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Final: Athletics 2, Pirates 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (53-34) vs. Oakland Athletics (52-37)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. RHP Bartolo Colon

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. Jose Tabata, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Garrett Jones, 1B
  7. Brandon Inge, 2B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Locke, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene.

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.



    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 STRIKES THROWN by Jeff Locke in tonight’s game
    Line is 56.5

    Line #2
    Total Combined HITS + WALKS + HBP by Brandon Inge + Clint Barmes in tonight’s game
    Line is 1.5

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

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    • Line 1: 100 on the Over

      Line 2: 25 on the Over

      Inge is gonna get his mojo on with his former teammates on the other side of the field.

    • 100 on the OVER for Line 1.

      100 on the OVER for Line 2.


    • Line 1 – 100 OVER
      Line 2 – 100…..*sigh*……OVER

    • 100 nuclear nuggets on the over for both lines 1 and 2.

      Inge and Barmes, they are well overdue

      Thanks Playoffs

    • At playoffs: I will take 75 on the under fur-lined one. I will take 75 on the over for line 2. Thank you

    • Good afternoon to the window, time for the Bucs to get back to their winning ways on this six game home stand before the AS break.

      Time to tackle this Multi-line Monday. As for line one, Locke has gone over the number in each of his last three starts, will ride that number

      Line 1 – 100 on the OVER

      As for line two, just don’t like it at all, would like to see more out of these two vets, and need to see more, just have not seen it.

      Line 2 – 50 on the UNDER

      Thanks and Let’s Go Bucs!

    • 100 and over on both lines.

    • Hi Playoffs.

      May I have 25 on the over for both lines please? Thanks in advance.

    • Line 1 – 100 on the over

      Line 2 – 50 on the over – but not feeling great about.

      I would like to request no more lines involving Barmes or Inge but you can do whatever you want because anything you do is very appreciated. Those lines involving those two guys just hurt my head.

      Enjoy the games against the Mets. My 10 year old boy wants to go so bad but we just moved and Disney is in October. I told him it’s Disney or overnight trip to Pirates game knowing full well that would get him off my back. Hopefully next year I can take him to his first Pirate game at PNC park and he can watch the defending NL central division champions.

      • Thanks, and you enjoy Disney!!

        You bring up a good point.
        I’ll abstain from any INGE or BARMES lines for the rest of this month.

        Only reason I do those is because they both are mentioned so often on this blog.
        Why not give the people what they want, right ;)

    • Ok…

      Line 1 – 25 on the over
      Line 2 – 100 on the over

    • 50 over on both lines please.

    • Playoffs

      Will take the over on both lines for 100 pesos please. Thank you Playoffs. Go Buccos!

    • 100 on the over for line 1
      100 on the under for line 2

      Will be there tonight and will do my darnest to bring home a victory against the A’s.

    • 1. 100 on the OVER.
      2. 100 on the UNDER. This is the best-case scenario, folks. If they zero it up again, perhaps they will be let go. Or at least Inge. Yecch.

    • Line 1 – 50 on the over
      Line 2 – 50 on the over

    • Line 1 100 on the over

      Line 2 50 on the over

    • Playoffs,
      I’ll take 100 each on:

      UNDER line 1

      OVER line 2


    • line 1 100 strikes on the over
      line 2 100 strikeouts on the under

    • Line #1–100 on the OVER

      Line #2–25 on the OVER. (I’m hoping they each get an HBP)

    • 100 over both lines pls.

    • 100 on the over for both please.

      Go Bucs!

    • Mr. Playoffs………………

      These lines are similar to walking into a voting booth and holding your nose while pulling a lever.

      That being said, I would like the following please……….

      Line 1 — 100 Soccer-skilled Hippos on the OVER.
      Line 2 — 100 Disinterested Hippos on the OVER.

      Have fun at PNC this weekend.
      Thank you for the Hippo video this morning!

    • 100 over both

  2. Jeff Locke might be the best bat 7-9

  3. Bucs should probably just forfeit since Inge and Barmes are in the lineup tonight. ;)


    The Window has secured tickets to the Pirates / Mets games on this Friday and Saturday.
    This will be my first foray into Pittsburgh in 2013.

    Any of you going to those games?
    Let’s meet up and grab a few (or more) cold beverages!
    The Window might even let you pay :)

    Send me an email at buccooverunder at gmail-dot-com

  5. I hope Locke throws a no hitter as this lineup is bad.

  6. Pirates signed 7th round pick Buddy Borden, which means they have signed their top 19 draft picks

  7. I have actually been impressed with Tabby’s approach since his return. The hustle and effort seems to be there and he’s getting on base, making solid contact.

    • Let’s hope Tabata finally wised up and understands what he needs to continue doing. I don’t like the person Tabata, but, I can overlook that if he starts producing. He better stay hungry!!

    • He has shown glimpses of being a very productive player. I am one of the few believers and just hope A – he can stay healthy and B- it finally dawns on him to give it his all each and every game. Since his return his hustle has been outstanding.

      Easily has shown the ability to be a .300 type hitter, just needs to go out and take advantage of the chance given to him as their can not possibly be many more with this club.

      • As another admitted Tabby addict, I’m convinced A & B are not mutually exclusive.

        I just don’t think it can be a coincidence that every time Tabby comes back healthy he also just so happens to feel like hustling.

        I think he has a toughness problem, not a laziness problem.

        • I also think he has a I Have a Guaranteed Contract That’s Pretty Decent problem.

        • I also think his injury history is in his head. Sometimes, he plays not to get injured. From what I’ve seen, he needs to go 100% to be effective and productive.

          Does deer antler spray work on hamstrings? How about adderall?

          • That is the lack of toughness I’m talking about.

            Difference between being injured and hurting.

            • Perhaps. But is being prone to injury not being tough? And playing to avoid said injury b/c you know you’re prone to said injury not playing tough?

              I don’t see them as the same thing.

              Jose could be the toughest guy in the world. That doesn’t mean his body will be able to handle certain things (and sometimes it’s not even in the athlete’s control with body chemistry, makeup, etc.)

              I guess it’s just maybe a difference of opinion in terminology haha

            • What’s our record since he’s come back?

  8. Beat Em Bucs

    Go like 60

    (Although Barmes and Inge hit like they are 60, thats not what I mean ;-)

  9. Any word on PRNW out there yet?

  10. Like giving up every other inning or so with that lineup even if everyone else is hitting.

    100 on the over for line 1 and 100 on the under for line 2 please.

  11. Just because no one else has pointed it out yet, Alvarez is batting cleanup. Let’s see what happens.

  12. So why do we keep getting inundated with the woeful Brandon Inge? Mercer at second and barmes at short is a better answer than Inge at second period. He looked bad there yesterday on the turn and his range is terrible. Couple that with is bat and I don’t know why they keep trotting him out there. And why barmes and not Mercer? I’m sure it is the lame excuse of they have a tough pitcher out there today and they don’t want to have Mercer up there with such little experience. Hogwash.

    Gotta get back on the offensive hot streak they were having out west. Lost 2 series in a row and now up against one of the best pitchers on one of the better teams in baseball. Gotta get 2 at hom ehere and then at least 2 in NY before the break if they want to hold on to first place going into the break. Of course hot at the break hasn’t really worked out for this team. Maybe slumping at the break and a chance to refocus will be a better outcome.

    • Don’t shoot the messenger, but Big B provided these two choice nuggets from Clint Hurdle after yesterdays game:

      “Inge needs to get some at bats to stay fresh to be able to have the chance to produce.”

      “he’s a guy that’s got barrel to his bat when he gets consistent at bats. When he gets consistent at bats, he’s shown the ability to produce runs.”

      So, yeah.

  13. And as for Tabby, if he stays within himself and keeps taking the ball the other direction he will hit close to .300.

    i agree with NMR. He has a toughness issue. Not a laziness issue.

    • He might also have a focus issue. He has shown talent, but talent alone is not going to get it done. One has to show focus and discipline. You just can’t coast on pretty good alone. Show the total package consistently.

  14. Am I the only 1 thinking the Bucs pull this 1 out tonight? Inge and Barmes BOTH in the lineup, and a pretty good A’s team coming in playing well? Seems like the deck is stacked against our Buccos tonight. But that’s how this season has kind of been, at least to me. Things happen for the better when we expect them to get worse. I think our boys sac up tonight and take the 1st game, leading to a series win.

    I’d boldly predict sweep, but I don’t want to get greedy ;-)

    • I’m fairly confident that the 7 & 8 hitters will not lose the game for the Pirates.

      I’m also fairly confident that the 7 & 8 hitters will not win the game for the Pirates.

      • That’s what I thought, but then Inge pulled 2 game winners out of his buttox against Philly and Milwaukee did he not? Barmes homered against Felix Hernandez earlier this season, no? That’s what I’m saying. This team isn’t conventional. Just gotta ride the wave and see what part of the shore you crash into.

  15. So Pedro finally makes it to cleanup…

    Now if we can just cut Inge and call up DeJesus…

  16. Reports are Neil Walker is feeling a little better and took some swings, still day to day but no MRI.

  17. In looking at the lineup, is it really that bad? 1-6 is Marte – Tabata – McCutchen – Alvarez – Marte – Jones. Granted, Jones is slumping, and has been for a month, but his bat is still pretty productive, and we’re talking 1 game (tonight) scenario here. Yes, Inge – Barmes – Locke is a wasteland (altho Jeffrey had a knock in his last game I believe), but how many 7,8,9s in the league are hugely productive.

    The problem with the lineup is there’s just too much inconsistent contact with a heavy emphasis on strikeouts. Until the Pirates improve on their K-rate, they’ll have trouble scoring consistently. But, if you pitch well, you should win more than you lose, I think as we’re seeing right now.

    Is it enough for playoff baseball? We’ll have to wait for the rest of the season to play out or if GM Huntington makes a move for improvement.

    Shoutout to NMR’s Intern on the BARISP post on the Morning Java thread. I enjoyed that.

    Also, shoutout to NMR for using his intern to better the blog.


    • Whoops! Correction…should read “Marte – Tabata – McCutchen – Alvarez – Martin – Jones”

      Tried to sneak Starling in there twice.

      Can you blame me?

    • Also, who comes in tonight to PH? Mercer? Snider? Worse? We need a bench badly.

    • Completely agree with your first point.

      Last time Jordy and Neil played together they went 1-10. Barmes and Inge have an outside shot of matching that.

      I’m not so bullish on Jones, though. He’s two months into his worst slump since late 2010. Hopefully the last week was a sign of him putting the pieces back together.

      Glad you enjoyed the numbers ‘n such.

  18. Heading down to the game. Hope to bring home a win.

  19. 2 All Stars starting. Surprising that Colon is the A’s sole representative.

  20. Did I hear things right, we are 0-9 lifetime vs Oakland?

    We are due

  21. Circling back to the Tabata topic, how is he considered as a defender? I believe he is said to have a strong arm, and I know he is fast. Has any of this translated into favorable defensive metrics for him? I still happen to hold out hope that if he plays well this month he can be ‘part’ of a trade. $11.5 mil over the next three years is a lot more than *I* will be making, but there are guys like Vernon Wells making $21mil. this year alone. (NOT pining for Wells, though. Just saying. ) All of it all depends on how the details of a trade fit together. Some team that looks like the Bucs of one or two years ago just may be willing to take a flier on this 24 year-old kid (provided he continues to hit this month) if they can send us a vet who isn’t part of their long-term plans. Heck, the 2008 Bucs would have made a great trade partner with the 2013 Bucs!

  22. I am out until after the game. Go Locke! Go Bucs!

  23. No HR Derby for Pedro.

    Wright, CarGo, Cuddyer, Harper

  24. No Alvarez in HR Derby- Harper, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer. Little surprised on that selection.

  25. David Wright is a fine fellow. But he has no idea what he’s in for this weekend.

    • Carlos Gonzalez might not be available (healthy) for the derby. Guess Pedro still has a shot.

      • The more I think about it, the stupider it is that Pedro is not in the homerun derby

        But the league is run like a carnival.


        To get in trouble, he’s the one that recommended Slick Frank

        • Under the rules as they are now, the Captains get to pick. After Weeks when Prince was captain and this, wonder if that will change next year.

  26. Haveto love AJ Burnett as teammate, here his tweet on El Toro snub:

    “Will somebody explain to me how the he!! Pedro Alvarez is not in the Homerun Derby? Does the NL not want to win.”

    Hysterical he is great.

  27. Nice 1st for Locke. Now, if he can Pitch a shut out and crank a HR, he can add Colon to his victim list.

  28. ………… and the Legend of Brandon Inge rolls on………….

    • Here is the ballad……
      Of Brandon Inge…….
      And all the things that he’s done……
      ……………………………………………………………. (crickets)

  29. There’s something you don’t see every day. Safe at 2B.

  30. Although it appears Hernandez got call right at second, shocked that call was made, usually neighborhood rule applies.

    Big break need to cash in.

  31. Way to take advantage.

  32. 1st and 2nd nobody out………. and dont score.
    And so it continues…………… :(

  33. Top of the order goes K, GO, K with RISP, and there tells the story of the offensive woes. At some point team needs to hit with ducks on the pond.

  34. I can’t believe that two Ks and a weak roller did not get the job done.

  35. Chalk that run up to bad defense.

  36. Ballgame.

  37. When it rains it pours, ball beats runner, swipe tags misses runner and good fundamental baseball on sac fly gives A’s lead. Little things add up.

  38. On the bright side for baseball, the umps are getting them right!

  39. Pedro couldn’t know that he had the runner beat. His eyes were on the perfect–absolutely perfect–throw from Martin. So he swiped in front of the runner’s feet and missed the tag. No fault there. Lucky break for Oakland.

  40. Last inning for each time perfect example of why Pirate fans are still worried and a’s fans aren’t. Pirates get runner in scoring position and our 1,2 and 3 hitters go strike out ground out strike out. No threat to score. A’s get runner on scoring position and score a run. Pirate weakness with runners in scoring position won’t go away.

  41. Anyone but Tabata.

    There, I said it.

  42. Can NH please recall Harrison, Dejesus, D’Arnaud it is overly evident Inge is not going to hit. Upgrade desperately needed now.

  43. You know that Greg Brown is about to make an excuse when he says, “Not to make excuses …”

  44. Back to back innings runner at second less than two outs and he just sits there. Colon is just sitting between 91-94 right over middle of plate, just unreal.

  45. How much longer can Hurdle and Huntington keep sending an automatic out to the plate. It really is hurting the team.

  46. Looking on the bright side, maybe with playing Inge “regularly” even Clint will see he’s done. His Inge-tangibles can’t be that good. (I heard that last part on the radio)

  47. Oakland has hit 2 balls tonight that would have been HR’s in their park.

    • Don’t they soak the baseballs in raw sewage before the games out there ?

      • Man, what a mess out there.
        You have a sleazy owner who no one wants to own the club.
        You have a city that really doesnt want the A’s…… based on the lack of movement on a new stadium.

        Just a mess.

    • They are hitting some rocket shots, alright.

  48. Yeah, but how many games do we need to lose before Clint gets it.

  49. Has anyone noticed the following out of Brandon “Cr”inge?

    Cringe has struck out an amazing 30.7% of the time he’s been at the plate this season.
    Cringe is an incredible 12-69 (.174) with 3 extra base hits and 20K’s since May 1.
    CrInge currently has more strikeouts (30) then Total Bases (25).
    Cringe has generated a -0.7 Offensive WAR in only 105 plate appearances. If he played full time he’d be on pace for an incredible -3.5 WAR over 525 Plate Appearances.

    Case in point, why on earth is Brandon Cringe still employed by the Pirates? Does they really think his “Vet Presence” is worth the 2-3 losses that he generates as a player?

    • Dave

      Did you hear what Greg Brownpants and Blass said about (Cr)Inge? Obviously, either you weren’t listening or you are just sick and tired of having your intelligence insulted.

      • Thankfully I’m working and I’m following the game via ESPN’s gamecast. I don’t have to hear what the Pirates announcers say about Cringe or Blowes because I know it’s going to be Brown-nose Pro Pirate management all the way irregardless of what common sense tells you about a players performance.

      • Oh and also I’m curious as to what Hurdle or Management’s excuse will be if the Pirates miss the playoffs or fail to finish over .500 by a game or two this year when you consider that they’ve trotted out Barmes’, Cringe, and Jonathan Sanchez as members of their team this year and all 3 haven’t been league average in about 3 years.

    • Regardless of the warm fuzzies everyone has right now of the way things have been going, if this management team were to do everything they way a real playoff/pennant chasing team could and should, hell would freeze over. And that’s good because you cant play baseball in that, right?

  50. Both Barmes and Jones flash the leather on nice defensive play, maybe that will give the team a spark.

  51. I just saw the advertisement for the Pirates Auction. 2 things: I hope I can’t watch that game, but if I do, I do miss John Russell’s wife.

  52. Good evening friends.

  53. I think this would be a good time for Clint to tell the team that the All-Star break does not start until next week.

  54. No comparisons of Colon with Zagurski? Fat rules!

  55. Garrett Jones had 6 RBI in June.

  56. Time to get to the 40 yr old. Still 95mph, though.

  57. I’m going to walk the dogs. Even muted this is starting to look vaguely familiar.

  58. Life being sapped away.

  59. Professional AB by Jones but nothing to show for it. Figure dead weight up in 7th really gives Bucs just two more cracks at this.

    Locke deserves better.

  60. Work fast. Throw strikes. Change speeds. Offense…Hit ball!

  61. Unsure whether anyone else commented above, but is it possible that David Wright did not want another NL third baseman (Alvarez) showing off his power in the Home Run Derby in case fans might get enamored with his performance and choose Alvarez over him on future All-Star selections?

    Just a thought . . .

  62. The shame is With the number of pitches Locke has thrown, he should be able to try for a complete, but Hurdle with have to pitch hit one of the automatic outs on the bench for him,

  63. Who cares about home run derby?? Tell Pedro to make the tag at third base!!!

    • You obviously didn’t see the play.

      • + many

      • He swiped and missed the tag. If you saw something else, you were dreaming. He missed the tag–quit making excuses for him.

        • AW is right. Pedro did what he should have. Martina’s throw was so good, it beat the runner.

          • Pedro did what he should have?? The throw was perfect, beat the runner and Pedro missed the damn tag. What are you guys hallucinating about??

        • He didn’t “miss,” he did it early. You must be one amazing individual to be perfect and to know all and see all. There was nothing wrong with that play but the result. No excuses, just reality.

          • He didn’t miss–he did it early–that is one intelligent comment!!!

            • Somehow, I’m not worried what you think about my intelligence. Do you need me to explain what the quotations around “miss” meant? It’s pretty clear that if there are 300 positive things and one negative you’d be focusing on that one negative thing. Your right, but . . .

    • When I played infield, we didn’t swipe; we put the glove and ball in front of the bag and let the runner slide in. I have scars on my left hand to prove this. But that was a long time ago.

      Times have changed.

  64. Its gonna snow tomorrow!!!

    Barmes with 2 hits!!!

    Jordy to ride the bench the next week, if we know CH well………….

  65. Playoff – right on the number on your first line! Impressive!!

  66. Did you see the path Tabata took to first?

  67. Mrs TC: “For a big fat forty year old he can really throw that ball”

  68. Okay, gang of serious Pirates’ fans. How about we sit back, stop criticizing and watch the result of one of the best matchups and best all-around games of the season, so far?

    My bet is on the Bucs, but the As play well, too.

  69. McCutchen: .339 BA and 8 HR’s with nobody on base; .259 BA and 1 HR with runners on base. Not too stellar.

  70. Can John VanderWal still swing a bat?

  71. 2 more of those we take the lead.

  72. Balfour has saved 40 straight.

  73. 20 LOB and counting…

  74. Maybe Barmes has found his role: playing once a week. He has swung the bat well and his defense is still solid

  75. Now Blass and Brownpants are campaigning for the Buccos to go out and get some offensive help. Let’s hope the BMTIB is listening.

  76. Oakland does not deserve to win this game. Simple as that. Three hits? Against nine?

  77. Anna Benson used to be “baseball’s hottest housewife” — or so said the magazine covers. Now she’s an estranged baseball wife who was arrested and booked on trespassing, assault and gun-possession charges.

    Her husband Kris Benson — who pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles, among others from 1999-2010 — called police in Georgia reporting that Anna had allegedly attempted to raid his apartment on Sunday night with a gun and metal baton while wearing a bulletproof vest.

  78. Two runs. Is that asking too much?

  79. Okay. Last of the 9th. We’ve been here before. We can win this one.

  80. I’m in the mood for a walk off.

  81. Maybe the Bucs should sign Carlos Zambrano for the bench. He has a .238 career BA and .636 career OPS.

  82. Dead ball era at PNC.

  83. Someone was talking about bright side earlier. I guess another bright Sid to the Pirates pathetic hitting us that Grilli will get plenty of rest. The Pirates won’t have to worry about having the lead.

  84. Letting Wilson hit seems like a viable option

  85. C’mon FORT. Just do it!

  86. crap….this losing isn’t sustainable.

  87. What a bench–at least Snider got his hit for the month. What is McKenry doing on this team??

  88. Well golly gee, gee wiz. What a great game that was between two really great teams that tried really hard. Maybe if we say our prayers, get a good night’s sleep and take our vitamins, maybe the breaks will be with us and if we try really hard then golly gee maybe we can get ‘em tomorrow. I just know we can.

  89. It was a fun ride … 1st place and best record in baseball. I’m afraid that will be the high point of the season. This team, as it currently stands, is definitely a team that will finish over .500. However, nothing has convinced me that they will make the playoffs. They are simply not as good as the Cards or Reds, so they’ll be fighting for the last wild card spot.

  90. Well, that was dissapointing. Offense sucks!

  91. Well, this was a good game tonight, just a bad result.

    Locke pitched well.
    Wison pitched well.
    Barmes(!!), Pedro, and Tabby with 2 hits each.

    Only gave up 3 hits and 3 walks, yet lost.
    10 LOB again…….. you cant win consistently with that stat.
    Bench not good…… knowing you are down 1 or 2, and not having much to pick you up, well…..

    Lets get them tomorrow!!!

  92. Disappointing game. Hope we don’t get swept.

  93. When you all get a minute, take a peek at the schedule coming out of the All Star break.

    • Oof. Will be interesting to see where they are on August 19th. 4 series against the Cards after All-Star break. 6 of last 9 games of season against Reds.

    • You’re not referring to those series against the Marlins, are you? Didn’t think so.
      This ride may get bumpy, but I’m not assuming the crash position just yet!

      • I don’t think that was Milo’s point, just the difficulty. Personally, I don’t really pay much attention to who we’re playing, other than in the division or not since the result of in division affects the standings directly, at least against the team we’re playing. But if difficulty of schedule was controlling we’d be out of it by now, as well as last year, and there wouldn’t have been a collapse the last two years. We need to play good baseball, and if we do we can beat anybody. If not, we won’t. IMHO

        Play ball.

  94. Time for a players-only meeting.

    • Would this include Inge and McKenry? It seems to me that they are more observers than players.

    • Time for Clint to tell them the All-Star break starts next week, not this week.

      McKenry with another pop-up. Anyone surprised there?


  95. Three losses in a row and all of them because we can’t score RUNS. A damn shame to let
    Locke take the loss. He couldn’t have pitched much better than he did. This team, I
    swear is in their annual swoon and will soon be out of contention unless management somehow acquires some bench players who can at least hit a flyball to the outfield. Too
    many strikeouts on balls in the dirt after looking at one right down the middle. Get rid of
    Inge, Snider, Morton, McHenry and Barmes and we’ll have a shot. C’mon Bucs, don’t let us all down!!

  96. Morton? No, because he is not a smart pitcher. He threw one right down the middle to Soriano, who is a dead fast ball hitter and hates curve balls. That was the second homer for Soriano. And BOO to Hurdle for not recognizing that Morton was done long before he took him out. Even if Cole pitches a no hitter, we will lose because of an error.

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