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Final: Rockies 6, Pirates 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (70-45) vs. Colorado Rockies (53-64)

Starters: RHP A.J. Burnett vs. RHP Juan Nicasio

Time: 8:10 p.m.

Site: Coors Field, Denver

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. Jose Tabata, RF
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. Burnett, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

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


  1. Thundercrack says:

    OK all you rotten Pirate fans, let’s talk some baseball!

  2. 21sthebest says:

    I was going to talk Academy Awards because I saw a couple of nominees for Best Actor by a Drama Queen in a different thread. :-)

  3. tdb1977 says:

    Does anyone know how the magic number works? I tried to explain it to my wife the other day and I miserably failed at it.

  4. Patrick(ri) says:

    Perspective is different up here, I think. The morning paper has a headline about how worried the Red Sox are about the lack of production from their #5 hitter. He(Napoli), has only 3 HRs since the All Star game. Not sure how that compares with the Pirates, but I had the evil thought that Napoli may be matching our 4 and 5 hitters??

  5. Arriba Wilver says:

    Is this where the baseball talk is?

    (An oldie, but a goodie). :-)

    Hi Frank.

  6. bman says:

    (# of games remaining – # of games ahead) + 1

    So for the Pirates it would be 47-4=43+1=44

    If they go 44-3, St. Louis can’t catch them.

  7. Arriba Wilver says:

    It’s a combination of wins for us and losses by “them” which now is St. Louis. If we win and they lose, the magic number goes down by 2, if we lose and they lose, it goes down by one, if we both win, it goes down by one. If we lose and they win, no change. You can do it with other teams, too, and it works the same way, but it’s kind of early IMHO.

  8. Dadtackular says:

    I believe Magic’s number for the Lakers was 32. I’m not sure what you guys are talking about.

  9. Keith says:

    I hope AJ throws a complete game again. I also hope Liriano comes back from his dismal start to regain his Cy Young form. These guys really deserve good things to happen.

  10. Arriba Wilver says:

    I hope so, too. But I doubt AJ has a lot of complete games left in him. Especially in Coors.

  11. Bob Hasis says:

    Since we no longer have a need to worry about a Saves Leader, if AJ goes 7 innings and we have a 4-run lead or more, I would be content to give the remainder of the game to the Shark Tank.

  12. Dadtackular says:


  13. Chuck H says:

    Let’s hope that the Bucs improve greatly on their hitting with RISP and cut down on the Ks

  14. John Lease says:

    I like baseball.

    And this looks like a winning lineup for tonight’s game. Especially against Nicasio.

    Nicasio has never beaten the Pirates(in a mere 2 games), and is a first ball, fastball pitcher.

    Something that everyone on the Pirates whose first name isn’t Pedro likes.

  15. Dave G says:

    All baseball at least until the hippo nun muppets get here.

  16. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    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.


    Tonight’s Line
    Total HOMERUNS Hit by Pirates Hitters in tonight’s game
    Line is 1.5

    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!!!

    70 Down, only 12 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

  17. Bill Born says:

    Over for 50 Please!

  18. Dadtackular says:

    100 iron city beers on the over

  19. pattonbb says:

    100 on the OVER

  20. cosmo says:

    since they are playing in Denver, 100 Coors Lights on the over please.

  21. Arriba Wilver says:


  22. radio wave says:

    At playoffs: I have missed the last two or three days so if I didn’t play I didn’t lose. As I continue to fall down the standings let me risk 100 on the over for tonight.

  23. Arriba Wilver says:

    100 Nutting Regime-ites on the OVER.

  24. Nate83 says:

    Who’s Frank???? He sounds fun!!! Maybe I can meet him someday and have a drink.

  25. pattonbb says:

    Tampa Bay successfully pulled off the old hidden ball trick a few minutes ago. They caught Juan Uribe at 3rd. It was pretty slick. I’d hate to be Dodger 3b coach Tim Wallach. There’s no way that should ever work if coaches are doing their job.

    Lets Go Bucs!

  26. theplanisworking says:

    I hope you are joking with this.

  27. DemonDachshund says:

    Why stop at one?

  28. DemonDachshund says:

    Think I remember how this thing works…

    100 on the OVER please.

  29. John Lease says:

    I have a question. Looking at both Ali Solis and Lucas May(our 2 catchers in AAA), I don’t think either one is getting a September call up. Both have had a September in the bigs, and neither one can hit. May was up with the Royals in 2010, and Solis last year for the Padres.

    Carlos Paulino in AA hasn’t hit this year either, btw.

    So I think the Pirates need to get this very fillable slot for a third string guy in September. Go with May, or pick up some one else’s trash?

  30. Lad9 says:

    I would go dumpster diving for someone like a Josh Thole or Hank Conger. – along that line. Great question John.

  31. I have been wandering what our options were since the Fort went down. Thanks John for the run down.

  32. War Horse says:

    100 Nasties on the under, pls.

  33. Lad9 says:

    100 G’s (not Dave G’s) on the over please. Thank you. Go Buccos!!

  34. JMB says:

    100 on OVER

  35. Frankie says:

    100 on the over

  36. Nate83 says:

    50 on the under. Thanks.

  37. florida steeler says:

    ha-ha, someone else agrees!!!

  38. theplanisworking says:

    That seems to happen once a year doesnt it?
    Or am I losing it?

  39. theplanisworking says:

    Mr. Playoffs………

    may I please have the following?…………

    I will take 25 “dont ever talk about anything else but sports”and “dont ever criticize the Pirates or you are a Chicken Little or Eeyore” sports-only betting wagers on the OVER.

    Thank you.

  40. Karen22 says:

    100 on the OVER!

  41. Karen22 says:

    Maybe Josh Harrison can catch?! ;)

  42. theplanisworking says:


  43. Lad9 says:

    They put you in prison now for being that poor of a catcher?

  44. pattonbb says:

    They’ll probably sign one of those recently unemployed “do-it-all” types… Brandon Inge maybe.

  45. Karen22 says:

    I just realized that it’s ROCKY COLAVITO DAY!! I was madly in love with him, as were many kids who grew up in Cleveland during his glory days. I actually remember watching (on our black & white TV) the game in which he tied the four home run record. That’s a flashbulb memory for me – was on pins & needles when he came up for his 4th at bat.

    HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY…and DON’T knock the ROCK!

    Thanks for the memories…

  46. theplanisworking says:

    No, they put you in prison for daring to talk about anything but sports on this blog. ;)

  47. Lad9 says:

    They will make me go back to the other blog? Noooo

  48. DK talks about other things.

    He wrote 90 million reasons why Pittsburgh is the greatest city in the world (at the other paper) and only a couple of those were about sports.

    What’s wrong with hearing about someone that you talk with every day?

    Because 1 troll gripes, it shouldn’t change the whole blog.

  49. theplanisworking says:

    Excuse me sir.

    I have seen posters decrying the very fact that “this is a sports blog only” the past few days. I added on the prison part as a joke, hence the little winky thing.

    Are you saying that people havent complained about this not being an ‘only sports blog”?

    Read the blog, and see for yourself. Just look at the top of this thread.

    The only “crock” I use is Shedd’s Spread. Great for cooking.

  50. Nate83 says:

    Just let it go man. Do what you want as long as you are not offending anybody. If you enjoy talking to others about non sports stuff then do that because it makes you happy. Just ignore those who comment about it. It’s not worth it and then it just gets ugly.

  51. Dadtackular says:

    +1 Nate

  52. Jason81 says:

    100 on the OVER, please.

  53. 21sthebest says:


  54. pattonbb says:

    That’s actually the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve seen it THIS year. Rarely works, though.

  55. Lad9 says:

    Totally agree Lucky. And a troll or two won’t change it. No chance.

  56. No, plansky, I saw it, too.

    I mean the complaining is a crock.

  57. JD says:

    I’m scouting Tailion and Lambo at the Indy-Toledo game.

    I’ll take 100 Mud Hens on the over please.

    Go Bucs!

  58. Give us a full rundown, JD.

  59. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks Lucky. Seriously.

    I also am a little chafed that some posters here have to attack by name. A general comment/complaint isnt enough. They have to call some posters by name, in some banal attempt to feel good.

    Besides, who doesnt like talking about Drew’s bacon beer, and other stuff?


  60. JohninOshkosh says:


    And +1 for minor league baseball.

  61. Exactly. That’s what makes this place better than the others.

    I’ve heard some pretty good life stories on here that had nothing to do with sports.

    This is a special place and no need to change it unless it comes from the boss.

  62. BDHumbert says:

    over for 25 please…

  63. Nate83 says:

    Anybody have any info on how long the game may be delayed for an out of towner?

  64. Jason81 says:

    So, since the game is in a delay, should we all share our favorite recipes? Or is that not allowed in these here parts? ;)

  65. Lad9 says:

    Agree again. One of the neatest things that happens here is the personal contact. You can go anywhere to talk strictly sports. You get life, friendship, humor, pop culture, history lessons and more here. There are people that I have never seen that I consider friends. If someone doesn’t like it, they can opt out.

  66. theplanisworking says:

    Thank God, some people DO get it !!!

  67. JohninOshkosh says:

    Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug


    1 Tablespoon Butter
    1 Tablespoon Granulated White Sugar
    1 Tablespoon of firmly packed Dark Brown Sugar
    3 Drops of Vanilla Extract
    Small Pinch of Kosher Salt
    1 Egg Yolk (discard the egg white or save for different recipe)
    Scant ¼ of All Purpose Flour (slightly less than ¼ of a cup)
    2 heaping tablespoons of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips


    Start by melting your butter in the microwave. Butter should just be melted, not boiling.
    Add sugars, vanilla and salt. Stir to combine.
    Separate your egg and add the yolk only to your cup. Stir to combine.
    Add flour, then stir again. Measure a scant, slightly less than full, ¼ cup of all-purpose flour.
    Add the chocolate chips, and give a final stir. Now your mixture will look like cookie dough.
    Cook in microwave 40-60 seconds, start checking for doneness at 40 seconds. Mine takes 50 seconds. Do not cook past one minute, just like a regular cookie, this will continue cooking as it cools. If the cookie is dry or cake like, try less time.
    Serve warm.

    I make these all the time.

    Oh, this is a sports blog. Make them for a snack while watching your favorite Pittsburgh sports team.

  68. theplanisworking says:

    Buffalo Chicken dip:

    2 cups Ken’s Buffalo sauce marinade,
    4 cups light Ranch dressing,
    1 teaspoon ground basil,
    1 large can Swanson Chicken,
    8 slices of your favorite cheese.

    Combine Buffalo sauce, Ranch, and basil in an oven -safe casserole dish.
    Rinse and drain chicken, add to liquid mix.
    Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven, and bake for 20 minutes.
    Remove, add slices of cheese on top of mixture, put back in oven, cook for 5 minutes.
    Remove, and serve,

    Great for football season.

    :D :D ;)

  69. theplanisworking says:


  70. Lad9 says:

    Prime steak

    Ice and cooler
    Open cap
    Drink while eating and watching game

  71. Lad9 says:

    Nate it actually just started to rain and looks ominous. No estimated start time. At least an hour I think.

  72. pattonbb says:

    Guinness Stew


    2 pounds stewing beef
    3 tablespoons oil
    2 tablespoons flour
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Pinch of cayenne
    2 large onions, coarsely chopped
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    2 tablespoons tomato puree, dissolved in 4 tablespoons water
    1 1/4 cups Guinness
    2 cups largely diced carrots
    small sprig of fresh thyme


    Trim the meat of any fat or gristle, and cut into 2-inch cubes. Toss beef with 1 tablespoon of the oil. In a small bowl, season the flour with salt, pepper and cayenne. Toss meat with seasoned flour. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high heat. Brown the meat on all sides. Reduce the heat, add the onions, crushed garlic and tomato puree to the skillet, cover, and cook gently for 5 minutes. Transfer the contents of the skillet to a casserole and pour half of the Guinness into the skillet. Bring Guinness to a boil and stir to dissolve the caramelized meat juices on the pan. Pour over the meat, along with the remaining Guinness. Add the carrots and thyme. Stir and adjust seasonings (salt and pepper). Cover the casserole and put in 300 degree oven until the meat is tender, about 3 hours.

  73. Jandy says:

    well, ya’ll can suck my big toe after I step in dog doo :D

  74. Jandy says:

    Best bet tonight :)

  75. Jandy says:

    YOu lost it when you befriended me, Hipposter :)

  76. Jandy says:

    Sounds yummy Osh Kosh :)

  77. Jandy says:

    sounds yummy too :)

  78. Jandy says:

    Now you’re talkin’!!!

  79. Jandy says:


  80. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m gonna try this one !

  81. Dadtackular says:

    NEVER FAIL Fruit Cake Recipe
    1 Cup of Water
    1 Cup of Sugar
    4 Large Eggs
    2 Cups of Dried Fruit
    1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
    1 Teaspoon of Salt
    1 Cup of Brown Sugar
    Lemon Juice
    1 Bottle of Whiskey (High Quality)
    Sample the whiskey to check for quality. Take a large bowl. Check the
    whiskey again. To be sure it is the highest quality, pour one level cup
    and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter
    in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again.
    Make sure the whiskey is still okay. Cry another tup. Turn off the mixer.
    Break two leggs and add to the bowl and check in the cup of drier fruit.
    Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers pry
    it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the whiskey to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of sale, or something. Who cares? Check the whiskey. Now sift the lemon
    juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something.
    Whatever you can find. Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350
    degrees. Don’t forget to beat off the turner. Throw the bowl out of the
    window. Check the whiskey again and go to bed

  82. Jandy says:

    Since the game hasn’t started, I’m thinkin my bet might be accepted.
    100 complainers on the under, please :)

  83. Jandy says:

    DK himself said this is OUR blog…so….

  84. Jandy says:

    drat I was looking forward to watching the game…friggin rain!

    How the heck are ya Rad Lad?

  85. JohninOshkosh says:

    Looks like it will be a full house in Seattle as the M’s induct Junior into their HOF. Geez, I still remember him as a rookie with his whole career ahead of him. One of my favorites.

  86. Jandy says:

    Best one yet!

  87. pattonbb says:

    This was tonight’s menu. Except instead of Yuengling, it was Newcastle.

  88. Lad9 says:

    POTD Dad. I laughed out loud. Thank you! And sports enters in when you throw the bowl.

  89. florida steeler says:

    Go on Facebook for your social media crap.

  90. Jandy says:

    YOU can go where you want, sweetie. :D
    I’m staying :)

  91. theplanisworking says:


  92. theplanisworking says:

    Good Point. ;)

  93. theplanisworking says:

    This is a classic!

    Just what, or who, are you talking about when you say Nuts??? ;)

  94. bizrow says:

    I don’t think the game has started yet, if it has, sorry and I know this wont count

    100 nukes on the Ovah, thanks Playoffs

  95. bizrow says:

    I Guess there was a troll last night

    We can talk about absolutely everything here

    Thumbs up for Lucky

    Thumbs down for the troll

    Another reason (the troll) we note two planets represented in the Lunatic Nation

  96. Jandy says:

    couldn’t help myself ;)

  97. theplanisworking says:

    +60 Biz!

  98. theplanisworking says:

    Hey Jandy, remind me sometime to post my Troll Soup recipe, k?

  99. Jandy says:

    You got it, Hipposter ;)

  100. Jandy says:

    That would be excellent!

  101. Jason81 says:

    Blogs aren’t social media anymore? That’s news to me.

  102. Jandy says:

    well, when you’re only aware of what is going on in YOUR universe, i guess you just don’t know what goes on in the rest of the world :)

  103. Brandie says:

    Good evening everybody. On late tonight due to being at a cookout. Had coleslaw, pasta salad, smoked pork, and sausage. All the food talk in earlier posts sounds wonderful! Yum! Or, am I not allowed to talk about life?

  104. Lad9 says:

    Doing good Jandy. Home from Virginia, watching the Steelers and waiting for the Bucs to start, and planning our menu for next week with these new recipes. How are you tonight? :)

  105. Brandie says:

    Breathtaking! Gives me chills. Such history. Thanks for sharing!

  106. theplanisworking says:

    Welcome !!!
    The “Big Bad 3″ is now in the house !!!!!

    How about a Curve report from last night?

  107. Jandy says:

    brandie said it right…awesome indeed, Eric, thanks for sharing :)

  108. theplanisworking says:

    For those bummed about the rain delay, and dont want to watch preseason football…………..

    NHL Network has Game 7 of the 2009 SC Finals at 10;00.

  109. Lad9 says:

    BRANDIE GIRL!! Sounds like a great day and cookout. You talk about whatever you want here. You make many people smile daily!! :)

  110. Jandy says:

    we talk about whatever we want here, trolls can wear ear plugs and eye masks :)
    Yes, how was the game last night? Did ya get wet??

  111. theplanisworking says:

    Eric, where is this located?

    Absolutely awesome!

  112. Jandy says:

    Is that when you’re making troll soup???

  113. Lad9 says:

    I have but not for a while. So cool. Thank you Eric

  114. theplanisworking says:


    + many!


  115. Reading says:

    It’s about time that Root Sports has shown a Danny Murtaugh commercial.

  116. Eric Bowser says:

    Ross Street and 2nd Avenue, under Blvd Allies ramp.

  117. Dadtackular says:

    Thanks Eric. I really enjoyed those.

  118. theplanisworking says:

    Next time I am in the Burgh, I will go there!

  119. JaxBuc says:

    Please sir, may I have 50 on the UNDER?

  120. tdb1977 says:

    First pitch is at 9:55 PM

  121. Jandy says:

    Thanks tdb :)

  122. Eric Bowser says:

    Just walk from First Avenue, walk left to Ross, stay left side of street and a few steps up the street under the ramp is the mural and then Maz on bricks to outside.

  123. Eric Bowser says:

    Jandy – There’s a ton of pictures on FB but I’m going to try to find a picture place so I can post a link here for everyone since many folks may like to see these pictures that have never been to our great city.

  124. theplanisworking says:

    SD leading the Dustys 3-1 in the 9th.

    Cubs leading the LaRussas 5-4 in the 8th.

    This is good news.

  125. Jason81 says:

    Awesome…all of it. But now I’m hungry, just not for fruitcake or anything with nuts.

    Let’s go Bucs!!!

  126. Jandy says:

    I was just gonna post that about the Cubbies. Goooo Cubbies and Padres!

  127. tdb1977 says:

    The power of Twitter. Opps, is that a forbidden word around here now too???

  128. Jandy says:

    I’ll head over and look Eric…thanks for the tip. Please do share…some of us do appreciate it ;)

  129. Kevin says:

    GO PIRATES! (go cubbies)

  130. Jandy says:

    a good burger with smokey barbecue sauce slathered on it sounds about right ;)

  131. Jandy says:

    had an off day today, pressure from the weather in my head…so just enjoying a glass of wine and now enjoying the Bucs. And the good company here :)
    It’s nice to go, but it’s nicer to come home…

  132. Patrick(ri) says:

    Been off line, just want add that from the perspective of a long-term observer, and a relative newcomer participant, that much of what makes this blog attractive is often not relevant to baseball. Fun, even nonesense, is good for the soul.

  133. Brandie says:

    I will try my best to set the scene…

    We had great seats on thee third base line. Ethan Hollingsworth was our starting pitcher. Has iffy stuff. Maybe it was the fact that he had just been called up. Harrisburg teed off for a few home runs on him due to a few pitches he left up in the zone. He likes to pitch down and away. Decent off speed stuff.

    Gregory Polanco did not set the world on fire. He tagged a few pitches hard, but right at the opposition. He needs to practice a bit of plate discipline, but as he rises in the ranks, that, hopefully, will be straightened out.

    Alen Hanson also needs to practice plate discipline. Seems to me that he wants to be the hero and knock the cover off of the ball every time up without realizing the necessity of putting the ball in play. Did okay defensively.

    Oscar Tejeda pinch ran then played outfield after the benches clearing brawl. Decent speed.

    Watch out for Zack Thornton. He could be a nice addition to the bullpen. Struck out his side in the 6th. Threw strikes and worked quickly.

    Funny story…Where we sat, there were kids behind us. The Harrisburg Senators had a player named Jared Head. Every time Mr. Head came to the plate, the kids would comment…

    “Look. It’s Jared Head. Stupid Jared Head! Hey Jared Head, you’re a Jared Head!” I had never laughed so hard in my life, until the drunk lady told my father in law he should sit next to her since it was his birthday. This proposition came in front of his wife, who was highly amused.

    The night was kind of like Gordie Howe Hat Trick…

  134. theplanisworking says:

    Thank You for proper perspective, Patrick.

  135. Patrick(ri) says:

    Correction: everything is relevant to baseball.

  136. theplanisworking says:

    Stuff like that is what makes minor-league baseball so fun!

    Thanks for the update on the Curvies.

    Hope you had a blast!

  137. Jandy says:

    Not in our blog it isn’t ;)

  138. Brandie says:


  139. florida steeler says:

    DK says on the Steeler blog–this is for football. I assume baseball should be for baseball except for the aforementioned who use a sports blog for their utter nonsense.

  140. Jandy says:

    LOL Brandie! Out of the mouths of babes eh? Gotta love kids….and your FIL getting propositioned? priceless lol

    Thanks for the run down…what caused the brawl?

    Hopefully hubby and I will get to a game soon….he’s been working his tail off…worked today too….

  141. Jandy says:

    since you hang on my every word, FS it’s clear you love me… sweet :)

  142. Brandie says:

    Glad you are home, Birdman. Glad to talk to you and Jandy, and Planana. It is the genial atmosphere that makes the blog a magical place for me. Shout outs to Reverend Matt, Arriba, Revvie Baby, Playoffs, and da rest if the true Lunatic Mob!

  143. Brandie says:

    Many, many hit batsmen. But, you know baseball brawls. A whole lot of slap fighting because no one wants to break a hand. Go to The August 30th game as Pascal Dupuis will be there!

  144. Brandie says:

    Especially the nonsense!

  145. Reading says:

    Add 1 to the number of games remaining, then subtract the number of games the Pirates are ahead in the loss column for the team in second place. There are 47 games left counting tonight. Add 1, that gives you 48. Subtract the difference between the number of losses that the Pirates and Cards have. Right now 4. 48-4=44. Pirates Magic Number to eliminate the Cards is 44.

    The Magic Number is reduced by onw with each Pirate win and Cards loss. If Cards lose tonight, the Magic Number lowers to 43. If Pirates win and Cards win, the Magic Number lowers to 43. If Pirates win and Cards win, the Magic Number lowets to 43. If Pirates win and Cards lose, the Magic Number becomes 42.

  146. Jandy says:

    ahhhh yes, the hit by pitch fights lol.

    Ehhh I dunno. i went to the James Neal game, and waited over 3 hours…and they let the season ticket holders all jump line. That rather upset me.
    I’ll just go to watch a game :)

  147. Reading says:

    If Pirates lose and Cards win, the Magic Number remains at 44.

  148. Brandie says:

    Then I heard JHay pitched last night. I thought of that Bugs Bunny cartoon where it was him versus the Gashouse Gorillas. I just wonder…can JHay play every position as well as coach? Can he also be a GM? if so, Coonelly better be shaking in his boots because JHay’s coming to steal his crown!

  149. theplanisworking says:

    Or Nun Sense.

  150. Jandy says:

    + many lol

  151. Jandy says:

    Hey! I resemble that remark :P

  152. Brandie says:

    It’s like Spidey Sense, just holier.

  153. JD says:

    Tailion is a big dude!

  154. JD says:

    I’ll see your +1 and raise you +1.

  155. theplanisworking says:


    You are a breath of fresh air for this blog, Brandie.

  156. Tom P. says:

    Reds and Cardinals both lost.

  157. Eric Bowser says:

    For those of you who miss the city or never been there… a day in Pittsburgh.

  158. Brandie says:

    Happy Days are Here, Again!

  159. Brandie says:

    What’s up, Kev?

  160. Jandy says:

    that she is :)

    And Spidey is the coolest nerd I know ;)

  161. Brandie says:

    Just call me The Breeze

    I keep blowin’ down the road

  162. Jandy says:

    I recommend checking this out…good stuff!

  163. Brandie says:

    Nun Sense let’s you know who needs knuckles rapped with a ruler or ears yanked!

  164. Jandy says:

    Nice play by Petey, and he holds the runner at third. One more out…

  165. Eric Bowser says:

    Thanks Jandy… it was a long day but fun.

  166. Jandy says:


  167. Jandy says:

    Bet you ALL sleep well tonight :)

  168. Reading says:

    Last one, then I’ll STFD. With Cards loss tonight. Magic Number is 43. Any combination of Pirates wins and Cardinals losses adding up to 43 would eliminate the Cards.

  169. Well another day, and another deficit early in the game. Bucs down 1-0 after 2. Come on Offense!

  170. Eric Bowser says:

    yeah, got the kids bathed and they went right to bed. Never happens that easy.

  171. theplanisworking says:


  172. Jandy says:

    Let’s get it moving, Buccos!

  173. Brandie says:

    You brought back such good memories of my childhood. Thank you so much!

  174. We need to take advantage of the Cardinals tank job. Hopefully they are the team to choke down the stretch this year.

  175. theplanisworking says:

    Without Molina, its possible.

  176. Eric Bowser says:

    Not a problem. Thanks.

  177. Jandy says:

    lol…there are always silver linings….but kids are precious…

  178. Jason81 says:

    The “this is for football” was brought up because someone felt the need to bring up the “Nutting regime” meme that gets passed around on various SOCIAL MEDIA sites. There is no use comparing the football team and the baseball team and their ownership as one has nothing to do with the other.

    Also, as has been stated, DK has said before that this is “our blog.” If people want to talk about “utter nonsense” with their blog friends, so be it.

  179. tdb1977 says:

    The Bucs need to take this game tonight. They need put some more distance between themselves and the Red Birds before heading their this week. We all know that St Louis won’t continue this downward spiral the rest of the way and the Pirates cant keep allowing these opportunties to pass by them.

  180. Jason81 says:

    Maybe just a Sheetz run at this late hour. :D

  181. Jandy says:

    I was gonna mention that Jason, but some people are just thick skulled :)

  182. DemonDachshund says:

    Two years ago, it was the Cards and Brewers going crazy, if I recall, and the Pirates falling apart.
    Last year, it was the Cards and Reds going crazy, and the Pirates falling apart.
    Is it too much to ask that this year it’s the Pirates going crazy, and the Cards and Reds falling apart?

  183. Jandy says:

    AMEN brother!

  184. Jandy says:

    I’ll add my prayers to that one ;)

  185. Jandy says:

    he’s tall, eh? That should make some around here, happy LOL

  186. Jandy says:

    Jordy makes up for the flubbed tag out

  187. Eric Bowser says:

    Really glad the Reds and Cards are sucking right now because I don’t like the way this team is playing in Colorado.

    Real nice bare hand scoop and throw by Mercer.

  188. Brandie says:

    Good vibes in triplicate!

  189. Brandie says:

    Pass the troll tenderizer! I hear they can be tough if you don’t cook em’ right!

  190. pattonbb says:

    Does the high altitude also affect base stealing?

  191. Jandy says:

    seems to affect everything :sigh:

  192. bizrow says:

    That’s my son, he knows, he danced behind the Cobra sign in 79.

    I keep saying, I remember 60 as well as someone that was 10 in that year, it was magic, stars align, it can happen again, I am all in

    Hi Slickster, hope you are safe and warm

  193. Jandy says:

    they’re always tough ;)

  194. bizrow says:

    That Slickster reference is to Slick Frankie, to be perfectly clear.

    Frank, exactly, other than embarrassing PBC fans, what is your purpose?

  195. Jason81 says:

    “Thick skulled.”

    At least you kept it G-rated. :D

  196. Jandy says:


  197. Jandy says:

    indeed Lad has four blessings :)

  198. Brandie says:

    AJ…25 pounds of s#%t in a 10 pound bag. Now, that’s hubris!

  199. Jason81 says:

    Michael Therrien thinks “dey soff.”

  200. Jandy says:

    I’m tryin LOL!

  201. theplanisworking says:

    To taste test all the boozes at PNC Park.

    You’re welcome. ;)

    Go Like 60 beers.

  202. Lad9 says:

    Same here. We have a good crue! Thanks for the blurb on the Curve too.

  203. Brandie says:

    You have my immense respect! It us/always a pleasure to talk to you,

  204. Jandy says:


  205. Brandie says:

    No problem. Still have no idea why I gave you pegged/as a super hero in my mind. Maybe the 4 kids has something to do with it!

  206. Jandy says:

    And we have a tie ballgame….TY ballgame ;)

  207. Eric Bowser says:

    The John Wehner baseball card with Bob Walk in the background.

  208. Brandie says:

    I think they’re greasy and have way too much gristle. No quality!

  209. Jandy says:


  210. Lad9 says:

    There is that Ty guy again. Good job Russell!

  211. The speed of Cutch leads to 1-1 tie.

  212. Jandy says:


  213. Brandie says:

    That sexy hunk TY Ballgame is back! Hubba Hubba!

  214. Awesome! Did you tweet the booth so they can talk about it the rest of the night?

  215. theplanisworking says:

    You’re welcome! ;)

  216. Jandy says:

    woop woop!

  217. Dadtackular says:

    Does anyone here use “vine” app on smartphone?

  218. theplanisworking says:

    Wouldnt be a Bucco game thread without Jandy’s camel………..

  219. Brandie says:

    Hippo…What did you do?

  220. bizrow says:

    This game is a gravy game

    The two clubs chasing us lost, or so I think I’ve read

    Only good things can happen from here on out

  221. Eric Bowser says:

    I’m the first one to post to #bucsbooth with a link and don’t get picked by Root Sports…. BOOOOOO!

    Hmmm, I wonder why. LOL

  222. theplanisworking says:


    But your fruitcake recipe makes me want a “vino” app.

  223. theplanisworking says:

    I cant remember.


  224. theplanisworking says:

    Even if they would have won, we still have a 4 game lead.

    When was the last time we could say that !!!

  225. Brandie says:

    Who did you sit on?

  226. tdb1977 says:

    I shared the fruit cake receipt with friends and family and told them that I’m going to make this for Christmas and they will just need to come to the kitchen to check on me to make sure I’m not comatosed or anything. I hope they all enjoy the chuckle as much as I did.

  227. Jason81 says:

    Now that is a job I could handle. :D

  228. tdb1977 says:

    AJ is dealing tonight. Offense, this would be a nice time to kick it up a notch or two and get the man a few more runs. Don’t make AJ get the runs too, like you have made Cole do a couple of times this season.

  229. theplanisworking says:

    I have a list a mile long.

  230. Jandy says:

    He’ll sit on me cuz I stole his “Ty Ballgame” tag lol

  231. Jandy says:

    I admit I love that commercial LOL

  232. theplanisworking says:

    No, that would be cruelty to animals, and I dont want to get in trouble. ;)

  233. Lad9 says:

    Right back at ya!

  234. Jandy says:

    Brat! lol

  235. Jandy says:

    These bats are whiffing way too much…

  236. bizrow says:

    Yeah, but I want the W tonight

    Its an opportunity

  237. theplanisworking says:

    + many W’s

  238. pattonbb says:

    I don’t know Biz. How often will both teams behind us lose on the same day? I think this one’s more than a gravy game. Our team needs to capitalize on these opportunities.

  239. Jandy says:

    couple nice K’s by AJ

  240. theplanisworking says:

    Again, AJ just not getting the run support…………

  241. theplanisworking says:

    Nevermind…………….. ;)

  242. Jandy says:

    Yeah Baby!!!

  243. Eric Bowser says:

    Jones with a gift triple to knock in Martin.

    Pirates lead 2-1

  244. Jandy says:

    about time eh? :D

  245. Jonesy with a run scoring triple, FINALLY!! 2-1 Buccos!

  246. Jandy says:

    woop woop

  247. twentytwo22 says:

    Jones joins the party with impeccable timing.

  248. Jandy says:

    oh yeah baby

  249. tdb1977 says:

    3-1 good guys!!!!! About time these bats wake up a little bit this game.

  250. theplanisworking says:

    Go grab your camel……………. we got another one!

    3-1 good guys!

  251. pattonbb says:

    Here we go. Wake those bats up.

  252. Tabata beats out a play up the middle for another run scoring hit. 3-1 now!

  253. twentytwo22 says:

    Tabata grounds to…



    the middle and gets an infield RBI single.

  254. tdb1977 says:

    Enough run support for AJ? How many pitches is AJ sitting at?

  255. Lad9 says:

    Tabby joining the party!

  256. twentytwo22 says:


  257. Jandy says:

    OK I’m gonna go to bed…turn the game on up there….night loonies….hold the fort!

  258. theplanisworking says:


  259. pattonbb says:

    Well, crap…

  260. Eric Bowser says:

    Burnett doing his best Paul Maholm in 6th inning after Pirates got 2 runs in top of 6th. Argh.

  261. Can’t make anything easy can we? 3-3 now that the Rocks keep tattooing doubles all over the place.

  262. Reading says:

    Cone on Man!!!! They get you the lead, and you get hammered and give it right back. Where’s the hook?

  263. theplanisworking says:

    We have the best bullpen in baseball.
    Why isnt Clint using them?

    Shakin my head…………..

  264. Should have taken AJ out after they tied it up. Though it was a close play, Cutch not getting momentum behind that throw that let Cuddyer tag up has led to all of this – that and AJ running out of gas. 5-3 now.

  265. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    I believe the Rockies just told AJ to STFD!

  266. Reading says:

    Another golden opportunity wasted. Should be going for a six game lead tonight. Instead a loss last night, and probable L tonight, and the lead temains 4.

  267. theplanisworking says:

    And, Colorado continues to be a torture chamber for the Bucs.

    Hope Pedro isnt injured.

  268. pattonbb says:

    Wheels are off.

    Dexter Fowler gets one in his ribs next at bat. That’s a cheap play.

  269. From bad to freakin worse now that Pedro may be hurt, or at least spiked. 6-3 and likely more to come with guy on third and STILL two out.

  270. Eric Bowser says:

    Well… this got out of hand quickly….

    Rockies 6-3 now

  271. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    This got real bad, real quick.
    Fowler looked like Cobb sliding into 3rd there.

  272. Reading says:

    Fowler might have to take one for the team next AB.

  273. That wasn’t cheap, just bad timing on the throw getting there at the same time. Bad luck more than anything.

  274. Patrick(ri) says:

    Seemed pretty obvious he was out of gas when conrol went south. Too much respect?

  275. Pedro stayed in, but we will see if he can bat.

  276. Just knew two run lead was not safe, hopefully a three run lead isn’t either.

  277. Patrick(ri) says:

    What a great name for a reliever.

  278. Eric Bowser says:

    Time for Pirates bats to start smashing the ball.

  279. pattonbb says:

    Cheap play. Out by a mile, slide in cleats up? Absolutely a cheap play.

  280. Reading says:

    Gloves are off now. Rockies are going down.

  281. Eric Bowser says:

    Alvarez gets spiked, Marte now beaned in left wrist…. just wave the white flag, this game means nothing and those two are too important.

  282. Now Marte takes a pitch off the wrist. This one may be bad due to his reaction. No breaks what-so-ever.

  283. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Marte, Alvarez, and Martin will all get tomorrow off.
    I look forward to hearing the moaning and groaning.

  284. pattonbb says:

    Well, Marte’s hurt now.

    This is going from bad to terrible.

  285. Lad9 says:

    Do not like the looks of Marte’s injury.

  286. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    It didn’t sound good when it hit him.
    Looked even worse.

  287. theplanisworking says:

    With all this doom and gloom,
    is now a great time for more recipe listings??


  288. pattonbb says:

    Good for Clint. Spit on him again. They blew that one.

  289. Patrick(ri) says:

    What else can happen? Horrible call.

  290. Foot off the bag and they get the DP, Clint gets tossed and we now have two out and man at third.

  291. Jason81 says:

    Tough to control your saliva with that large of a wad of gum in your mouth.

  292. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    “If you knew you were gonna hit into a double play, you should have just struck out.”
    – Earl Weaver

  293. Eric Bowser says:

    Just don’t get McCutchen’s approach on pitches to outside of zone, he’s constantly opening his hips up and trying to pull the ball.

  294. Arriba Wilver says:

    I didn’t think he was trying to pull on that at bat.

  295. Patrick(ri) says:

    Aren’t most neighborhood calls given when the receiver is crossing the bag and not when he is standing on it?

  296. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Last time they lost 2 in a row, they won their next 5.
    They do that this time they’ll have a nice lead in the division.
    RELAX people.

  297. Arriba Wilver says:

    Reminded me a little of Lee’s two years ago.

  298. twentytwo22 says:

    Tulowitzki shouldn’t have gotten a throw off because he should have been destroyed by Presley. Presley chickened out. He needs to go back to AAA.

  299. Arriba Wilver says:

    It was weird. In real time he looked like he was clearly off the bag, but in super slow-mo it was really really close.

  300. pattonbb says:

    They’re not supposed to ever give an “in the neighborhood” call on a bad throw to 2nd. “In the neighborhood” is supposed to only give the receiver a chance to get out of the way of the incoming slide. As log as the throw doesn’t pull them off the bag.

  301. Been doing that for the last couple years. When he does go with the pitches good things mostly happen for him. He and everyone else is always getting caught up in this “got to hit a HR every AB.”

  302. Patrick(ri) says:

    But last time they lost two, their two stud pitchers were not smacked around — that & potential loss of Marte is alarming,

  303. Arriba Wilver says:

    Still was pulled off.

  304. Jason81 says:

    Tulo wasn’t even in the same zip code as the bag.

  305. Besides, Tulo was in the air when he caught the ball and never came down on the bag.

  306. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    It’s 2 games in Colorado.
    If it was 2 games with their 2 best starters at PNC, I’d be concerned.

  307. pattonbb says:

    Fowler will bat in the 8th.

    Just throwing that out there…..

  308. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    What exactly should he have done?
    The throw was early and high.

  309. I’m thinking the way these last two games have gone that the AAA lineup will be playing tomorrow. Not a great way to start off this road trip 0-2.

  310. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    If Marte is going to be out for more then a few games does this mean Mr. Lambo finally shows up?

  311. bizrow says:

    Not lookin good right now

  312. Night all. Done with this pitiful game. Hopefully they get hot and either tie it up or win it in the ninth, but not feeling it after the horrendous play the last two nights and the constant falling behind against Miami.

  313. Thundercrack says:

    Can we trade for Rios?

  314. pattonbb says:

    Jerry Sands

  315. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    70 wins and 4 games up in the division.
    Don’t lose sight of that.

  316. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  317. Thundercrack says:

    It looks like the Rockies are playing much better than they did when they were recently in Pittsburgh.

  318. pattonbb says:

    His name is Stanton, TC. Mike Stanton.

  319. Patrick(ri) says:

    You are really quick with PhotoShop!

  320. theplanisworking says:

    They are a completely different team at home.
    A huge home-field advantage.

  321. Parrothead01 says:

    Boy Pedro really stinks since the all star game. He doesn’t even hit the ball hard any more. Most of his at bats are either strike outs or weak roll overs to second.

  322. pattonbb says:

    Looks like a great play.

  323. pattonbb says:

    OK, here comes Fowler.

    Will he catch one in the hip?

  324. Playoffs by 2012 says:

  325. theplanisworking says:

    You need to put this picture up the next time anyone says

    Just sayin…………..

  326. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  327. theplanisworking says:


  328. theplanisworking says:


  329. Eric Bowser says:

    Oh…. don’t make me…

    Fire Bylsma!

  330. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  331. Eric Bowser says:

    Those pictures were just plain shots from iPhone, no Photoshop “skills”.

  332. Eric Bowser says:

    Yeah, I thought it was horrible initially but the way the umpire went right back at Hurdle had me thinking I was wrong.

  333. Eric Bowser says:

    Wait… she did. LOL

  334. theplanisworking says:

    Where is she now?

  335. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  336. theplanisworking says:


    FIRE WALK!!!!

    Oh, wait………..

  337. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    You can’t fire me, buddy.
    I quit!

  338. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    If Martin makes it up, this game will be tied!

  339. theplanisworking says:

    Speaking of that,

    I would like to fire that thing serving as a Rockies mascot.

  340. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Don’t hate on DINGER!
    How many triceratops do you know of in baseball?

  341. Thundercrack says:

    It looked like Cutch swung at 3 balls

  342. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Oh well.
    Get ‘em tomorrow!

  343. theplanisworking says:


    Alex Rios.

  344. Eric Bowser says:

    Those were two of the ugliest at-bats by McCutchen and Alvarez to end the game.

  345. Patrick(ri) says:

    Good news, Pedro only swung at one.

  346. Arriba Wilver says:


  347. Patrick(ri) says:

    Painful to watch. Pretty sick end to a potential miracle rally.

  348. Patrick(ri) says:


  349. theplanisworking says:

    Time to go jump off a barstool.

    Need to win tomorrow.

    Hope Marte, and Alvarez arent hurt.

    Now that we fired all the announcers above, tryouts at Drew’s place at 10AM.

  350. twentytwo22 says:

    This offense isn’t good enough to come out and just bludgeon the opposing pitching and score runs. They let pitchers off the hook. They let bad teams hang around. That is what happened tonight.

  351. tomp says:

    Hurdle tried to save face with Burnett, instead of doing what’s right for the team.
    After walking that guy who he can never get out, he should have been pulled.

    2 of the worst Ab’s by Mc Cutchen and Alvarez i have ever seen.

    Didn’t look like Mc Cutchen did not swing at 1 strike, and Alvarez vs a lefty is not going to work.
    Maybe it’s time for this Pedro should hit cleanup experiment, to end , once and for all.

    Very surprised at Burnett for not being able to stop the bleeding. He sucked tonight, in that regards.
    I think Marte is going to be out longer than they are letting on.
    He had to break that hand!, and until i see him playing again, i will stick to it.
    Just a terrible game, offensively, defensively, .
    This is not going to get any better for awhile, i am afraid.
    Unfortunately, it looks like the Pirates are going to get swept in this series, and the Cardinals will be on their A game when this gang of over achievers come to town.
    I will say by next week, the Cardinals just may be back in 1st place.
    Losing 2 games, to one of the worst teams in baseball (I don’t care what their home record is), is unacceptable!

  352. John Diulus says:

    I can’t believe that I have not read this yet elsewhere, but I have a theory about the Rangers stealing Alex Rios off waivers for 1 million! I don’t believe that the CWS, as much as they wanted out from under Rio’s contract, would have ever agreed to a PTNL and/or 1 million. They wanted a prospect in return. It is my belief that CWS placed Rios on waivers as they had a deal worked out with the Pirates; however neither the Bucs or the White Sox predicted that the Rangers would claim him 1st! I’m very glad that the Rangers did take Rios as him stats really do mirror those of Bucs G. Jones. The Bucs would never really have seen much more run production with Rios, so the arrangers may have saved the Bucs from doing something stupid!!
    ….just my opinion on what went down with Alex Rios.
    Hopefully, the Bucs now may focus on obtaining a bat with some real worth (or at least try to do so) or obtain a strong bench bat who may provide some help with PH duties!
    Curious to read if anyone else believes that the CWS had placed Rios on waivers cause they too believe that it was trying to consummate a deal with the Bucs?

  353. George Naum says:

    I am scared to death that our starters may be
    wearing down. I can’t go through a third year
    of this nor do I think many other fans can. It
    is horrible always waiting for the other shoe
    to drop. Tell me I’m wrong someone! Please!!

  354. Arriba Wilver says:

    You’re not wrong on the fear, but I think you probably are on the result this year.

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