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Final: Pirates 5, Cardinals 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (70-48) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (68-50)

Starters: LHP Francisco Liriano vs. RHP Shelby Miller

Time: 8:15 p.m.

Site: Busch Stadium, St. Louis

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. Jordy Mercer, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Garrett Jones, 1B
  7. Andrew Lambo, RF
  8. Tony Sacnhez, C
  9. Liriano, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Karen Price 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. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    ****Before we get to tonight’s line, I just want everyone to know that last night’s line is cancelled. Late scratch = No Line****


    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
    What will the Pirates get in tonight’s game?
    Win (EVEN ODDS)
    Loss (EVEN ODDS)

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

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    70 Down, only 12 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

    ep·ic [ep-ik]
    adjective : extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope

    col·lapse [kuh-laps]
    intransitive verb: to break down completely, to suddenly lose force, significance, effectiveness, or worth, to break down in vital energy, stamina, or self-control through exhaustion or disease

    three [three]
    noun: a number that is one more than 2, the third in a set or series

  2. Dom says:

    100 ON WIN!!!

  3. Bill Born says:

    100 on a loss
    Sorry to say-
    5 in a row , here we go!

    Really hope I’m incorrect.

  4. Justin says:

    With the exception of Liriano and Jones, this is the lineup of young guys that people have been talking about for the last couple of years. Guys who have come up through the Pirates system (except Lambo, but has now been with the Bucs for a couple of years). Imagine if Cole was pitching tonight with this lineup. This could be the team we’re looking at over the next couple of years, but with Lambo at 1st and Polanco in right. The young guys down the stretch of the season make me nervous, but it’ll be nice to see them all play together.

  5. Brandie says:

    May I have 50 on the win please? Thank you!

  6. bizrow says:

    100 nuke niblets on a Win (and no finger nails left when the Jolly Roger is raised)

    Thanks Playoffs

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  8. cmat0829 says:

    100 win

  9. Thundercrack says:

    Finally, a thread where we can talk Pirate baseball.

  10. Nate83 says:

    I have to go 100 on the win. Am I allowed to go all in with all of my 1600 previously earned fake units.

  11. Nate83 says:

    This made me chuckle. You’ve been waiting over 700+ post to say that. The best punchlines are the ones you wait for.

  12. Nate83 says:

    I assumed Sanchez would be in tonight with AJ going tomorrow and Martin looking like he boxed 12 rounds last night. It should be any easy game to call. Liriano first pitch fastball strike and then unhittable slider.

  13. Brandie says:

    And not the dropping of said baseball. ;)

  14. He’s putting out the fire in his hair.

  15. Brandie says:

    Watch out for Revvie!

  16. Irish says:

    Time to get things rolling again… 100 on a Win!
    Let’s Go Bucs!

  17. Arriba Wilver says:


  18. Arriba Wilver says:

    100 on the WIN, please.

    And I predict Marte will have a big game and Cutch will drop two balls in center.

  19. cosmo says:

    100 scratched Tabata’s on the win tonight

  20. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Keep it clean Arriba.
    There might be latchkey children in here.

  21. Arriba Wilver says:


  22. Milo Hamilton says:

    Anyone know if Tabata’s off his death bed ?

  23. Ghost says:

    This morning’s thread isn’t finished, dammit! We didn’t even scratch the surface with Gabby’s error!

  24. Jason81 says:

    100 on the WIN, please!

  25. Karen22 says:

    50-and it had better be a WIN.

  26. War Horse says:

    100 Fangripes on the WIN, please.

  27. JohninOshkosh says:

    St. Louis Cardinals starting 9:

    Weather Condition
    Game Time: 8:15pm ET
    Current: Mostly Cloudy
    Forecast: Partly Cloudy

    Pitcher:Shelby Miller – R

    # Pos Player
    1 2B Matt Carpenter – L
    2 RF Carlos Beltran – S
    3 1B Allen Craig – R
    4 LF Matt Holliday – R
    5 3B David Freese – R
    6 CF Jon Jay – L
    7 C Tony Cruz – R
    8 SS Pete Kozma – R
    9 P Shelby Miller – R

  28. JMB says:

    100 on LOSS

  29. Brandie says:

    Ms Twenty-two bringing the grits sand gravy!

  30. Brandie says:

    Jose Tabata Death Watch 2013, with your blog correspondent, Milo Hamilton!

  31. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    100 on the W.

  32. Karen22 says:

    Ms. Brandie, what is “sand gravy?” Heh heh! That’s what the post game meal will be covered with if they lose, perhaps?

  33. Karen22 says:

    You’re killing me (and maybe Tabata), Smalls!

  34. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    You never know. Good possibility of that. I like the idea. Add Taillon to the rotation as well. (next year)

  35. pattonbb says:

    100 on the WIN.

    This is a lock. pattonbb’s five star play of the year.

  36. theplanisworking says:

    Be careful, I still have my shotgun! ;)

  37. I’d be nauseated and have flu-like symptoms, too, if I played like him.

  38. Brandie says:

    HA! Dang Typo. Grits and Gravy!

  39. theplanisworking says:

    Sanchez is in deep rehab.
    Someone called him BOTH an Eeyore, and a Chicken Little. ;)

  40. theplanisworking says:

    + a whole hospital ward.

    But that would put a strain on the Commonwealth’s resources, eh Lucky?

  41. Brandie says:


  42. Adam Perry says:

    why am I the only Pittsburgh fan who can admit that McCutchen is failing – especially lately – with RISP? It’s a big problem moving forward in the pennant race.

    As the pressure gets hotter, this year, McCutchen’s stats decline. That is alarming. Look at Dominic Brown, Allen Craig, Jose Bautista, Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Trout, Phillips, et al – their stats improve with RISP. Cutch’s decline sharply.

    Cutch with
    no one on base: .969 OPS
    RISP: .751 OPS
    RISP with two outs: .668

    Anyone who doesn’t think the fact that the Pirates’ best player’s performance sharply declines in pressure situations this year isn’t a huge concern down the stretch is kidding themselves, or just has a man-crush on McCutchen. Look at how the Pirates intentionally walked Phillips and Craig last night with RISP, and then how Cutch was an easy out both times he came up with RISP. It’s a big issue moving forward if he doesn’t start producing in those situations.

  43. Dadtackular says:

    100 Bridges for everyone to jump off on the win.

  44. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Yea no big surprise here. Martin got his butt kicked last night.

    Of course some might question RM’s fortitude and disagree with his off day. I’m not one of those.

  45. BostonsCommon says:

    Guys the front runner for MVP and we still have to pick out his warts huh? You didn’t want to mentioned that he OPSed .843 in June and .994 in July while the Pirates were making the push to first place though did you? Or that now that they’re in a pennant race, and the pressure is mounting in Aug his OPS is 1.307?
    SMH… Puuulease

  46. Chico says:

    100 on the win! LGB!

  47. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I see your point with Cutch, but let me ask you this: If you were a pitcher, would you rather pitch to Cutch with no runners on or with guys on?

    He’s still batting .285 with RISP.

    If I’m the pitcher, I’m less likely to attack the zone when there are guys on, make him beat me on MY pitch. Whereas, when guys are not on, I’m attacking the zone, see if I can get him out on a down the middle fastball. If nothing else, he hits a solo shot and typically, teams don’t lose on solo HR’s, unless that pitcher is Paul Maholm.

    There’s obviously different approaches to ANY hitter when men are in scoring position. If you watch, a lot of the times when Cutch gets out its on pitches out of the zone or at least out of his zone.

  48. theplanisworking says:

    May I have 50 “why are there 740+ posts on a dropped fly ball, finger-wagging soccer post” units on the WIN, please.

    Thank you for all you do.


  49. Which Commonwealth? PA or KY?

  50. theplanisworking says:

    Take your pick.
    They both needs all the help they can get $$$$$$$-wise.

    But nice to see you this evening.
    Got a chuckle out of you saying your sermons are shorter than some blog entries. Sometimes the truth is the best humoor one can get.

  51. tomp says:

    Frontrunner for the MVP?

    He was a candidate as of last week.

    He keeps doing what he is doing, and when the votes are counted, he may finish in the top 5.

    Don’t get me wrong, i would like nothing better for him to win the award, but, Craig, and Kershaw, and Goldschmidt would be ranked higher than him, especially if Arizona makes a push.

    Still long way to go, but i am afraid it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

  52. theplanisworking says:

    And here I thought that sand gravy was what you fed Jandy’s camel. ;)

  53. Joey Mellons says:

    100 two hand catches on the win.

  54. Won’t be here long. Have church tonight, speaking of sermons.

    You ‘unz bring home a W, please.

  55. radio wave says:

    At playoffs: I have no idea where IM in the standings, or how many points I have. I am going to bet 100 on the win.

  56. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    You are currentl tied for 41st place with 50 total points.

  57. Milo Hamilton says:

    Stop making so much sense. You’re gonna have the Ray Stevens crowd all over you. :)

  58. Keith says:

    100 on the WIN. (We own Miller.)

  59. JohninOshkosh says:


    Pirates won’t win another game ever.

    Plus, I want to see 800 posts on tomorrow’s Morning Java.

  60. pattonbb says:

    Ray Stevens won a Grammy for that song.

  61. Lad9 says:

    100 on the win please. Back in the Burgh! Thank you. Go Buccos!!

  62. Milo Hamilton says:

    My dad was a country music fan. I heard it in the car over and over and over …

  63. Brandie says:

    Good one, Planhattan!

  64. bizrow says:

    You are successful at the plate 30% of the time, you are a gazillionaire

    Cutch will be fine and is fine

  65. twentytwo22 says:

    Soriano has 6 rbi in 2 innings. Yankee OF can drop 6 flyballs in the 9th and it won’t matter.

  66. Milo Hamilton says:

    Picked him up at the deadline, didn’t they ?

  67. BostonsCommon says:

    It’s just funny to me, guy is a superstar, one of the best in baseball, and having a year that puts him in MVP discussion, yet there has to be something he’s not doing well…
    It’s like looking at Cabrera and saying, “we’ll he’s not stealing any bases, we need him to be more aggressive”

  68. stickyweb says:

    100 on the win and I could have done without the definitions. Thanks playoffs

  69. JohninOshkosh says:

    No. As I recall no one was available and every team was asking for prospects that could not be traded.

  70. Lad9 says:

    BRANDIE! 63 inches of high explosives and Lambo sayings. How are you tonight?

  71. theplanisworking says:

    + many

  72. JohninOshkosh says:

    From a Google search for your amusement before the first pitch:

    Celebrities with the name SHELBY:

    SHELBY FOOTE, Author
    SHELBY LYNNE, musician
    SHELBY STEELE, Activist

    Pretty impressive, huh ?

  73. Lad9 says:

    Thanks Biz. I just love that post every time!

  74. Milo Hamilton says:

    Arizona has walked off for the 3rd straight game against Baltimore. They’re not going to need the plane to fly here.

  75. Milo Hamilton says:

    I stand corrected.

  76. Brandie says:

    Groovy. Glad you are home. Good vibes to you and your beautiful family!

  77. Brandie says:

    Blown away, babe!

  78. Jandy says:

    if it’s not too late….100 on the win pleASE!

  79. Jandy says:

    I’ll be back in a bit :)

  80. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks for the warning……………. ;)

  81. Thundercrack says:

    $$$ played a part with Soriano.

    The Yankees’ GM didn’t even want him

  82. theplanisworking says:

    Arizona is similar to Colorado.
    They seem to play much better at home than on the road.

  83. Lad9 says:

    Right back at ya. Lets get a win tonight!

  84. theplanisworking says:

    PEDRO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  85. JaxBuc says:


  86. Lad9 says:

    PEDRO! Hope that is a break out hit. He was due!

  87. JaxBuc says:


  88. twentytwo22 says:

    I look at our team and see Marte, Walker, McCutchen, Alvarez, Jones, Mercer, Lambo/Tabata and see 7 positions with young hitters. The only veteran hitter in our lineup is Martin.

    I think our lineup would really benefit by having another veteran hitter right smack dab in the middle of it.

    Call it the Burnett influence. I think it would serve the rest of the lineup well.

    I can very easily see the young hitters choke on their own vomit for a third straight year.

    I’m worried about it.

    I look at Arizona and I see remnants of a team that won the AL West in 2011.

    Management can’t sit back and watch this team be fed to the lions again.

    Morneau – Former AL MVP
    Dunn – 400+ career HR
    Heck Delmon Young – 2012 ALCS MVP, 1.000 OPS in World Series vs the Giants

    Management needs to calculate the value of winning on this young core compared to collapsing again on the young core when judging which prospect they are willing to move or how much money they are willing to spend.

    In my opinion, the impact of winning on this team is priceless.

  89. Steve J. Smith says:

    Pedro with a nice shot to center, and now Jonesy to right for 2-0 lead!

  90. theplanisworking says:

    JONES !!!!!!!!!!!!
    WOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  91. Thundercrack says:

    Honestly, I was going to say that the nice catch by GI Jones was going to get him going again.

  92. theplanisworking says:

    Is it too much to ask for 3 in a row???

  93. Lad9 says:

    GI! Wow. Lefty power display. Make it three Andrew!

  94. Jandy says:

    Two homers, woop woop!!!

  95. theplanisworking says:


  96. Jandy says:

    not in my book :)

  97. JaxBuc says:

    Watching the game in a hotel room in Indianapolis.
    Didn’t get to the Indians game like I had hoped.

    The announcers on the four-letter network know far less than I do about the Pirates. Aren’t they supposed to have some actual factual information available to them before their broadcasts?

  98. theplanisworking says:

    Hello, Mrs. Camel. :)

  99. Jandy says:

    Rad Lad is home…welcome :)

  100. Brandie says:

    Jandy! Your sweet words are Dandy!

  101. theplanisworking says:

    ESPN is the Bleacher Report of the TV world.

  102. Jandy says:

    LOL I’m running around doing stuff and woooping as I go :) I’ve settled in to watch now.

  103. Lad9 says:

    Great one. You don’t miss an angle. :)

  104. Brandie says:

    They don’t need no stinkin’ facts!

  105. Jandy says:

    Brandanimal! Your Lamboisms are sweeter. How the heck are ya girl?

  106. Jandy says:

    YOu could do the job a helluva lot better Jax

  107. Brandie says:

    Greed is necessary. Can’t be nice here.

  108. Lad9 says:

    Good evening my favorite nun! Very glad to be back.

  109. Steve J. Smith says:

    They’re busy talking up the Cardinals to think about Pittsburgh.

  110. Jandy says:

    Shelby Lynn….aka Boo Boo…she is a pitt bull lol

  111. Brandie says:

    Excited for Bucs! Excited to start new job. Happy to talk to Jandy! Hope all is well with ya babe!

  112. theplanisworking says:

    Man, you have my sympathies coming from cleveland.

  113. Brandie says:


    could not resist. :-)

  114. Steve J. Smith says:

    They must of had a hard time trying to find stuff for their graphics packages.

  115. Lad9 says:

    God luck on the job. I have no doubt that you will kick major butt!

  116. Jandy says:

    it is! Got done helpin hubby now I’m watching the Bucs and bloggin with Da Crue :)
    what is the official start day????

  117. Jandy says:

    stinkin brown nosers

  118. Brandie says:

    Who gets to drive the Lamboni?

  119. Jandy says:

    see? lol

  120. Brandie says:


    My NOSE is brown! :-)

  121. MadTurk says:

    The finale call on the drop by Marte by the announcers tonight. IT WAS A FLUKE.

    So my question is how many wins this year were due to this fluke thingy?
    How many loses?

    Were the 29 home runs by Pedro due to the pitches Flukiness?

    Curious minds want to know

  122. Lad9 says:

    Not sure if this has been reported anywhere, but a little birdie tells me that the Sunday night drought for the Pirates is ending. Supposedly the Sept 1 game will be moved to 8:00 and be on ESPN. Makes sense – their production equipment will be in town for Pitt/FSU.

  123. Brandie says:

    Sometime within the next two weeks. I caught some of the work they are doing to prepare the building.

  124. Bob Hasis says:

    There was also a gentleman named Shelby Metcalf who passed away in 2007. For 27 years he was head basketball coach at Texas A&M – 1963 to 1990

  125. Jandy says:

    sweet! It’s been a while coming, you deserve it :)

  126. Brandie says:

    Thanks, Super Hero Birdman!

  127. Jandy says:

    yeah but it doesn’t STINK! :D

  128. Steve J. Smith says:

    Nice that Jones caught that third out with 2 hands!!! Did you see that DK?

  129. cmat0829 says:

    OK, have to say it… why every pitcher doesn’t just keep pounding Holliday inside is beyond me… he obviously is looking to extend his inflexible arms and hit up the middle or to right field… pitch him inside and he will be harmless.

    And how many 4 bounce base hits are the Cards gonna get? If they were playing billiards, we’d be calling ‘slop’ all game long.

  130. Brandie says:

    Like that Double Play action.

  131. theplanisworking says:

    How do you know?

    On 2nd thought, I dont want to know…..

  132. MadTurk says:

    pitches should be pitchers.

    Is Mercer up this inning? Could it be a repeat of last night? Would that be a fluke?

  133. cmat0829 says:

    Calling it…Marte bunt base hit.. right here… right now.

  134. cmat0829 says:


  135. Brandie says:

    Sharp! Clever!

  136. MadTurk says:

    Did you see the guy drop the homerun ball? He used 2 hands and still dropped it. It was a fluke I know it

  137. theplanisworking says:

    He cut in line to do the honors.

  138. Brandie says:

    Keep It Clean, Hippo! :-)

  139. Tom P. says:

    Although I would not wish injury on anyone, it has been nice seeing T. Cruz in the Cardinals lineup instead of Y. Molina.

  140. cmat0829 says:

    So I’ll go there… I would guess the annnouncers use of the word fluke there is that they don’t expect Marte to drop a ton of fly balls like that all year long… it was careless and cost the Bucs dearly, but what else do you want them to call it?

  141. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie, I am clean.
    Just came out of the Pond!

  142. cmat0829 says:

    right, and he gets the privilege of catching tonight after 14 innings last night. Yadi will be back tomorrow so enjoy tonight!

  143. Brandie says:

    Who writes your material?

  144. Jandy says:

    and the Hippposter comes in with a SPLASH! :)

  145. theplanisworking says:

    Sadly, I do.
    Maybe I need to hire professionals?

  146. cmat0829 says:

    their home park is not that different than Miller Park … great hitters park and their team thrives on it. But they have a LOT of holes on their team, pitching first among them.

    You will get to see Heath Bell try to spend the game in the All You Can Eat seats instead of the bullpen…

  147. theplanisworking says:


  148. Jandy says:

    You two should give up your day jobs….seriously….a comedy tag team is in the stars

  149. cmat0829 says:

    I have called for Soriano since 2011 (you can dig up the blog archives!) but I believe Alfonso wasn’t going to waive his no trade rights for anyone but the Yanks.

    I overlook his lack of defense because he can mash lefties and still has good power, plus he is decent on the bases.

  150. MadTurk says:

    Just having fun with the word. “-)

  151. MadTurk says:

    Shelby read the book on how to strike out Pedro in between innings.
    First to last line in the book reads “Do not throw a strike”

  152. Lad9 says:

    Hey when the Pirates right fielder goes out to dinner, does he order rack of Lambo?

  153. theplanisworking says:


    He might order Lambo on the Rod.

  154. cmat0829 says:

    As a left fielder, Holliday really plays a nice first base. “Mr. Holliday, American League on line 1. “

  155. Tom P. says:

    Without getting too picky, Cruz did not catch all 14 innings. Johnson caught enough to get 3 AB’s, but I don’t remember when the switch occurred.

  156. theplanisworking says:

    For anyone who is interested………………
    please go over to the RiverPuppies thread, and wish the team a hearty GO HOUNDS!!

    It is Pittsburgh’s only playoff team, currently. :D

  157. theplanisworking says:

    I am serious.

    I did.

    Would be nice to see a team not on Pittsbugh’s sports radar at least get some well wishes.

  158. Jandy says:


  159. Lad9 says:

    +++ great stuff! LOL

  160. theplanisworking says:

    Tony Sanchez with the RBI.

    Nice to see everyone contribute.

  161. Steve J. Smith says:

    Tony with the hit in the hole to score Walker. 3-0 Buccos!

  162. Jandy says:

    true dat

  163. cmat0829 says:

    Tony Montana does it the Cardinals way… 4 bouncer to left with a big 3rd run for the Bucs!

  164. cmat0829 says:

    ah, i was so focused on torching Marte for his error that I wasn’t paying attention.

  165. Milo Hamilton says:

    Allen Craig too. Has DH written all over him. Nearly killed McCutchen last night.

  166. Lad9 says:

    Would love to get into their pen early after last night

  167. cmat0829 says:

    Very interesting nugget in today’s Wall St Journal … seems the Bucs have now taken the division lead in “resell value” of tickets in August and September… according to the article, September prices are way up.

  168. Jandy says:

    woop woop!

  169. Steve J. Smith says:

    Starling making up for that error last night with a knock. 5-0 now!!!

  170. theplanisworking says:

    Good thing people werent successful with their pitchforks and torches aimed at Marte.

    5-0 good guys!

  171. cmat0829 says:

    HUGE HIT with TWO OUTS scores TWO…Marte laced the ball to center and hustled into 2nd. THAT is the type of hit this offense hardly ever gets… big, big, big….

  172. theplanisworking says:

    Well, it IS Hump Day!

  173. cmat0829 says:

    Cards have just announced “Shelby Miller regression night” at Busch…next Saturday night… instead of bobbleheads, a Cards abacus will be given out to first 10,000 fans attending.

  174. Bob Hasis says:

    There is one beautiful thing about Marte at bat; he hangs in there very well on the curve and usually gets a good balanced swing at it. This partially explains the number HBP’s he has, when the anticipated curve isn’t – or doesn’t

  175. Lad9 says:

    Watching Miller on the mound and he is cooked mentally. The Pirates are in his head!

  176. Jandy says:

    That it is…and this is the day the Bucs get over the hump of losing to the Redbirds

  177. cmat0829 says:

    I doubt the trolls will be posting much in this blog tonight…they lie in wait to pounce on the morning blogs after tough losses. Let’s hope they stay away for a while.

  178. Jandy says:

    me likey!

  179. MadTurk says:

    + big + big + big

  180. cmat0829 says:

    This is a team built on two-strike hitting the opposite way. Nice and all but Reds are much better team overall in my opinion.

    Reds have superior defense, much better bullpen, and I think starting pitching is about even.

  181. Jandy says:

    High praise from Mr. Bob :)

  182. Lad9 says:

    Count me in on that hope

  183. cmat0829 says:

    beautiful inside fastball by Frankie… that is the pitch to get holliday out with

  184. MadTurk says:

    Nice pick and DP by Jones there

  185. Thundercrack says:

    Things are going our way tonight!!

    The losing streak ends to tonight.

  186. Jandy says:

    Woop Woop it’s over the hump day ;)

  187. Thundercrack says:

    If Tabata is in there Miller may have a head cold

  188. Jandy says:

    lol actually Shelby has more of a head case

  189. Tom P. says:

    That’ 45 pitches in 4 innings for Liriano. Nice bounce back outing for him.

  190. theplanisworking says:


  191. Milo Hamilton says:

    Might as well be Shelby Foote at this rate (shout out to Oshkosh’s earlier entry). Or Barry Foote for that matter.

  192. Bob Hasis says:

    Another myth needs to be put out to sea – that Jones is a liability defensively. In either position he plays, he will never be an embarrassment.

    Maybe not a Gold Glover, but well above average

  193. Bob Hasis says:

    Like the famous umpire once said, “I call them the way I see them.”

  194. Jandy says:

    nice 2 bagger for Walker

  195. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe Larry Foote?

  196. Thundercrack says:

    He is not well above average at first base.

    He’s having a good night there tonight.

    He is good in RF and has a strong arm

  197. Jandy says:

    Keep on doing that Bob, I like it!

  198. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hey, he had a really good year. Hopefully he’s got one more in him.

  199. Milo Hamilton says:


  200. cmat0829 says:

    I really am enjoying watch Holliday stumble around in left field… pure entertainment.

  201. theplanisworking says:

    A bit of a disappointing start to Lambo’s career.

    But, things could be worse for him.

    For example, his first name could be “Mutton”

  202. Bob Hasis says:


  203. radio wave says:

    Is everyone a little more of a happy camper tonight?

  204. theplanisworking says:

    I hope so too.

  205. Bob Hasis says:

    OK erase “well”

  206. Bob Hasis says:

    AS long as you agree with the entire remainder of my idea.

  207. Bob Hasis says:

    WE were last night – until it got much later

  208. Milo Hamilton says:

    This is what an ace does.

  209. Jandy says:

    + many

  210. florida steeler says:

    The hole in right field is still present.

  211. Steve J. Smith says:

    Might want to take his Shelby Ford Mustang home tonight and take two aspirin and don’t call us in the morning.

  212. Thundercrack says:

    I don’t think he is ‘above average’ at first base.

    Average at best.

  213. Milo Hamilton says:

    That’s how Mickey Mantle hurt his knee.

  214. Steve J. Smith says:

    Aramas Ramirez was like 0 for 19 before he got his first hit. Be patient.

  215. theplanisworking says:

    Wasnt it the alcoholism that made him lose his co-ordination?

  216. Lad9 says:

    This is a true story that literally just happened. My dearly beloved has been known to severely butcher the English language, particularly proper names , and especially when she is sleepy. She just asked how the new rookie “Libido” was doing, and if he would be able to stay up all season!. As my son said, you can’t make stuff like this up! :).

  217. JD says:

    Relax dude. Chill out man.

  218. Jandy says:

    ok who mentioned trolls, now you did it!!!

  219. Bob Hasis says:

    You’re just being too picky. Pretty fine (narrow) line.

  220. Jandy says:

    ROFL! Lad, you are truly blessed LMAO!

  221. Lad9 says:

    He tripped on what was either a sprinkler head or a troll hole at Yankee stadium in right center and ripped up his knee. He was still pretty young then.

  222. Jandy says:

    I WISH I had a Shelby Mustang…

  223. Milo Hamilton says:

    He was playing right because DiMaggio was still in center. 1951 World Series I think.

  224. Thundercrack says:

    I let Liriano go deep in this game no matter what his pitch count gets to

    Rest the pen

  225. Jandy says:

    for sure!

  226. Jandy says:

    Troll hole lol

  227. Milo Hamilton says:

    Now we’re not saying alcohol wasn’t involved of course.

  228. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, we had a bunch of troll holes this morning.

  229. theplanisworking says:

    Oh, I wasnt insinuating alcohol was the main reason.

    I do know Mantle, and his teammates both said that many times, he was so drunk, his co-ordination would be shot, especially going down the dugout steps.

    Really sad.

  230. Lad9 says:

    It is entertaining. I can’t even repeat on a family blog how she pronounced conch fritters. :).

  231. theplanisworking says:

    No, Libido is the pitcher tonight.

    I understand she can get easily confused. :D

  232. Steve J. Smith says:

    Fozzy Bear says “Wacha! Wacha!”

  233. Kevin says:

    go pirates!

  234. theplanisworking says:

    Libido only at 69 pitches.

    Oh, the irony.

  235. Jandy says:

    Oh Lord! I can imagine ;)

  236. Lad9 says:

    Knew you would catch that.

  237. Jandy says:

    I’m off to bed, Loonies…keep it going…hold onto the W!

  238. MadTurk says:

    IS playing the Cards can be like a Holiday for us?

  239. MadTurk says:

    Remove the word IS

  240. Kevin says:

    yep I think Libido goes the distance tonight.

  241. theplanisworking says:

    Night, Camel.

  242. He’s average if he doesn’t have to throw to second to start a DP.

    Then, he’s well below average.

  243. Kevin says:

    unbelievable… only 82 pitches through 8.

  244. Jason81 says:

    Frankie says relax…and Raise It!

  245. theplanisworking says:


    And put away the pitchforks and torches!

  246. Milo Hamilton says:

    Very Vernon Law-esque performance from Liriano tonight. Stopper.

  247. Kevin says:

    bah.. dam that pesky matt carpenter. shoulda been 5-0. consider epic collapse temporarily postponed for a night! ;)

  248. Steve J. Smith says:

    Raise it baby!!! Go for the series win tomorrow and get some runs for AJ and get him back on track too. Night all!

  249. Lad9 says:

    Raise it! Behind he 4 hit pitching of Frankie Liriano, the Pirates beat the Cardinals 5-1. Huge win after last night. Very big game.

  250. Karen22 says:

    WOW! Just what the doctor ordered! Liriano=Mr. Incredible!

  251. Did you know that the Toledo zoo has a Hippoquarium?

  252. theplanisworking says:


    Their logo is Hippo based.

    I MUST go there someday!

  253. theplanisworking says:

    You mean Frankie Libido.

    Yes very big win.

  254. DormontGeorge says:

    Has everyone stepped back from their respected ledges now?

  255. Adan says:

    That’s not a good analogy. Cabrera not stealing bases is fine. He is killing the ball in pressure situations – RISP and runners on with two outs – while Cutch, all year, is turtling in that situation. The stats show it. He just is not driving in runs – and has zero home runs – with RISP. That is a concern moving forward this season, period. The pressure situations are going to increase.

  256. Baywatch says:

    Guys (and DOLLS!) Up here! That was Sooooo ENCOURAGING! Frankie’s my MVP!

  257. Baywatch says:


  258. twentytwo22 says:

    An executive for the Houston Astros just called the post-game show. Seinfeld reference.

  259. Patrick(ri) says:

    Since I didn’t get to watch this one, I was scrolling for a satisfying description. The Deacon reference says it all. Now I can sleep tonight.

  260. BostonsCommon says:

    Turtling? You guys are ridiculous…. Team is in first place and he’s heading toward an MVP… And you can bet the house. If the Pirates win the Division, he will be voted MVP.
    #nevergoodenough #alwayswantmore

  261. theplanisworking says:

    Go away, troll.

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