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Final: Pirates 7, Brewers 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (76-55) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (58-73)

Starters: RHP Charlie Morton vs. LHP Tom Gorzelanny

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Josh Harrison, 2B
  2. Jordy Mercer, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Marlon Byrd, RF
  5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  6. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  7. Russell Martin, C
  8. Jose Tabata, LF
  9. Morton, P

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

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

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


  1. Tabata batting 8th!

    I love Martin out of the #5 hole and batting 7th.

    Dejan, who did they send down?

  2. I love how Hurdle is stuck on his lefty/righty match ups. Play the hot hand dude. Like Lambo instead of Tabata. And Walker instead of Harrison.

    • I’m not sure Lambo is currently on the team. I haven’t heard who they sent down but he was an option.

    • Lambo has 4 hits in 18 ABs for a .222 average, all against righthanders.

      If that means he is hot, geez, I’d hate to see him when he is cold.

      Tabata hits leftys well.

      • T. Sanchez was sent down. Don’t know about anyone else. And when I say the hot hand, I mean the most recent game(s). Yesterday; day before. We know what we have with Tabata (ain’t much). Gotta let Lambo play more. At least until Marte returns. IMHO.

        • Tabata had 4 hits just a few games ago.

          Lambo has a poor track record against lefties in the Minors.

          I agree with you about hot hands, TS, but tonight is not the night (if Lambo is still on roster——it’s gotta be either him or Pie gone) to give Andrew Lambo his first Major League ABs against a lefty.

        • Well Tabata has been one of our better hitters since the all-star break. He isn’t exactly pulling this line up down from an offensive standpoint.

        • Lambo, not against LHP. Tabata, yes

      • Correct. Part of being hot is getting to face the type of pitchers (righy or lefty) you are best against. Most hitters do not hit lefties and righties equally.

        • + many.

          Right now, I would accept “lukewarm”, the way this offense struggles.

          • The offense could be better and actually statistically has been since the all-star break. Hopefully Byrd and Walker continueing his good hitting of late will just bolster that even more.

            My bigger concern is the regression by the pitching staff. More the starters then the bullpen. Too many starts with less then 6 innings pitched with some even being 3 or 4 innings. Starter’s team ERA has increased by over 1 run compared to before the all-star break. Locke gets a lot of attention but AJ, Liriano and Cole have regressed as well to a lesser extent.

            • Grilli returning, and the expansion of September rosters will help the pitching a lot.

              Locke needs to be pulled now. :)

              • Wandy could be just what the Dr. (Andrews, in this case) ordered.

                Maybe Wandy’s wife baked some cookies for him to take on that visit. No one ever seems to get out of there with all of their limbs intact.

              • I agree. I hate to say it but I almost hope he has a slight injury or has just worn down over the year. He really took a step forward this year. I hope what we saw the first half of the year was not a mirage but a glimpse of what he can be. I don’t think he is a pitcher who can have an ERA in the low 2.00 but a solid number 3 or 4 starter would be nice.

              • My response was for plans comment and not Jim’s. Obviously I do not hope that Wandy has an injury.

              • + 1 for the both of you. :)

    • Left pitcher=no walker. He looks hot but how much of that was against a lefty? None.

    • Plus a gazillion

  3. I’m glad to see Byrd is batting clean up. I was hoping that is were he would end up but I feared it would be the 5th spot instead. I really like Martin hitting 7th. Replace that first name with Marte and insert Walker in there instead of Tabata and switch him with Mercer and that is a decent line up.

    If Walker continues hitting like he has of late the addition of Byrd could be just what the doctor ordered.

  4. Remember all those guys who were criticizing the idea of dealing for Marlon Byrd? Now he’s our cleanup hitter.

    • He was a late name who surfaced before the trade deadline. I found the name very intrigueing and liked him a lot more then Rios for a couple of reasons. Rios would have been a commitment into next year and I didn’t trust him as far as being consistant especially at his cost. I felt he was high risk and high cost. Byrd’s numbers are not that much greater but he comes at a much lower risk in my opinion. I also think it would have cost more then Dilson to get it done for Rios at the deadline.

    • Yeah, Dom, who were those guys? ;-)

    • Dom:

      I was totally against Rios, but I have no problem with Byrd. He’s having a very good year. At his low salary, I actually wish we could lock him up for next year while we wait for Polanco to get ready.

      I will take the heat for saying we didn’t want Soriano because he is a butcher in the field. Well, we should be so lucky as to have had that butcher hitting for us like he has for the Yanks for the last few weeks. No way did I expect him to hit like this, and those who said we should trade for him were on the money on that one. I don’t know that he would have come to Pittsburgh, anyway, but I was wrong about his production.

      I was a Schierholtz supporter because I felt we needed a LH bat for RF most of all. I still do think we need that. Byrd is a perfect replacement for Marte, though, while he’s out, and should also be a good replacement for Tabby when Marte returns.

    • I was against Byrd at the time given all the options at hand. I still worry about his durability at age 36. All i can picture is Derrek Lee and his great first game and then a hand injury put him out for 20 games or so. can’t afford that here with Byrd.

      All that said, and considering it is the waiver trade deadline and not the open trade deadline and Byrd isn’t a bad transaction. hard to believe he slots into 4th in this putrid lineup.

    • I don’t remember anybody criticizing Byrd as an acquisition. Other than those that criticize every move and would only be happy with Giancarlo Stanton or Miguel Cabrera.


    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
    Total HITS by Marlon Byrd in tonight’s game
    0 (EVEN ODDS)
    1 (EVEN ODDS)

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    STILL 76 Down, only 6 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

  6. modest 25 on 2 hits…

  7. Robbie Grossman——3 more hits last night in Majors for Astros. Now batting .278 with 13 doubles after slow start in American League.

    Gregory Polanco——average now at .270 in AA after 1/4. Hit 6th homerun.

    Josh Bell——average now at .280 in Low A. Driving in runs and 52 walks.

    • Farther down the organization, Meadows is hitting around .300 with good power. And the catcher, Reese McGuire, threw out a guy stealing and picked one off 2nd otday. Apparently, the reports that he had ridiculously good catching skills were not an exaggeration. Seems very advanced. He’s also hitting over .320.

  8. I haven’t been here all day, and have not had time to read back through everything. So, I apologize if this has been discussed to death already.

    This is not really a knock on Tabby because I think he is an average OF and has a decent arm. But, the true value of Marte was on full display last night in the 3-run inning for the Brewers that gave them a 5-0 lead. Tabby made 2 solid throws to the plate and barely missed nabbing both runners. With Marte’s cannon, I think he gets one or both of those guys. He also catches ARam’s ball that tipped of Tabby’s glove and got behind him. It is not often that you can say switching left fielders was the difference in the game, but I really believe that was the case just as it was a few weeks ago when Holliday floundered around in LF at PNC while Marte put on the clinic.

    We all know Marte screwed up the flyball in the 9th at Busch, and eventually that became the tying run. That one was definitely on him. But, balls drop in all the time in front of, beside, and over ordinary LF. And guys score runs on throws from other LF that Marte makes look easy on a regular basis. I am very thankful we now have Byrd, but we will continue to miss Marte’s defense. I hope he gets back soon.

  9. Report out that Wandy’s exam went so well that a rehab assignment could start soon.

    • That is the best news since the Pirates trading for Byrd. Now if they could just win a few games.

      • In my opinion, that is the best news since the moon landing.

        • I’ll only go as far back as the Berlin Wall being torn down, Dom. (Imagine a smiley face here). I need to stock up on those when I get my avatar. (Imagine another smiley face here.).

          • Jim, I think you’ll like this story:
            Years ago, a friend who worked as a civilian analyst at the Pentagon was visiting my home in Europe. He was a brilliant theoretician and military historian. When I told him I was having breakfast with the U.S. Army commander of NATO in a few days, he suggested that I ask him, “Have you made plans for what to do if the Berlin Wall comes down?” The general, a four star, looked at me when I asked him the question as if I were either deranged or stupid. It was 1987, well before the revolutions in Eastern Europe and the breakup of the Soviet Union. “No” was the general’s answer. The wall came down in 1989. NATO didn’t need a plan. It did nothing. The East Germans did it themselves. I was fortunate to be there when it happened. You can’t imagine the joy of the Germans on both sides of the wall. Or, perhaps, you can.

          • Nov. 9th, 1989

        • This is the best news since Miley Cyrus…………. oh waitaminit………

        • July 20th, 1969

        • Nah, the Pirates won 2 world series since then.

    • No surgery for Wandy is best news of day, if he can rejoin rotation in a few weeks that will be a large answer to the rotation ills with Locke and limiting Cole.

  10. Word is, Wandy’s visit with Dr. Andrews went so well that Wandy could be starting a rehab assignment soon. How good would that be, considering Locke is such a ?? now?

    • They just need to be careful with him.

      This is indeed good news.
      But do the Pirates put him on the playoff roster without knowing 100% if he is going to make it back?

      Hope he gets well soon.

      • Good question. They don’t have long to figure it out, do they? Or, do you get an exemption from the normal deadline if a guy has been on the DL? Someone here knows that. I assume there are no special rules for DL’d guys.

      • They have a month to figure it out……plenty of time IMHO

    • Great news on Wandy. The pitching staff sure could use him, but only if he’s healthy.

  11. What would ya’ll do about Locke?

    I think it is time to for him to take a seat on the bench. I’d replace him with Gomez.

    I know the Buccos love Gomez in his current role but that’s what I would do.

    In regards to locke, I don’t want this to turn into Jmac part two. He has had his chances of late and they have not worked out.

    • I agree that Locke might need to step back and allow Gomez to start until Wandy is ready, at least. But, that requires someone else being Gomez’s back-up option. I think we’ll only get 5 or 6 from him most nights.

      • A combination of Cumpton and Gomez would work too.
        Many options to replace Locke.

      • Jim they have came out and said that Gomez has a 70 pitch limit. I think it is more likely that they start Cumpton for a few and have Gomez available for to replace Cumpton or Cole because of a bad outing or limited pitch counts. That way they keep Gomez in a role he has already excelled. Really unfair to him because he has earned being a starter if one is needed.

        • Or, Kris Johnson is another option.

          But, Gomez has always had a 70 pitch limit, right Nate. Even early in the year, when he started for a month or so, he was not getting much past that number. He was just so efficient that he was able to knock down 6 innings (even 7 once, I think) with low pitch counts.

    • Locke as of right now is the scheduled starter for Sunday versus Cardinals. I would like to see Kris Johnson get a start or two, he sure looked sharp in his six inning relief stint against the DBacks and has had a sub 3 ERA down at Indy all year with impressive numbers.

    • Locke probably has to sit, but do we do it next start? Cardinals have trouble with lefties so if he is going to get out of his funk that may be a good chance.

      Wandy would look great on this team right now, but I just don’t see how he gets built up and has time to show he is ready for no. 3 spot in postseason. If Bucs win division, they only need 3 starters and that Franky, AJ and Charlie. If they play one-game play-in you burn one of those (most likely Liriano depending how much you have to burn to get into the game in the first place) and now you need Cole. No place for Locke at that point anyway.

    • I remove Locke from the rotation, but i’m not sure Gomez is the answer. He did well when starting before he got hurt. He’s doing well in his current role in the BP.

      I do think he’s a better answer right now than Jeff Locke though. Locke is worn out.

    • Your query has been answered…Locke to Altoona.

  12. Good Evening Jimster, Dom, 21, Nate 83, JRay Tre, BD, Bill Born, Arriba, Disco Hippo, and everyone else!

  13. @21

    For some reason I responded to you on the other thread regarding Jeff Locke’s velocity numbers that you posted. (good find btw)

    JL averaging 90.2 on his fastball may sound high for us, but compared to other starting pitchers that his still low. Doesn’t mean I’m knocking JL, many pitchers have had successful careers without throwing it by guys.

    So out of curiousity, I searched for him in comparison to other starting pitchers.

    Out of 87 eligible starting pitchers, Jeff Locke ranks 65th in velocity. Surprisingly, just ahead of Tim Linecum. That dude used to throw 95 consistently.

    I’ll be honest, it wasn’t an expansive research model that I used, but I found it interesting just the same.

    • “Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.”
      - Warren Spahn

      • totally agree. I dont care how fast he throws, as long as he can change speeds. Course for him, it might help if he adds some strikes to it as well, but pitchers like him need to nip at the zone, not attack it.

    • So, doing a little more research. (I’m using fangraphs for the first time, bear with me!!) it show JL 81 out of 119 STARTING pitchers that have thrown a minimum of 100 innings in terms of velocity.

      Seriously though, this is all down out of my curisosity, and not wanting to do any actual work.

      Its a slow process, but I’m figuring out this internet thing.

      • Ryan,

        I am not much of a stats guy, but i did see the following last night, and in some previous starts:

        Locke will start the game 93 MPH or so, then will be down to 88-89 by the 4th/5th inning.

        It just seems something is wrong for him to go down so fast so quick. He isnt reaching the 7th/8th, which would justify a drop like he is having.

        Just my one cent.

        • That would lead me to believe that its more conditioning, rather than injury.

          Who knows, you could be right about an injury, but typically its the overall, from start to finish, that has a lower velocity count consistently.

  14. I was expecting to see Byrd in the 5th hole behind Pedro. I would think putting Byrd 5th that would give more pitches for Pedro to hit, i.e. the pitcher would go after him more, especially with a lower BA and the huge strike out totals.

    Of course, this could only be because of the lefty on the mound tonight.

    This is more what I was thinking. Of course, Taby when Marte comes back makes this lineup up look a whole lot better.

    Gaby (Morneau?)

    Add Morneau and holy crap does this lineup look better. But that’s an easy plug and play idea with anybody.

  15. I’m so pleased that Walker is sitting and Harrison is starting I don’t know what to do with myself. Looks like Clint wants to win a game.

  16. No one taking issue with Harrison starting at 2nd base? Could be an adventure tonight.

  17. Ken Rosenthal tweeted Vic Black is rumored to be PTBNL

    • Wow if true, a very nice haul for the Mets just for dumping two players for last month of season.

      For Pirates, giving up Black at least is giving away individual from position of strength as there is no shortage of arms in the system and bullpen arms have been easiest for this team to spot and field.

  18. Jeff Locke optioned to Altoona.

  19. Locke and Sanchez sent to AA

    wow… does that mean Locke isn’t eligible for playoffs?

  20. Jeff Locke just optioned to AA Altoona, wow.

  21. Can Wandy gear his arm up to be ready to throw Sunday? I jest, wishful thinking.

    Free Kris Johnson.

  22. Rosenthal tweets
    “Now confirmed: Black is indeed PTBN going to #Mets from #Pirates. Byrd, Buck and $250K to Pirates for Black and Herrera.”

  23. Brandon Cumpton is starting tonight for Indy, if he does make the start he would not be an option to start on Sunday against St. Louis. In his previous start he went just 3.1 IP with 8 hits allowed and there was talk of arm fatigue.

    Kris Johnson last started on Aug. 25th going 5 IP giving up 2 runs, 1 earned to improve his ERA to 2.39. If he were to get call he would go on six days rest.

    And than there is Jeanmar Gomez and his 70-75 pitch limit as an option.

    It is confirmed Black going to Mets to complete trade, Kelly Shoppach has been released.

  24. Just once for you lunatics because I have a busy night, but did you all see who was batting cleanup???????

    • A-well-a, everybody’s heard about the Byrd
      Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
      A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, the Byrd is the word
      A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, well, the Byrd is the word
      A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
      A-well-a ,Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, well, the Byrd is the word
      A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
      A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
      A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, well, the Byrd is the word
      A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
      A-well-a, don’t you know about the Byrd
      Well, everybody knows that the Byrd is the word
      A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word

    • Yep someone hitting above 200 for us. YIPPEE

    • Well, they didn’t let Ramirez beat em there. Good start to finish shaky inning.

  25. Wonder what the walk-up at the gate will be for the new guys…

  26. Tom Gorzelanny’s last 2 starts:

    8.1 IP 16 H 12 ER 12.96 ERA

  27. Wow, Greg Brown stated that Marte took some cuts in BP today, so much for not swinging a bat for two weeks.

    What a lift it would be for this team to get healthy in a hurry with Grilli, Wandy, Marte.

  28. Here we go. Tonight’s the night the bats work and the pitching just keeps doing its thing.

    Let’s go Bucs!

  29. Hope this ump will start watching those amazing curves more closely — two of CM’s curves in the Lucroy ab were strikes, called balls.

  30. Wearing the home whites as God intended.

  31. Just what JHay needs to do in the lead off position, get on base, nice single to start.

  32. Absent a double play, the Savior will bat this inning!

  33. Let’s punch this bum out of the game. (No offense, Gorzo).

  34. Take a second to note where you are when Marlon Byrd makes his first plate appearance as a Pittsburgh Pirate.

  35. Cutch ropes single to LF to knock in Harrison… very nice.

  36. CUTCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He is on fire in August!

    1-0 good guys.

    And, here comes the Big Byrd.

  37. CUTCH! Quite the start…hit, walk, hit….Gorzelanny at his best.

  38. Byrd drilled that…. bad luck on that one.

  39. Man, the Pirates need to buy a truckload of rabbit’s feet, or something………….

  40. Nice story about Gaby giving Buck #14.

  41. Seven pitches and a quick 1-2-3 for Morton in the 2nd.

  42. So far, good Charlie tonight.

  43. First time Pirates have gotten Aoki out this series, he had been 3-3 with 3 walks until that ground out.

  44. Maybe Walker was suspended 1/2 game for his trade comment.

  45. Uh, Cutch is a pretty good player.

  46. Charlie Morton in his last 31.2 innings, covering his last five starts including tonight, has allowed just 29 hits and 7 runs for a 1.98 ERA.

    A very nice turn around as he has been giving the team very consistent starts the past four weeks.

  47. Cutch now 37-84, hitting .440 in month of August, making his case for MVP.

  48. Tony Sanchez and JEFF LOCKE optioned.

  49. What an impressive AB by Byrd, makes Gorzelanny throw 14 pitches before going down on strikes, if nothing else that will speed up getting into Brewers pen.

  50. That would be 12.96 in his last 2 starts.

  51. Scooter “Store” made a nice play on Pedro. But Gaby comes through on the other side of him for 2-0 lead for the good guys!!

  52. Gaby Sanchez does it again against a LHP, big two out RBI and it is 2-0 good guys.

  53. Scooter Gennett was the kid that played the entire left side of the infield in little league when you only had 8 guys.

    Way to go Gaby. Even Scooter couldn’t get to that one !

  54. Good news, Cincy up 4-0 in top of 1 with man still on third!!!

  55. Reds taking some frustration out on Cardinals tonight and roughing up Adam Wainwright. 4-0 Reds still batting top of 1.

  56. Hustle triple by Tabata, who made a great read on Aoki playing the ball casually off the Clemente wall and Bucs are in business to start the 5th.

  57. Almost a HR by Tabata.

    Nice triple as a consolation prize.

  58. that’s the second line drive Gorzelanny robbed us of.

  59. And JHay sparks a run again :)

  60. Since August 15th, Tabata is now 15-45 hitting .333 covering last dozen games.

    JHay looking nice in the lead off spot as his second hit makes it 3-0 Buccos!

  61. Never thought of Gorzo as a Gold Glove pitcher… til tonight.

  62. Reds 6 Cards Bottom 1st

  63. ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)
    Horrible trade
    We are doomed
    ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

  64. We have a sighting of Byrd droppings.

    Just getting ahead of that dirty birds that will fly in later.

  65. Looks like Byrd won’t have any trouble fitting in with the Pirates.

  66. Charlie Morton just dominant tonight, six solid innings thus far and only 72 pitches, four hits and two of them were bleeders down third base line.

  67. 9-0 Reds Bottom 2, Wainwright getting shelled through 2 innings of work.

  68. Say good night, Gorzo

  69. Way to bring it tonight Charles Alfred Morton.

  70. Cutch MVP! Faded at the end the last two years. Leading the team in August.

  71. Did anyone see the video of Brandon Phillips cussing out the reporter? Dusty Baker is sitting there smiling like a Cheshire Cat as Phillips throws about a dozen “f bombs” at this guy. Could you imagine Hurdle just sitting there while one of his star players acts like an ignorant bully? I tried to post a link but it won’t let me. Anyone interested, just google “brandon phillips 101 sports”.

    There are no appropriate words in the English language to describe just how much I dislike all things reds related (I refuse to even capitalize their “r” anymore).

  72. WOOOooooOOooooooo!

  73. Dusty Baker is the biggest (insert favorite slang word for male reproductive organ here) in baseball. I can’t stand that guy. Worse than Phillips, if that is possible.

  74. Nice play by JHay, again

  75. What a bum we traded for. I can’t believe we traded the next Roberto Alomar and the next Trevor Hoffman for this guy who strikes out as much as Garrett Jones. The FO couldn’t evaluate talent if it ….

    Well I tried. ;-)

  76. What’s with Pedro in the field, tonight? On the ragged edge often.

  77. That was NOT cool, Martin >:/

  78. I know. Not gaby fault. But anyway, FREE MORNEAU!

  79. A. It appears that your 1b didn’t know that was coming.
    B. You have 2 outs.
    C. The runner wasn’t that far off the bag, probably doesn’t get him anyways.
    4. Way to screw your pitcher.
    5. Love the aggressiveness, but control it.

    Russell Martin you’re better than that. Clean it up.

  80. One of the best things about Vin Mazzaro is that he’s not Bryan Morris.

  81. Who would have thought that Charlie would become the “stopper” in the rotation in late August????

  82. I really like Segura, but that bat act was bush league. Even the NFL won’t put up with that crap.

  83. Good to hear nice things said about J Hay.

  84. Any pitcher with the name Burke Badenhop should automatically be required to give up at least three runs this inning….

  85. There’s that rabbits foot.

  86. For a minute there, I thought that was Barmes or Marte…

  87. Oh irishjim …

  88. THE BYRD FLEW THAT ONE OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111


  90. Byrd made up for the 2 Ks right there with a 3 run jack!!! 7-1 now!

  91. Hello Marlon Byrd

  92. The Byrd is the WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. Neal Huntington

    Executive of the Year.

  94. unreal… first game for Marlon Byrd and 3-run HR

  95. Neal Huntington is a friggin genius!!!!!

  96. Church is over. What did I miss?


  97. The BIRDS NEST! I like it.

  98. Does that HR qualify him as a Yard Byrd???

  99. Bye bye Byrdeeeeeeeeeeeer

  100. Darlin’ Marlon :)

  101. And with one swing of the bat – Byrd has paid dividends already. This is going to be fun the next 5+ week, eh?

  102. where the heck did Brandimal get to?

  103. Where is Karen? I told her if I dissed Harrison he would have a good game. Then I posted about Byrd droppings and then he homers. As much as I don’t like dissing players (unless in hindsight) I think I may have to use this strategy going forward.

  104. I can’t watch or listen to the game. Just following along here and on Brewers’ radio-what was Greg Brown’s home run call for Marlon ?

  105. Gaby is good!

  106. About freaking time this Byrd fella got a hit

  107. No, no Lurch, please!

  108. WTF is going on??? Pedro with 4 hits last night…now Gaby with 3 tonight?? If this is a dream, do not wake me or them!

  109. Pleased as punch that Pie has persevered.

  110. That error on Barmes was Hurdle’s fault — he should have had his tall 1B man in there.

  111. Best trade ever
    We are saved

  112. I’m at the game and the sign says 52 Bowser Blasts. I guess that cinches it – Frank definitely reads this blog.

  113. Just saw the replay of Byrd’s HR…a bomb to CF…..Greg Brown said “let’s go flyin’ with Mr. Byrd”….and Steve Blass said the CF grass will now be referred to as the Byrd’s nest….


  115. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo not Lurch!!

  116. You know its late……………….
    the Ric Flair W oooooooooooos are out……………….

  117. JRay, I know you have your recap written out and you are literally just waiting to click submit!

  118. Raise it!!!!!


    Got a good feeling with our fine-feathered friend!!

    Charlie did a good job again!

  120. Raise it! That makes 77. Love beating the Brewers!

  121. The Byrdman of Alvarez

  122. I want to mention Nick Leyva. I think his efforts were overlooked tonight.

  123. Byrd with a very good, professional interview.

    He’s a veteran and it shows.

  124. This Nun is off to bed…night Lunatics :)

  125. The heck with .500. We are rooting for the division. With me Lunnies?

  126. Behind 6.2 solid innings from Charlie Morton and a three run blast from newcomer Marlon Byrd, the Bucs even the series against the Brewers with a 7-1 win and there was nooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs improve to 77-55 and will move to within a half game of first place in the Central. The Pirates are now 12-14 in August, 10-5 versus the Brewers and 5-4 in their last nine.

    The Pirates will go for the series win tomorrow night with G. Cole taking the mound for the Bucs.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  127. As thoroughly enjoyable as last night’s game was frustrating!

    Sleep well and count byrds…

  128. Great win, Gang! The wife texted me while I was out derivering the pizza pie. When I read Byrd had cranked a three-run homer, I almost stopped the car and got out in the road for a happy dance! I anticipated what LIKELY happened to our TV viewers:

    “Honey, did Greg Brown do something real silly and preconceived for his Byrd home run call?” Well, yes he did, Dear! It even SAPPED the replay joy for me when I got home, hearing him call him “Barnum & Byrd!”

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