lot of folks will say to take the emotion out of it and just look at the facts. As I said, I try to do that. I think Neil is a quality 2b – if we can spell him for 120 ABs a year with a guy who can pound LHP.

    The other side of it that maybe should not matter to me, yet still does, is that this guy has lived the 20 years also. I’ve heard him say it enough times. I’ve heard him use the exact phrase that I often use – “Pirates fans have been kicked in the teeth for years.” Tells me this guy will do just about anything to bring a winner to this town.

    As long as he is producing more than most 2b in this league, and I believe he is if his ABs vs LHP are somewhat limited, I am just fine with Neil until Dilson Herrera or Alen Hanson proves to be a better option.

  123. Jim S. says:

    Wish I could be in the Burgh tonight for the game. As it is, I have to coach some 11 year olds in IL who need to get back above .500 in their 41st game tonight.

    I’ll watch it late night when I get home. Go get ‘em, Bucs! Enjoy the game everyone!

  124. JD says:

    Yep, he managed the Pelicans from 52-54. He was a player-manager in 1952.

  125. Lad9 says:

    Herr Playoffs, we will wager 100 deutsche marks on all three lines tonight

    Line 1 unter
    Line 2 über
    Line 3. 2 wins

    Danke, mein herr and lets beat the wiener schnitzel out these clowns this weekend. Go Buccos!

  126. Lad9 says:

    Almost sounds like Harry Potter’s owl :)

  127. Bizrow says:

    + 1

  128. Bill Born says:

    Line 1 under 100
    Line 2 under 100
    Line 3 0 wins 5

  129. Bizrow says:

    Good luck

  130. Lad9 says:

    Thanks Biz

  131. Lad9 says:

    Your all worthless and weak. Now drop and give me 20!

  132. Stuart says:

    Playoffs, please give me 100 on the Under fir line 1. Ignore line 2, as I don’t care about attendance.. And 100 on two (2) wins for the Bucs.


  133. bman says:


    Line 1: 100 on the UNDER

    Line 2: 25 on the UNDER

  134. JohninOshkosh says:

    Anybody watching the Cleveland/ChiSox game right now ?
    Talk about attendance issues. You can practically hear every individual conversation in the ballpark.

  135. Patrick(RI) says:

    To throw a little gas on the J.Harrison stinks fire, he recently impressed the hell out of reporters up here in a series against Pawtucket, complete with a half-page photo of a spectacular defensive play (the Providence Journal normally allots space only to rehabbing Red Sox and Yankees) . This past week he had 4 or 5 hits and 6 runs batted in a game, then led off the next game with a home run. I am beginning suspect he might be more then the AAAA that so many assume? He has earned this shot.

  136. MadTurk says:

    Hey plan I know where you have been going on your errands lately. Just saw a KMART commercial for discounted swimming pools on the 4th of July. Last shot was you in one of the pools err ponds.

  137. MadTurk says:

    Would that be a buck shot or Buc shot?

  138. Patrick(RI) says:

    Don’t know. haven’t seen his calf.

  139. Bizrow says:

    I wish we had more stick options at the higher levels of the organization

    For example, Jerry Sands is on the 40 man, but is no option

  140. diehard says:

    And just last weekend they mentioned that the Marte-Mercer-McCutchen combo was hitting something like .370 when they hit 1-2-3.

  141. diehard says:

    I have no problem with the Pirates calling up Josh Harrison. He’s fast, he’s energetic, he’s versatile. He’s a great addition. As long as his butt stays planted on the bench.

  142. theplanisworking says:

    Thats an even better one………………

    tell the world that something was never said/done, when proof is presented, cry that the proof is enough.

    You wanted proof, I provided proof that was in the same thread!!!!

    Good Grief!

  143. Patrick(RI) says:

    More likely, he will get to pinch hit about once a week and not do too well.

  144. theplanisworking says:

    Mr. Playoffs…………

    May I have 100 Hippos on the UNDER for line 1?
    25 Hippos for the UNDER on line 2?
    And, 25 Hippos for 2 WINS for line 3?

    THANKS !!!!!!!!!

  145. theplanisworking says:

    Playoffs needed an over/under on Harrison being picked off this series.

    Not that he isnt the second coming of Cal Ripken, or anything.

  146. JohninOshkosh says:

    Luis Cruz DFA’d by LAD

  147. Milo Hamilton says:

    Mr. Aoki.

  148. pattonbb says:

    4 pitch walk to start the game.

  149. Milo Hamilton says:

    This kid should obviously be sent down to the minors.

  150. pattonbb says:

    Velocity appears down…..haven’t seen anything above 95-96

  151. Arriba Wilver says:

    I heard Neal’s interview on the Fan, and while he danced and danced and danced around it, my conclusion was they didn’t want Sanchez catching up here until he fixed his throwing issues.. Just to be clear, that is NOT what he said.

  152. JohninOshkosh says:

    If you are on theye Clemete Bridge walking up to the game, turn around now.

  153. JRay3 says:

    First seven batters, four hits, one hit batter and three runs, not the start I was anticipating. Facing a rookie pitcher, however, let’s hope the offense can cause some damage.

  154. JRay3 says:

    What? And miss this great comeback we are about to witness?

  155. Patrick(ri) says:

    Look on the bright side. No need to bunt.

  156. pattonbb says:

    94 and 95 mph fastballs are a lot different than 99-100 mph. Hope nothing’s wrong.

  157. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Cole giving up 3 runs an inning is unsustainable.

  158. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    I believe it is tradition for all Pirates #1 picks who are pitchers to get Tommy John surgery.

  159. Nate83 says:

    He should be sent down because he has options and he currently has done nothing to prove he is a better option then Morton.

  160. JRay3 says:

    Lack of hustle, lack of awareness costs Marte a base…that is frustrating.

  161. Bob Hasis says:

    How about the velocity of Marte? Coaching? Managing? Indifferent Attitude? Lazy?

  162. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    If they do in fact lose tonight,
    let’s all make sure to forget that they had previously won 6 in a row
    and are still 17 games over .500

  163. Patrick(ri) says:

    Parts of this team are a real joy to watch!

  164. JRay3 says:

    Just another amazing catch by Cutch in CF, the amount of ground he can cover is just unreal.

  165. theplanisworking says:

    Easy, killer.

    I personally think they will make a comeback.
    I actually think the 1st inning will be a benefit to Mr. Cole…….. showing him there will be bumps in the road.

    As for the forgetting thing, for me, thats easy. I cant remember what I had for dinner last night. I am totally serious on that. Kinda scary actually.

  166. War Horse says:

    That catch by Cutch, and the many others made by him, Marte and Snider this season, is a contributing factor in the equation that makes the Pirates the ML leaders in fewest hits and runs allowed. Martin’s near 50% record of throwing out base-stealers is another.

  167. JohninOshkosh says:

    No angst. Where is the fun in that ?

  168. JRay3 says:

    Alvarez blisters one and now has 11 game hitting streak….first two runners on, time to get right back into this.

  169. theplanisworking says:

    And………..on cue, the Bucs come back!

  170. JRay3 says:

    Just like that the Battlin Buccos get two on bases clearing double by Neil Walker!

  171. pattonbb says:

    Here comes the hit parade!!

    Walker double scores Jones and Pedro.

  172. theplanisworking says:


    The Clemente bridge is full!

  173. Patrick(ri) says:

    That’s the way to handle a rookie in his debut.

  174. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    My above comment was dripping with sarcasm.
    Sorry I forgot to add the ;)

  175. Brandie says:

    Evening all. Looks like the Buccos are waking up!

  176. pattonbb says:


  177. JRay3 says:

    Looked safe on the replay, close play though. Time for Cole to help his cause.

  178. JohninOshkosh says:

    If you are on the Clemente Bridge walking away from
    the game, turn back now.

  179. theplanisworking says:

    Just say dripping with bacon grease………. no ;) needed!

  180. theplanisworking says:


  181. Patrick(ri) says:

    This certainly could be the year! What a play.

  182. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Does 11 count as a crooked number?

  183. pattonbb says:

    5-3 Buccos

    Segura having a terrible night, so far.

  184. cherokee23 says:

    For any golf fans, senior tour player Kenny Perry in the house behind home plate……2nd row above orange PNC logo

  185. JRay3 says:

    Bucs say anything Brewers can do, we can do better….five spot in second and Bucs take 5-3 lead. Really like how Marte went opposite filed, drilling ball into RF.

  186. pattonbb says:

    Let me say this again…

    Segura is having a terrible night.

  187. theplanisworking says:

    BRANDIEMUPPET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  188. theplanisworking says:

    Milwaukee is a terrible fielding team.

    That is all.

  189. Milo Hamilton says:

    Defense is so often overlooked. If the Brewers just make routine plays that inning the Pirates don’t score.

  190. pattonbb says:

    Pedro with his second hit THIS INNING.

    7-3 Good Guys.

  191. Brandie says:

    Love it when the Buccos say “You are in OUR house now!”

  192. cherokee23 says:

    Nice to be on the other side of that this year!

  193. JRay3 says:

    Don’t look now but Pedro Alvarez is now hitting .248 on the year to go with 19 HR’s (3rd in league), and 52 RBI’s (seventh in the league).

    He is putting up All-Star numbers.

  194. Patrick(ri) says:

    They look like the Pirates of yesteryear, playing in Milwaukee — complete with Gorzo on the mound. This is fun.

  195. JRay3 says:

    As I noted above, now hitting .248, 3rd in league in HR’s, 52 RBI’s, 7th most….should be an All-Star.

  196. Lad9 says:

    Brandie! Happy weekend! What a wild game so far.

  197. War Horse says:

    Have you tried serious exercize? A seriously good diet? Eight hours of sleep every night? If not, try it, and see if it makes a difference.

  198. War Horse says:

    I voted for Pedro for the All-Star team today (35 times) after looking at the comparative stats with the other NL third basemen. He’s the best, even with his .245 BA—far, far ahead of everybody else in HRs and RBIs.

  199. Milo Hamilton says:

    Truly a Bad News Bears inning.

  200. Lad9 says:

    Patton I think Segura is having a rough night. :)

  201. JohninOshkosh says:

    Harry Doyle reaching for his whiskey up in the PNC press box.

  202. Milo Hamilton says:

    All that said, Jean Segura is a terrific young player & he could come play here anytime he wants.

  203. pattonbb says:

    I agree JRay. I’d take him over every 3B in the NL not named David Wright, and that’s getting close too.

  204. Lad9 says:

    Agree. Emphasis on bad night.

  205. pattonbb says:

    Absolutely agree with you Milo. He’s a special talent.

  206. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks for the tips.

    Scariest thing is, Alzheimers runs in my family. Hence the forgetfulness.

  207. pattonbb says:

    Just nice to see that he’s actually human.

  208. Bob Hasis says:

    My guess for the attendance is 36,189

  209. Brandie says:

    Hey there Rad Lad!

  210. Eric Bowser says:

    Unconfirmed reports….

    Bylsma – “Pirates are getting to their game”

  211. Milo Hamilton says:

    How was vacation ?

  212. theplanisworking says:

    Game 1 of a doubleheader in Chicago……………..
    Top of 7th, 16-10 Cleveland.

    At this rate, Game 2 should be over at 3AM.

  213. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m the only one in this gin joint not wearing a Ryan Braun or Aaron Rodgers jersey.

    Nice to be with you guys.

  214. Eric Bowser says:

    Pirates outfield in 4 years….

    McCutchen, Marte, Polanco, Bell, and Meadows…

  215. theplanisworking says:

    Deepest sympathies.

    Good job cheering on a win. :)

  216. Milo Hamilton says:

    You’re one of those guys I was talking about earlier. Fandom is no longer measured by location.

  217. Patrick(ri) says:

    I usually find thses on-air interviews of draftees painful, but this kid is articulate, even charming. And he is obviously poised. Nice kd.

  218. Eric Bowser says:

    Warm and sun.. come back and of course, rain and clouds.

    Enjoyed ourselves down there, love that place (Outer Banks).

  219. Brandie says:

    We know how to use Iginla.

  220. Patrick(ri) says:

    I’ll bet he can even spell kid.

  221. 21sthebest says:

    So one person says something and you’re tired of hearing it? Wow.

  222. Lad9 says:

    Way premature but I have pondered on if it would be feasible to move Josh Bell to first base… And yes, I know, I am way ahead of myself and 12 dozen things can change.

  223. cherokee23 says:

    Agree, confident and mature, also!

  224. Eric Bowser says:

    I’m already there with you and I think I read someone say Bell’s future is probably at 1B anyway.

  225. Lad9 says:

    I don’t think Clint would make him bat lefty….

  226. 21sthebest says:

    How about his comment that Sanchez is already better than some major league catchers? It was just a strange string of comments by NH, IMO.

  227. Eric Bowser says:

    The Pirates version of Iginla will be a right-handed hitting outfielder…

  228. Eric Bowser says:

    I’d say equivalent would be taking a RF with limited range and putting him in spacious LF.

  229. Milo Hamilton says:

    Our new shortstop makes some plays that we were lead to believe he couldn’t.

  230. Patrick(ri) says:


  231. Jandy says:

    Is this game wild or what? And are we still having attendance issues????

  232. theplanisworking says:

    Yes, the blogs attendance is lacking. ;)

  233. Lad9 says:

    Could be a hell of a lineup in a few years. Doesn’t it seem like it was just a little over a year ago that we were lamenting the state of the farm system after Cole, Taillon, and Heredia? Now we are 2 deep in some spots and we have some serious arms up and down the organ i sation. It is good to be a Bucco fan these days.

  234. Bob Hasis says:

    Yes, you know I’m with you, and I’m curious to know who was leading us. . . . .

  235. Eric Bowser says:

    My only complaint… it should have been like this 2 or 3 years ago with all the high draft picks and salary dumps.

  236. Eric Bowser says:

    It was… but I’m back… LOL

  237. War Horse says:

    Just remember that name: Meadows. He’s articulate, alert and modest. Hope he makes it up the ladder quickly.

  238. Jandy says:

    I see that…Friday night, did everyone go out for wings?

  239. Lad9 says:

    Remember we count how many unique visitors we get. But hell in this place they are ALL unique! ;)

  240. Jandy says:

    Hey! It’s my favorite PITA :D
    Welcome back to blog world Eric!

  241. Jandy says:

    We PRIDE ourselves on being unique!

  242. Jandy says:

    I will admit, I didn’t think Jordy had it in him, but he’s proving me wrong and I’m actually happy about it.

  243. theplanisworking says:

    I wouldnt know. ;)

  244. Jandy says:

    better late than never

  245. Lad9 says:

    No coincidence that this team has taken off since the SS change was made.

  246. Jandy says:

    Ha! The Hipposter of the blog, what you talkin ’bout???

  247. pattonbb says:

    Maybe he couldn’t make them back then, but can now….thanks in part to the continuing tutelage from someone.

    I’m just kidding. Don’t blast me.

  248. JohninOshkosh says:


    Thanks, and that was a great post.

    Doing designated driving duty for my wife and her co-workers.

  249. Jandy says:

    OshKosh, I’d much rather you wear a FAVRE jersey than either of those two!

  250. Lad9 says:

    It isn’t every blog that features a saint, a hipoo, and a muppet. I’m just saying….. :)

  251. Jandy says:

    it’s a valid point, Patton

  252. Arriba Wilver says:


  253. Jandy says:

    And a sweet lad to boot ;)

  254. Lad9 says:

    And a ghost with an alternative lifestyle!

  255. Jandy says:

    Dang, Cole is struggling mightily tonight

  256. theplanisworking says:

    So you get proven wrong, and you change the context of the discussion again? Wow.

  257. Brandie says:

    A saint, a hippo, and a Muppet…sounds like a party or part of an acid trip.

  258. Jandy says:


  259. theplanisworking says:

    Do those 3 walk into a bar?? ;)

  260. Lad9 says:

    Blushing… TY!

  261. Jandy says:

    Could be both…hey Brandie :)

  262. Jandy says:

    You’ll have to ask Milo that

  263. Brandie says:

    Sometimes it bees that way…look at the way the offense and degensebto some degree has picked him up

  264. Bob Hasis says:

    Also correct – exactly then

  265. Brandie says:

    Should read defense.

  266. Milo Hamilton says:

    PGA golfer Kenny Perry in the 2nd row behind the plate. They shut down the tournament after the 1st storm early this afternoon. I think Fox Chapel is still under water.

  267. theplanisworking says:

    If there was a muppet Hippo, I am good, so I could technically be all 3 wrapped into one. :)

  268. theplanisworking says:

    Are you insinuating something??

  269. theplanisworking says:

    Degensebto — (n.) — What happens when our Muppet has a bit too much. ;)

  270. cherokee23 says:

    That was about the same time as Cole came up wasn’t it? I think Cole has excited and sparked this team. If he is sent down i worry about the clubhouse message & morale

  271. Jandy says:


  272. theplanisworking says:

    That makes it look like you have a chef hat on………..

  273. Jandy says:

    and naturally I understand exactly what Muppet typed :)

  274. Jandy says:

    That’s my halo, silly Hippo!

  275. Jason81 says:

    Johnny Cueto pulled for the Reds in the top of the 2nd in the middle of an at bat. Ol’ Toothpick trying to make another arm fall off?

  276. Milo Hamilton says:

    Then the bartender said to the hippo, where’s your hand ? No, your other hand !

  277. theplanisworking says:

    Supported by your horns, of course, ;)

  278. Brandie says:

    I already told ya…his head is shaped like the poop emoticon

  279. War Horse says:

    With all the talk about the high percentage of fastballs he was throwing in his first three games in the majors–80%–I suspect the game plan tonight was to have him throw more breaking and off-speed stuff. And to try to hit the corners with his fastball. Go back and watch tonight’s first inning. The Brewers were all over him, right off the bat (so to speak). He has settled down since then, maybe because of a modification of the original game plan. Have to watch it again to be sure.

  280. theplanisworking says:


  281. Jandy says:

    Segura definitely having an off night. Nice for us.

  282. Bob Hasis says:

    Slightly gratuitous base hit – it all evens out

  283. Jandy says:


  284. Jason81 says:

    So, should we go with Pooppick or Toothturd?

  285. Jandy says:

    Whose horns??

  286. Bob Hasis says:

    I recognized him – he seems to be doing a lot of texting and/or eating peanuts

  287. JohninOshkosh says:

    Too bad the lightning didn’t strike Colin Montgomerie. :)

  288. theplanisworking says:

    Yours, silly!

  289. theplanisworking says:


  290. MadTurk says:

    Not sure you saw this but I know what you did last ….

    Hey plan I know where you have been going on your errands lately. Just saw a KMART commercial for discounted swimming pools on the 4th of July. Last shot was you in one of the pools err ponds.

  291. Jandy says:

    I think MILO is the one with horns ;)

  292. Jandy says:


  293. Bob Hasis says:

    AW, I hate raise a sensitive subject, but Cole is ineffective thus far with his 2-seamer

  294. Jandy says:

    No problem here Bob, i’ve already said he’s struggling

  295. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, yeah, sure, sure. ;)

  296. Milo Hamilton says:

    I resemble that remark.

  297. theplanisworking says:


    Havent seen that commercial yet, but I want to.

    Didnt know KMart had pools that big! ;)

  298. Jandy says:


  299. Bob Hasis says:

    Anyway the bullpen takes over from here

  300. JRay3 says:

    Big difference tonight you can see between Cole and Hellweg, Cole does not have his best stuff or near dominant stuff, gets roughed up in first has faced other challenging situations and has remained calm, poised and in control.

    He shows a make-up on the mound well beyond his years.

  301. Milo Hamilton says:

    A good starting pitcher will win 1 maybe 2 games a year when he gives up 3 or 4 runs in the 1st inning. The key of course is not giving up any more. Nice job by our young minor leaguer.

  302. Jandy says:

    Indeed, with a little help from the offense :)

  303. Jandy says:

    Marte having a nice night

  304. Milo Hamilton says:

    Single, double, triple for Marte. He’ll get one more AB.

  305. Jandy says:

    I am impressed. And he’s al; of what? 22?

  306. Jandy says:


  307. JRay3 says:

    Marte making up for lack of hustle in first with a pure hustle, exceptional speed triple.

  308. Jandy says:

    And Cutch piles on

  309. Lad9 says:

    I wonder if someone might have lit him up for his faux pas in the first.

  310. JRay3 says:

    Cutch with his 40th RBI of year and Bucs just blowing this game wide open. 9-3, so nice to do this against Milwaukee.

  311. Milo Hamilton says:

    Gaby Sanchez sure let him know about it.

  312. Jandy says:

    if someone did, it worked

  313. Lad9 says:

    You can’t get this stuff anywhere else. Awesome!

  314. Lad9 says:

    I didn’t see that. Thanks Milo.

  315. Jandy says:

    You know what Milo, now that you mention it, I DO remember seeing Gaby earnestly talking to him

  316. Jandy says:

    Who said it this morning? Brewers stink?

  317. pattonbb says:

    I just thank my lucky stars that neither toothpick nor Lou Piniella ever managed my beloved PBC.

  318. Lad9 says:

    They really do. Terrible in the field

  319. Jandy says:


  320. Lad9 says:

    Jim Tracy and JR were not much of a consolation prize, but at least JR didn’t peg the creep meter. Tracy though……

  321. Reading says:

    Strikes, man, strikes.

  322. Milo Hamilton says:

    Maybe we just kidnap Aoki when the Brewers leave town.

  323. Arriba Wilver says:


  324. 21sthebest says:

    Let’s review. You make a comment that to me sounded like you were hearing how great Harrison is doing in the minors from many people.

    You clarified, I suppose, by providing one example.

    So maybe you can be more specific. What makes you, “tired of hearing how great Harrison is doing in the minors?” Is it just this one person saying it or have you heard how great he’s doing from others?

  325. War Horse says:

    Forgive me if this sounds self-ish, but I started hollering three years ago that the Brewers were stealing signals from the Pirates’ coaches. It was apparent from watching the video feeds on MLB-TV, especially those from Milwaukee. I could see the coaches calling out the signals to each other. I wrote letters, emails and twitters to the Pirates management, coaches and sportswriters pointing this out. Nobody gave me any attention.

    This year, I started hollering again before the first series in Milwaukee. It just so happened that third base coach Leyva was replaced because of family considerations. The next series, in Pittsburgh, Leyva was not coaching third.

    You will notice that tonight, Leyva is not coaching anywhere. The announcers on Root Sports said early on that he was “not feeling well.”

    So be it. I may be wrong, but I suspect that the NL, especially Pittsburgh, has caught on to the tricksters in the Brewers’ dugout.

  326. Let Reid finish it. Lord knows, he needs to pitch a little.

  327. florida steeler says:

    I wish Gregg Brown would take his “trip, trip, triple” and jump in the Monongahela, Allegheny or Ohio river. He is so annoying.

  328. Dave G says:

    Out of town: Texas 3, Reds 0, top of 4th

    Oh… wait…. scoreboard watching in June…

    My bad!

  329. So Snider hurt his foot? How bad?

    Lambo anyone? He’s dripping with power this season.

  330. theplanisworking says:

    Are you implicating Leyva?

  331. War Horse says:

    No, not at all. But I do think the Brewers found it possible to read his signals. They were also reading the signals of the Pirate coaches in the dugout to the catchers while the Brewers were batting.

  332. Bob Hasis says:

    The home plate umpire tonight has been very good, and consistent

  333. Dave G says:

    Bucs on FOX tomorrow night.

    So are 4 other games, including the Reds.

    I hope I get a video feed on

  334. JRay3 says:

    Still think team needs to give Tabata first shot at the spot.

  335. pattonbb says:

    Might be the first time anyone made that comment here. Well done Bob.

  336. Jason81 says:

    JR was like reliving Weekend at Bernie’s 162 times a year since we couldn’t tell if he had a pulse.

  337. theplanisworking says:

    I say we tar and feather them.

    But it begs the question………………why did we wait so long to do something about it?

  338. Lad9 says:

    +a lot. Nice player and he would fit well in our lineup

  339. theplanisworking says:

    Well, that means I wont get to watch it here.
    FOX never shows the Pirates here.

    Checkers anyone?

  340. Bob Hasis says:

    But he’s not perfect, I suppose. Ask Martin

  341. He’s at .091 in his rehab.

  342. theplanisworking says:

    I would just like to say it is very nice to see us destroy the Brewers like this.

    That is all.

  343. Dave G says:

    Cutch drills one out at the notch!

    10-3 Bucs

  344. Bob Hasis says:

    Tabata had better not emulate Marte’s 1st inning exhibition too often – or ever again. But I do agree

  345. Lad9 says:

    Cutch! 3-5 tonight. Could it be the start of the streak we have been hoping for?

  346. theplanisworking says:

    I would also like to say I predicted this comeback in the top of the first or second inning tonight.

    I put my Swami Hippo cap on. ;)

  347. JRay3 says:

    Cutch clears the notch with a 420 foot blast to put double digits up on the board…he is starting to heat up a bit.

  348. Milo Hamilton says:

    They’ve hit at least 1 homer every game of the win streak.

  349. I stand corrected. He’s 2 for 3 tonight, raising him to .222

    Very small sample size.

  350. Arriba Wilver says:

    Where’s Zagurski when you need him.

  351. Patrick(ri) says:

    +1. Worse than “wooo” stuff.

  352. Lad9 says:

    Yes you did. You were blissfully unconcerned while others advised taking the bridge. Good call Hippo!

  353. JRay3 says:

    Yeah I know he was 2-15 going into tonight’s game, but that said he was hitting a bit earlier in the year and has more experience. Just think based on that he gets first crack.

  354. Lad9 says:

    At the Golden Corral in Scranton.

  355. theplanisworking says:

    At the Golden Corral in Manhattan……………. ;)

  356. theplanisworking says:

    Well, I knew there was a rookie making his first start.
    Obviously I didnt know they would do this, but the opportunity was there.

    Hippos are blissfully unaware of most things in their life.

  357. What did Marte do, loaf on a fly ball or something?

    The only reason I said Lambo was he’s on a torrid streak.

    3 for 3 with a walk last night.

    2 for 2 with a walk and HR tonight and they’re in a rain delay.

    His average in Indy is .338 with 7 homers and 21 RBI. He has 21 HR between AA and AAA.

    Snider is a left-handed hitter. If he goes down, Lambo can play 1st, also.

    I know we need a RH hitting RF, but does Tabata have that kind of power?

  358. Lad9 says:

    Yankees have him stashed in AAA with the farm club.

  359. Arriba Wilver says:

    Yeah, the Yanks got him for nothing. Frickin’ geniuses.

  360. Jandy says:


  361. Lad9 says:

    They still have to pay for his food in the clubhouse. Could affect their ability to sign a big time free agent.

  362. JRay3 says:

    Behind a seven run second inning giving Gerrit Cole his fourth win in his first four starts becoming the first Pirate pitcher since 1907 to accomplish that feat, the Pirates dismantle the Brewers 10-3 in the opener, and there was noooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs move to a season best 19 above .500 at 49-30, including winning a season best 7 straight. The Pirates are 26-13 at PNC and are in sole possession of first place in the Central with the best record in baseball pending the Cards game tonight.

    The Bucs will go for their third consecutive series win tomorrow night when Francisco Liriano toes the rubber for the Pirates.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  363. theplanisworking says:

    Well, there ARE lots of farms around Scranton. ;)

  364. Jandy says:

    Raise the jolly shuttlecock!

  365. Dave G says:

    Go Bucs! Best record in the majors!

    And a 1/2 game lead OVER the Cards!

    (At least temporarily.)

  366. theplanisworking says:

    They may have to create another TV network to feed him…….

  367. theplanisworking says:

    Raise the Jolly Nun!!! ;)

  368. theplanisworking says:

    Raise the Jolly Hippo!!

  369. Lad9 says:

    Raise it! Another great comeback and the bats are starting to thunder. Go Buccos!

  370. JRay3 says:

    Tip of the hat to Ryan Reid who earns first Pirate three inning save since 2005 when SolomanTorres achieved that.

    Pirates 7 game winning streak longest since the 2004 ten game streak.

    This team just continues to move forward in this season of accomplishments.

  371. Lad9 says:

    He did not run out a grounder to third and Ramirez made a bad throw that he should have easily beat.

  372. JohninOshkosh says:

    No sleep till All Star break!

  373. Arriba Wilver says:

    26-13? Wow! And I think the best record in inter league play. (I think)

  374. Jandy says:

    woah! lol

  375. JRay3 says:

    Things are starting to look up a little for Lambo and your stats above demonstrate that for sure. But this is his second go round at AAA and he has had his share of struggles in the past as well.

    There is no evidence that his game translates at the MLB level, and the only way to find out is to eventually throw him out there, but in a pennant race the Pirates find themselves in, I think you go with the experience and with the guy who has proven at times he is able to be a .300 hitter at this level.

    And no I do not believe Tabata has the type of power potential Lambo does.

    I just know this it is nice to have option(s) which is not something we have seen in these parts for some time.

  376. theplanisworking says:

    Well, I accomplished much tonight.
    I predicted the comeback, we did it, and we won.

    Off to bed, have a good one, Miss Jandy (and others).

  377. Patrick(ri) says:

    Careful, you could get into a habit; not to be Hippo critical.

  378. JohninOshkosh says:

    +++++++ Plus 7

  379. War Horse says:

    No idea. But others were aware that something suspicious was going on. In 2011, Tony La Russa, the Cardinals manager, was publically accusing the Brewers of adjusting the lighting system when their players were at bat to make it easier to see the ball. There were other accusations.

  380. Lad9 says:

    LMAO. Post of the night Patrick!

  381. pattonbb says:

    ….fear the Bones….

  382. Patrick(ri) says:

    I am deeply sorry, heh, heh.

  383. twentytwo22 says:

    That guy is responsible for -10 on their run differential. I refuse to pythag without adding those 10 runs back.

  384. twentytwo22 says:

    I’ve heard talk about the Pirates having to ‘cool off’ or ‘what happens when they face adversity’.

    They missed the 4 1-0 wins at the end of May. The offense was worse than abysmal for about 3 weeks. The Pirates went 8-10 from May 31 through June 19. That was their cooling off period. They sustained through it at around .500.

    Wandy Rodriguez’ last start was June 5. The Pirates have gone 14-5 since. A.J. Burnett’s last start was June 8. The Pirates have gone 12-5 since their #1 and #2 starters have gotten hurt. That is adversity and the Pirates have thrived.

    I don’t like the people whose version of cooling off for the Pirates and the Pirates facing adversity is the Pirates losing at a 2010 pace. Because they have and they have and they have won. I don’t subscribe to it anymore. The Pirates are a good team.

    They are growing teeth as a team. I don’t feel like I’m coaxing along a child while watching their games as often as a month ago. They’re getting better. I feel like I am beginning to trust them.

    I can enjoy their games without getting pissed off at the announcers talking over the action… on the radio! I sit there and tell myself ‘The Pirates are good and I’m just going to sit here and listen to them win a ballgame, and the announcers are going to talk about stuff that doesn’t matter and let me know when the inning is over and what the score is, so just lay in a hammock and enjoy knowing they’re good mfer and stop yelling at the radio.

  385. Reading says:

    A’s 5 Cards 0 in 3rd.

  386. Brandie says:

    I want the Cards to lose.

  387. Reading says:

    Make that 6-0 in 4th.

  388. tdb1977 says:

    There was no once WOOO tonight at the game that I recall.

  389. OZ says:

    I’m starting to believe….if they break my heart again, I’m……………………………….

  390. Karen22 says:


  391. tdb1977 says:

    It was a great night at the ball park. It was electric for 7.5 innings of ball (minus the first inning and the bottom of the 9th). Cole wasn’t perfect tonight, but he did enough to get the win. Marte is fast, really fast. 6.5 seconds from first to third for the triple. Cutch is heating up nicely. Pedro is just hitting the cover off the ball. Mercer was safe at first from my perch. Cole has 2 runs scored tonight, include scoring from 1st. It was a nice win tonight.

  392. Reading says:

    6-1 going to bottom of the 6th. 9 more outs to the Promised Land.

  393. Reading says:

    6 outs to go. 6-1 heading to bottom of the 7th.

  394. Reading says:

    3 outs to go. 6-1 A’s in the bottom of the 8th.

  395. pattonbb says:

    Anyone but Tabata

  396. John Lease says:

    Which is now a fully.

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