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Final: Pirates 3, Reds 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (56-39) vs. Cincinnati Reds (55-42)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. RHP Homer Bailey

Time: 1:10 p.m.

Site: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Travis Snider, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Michael McKenry, C
  7. Jordy Mercer, 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, 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. The ultimate Sunday lineup.

    Pedro hasn’t had a hit since pre-ASB.

    McKenry hasn’t had one since April.

    Snider hasn’t…..

    We’ll probably win this one going away.

  2. Mark says:

    That lineup feels like last year. 4 players that wouldn’t be on other team’s 25 man and we are rolling with that against the Reds, trying not to get swept.

  3. BDHumbert says:

    Starting two – maybe three guys who should not be on the 40 man roster IMHO…

  4. 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.


    Today’s Line
    What Will the PIRATES do in today’s game
    Win (EVEN ODDS)
    Lose (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!!!

  5. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    JAL, I’d personally like to nominate THIS as the official song of the 2nd half.

  6. bizrow says:

    100 on a win, thanks Playoffs

  7. Stan says:

    Free Tony Sanchez

  8. cosmo says:

    100 on a win please

  9. The Gunner says:


    It is quite apparent the BMTIB needs to take action quickly, wouldn’t you agree?

  10. Drew71 says:

    Is this where the golf talk is?

  11. Thundercrack says:

    Please stop Drew. People may feel threatened if you make jokes about their sport and will not post on the blog.

    Then the bold print comes out.

  12. Karen22 says:

    Dear Lord…No wagering for me today. I’ll jinx them no matter what I say. :(

  13. Karen22 says:

    Beam me up, Scotty! We need POWAH!

    (Pathetic lineup. I’ll not be watching.)

  14. Karen22 says:


  15. Karen22 says:

    Poor Jeff Locke! Perhaps a victim of Homer Bailey’s 3rd no-hitter? He’ll have to throw one himself.

  16. Jason81 says:

    100 on the WIN, please!

  17. Dave G says:

    Could be a double no-hitter today.

    Low-scoring pitchers duel, at the minimum.

    Locke needs to pitch lights-out because McKenry is behind the plate, so any walk or single is as good as a double for the Reds.

  18. cherokee23 says:

    100 loss

  19. cherokee23 says:

    100 loss

  20. cherokee23 says:

    anyone see the Bedard thing… into 7th, he tells manager “I’m done”

  21. Lad9 says:

    Happy birthday Jandy! Hope you have an awesome one, and that one of your gifts is a Bucco win.

  22. OZ says:

    100 on a win

  23. Bob Hasis says:

    We are into that portion of the season where the 54 games that are “supposedly” ones that the manager is in control of, with the burden of responsibility on his shoulders, he cannot afford to miss a decision – or make a wrong one – that causes a lost opportunity for a win.

    For those of you who think Hurdle walks on water, keep your eyes open, because he is not infallible, not by a long shot. I’m certain you all will say often “what in the world is he

    Example: On Friday he was quick to pinch-hit for Jones – who had two hits in the game – but neglected to do the same with Pedro, who had no hits in the game. Did he not do the same on Saturday?

    Will those of you who understand CH’s mentality much better than I, please explain why. Neither one is great against a lefty pitcher as we know, but one gets replaced and not the other. Why? And don’t say or think potential. Potential does not win – performance and execution do.

    He should take that “pitch count malarkey” and shove it, when it comes to removing his starter. I know we have a spectacular bullpen, but if he is afraid of ruffling Pedro’s sensitive feelings, why is he immune to those thoughts regarding Liriano, AJ, Cole, et al.

    I won’t get into strategies such as stealing, bunting, hit and run, tag ups, taking the extra base or other, but he must put Leyva back on the bench (or out to pasture) because Leyva watches a different game than that which is going on, and EVERY logical opportunity of getting to third and successfully beyond must be achieved.

    No more rundowns between 2nd and 3rd, or 3rd and home.

    The coaches are the manager’s responsibility – as are the starting catcher, SS and RF.

    Neil Walker could provide some glue and stability.

    Let us hope – and pray.

  24. Lad9 says:

    Yep. And Bedard is correct in his concern re his shoulder – modern medicine can not yet transplant a pitching arm. However, the capability for a heart transplant exists and based on my observations of him over the course of his career, he just might want to look into one….

  25. Lad9 says:

    Will take the win for 100 please. Thank you. Go Buccos!

  26. Patrick(ri) says:

    It has already been said, but I side with those who worry about a lineup with 5 automatc outs. Now watch em score 10 runs.

  27. Brandie says:

    Please, Mr. playoffs!

    50 for the win.

    Thank you.

  28. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    That line up must stir some real fear into Reds pitcher Homer Bailey.
    So nice that Neal Huntington is nowhere to be found….Just like the bench he has provided for Clint Hurdle.
    Huntington (once again) is doing his best impression of a GM that has no intentions of making it to the post season.
    Breaking .500 will be sufficient for the Nutting Regime.
    Anything after that is a pest, a bother and a nuisance.

  29. Thundercrack says:

    I think NH is in Cinci.

  30. Drew71 says:

    Good. Somebody to blame.

  31. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    He might as well be in Paris….

  32. cmat0829 says:

    100 win

  33. JRay3 says:

    50 on the Win

    Thanks and Go Bucs!

  34. Brandie says:

    Thank you, Pepe Le Drew.

  35. Drew71 says:

    At least in Cincy, he can catch.

  36. cmat0829 says:

    on the lineup, no problem to me starting Snider… he has come up with 2 pinch hits last few nights and Tabby is back to scuffling…. I guess Martin does have to have days off sometime, so Fort will play 1x per week, maybe would have preferred not today since this is a big one to win….

    I think we can conclude a few things from the lineups since Walker has been hurt:

    1) Inge is done. He is the absolute last option CH has on the bench and has zero value.

    2) JayHey is not viable. He has played hardly at all since he was called back up.

    3) Fort is failing big time, CH is giving him chances (albeit at the expense of Inge/JayHey) and he is just not getting it done.

  37. Brandie says:

    Na na na na na na na na ….Na na na na na na na na!
    Lad 9!

    (Sung to the tune of Batman.)

    Go Lefty. Congrats on the British Open!

  38. cmat0829 says:

    Not going to offer up on every point, many of which I don’t agree with. That said, the past 2 nights, I see no issue whatsoever with CH lifting the starting pitcher. Liriano was off, and AJ just walked 2 guys in a row including walking in a run.

    As to Neil Walker, he is really important to this team, but his injuries, including during the ‘collapse’ last year, are killing us. He needs to stay on the field.. if he can’t it doesn’t matter what the talent level is.

  39. Brandie says:

    Sometimes crud happens and you get injured. However, with the frequency of NW’s injuries, it makes me question his level of conditioning.

  40. Lad9 says:

    Wham! Pow! Zowie! Brandie you make me smile. Good afternoon girl!

  41. Karen22 says:

    Golf talk: Way to go, PHIL!! :)

  42. radio wave says:

    Just making this under the wire. No pitches thrown yet no box scored. I am doing this without having looked at the starting lineups. Give me 75 for a win. They can’t lose the whole weekend Candate?

  43. Brandie says:

    Holy hairpins, Ladman! Let’s bring home the win today!

  44. Brandie says:

    Good day, Kare-Bear! Who saw Lefty wining that? Came out of left field.

  45. JD says:

    100 on the win please.

  46. theplanisworking says:

    +1 Lefty.

    Glad Phil won.

  47. theplanisworking says:

    +1 Lefty.

    Glad Phil won.

  48. theplanisworking says:

    +1 Hippo.

  49. theplanisworking says:

    Catch what? A cold?

  50. Brandie says:

    Good Afternoon, Hipposter, my adopted wildlife relation!

  51. We need a shakeup of some kind, Gunner, for sure.

    As long as we don’t give away the store doing it.

  52. Brandie says:

    If we can call him up and use him for free, I am all for that!

  53. JohninOshkosh says:

    Lee Westwood will have to continue to answer reporters questions about whether he will win a major. And why, with a name like that, why he is not starring in westerns.

  54. JRay3 says:

    I believe that is the fifth time Choo has been CS against Bucs this year….Pirates say no Choo for You!

  55. Good setup for a bold reaming.

  56. Brandie says:

    Accent is too posh for em’.

  57. theplanisworking says:

    Do cowboys golf?

    I mean, except for the football team, who never make the playoffs………. ;)

  58. theplanisworking says:

    Or a bold beating…………

  59. theplanisworking says:

    Bless you.

  60. theplanisworking says:

    Hi Brandie!
    Honored to be related to you, Sunshine.

  61. Brandie says:

    Looking for Locke and Awe today!

  62. Brandie says:

    How about a bold bashing?

  63. theplanisworking says:

    OH MY GOD!!!


  64. Brandie says:

    Sunshine…must mean I’m hot! :-)

  65. JRay3 says:

    Jones blasts that Bailey curve twelve rows back and gives Bucs first lead of series….Pirates have the power stroke going this series with five HR’s off Reds pitching.

  66. theplanisworking says:

    I will settle for a bold win today!

  67. Brandie says:


  68. Lad9 says:

    Hope that Garrett is heating up. He means so much to this lineup. Keep it up GI!

  69. Brandie says:

    That’s living up to your name, Homer Bailey!

  70. Brandie says:

    Bang! Pow! Zoom!

  71. theplanisworking says:

    Dont want him to overheat.
    It is hot out there……………..

  72. theplanisworking says:

    No, my ex-wife is down there.
    No chance of that…………….

  73. theplanisworking says:

    Choo Bacca?

  74. Brandie says:

    Make me blush, which is amazing for a dark chocolate person, like I asm.

  75. Brandie says:

    She sounds like a/winner…

  76. Lad9 says:

    I read in the SI article on the Prates that Grilli has a full Chewbacca suit in his locker. How awesome is that? ( Making Chewy sound that I can’t figure out how to type)

  77. Brandie says:

    I dressed as Chewbacca for Halloween when I was a kid. I am more into Superheroes and furry things than I am into total girly things.

  78. Reading says:

    6 home runs this series by the Pirates, 6 RBIs.

  79. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    I heard the chili is good there…

  80. twentytwo22 says:

    Jordan Zimmermann pitching today for Washington.

  81. Bob from Mt Lebo says:

    I believe someone on here friday said that Garrett would hit two HRs this weekend. Haha. Lets go Bucs

  82. theplanisworking says:

    That it is………….. :)

  83. theplanisworking says:

    Doctors say dark chocolate is actually healthy for you, in moderation. It has something in it that helps the heart.
    My doctor told me this.

  84. theplanisworking says:

    This is great!

    Too bad he doesnt have a Drew costume in there too.

  85. Patrick(ri) says:

    Put men on base and these guys just disappear. This is a sick offense.

  86. Brandie says:

    DrewBacca. Pepe Me Drew. Drew by Door.

  87. Brandie says:

    Sick as in anemic!

  88. Brandie says:

    I’m healthy!!!!!

  89. theplanisworking says:

    You are on a roll today!

  90. Patrick(ri) says:

    Homer gives up a lucky hit to Locke, wp him to 2nd base and then laughs his way through the top of our lineup — only one swing finds the ball and it produces a little bouncer to 2nd. I take back the “sick” and offer “dead” instead.

  91. theplanisworking says:

    I’m not. Hippos eat grass, but are huge.

    Of course, people are funny when it comes to health. Like ordering 3 Big Macs, huge fries, then ordering 2 Diet Cokes.

    Sort of like the Bucs…….. win 56 games, but cant hit a beach ball. Not healthy.

  92. Brandie says:

    Should be Drewby Doo. Do not forget Nancy Drew and Drewster Cogburn.

  93. JRay3 says:

    Locke making the Reds offense look pretty dead, sick and anemic through three.

  94. Patrick(ri) says:

    +1. He just keeps putting up zeros. A relief to see his back problem = no problem.

  95. Brandie says:

    Locke and Awe!

  96. Brandie says:

    It’s like not breathing…not sustainable.

  97. He’ll like this one, being a Floridian.

    How about Charlie the Drewna?

  98. Brandie says:

    Revvy! What’s going on today? Hope you are getting a chance to enjoy the ballgame and your family.

  99. Lad9 says:

    The things we learn on his blog in the nam of sport!:)

  100. Brandie says:

    Drewdy Jetson!

  101. Brandie says:

    Hooray for learning!

  102. Bob Hasis says:

    Last week in the Met series, Tabby bunted to third (successfully and needlessly), then Cutch was walked intentionally and Pedro K’d against a lefty.

    So I ask, why couldn’t have Marte bunted – which he loves to do – and moved Locke into third, with one out.

    Maybe someone can answer for CH here – I can’t. The exact same scenario was in place – man on second and no one out.

    Managerial questions and logic!!

  103. theplanisworking says:

    Sorry, Charlie!

  104. JRay3 says:

    Marte did try to bunt and fouled ball back for two strikes…had to swing away than. are you watching?

  105. JRay3 says:

    Locke with another 1-2-3, 5 K’s and only one infield hit allowed, looking every bit the All-Star pitcher!

  106. theplanisworking says:

    Yes he is.
    This is how the Bucs will make the playoffs……. with their pitching.
    Srue as heck wont make it with their hitting…..or lack thereof.

  107. Brandie says:

    I am not in agreement with this/”We don’t need no stinkin’ offense” corollary. Yes you do. It s called balance. Find some.

  108. Bob Hasis says:

    Sir the first pitch was one of Marte’s pathetic swings and misses down in the dirt. The last was another swing for a K

  109. Karen22 says:

    Good day to you, too, Ms. Snifter! I love Phil. Left field indeed! ;)

  110. Brandie says:

    Brandie-Snifter! Clever. :-)

  111. JRay3 says:

    So it is CH’s fault that Marte didn’t get bunt down and in two chances to single in a run didn’t get it done? Come on.

  112. Brandie says:

    Chocolate Drew-hoo?

  113. theplanisworking says:


  114. Brandie says:

    Drewberry Cereal.

  115. JRay3 says:

    Man I wonder what Reds fans are saying about Bruce, and the rest of the awful swings there team has had today.

  116. Brandie says:

    My guess is …a whole lot of words that cannot be used on a family blog!

  117. theplanisworking says:

    Lucky, just saw that next Thursday is faith Night.

    Maybe you can take a road trip?

  118. Brandie says:

    OK…One more…Drew-la Hoop!

  119. Brandie says:

    Drew-pacabra. Could not resist.

  120. Bob Hasis says:

    What I’m asking, in either case, why give up an out so as to, in subsequent AB’s the opposing manager will the chance to, take the bat out of the hands of our best hitter (Cutch), and best power hitter (Pedro)?

    CH’s fault? No it’s his strategy. The fault lies in the execution of an ill-conceived plan.

  121. JRay3 says:

    Two walks and a 56 foot wild pitch on a pitch Locke tried to make too perfect gives Reds a run. They have not got hit out of infield today. Be nice statement for team to get him one back.

  122. Lad9 says:

    No disrespect to Lucky, but I was hoping it was Faith Hill night….

  123. theplanisworking says:

    Ha. Good One.

  124. Milo Hamilton says:

    If it looks like a choking dog, stumbles around 2nd base like a choking dog & gags like a choking dog, then it might be a choking dog.

  125. theplanisworking says:

    …………..and we make Bailey look like a Hall of Fame pitcher.

    It is 1-1, but I feel like we are behind.

  126. Patrick(ri) says:

    How about a faith-in-the-offense night?

  127. Patrick(ri) says:

    Don’t exaggerate, he’s only getting 1.9 strikeouts per inning.

  128. Brandie says:

    How about “Find the Offense” night? It’s like “Where s Waldo” for Pirates fans!

  129. Patrick(ri) says:

    In the spirit of faith days, i hereby grant absolution to NH for the agony he visited upon me with the abrupt McClouth trade. Locke is just superb!

  130. theplanisworking says:

    I am not exaggerating.

    I feel with the lack of production from the offense, I feel like we are behind, even though we are not.

    If I had more faith in the offense, I wouldnt feel this way.
    Sad but true.

  131. My wife will actually be up there next weekend, Thursday included.

    I haven’t been up there since 2011. Her parents are both dead now, and no reason for us to go up family-wise.

    I’ve never even been to PNC. Just my wife and youngest son for his birthday gift a few years ago.

    Would be great though, bro.

  132. JRay3 says:

    Grat AB by Fort worked Bailey about ten pitches and than rips double off wall, which will help get Bailey out of game with him now at 113 pitches.

  133. pattonbb says:

    If I, the fan whose opinion means nothing, were to make a list of positions that need upgraded, backup catcher ranks 4th.

  134. Lad9 says:

    St Anthony is the patron saint of lost items, and St Jude is the patron saint of lost causes. Both are working overtime with the offense. (As I type this the Fort plays bongo off the wall. I believe!)

  135. theplanisworking says:


  136. JRay3 says:

    Mercer does it brings home Fort, who tired Bailey with his AB and Bucs retake lead! Team just continues to fight, even though you wouldn’t know it here sometimes. Great work by bottom of lineup!

  137. theplanisworking says:

    Just random thoughts from a Hippo.

  138. Milo Hamilton says:

    That hit by Mercer just snapped an 0 for 29 drought with runners in scoring position.

  139. Eric Bowser says:

    Great timing, just showered after all that yard work.

    McKenry double, Mercer RBI single…. RISP HIT!!!

    2-1 lead

  140. JRay3 says:

    CH with GREAT managerial move, starts Mercer which results in a infield hit, if Mercer not going easy FC.

  141. Lad9 says:

    The bottom of the lineup! Woo hoo!

  142. JRay3 says:

    Baker let’s Bailey’s arm fall off at 121 pitches and Tabby makes him pay rips RBI single, poor managing by Reds skipper. 3-1 Buccos!

  143. Eric Bowser says:

    Holy cow…. now Tabata with a PINCH-HIT w/ RISP

    Who are these guys?!?

    3-1 Pirates….

  144. Eric Bowser says:

    Dusty Baker, a starting pitcher’s nightmare.

    Bailey finishes with 121 pitches…

  145. theplanisworking says:

    +1 Lol.

  146. Milo Hamilton says:

    Feels like an avalanche of clutch hits, doesn’t it ?

  147. JRay3 says:

    The 17 games above .500 up by eight games for playoff spot Pirates.

  148. Lad9 says:

    +1 and a good job by Clint getting the bat on the ball. He usually misses those ones a foot outside! (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist a little snark. Forgive me Clint)

  149. The Gunner says:

    Hey Eric

    Tabby is making me & you look bad. Ha ha!

  150. Karen22 says:

    That’s unconscionable, really. Baker is an a$$!

  151. pattonbb says:

    Very glad that the Reds have the worst manager in baseball. Surprised he didn’t keep Bailey in there until he hit 150 pitches.


  152. JRay3 says:

    McKenry AB really the catalyst to this whole inning, made Bailey labor and it was visible his tank was on empty after that.

  153. Brandie says:

    Could not have put it better myself! When dribs and drabs become a torrent!

  154. Brandie says:

    That is an insult to a$$es!

  155. Milo Hamilton says:

    The way the Dodgers are playing, looks like it’s time to start rooting against the Diamondbacks.

  156. theplanisworking says:

    +1 to both of you !!!

  157. John Lease says:

    It all starts with Garrett Jones.

    And Locke.

    Although someone thinks Burnett is the ace of this team.

    Just ain’t me.

  158. Eric Bowser says:

    No, he’s making me brilliant. I want Tabata as pinch-hitter and voila!

  159. theplanisworking says:

    Does this go hand in hand with acquiring a RF, sending Tabby to the bench?

  160. Eric Bowser says:

    Why wouldn’t Hurdle leave Tabata in the game for RF and leave Jones at 1B?

    Bring Sanchez in the 8th inning….


  161. JRay3 says:

    DBacks are a mess, starting pitching and bullpen both falling apart, 19 blown saves, I see a lot of them and I would think Giants have better shot than AZ.

  162. florida steeler says:

    Relievers cannot come into a game and walk people. Yikes!!!!

  163. JRay3 says:

    Probably because he views Snider as better defensive RF and Sanchez as better defensive 1B.

  164. Milo Hamilton says:

    Was watching last night & Duane Kuiper gleefully stated that the torture is back. I wouldn’t bury them just yet.

  165. JRay3 says:

    For all the talk of offense, Pirates have 25 hits this series, Reds 18. Pirates have 10 runs, Reds 11.

    Just shows two good baseball teams not much separating them and winner today takes 7-6 season series lead.

  166. JRay3 says:

    Bryan Morris comes in and does his job and should be out of inning with better throw by Pedro.

  167. florida steeler says:

    I hope Pedro is not reverting to pre all star form. Miscues in the field and hits every fourth day. I thought he was coming around to hit 240 or 250 but this has been a bad series for him.

  168. JRay3 says:

    Good morning, good afternoon and good night…Soto no match for Wilson and his gas.

  169. Milo Hamilton says:

    Clint just channeled his inner LaRussa right there.

  170. JohninOshkosh says:

    First “choking dog” reference of the season ?

  171. Patrick(ri) says:


  172. Did anyone else see that sign of the apocalypse?
    A hit by McKenry (double no less)…then a hit by Barmes…then a RBI hit with RISP…then a pinch-hit RBI with RISP…all in a row.
    Statistically, what are the odds of these Buccos putting that together?

  173. Milo Hamilton says:

    I think so. Not a declarative statement, however. Just wondering. :)

    How was vacation ?

  174. diehard says:

    Boy, it’s painful to watch Gaby swing the bat. So nice when he leaves it on his shoulder and walks like that!

  175. Karen22 says:

    That’s the only way he’s gotten on in eons. It appears as if he’s forgotten how to hit.

  176. florida steeler says:

    The Reds are afraid of Gaby–three walks.

  177. Eric Bowser says:

    Well… report has Pirates after Cubs pitcher Matt Garza.

    Wouldn’t mind a little Garza, SS Starlin Castro & OF Nate Schierholtz

  178. Patrick(ri) says:

    Hope Theo has lost his touch!

  179. florida steeler says:

    Cubs will NOT give Garza away–too many teams interested.

  180. Milo Hamilton says:

    We need to walk more guys. Especially leading off innings.

  181. florida steeler says:

    Incredible!!! And, now a hit.

  182. JohninOshkosh says:

    Great! Spent a lot of time drinking with Canadians. Two seasons for those folks. Hockey season and waiting for hockey season to begin. Zero interest in baseball.

  183. Reading says:

    Here we go.

  184. Patrick(ri) says:

    I cannot recall Melancon throwing this many balls?

  185. Eric Bowser says:

    They owe Pirates after Aramis Ramirez….

  186. Eric Bowser says:

    Yeah, this isn’t good.

  187. Patrick(ri) says:

    CH may have to pay for channeling laRussa?

  188. Reading says:

    I’m going to call ballgame. No way they don’t take the lead here.

  189. JRay3 says:

    Best you could hope for there, gladly trade two puts for the run.

  190. Eric Bowser says:

    HUGE double play

  191. Patrick(ri) says:

    A little credit to CH for putting Sanchez on 1st?

  192. Lad9 says:

    That is why Gaby went in game. Way to get out of it. Cheese time!

  193. JRay3 says:

    Have to have faith in shark ado and the All-Star Melancon, gets out of it!

  194. Patrick(ri) says:

    Even more credit to Melancon — one tough reliever.

  195. Reading says:

    I was wrong. Hah! All part of the plan.

  196. JRay3 says:

    Said it up above he is late due to his defensive skills at 1B, best on team.

  197. Milo Hamilton says:

    Jones can’t make that throw.

  198. Arriba Wilver says:


  199. Arriba Wilver says:


  200. Milo Hamilton says:

    I knew it. You did go to Winnipeg !

  201. Patrick(ri) says:

    Looks like CH broke up Jay Hay &Inge’s cribbage game.

  202. Milo Hamilton says:

    Dripping with veteraness.

  203. Patrick(ri) says:

    Marte was Partched, but good. A more typical at bat with risp.

  204. florida steeler says:

    And, don’t forget–Inge is a clubhouse influence!!!!!

  205. Eric Bowser says:

    How did Inge get an at-bat before Josh Harrison?!?

  206. Chuck H says:

    Inge as a pinch hitter?? I would rather have had a pitcher hit in that situation!!

  207. Patrick(ri) says:

    He was ahead in their cribbage game.

  208. florida steeler says:

    Great question—only Clint can answer.

  209. Brandie says:

    Please, let us not Binge on Inge as a pinch hitter, ever!

  210. Brandie says:

    Dripping with the essence of the Ancients.

  211. Brandie says:

    It’s gonna flood here now!

  212. Milo Hamilton says:

    One word of warning, they’re not all going to be that easy. :)

  213. JRay3 says:

    Behind another Jeff Locke masterful performance, a GI Jones blast, key hits from Fort and Mercer and Jason Grilli’s 30th save of the year, the Bucs salvage a game in Cinci 3-2 and there was noooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs are 18 above .500 at 57-39, 7-6 versus the Reds this year and three ahead of them in the standings. The Pirates head to DC to begin a four game set with the Nationals who were just swept by LA with Charlie Morton taking the ball in the opener.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  214. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ha! I laughed when you posted that.

    I did not go to Winnipeg but your Spidey sense was close!

  215. theplanisworking says:

    YAY !!!

    Nice win to stop the bleeding !!!
    Gotta go beat the Nats tomorrow!

  216. diehard says:

    Maybe it has to do with Harrison’s last pinch hit – strikeout, wild pitch, lazy jog to 1st when he should have been safe. Just a guess.
    Harrison has zero baseball sense, and Inge pinch hits equally as poorly. I’d take Inge (given our options today). Harrison belongs in Indy. Inge, I don’t know.

  217. Lad9 says:

    Raise it! Had to have this one today. I think I will call ballgame!

  218. Brandie says:

    Time to do the Hippo Shuffle!

  219. JohninOshkosh says:

    + 100l Mark Priors (so ?)

  220. Lad9 says:

    Not sure it really matters which of the two hit. Neither is a major league hitter.

  221. bizrow says:

    All I can say is Whew….

  222. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Despite a pound of K’s….. A much needed win!

  223. theplanisworking says:


    Your 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates…….. its not just a job, its an adventure !!!

  224. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Mr Plan….Will you be in attendance in DC?

  225. twentytwo22 says:

    Deja vu all over again.

    The last time the Pirates played the Reds was at the beginning of a long roadtrip. They lost 2 of the first 3 but managed to earn a split in the finale. They went on to win the final 5 games of the trip.

    The Reds lost that final game to go 2-2, and went on a 9 game road trip right after. They went 2-6 on that road trip. Big difference between 3-1 and 2-2. They were unable to build a cushion and really sunk behind the Pirates as the Pirates went up because of a 7-2 roadtrip. The Reds now play 11 games on the road.

    Huge difference between 1-2 and 0-3.

    Hopefully the Pirates use this game as a spring board into the rest of the road trip and put the 3rd of 4 long trips this year behind them with another winning record just like they did in June.

    PS our offense still sucks.

  226. The Gunner says:

    That trade will cost the Bucs dearly, I think it’s highly unlikely

  227. Brandie says:

    For those faint of heart, it is not recommended that you follow this team.

  228. Lad9 says:

    Nice win Brandie. Needed this one bad. Need to at least split with the Nats now.

  229. theplanisworking says:

    Good Lord…… no.
    I will just celebrate with no movement today.

  230. Lad9 says:

    Stress tests will now be required for all Pirate fans!

  231. theplanisworking says:

    Too many K’s

  232. Brandie says:

    Agreed. Need to wake up those bats. Pitching alone is not going to get this thing done.

  233. JohninOshkosh says:

    Oh, they killed me 21 years ago. Since you can’t die twice, it’s all gravy from here.

  234. Lad9 says:

    Good post double deuce. +1

  235. Brandie says:

    That should satisfy the lawyers. Would not want any lawsuits should our Buccos not get it done. :-)

  236. Brandie says:

    What kind of gravy?

  237. Hope you’re right.

  238. twentytwo22 says:


  239. theplanisworking says:

    No, I have a lot on my plate.
    And not food!

  240. theplanisworking says:

    No, I have a lot on my plate.
    And not food!

  241. Drew71 says:

    Charlie the Drewna?


    Musta been a slow game.

  242. theplanisworking says:

    Branimal blog gravy.

  243. Lad9 says:

    Definitely. We need a bat though.

  244. Karen22 says:

    Heaves a huge sigh of relief! Thanks, Loonies—I followed the game here. I was afraid to watch. This was a huge win. Hope we finally set the reset button and move on with PURPOSE!

  245. Lad9 says:

    Good luck this week my friend. Brandie type vibes your way.

  246. twentytwo22 says:

    That double play they turned when Melancon covered the bag reminded me of the Hold in Philadelphia when the ball bounced off the first base bag and they got the out because Melancon covered first. Both times I wrote the inning off as a tie and then somehow the inning was over and they still had the lead and Grilli finished it off.

  247. theplanisworking says:

    Thank you, Laddy.

    I need good news now and again, if ya know what I mean.

  248. Hey, you didn’t say anything about the others. Why pick on mine? I’m gonna feel unwelcome now and you’re gonna get a bold reaming.


  249. theplanisworking says:

    Did you say Purpoise? ;)

  250. cmat0829 says:

    GREAT WIN, and a huge win…need to avoid sweeps and especially blowing a lead to lose one.

    Have to hand it to Melancon…yes his control was off, but with bases loaded, no outs, and Votto/Phillips/Bruce coming up, to escape with only 1 run allowed is MASTERFUL. Fantastic defense by Gaby/Barmes/Melancon on the double play. And oh, was I so glad that Phillips ‘cracker jacked’ his way to an easy ground ball to short. I think it’s great that Philips plays with so much joy and with a smile on his face, but he can do that without hot dogging it so much.

    Great game by the ‘sky is falling’ bottom of the order…Fort, Mercer, Barmes all came through… it was Marte/Snider/Cutch and Pedro that produced ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. ZERO. ZILCH. NADA.

    Be good to get Walker back in the lineup tomorrow…need Marte and Pedro to come back from the all star break (do they know it’s over?)…

    Inge has to go. JayHey has to go. Snider has to be buried on the bench. That’s all.

  251. Brandie says:

    Amen, Sister Kare-Bear!

  252. Karen22 says:

    Porpoise?? Poipose?? Git ‘er DONE! :)

  253. Brandie says:


  254. Karen22 says:

    Drinking now, Brandie…thank God it’s toasting to rather than crying in!

  255. Brandie says:

    Most came from me. My mind got to wandering, and, well, there ya go!

  256. Karen22 says:

    WHOA! I had no idea that’s how the 8th went down! Sooo glad I was blissfully ignorant! And you are correct – NO dead wood in the water ahead! GET SOME BATS!!

  257. Brandie says:

    Have a drink of/on me!

  258. Brandie says:

    Mmmmmm. Greasy!

  259. Eric Bowser says:

    1. Starling Marte
    2. Neil Walker
    3. Andrew McCutchen
    4. Pedro Alvarez
    5. 1B/RF—————-> RH hitter
    6. RF/1B—————-> LH hitter
    7. Russell Martin
    8. Jordy Mercer
    9. Backup C————-> Tony Sanchez
    10. Gaby Sanchez
    11. Clint Barmes
    12. Jose Tabata
    13. Garrett Jones

    That’s all it takes… 2 hitters.

  260. Brandie says:

    Gotcha. Have to get the best two hitters, not just hole fillers.

  261. Lad9 says:

    Cardinals just got a huge break in the ninth when a line drive hopped into the stands for a ground rule double with a man on first with two outs. Then Alan Craig takes a HR away to end the game. Damn!

  262. Drew71 says:

    Wherever you go, there you are.

  263. Drew71 says:

    Some of that deep fried Kentucky Tuna.

  264. Brandie says:

    Ugh! Time for them to go on an epic losing streak!

  265. twentytwo22 says:

    Ground-rule double strikes again. 9th inning, 2 outs, tying run at first and San Diego hits a 2B to left.

  266. Brandie says:

    Deep, man! Just deep!

  267. theplanisworking says:

    While you are drinking…….. I am out.
    Catch you all tomorrow.

  268. Brandie says:

    I nominate Rihanna’s Right Now. It’s catchy and it describes the attitude needed to complete the task ahead to a “T”.

  269. Brandie says:

    Sleep well, Planimal!

  270. That would probably be about as good as the chicken, and not as expensive.

  271. Eric Bowser says:

    Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman is classless and a terrible announcer, should surprise no one that he said this about Pirates starter Jeff Locke – “This guy sucks”

  272. tomp says:

    He is a terrible announcers , along with that clown they call “the cowboy”.

    They are 1 of the few announcing teams i would rate “lower” than the current Pirates analysts.

    So many impotent Ab’s does Inge need to acquire before the FO does something and sends him packing?.

    This is really getting out of hand the way this bench is comprised.
    He may be a nice guy, and i am sure their are other nice guys in AAA, because they don’t belong in major league baseball any longer.
    Inge does not belong, or deserve a roster spot, especially the way the ball club is currently constructed.
    The main thing, he just shows no ability or desire to come through , in his limited, but important opportunity’s he is getting.
    I really don’t think the rest of the veterans are going to shed a tear when this guy is put out to pasture.
    I just don’t get it. I assumed he would have been getting his papers right after the met’s loss last sunday.
    The Pirate’s need a left handed bat off the bench, at least to force the opposing managers hand once in awhile.
    I really feel the attitude Hurdle and the front office have taken to justify this guy, is beyond pathetic.
    Great win today, and 1 game lost in the standings is a ton better than 3.
    Seems like a good time to be playing Washington, but scoring 3 runs a game is not going to get it done.
    Walker is back , and it looks like Harrison become the sacrificial lamb, for the roster spot.
    He should not be the only 1 leaving the team.
    I don’t like what i am seeing, but i will try to give NH the benefit of the doubt, until the 31st comes around.
    A team with playoff aspirations cannot be taken seriously , with a bench constructed like this one.
    It will come back to haunt them, sooner than later, if they keep the status quo.

    I still see getting a couple of guys like Aoki, and Ibanez/Morales may solve a few problems.

    I see Ryan Roberts was optioned to AAA again.
    That is a guy who would be a legit guy to replace Inge.
    He does everything better, and is a switch hitter.
    Same thing with Willie Bloomquist, who can also play OF, besides being able to actually Hit major league pitching.
    Do something NH!!

    DK: Please see reply on Riverhounds thread, Tom. Thanks.

  273. Mike Shigley says:

    And, the solutions may be in house: Ivan De Jesus and Andrew Lambo. Lambo hits from the left side and has the highest slugging and OPS stats of anyone at Indy. De Jesus’s drawback, though, are his high number of errors — but if you want a bat off the bench, the only Indy regular with a higher on base percentage is Matt Hague. Neither are on the 40 man roster, but we could DFA two we currently have.

  274. Milo Hamilton says:

    Old Thom should do what us cable access announcers do – pass notes. What a jabrone.

  275. Brandie says:

    What a classy dude! It’s about as classy as shopping for a soul mate at a strip club! What a no talent, supremely annoying, verbally flatulent windbag!

  276. You’ve got to quit holding back and say what you really mean.


  277. Brandie says:

    Poor A-Fraud. He has a Grade 1 Hamstring strain and will not be joining the Yankees food a while.

  278. Milo Hamilton says:

    Brian Cashman just suffered the same injury dancing for joy.

  279. JohninOshkosh says:

    Hey everybody!

    ESPN has a rare treat tonight. They are actually showing a Yankees-Red Sox game.

  280. Brandie says:

    Good one, brother Milo!

  281. Brandie says:

    Sorry for the less refined moment there, Revvy!

  282. Brandie says:

    What? No NBA off season highlights of LeBron getting a pedicure?

  283. Brandie says:

    Quad strain, not has string. My bad.

  284. theplanisworking says:


    Kris Benson would disagree with you.
    Why, he found the lovely Anna there.

    Oh, wait……………………..

  285. theplanisworking says:

    I was hoping for X Games Morgantown, myself………..

  286. theplanisworking says:


    verbally flatulent windbags everywhere are insulted.

  287. Brandie says:

    My apologies…to politicians and sports hacks everywhere…NOT!

  288. Bold reaming time.

  289. theplanisworking says:

    Does my % go down??

  290. No, Brandie’s does. She said it first.


  291. theplanisworking says:

    Good. The only percentage I want to drop if my fat %.

  292. Brandie says:

    Ya got me there, Revvy! :-)

  293. Drew71 says:

    Careful. Dejan will bold ream you for the X thing.

    And JAL will slaughter you for the Morgantown crack.

  294. theplanisworking says:


    JAL can slaughter me if he wants….. Hippos are messy.
    Then he can throw me in the burning couch pile. ;)

  295. pattonbb says:

    As if I needed one more reason to hate the Reds.

  296. tom p above got bold-reamed on the Hounds’ thread.

    He’s in good company with the rest of us.

    DK will have The Final Word on it, for sure.

  297. BDHumbert says:

    This is not hard….

    Bring up Lambo
    and TS
    and AP

    Waive Inge
    and Snider
    and Barmes

  298. theplanisworking says:

    I think the bold stuff is a badge of honor.
    Sort of.
    Like steam burns in a kitchen.
    Or being a Pirate fan after 20 losing seasons……..

  299. Drew71 says:

    Yes. That WOULD be easy.

    I’d rather do the hard thing.

    And go trade for some REAL major leaguers.

  300. Good, positive way to look at it.

  301. Drew71 says:

    Or staying up for the Final Word

  302. That shouldn’t be hard. We have the prospects.

    Just can’t throw out all the prospects with the bath water.

  303. theplanisworking says:


    Your % just went down again…….

  304. doc says:

    Barmes Stays
    Snider stays unless another 1st baseman or RF’er is found
    I’d play with 24 just too get rid of Inge.

    And if you could get someone Ok, I’d drop harrison too

  305. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Yankees & Red Sox are in the 6th inning already. May even finish up by midnight.

  306. tomp says:

    They pretty much are playing with 24, if Inge is part of the roster.

    Since the meaningless HR vs the mariners, has he had any hits?

    I remember a well struck ball to the warning track in Chicago, but since then, all i can recall is K’s, and maybe 1 or 2 pop ups to the right side of the infield.

    Seriously, besides getting Clint good hockey tickets to games in Detroit, what is he bringing to this club?.
    NH gets accolades for building a bullpen, how about getting off the snide and build a somewhat respectable major league bench.

  307. tomp says:

    Just checked, since that HR , 13 ab’s , ZERO hits, 6 k’s.

    Current batting average of 181.

    I don’t care how good of a clubhouse guy he is portrayed to be, the guy does not belong on a major league roster, unless he is listed as a coach.
    If he was DFA’d, does anyone think he would be claimed?.
    His spot makes the Pirates play with a short roster, which is appalling .

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