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On location: Pirates 4, Nationals 2

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 …

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.

402 Comments

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

    • +1 for you.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  2. GO BUCS !!!

    RiverPuppies too. ;)

  3. 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.

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

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

      • 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.

        • 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.

          • 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.

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

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

      • 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.

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

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

        • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • Getting married at a ballpark named after beer ?

          Now that’s a girl worth marrying!

        • 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.

        • It’s beautiful from the outside.

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

  5. Martin is hot right now, why sit him?

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

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

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

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

      • 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.

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

  7. Jordy is sitting.

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

    • As opposed to standing?

      Yeah, this definitely is the “C” lineup.

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

    • 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.

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  10. 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.

    • 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?

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

      • 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.

        • 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.

  11. Former Bucco Barry Bonds is 49 today.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.”

    • 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.

      • 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 . . .

      • 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.

        • 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.

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

            • 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.

              Sorry.

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

          • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

      • 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!

      • 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?”

        • 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.

          • 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

    • 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!!!

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.).

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

      Pitchers know he wants to swing at bout near anything

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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!

          • 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.

          • Eckstein is available.

        • 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?

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

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

  16. 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.

    • 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?

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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?

      • 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!

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

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

  20. Good Evening Citizens of Bedrock!

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

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

    • 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!”

  23. 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.

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

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

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

        • 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.

          • 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!!!

  24. 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.

  25. 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”.

  26. 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?

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. Thanks Playoffs..

    50 on #0

    Jody is the man. And cheap too!

  30. Strasburg’s last 3 starts:

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

  31. Who scores more…

    Team USA (vs Honduras)
    or
    Pirates (vs Nationals)

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

  33. PEDRO !!!!!!

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

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

  38. Mike Rizzo is having chest pains.

  39. 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 ??

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

  41. If he gets enough innings to qualify.

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

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

  44. OK. Twice.

  45. The injury definitely has Clint managing differently here.

  46. Hairston is NOT a happy camper lol

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. Amazing performance by Liriano! What a pick-up!

  50. 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.

  51. It’s about time, Marte :)

  52. Nice hit Walker !!!

  53. Nice job Walker :)

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

  55. Eric,

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

  56. Atta boy Fort !

  57. ITS GONNA SNOW TOMORROW!!!

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

    And, we beat the US score!

    DRINKS ARE ON ME !!!!!

  58. Pedro has been doing some real hustling lol

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

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

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

  62. There’s one

  63. 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!

  64. 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.

  65. walker missed the tag

  66. RAISE THE JOLLY HIPPO!!!!!

    Davey Johnson always looks like he is going to cry.

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

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

  69. Nice, a call in the Pirates favor.

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

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

  72. 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.

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

  74. 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.

  75. 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

  76. The bad news of the night: Cardinals 9 Phillies 1

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

  78. This is a simple game

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

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