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Final: Pirates 4, Marlins 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (68-44) vs. Miami Marlins (43-68)

Starters: RHP Charlie Morton vs. RHP Tom Koehler

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Garrett Jones, 1B
  7. Josh Harrison, RF
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. Morton, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel, Karen Price, Travis Sawchik and I are on the scene.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

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


  1. Right field by committee?


    • Jay Hay is the man tonight – I support the move. Let’s hope for the best – he is definitely better than having Inge in RF.

  2. Mark Madden is on the Lambo bandwagon.

    That means I am officially off of it.


    • + quite a few

    • I sure wish Greg would have asked Neal why he wasn’t here, since it isn’t a 40-man issue.

      • I thought he did…sort of. And in his way NH ‘said’ Lambo still had things to work on (his swing) and they wanted to give Presly another chance

        I may be wrong

        But I would not be against AP getting a few more starts

        • To add to that I thought I heard Greg Brown say that NH accused him of sounding like a fan when he asked NH about Lambo.

          It is apparent management is not fully sold on Lambo being able to make a difference or they feel they have guys already here they know and trust more and they want to give first opportunity to make it work.

          • You never know until you give the guy a chance

            • True dat Jandy. Does anyone else feel this is such a magical season so far (with J-Hey just the latest chapter) that if the Buccos do give Lambo a chance, he would come up and mash for the rest of the season? Even if he never amounts to anything for the rest of his career, this seems very possible.

            • But they do know more then we do. They have watched the guy for 6 years now and see him in practice and in games. He may have obvious holes in his swing that will be exposed at the major league level. All or nothing players do not translate well to the majors very often. Players like Jeff Clement and Brad Eldred have proven that. I think there is a better chance that Lambo ends up looking like a poor man’s Pedro Alverez then he does of being Jay Bruce or Carlos Belton.

              Presley and Tabata’s combined stats are not that bad. They are only bad when you combine them with Snider’s.

              • So you’re saying the most home runs by a Pirate minor leaguer since Steve Pearce might not be the best omen, eh? :-) I see your point.

                Regardless, if he keeps hitting 2 HRs a night, if Neal doesn’t give him the call, some fan might just storm the Pirate offices and put the paperwork through himself. Who’s with me?

          • They thought the same thing about Neil Walker….

            • Lovely Karen,

              Wise, wise, wise, wise, wise!!!

            • Such rational thoughts on the blog today. Good to see!

            • They were right about Neil Walker, and brought him up when he was ready. He hit well in his last three months at AAA, after totally sucking for the previous couple of seasons.

              • Did your rock roll right over your memory?

                Neil stated that Neal Walker would hopefully be a good utility man in the Majors who could play all over the infield.

                BMTIB benched Walker for a game for not running out an called infield fly rule. AN INFIELD FLY RULE!

                Neil Huntington did NOT like Neal Walker until Neal Walker forced his way onto the field after the fat Japanese chain-smoking 2nd baseman Free Agent that Oakland gave up on failed bigtime here!

                Keep pushing that rock!

              • Huntington didn’t like Walker until Walker earned his playing time?

                Travesty, I tell you!


              • Well it must of rolled right over your memory as well. Walker had two sub par years in a row in the minors and many scouts outside the Pirates organization did not project him to be an everday major league baseball player. It was a fair evaluation at the time.

                If traded before the year he finally got his chance he would not have been valued very highly by other teams GM’s. I get it that Walker is a local boy and people wanted to see him succeed. I think it really clouded peoples opinion of him at the time.

                I’m happy he turned it around and is a contributing every day player. He isn’t doing much this year to make an arguement that he deserves a long term contract.

              • ‘hopefully be a good utility man’

                My memory ain’t so good. I remember the utility man part, but I don’t recall NH using the word ‘hopefully’.

                And I am ready for DK to chime in with bold print any second now with : Are you guys really revisiting this topic AGAIN?

              • I thought it was a combination of everything that has been said here plus the fact that PRNW was from the Littlefield era.

                That’s water over the dam. Let’s hope #18 has a big night tonight!!

            • Great point, Karen. Walker was just supposed to be a “4th outfielder”.

            • I remember it well…the BMTIB had no faith in Walker. He came up out of NECESSITY and he proved them all wrong.

              • +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

              • It’s just my opinion but 3 good months in the minors does not warrant just forgetting how average Walker was the previos two years in the minors. He was brought up at the appropriate time given a chance and got playing time as his play warranted. They hardly gave up on him. They moved him to a position that a player of his size doesn’t usually play. If anything they found a way to get him on the field.

                How should he have been treated that year. Like a top 3 prospect in the system that had been successful at every level. I don’t even think he was a top 5 prospect coming into that year and he hadn’t been successful at each level. They treated him how all teams treat prospects that were the age and skill level he showed in previous years.

        • I remember the issue coming up and NH said something very general and vague to the tune of, “He still has things he needs to work on.”

          Actually that’s exactly what he said come to think of it.

        • I think I agree with you, and I would like to ask, just what constitutes a chance and how many at bats would that be? And are we talking about that short-lived experiment last year that included McLouth and Tabby?

      • I think I read somewhere that Lambo is in some type of mini-slump. Almost like it is either a HR or an out, nothing in between. Maybe that is what NH is alluding to about Lambo needing to work on his swing.

        He’ll definitely be here when the rosters expand in September.

        • Pirates Prospects said that, but I don’t think the stats they gave support it. He’s still hitting .250 in the time frame they used (while slugging .700! Wow!) Maybe .250 for a 2 week stretch is a slump for Miguel Cabrera, but for ordinary humans, it’s not too bad for the “down” times. Heck, Pedro’s been in a season long slump if that’s the case.

          • .250 at AAA is about .190 in the majors. for a guy like Lambo.

            Nevertheless, I think we’re going to be seeing him very soon.

            • I understand .250 in AAA doesn’t equal .250 in MLB. My point is it seems like a stretch to say he’s slumping when he’s a .280-.290 hitter and he’s been hitting .250 for a couple weeks.

      • Sorry, I was just going with the description of this morning, which indicated that Walk asked him if he asked Neal the followup question after the 40 man issue was put to bed of why he wasn’t up, then. And the description I understood was Greg said he didn’t because Neal looked annoyed. Did not hear it myself, since like I said, I find Greg’s interviews of Neal meaningless.

        • Personally, I’m not losing any sleep over Lambo not being called up. I do lose sleep over Neal’s explanations and Greg’s interviews.

          Still just talking for me, Plan.

      • 9:57 am this morning:

        ” AJS says:
        August 7, 2013 at 9:57 am
        Last night brown made a comment saying he asked NH if Lambo not being on the 40 man was the reason for him not being here already. NH said no, pointing to the fact that they actually have two sposts currently open on the 40 man.
        Walk asked brown if he then asked what the hold up actually is. Brown said he did not because NH was already shaking his head and telling him he was just like a typical fan.”

        I commented, The Gunner commented. No one disagreed.

        Just sayin’.


    Makes my job a helluva lot easier when I don’t have to hunt to find everyone’s “wagers”

    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 Pick ‘Em Line
    How Many RUNS Will CHARLIE MORTON Allow in Tonight’s Game
    ***Please note this is Allowed Runs NOT Earned Runs***
    2-3 (EVEN ODDS)
    4-5 (EVEN ODDS)
    6-7 (DOUBLE 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!!!

    68 Down, only 14 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

  4. Well chance tonight for the Pirates to win their 22nd series of the year, currently 21-12-3 on the 2013 campaign.

    Couple of key things for me to watch tonight:

    The importance for Charlie Morton to take a step forward, he has been a drag on the rotation his last few starts. He has given up four or more runs in three of his past five starts. He has allowed 19 hits in his last 11 innings of work.

    Pedro Alvarez to get into a second half hot streak: El Toro only has 1 HR in his past 12 games and is hitting .181, 4-22 in his last six. The peaks and valleys of Pedro, hoping the triple he hit opposite field gap last night gets him re-going.

    Garrett Jones? He has gone 15 games without a HR and is 7-38 during that stretch or .184. He admitted he was a guy who needed to pick it up and talked about him being a stronger second half player. Thus far his first half has been better than his second and that is troubling.

    Jordy Mercer has certainly injected some life from an offensive standpoint to the SS position. He is 6-19, .315 in his last five starts. Lately, however his defense has become a little more suspect. Routine plays being mishandled, double play balls not being executed and not making the tough plays that could be made, something to keep an eye on.

    • Johnny Ray III,

      Good, cogent comments!

    • Seems like Jones is getting some bad luck as some of his hard hits are finding gloves. I know the announcers say that about almost every Pirate slump, but I think in this case it’s true.

    • This is a very astute entry, since I agree with all of it.

      Mercer has injected life, JHay as I have long advocated is a perpetual sparkplug, and Presley just hustles and why complain of his offense, it’s 57 points higher than Barmes’, whose average has this blog really excited.

      Jones has ripped the ball hard, with a lot of at em shots.

      Pedro has enough power to go long anywhere, but when he rolls that left wrist over on an outside pitch, he looks very ordinary.

    • No one wants to be the guy who derails the train when things are going so well. I think the problem with Jones is he is playing not to be that guy instead of making the necessary adjustments on offense.

  5. DK: In the Game line above the records didn’t get updated from last night — or else Pirates site is wrong. 68-44 and 43-68

  6. I went to the Yankees/White Sox game last night.

    I boo’d A-Rod. First player I have ever booed. For the record, I would not have booed David Wright.

    And, just for Milo, I gave a respectful, polite applause for Lyle Overbay when he was announced as a pinch hitter.

    • Oshkosh b’Gosh,

      And here’s a polite one for you: clap-clap, clap-clap, clap-clap.

      I would have paid to see you boo for the first time!

      • I was at a game once in Forbes where some actually booed Roberto.

        He was having an off year, only hit 299

        • Doesn’t surprise me, Biz.

          • If I remember right, the papers said he took it pretty hard.

            I just couldn’t believe it

            • Why, Biz?

              Early in his career, the media made fun of him, his teammates nearly shunned him, and fans who didnt understand him, booed him.

              I am sure some of those media/teammates/fans never really changed their minds.

              Quite sad.

              • The thing is he did not let the miseducated, uninformed, uninspired, pi$$ poor opinions of others determine who he was going to be. His impression on me is, at the end of the day, to thine own self be true. Those who could not be over their willful ignorance, it’s the I loss.

              • Well said Brandimal.

                I can relate.

                only kids like Hippos.


              • I must be a big kid then. :-)

              • You said it!

                Oh, before I forget…….. have fun in Altoona Friday. Stop off at the Mallo Cup factory shoppe before the game. :)

              • I was surprised that people would boo Roberto, he was hurt, and somewhat struggling.

                By all accounts, that I’ve read, The Great One was a proud man

                Best dam right fielder I ever saw

                I was disappointed to be a burger that day

            • The Great One was idolized with the 1971 WS and the manner of his death. He did become greater than life.

              But I think it’s a mistake to pretend he wasn’t appreciated by most Pirate fans for most of his career here. He was Arriba Roberto and the Great One. There were minority pockets like what Biz described. But, having lived through it, I do believe those were minority pockets. I went to the ballpark to see him.

              • Oh agreed.

                I am glad he didnt let the naysyaers early in his career derail him. By the ’60 Series even, he was idolized by many, and his legend kept growing.
                To the point of Pittsburghers being upset with the national media for almost ignoring him.

              • Oh agreed.

                I am glad he didnt let the naysyaers early in his career derail him. By the ’60 Series even, he was idolized by many, and his legend kept growing.
                To the point of Pittsburghers being upset with the national media for almost ignoring him.

              • Just goes to show you don’t need a bunch of me moments to make your presence felt.

              • It was one day

                It was the 60′s

                Thankfully the world has changed

              • +1

    • JohninOK, is it just me or are the Yanks going to fall apart since A-Rod joined the club? Not that they were doing too well anyway, but he’s such a distraction, if I were a gambling man, I might go against them the rest of the year.

      • Can somebody please remind me why Tabata and Presley who are both hitting for better averages then our team average are the reason for the bad offense. That bad offense has actually not been that bad of late, averaging 4.5 runs per game and some of that could be attributed to contributions from our right fielders. Walker, Martin, Jones and Alverez all have batting averages worse then those two guys and only Alverez is making up for it with well above average power.

        • Because most of us see what we want to see.

        • Wide Receiver Nate,

          Look at the ribbies.
          Look at the Runs scored.

          Tabata recently has contributed to runs actually crossing the plate.

          Don’t have a premature over 4.5 runs per game recently——the overall season production certainly is the team’s Achilles Heel.

          • What does the entire season have to do with Tabata and especially Presley. Snider took most of those at-bats.

            I’m not sure what the league average is for players batting 7th in the order but 26 runs in a little over 200 at-bats couldn’t be that bad. 17 RBI’s are low but Jones/Walker/Martin are not getting on in front of Tabata and Presley isn’t going to have many RBI chances when batting leadoff.

        • Interesting question. And a couple of good answers so far.

          I would add that a lot of fans compare our guys to what the ideal player for that position should be contributing. We get the notion that a right fielder should be a power hitter with a strong arm, even though PNC needs a stronger arm in left and a more prototypical leadoff hitter would let Marte hit in the second spot — where he belongs.

          Tabata and Presley could both be good lead-off hitters IF (let me stress that: IF) they continue to develop. They’re not there yet — but Polanco if he’s the real deal that completes the outfield is probably looking at a little experience next year and a rookie season in ’15.

          They’ll do in right field the same way Barmes and Mercer do at Shortstop and Jones and Sanchez do — not the feature attraction of the team — but not a big hole either. Making a contribution — and with a POSSIBLE (I did not say guaranteed) future upside. If I were an opposing GM I would find them both intriguing, but I wouldn’t be looking for them to carry a team.

      • Spot on. Completely uninspired team right now.

        I almost physically hurt for Girardi the other day at that presser. He had to say all the right things even though you just knew that deep down he felt a completely different way.

      • Right field is still a concern. I agree with a lot of the individual points, but there’s no denying right field is a concern. We don’t have the other power numbers to offset it. Remember, Drew Sutton hit a walk off Hit last year. I think for more teams than just us. Stuff happens. Harrison’s and Presley’s histories don’t give any indication they are long term answers. IMHO

  7. Of all the players on the Cards and the Reds, the one who,IMHO, is the most underrated and scariest, is Jay Bruce. Look at today’s line score for evidence (2 runHR, 3 rbi & he threw a guy out at the plate in a 6-5 win).

    • Rhode Island Red,

      When Jay Bruce produces, it’s nice.

      Yet the one I fear is Joey Votto. I fear Matt Holliday. I fear Carlos Beltran.

      In the bottom of the 8th, I think I can pitch around Jay Bruce. I fear Votto, Holliday, and especially Beltran in the 8th or 9th, even though Jay Bruce might have bigger numbers.

      • +1

        I think Bruce, after his first year, did not live up to expectations short term. I don’t follow the Reds, but I suspect that is why Bruce may not be getting the respect he might deserve. I can’t think of a more dangerous player than Votto.

        • I think Bruce is similar to Pedro, but probably a bit more consistent.

          when he is on, he just dominates a game, but goes through rough patches.

      • I fear those guys, too. It just surprised me when Bruce has been having a really nice year, there was so much talk about, say, Phillips, when Bruce has better numbers in most categories. Votto is superb and wonderfully consistant — I recall defending his character and talent awhile back. On balance, perhaps Bruce is just on a temporary binge, but he looks like MVP material to me.

      • Fear no Red, Groat.

    • “most underrated”

      Yeah, I’ll definitely agree with this.

      Although I’m still pretty sure the only baseball fans around the league that really know how good Shin Soo-Choo is are the ones whose team tried to acquire him.

      • I could agree Bruce is the most underrated because he’s been pretty good for 5 years or so. But maybe more was expected as the 12th overall pick in the draft. A question: Would you be happy with Austin Meadows having the same career as Bruce? I certainly would.

        But Votto is way, way scarier than Bruce. I don’t know if it’s just the Pirates domination of the Cards so far this year or what, but no Redbird really scares me that much. I’d rather not see Beltran or Holliday with the bases loaded late in a game, but both are past their prime, especially Holliday.

        That’s what’s kind of funny. A lot of people think having those veterans means they have a proven history as a team, even if they’re on the downside of their careers, whereas none of the Bucs (other then probably Garret Jones) has hit his prime yet. Call me a cock-eyed optimist, but I like our position.

    • Matt Carpenter is probably destined for the “underrated” category as well.

      Took Neal Walker three years to get some outside attention, and Carpenter is basically a better version of him.

    • He wouldn’t be so “underrated” if he wasn’t one of the streakiest hitters in the NL. Bruce is going to give you 30hrs and 90 rbis every year. He’s also going to hit .200 for at least 2 months, every year.

      He’s a nice player, but he plays for Dusty Baker. Which means he’s a Red. Which means he’s a bum.

      I hate the Reds.

  8. Fans I have to place 100 on the 4-5 line.
    I also agree with Karen about Walker…

    Let’s go Bucs…

    Oh I see no reason to spend 5 mill on a SS again…

  9. I’m thinking Morton will pitch more effectively tonight with Martin behind the plate.

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  11. Can someone tell me if the overuse of steroids causes hemorrhoids? If so, A-Roid’s next endorsement deal should be with Preparation-H because he is giving us all great pains in the rear!

  12. Morton vs Koehler tonight and less than 24 hours later Cole vs Fernandez.

    The agony and the ecstasy.

  13. My last comment on JHay; having seen that highlight so many times, I just came to realize how quickly he sprang out of the box – hoping for a double or a triple and getting the whole enchilada.

  14. Any idea on how long the rain delay will be ?

  15. How cool. Andrew McCutchen’s mother sings the National Anthem.

  16. nice start for charles

  17. Tonight I’m hoping for the 3-loss win.

  18. Did I miss twitter Tuesday again ?

  19. Pedro with a nice gem in da field. :)

  20. Was Hechavarria charged with an error on that Martin AB ? Actually keeping score at home (geek alert!). I dinn’t catch it when they went to break with the line score.

  21. Loved seeing the replay of JHay’s walk off from last night. I’ve never seen anyone get moving after hitting the ball than JHay did!

  22. Petey is hot tonight!

  23. Looks like Charlie has his “guitar tuned good ” tonight.

  24. Good evening to my favorite looney bin. Looks like ground Chuck is most definitely on the menu tonight!

  25. Shelby Miller just got knocked out of their game when the first batter hit a line drive off him (literally). I didnt see it but it could be a lot tough break for the Cards.

  26. Pretty big news in St Louis tonight as Cardinals starter Shelby Miller left game after two pitches as he was hit by line drive on elbow. Their pen will be asked to cover all nine innings tonight.

    A lot of folks holding their breath out in St Louis.

  27. charles doing his best to keep that ERA climbing….we need Wandy back

  28. Pretty slick release by Mercer.

  29. Charlie’s guitar breaking some strings now. Fish up 1-0 and no one out and 1st and third. Kohler throwing tons of Ks tonight should get his career high next inning and now, fish up 2-0.

  30. Morton has now allowed 25 hits in his last 15 innings of work.

    On a brighter note it was reported Wandy Rodriguez threw off a mound today, was pain free and is slated to throw a bullpen Saturday.

  31. 4th inning and Ground Chuck gives up 2 runs. Who will be coming in from the Pen? or will Charlie rebound the 5th inning?

  32. Dang. Playing from behind again. Dink and dunk hits.

  33. 5 inning Charlie didn’t make five tonight. Why not start Wilson over this guy??? Huntington attempting to prove he made a wonderful trade for Morton?? Forget it–onr time through the order is all he is good for.

  34. CUTCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Cutch once again putting this team on his back. 2-1 now.

  36. Cutch started the comeback last night, and starts it off again tonight. He is carrying this team on his back, willing them on.

  37. That smack off the elbow of Miller looked painful !

  38. Is there any doubt that when McCutchen goes to the right side, instead of trying to pull the ball, he is much a better hitter — for both power and average? Had he had done this from the beginning of the season, he would be hitting .340 and have an extra 20 RBI as well.

    Jay Bell needs to tackle him if he ever reverts to his late 2012 or early 2013 form.

  39. Nice 5th inning for Charlie :)

  40. Westbrook getting touched up by the Dodgers. 3-0 with 2 men on in the second

  41. Yup, JHay definitely is an ENERGY guy!

  42. Steal home! He did it at Indy.

  43. Chuckles helps himself!

    Ty ballgame.

  44. Woah! A hit for Charlie!!!!

  45. Dang, just missed his head!

  46. Marlins TV announcers talking about how loud it is in PNC Park.

    They said that a Marlins outfielder said it was so loud yesterday that the OFers had to use hand signals to communicate positioning.

  47. Dodgers 6-0 over Cards in 2nd.

  48. Walker making Koehler work

  49. Only a double and a single and one RBI for Lambo so far tonight. No HR’s yet.

    Better keep J-Hay in right for now.


  50. Mercer for Pres. ;)

  51. woah, nice defensive play by Jordie!

  52. OK I think I get Charlie now…

  53. Wait, didnt someone say Charlie didnt make it out of the fifth inning?

    Or are my meds really slowing me down tonight?

  54. Jordy with the superb play at SS, Morton with two K’s in the sixth as he has settled backdown.

    Anyone heard from Florida Steeler?

  55. Koehler flushed!!

  56. It’s time for Pedro!!!

  57. Cutch showing off all of his tools tonight!

  58. Well, we’re into their bullpen now and with a slim lead…

    If it holds up and LA continues to bash the St.L bullpen (hate to see an injury even to rivals) we’ll have a 3 game lead. All we need to do is pick up one more on the Cards before next Tuesday and we go into the series with them guaranteed to still be in first place when it’s over.

    They have the Cubs and we have the Rockies next. Who knows? But nice to think about … after we nail this one down of course.

  59. Are we out of the 5th, yet.

  60. And a nice 7th inning for Charlie :)

  61. And a perfect 1-2-3 7th for Charlie Morton, who turns in a nice bounce back performance.

  62. The Marlins announcers are in the midst of a two day love Fest re McCutchen.

    Yesterday they wouldn’t stop talking about The Catch. Or The Hit.

    Today they repeatedly show his HR.

    Now they just put up a graphic of their picks for the top five NL players…hitting stats. McCutchen in the graphic.

    Then they spent three-four minutes explaining why McCutchen equals or outdoes the other four and why, because of his defense at a more important position, MCCUTCHEN SHOULD BE THE NL MVP.

    They spent another minute defining V for Valuable (to the team) as proof that Andrew HAS to get it.

    MARLINS announcers.

  63. By the way. For those who were worried about Charlie coming out for the seventh, he just put down three more to make 12 in a row.

    That stat courtesy of the Pirates new, biggest fans, the Marlins announcers.

  64. Well done Chuck.

  65. Actually, I mocked it earlier, but Cole and Fernandez would be so lucky to do as well as Morton and Koehler did tonight.

    That’s baseball.

  66. Glasnow has 12 strikeouts in 5 innings tonight. Gave up 4 runs on six hits though.

    • Lambo watch:

      2 doubles, a single and 2 RBI for the slumping, left-hand hitting, 25-year old outfielder first baseman.

      He and J-Hay would be a nice platoon in right.

      And no, I’m not jumping on the Harrison band wagon after that walk-off. I’ve liked the kid since he was acquired.

      Just not his defense.

  67. Time for the shark tank!

  68. two innings in a row we had a runner on second with less than two outs and did not score.
    Still not hitting with RISP.

  69. Anyone familiar with MLB blackout rules? I’m in Florida. I usually watch the Pirates on ROOT Sports via, however when the Pirates play the Marlins ROOT Sports gets blacked out down here and we have to watch the Marlins broadcast on FOXFlorida. No problem, I still get to watch the Pirates, just have to listen to the Marlin’s announcers.

    The Marlins announcers just said tomorrow’s game will not be televised (by FOXFlorida)…. but it is being televised by ROOT Sports – so am I out of luck? Will ROOT Sports still be blacked out in Florida even if FOXFlorida is not showing the game?

    • I’m pretty sure you will get blacked out, Jay. I seem to recall that happening when Milwaukee Fox Sports similarly did not televise an afternoon game with the Pirates. I was unable to watch it even though Root was carrying the game.

    • Yes you will still be blacked out tomorrow even if Marlins are not broadcasting game. Per MLB blackout rules no broadcast is permitted to air or be picked up on extra innings, in the home team market.

    • Well then maybe I’ll drive over to Disney and watch the GCL Pirates against the GCL Braves at noon

    • Same thing happens to me. I have Directv package. I live in Toledo though, so I have to go thru this whenever we play the Reds, Tigers, or Indians. Luckily we don’t play Indians or Tigers much, but those Reds announcers are AWFUL. Anybody that complains about our TV guys should be sentenced to 60 hrs of listening to those clowns (and 1 lame cowboy).

      • Marlins announcers love the Pirates….you’d have a hard time believing they are the opposition

      • I live near Nashville, TN and for some odd reason, they think that the Reds are a local team for Nashville so I’m stuck with the Reds announcers and it is very painful. It really annoys me that they can’t pronounce Alvarez or Sanchez’s names right, how hard is it?

  70. 5 outs to go

  71. Two innings in a row the Pirates have had a runner on second with less than two outs and haven’t moved him a foot. They sure don’t make it easy on themselves.

  72. 3 outs to go

  73. Watson takes a hold on the 8th inning. 1-2-3.

  74. This is the second consecutive game in which the MARLINS announcers are drooling over the Pirates’ bullpen.

    Both games, they went to a sideline reporter who presented a story re the Shark Tank.

    Yesterday the Marlins reporter asked Marlins’ bullpen pitchers what they want to pick for THEIR nickname since the Pirates have the Shark Tank.


  75. 3rd time is a charm

  76. Who’s this Walker fella? I don’t recognize him.

  77. They’re talking about mcCutchen again. Hitting .360 at PNC, they shared.

    This is getting embarrassing.

  78. So this is what Forbes Field’s infield looked like. Ouch.

  79. Lucas is lucky he is able to get back up on his two feet on that rip and hop off the bat of Cutch.

  80. SACRIFICE FLY!!!!!!!!!!!

  81. first pitch, Pedro ready to hit.

  82. El Toro with RBI #73 on the 5th sac fly of this home stand. Big insurance run.

  83. I love these Marlins announcers.

    Not because of the love they’re showing McCutchen.

    They have a schtick where they take email questions from fans.

    Yesterday some old guy named Chris emailed to them, and they read it, that they should stop gimmicks like taking these questions and just announce old school baseball.

    They made fun of Chris all night.

    Every time they ran a special story, sideline reporter or something, they said this was for Chris. Then they read his email again.

    I love these guys.

    But let’s face it. The Pirates announcers don’t exactly set the highest bar.

  84. Oooohh Yeeeaaahhhh!!!! Nice Walker, Nice :)

  85. Presley. The glove is for catching.

    It is not a defensive tool to block balls.

    Miss Indianapolis, do you?

  86. Another miracle.

    Just another night at the ol ballyard!!! :)

  87. C’mon, Great White Shark…close it out!

  88. Behind the bat and arm of Charlie Morton who pitches seven solid innings and helped his cause with an RBI single, a solo shot from Cutch, a late sac fly from Alvarez and the 7th save for Melancon, the Bucs take the middle game and the series from the Marlins 4-2 and there was noooooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs are a season best 25 above .500 at 69-44, improve to 8-2 on this 11 game home stand and are 4-2 in August. The Pirates have a shot to move a season best 3 games up in the Central if the Dodogers hold onto their big lead and will be 11 or 12 games up for a playoff spot.

    The Pirates winners of 22 series this year, will go for the sweep and their fifth straight win tomorrow when Gerrit Cole takes the mound

  89. Walker is taking OVER this game.

    The Marlins announcers are besides themselves.

  90. Honestly. The announcers just said and tomorrow’s game, more Andrew McCutchen”

  91. RAISE THAT JOLLY HIPPO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  92. Raise it. WOOOOOOOOOO,!

  93. ….fear the Bones….

  94. Raise it once again! Get the win again tomorrow!

  95. You know it’s something special when the opponents announcers get Bucco Fever! If it indeed a disease, I don’t want the cure!

  96. Alright. Now let’s get a rainout tomorrow & play it sometime in September when they’ve shut Fernandez down. :)

  97. Ha Ha. Marlins’ announcer; “Shark week continues in Pittsburgh”

  98. OK Loonies, I am off to bed to dream of shark tanks…night :)

  99. ROOT sports announces Charlie Morton is player of the game. Someone let Florida “5 inning” Steeler know!

  100. That’s the seventh consecutive inning in which the Marlins don’t score off the Pirates bullpen.

    That stat thanks, of course, to the Pirates’ newest, biggest fans.

  101. 3 unearned runs for St. Louis in the 5th. 7-3 Dodgers.

  102. “It’s a tough day, anytime you’re playing in an atmosphere like Pittsburgh.”

    Guess who said that.

    On Marlins Television. (Too much of a hint?)

  103. Dee Gordon Liddy !

  104. The Marlins announcers just announced that they are going to stop covering the Fish.

    They are gonna start carrying Pirates games for the rest of the season.

  105. The Marlins announcers are singing We Are Familee

  106. Andrew.

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