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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

WASHINGTON — Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (59-39) vs. Washington Nationals (48-52)

Starters: LHP Francisco Liriano vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: Nationals 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. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Travis Snider, RF
  7. Michael McKenry, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Liriano, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel and I are on the scene, way up high …


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. Milo Hamilton says:

    McKenry. It’s obvious Hurdle reads this blog. Glad to help.

  2. theplanisworking says:

    +1 for you.

  3. theplanisworking says:

    GO BUCS !!!

    RiverPuppies too. ;)

  4. Jandy says:

    +2 for Milo

  5. Derek Smith says:

    First! Let’s get a series win tonight. As long as the Nationals don’t run all over the Pirates. I always worry when I see McKenry in the lineup. Call up Tony Sanchez.

  6. Jandy says:

    Liriano had a bit of a rough game his last outing. Hope he’s in his zone tonight.

  7. Derek Smith says:

    Well, I was first when I got here. Haha

  8. Jandy says:

    first what?

  9. Jandy says:


  10. theplanisworking says:

    You know, for $611 million dollars, that is one ugly stadium.

    DK: Not many would debate that. Not bad on inside. But outside …

  11. theplanisworking says:

    First to be wrong! ;)

  12. theplanisworking says:

    Keep his kids away from the ballpark.

  13. Steve D says:

    Martin is hot right now, why sit him?

  14. Nate83 says:

    You did call that one. I agreed with that post. Good call.

    Just think a year ago it wasn’t considered a good thing to think like Hurdle.

  15. Jandy says:

    ha! Good idea!

  16. 21sthebest says:

    I thought it was just blech. No character. Very similar to the Rangers ballpark, IMO.

    And all the fans want to talk about is the Redskins.

  17. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    “Rob Biertempfel and I are on the scene, way up high”

    Would you consider that higher than where media is in PNC?

  18. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    The Fort had a decent game offensively the other day, give Martin a breather and see if Forty can hit again.

  19. Craig Reinfeld says:

    With day game tomorrow, Martin would sit tomorrow if he played today.. My guess is they rather have him catch for AJ tomorrow.

  20. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    This looks like a Sunday lineup though. Doesn’t seem like a real threat.

  21. Jandy says:

    Jordy is sitting.

  22. theplanisworking says:

    That should have made Inside Pirates Baseball’s 10 weirdest moments.

  23. 21sthebest says:

    I’m guessing the White Sox scouts left town. :-)

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    Beat Em Bucs

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  25. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    Makes my job a helluva lot easier

    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.


    Tonight’s Pick ‘Em Line
    Total STRIKEOUTS by Adam LaRoche in tonight’s game
    1 (EVEN ODDS)
    2 (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!!!

    59 Down, only 23 more to go!!
    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

  26. theplanisworking says:

    As opposed to standing?

    Yeah, this definitely is the “C” lineup.

    Only missing Harrison to completely wave the white flag…………..

  27. theplanisworking says:

    + many

  28. Milo Hamilton says:

    McKenry can only catch Liriano and Locke for various reasons. He was going to play either today or tomorrow. This makes perfect sense.

  29. theplanisworking says:

    +3 for Hippo.

    Well, it sounded good……………

  30. NMR says:

    My first reaction was the same as Steve’s, but you guys are pretty darn smart.

  31. Arriba Wilver says:

    I saw or heard someone say yesterday it was the highest in baseball. The good news is you can see the Capital in the background. Inside the stadium, in seats equivalent to PNC’s box seats, all you can see are some ugly buildings, at least for now. I was there in June sitting behind home plate and agree with 21. BUT, and I don’t know if this is universal there, but they have Ushers at the top of at least some sections with Stop Signs that say something along the lines of “wait for a break in the action.” And they use them. Heaven.

  32. Dom says:

    25 ON #2

  33. Kevin says:

    Is it blasphemous to sit Walker? Frankly, I’d like to see Barmes & Mercer played short n 2nd and Walker from the bench. Why does it have to be Barmes OR Mercer? I guess that’s my point.

  34. Dom says:

    Former Bucco Barry Bonds is 49 today.

  35. Kraig K says:

    That lineup is a joke (6-9 hitters).

  36. Arriba Wilver says:

    They won Sunday. :-)

  37. JohninOshkosh says:

    I gotta say, it’s pretty damn cool seeing the United States Capitol, the focal point of democracy, from that vantage point.

  38. Milo Hamilton says:

    I posted this last night:

    Milo Hamilton says:
    July 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve come to the conclusion that McKenry should only catch Locke & Liriano. With them both being lefties it kind of neutralizes his throwing issues. I think Martin should always catch Morton & Cole to call the game for them. And he needs to catch Burnett because AJ likes pitching to him & he can’t hold runners. They’ve set the rotation up so they can pull this off.

    So I’d like to see McKenry tomorrow & Martin on Thursday. We’ll see if they’re thinking the same way.

  39. Kevin says:

    when was the last time Marte’s had a hit? I know he was on base the other day… got hit in the forearm.

  40. bizrow says:

    I believe

    100 on 2 Ks for ALaRoche

    Thanks Playoffs, you da bestest

  41. Dom says:

    Snider, McKenry, Barmes, as 6, 7, and 8?

    Liriano is going to have to really have to be on his game if we’re going to take this one.

    Why bench Tabata two days in a row?

  42. Kevin says:

    nevermind, found answer… he was 2-for-5 last friday. Has gone 0-for-17 since. He’s due.

  43. Dom says:

    The trade deadline can’t get here soon enough.

    Come August 1st I really don’t want to see Snider or McKenry in the lineup again.

    I know a lot of us do not want us to mortgage our future and I’m not suggesting we give up someone like Polanco but we got to do better than those guys.

  44. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    No, THIS is a joke…

    A couple is sitting on the porch sipping wine. The wife says, “I love you.”
    The husband says, “Is that you or the wine talking?”
    The wife replies, “It’s me, talking to the wine.”

  45. JRay3 says:

    Marte is 0-17 last four games and has seen his average drop from .292 to .279. He was 2-5 in the opener of the road trip in Cincy, hasn’t done much since.

  46. NMR says:

    Makes sense to me, Milo.

    Especially Liriano. Guy works to his own beat. Don’t really think it matters if Martin, Johnny Bench, or a bullpen catcher is back there for him.

  47. Kevin says:

    Tabata played last night… was 0-for-4. Hoping Snider has himself a good game. He’s due.

  48. 21sthebest says:


  49. scapper says:

    You two nailed it. Hard to believe someone signed off on something so ugly from the outside. They’re just starting to put in some restaurants and bars around the outside of the place, but they have a long way to go. Thankfully, they just got rid of the concrete company outside of the home plate gate. If you’ve never been there, that is not a joke or an exaggeration. Cement trucks, sand, gravel…And I do mean RIGHT outside the gate along the river.

    Now, that being said, on the inside, it might be my favorite MLB park. Okay, Camden Yards and PNC have those views, but Nats Park is so roomy in the councourses and it has this sublime, expansive area that spans most of the outfield concourse area. Sort makes up for the visual assault that is the outside of the stadium and the fact that geography didn’t allow them to build it with an outfield view of any of the monuments.

    Was there the last two nights but not tonight. Tomorrow still up in the air. Nats fans were in full whine mode last night, which made the whole evening that much sweeter.

  50. Kevin says:

    Barmes has been hitting well… someone else said it. .303 since whenever with 3 doubles? *raises invisible goblet with bubbly* here’s hoping McKenry get’s off the snide. He’s due.

  51. Sign ‘im up!

    Or “line” ‘im up.

  52. JRay3 says:

    Barmes is hitting .272 in July and just yesterday CH said his recent play has warranted him some additional playing time, so no surprise he is in lineup.

    Fort was going to have to catch either today or tomorrow and as discussion yesterday and today here got into, it is probably better served to have Fort catch a LHP to reduce liability in running game which is more problematic than what he will do at the plate, although he was 2-4 with a double in his last start.

    So I guess the argument would be Snider or Tabata? Tabata is 1-15 in last six games, so I am sure CH is just wishing he could find a hot hand in RF, of that NH would hurry up and add a RF to the team.

  53. JRay3 says:

    funny stuff

  54. cmat0829 says:

    I think the inside is not bad at all… like the color schemes and the seating is pretty good… it’s in a crappy neighborhood, etc. but I think it is in the lower part of the top third of MLB parks.

    I wouldn’t call it ‘generic’, like the new Comiskey, the Rangers park, Turner Field, and even GABP in Cincy, but it is way, way below PNC, AT&T, Camden Yards (my top tier of newer parks), and even below Coors Field, PetCO, Safeco, etc.

  55. Jim S. says:

    Maybe Martin hurt himself with one of those crazy, half slide things he does in between the bases. I cringe when I see him do that.

  56. Is that from the joke book Drew wrote?

  57. Arriba Wilver says:

    Regarding the development around it, I think it was finished around the time of the real estate meltdown. Bad timing. The concourse is HUGE. Wide enough to have those aisle things they have at airports for tickets and getting accosted by the TSA, with still plenty of room. As DK said, outside is nondescript.

  58. Brian Johnson says:

    Perth, Ontario, Canada (near the home of the Ottawa RedBlacks).

  59. Kevin says:

    In terms of recent expectations of pirates hitters, I’ll take McCutchen and Barmes with a multi-hit night and a random solo HR from either Alvarez or Jones.

  60. Jim S. says:

    They sure do arrive late, don’t they? Both Monday and yesterday, the place looked empty at first pitch. Then, by the 3rd inning it looked almost full.

    But, I’ve been on that beltway at rush hour. Brutal.

  61. Kevin says:

    pretty damn cool or depressing, depending on your viewpoint. :)

  62. Jim S. says:

    Make paying customers wait to get back to their seats, but I’m sure they have no problem with ushers all over the place selling beer and soft drinks blocking all the action endlessly.

  63. Jim S. says:

    + a million.

  64. Arriba Wilver says:

    Barmes has picked up his defense, too. I don’t see SS as one of our top problems at this point. No question he stunk earlier this year, but . . .

  65. cmat0829 says:

    Milo, great call on Fort getting the start tonight vs. tomorrow afternoon… he needs to start one of those games (lest Martin’s arm fall off) and tomorrow vs. a lefty we will need Martin’s bat in the lineup.

    As to other protests of the lineup, the only possible questions are “Barmes or Mercer” at SS and “Snider or Tabata or Jones in RF (Gaby at 1B)”?

    Tabby isn’t exactly knocking cover off the ball, and my guess is that Strasburg might be tougher on righties, though no idea… to me that’s a ‘flip a coin’.

    As to Barmes, I think it’s also a flip of the coin, no issue there…he has earned some playing time.

    I really don’t get worked up on lineup choices…the other lineup wasn’t exactly the ’27 yankees lately, so let’s roll the dice.

  66. Jim S. says:

    I’ve never been there before, but your great post makes me feel like I have, scapper.

  67. Thundercrack says:

    I hate paying customers and ushers blocking my view

  68. cmat0829 says:

    you know, the Nats might just be bad enough on the basepaths to give Fort a fighting shot. Harper just seems slow to me (maybe he isn’t getting jumps, not sure).. Span is batting way down in the order… I don’t really fear the running game of the Nats.

  69. Jim S. says:

    Yep. I’d say you nailed it.

  70. NMR says:

    Kind of wierd that Tabby’s only two strikeouts during that slump came last night.

    Usually when guys slump it’s because of K’s(Alvarez, Marte).

    Boy could use a few bleeders.

  71. Nate83 says:

    I agree with that. Except is Fort’s bat really that much worse then Martin. Martin is only batting .245. It seems like he has had some clutch hits but I think they have come in bunches. I’m not sure and can’t check at work but I think his average with RISP isn’t that great overall.

  72. Lad9 says:

    Or shoot im up…

  73. Jim S. says:

    That’s some pretty sharp reasoning, Milo. ++

  74. NMR says:

    “Strikeouts are boring. Besides, they’re fascist. Throw some damn ground balls. They’re democratic.”

  75. NMR says:

    Yes. Yes it is worse. Much worse.

  76. AJS says:

    I’m think back to old school Three Rivers days when the Bucs were good and we couldn’t get into pittsburgh from Indiana County until sometime around 6:30. Then had to find parking. used to have to park at the Clark building and hoof it. One night we didn’t make it to our seats until the 4th inning and Bonds and Bonilla had already homered and the Bucs were up 6.

  77. theplanisworking says:

    Welcome, Brian. :)

  78. cmat0829 says:

    Marte, especially in the leadoff spot, is really critical to this offense. When he gets on base, with his speed, he really sets the stage well. When he is going well, the Pirates offense seems to have a pulse, a rhythm… and when he isn’t, it is ugly.

    I believe in his talent and I do think he is about to break out of it, but it starts with not trying to pull everything (seems to be a common theme amongst the Pirates) and showing at least a modicum of improvement in swinging at low and far,far away sliders and offspeed pitches.

    One other point… it seems that today’s pitchers pretty much throw offspeed in the normal fastball counts… like 2-0..the Bucs hitters pretty much think fastball and swing way ahead of the pitch. Maybe we can ask Wehner, but why wouldn’t the Bucs perhaps LOOK offspeed there and if they get a fastball, fine, let it go… seems the odds right now are way higher they’ll get offspeed, especially the better hitters (Cutch, Pedro, etc.).

  79. bizrow says:


  80. theplanisworking says:

    or just plain shoot him……

  81. theplanisworking says:

    or just plain shoot him……

  82. AJS says:

    Candle sticks make a nice gift.

  83. NMR says:

    9 k’s in 22 AB’s since the break. That would make Pedro blush.

    Makes me that much more confident he’s gonna turn around a Strasburg fastball tonight.

  84. bizrow says:

    Thanks for signing in Brian

    That’s 377

    Need to get to 400 to guarantee the losing streak is broken ;-)

  85. bizrow says:

    Is that his current hat/cap size???

  86. bizrow says:


  87. Stuart says:

    Playoffs, give me a hunnert on the 2Ks for Adam.


  88. Arriba Wilver says:

    I agree with Milo’s POV on this, but to your point, Nate, with Inge gone the only position player with a lower average than the Fort is Harrison. So, yes, he is that much worse.

  89. bizrow says:

    He sees pitch, he likes them all, no patience at the plate

    Pitchers know he wants to swing at bout near anything

  90. Arriba Wilver says:


  91. 21sthebest says:

    Small nit. After last night Martin is hitting .251 with an OPS of .759. Mckenry is .190 and .565.

  92. AJS says:

    I was recently at Coors…for a wedding, not baseball. The view is nothing special. Teh grounds are nice and the concourses are pretty wide. That park is more visually stunning from the outside than in. Oddly enough it kind of reminded me of PNC flipped and without the Clemente wall. Left field is open to the streets with some bleachers wrapping around in right. The most interesting feature to me in Coors is that odd section of bleachers in dead center.

  93. JohninOshkosh says:

    + 1

  94. NMR says:

    Cool topic, pitchers pitching “backwards”. I don’t know if it is a matter what poorly guessing or poorly identifying what pitch is going to be thrown.

  95. The Gunner says:

    Help in RF can’t come soon enough for the Buccos. It would be nice if the new RFer arrives in time for next week’s St. Louis series. NH has something in the works, I am sure. The attorneys are probably working out all the details as we post!

  96. Lad9 says:

    I AM trying to break.500, which is why I am going to make this incredibly stupid wager. This is probably one of the few lines where there is a reasonable chance of hitting the triple odds, so I will go with zero strikeouts for 100 dollah US. Thank you Playoffs. Go Buccos!! Bring me a win tonight cause I will miss the game.

  97. Nate83 says:

    I didn’t realize it had gotten that bad. We know he can hit better then that so hopefully he is do for a hot streak. I personally would like to see Martin in there as much as possible but know that he needs to get a day of at least one game a week.

  98. AJS says:

    Seemed like when Tabby came back he was getting a lot of bleeders and infiel hits. Not a lot of solid contact. That is all perception on my limited live watcing of the games. So to me he was a little due in teh falling off department.

  99. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Cool thanks. I never really paid attention before, but I know a lot of the visiting broadcasters for PNC talk about how high up they are.

  100. Keith says:

    I’ll try 100 on 3 K’s. Thanks! BTW, any July updates?

  101. JohninOshkosh says:


    I still get goosebumps thinking about the history in that building, though.

    The Capitol I mean. :)

    Never been to DC. Would like to go someday.

  102. AJS says:

    Why would my comment be awaiting moderation. This is not my first post!

  103. JohninOshkosh says:

    Very cool. Welcome.

  104. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


  105. cmat0829 says:

    One reason I like Wehner as the analyst is that he often offers up good insights into hitting approach.. most of what I hear him say involves “going the other way, going up the middle” and “swinging at your pitch when ahead in count” and “recognizing the pitch”. The Pirates hitters aren’t that good at any of those and hence the results.

  106. cmat0829 says:

    it must be too extreme, remember ‘all things in moderation’

    DK: I did something earlier where I accidentally sent an entire page to the spam folder. The page went right back, but the system remembers spam senders. So I have to clear each one back individually.


  107. Jim S. says:

    I know Marte took Strasburg deep earlier this year. Did McKenry also? Or, maybe last year. McKenry did have a tendency last year to hit HRs off some big names.

  108. JohninOshkosh says:

    His liver’s age is 80.

  109. cmat0829 says:

    hmmmm…tempting to go for the 0 just for the triple odds… but Liriano when he is on is very tough to hit….

    oh heck with it, lets’ go 100 on 0.

  110. Patrick(ri) says:

    What I want to know is who will Jay Hay play cribbage with? I still fail to see why they interrupted a stellar AAA season to put him on the bench to rot. The handling of him this season is stupid.

  111. Jim S. says:

    I believe the Barmes “hot” streak was 9/33, or .273. Barmes stepping into the box vs. Strasburg, with a pitcher to follow is like Sweet Tea to a Southerner on a 95 degree day.

  112. Jim S. says:

    Some of him is much younger.

  113. Jim S. says:

    I like that one.

  114. Gobo says:

    Montclair New Jersey

  115. AJS says:

    Wow so that happened all in the 2 minutes between my last post and this one? Talk about timing!

  116. charlie says:

    Hocshton, Ga.

  117. tpbco says:

    ESPECIALLY breaking balls low and away….the ones he would need a bed slat to reach.

  118. Jim S. says:

    Barmes to CH:

    “First of all, Skip, I appreciate that you are trying to get me in the lineup more often. I really do. But, did you have to pick tonight?”

  119. Nate83 says:

    Yep that is really bad. Although I know he is capable of more I’m not going to defend him anymore. If losing his last option wasn’t part of the equation I would have sent him down and had Sanchez up a while back. Some would agrue the option shouldn’t even come into play with a competetive team and I can’t say I don’t agree.

  120. cmat0829 says:

    Ok, back to trade deadline ‘rumors and ruminations’…

    1. Saw that Bleacher Report ‘predicted’ the Bucs would acquire Alex Rios and salary relief for Alex Dickerson, who they think would be Sox starting 1B in 2014. I don’t hear much about Dickerson, but that may be a price worth paying …..

    2. What do folks think about Placido Polanco being a bench piece for this club… I know he can play 3B and outfield, he may be able to play 2B too…RH hitter, veteran… and Miami I’m sure would let him go….

    DK: Bleacher Report.

  121. AJS says:

    Hey maybe the Bucs should take a page out of the Pens playbook and hire their TV analys as a coach(Olczyk)

    I still can’t believe that Jay Bell somehow got a job as a hitting instructor. Because when I think great hitter, i think Jay Bell. Those who can’t, teach!

  122. Arriba Wilver says:

    Haven’t heard anything about his collusion case against baseball for no one signing him. I gotta think the Union said, “look, Barry, everyone hates you. They didn’t have to get together to decide that. Now get out of my office.”

  123. AJS says:

    I agree. In the past when JayHay hasbeen called up to actually play he wasn’t a bad plug in at times. i guess the issue becomes who else already on the 40 man were you going to call up?

  124. Jim S. says:

    I have thought that for a long time as well. I am amazed that Tabby hits for as high of an average as he does. He does not square the ball up a lot. Of course, he does sometimes. But, I think he makes a lot of soft outs. I guess he puts the ball in play, and you can get a decent average that way. Just an observation on my part.

  125. cmat0829 says:

    Not sure I understand the point in terms of ‘handling of JayHey’..he has nothing to prove in AAA, and he isn’t 22 y/o anymore, so his purpose is to serve the big league club whenever and however the manager sees fit. That is the life of the ’25th man’. If he doesn’t like it, he can either play better in MLB when given the opportunity, or ask for his release to see if he can start for another team (unlikely).

    Josh always seems to have a good demeanor and I’m not sure we should concern ourselves with his ‘stellar AAA season interrruptus”. Ask any AAA ‘all star’, they’d give anything to be called and recalled and recalled to the big club rather than spening the whole year in AAA.

  126. charlie says:

    should be Hoschton, Ga…. Guess I’m excited about the Bucs!!

  127. Jim S. says:

    Martin has a low avg w/ RISP, Nate. You are correct on that. I think his 3 hits last night propelled him over .250 a bit.

  128. JRay3 says:

    Looking ahead, I read where the Pirates will likely turn to Jeanmar Gomez to start on the of games versus St Louis next Tuesday in the DH. Imagine they would use the one extra player on another relief pitcher – Hughes?

    Nice to have Gomez to utilize for this situation and what will be two very important games in that five game series.

  129. cmat0829 says:

    right, to their credit, though, they labeled the article as ‘predictions’, for what that’s worth.

    DK: Bleacher Report.

  130. JohninOshkosh says:

    Getting married at a ballpark named after beer ?

    Now that’s a girl worth marrying!

  131. Jim S. says:

    Took Strasburg for a big fly in Pittsburgh on the Saturday game.

  132. cmat0829 says:

    Jay Bell was a fine major league hitter, no issues whatsoever with his hiring. He has ties to the city and the team and knows what he speaks. The players have to put the instruction into play… at some point, you need to just trust your skills and let it go… just like in golf, you can’t play a round thinking too much, you have to let it fly.

  133. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    100 on 1

  134. Jim S. says:

    After having written the above, I am recalling a big Barmes hit of some sort in that Saturday game in Pittsburgh vs. Strasburg. I don’t remember if it was a HR or what, but I think it drove in a run. We led that game by a couple of runs early, and then let it slip away.

    My apologies to Clint and Clint. Maybe they see a trend.

  135. Nate83 says:

    Definately. How many team can run a sixth pitcher out there with the stats Gomez has put up. Nevermind the fact that Wandy is hurt so this is actually the 7th pitcher.

  136. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


  137. cmat0829 says:

    Coors is revered in Denver, and the neighborhood is excellent, but to me the park is a B or so… it would have gotten an A if they kept the capacity around 41K as they originally planned (the huge crowds at Mile High convinced the owners to squeeze in 8-10K more seats) AND if they took advantage of either a mountain view or a city view…as it is now, they offer a view of the flat ugly section of town toward I-70.

  138. Arriba Wilver says:

    Eckstein is available.

  139. Jim S. says:

    No way you can adjust to a Strasburg fastball. So, if you are guessing off-speed, you better be right.

  140. Brandie says:

    Butter-Face Ballpark…,Body looks good, sweet disposition…but her face

  141. Arriba Wilver says:

    It’s beautiful from the outside.

  142. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    He (Gomez) was throwing a pretty aggressive bullpen session during the 8th and 9th innings last night, from what I could see from my seats.

  143. JohninOshkosh says:

    Laughed out loud.

  144. Brandie says:

    Just like AC/DC’s lead singer…perhaps I shall call you Rock Star. Welcome to the Asylum.

  145. Patrick(ri) says:

    All true, but CH said he would play. He has not, and now he has lost his fellow
    “languisher.” It has to be lonely, even at MLB payscales.

  146. cmat0829 says:

    if you were manager, would you play JayHey? if so, at expense of whom in the lineup? really a no brainer from where I sit… he is 25th guy and those guys don’t play very much if at all.

  147. Brandie says:

    Welcome to the club. It is great that Bucco fans can come out of witness protection and declare themselves.

  148. Patrick(ri) says:

    I agree, but sometimes he grates on my nerves as no swing goes unanalyzed –in meticulous detail. Sometimes they must just swing and miss, even with as detailed a plan as JW argues for?

  149. Brandie says:

    May I have 25 on Line #2? Thank you.

  150. Brandie says:

    Happy Birthday Barry Big Head!

  151. Patrick(ri) says:

    Probably not, but I would if I said I would (how’s that for a trenchant sentence?).

  152. Stickyweb says:

    They’re probably thinking it’s going to be a low scoring game and want the best defense in there. Apparently some still think Barmes is that much better than Jordy on D to make up for the huge hitting difference. I know Barmes has been decent the last week or two, but since you’ll need at least one run tonight, I’d rather have Jordy in there.

  153. bizrow says:

    Thanks for logging in Gobo and Charlie

    Keep on posting ;-)

  154. Milo Hamilton says:

    Mariners trailing 8-1 in the 6th. Shocked.

  155. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Poor ID would be my guess, would explain the down and away slider/breaking balls wiffed at.

  156. Brandie says:

    Good Evening Citizens of Bedrock!

  157. Jim S. says:

    A bucket list item for sure, Osh.

  158. OZ says:

    50 on zilch, nada, nothing for strikeouts tonite from Mr. Laroche. Crazy I know.

  159. Jim S. says:

    But, a bad stadium.

  160. Milo Hamilton says:

    Joe Mauer & wife are celebrating the birth of, you guessed it, twins. Talk about being all in.

  161. JohninOshkosh says:

    I can never get this straight. How does the pecking order of validity go with Bleacher Report, Deadspin, and Pirates Prospects ?

  162. Brandie says:

    +1….Raaaaaaaaddddd Laaaaaadddddd! (Read in Fred Flintsone’s voice.)

  163. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I thought that was pretty cool.

  164. Jim S. says:

    Disposition, shmisposition.

  165. Brandie says:

    Does he get a bonus for that?

  166. scapper says:

    What can I say, Jim S…I live to give, ha ha. But forgot one humorous aspect of the park. Outside the main gate in left center, across the street, they have a really big outdoor bar, if you will. Lots of tents selling beer, a local band every night, ten or so free cornhole areas and a few food trucks that no one seems to patronize. It’s a fun pregame scene if it’s not 96 degrees.

    What makes it funny as that it’s surrounded by these stacked, colorful trailers, the kind you see on a lot of docks. Now, only fans of the The Wire will get this, but it reminds us so much of Season 2 of that series, so the bunch of us refer to it as the Frank Sobotka Tavern. If you’ve seen the show, you can now picture the bar, only on a smaller scale.

  167. Jim S. says:

    This blog room is getting more and more crowded, as Bucco fever continues unabated! Great to see.

  168. Stickyweb says:

    Yup Barmes has a HR against Straburg and OPS over 1.100. He owns him, I tell ya!

    DISCLAIMER: With 6 ABs, past performance is not a guarantee of future excellence

  169. NMR says:

    Knew I was onto something, haha.

  170. Brandie says:

    Is that book called The Tao of Drew?

  171. Vette60 says:

    Okie Dokie…

    Let’s go BUCS!

    So, put me down for 50 Bucco Bucs on 2Ks.

    Talked to my Dad last night – Folks are heading to the Cards game Thursday night and then coming back out for Sunday’s Rockie’s as well…fun for them!

    Randy in RVA.

  172. Jim S. says:

    Alex Dickerson is starting to turn into a good prospect at a position of need for the Bucs.

    Everyone seems to want Alex Rios traded to the Bucs except (fingers crossed) … the Bucs.

  173. Chris says:

    The usher did use the sign (section 108) yesterday. It was very nice. Was at PNC last week and it was a constant parade.

  174. Jim S. says:

    Yes, more mouths to feed. How will he make ends meet?

  175. NMR says:

    Deadspin, Associated Press, Trib, New York Times

  176. Stickyweb says:

    Dickerson has really turned it on the last couple of months and is hitting for power and average at Altoona. Wouldn’t be a shock if he was our starting 1B in 2014. As long as the back doesn’t flare up again.

    RE: Placido, he’s one that stood out as a great get when I was trolling through the non-contenders’ rosters (yes I have no life). Good veteran, can still hit and play a few different positions

  177. piratemike says:

    The Commies don’t need to hang out in dingy back rooms anymore.

  178. pattonbb says:

    OK, I’ll bite…..

    100 make believe units on 0

  179. Arriba Wilver says:

    From what I understand, I could submit an article to Bleacher Report and it would appear. Think about that for a second. :-)

    DK: AW Report.

  180. Stickyweb says:

    I’ll try to double up and put 100 on the 3K’s for our favorite former 1B (a lot of alliteration from anxious anchors)

  181. pattonbb says:

    I hear Groupons help

  182. bizrow says:

    There are many, many more out there that come to read, but don’t comment

    New posters are the lifeblood of this place

    But I agree Jim, we keep on winning or being competitive…

    Its going to be a lot of fun

  183. pattonbb says:

    I thought those were your articles :)

  184. bizrow says:

    I can’t believe that I am saying this now, would not have at the beginning of the season, but save Gomez, bring up someone for a spot start

    If you use him as a starter, you burn him up for 3-4 days, could send Black down, bring up a starter, then send the starter down and bring up Lurch?

  185. JohninOshkosh says:

    Is that your ’60 Vette, Randy ? My buddy has a ’57 and, although the avatars are small, they look like they have similar designs. ’61 was the big design change year, right ?

  186. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Yes, I owe him a royalty check.

  187. Milo Hamilton says:

    Looks like the Rangers are making a serious run at Alex Rios. Nelson Cruz could be joining Ryan Braun in Bali any day now.

  188. JRay3 says:

    You have had quite the stretch of Bucs wins with you in attendance, huh? I hope you plan on being at PNC for the Cardinals series!

  189. JohninOshkosh says:


  190. Bob Hasis says:

    Fast ball down the middle – strike one; smooth the dirt with foot. Step back in fast ball down the middle – strike two; smooth the dirt with foot. Step back in sharp breaking curve
    low and outside, an elongated swing and miss – strike three.

    Microcosmic synopsis of Barmes first at bat. Maybe the second as well.

    Problem with him starting is CH can’t bring him in for defensive purposes to replace himself.

  191. JHadar says:

    If memory serves me right, the first time I saw that one was in the New York Times Crossword puzzle as carried (probably a week later than original publication date) in the Des Moines Register.

  192. JohninOshkosh says:

    Bloody Mary:
    Most people live on a lonely island,
    Lost in the middle of a foggy sea.
    Most people long for another island,
    One where they know they will like to be.

    Bali Ha’i may call you,
    Any night, any day,
    In your heart, you’ll hear it call you:
    “Come away…Come away.”

    Bali Ha’i will whisper
    In the wind of the sea:
    “Here am I, your special island!
    Come to me, come to me!”

  193. Dave G says:

    Bleacher Report is a site featuring articles written by fans.

    Amateur journalism.

    DK: Not journalism at all. Bleacher Report.

  194. Joey Mellons says:

    100 on zero Ks.

  195. JHadar says:

    I did a double take before I realized DH could stand for Double Header instead of the American League Abomination.

  196. Arriba Wilver says:

    That’s what I said. :-)

  197. Arriba Wilver says:


  198. Frankie says:

    100 on 1 strikeout

  199. JHadar says:

    One thing about tonight’s line-up, it gives us a stronger bench.

    Who knows. if the pitchers can keep us in it until the 7th it might turn out to be another one of those strokes of genius that has made this season what it is.

  200. Arriba Wilver says:

    Last 14 days: Barmes .333 average, .842 OPS.

  201. Arriba Wilver says:

    He has been a nice surprise, and another feather in NH’s cap.

  202. Bob Hasis says:

    The team has been struggling, and we have been complaining, for the need of a solid starting lineup. Last night we came darn close to it, then tonight the manager offers us this piece of crap.

    Happy Hour makes me real happy – can you tell? I didn’t even stay until the end. Had some great conversation with some sports geeks. A lot of talk; no conclusions – sort of like being here.

    Milo, Sinatra once said, “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink; because when they wake up in the morning, that is as good as they are going to feel for the rest of the day”.

  203. Bob Hasis says:

    Tonight he will see Strassburg. It might be a little different.

    Was Mercer that bad last night? I thought he was outstanding.

  204. Karen22 says:

    Really x 2?? Perfect way to stop yourself from running into an out.

  205. JaxBuc says:

    Please sir, may I have 50 capitol domes on 1K?

  206. Karen22 says:


  207. Arriba Wilver says:

    Nope, and he made a beautiful defensive play that I doubt Barmes would have turned. But I don’t see Clint’s strategy as game by game. Not saying this is the reason, just speculating, but maybe having Mercer facing Strasburg isn’t a good idea at this point in Jordy’s development.

  208. Karen22 says:

    50 on 2. Yeah!

  209. Karen22 says:

    There’s an echo in here…

  210. Milo Hamilton says:


  211. Karen22 says:

    YEP! Crunch time is coming and it can’t come soon enough. MUST put real MLB players in the every day lineup if we are going ALL IN. The time is NOW!!!

  212. JohninOshkosh says:

    Don’t drink and blog, Bob.

    That guy also got to wake up in the morning looking at Ava Gardner. Not sure he has the credibility to talk about happiness to the average schmo.

  213. Karen22 says:

    Marte is a wild stallion. He needs to start reining it in for the long haul. Hope he can. We NEEEEED him!

  214. Dave G says:

    About this lineup:

    Anyone (besides me) feel that Hurdle is saving a couple of bats for late in the game when Strasburg tires out and they go to their pen?

  215. radio wave says:

    At playoffs:give me 75 on one strike out tonight. Thanks

  216. Bob Hasis says:

    You could be right, but eventually as a man, a player or whatever analogy you choose, one comes to that fork in the road, and he had better be prepared to face the travails and all that lies ahead.

    Too philosophical. Sorry!!!

  217. Bob Hasis says:

    Do I resemble an average schmo. I thought I was well above average.

    Ava and a cast of thousands

  218. Bob Hasis says:


  219. Milo Hamilton says:

    Like Yogi said, when you come to a fork in the road, take it.

  220. Arriba Wilver says:


  221. JohninOshkosh says:

    Well done on both points, Mr. Hasis.

  222. Jason81 says:

    100 on 2 whiffs, please!

  223. Bob Hasis says:

    AW, Actually Barmes might do better than Marte, who I am concerned with regarding his approach to hitting. Strasburg could make him look real bad

  224. Leife says:

    Too bad you only get the view of the Capital Building way up on top. It could be such a good view, but instead they put a garage and condos there.
    Fun DC fact.. Building code does not allow new buildings to be higher than about 150 feet.. So when building Nationals Park, they had to dig down so the top of the stadium didn’t go too high. (Main concourse is level with the sidewalk) And the reason why it looks like it does on the outside is so it matches the white marble look of the rest of the district. Now the location…. well… don’t stray too far from the park.

  225. theplanisworking says:

    100 Hippos on 1 K.


  226. Bob Hasis says:

    Marte seems disinterested and unconfident at the plate. His fielding is a totally different story.
    He gets as good a jump on the ball as anyone – maybe ever – and he sure can close on the ball

  227. Arriba Wilver says:

    50 on two strikeouts, please.

    You are an evil genius.

  228. Bob Hasis says:

    One of his many unwitting – or not – great lines

  229. theplanisworking says:

    Waste of perfectly good butter……………….

  230. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie will Shake You All Night Long! ;)

  231. Dadtackular says:

    100 Congressman on 1 Strikeout

  232. Hal Smith says:

    Thanks Playoffs..

    50 on #0

    Jody is the man. And cheap too!

  233. theplanisworking says:

    Howdy Karen!!

    Good to see you tonight.

  234. theplanisworking says:

    Howdy Karen!!

    Good to see you tonight.

  235. Milo Hamilton says:

    Strasburg’s last 3 starts:

    15 IP / 19 H / 13 ER / 7 BB / 7.80 ERA

  236. theplanisworking says:

    So its like Wikipedia? A free for all of information??

  237. theplanisworking says:

    Hello Muppet.
    Nice to have a legend in here tonight.

  238. Arriba Wilver says:

    Marte’s in a different class than either. He’s an established starter at this point.

  239. Brandie says:

    Howdy Ms. Karen.

  240. theplanisworking says:

    Way to go.

    You just cemented a no-hitter for him tonight. :(

  241. Arriba Wilver says:


  242. theplanisworking says:

    MUPPET !!!!!!!!

  243. theplanisworking says:

    MUPPET !!!!!!!!

  244. JRay3 says:

    But he has not faced the Pirates offense. This team has been known to get a lot of pitchers back on track.

  245. Brandie says:

    Plan! How are you my friend?

  246. Milo Hamilton says:

    That’s why I wanted to get those up there. Just to show someone’s been able to figure him out. Like 11 ER in 8 innings against powerhouses San Diego & Miami.

  247. JohninOshkosh says:

    Good stuff. Thanks.

  248. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Make that 10 now

  249. JRay3 says:

    He has shown this season to be very beatable at times. The Nats and he may suffer the curse of the Strasburg Shutdown from a year ago.

  250. theplanisworking says:

    I am good, but my computer is doubling up tonight. :(

    Nice to be with a legend like you.

    Good times. :)

  251. theplanisworking says:

    I am good, but my computer is doubling up tonight. :(

    Nice to be with a legend like you.

    Good times. :)

  252. theplanisworking says:


  253. Brandie says:

    Good one! Besides, no team could find a hat big enough for that head.

  254. Brandie says:

    It’s okay. Tonight, ever your echo has an echo. :-)

  255. Milo Hamilton says:

    Maybe, but it would have to be combined. He’s only pitched into the 8th inning once in his career.

  256. Arriba Wilver says:

    10 strikeouts minimum.

  257. Eric Bowser says:

    Who scores more…

    Team USA (vs Honduras)
    Pirates (vs Nationals)

  258. Keith says:

    Liriano is a pro. Missed with 12 straight pitches to start the game, and it didn’t faze him in the least.

  259. Milo Hamilton says:

    And then we’ll play the 6th inning.

  260. theplanisworking says:


    As long as my echo helps get a win, I am good.

  261. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    And ERA still under 3? Dang

  262. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, I remember reading that somewhere.

    I also heard his surgery is always in danger of “coming undone” because of his weird delivery issues.

  263. Eric Bowser says:

    Laser bomb by Pedro

  264. theplanisworking says:

    PEDRO !!!!!!

  265. JRay3 says:

    Some pretty good news on the Pirates broadcast….Wandy was throwing from 80 feet today. Will throw again in Miami, evaluate how he feels before deciding next step in getting him back on mound.

    If he returns it would be like a deadline deal two years in a row with him.

  266. JRay3 says:

    El Toro #26 as he rips Strasburg to right center and Buccos take early lead. He is well on his way to 40 HR’s this season, developing into major power hitter before our eyes.

  267. Brandie says:

    Twi-Dro or Night-Dro?

  268. Brandie says:

    This place has many Legends. My thanks to all who make the blog a nice place to be.

  269. Brandie says:

    Hipposter, U r great! It’s always a good time with you, Rad Lad, Drew-saster, and Revive!

  270. Eric Bowser says:

    I’d say he’s already a power hitter and developing into a better overall hitter before our eyes.

  271. Brandie says:

    Revive should be Revvie. Shout outs to Jim S, Ghostie, and AW. Hope Eric B. is on the mend.

  272. JRay3 says:

    I know Fort finished with a strike out, but boy does he put some AB’s together where he will battle you, made Strasbug go seven pitches to finish him off after McKenry fouled off five pitches.

  273. Eric Bowser says:

    At this point, that’s a win for him and team as there’s little expectation.

  274. JRay3 says:

    He is taking his power to the next level if you consider his career numbers:

    ’10 – 16 HR’s
    ’11 – 4 HR’s
    ’12 – 30 HR’s (his break out year)
    ’13 – 26 HR’s with 64 games left on pace for 40+ which would put him as top tier power in the game today.

  275. Brandie says:

    Then all I have to say is …Fear the Bull.

  276. Arriba Wilver says:

    At least on Wiki there is the theory that others will fact check you.

  277. Brandie says:

    This is Minnesota Jim, not Detroit.

  278. Eric Bowser says:

    I agree about the power numbers, he should be 40-45 by season’s end.

  279. theplanisworking says:

    But you are a Legend among Legends. :)

  280. Arriba Wilver says:

    I agree. Still not convinced, but I didn’t think he had a chance.

  281. Eric Bowser says:

    Twi-Dro for that one

  282. Arriba Wilver says:


  283. Milo Hamilton says:

    It’s been 40 years since we’ve had a 40 HR guy.

  284. Brandie says:

    The Urban Dictionary.

  285. JRay3 says:

    Marte looks as if he could use a day off tomorrow.

  286. Brandie says:

    You flatter me HIPPOSTER!

  287. Brandie says:

    Definitely Twi -Dro. Another face is Not In April or May-Dro!

  288. Milo Hamilton says:

    Mike Rizzo is having chest pains.

  289. theplanisworking says:

    Sunshine and roses.
    Bees and honey.
    baseball and summer.

    Then we have Brandimal. :)

  290. theplanisworking says:

    Lots of Pirate fans in attendance again today.

    Being the game is 1:00 tomorrow, does that mean we will see lots of congressmen in attendance ??

  291. Brandie says:

    Face it Plan, we are throwbacks enjoying the beauty of sport and discussion. (Though some probably wish we would be thrown back from whence we came.)

  292. Milo Hamilton says:

    We can only hope. That way they’re not screwing anything up.

  293. Brandie says:

    Congressmen who will lie about it when questioned about their game attendance by their constituents.

  294. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, but I weigh a lot. So they would have a difficult time throwing me.

    You, Miss 63 inches of fluff, not so much.

  295. theplanisworking says:

    Milo, they will still find a way………………

  296. theplanisworking says:

    Milo, they will still find a way………………

  297. Brandie says:

    I lift weights..,not so fluffy. :-)

  298. JRay3 says:

    Is it too early to throw Francisco Liriano into the Cy Young conversation?

  299. theplanisworking says:

    If he gets enough innings to qualify.

  300. kr70 says:

    oh NO….NO

  301. Milo Hamilton says:

    So they let him hit just to get a maximum 3 more outs out of him.

  302. JRay3 says:

    Not the way I want to see that go, really needed that play Pedro.

  303. theplanisworking says:

    One time where hustling cost him.
    He looked genuinely upset after that error.

  304. Jandy says:

    I think he wanted to borrow my size 9 wides to kick himself

  305. theplanisworking says:


    How are ya!

    Frankie pitching well again. :)

  306. theplanisworking says:


    How are ya!

    Frankie pitching well again. :)

  307. Milo Hamilton says:

    OK. Twice.

  308. Jandy says:

    Yes, Liriano is doing excellent :)

    I am fine…relaxing and watching my Bucs.

    How is the Hipposter??

  309. theplanisworking says:

    But my computer is doing the doublemint gum thing all night.

    I think Brandie snuck into my computer…….

  310. Jandy says:

    I noticed that…weird, maybe it’s haunted ;)

  311. Keith says:

    That makes the Bucs a 40-40 team.

  312. theplanisworking says:

    I dont know.

    Hippos dont do hauntings.

  313. Jandy says:

    Well, if Brandie snuck into it, then it’s Braunted!

  314. Milo Hamilton says:

    The injury definitely has Clint managing differently here.

  315. Jandy says:

    Hairston is NOT a happy camper lol

  316. theplanisworking says:

    LOL. Ya nut!

    Nice to see even the Nats fans give Frankie a standing O when he came out.

  317. JRay3 says:

    Last pitch of the night for Liriano was one of his filthiest, back door slider and there is nothing Hairston can do but look at it.

    7 2/3 innings of two hit ball, phenomenal performance tonight as Liriano goes toe to toe with Strasburg.

    Time for pen to secure the last four outs.

  318. bizrow says:


  319. Jandy says:

    That’s not a bad thing :)

  320. JRay3 says:

    Wilson goes 97 than 98 and finishes Rendon on weak pop out by going 99 to close the 8th. This staff is just plain nasty.

  321. Karen22 says:

    Amazing performance by Liriano! What a pick-up!

  322. JRay3 says:

    Some interesting tidbits:

    Bucs have won four 1-0 games this season
    Bucs have 13 shutouts this season

    Three outs away from adding to that total.

  323. Jandy says:

    Yes, I guess Washington isn’t Philly ;)

    and yes I am a nut :P

  324. Jandy says:

    agreed Karen!

  325. theplanisworking says:

    He is pitching more like a Rolls than a pick-up

  326. theplanisworking says:

    He is pitching more like a Rolls than a pick-up

  327. Jandy says:

    It’s about time, Marte :)

  328. theplanisworking says:

    Nice hit Walker !!!

  329. Jandy says:

    Nice job Walker :)

  330. Jandy says:

    do I hear an echo?

  331. JRay3 says:

    Huge RBI by Walker who goes opposite field gap to bring Marte home. Big insurance run, 2-0 good guys.

  332. JRay3 says:

    Great to have him back in lineup.

  333. Jandy says:

    Cutch was robbed

  334. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe, but you owe me a Pepsi. :)

  335. Jandy says:

    for sure

  336. Jandy says:

    Coke or nuttin :P
    I don’t do pepsi

  337. theplanisworking says:

    Pepsi or Nutting ;) , I dont do Coke.

    Unless I need to clean my car bumpers………

  338. Jandy says:


  339. Milo Hamilton says:


    U.S. scored 3 tonight. Tabata needs a hit for a push.

  340. Jandy says:


  341. Milo Hamilton says:

    I didn’t say he needed hit, I said he needed A hit.

  342. Jandy says:

    not quite the hit you envisioned

  343. theplanisworking says:


  344. Milo Hamilton says:

    Atta boy Fort !

  345. Jandy says:


  346. theplanisworking says:


    Fort with a 2-out, 2-RBI hit!!!

    And, we beat the US score!

    DRINKS ARE ON ME !!!!!

  347. Jandy says:

    Pedro has been doing some real hustling lol

  348. JRay3 says:

    Fort two RBI single to blow game open, bottom of lineup helping the cause once again.

  349. Jandy says:

    hey now, don’t be dropping those dirty four letter words!

  350. stickyweb says:

    It’s official…we need to start the fort every game and play Martin in RF. Great job getting them some insurance mchenry

  351. theplanisworking says:


    Like “work”, “Dejan”……… wait a minute………..

  352. Jandy says:

    did you see his arm? Holy crap!

  353. Milo Hamilton says:

    Gotta get some ice on that quick.

  354. Jandy says:

    real quick

  355. Jandy says:


  356. radio wave says:

    Not trying to jinx anything, I’m assuming a win shortly. Liriano amazing. Bring out the brooms tomorrow.

  357. Dadtackular says:


  358. pattonbb says:


  359. theplanisworking says:

    Why would you guys want to jinx a broom?
    What did that poor broom do to you?

    I persoanlly think we will win every game the rest of the year!
    Hows that for a jinx??? ;)

  360. Jandy says:

    There’s one

  361. JRay3 says:

    Behind the dominant pitching of Francisco Liriano, another Alvarez homer, key ninth inning RBI’s from Walker and McKenry and a Melancon save the Bucs take the series from the Nats with a 4-2 victory and there was noooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs match a season best 21 games above .500 at 60-39, are now 9-9 in July and have won four straight to improve to 4-2 on this ten game road trip. The Pirates also take the season series from the Nats as they are 4-2 versus Washington.

    The Pirates will go for the sweep tomorrow with AJ Burnett taking the hill for Pittsburgh.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  362. Patrick(ri) says:

    I watched Werth’ grandad play a double-header in St Louis — he went 0 for 11. His genes have improved. It should be noted that “Ducky” hit the ball on the nose all 11 times and flung his helmet in understandable disgust after being thrown out in the last AB. My other memories includes Musiel’s weird batting stance, and Clemente’s gracefulness in the outfield (and how easy it was to get beer as a seriously underage drinker.

  363. Jandy says:

    walker missed the tag

  364. theplanisworking says:


    Davey Johnson always looks like he is going to cry.

  365. Jandy says:


  366. tdb1977 says:

    Bucs win on 26 outs!! It really is our year :)

  367. Milo Hamilton says:

    Wilson Ramos feels wronged. Not wronged as in kidnapped by masked gunmen, but wronged nonetheless.

  368. Jandy says:

    Raise it!!!!

  369. Bob Hasis says:

    It was an “in the neighborhood call”. Happens all the time near 2nd base

  370. theplanisworking says:


  371. Eric Bowser says:

    Nice, a call in the Pirates favor.

  372. Jandy says:

    about bloody time lol

    I do believe there was a post directed to you ^^ there, Eric

  373. Wild Bill says:

    Which one of you guys promised to pay. Laz Diaz? What a lovely horrible call!

  374. Wild Bill says:

    No period intended.

  375. Patrick(ri) says:

    I think Laz does far more harm when behind the plate.

  376. Wild Bill says:

    Laz must have heard a post game ‘burger calling his name.

  377. Bob Hasis says:

    Walker was convincing when he simply proceeded on to 1st. Great selling job.

  378. Eric Bowser says:

    Great night.

    – USA soccer wins 3-1
    – Pirates win 4-2
    – Pirates win the fake line
    – managed to get 10 miles in during the game on the stationary bike.

  379. Patrick(ri) says:

    +1 — that kind of plate, too!

  380. Bob Hasis says:

    Kudos to Milo with his insertion of The Fort into the game

  381. Ghost says:

    We should enjoy Laz while he’s still around, which can’t be for much longer at the MLB level.

  382. Patrick(ri) says:

    Do you speed up when there are RISP? CH wants you to have a slow heart beat.

  383. Ghost says:

    Great, succinct summary as always, #3. Whenever the Trib’s game report isn’t yet up, I always make a beeline for your summaries. Keep on truckin’!

  384. Ghost says:

    Should have included that I’m just checking in now and finding out who won and how, which is why your summaries are always so great.

  385. Thundercrack says:

    That is usually a play that happens to us and we lose the game.

    If a Pirate runner would have been called out like to end the game…some would begin talking about ‘the collapse’ again.

  386. bizrow says:

    My memory is not what it used to be

    Ask me what I had for lunch today and I’ll look like a deer in headlights

    But this reminds me of 1960

    Never say die, impossible season, but every 50 some years

    Stuff happens for the good

    Beat Em Bucs

  387. Dom says:

    The bad news of the night: Cardinals 9 Phillies 1

  388. Ghost says:

    + 1
    Was not quite around yet for 1960, but I’ll take the auspicious similarities!

  389. Ghost says:

    The Mini-Van gets his first save as official closer! Many, many more to come.

  390. The Gunner says:

    The ol’ Gunner sure agrees with you about the similarities to 1960. Let’s hope it continues when we play the Cardinals.

  391. Wild Bill says:

    Useless Phil’s – play us tough and then roll over like dogs for the Cardinals.

  392. Drew71 says:

    This is a simple game

  393. Ghost says:

    And before it’s too late, ‘Happy birthday!’ to Barry Bonds and Lynda Carter.

  394. Karen22 says:

    There’s still an echo in here! ;)

  395. theplanisworking says:

    Lynda Carter, yes !!!!!!
    Man, she was one fine looking woman back in her prime!

    Barry who?

  396. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    I don’t like bad calls period.
    But…It’s a rarity when the Pirates get one.

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