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On location: Pirates 10, Brewers 3

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 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.

407 Comments

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

    • Yeah, RH-hitting RF problem solved. SMH.

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

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

        • Oh my.

          • I think its all we have down there?

            • Presley or Lambo?

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

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

              • 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.

              • 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.

              • 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.

              • 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.

              • 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.

              • Sorry, I meant another righty who can hit lefties.

              • 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.

              • 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.

              • And Alex Presley has to stay down for 10 days.

              • 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.

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

              • 21………………….

                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.

              • 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.

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

              • 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!

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

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

              • 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?

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

            • 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. :-)

              • 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.

              • 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.

    • Donde esta tabby?

  2. 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.

    • I was wondering about the odd sequencing as well.

      • 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.

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

    • 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.

      • “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.

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

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

            • 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.

            • 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

              • 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.

              • Stickyweb:

                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.

              • 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.

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

  3. 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…..

  4. LETS GO BUCS!!

    Make Cole Slaw out of the Brewers.

    Go like ’25 and ’60.

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

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

  6. 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.

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

    • Almost sounds like Harry Potter’s owl :)

  7. TRIP-TRIP-TRIPLE PLAY FRIDAY!!!

    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!!!

    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
    0 (TRIPLE ODDS)
    1 (DOUBLE ODDS)
    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!!!

    • 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

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

      THANKS!!!

    • 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

    • 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!

      • 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….

    • 100, under 6.5 K’s.

    • 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!!!

    • 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.

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

    • 100…..under, over, 2 wins

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

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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!

      R.

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

    • Line 1 100 on the under

      Line 2 100 on the over

      Line 3 50 on 3 wins

      As always Thanks

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

    • Line #1–100 on the OVER

      Line #2–100 on the OVER

      Line #3–100 on 2 Wins

    • 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!

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

    • 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.

      Stuart

    • @playoffs

      Line 1: 100 on the UNDER

      Line 2: 25 on the UNDER

    • 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 !!!!!!!!!

  8. 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.

  9. “Are you guys playing cards?”

  10. Line 1: 100 under
    Line 2: 100 under
    Line 3: 2 wins
    Thanks

  11. The Patriots are one of the last teams I like to praise but they deserve plenty of it here:
    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/06/patriots-offering-free-exchanges-on-aaron-hernandez-jerseys/

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  13. 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

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

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

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

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

  20. Luis Cruz DFA’d by LAD

  21. Mr. Aoki.

  22. 4 pitch walk to start the game.

  23. This kid should obviously be sent down to the minors.

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

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

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

  26. 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.

  27. Look on the bright side. No need to bunt.

  28. 94 and 95 mph fastballs are a lot different than 99-100 mph. Hope nothing’s wrong.

  29. Cole giving up 3 runs an inning is unsustainable.

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

  31. 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

  32. Parts of this team are a real joy to watch!

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

    • 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.

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

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

  35. Here comes the hit parade!!

    Walker double scores Jones and Pedro.

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

  37. Evening all. Looks like the Buccos are waking up!

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

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

  40. This certainly could be the year! What a play.

  41. Does 11 count as a crooked number?

  42. 5-3 Buccos

    Segura having a terrible night, so far.

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

  44. 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.

  45. Let me say this again…

    Segura is having a terrible night.

    • 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.

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

  46. Milwaukee is a terrible fielding team.

    That is all.

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

  48. Pedro with his second hit THIS INNING.

    7-3 Good Guys.

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

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

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

  52. My guess for the attendance is 36,189

  53. Unconfirmed reports….

    Bylsma – “Pirates are getting to their game”

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

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

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

    Nice to be with you guys.

  56. Pirates outfield in 4 years….

    McCutchen, Marte, Polanco, Bell, and Meadows…

    • 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.

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

        • 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.

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

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

  59. Is this game wild or what? And are we still having attendance issues????
    :D

  60. Dang, Cole is struggling mightily tonight

  61. 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.

  62. 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?

  63. Segura definitely having an off night. Nice for us.

  64. Slightly gratuitous base hit – it all evens out

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

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. Marte having a nice night

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

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

  71. And Cutch piles on

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

  73. Who said it this morning? Brewers stink?

  74. Strikes, man, strikes.

  75. Maybe we just kidnap Aoki when the Brewers leave town.

  76. 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.

    • Are you implicating Leyva?

      • 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.

        • I say we tar and feather them.

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

          • 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.

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

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

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

    Oh… wait…. scoreboard watching in June…

    My bad!

  80. So Snider hurt his foot? How bad?

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

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

  82. Bucs on FOX tomorrow night.

    So are 4 other games, including the Reds.

    I hope I get a video feed on MLB.com

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

    That is all.

  84. Cutch drills one out at the notch!

    10-3 Bucs

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

  86. 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. ;)

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

      • 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.

  87. 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.

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

  89. Where’s Zagurski when you need him.

  90. 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?

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

    • 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.

  91. 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!

  92. Raise the jolly shuttlecock!

  93. Go Bucs! Best record in the majors!

    And a 1/2 game lead OVER the Cards!

    (At least temporarily.)

  94. Raise the Jolly Hippo!!

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

  96. 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.

  97. No sleep till All Star break!

  98. ….fear the Bones….

  99. 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.

  100. A’s 5 Cards 0 in 3rd.

  101. 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.

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