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On location: Pirates 5, Marlins 4, 10 innings

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (69-44) vs. Miami Marlins (43-69)

Starters: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Jose Fernandez

Time: 12:35 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, CF
  2. Alex Presley, LF
  3. Neil Walker, 2B
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Tony Sanchez, C
  7. Josh Harrison, RF
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Cole, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel, Karen Price, Travis Sawchik and I are on the scene. I’ll be writing the Friday column from here.

UPDATE 11:28 a.m.: Andrew McCutchen is a late scratch for shoulder discomfort.

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.

612 Comments

  1. Hi Frankie!!!

    Give our love to your fellow inhabitants of Uranus.

  2. TWO-LINE THURSDAY!!!

    ******PLEASE READ WHAT IS WRITTEN BELOW******
    PLEASE PLACE YOUR “WAGERS” AS REPLIES IN THIS COMMENT BOX
    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.

    NEW PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME & ENCOURAGED!!!

    Line #1
    Total STRIKEOUTS by Pirates batters in today’s game
    Line is 11.5

    Line #2
    Total BATTERS FACED by Gerrit Cole in today’s game
    Line is 24.5

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

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    69 Down, only 13 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

  3. Frank Coonelly is an absolute genius!! Pirate fans should count their lucky stars that he’s here.

    **Hey Frank, if you’re reading this, I sure could use some tickets behind home plate. I’ll be in town when the Cards come back to PNC. Thanks buddy!**

  4. Josh Harrison has a career .647 OPS, but a .981 split when playing right field. Cue the Beatles’ “Revolution 9″ for his entrance song today.

  5. Dear Frank

    You are too successful and far, far too brilliant to stay in the burgh.

    You should find another job to match your immense talents.

    Please spread your ego somewhere else

    Sincerely, Biz

  6. Can we please stay on topic today.

    This blog isn’t about the ramblings on Frank Coonelly.
    Or the MVP candidacy of Andrew McCutchen.

    This blog is and has always been about what career minor leaguer needs to be FREED next.
    Focus people!

  7. My humble apologies. You are so correct. Free Felix Pie!!! :)

  8. Just checked the Weather Channel for gametime and there was a bright red “Flash Flood” alert stripe at the top — followed, no kidding, by an offer to “see friends at risk.” So, if the game gets boring . . . This might be too much fun for Hippo?

  9. Cutch out. Shoulder discomfort. Day to day.

  10. Jose Fernandez gives lots of people shoulder discomfort.

  11. I don’t want to sit and complain about a team that is in 1st place on 8/8, but I am concerned about the Pirate OF.
    Sounds like McCutchen is out today with a shoulder problem.
    IF he was to go down for any length of time, this OF would look basically like the OF of a lower echelon team.
    With no added help at the trading deadline, RF is a mess.
    Again….Not complaining, but thinking ahead to when it matters most.
    The Pirates should’ve added an OF’er last week.
    That chance barely exists now……

    • I am not disagreeing with your point on the team’s need to add an OF at the trade deadline, as I too, felt that was a glaring need that should have been addressed.

      But an interesting take I heard on the MLB Network last night and one of the commentators was saying that not since 2002 when the Anaheim Angels won the world series has a team done so by out hitting their competition or with a team built on offense.

      This 2013 Pirates team has been built on its pitching and defense, and I still believe any success it has will be because it out pitches and plays better defense than its opposition.

      • Well said, JRay :)

      • I too felt they should get an OF at the deadline, but since the sellers thought it was their market, I’m glad they didn’t overpay for a small upgrade. That said JRayTrey, let’s be realistic. The Pirates would have needed to replace 2/3 of their lineup to outhit any of the other playoff teams. Saying they’re going to win with pitching and defense doesn’t preclude strenghtening the lineup or bench.

    • Doom and Gloom!

  12. I’m counting on Marte to cover center, half of left and half of right today.
    Step it up, #6!

  13. Greetings all in Lunatic Nation. I hope everyone has a terrific game. Got great news. Will be starting new job very soon.

    Baseball team is Dyn-o-Mite! Blog friends are Awesome. Starting a better pasid job. Good vibes to everyone!

  14. Travis Snider makes that play.

  15. Well it would not be a game against the Marlins unless the Bucs let them take an early lead for them to have to mount a comeback to.

  16. Walks kill…..

  17. Why did he dive? I have no use for Josh. nothing from him all year except the homer he other night. Hit into a DP and an FC last night and they were signing him praises. I don’t even want him on the bench.

  18. Great outfield play–get a damn right fielder!!!!

    • Welcome back, did not hear from you last night while Morton picked up his 4th win, pitched seven solid innings and the team increased its lead in the Central while moving to a season high 25 above .500.

      Now as for that play in RF, you really think that was an easy play? Ball was slicing towards the line away from Harrison was positioned, you really are grasping at times.

  19. Seems to me, Cole needs to settle a bit. A walk and 2 hits already.

  20. Not sure about Cole….beginning to wonder…

  21. What a mess of an inning. Cole lets his frusteration get the best of him at times which leads to bigger issues.

    Poor outfield play does not help.

  22. Get ready for lots of K’s today folks…

  23. I think the Pirates think the game starts at 7:05.

  24. well, that went better :)

  25. wild pitch by Fernandez, Jones to second

  26. 8-2 home-stand leading into today’s game
    4 game winning streak leading into today’s game
    25 games over .500 leading into today’s game
    3 game lead in the division leading into today’s game
    Best winning % in all of baseball leading into today’s game

    ONE loss today and somehow everything listed above won’t matter to some here…

  27. Hi Frank! {waves}

  28. All hearts & flowers then ? Got it. Whew, thank goodness everything’s perfect. Back to work.

  29. The good news: The Bucs are running up Fernandez’s pitch count…39 through 2 innings.

    The bad news: I think they’ll probably need a hit or two to win the game

  30. 56 pitches for Fernandez so far, hopefully if our sticks can’t knock him out, the pitchcount will

  31. All right…a single by Walker. That might break the ice…

  32. The no-hitter is still in effect.
    But 56 pitches through 2.2 is not a good sign for the Fish.

    Can’t wait to get to their ‘pen.

  33. Walker’s batting .318, .400 OBP, and .923 OPS in the last 2 weeks. That’ll help.

    • If him and Jones contribute going forward the offense will be good enough to come out on top more often then not. Hopefully Walker continues that through Augest and into September.

  34. Buccos just don’t have the banger in Rf or 1st base in the ready. Sorry lambo is just another guy who will be at best average up here. Don’t know if they are working on any August waiver deals, but it looks like this year will be going to the dance with who brought you. Off season no matter what go get a bat.

  35. OK Jones on….let’s move him around!

  36. Hi Frank. Quite the crowd for a Thursday afternoon, huh ?

  37. I know he doesn’t have anything to show for it, but that was a pretty nice at bat by Tony Sanchez.

  38. Does all this Lambo talk remind anyone else of the year Steve Pearse was the greatest hitter in the history of minor league baseball..that umm..didn’t quite translate to the majors did it?

    Having said that – to anyone actually watching the game: was the flyball in the 1st inning that Harrison didn’t catch something that a normal competent OF’er would usually get? Radio only here so i’m just curious.

    • JRay said earlier that the ball was slicing away from where JHay was positioned….difficult to play.

    • It was anything but routine… ball tailing away from him… was not an error… good effort… sometimes a hit is a hit is a hit. That was a hit.

    • An average right fielder catches that ball. Standing up. Sorry.

      • Harrison ran full speed and made a full out dive on that play and just missed ball. There is not a RF on this team – Jones, Tabata, Presley that makes that play.

        The Pirates may just have below average choices at RF than.

        • I think he said average right fielder, not a Pirates right fielder. ;)

        • You just described the end of the play. The 1st step was back. Not his fault, he’s not an outfielder & he always gives his all. Unless Cole could find out a way to give up negative runs or hold them off until it storms, doesn’t much matter.

          • Probably so, Fernandez has won his past three decisions, has a 1.67 ERA since the beginning of June.

            The kid is going to beat a lot of teams, Bucs just did not catch a break having to see him twice in their six games with the Fish.

      • Agreed no use for the drive there.

  39. Is the manager of the Marlins Clint’s best buddy?? This lineup f the Bucs is a joke!!!!

  40. The 20 year old for the Marlins is the real deal. Cole, Tallion ???? Many question marks.

    • Not everyone can be the best, FS, but I will say this team does it’s best. They somehow manage to pull wins out of their behind ends that amaze us fans who don’t expect perfection.
      Cutch needed the game off. Clint had to tinker with what he has available. Sometimes teams run into a pitcher they have trouble with. You know what? It happens to every team. Doesn’t mean either team stinks or sucks.

      No one said you have to watch the game or follow the Bucs.

      :D

    • Yep, the Marlins are sitting pretty and the Bucs just have loads of problems, with nothing to look forward to. Oh wait, I just remembered the standings…never mind

  41. Don’t know who this Christian Yelich is but he has gone 5-9, .555 this series against the Bucs.

    • he seems to be a Pirate Killer for sure.

    • #8 prospect in all of baseball according to BA. Looks like they nailed that one.

    • He is a very impressive young hitter. That’s only the 2nd opposite field HR to left at PNC all season. Pedro had the other.

      By the way for those of you out of town, it feels like Atlanta out there today humidity wise. The ball should fly a mile today. Makes me want to play golf.

      • First at-bat against Charlie last night impressed the heck out of me.

        I don’t necessarilly know if fouling off pitches is a skill – at least compared to hitting the same pitches in the field of play – but he spoiled three or four pitchers pitches before sending one oppo on a rope.

        Tip your cap, Chuck.

    • I believe he is their top position player prospect, is only 21, and looks like he is about 12. He can definitely play some ball….

  42. So Tabata in for Cole, so Cole is done for the day.

  43. Well. Now. Marte with a walk.

  44. So Lastings Milledge would have caught that 1st inning flyball is what you’re all saying…haha – okay, just curious.

  45. Cole was robbed on that first pitch to Yelich. I’m watching on Gameday, and that pitch was near the middle of the plate. Blind ump called it a ball. Don’t know why we can’t hit this
    guy Fernandez. He’s lost 5 games. Some teams can hit him. Of course, some days, the
    Bucs can’t hit anybody. They still need a bat with some clout.

    • He came in with a batting average against of .190 The league’s not hitting him too much. Oh and right now, Bucs are 5 for 18 on him today, or .278

  46. Great hustle by Presley to take third with no one covering. Bucs on the board, Fernandez at 93 pitches and coutning may not make it to the sixth.

    There will be plenty of chances off the Marlins pen today.

  47. They’ve come back from 0-2 and 0-3 deficits the last 2 games. overcoming 0-4 seems like the next logical step, no? Not that logic has any place in a blog or anything.

  48. Pedro needs to wake up.

  49. Where’s Hasis ?

  50. Listening to Brown & Blass go on and on about Fernandez you would think they are the Marlins’ announcers.

  51. OK, 4-2, Fernandez at 98 pitches

  52. I’m jonesing for a long hit into the corner…

  53. I love me some weekday day baseball.

  54. Giancarlo Stanton looks pretty good in RF. Too bad he’s wearing the wrong uniform.

  55. You know if, nay when, the Bucs make the playoffs, television will make them play the day games.

  56. Keep your eye on dugout shots to see if Cutch has tied his hair back. Indicator on if he’s available to pinch hit.

  57. all right Jeanmar gets 3 up and 3 down….now, the Bucs’ bats need to get warmer…

  58. Pirates six through nine hitters today: 0-11 with 5 of the 7 K’s…not getting any help from that part of the order.

  59. Sanchez is 0-3 with two strikeouts and looks to be headed below the Mendoza line. Maybe we should check the waiver wire for a catch.

    • Wow that is a very small sample size. I wouldn’t pull the plug yet. Fernandez is a great pitcher. The entire league is batting below the Mendoza line against him (.190).

  60. I’ll put our ball girls up against any ball guys or girls in the league. Their fielding percentage has to be at or near the tops in the majors. They make the tough plays too. The left field one gave two balls to the same kid today. Mental error or favortism?

  61. So the questionable consensus on this blog is, for the dubious marginal defensive advantage we get from Barmes, we are forced to endure those sad grandiose strike outs.

    Bad trade off.

  62. Oh boy, Chad Qualls !

  63. First two runners on…Cutch to PH and all the Bucs are in business in their half of seventh.

  64. Was there any game that cutch didnt play in this year?

  65. Brilliant coaching job

  66. Clint: “Hey Cutch, how do you feel ?”
    Cutch: “I can give you one good swing.”
    Clint: “Then give me one good swing.”

    Or something along those lines.

  67. Cutch is now 11-19 in the month of August, .578…..bases juiced! And that was a brief appearance made by Qualls.

  68. Mercer for Walker ? Just asking.

  69. Now the Marlins have us where they want — loaded, no outs & rbi slots up.

    Just kidding. i hope.

  70. Walker and Doumit just couldn’t hit the long ball RH. Can’t see him staying RH next year and batting below the Mendy line.

  71. Marte need to be on 3rd.

  72. And all of a sudden for a team that could not muster a sac fly for months, they now have six during this 11 game home stand. Back within one.

  73. C’mon Pedro. Remember the big hit against Cingrani.

  74. Now that Cleveland has waived Mark Reynolds, I think it’d be good if the Pirates pick him up and assign him to AAA (drop Russ Canzler). I think Mark might be a tick better. Who knows.

  75. This will be Gaby against a righthander.

  76. strike 3

    I mean…Ball 4!!

  77. My dad used to say – F.O.B. Full of Bucs. From Rosey Rowswell I think.

  78. The Gunner used to call the 60 Bucs, the Never Say Die Pirates

    Sound familiar to the 2013 version ;-)

  79. That’s good baseball right there. I don’t care what you say.

  80. There it is…job well done by Gaby….tie ballgame!

  81. What are these sacrifice fly thingies, anyways??

  82. Ty game!!!

    GO EEYORES !!!!! ;)

  83. Chad Qualls finally pays dividends. Stiff.

  84. Can he do it again? Go Josh!

  85. A play that Pedro could have easily given up on, but hustles all the way til end of the play and keeps the inning alive.

    This is just good baseball.

  86. ALL right…error in our favor :)

  87. Wonder if Cutch will stay in the game?

  88. Really bad play by the Marlin’s SS. Good hustle by Pedro.

  89. The Ad Agency doing the English soccer bits is doing a fine job– almost makes me want to watch.

  90. STFD Mike, I mean Giancarlo.

  91. Wilson has some good pop today. Of course, that’s most days.

  92. Walk the old man. Polanco is a burr under the saddle.

  93. I don’t like Ruggiano here. He’s like 0 for his last 35 or something.

  94. Anybody seen Clint?

  95. Yes sir…Wilson wiggles out of it!

  96. Has Melancon been used longer than one inning?

  97. That was the old Barmes. Smh

  98. Well Marte uses his wheels once again, SB # 34 and we have RISP.

  99. OK Great White Shark, let’s get ‘em out!

  100. I think we are due for a walkoff win

    After all, how long has it been since we had one of them???

  101. The Rangers did indeed claim Alex Rios.

  102. Steve Carell should play Ed Lucas in the movie. Isn’t he a 40 year old rookie ?

  103. I’m beginning to like this Melancon kid.

  104. Great White Shark does it again :)

  105. And on 16 tidy pitches, Mark “the shark” Melancon sets the Marlins down in order in the 9th.

  106. Gotta go…dang…sending good vibes!

  107. not excited to see Hughes here, too bad Walker wasn’t on base for that Sanchez double

  108. This is a scary inning.

  109. That was pretty good range, Robert.

  110. When will Pedro come through in the clutch??

  111. Get this guy. He is bound to tired.

  112. Lets end this now

  113. Don’t expect any wai8ver deals folks…players will not make it through to the Buccos….

  114. I loved Bill Madlock.

    • He was my favorite player of all time. Growing up for my birthday my dad would get me a Bill Madlock card from the local baseball card shop every year. I thought it cost a ton of money. Little did I know that it cost my parents less then a gumball.

    • Funny you mention him. I was thinking Martin is like him. No one would argue Madlock was the MVP of the ’79 team with Parker and Stargell, but he was a huge difference maker. Martin is kind of like a combination of Madlock and Foli to that team because of his defense/ position.

      • Madlock would never hit .230 though.

        Martin is the fastest catcher the Pirates have had since Kendall though.

        • You’re right. No way he’s the hitter Madlock was. Few are. I probably didn’t express my point well. It was more on the fact that Madlock and Foli were key additions to that team. And Martin fits that role in that context, without specifying particular stats.

  115. Good job by the balding fellow in the blue shirt to make sure Morrison couldn’t catch Harrison’s foul pop.

  116. Harrison leads off tenth with a hit. Barmes sacrifices him over. Ducks on the proverbial…

  117. Very nice sac bunt by Barmes, two chances to get runner in and win it.

  118. Tabby grounds out. Harrison does not advance. Marlins walk Marte. Runners on first and second. Two outs. Martin pinchhitting.

  119. Full count to Martin…

  120. Martin has never had much success with walk off wins since joining the buccos.

  121. Raise it !!!!!!!! 70!!!!!!!

  122. ….fear the Bones…..

    Hit it.
    Win it.
    RAISE IT!!!

  123. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MARTIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    RAISE THAT JOLLY HIPPO!!!!!!!!!!1

    RAISE THAT JOLLY EEYORE, IF YOU FIND HIS TAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HAVE A DRINK FOR ME, FRANK!!!!
    :D

  124. 12 GAMES TO GO TILL OUR NIGHTMARE IS OVER!!!

  125. We had em all the way

  126. I said it this morning… Russell for MVP!!!

    He’s been the glue this year IMO.

    Truly amazing. And Clint knew it. You don’t pinch hit your only catcher in extra innings unless you knew he was going to come through

    • Once again, Clint presses all the correct buttons. Another series of amazing coinidences. It has happened about 70 times this season. Hmmmmm

      • You are now officially on Bob Hasis’s hit list, pal.

        But now you can raise the Jolly hippo. ;)

        • There is that adage about “a blind squirrel. . . . . .”

          As long as he sees the need to keep Leyva at third, I know his thinking is imbalanced, and his logic is elsewhere, real far away.

          More on this later.

          • I think the saying is ” even a blind squirrel gets an acorn every once in a while”.. i don’t think a 70-44 record qualifies as ‘once in a while’. But you can save your ‘facts’ proving your point that Hurdle should be fired and the Pirates would be 110-4 with a decent manager.

            • I know what the saying is, but thanks for sharing your literary genius.
              Here is another one, in Kipling’s magnificent poem IF, he said, “If you can bear to hear the truths you’ve spoken, twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
              If you can bear to see the things you gave your life to broken, and stoop, and build them up again with worn out tools.”

              Nowhere in these exchanges of posts, did I ever utter I wanted CH fired. Not once. Ever. You have conveniently “twisted the truth” in this case.
              I don’t like Hurdle because of things he does, his decisions at times and his insistence on repeating those bad decisions.

              Here are some thoughts for you to ponder; do you think Barmes will be offered a contract next year? For what salary? Certainly not 5 million!! Do you think Leyva will be asked to return?

              Irrespective of any his foibles, I am very pleased of his (our) success on the field, and will continue to be.

        • It’s really difficult to say anything negative when we are winning as we are, so I’ll just say Great Job and Keep It Up!!!

  127. Behind five shutout innings turned in by the Shark Tank, two Neil Walker RBI’s, two sac flies and another Russell Martin moment the Bucs sweep the Marlins with an extra inning win 5-4 and there was noooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Pirates are a season best 26 above .500 at 70-44, a season best 3.5 games up in the Central and have won five straight. The Bucs are 41-20 at PNC, finish the 11 game home stand 9-2 and are 5-2 in the month of August.

    The Bucs will travel to Colorado to begin a six game road trip. Francisco Liriano will take the mound in the opener for the Pirates.

    Let’s GO Bucs!

  128. The AJ pie thing is never not funny.

  129. Raise it! Nice comeback Buccos! Keeping the Eeyores at bay (or would it be at bray) for another day. Loving every second of this!!!!

  130. Martin’s still batting 1.000 as a Pinch hitter.

  131. Do we lead the league yet in comeback wins? two-in-a-row. And 5 wins-in-a-row. If not for the braves, biogenesis, and Arod, how are the pirates not THE story in baseball?

  132. That is about as good of a win as you can have. They did all the little things right. Things they use to do wrong or let other teams do to beat them. It still doesn’t feel real. Somebody hold up a newspaper with today’s date on it and the NL Central standings to prove that this is real.

  133. Chew on this one. This is only the 10th time in the last 21 years the Pirates have won 70 games.

  134. I don’t even care who’s in RF anymore. I really don’t.

    Well….as long as it’s not Tabata.

  135. Pirates 70-44 -
    Cards 66-47 3.5 GB play LA tonight
    Reds 63-51 7 GB idle tonight

    DBacks 58-55 11.5 GB for wild card

    Just unreal.

  136. The Pirates are good.

  137. Its hard to believe but during their last winning season in 1992. The Pirates finished 96-66 but did not get their 70th win of the season until August 22nd.

    In 1991 they went 98-64 and got their 70th win on August 18th.

    In 1990 they went 95-67 and got their 70th win on August 18th.

    To put further into perspective the Pirates as of August 8th have more wins than their season totals for 12 of the past 20 seasons.

    • Puts this impressive season into perspective. Some really good info/stats above.

    • and we all thought Hurdle was crazy when he said this team was capable of 95 wins.

      • He was.

        But sometimes crazy people know what they’re talking about.

      • Nate thats funny cause I was trying to google the article in which he said they could find 16 wins. Here it is…

        http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/02/28/clint-hurdle-looking-for-95-wins-this-season/

        • I will be the first to admit that last year I was tough on Hurdle and thought he made some terrible in game decisions and waited a little to long on some players that underperformed. Maybe I was wrong and that is what that team and those players needed.

          This year the man can do no wrong. He has pushed the right buttons and has created an atmosphere that is just amazing to watch. These guys love him and enjoy playing the game for him so much. I have a feeling that these players trust him and even if they are not happy with a decision he makes they will not step out of line and be a problem but instead stay ready and contribute when called upon. To steal a line from Tomlin a next man up kind of attitude.

          • I will be the first to admit I thought he was just trying to build up his team and get them to believe they were good enough to finish as winners. I thought deep down he figured they could finish above .500 but finding 16 wins? Thought that was a bit crazy.

            But like they say; shoot for the moon and come up short and your still in the stars. At this point he may have under shot!

    • Consider my mind blown TJ. Good informaton. Thanks for sharing.

    • No way this team doesn’t win 12 games in, what, 7 weeks.

      I gotta admit, there was a part of me that thought I would never see the day.

  138. Awesome!!! Raise the Jolly Roger!

    Was following along via gamecast at work and really enjoyed it – coworkers might have wondered why there was a first pump and cheer when Martin hit the winnder but who cares!

    Great home stand by the Bucs and Look out Liriano! Taking the mound tomorrow night.

    Randy in RVA.

  139. Would this be anywhere near this fun if the Pirates had 5 or 6 winning seasons and a couple playoff appearences over the past 20 years. Don’t get me wrong it would be enjoyable but nothing like this in my opinion.

  140. Couple interesting things….

    Mark Reynolds DFA by the Indians

    Jim Bowden would still like to see the PIrates acquire Rios from the White Sox and has the Pirates sending OFs Willy Garcia and Harold Ramirez in return. I’d honestly rather have Kendrys Morales at 1B

  141. Becoming increasingly likely that we reach 82 during the homestand starting 8/27. Would have to go just 11-5 to break it on the very 1st game against MIL.

  142. Some teams have a way of making it happen when it needs to happen.
    That would appear to be the case with the 2013 Bucs….

  143. Rockies 11-23 since July 2 and 1-9 on their 10 game road trip heading into tomorrow’s game with the PBC.

  144. I’m gonna just assume you haven’t noticed, but Gaby Sanchez is sporting an OPS of .771 with two less RBI than Neil Walker. In 101 less attempts.

    • Have you noticed since the AS break Pedro is 14 for 73?

    • I noticed his double today was off a right hander. And while Jones has improved his defense at 1st and in RF, I don’t know he makes that defensive play Gaby made late in the game. Gaby almost didn’t make it. He’s not an issue to me,

    • Gaby is performing his role very very well. Now that walker is finding his groove (lefty), and he looked good in his at bat vs. LHP today, the next item that needs to get corrected is Garrett Jones needs to find it… he could always be counted on for a HR here and there and that is even gone….

  145. I’m very glad to see that Chad Qualls still has fond memories of Pittsburgh.

    Thank you Chad, for sucking as spectacularly for the Marlins as you did for the Pirates.

    Now, if only van den Hurk can get picked up by the Reds…

  146. Hurdle pretty much confirmed after the game that the strategy was to get Fernandez to throw a lot of pitches to get him out of the game early. He also confirmed that Cutch was out for for precautionary reasons because of ” the catch” Tuesday night. He said he was OK to hit, but they didn’t want him throwing.

  147. Nice that Jared Hughes got the win today.

  148. It just dawned on me today that the last time the Bucs had a winning record I was 32. Dang I feel old now!

    Kevin

  149. Wow, is it weird to see James Harrison in a Bengals uniform.

  150. Didn’t he sell his home and move?

  151. What do people think about the Phillies giving Chase Utley $27 million for 2 more years.

    I know there is a lot of money in the game – and I think the Phillies are going into a new local TV deal, but that seems like a lot for him.

    • Given his injury history, and especially with Howard’s injury history, that is a lot of money to risk. And what they really need is pitching. Too many ifs on the staff.

      However, he is also one of the faces of the Philthies, and very popular in this area.

      Kevin

    • Glad it isnt my money.

      I think that is about maybe $10 million too much for him, but, if they think that much of him…………

  152. New Pirate Motto for this season…

    You have heard of “Embrace the Suck!”

    I am now going with …”Chuck the Suck!”

    Who’s with me?

  153. Since I’m way late on this….

    Hey Frank…. go have another drink and shut your mouth. Let the team do their thing on the field.

  154. I had hair on top of my head the last time the Pirates had a winning record.

    Not a lot, but I still had a good knot up there.

    But on the minus side, I didn’t have the ear hair that I do today…

  155. Man DK’s blogs go on forever. 10:49am to 9:24pm. Don’t get me wrong, this is kinda fun. No way he can read all this. He just writes a few sentences and sits back and watch the lunniies be lunnies.

    One to one with the Dodgers threatening in the top of the fifth.

    Go Dodgers.

    DK: You’d be surprised.

  156. 3 run homer by the Dodger’s!

    I really, really, really do not want to play a one game wildcard deal.

  157. Lambo only had a single tonight. And a walk

    • We will see him in the September call ups, and the meantime he can stay sharp and keep his confidence up playing everyday. Believe it or not, this management team might know what they are doing this year..

      • Don’t let the hippo read your last sentence.

        • Do you have a link, JD, to the FC interview on the Fan today?

        • Yeah, I thought of that as soon as I hit “submit”.

        • I can read??? ;)

          As much as I dislike the “management team”, which I dont include Hurdle in, you cant argue with the results this year so far.
          I just dont forget all the crap they have pulled the past 6 years.

          And, if they keep doing things right, I will give them even more credit.
          I think you can understand that.

          I think I need another drink.

          • That I can understand, I don’t really care much about the previous years now. This is too much fun to enjoy.

            I also understand more drinks too. Enjoy!

          • I totally agree about the past. Let’s go skeet shooting after a cross country flight. Stupid in the past, but the Dodgers just won and we are four up and there will energy in this here blog for some time to come. Even when Lambo gets called up.

          • I just came back a bit ago from the local Hell Place, err, I mean Walmart. In 2010, before the 105 losses, I got a Pirate cap for $1. Yes, $1.
            Tonight, I saw the same cap going for $14.99.
            Retail is the truest sign if you “made” it or not.

            Yes, I still have the $1 hat.
            I wear it every day.

            And, I kid about all the drinks. I am not allowed to drink.
            I will send them to Frank.

  158. Dodgers win, 5-1. Pirates +4

  159. Thanks, JD. I really prefer to deal with facts. Although, sometimes it’s more fun to make them up.

    In listening, FC did say , basically, everything everybody said he did. It wasn’t said, however, with the tone At least I imagined, for the most part. He kind of threw in things, like the blogger comment, That was unnecessary, and in my view demonstrated his defensiveness, but it wasn’t like I anticipated him making a big deal about it. Just more evidence he’s better off not saying anything. He didn’t make a big deal about DK, but again, it was volunteered, defensive and unnecessary.

    I hope he succeeds Bud. Read that however you wish. :-)

  160. Hi Frank! [waves]

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