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Final: Pirates 10, Giants 5

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (74-52) vs. San Francisco Giants (56-70)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. RHP Matt Cain

Time: 10:15 p.m.

Site: AT&T Park, San Francisco

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Garrett Jones, RF
  7. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. Locke, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Travis Sawchik 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 more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.


  1. No Marte, but Tabata healthy enough to go. More importantly than picking at the lineup is what kind of performance does Locke turn in tonight.

    Just from a mental side of things it would be nice to see Jeff start game out strong and hopefully right his ship a bit.

    Chance to take a 9.5 game lead for playoff spot this evening and hope the Braves can continue to give the Cards fits.

  2. Dear Lord…Jones in the game again. How many strikeouts and stinko at bats do we have to endure on this day? Geeeeez.

    • Hey his only 0-17 with 9 K’s in his last six games, he has to be due at some point, right?

    • Fact is, this lineup needs Jones to produce..only way he can do that is to be in the lineup. Lets hope he gets it going starting tonight.

      • We’ve said that the ENTIRE season. Not gonna happen. He’s a mess of lost at the plate. And he is KILLING the middle of the lineup.

    • Jones sure has become a major problem. Mrs. Gunner likes Garrett (she thinks he is handsome etc.) and feels real sorry for him. She has been praying and saying her rosaries with the intent of helping him.

      Let’s hope he comes alive tonight!!

      • I agree with the Mrs. But he’s hurting us! I can sacrifice looking at his pretty face for some hits!

        • Karen

          I agree with you, Jones has turned into major liability these days. I imagine Lambo will be up in a few days and start to get the most of the starts.

          Tabata now has tendinitis but, I guess he is starting tonight. I think Tabby is really a lot older than what he says he is, Hell, this guy might be pushing 35!!!

  3. Would much rather see Pie than Jones in the OF!!!

  4. What a pitiful performance against the Padres on Wednesday. Again, no run support for
    Cole, who didn’t pitch all that well, but could have used some runs in his behalf. 4 hits,
    and Cutch had 2 of them. Sir Whiffs-a-Lotte struck out twice, and that last K looked like he wasn’t even trying. Don’t know what is the matter with Jones. He can’t hit a lick anymore.
    He strikes out more than Sir Whiffs nowadays. He is a genuine auto out. About every 4
    game, the Pirates forget how to hit, except for our only true major leaguer, McCutchen, and he can’t do it all. GO, BUCS!!! We are in the stretch run in the season now, so we
    need to score some runs, starting tonight.

  5. For what the options are, I really don’t have a problem with this lineup.

    Jones is a problem, I agree, however he is not killing this lineup.

    He’s due. Matt Cain is his type of pitcher. He’s goes after guys. Challenges. Doesn’t play around a whole lot.

    I like NW in the 2 hole. Hitting in front of Cutch has been the key to his resurgance, IMHO. Earlier in the season CH was trying to rely on him for RBI production, which I agreed with at the time because of his history of being a good hitter. He struggled. Now he’s there and seeing better pitches.

    He’s been the best trade deadline deal the Pirates have made.

  6. The Legend is what we got right now

    As long as he wears Black and Gold, I’m all in for him.

    You play with the cards you got.

    And I’m for once not dissing NH

    Not a lot of cards out there worth it

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  8. Pirates have options… they are called DO NOT PLAY GARRETT JONES!

    The man needs a night off, away from the game and just watch.

    Until the team acquires a suitable replacement, get him right mentally and that starts with watching the game.

    Pie and Harrison can play tonight…

    Guaranteed lock….. Jones will suck tonight.

  9. Gross…still no Marte in the line up and we get to see how many times Jones K’s tonight and flails away like he doesn’t have a clue. Don’t know how anyone can say we don’t need some sort of upgrade with the offense. This is not a pretty line up. And considering that Matt Cain is on the bump that makes matters even worse.

  10. Jones over last 7: 1 for 21, 1 R, 2 BB, 10 SO .048 average. Hitting .122 in the whole month. This doesn’t seem like something he will really break out of. I believe he will improve but he’s a mess right now.

    • Mess is being too kind.

      • I know, he is still a likable player but when you see a guy just struggling like this, give him a break. Put him on the bench. Not grant him starts… Same with Locke if you ask me. But I believe they will get him rest in September, when they don’t have to worry about moving guys around on the roster

        • Hopefully, Locke can get his groove back tonight. SF’s line up is not exactly full of mashers. They can be pretty anemic like us. If he gets bashed around tonight then that will be a major cause for concern.

  11. I know Jones looks horrible but if you sit him for any extended time it will get worse for him mentally. I wish Jay Bell would have both him and Alvarez work on hitting balls to left and straight away especially away from PNC. Their swings are too long causing strikeouts – watch how far their heads pull off the ball on swings and misses vs. contact.

  12. Read posts over both threads. I am blown away by the insight and the respect you all gave shown each other.

    I know nothing about stats. I need to brush up in sabermetrics and how stats are used to determine rosters and potential upgrades.

    That said, while I am glad that our Buccos took 2 out of 3 from the Padres, I am concerned about the lack of finesse with regard to base running and situational hitting. A few players having struggles I can understand during a baseball season, but, virtually the whole team? (The thing may be that it has been so long since the Pirates have mattered in a meaningful way and not a joke that this team has forgotten how to act. It’s your typical hippo out of water story.) Something does not add up to me here.
    These situations must be addressed now as the Pirates are in a playoff race as well as maintaining the positive upward momentum for the future.

  13. With Pittsburgh in San Francisco I got to thinking about the Giants, an organization that has won the World Championship 2 out of the last 3 years.

    I have always held the Giants in great esteem. I like how they built their beautiful ballpark without any tax payer money. They spend money even though their market contains another major league club. Their ownership hires quality people and are loyal to them. There is no better management team, perhaps, in all of sports than Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy.

    In 2010, the Giants coming off a pedestrian 88 win season in 2009, were a team that struggled with production but enjoyed great pitching (sound familiar?). After the trade deadline, they acquired Mike Fontenot. Never much for big numbers, and not a sexy name at all, Fontenot did go on to have a hit in the NLCS clinching game. They then acquired Jose Guillen, who quickly became embroiled in a PED scandal. Mistake. But the Giants soldiered on and later acquired Cody Ross off waivers on August 23. Anyone who watched that team regularly could not say that the Giants would have won the division and the championship without Ross. He was integral. And he was a late August acquisition that was, no doubt, met with a fair share of “he stinks” and “what’s the point” detractors.

    Their management is bold with player movements (see Zack Wheeler for Carlos Beltran in 2011-a mistake but a move to push for the post season and a message to the fan base that their goal was the post season) and also keen on scouting and player development. To be successful, you have to be both.

    • John I’m not sure if you’ve been following or not but the Pirates have made some bold moves….

      They went out and acquired Doug Mathis on July 31 they acquired Robert Andino.

      How much bolder can you get?

      I bet if NH walked into Chipotle and they asked him if he wanted hot, mild or medium salsa his response would be; what is salsa? Guy is as vanilla as they get. And I’m not talking skin color so don’t go there!

      • I like your analogy, but I must make a small correction here.

        neal would never walk inot a Chipotle.
        Dairy Queen is more his speed.

  14. Juan D. has shut it down & will visit Dr. Andrews next week. I believe I had that.

  15. Wandy Rodriguez will visit Dr. James Andrews, Travis Sawchik writes. That makes it extremely likely that his season is over. Rodriguez has been out since June with a forearm injury.

    I think we can pretty much forget about Wandy for this season. So we can add that bit of good news in to go along with our offensive issues.

    • And we can forget pretty much about Wandy for next season.

      Do you think Wandy will exercise his option for next season?

      No disrespect to NH on this one, no way you could see this coming when they traded for him

      • Welcome back AJ Burnett. Your Pirate career might not yet be over.

      • Oh for sure he exercises his player option. And will get paid a bundle to spend most of the season rehabbing. At least the Astros are on the hook for 5.5 million of his salary for next season. But it is still frustrating. And no, NH could not have seen this coming. He was generally healthy and durable all those years with the Astros. Just bad luck.

  16. Anyone had a chance to read the statement issued by Ryan Braun concerning his PED use?

    Makes me totally sick; and makes me believe he is still living in the world of denial. He claims that he turned to “products” in late 2011 after dealing with a nagging injury. He stated that he turned to them for a short period of time. Claims that he turned to a cream and a lozenge that he believed would help in his rehabilitation from the injury.

    Now correct me if I’m wrong but this type of statement could come back to haunt him in his civil trial if someone has evidence that differs from this statement. He pretty much says yeah I used it but only for a little bit.

    If he only used it for a little bit why the 62 game suspension? He was not suspended when his test came back positive because of a loop hole in the system. But now that they have proof he gets 62 and others get 50?

    I don’t believe a word that comes out of this guys mouth. I believe him even less than before. Should have kept his mouth shut.

    • Braun is like that old lawyer joke.

      How do you know Braun is lying ? His lips are moving.

      • I seriously believe he and AFraud should just run off and get married. The money they could save on shipping PEDs would be through the roof.

    • Sounds like he combined ARod’s and Bonds’ explanations together. Only used it for the time you can prove it ( ARod) and it was a cream be didn’t know was anything illegal (Bonds).

      No surprise.

      He’ll never get in the Hall.

  17. 2 LINE TRUSDAY!!!

    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.


    Line #1
    Total INNINGS PITCHED by Jeff Locke in tonight’s game
    Line is 5.75

    Line #2
    Total HITS by Garrett Jones in tonight’s game
    Line is 0.5

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    74 Down, only 8 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

  18. To TJ and Jandy and Everyone, re: Ryan Braun

    A-Rod is a cheater — he deserves all the contempt he gets. But he is no Ryan Braun. Braun is in a class by himself when it comes to being a miscreant.
    Maybe this was discussed here already, but I’m still revolted by what Jeff Passan reported on Braun three days ago:

  19. At least there is good news – Grilli with 25 pitches today (sliders and fastballs) and no pain. Thinks he may be ready to go by start of Sept.

  20. So far, the best acquisition for the Yankees this summer ? Ryan Dempster.

  21. Luke Kuechly is absolutely ridiculous.

  22. 1) Is it possible that Wandy sees Dr. Andrews and he won’t need surgery? Let’s hope so.
    And I would not be so quick to think that insurance is going to cover the cost of his salary if he can’t pitch next year. I remember reading when ARod was injured in the beginning of the year, Cashman said that not all contracts are insured – and not all 100%

    2) Since it looks like we’re not getting Morneau and it might be because of the money – maybe the FO knew about Wandy and decided they are going to need the money to
    a) pay Wandy not to pitch in 2014
    b) and pay his replacement to pitch in 2014

    I know, I know…’s just monopoly money :-)

    • C’mon, TC. The risk averse BMTIB has insurance on Wandy. And insurance is rarely 100%. If they don’t, Mr. Nutting may fire Frank.

      See, there’s a silver lining in everything.

      • I remember at the time we got Wandy there was a lot written about the future health of Wandy and how the number of innings that he had pitch made him a ‘ticking time bomb’.

        Still a good trade for us.

        I wonder if the Astros and the Pirates have insurance policies on him?

        • So you’re suggesting maybe they couldn’t get insurance because of those concerns? Anything is possible.

          • Could be.
            He was 33 when we got him. Maybe the premium on a 33 year old pitcher who has pitched a lot of innings may have been pretty expensive. Maybe they thought it would be worth the gamble of not insuring him- an not spend the money on the premium.

            • Certainly a possibility, but my gut tells me when millions of dollars are involved, if it’s not worth insuring, it doesn’t get done. Unless it’s someone else’s money.

    • Looking forward to Wednesday, and for other reasons than over the hump day ;-)

      I can’t believe that 3 million in monopoly money is stopping NH

      I think its the talent cost

  23. I was just thinking when we claimed Farnsworth

    Next yr we can be like the 70′s cryers or the yanks
    The Yanks would buy the best player on the team that beat them (catfish, etc) and the cryers would pummel the other teams best player.

    We will have Farnsworth (google Farnsworth fights ( better waste of roster space than old McDonald, Ingy, etc)) and Taillon who thought that the WBC fight was fun.

    send out Farnsworth to pinch hit then charge the mound and no one will mess with JT if he hits them

    just having fun with this but maybe we should get more guys that played hockey.
    These two like to fight

    We cant buy players like the yanks did but we can take them out

    I wonder if McSorley can get a baseball 60,

  24. Dear Blog Posters,

    I am the Real Deal. I have not pitched above my head!


    Jeff Locke’s Hair.

  25. Look folks, just sayin

    We are ahead right now, that could and probably will change.

    The club has to keep their heads straight

    So do we??

  26. OK, tonight’s game has some serious subplots:

    ——Can Jeff Locke’s performance prove he is a better option to be #3 Starter in rotation than “all potential, lukewarm performance” Gerrit Cole?

    ——Can Jordy Mercer start fielding the ball better? He is missing too many plays that Barmes makes. I want my shortstop MOST IMPORTANTLY to field the ball!

    ——Can the “hidden vigorish” finally take effect for Garret Jones? It’s bad when some are calling for #8 Option outfielder Felix Pie instead of what Jones can give to this team. There is no other Pirate outfielder who has proven at the Major League level that he can give to the Pirates what Jones potentially can give. But Garrett Jones need to start doing it!! The Bucs need him!

    ——Which Jose Tabata shows up?

    ——I STILL hate Russell Martin batting #5! (my own personal subplot)

    • FYI, Mercer and Barmes each have nine errors at SS and Mercer has fielded more chances so he obviously has more range. Mercer has three add’l errors at 2B.

      So your “dead horse” is confirmed, so stop whipping him, which I presume Barmes isn’t athletic enough to handle.

      • . . . .a little awkward writing on my part. My last phrase should be connected to,
        Mercer has three add’l errors at 2B, which I presume Barmes isn’t athletic enough to handle.
        (That amends my criticism of your entry)

        Plus Mercer hits a little better – 50 points or so

      • Have you not been watching the games, Hasty Bob?

        In the last 3-4 weeks Mercer has had a significant number of balls that he has touched that were eventually (I thing incorrectly too often) ruled as hits. Mercer has NOT been the infielder that Pirates want the ball hit toward recently!

        I cannot believe you, Hasty Bob, are reverting to NUMBERS to make your case!!!

        I like Jordy Mercer, but he can’t carry Barmes’ jock in the field!

        • That’s a myth, and Mercer’s arm is far better.

          This entire blog uses numbers, but as was stated in an earlier thread, observation is a fair measuring stick.

          I know you know this; Barmes throws on the run, off of the wrong foot BECAUSE he has such a pathetically weak arm.

          Don’t rebut this fact. Next question!

          • Bob, Bob, Bob!

            Next question?! Your prejudice is causing you to close both your eyes and your ears.

            Mercer has an average arm at best at short. That’s why he projected earlier as a 2nd baseman and not a shortstop. But Pirates have no one else in system, so they threw him in at short.

            Barmes uses a completely different STYLE of throwing than Mercer: Barmes throws on the run and Mercer sets his feet and loads up to throw.

            If you would time the instant the ball touches both gloves, Barmes, with your claimed “weaker arm” probably gets the ball to 1st baseman’s glove quicker than Jordy.

            I’m not dissing Mercer, but Barmes is a significantly better fielder than Jordy Mercer . . . . and I want the shortstop on my winning team to be FIRST a solid defensive player.

    • Russell Martin in the 5 hole just lived down to your expectations Groat. Doggone it.

    • This from Bob Smizik Tuesday:

      “Interesting bit of information from Jay Jaffe at Noting the batting average of balls in play for the Pirates pitching staff has gone from .277 to .334 since the All-Star game, he wrote, `that has something to do with the offense/defense tradeoff of playing Jordy Mercer (.277/.331/.402, −1 Defensive Runs Saved) instead of Clint Barmes (.226/.269/.318, +9 DRS) at shortstop.’”

  27. Paul Maholm throwing a typical Maholm game staked to 2-1 lead in 5th, falls apart and gives up three runs and three consecutive doubles, 4-2 Cards.

  28. Lets go Bucs!

    For some reason I feel this a real important night.

    Go Buccos

  29. 1. Anyone else get the feeling that we’ll never see Wandy on the mound as a Bucco again?

    2. I hope that lying piece of excrement Braun gets to face Max Sherzer, Dempster, and Jeff Karstens next year.

    • Wandy gets fixed up, gives the Buccos a ‘new hometown’ discount, and pitches for the Pirates until he is 37.

      (I’m going to light a candle now)

  30. Now this is a great start to a game !!!

    Need more of this……. Pirates 3-10 in their last 13 at SF.

  31. Wow three straight hits to start game, after four all of yesterday. Encouraging to see them get to Cain early as he often times can settle in.

  32. Nice start. Would love to raise Cain’s ERA in a very short outing tonight. I hope we are able to.

    • Agreed!

      But we only got one.
      Need to step up, Lad.

      • Don’t I know it my friend. And we swung at a pitch on the ground and hit a harmless bouncer. The 5&6 holes really hurt us. Martin is a 7 hitter and GI is not a major league hitter as of late.

        • Lad, whatever are you talking about GI not being a ML hitter as of late.

          Just read the blog, there are plenty of posters who feel GI is better than anyone that can be acquired. He just needs to “find his groove”.
          Like, since the beginning of the year………………….

        • Lad – Jones said that Hr was for you, just messin with you!

          • It’s all good. I was one of those guys who thought we just had to wait for him to get hot that Hippo mentioned until the last couple days and then I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I hope he dunks a few more this series!

  33. Hopefully that will pick up Jonesy by going deep to the Cove!!! 2-0 Buccos!

  34. OH MY GOD !!!!!!!!!!!!




  35. How about that GI Jones blast one in his first AB, HR #12 and the over on him wins.

  36. Thank you, Garrett.

  37. One of our astute colleagues virtually and really called this shot earlier

  38. Please read my previous post on Jones vs Cain.

    That is all.

    Giants announcers are saying that Cain is off. That pitch was right down the pipe.

  39. I’m checking outside my house for flying pigs…or maybe flying hippos.

    And now Mercer!!!!

  40. MERCER!!!!!!!!!


    3-0 good guys.

  41. Jordy going deep as well. 3-0 Buccos!!!!

  42. Not so fast….don’t start to pack your bags yet Mr. Morneau.

  43. That bat of Mercer was sitting on the bench last night.


  44. Three runs, five hits, two homeruns in first eight batters of night, yeah I had that.

  45. I’d like to see the stat on which MLB club has the most solo HRs this year. Seems like we’ve got a ton of them

  46. @Milo(if he’s around)

    Guess who I just saw on my TV?

  47. Someone in this crowd prefers CB over JM at SS, because of some Greek myth about being a better fielder.
    WE have been screaming here for offense. A man batting .275+ compared to a slug hitting near .220. has to play not sit and watch

    • He’s getting the majority of the starts.

      Calm down Bob. Jordys in the game.

    • I have nothing but the utmost respect for Groat’s sporting acumen. He is one of the gold standards on this blog. But I do not believe that Barmes is currently a better fielder than Mercer. The numbers are tilted toward Mercer, and the eye test tells me that Barmes gifts – the quick hands and release – no longer make up for his lack of fundamentals and his decreasing range. Just my opinion ( as well as Bob’s obviously).

      • Rad Lad,

        Read Wilver Dornel’s stats above at 10:33 where Mercer is listed 10 runs WORSE defensively since the All Star break than Barmes.

        Not just my eyes but Wilver Dornel’s stats.

        • Billy Groat, I guess we just have to pick our poison.

          Do we want a good fielding SS who hits .212?
          Or a SS that hits .280 and is adequate in the field?

          Personally I would like to see a combination of the two, but I didnt take my meds today.

        • I don’t know if the DRS is just from the All Star break. Probably not since it was listed along with their then current batting stats. All I had was the SI quote from Smiz. The point of the excerpt, though, was that Barmes is measurably better defensively, at least this year, and it’s certainly reasonable to conclude that the change in the pitching staff’s BABIP since the All Star break has something to do with the different play at SS defensively.

        • The numbers I usually look at for the SS are how many balls does he get to and does he field them. Mercer gets to about half a ball more per 9 innings and his fielding % is slightly higher. Half a ball doesn’t sound like much, but it is 81 over the course of a year. The difference in their DRS is the amount of double plays turned, where Barmes is ahead by 12 which is of course huge. He is better on both the turn and the feed, I can’t dispute that. But I will take Mercer on the grounders, and I see him getting better all the time. Not as much of a slam dunk as I thought before seeing the DRS, but I still take Jordy first with the bat and the glove. We can pleasantly agree to disagree.

  48. To quote Mrs. Nor Cal,

    To watch your team struggle: painful. Watching them get shelled by your husband’s team: excruciating.

    Ha ha

    Yes, she’s hearing about it.

  49. Locke may be back….letting everyone get on and stranding them, just like old times.

  50. El Toro goes opposite field and rips a double, tough break that it bounced over wall as Cutch would have scored easily.

  51. Alvarez showing he doesnt need to pull the ball every time to be effective.

    Need to get these runs.

  52. Darn!!

    I sure wish I had been wrong about Martin in the 5 hole!! That’s twice.

    Come on, Garrett Jones!

  53. Garrett just missed that pitch.

  54. Geez Martin:( He does not hit we’ll with RISP. Luv his defense and leadership but he’s not a 5 hitter. He never even hits sac flies. Ever!

  55. We are in a penat race kids. And speaking just for me, this is fun.

  56. Certain friends of ours will certainly blame Leyva for sending Cutch in the 3rd. But Cutch clearly made that decision to go, himself. Oh well. Cain doesn’t field and flip that perfectly and the gamble pays off.

  57. If Tony Sanchez doesn’t catch on Tuesdays he should host “Twitter Tuesday”

    Btw…whatever happened to that?

    • They realized doing commentary on a team in a pennant race was more important than trying to decipher what was in a tweet from Jimbo12345 from Blawnox?


  59. Krukow: “Pence swang at that like it’s the first curveball he’s ever seen.”

  60. Jeff Locke would have 7 strikeouts if he were facing the Pirates.

  61. Locke’s doing everything he can to give all those runs back. Come on Bucs add on!!!

  62. Could Gaby beat the pierogie in a race???

  63. Cain is done with injury.

  64. The Pirates knocked Matt Cain out of the box in the 4th …

  65. I just super slo-mo’d the play.
    Sanchez was safe by a step.

  66. Gaby does not have anything to show for that rip, but he does get Cain out early…pen going to have to work tonight, great opening for Bucs.

  67. CSN trivia question: Name the last Pirate to lead NL in homers ?

  68. Tyler Glasnow struck out 13 in 5 innings tonight with 0 hits for WV tonight. However, he did walk 5 as well. Yes, it’s only single A, but he’s showing more dominance at this stage than Cole and Taillon.

  69. Prayers for Matt Cain. Hate to see someone go down that way.

    Widsh it was Ryan Braun.

  70. Aging hippie happy to get a foul ball.

  71. Amy G

  72. This is only a matter of time, isn’t it ?

  73. Stargell 44 HR in 1973-official answer on CSN.

    Then cut to a gu wearing a Stargell jersey.

  74. If Wandy isn’t able to come back, it could be a big blow to the Bucs. With Locke obviously wearing down, they are left without a reliable 3rd starter. Morton is okay for back of the rotation and Cole’s innings will be limited. The strength (pitching) may become a weakness at the wrong time. I wonder if they’ll think about moving Gomez back to the rotation, although he’s only good for 5 innings.

  75. Whole new ballgame.

    Wife next to me is telling me to get off the computer cause the monitor light is bugging her…

    When the boss says jump I know to say “how high?”

    Night everyone!

  76. I’d be surprised if Locke makes his next scheduled start.

    • Prepare to be surprised.

      • I know what you’re saying, but I just get a feeling that this was the last straw. He’ll either go on the 15 day DL or just skip a start.

        • With them trying to limit Cole’s innings, Locke will not miss a start until they call some people up in September.

          Gotta hope he can struggle through 2 more starts at a minimum.

          • They may need to use Gomez and Cumpton to spot Locke and Cole. As I noted in another post, if Wandy doesn’t come back this season, that could be a big problem for the Buccos.

  77. Get Locke out of there.

  78. Great stab by Gaby saves a run.

  79. Locke owes Gaby a steak dinner for saving his bacon there. That shot had go-ahead run written all over it. Tie game now at 3.

  80. Remember when Jeff Locke missed his final start before the All-Star break with a tight back?

    Is it possible that injury was a little bit more than just a “tight back”?

  81. So far on the night two of Locke’s free passes have come around to score. THROW STRIKES!

  82. Cutch being thrown out at home earlier is now looming large since it is a tie game.

  83. HBP, than walk as Giants reliever struggling with command, meat of the order coming up would be big to answer Giants runs here.

  84. Here is the opening thanks to Giants pen, bases loaded sans a single hit and new guy coming in, time for the crooked number.


    How many runs score this inning?
    Place your bets! Place your bets!

  86. Ryan,

    Didn’t Bumgarner go through something similar to Locke last year ?

    • As in high walk rate?

      Not that I can recall. Bum was BA from what I can remember.

      Really earned his new contract.

      Though he’s a lefty as well, not the same type of pitcher. More of a power lefty. Good curve ball and change up, but relies on the FB much more than Locke.

  87. PEDRO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


  89. Pedro drills the lefty for a two RBI double, he has been torrid this west coast swing. Second double of night, 5-3 Buccos still nobody out.

  90. Pedro with another left-center ground rule double scores two to make it 5-3 and no out and two still on. Come on Russell and Jonesy!

  91. Certainly will take the sac fly there, three spot in the fifth.

  92. A sac fly!!!!
    Shiver me timbers!!

  93. Martin with a sac fly!!!

    6-3 good guys.

  94. The Pirates are an offensive juggernaut.

    Russell Martin with a sacrifice fly.

    Yes, I’m trying to be annoying. :-P

  95. What exactly is a cove?

  96. 2 sac flys in one inning??!!??
    Who are the guys?

  97. 2 sac flies in one inning!

    PLAN THE PARADE !!!!!!!!!!!!

    7-3 good guys.

  98. I would’ve sent El Toro if the 2nd baseman caught it. Stop that bull.

  99. One of the weirder games of the year.

  100. Gaby knocking out Cain looms large, and adds sac fly to boot as Bucs put up a 4 spot on Giants pen that walks three, hits one, and gives up hit to Locke.

    Huge response by Bucs offense.

  101. This inning has been a thing of absolute BEAUTY!

  102. TABATA bases clearing double and the rout is on, 7 run inning, 10-3 Buccos!

  103. JOSE! JOSE! JOSE! JOSE!! 10-3 Buccos!!!

  104. Seriously at this point…. I’m going to be sleeping in the couch.

    I thought the Pirates offense was bad.

  105. WOO-HOO!!!!

    Giants bullpen stinks !!!

    10-3 good guys!

  106. Justin who?

  107. I feel so bad for Jeff Locke right now. This is completely unfair. Unless of course his arm is falling off.

  108. Wow, when is the last time we have seen the Bucs send 11 to the plate in an inning?

  109. It is still important for Locke to get through 6 innings to help the bullpen.

  110. A great way to start a series when you’re eating up opposing relievers. This also allows more leeway with Locke – can potentially leave him in a couple more innings, even if the Giants score a couple of runs. This would definitely help, with “5-inning” Charlie Morton on the hill against Bumgarner tomorrow.

    Refreshing to see them look efficient offensively.

  111. Clint Hurdle has had his foot on the pedal the whole year.
    He is only concerned with wins. He wants to break the streak.

  112. Arias did not play that ball Mercer hit properly. It went for a hit. Bucs scored a passel of runs after Arias didn’t field that fieldable ball.

    THAT’S why a shortstop MUST be an excellent fielder. All earned runs because official scorer ruled Mercer’s knock a hit. But that ball should have been fielded, and tossed to 2nd for force out.

  113. What a thing of beauty this game is turning into. 10 freaking runs and its only in the 5th inning. Really would like to see the bats stay hot tonight, tomorrow, and throughout the weekend. This road trip has been really good for the Bucs.

  114. How quickly we forget how Mr. Locke struggled through the last 2 innings.
    Gomez hasn’t pitched since Saturday.

    Give him the ball and see how many outs he can get for you.
    Gotta play for the win tonight.

  115. With the game out of hand and a semi-decent outing by Locke, the Pirates pull him to save his arm down the stretch.

    I would’ve liked 1 more inning to get him the win, but this is a big picture move.

    For those that want the Pirates to think of the pennant race, they should love this move.

    The flip side is, the BP gets hit again but that’s why Jeanmar is out there.

  116. Pretty astute surmisal by the Giant broadcasters on why Locke was probably shut down. And it also speaks to why he probably has been struggling. Lit bit of fatigue in this, basically his rookie year. Good move by Clint, great job by the bats allowing the move.
    Meanwhile, Giants’ bullpen is being taxed again. Sets us up well for this long series.

  117. After we scored the 10th run I was going to ask what would we talk (bitch) about tomorrow.

    I think I know.

  118. An aside for tonight for those still up watching this thing, but here are some links to photos from my website from Pittsburgh (throughout this year), and some Gettysburg Reenactment photos that I participated in at the end of June:

    And from other years:
    Enjoy! I got a long drive in the morning so I may be heading to bed now. Go Bucs!

    • Look at you man!
      Defending the angle from Pickett’s Charge!

      The off to Little Round Top to repel another attack.
      His name is marching on…….

  119. Biz, they are now talking about the senor from Altoona who houses Latin players there. He once housed Roberto Clemente.

    Wouldn’t he be an honorable name for your List of Outstanding Citizens – unless he is already there?

  120. I am impressed with the number of GREAT swings many of the guys are getting.

    It really helps to watch – and see – the ball all the way in, doesn’t it?

  121. THIS is the Jared Hughes I remember.

  122. Hughes sucks

  123. Cutch makes that grab, inserting Pie in CF leads to two runs, and now CH not taking any more chances as Hughes has short underwhelming outing and Watson is summoned.

    • Cutch makes that grab AND probably has enough margin to slow down without crashing into the wall as hard. But if there had to be a crash, I’m actually glad it was not Cutch.

      • I have some special surprises for you in and around the Pond tonight.

        If I were you, I would steer clear. ;)

        Have a great night fellas.

        I can now relax for the next 3 weeks, Jones hit that HR tonight.

    • BUT…Pie can now go on the DL.
      Welcome back Mr. Lambo.

      Life gave us lemonade this time.

      • Covered a lot of ground on that last pop up. I’m not100% sure Cutch makes that catch. Who cares really.

        • Cutch does. He can jam. Pie looked fast and made a nice play. But gotta believe Cutch can cover even more ground and might even make that look not so hard.

  124. Watson makes Noonan look silly on three quick pitches to get the punch out and move to the 9th.

  125. Good win.
    7 more left!!
    Night all.

  126. Behind a seven run fifth inning, five RBI’s between Alvarez and Tabata and three shutout innings turned in by Jeanmar Gomez, the Bucs step all over the Giants 10-5 to take the opener of this four game set and there was noooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs improve to 75-52 (did not win 75th game last season until Sep. 23rd), remain one game up in the Central while increasing their lead to 9.5 games for a playoff spot. The Pirates are now 3-1 on this seven game west coast trip.

    The Bucs will look to make it two straight tomorrow night with Charlie Morton taking the ball for the Pirates.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

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