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Final: Pirates 4, Brewers 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (80-57) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (59-79)

Starters: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo

Time: 8:10 p.m.

Site: Miller Park, Milwaukee

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. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd, RF
  6. Russell Martin, C
  7. Josh Harrison, 3B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Cole, 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, 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. JRay3 says:

    Some eyebrows to be raised with no Alvarez against a RHP, but closer look shows Pedro 1-20, .050 with 9 K’s lifetime against Gallardo.

    Interestingly, Harrison is 0-3 but Mercer is 3-9 versus Gallardo with a double and triple, almost would rather have given Mercer his second start at third but seeing how often the Brewers attempted and showed bunt yesterday may need the defense at the position.

    Go Bucs!

  2. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    THANK YOU to LAD 9 for posting the lines yesterday for me!
    I sincerely appreciate your help!


    Makes my job a helluva lot easier when I don’t have to hunt to find everyone’s “wagers”

    Max “wager” is 100 units on any single line.
    All “wagers” must be in multiples of 5 units.
    Play as few or as many lines as you’d like.
    As always, this is for fun and entertainment purposes.


    Tonight’s Line
    Total HITS + WALKS + HBP by Justin Morneau in tonight’s game
    Line is 1.5

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    80 Down, only 2 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

  3. Arriba Wilver says:

    Sounds like a good move on sitting Petey.

  4. kr70 says:

    100 on the over and thanks

  5. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Logic has no place within the confines of this blog.
    You must be new here….

  6. macchamp74 says:

    Grilli activated for tonight…so who pitches 9th inning?

  7. Karen22 says:

    50 on the OVER!

    They’re smelling it now!

  8. JRay3 says:

    I think you have to go back to Grilli (although Melancon was phenomenal in the role). With the way Watson is throwing, CH has to like the ability to turn these into six inning games as the back end of this bullpen with a healthy Grilli may just be the best in baseball.

    Still have other arms to go to if a starter falters or shows cracks before end of the sixth….Wilson, Morris, Gomez, Mazzaro all can pitch in.

    Nice problem to have.

  9. blazer says:

    100 on the over please!

  10. Patrick(RI) says:

    Please do not confuse this with logic, but it seems to me it might be a good idea to slip Grilli into a game in a less dramatic inning before turning him loose in the 9th?

  11. JaxBuc says:

    Please sir, may I have 100 Morneaus on the OVER?

    Go like 60!

  12. Naje says:

    Not sure if I go with Grilli in a high leverage situation right away… maybe an 8th inning or a 9th inning with the Bucs up by 3 or more…

  13. NMR says:

    Funny how the further we get into the season, the less we hear about the bullpen being “overworked”.

  14. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Rolo Tamasi

  15. JMB says:

    100 on UNDER

  16. Stickyweb says:

    Do you mean they’re no longer “on a pace” to throw 563 innings each? That should be trumpeted from the highest mountain. Yet you’re right, we don’t hear anything about it. I guess some people don’t like good news.

  17. Milo Hamilton says:

    Jim Henderson.

  18. cmat0829 says:

    tough line… i’m gonna go 100 UNDER, even though I think the Bucs will win…

  19. Patrick(RI) says:

    I hear his stuff is really misleading.

  20. cmat0829 says:

    guess the Brewers need to get him some work so they’ll let him mop up the top of the 9th in a lopsided Buc victory? (hoping….)

  21. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    They’ve been searching for him all year.

  22. Stickyweb says:

    I’ll take 100 on the UNDER and hope I’m wrong about our new cleanup hitter.

  23. cmat0829 says:

    Grilli, even in the halcyon days of June, was never overworked. Melancon was certainly on a pace that was worrisome, but it wasn’t ‘off the charts’ as much as people were hyping it to be, at least IMHO.

    Fact is Clint did make a noticeable adjustment midsummer to leverage other relievers more and to push the starters to go deeper….

  24. NMR says:

    Your first sentence is absolutely correct.

    I could care less about being “right” or “wrong”, but fact is that from the start the “overworked” assumptions being made were completely incorrect.

    It never made any sense what-so-ever to project innings totals based on such a small sample.

  25. Naje says:

    Since the beginning of the 2011 season, the PBC have used 51 different pitchers (not including Josh Harrison), 75 total, with some degrees of success.

    2011: 25 pitchers
    2012: 24 pitchers
    2013: 26 pitchers

    Couldn’t have done that in any three year period from 1993 thru 2010… arms were there, as they are in every organization, but the difference in quality is huge.

    Does that constitute a flood of talent?

  26. Patrick(RI) says:

    Doesn’t matter since by 11pm the game will be so out of reach that the Shark Tank can tune in Jon Stewart, who is also back in the game.

  27. cmat0829 says:

    Nice problem to have indeed. Grilli earned the closer role and we know it’s what he wants more than anything. That said, if I were the manager I’d have his first ML game action be in a lower leverage situation…. even if the Bucs are trailing or the game isn’t close… that lets him just focus on making the pitches and getting his bearings. But I won’t spend any time second guessing CH no matter what he does.

    How great is it to have Grilli back on Sep 3? VERY GREAT. Best bullpen in majors, by far, just got better.

  28. JD says:

    100 on the over please.

    Go Bucs!

  29. Arriba Wilver says:


  30. Arriba Wilver says:

    How many catchers and SS’s have they used over that period?

    This game is fun!

    :-P ;-)

  31. Brandie says:

    Ah, yes! The stink of success! :-)

  32. Naje says:

    Hurdle had to keep extending the team’s record when he had the chance… had to keep pushing it beyond 15 games over .500, beyond 18 games over, beyond 20 games over…. just to get to the point of the season where the team could manage an injury to a starter (or two), a reliever (or two), a position player, etc.

  33. Naje says:

    Catchers…. well, they used 8 in 2011… they used 6 guys at 3B that season, too…

    Whoa…my head’s spinning.

  34. Wild Bill says:

    Be nice, Milo. Although I was the one who mentioned Gallardo owning us in the other thread.

  35. We’ve got to hit this guy sometime. We see him enough every season. Good time to do it tonight.

    They’re finishing out the season and we’re finishing our best one in over 20 years.

  36. Patrick(RI) says:

    would there be more interest in Jon Stewart if I mentioned he went to college on a Soccer Scholarship? Shows you how even a misdirected youth can turn out OK.

  37. tdb1977 says:

    100 on the under please.

  38. Wild Bill says:

    “…can turn out OK”, Patrick? Well, even if you agree with his politics, you’ve got to admit Stewart’s a bit out there.

  39. John Lease says:

    I’m sure Barmes has just torched Gallardo…

  40. John Lease says:

    He always gets away with it…

  41. John Lease says:

    The Pirates have already beaten him twice this year. The time is now, he’s not whiffing 200 batters this season, even if he has gotten better since the all star break.

  42. JRay3 says:

    In 2011 there were 11 pitchers that had 4+ ERA’s: Ascaino, Thompson, Crotta, Hughes, Locke, Beimel, Ohlendorf, Lincoln, Resop, Correia, Wood and carried others like Leroux, Burress, Moskos who were not very good pitchers.

    I would call 2011 a flood of necessity….they were trying to just find capable arms.

    In 2013 there are just 8 pitchers with ERA of 4+ and those individuals – McDonald, Irwin, Johnson, Sanchez (four starters that barely pitched), and Zagurski, Leroux, Black and Hughes (3 that did not last and Hughes who makes both lists).

    In 2013 I do think it is a flood of better depth that has been created.

    Amazingly,of the 2011 primary rotation of McDonald, Karstens, Correia, Morton and Maholm, all of those pitchers had .500 records (Correia 12-11) other than Maholm who might have been the best of the bunch and was 6-14.

    Huge difference in 2013 rotation of Liriano, AJ, improved Morton, Cole, Locke and Wandy when healthy.

  43. John Lease says:

    Out there? I’d say funny. No politics here, bitte.

  44. Wild Bill says:

    None intended, John. I enjoy him too, in small doses.

  45. Jim S. says:


  46. Jim S. says:

    I’m sure it was his error.

  47. Bill Born says:

    100 on the over Please

  48. Patrick(RI) says:

    More than a bit, but my politics don’t dictate my choice of comedians. I was really trying (poorly, I suspect) to poke fun — some folks like Stewart, others like soccer.

    Bottom line: no politics intended.

  49. bizrow says:

    100 on the over and thanks Playoffs

  50. Jim S. says:

    That’s what I said earlier, Patrick. Let him become Grilli again before giving him Grilli’s job. I would not place him in a high leverage situation right away.

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  52. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Johnny Ray III—–

    You must be torn.

    As much as we all would like to see 82 happen as soon as possible,
    You must be rooting for that to happen on Friday or Saturday.

  53. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Thanks for the add of George Benson.

  54. Brandie says:

    Please Mr. Window, 100 on the over. I hope you had a nce Labor Day!i

  55. Playoffs by 2012 says:


  56. Wild Bill says:

    You’re right, John. We are 2 and 2 against him this year. I like your enthusiasm and Lucky’s.

  57. JRay3 says:

    I am very torn. Team being in a pennant race I want to them to win each night and pile up the W’s as quickly as they can. On the other hand, would certainly be very special to witness in person #82 for what we have all enured and gone through the past 20 years.

    If I do see it, what a lucky coincidence that it just so happens to be my last planned trip to see team play.

  58. Lad9 says:

    100 on the under please. Thank you Playoffs. Go Buccos!

  59. Patrick(ri) says:

    Playoffs, I made an error above, as it turns out the Pirates will use Keyser Soze to close, not Rolo. Long live Kevin Spacy!

  60. 21sthebest says:

    I’m not putting training wheels on Grilli. Turn his ass loose against the Brewers!

  61. The wins were 3-1 and 5-4 (with a 3-run inning)

    A nice 8-1 or 8-2 thumping of Yovani would suit me fine.

  62. Jim S. says:

    Logic abounds here today.

  63. Arriba Wilver says:

    I was just talking to my sister last night about Keyser Soze. But it wasn’t a baseball discussion. ;-)

  64. Jim S. says:

    I was at the game on Friday, where Melancon was brought in to pitch the 9th inning with a 5-run lead because “he needed the work.”

  65. Love that Al Oliver picture, Jim.

    Looks like the hat is just resting on his head or he has a high, narrow head. Looks like Dave Cash, too.

    Styles do change, don’t they?

  66. Jim S. says:

    That’s exactly what he did, Naje. He went with the “bird in the hand” strategy of racking up wins early and often.

  67. JRay3 says:

    Good afternoon to the window….perfect day to make it two consecutive series against division foes.

    75 on the UNDER

    Thanks and Go Bucs!

  68. Patrick says:

    Yayyy to the return of Grilli – hopefully this lessens the chances even more of us ever seeing Bryan Morris come in during a tight game. I swear, the guy is completely incapable of a 1-2-3 inning anytime the game is close in the later innings. And how about bombing Gallardo tonight…we owe him for last week. Go Buccos!

  69. JUCOFan says:

    75 on the under

  70. cosmo says:

    100 on the over please

  71. Patrick says:

    Ehh…I would feel better about him getting his first appearance in during a low leverage situation.

  72. cherokee23 says:

    totally agree……do what you need to do to win each game when you have the chance

  73. Jim S. says:

    I’d love that as well, Lucky. But, at this point I think I’d settle for him playing the part of Nancy Kerrigan to an unknown Jeff Gilooly figure appearing out of the darkness of the clubhouse tunnel.

  74. Jim S. says:

    Don’t be selfish, JRay. You have to take one for the team and see #83. Kidding, of course.

  75. Patrick(ri) says:

    This is a base ball site? Could have sworn I saw Rolo Tomasi in here.

  76. Jim S. says:

    Speaking of Kevin Spacey, if anyone has not seen his new show on NetFlix, House of Cards, I think it is tremendous. And he is at his absolute best. I was not really a big fan of his before seeing him in that role. I believe Season 2 will be coming shortly. They release the entire season at one time.

    Ok, back to the Jon Stewart and Keyser Soze discussions.

  77. Jim S. says:

    And I believe, reading through the lines as I am want to do, CH hinted at a low leverage situation. Maybe I mis-read him on that. He said Grilli will not necessarily come right back as closer.

  78. Jim S. says:

    To me, Gallardo has been the pitching face of the Brewers curse for us over the last handful of years. He always seems to be in the middle of some of our worst a*s kickings in the house of horrors.

  79. Arriba Wilver says:

    Wasn’t complaining. Just thought it was interesting coincidence (to me). I’m easily entertained.

  80. bizrow says:

    Brazil, right?

  81. bizrow says:

    I couldn’t figure out why folks wanted him added

    Then the light bulb went off

  82. 21sthebest says:

    I bet that’s what Hurdle does. I’m not suggesting close though. I’d like to see 8th. But I’m assuming his velocity is where it was before the injury.

  83. Brandie says:

    And now,, renominating Johnny Unitas!

  84. Brandie says:

    JRay Tre,

    I hope you get to see 82, 83, 84 and beyond.

  85. John Lease says:

    Don’t score too many, I’d settle for a nice 6-3 victory. That way they save some up for tomorrow. Jim, you might be the only person on this blog who was a bigger fan of ‘The Al Oliver Show’ than I was. Eddy Edwards was the host.

  86. John Lease says:

    A win is a win is a win. Just win baby, I’ll take a 1-0 win against the Brewers with a bases loaded walk driving in the winner for the old black and gold.

    81 would be VERY nice.

    To be followed by 82, of course.

  87. Brandie says:

    Time for our beloved Buccos to own him. Remember, payback is a b!+ch!

  88. Brandie says:

    Good evening Big Al!

  89. Irish says:

    100 on Over, Thanks!
    Let’s Go Bucs!

  90. Brandie says:

    Mr. Lease with the option to buy,

    I am not picky either.

  91. Arriba Wilver says:

    100 on the OVER, please.

  92. The Gunner says:

    Al Oliver, what a great Bucco from the past. Man, could he hit or what!!!

    The Bucs are going to win big tonight even though Gallardo is pitching – this is our year, brother!

  93. The Gunner says:

    100 on the over, please. The Bucs are gonna whup those stinking Brewers tonight!

  94. Barb says:

    Hey how did my grandfather make into the Brewers bullpen? No really that is my grandfather’s name of course he has been gone 11 years. He would have enjoyed watching the Pirates this year.

  95. pattonbb says:

    E:60 on espn2 is about to show the Cutch feature story.

  96. cherokee23 says:

    McCutchen about to be on E60 after the commercial break!

  97. Keith says:

    100 on the UNDER, please. (Others can deliver.)

  98. theplanisworking says:

    May I have 100 September Hippos on the UNDER, please?

    Thanks Ewe.

  99. Irish says:

    Thanks, Patton… enjoying it!

  100. tdb1977 says:

    What a great piece on Andrew.

  101. theplanisworking says:

    Hey, welcome back.
    I put out an APB for you on last nights Pitt thread.
    Good to see you, Milo.

  102. It is indeed, Gunner.

  103. Jim S. says:

    Thanks, Lucky and Gunner.

    Oliver could definitely hit. 11 straight .300+ years. Very few guys could do that today.

  104. theplanisworking says:

    WOO HOO !!!

  105. Brandie says:

    Dang. What a great piece on Andrew McCutchen. It begs the question, What drives you?

    For me, Excellence! I wan to be excellent for those I sere and for my family. Guess I have something in common with Cutch!

    My takeaway…Don’t be the person who neglects the little things, because those who spend extra time doing the little things have the most success!


  106. Jim S. says:


    I don’t remember the Al Oliver show. But, I do remember Al Oliver. What a hitter.

    The Bucs used to churn out prospects like candy bars in those days, didn’t they?

    Oliver, Hebner, Zisk, Clines, Cash, Stennett, Parker, Robertson, +++. Every year a couple more would show up, and they could all hit.

  107. Brandie says:

    Hey there Planimal.

  108. Good comment, rent-to-own Brandolita.

    (That didn’t sound right. It was supposed to play off your Lease, option-to-buy name for John, which was one of your best).

  109. theplanisworking says:

    I will pray for you, Lucky.

    At least you didnt say rent-to-own Hippo. ;)

    Good thing EYE dont have a Spanish name, like others on here……….

  110. Jim S. says:

    I’m liking the vibe on here tonight vs. Gallardo.

  111. KenKopp says:

    Amen on the last paragraph. Go Buccos!

  112. theplanisworking says:

    What drives me?
    A dump truck.

  113. Jim S. says:

    Clever nickname for JL, Brandie. Groat is rubbing off on you, I do believe.

  114. Jim S. says:

    Darn, missed it! Will locate a re-airing and record it.

  115. pattonbb says:

    Very cool.

  116. I agree with Jim. Groat is rubbing off on her, Juan Hipolito.

  117. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    With a haircut you could set your watch to.

  118. Eric Bowser says:

    Since when did a “Neal’d it” have more cache than a “Shero”… amazing times we live in.

    My column that is more Pens related than Pirates but figure some of you might have a good laugh at it.

  119. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    + MANY!!

  120. theplanisworking says:

    Curses! Now I am branded.
    Or Brandied !


  121. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hey Plan. Always good to see you too.

  122. I’d take the latter.

  123. Good column. Got your soccer one ready?

  124. War Horse says:

    100 on gthe OVER, please.

  125. Eric Bowser says:

    Are you talking the one where I announce the Riverhounds will overtake the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers?

  126. theplanisworking says:

    I need to put APB’s out more often.
    The 2 times I did, the person showed up.

    I am doing better than the Bucs…… I am battin 1.000. ;)

  127. theplanisworking says:

    Tony’s distant relative? ;)

  128. theplanisworking says:

    I think we all would, Lucky.

  129. Jandy says:

    Mr. Playoffs, sir, your lines are EVIL ;)

    Give me 100 Just-get-on-base units for the over, please!


  130. The Gunner says:

    And even though the Bucs got the great Bert Blyleven when they traded Oliver, it was a sad day for Bucco fans.

    Scoop was something special and he was a damn good centerfielder for a converted first baseman!!

  131. Brandie says:

    Dan Bylsma needs to suck it up and adjust. Those who don’t adjust to their changing environment are doomed to suffer and make those around them suffer.

  132. The Gunner says:

    Orlando Pena’s relative possibly

  133. Brandie says:

    Mmmm! Brandied Hippo!

  134. Jandy says:

    Hey Mr. Milo, great to see you here sir :)

    Hipposter, your record is impeccable!

  135. Jandy says:

    what the heck, pitch JHay ;)

  136. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    100 Over. 1 walk, 1 hit.

  137. Brandie says:

    Revvie Baby! Hope the sun is shining for you. I have had an absolute blast cheering for and following the Buccos with all of you. Thank you for the smiles!

  138. Brandie says:

    Is the dump truck like KITT, Hipponderous?

  139. Jandy says:

    Hey hey, it’s Alexandre, our good luck charm :)

  140. Brandie says:

    Greetings 21 Gunner Salute!

  141. Jandy says:

    21, you had me on turning it loose ;)

  142. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Don’t know if anybody mentioned it or not, but the Pirates have said that they will use Grilli in “non-stress” situations. To see how he responds. They hope to have him back in the closer role later this month.

  143. Brandie says:

    Let’s show em how it’s done, Pittsburghese style, N’at.

  144. theplanisworking says:

    Evening, Jandy.
    Need to beat this bum of a pitcher.

    Like a rented mule ! :)

  145. Jandy says:

    maybe even pickled ;)

  146. Brandie says:

    Well, I heard Groatmeal is good for the skin.

  147. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie, that doesnt sound to good.
    Makes me sound almost “pickled”.

  148. theplanisworking says:

    No, more like S.I.T.T.

  149. Jandy says:

    The boys gotta find a way, and grind him down!

  150. theplanisworking says:

    OK, I will get you some Holy Water. ;)

  151. BDHumbert says:

    100 on the over

  152. Eric Bowser says:

    So… I guess there’s arguments all over the place about 81 or 82.

    82 is the number, always has been but that number should have always been just a number on the way to the ultimate goal, a division title and World Series championship.

  153. Brandie says:

    The man made it to The Simpsons as a Pitchman for Krusty Burger.

    “That’s Krusterrific, Johnny Unitas!”. Makes me laugh every time.

  154. theplanisworking says:

    CUTCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  155. Jandy says:

    ahaha Cutch torches Gallardo!!!!

  156. Milo Hamilton says:


  157. War Horse says:

    Attaboy, Andrew!

  158. theplanisworking says:

    81, 82 mean nothing to me.
    They are ‘symbolic” numbers only.

  159. Brandie says:

    He his the man!

  160. Patrick(ri) says:

    It was time, and a very good time for it! +100.

  161. theplanisworking says:

    We cant lose tonight.
    Our English contingent is here !!


  162. Great day to get #100 Cutch!! 1-0 Bucs.

  163. Brandie says:

    Told ya…

    Revenge is a dish best served with pierogies and chipped chopped ham!

  164. Jandy says:

    woop, woop!

  165. Barb says:

    Yes Andrew!

  166. theplanisworking says:

    You are a day early. ;)

  167. Brandie says:

    Great…Pittsburghese with a British accent! :-)

  168. theplanisworking says:

    With a Hippo on the side. And back. And front, too.

  169. Jandy says:

    #100 called for it, Hipposter, lol

  170. Jandy says:

    Hey, Barb :)

  171. theplanisworking says:

    You want chips n’at, sir?

  172. Jandy says:

    How does one say Yinz in Brit?

  173. theplanisworking says:

    Evening, Barb.

  174. Barb says:

    Hey Jandy.

  175. Jandy says:


  176. Brandie says:

    Bodacious Barb!

  177. Barb says:

    Evening Hipposter. Great start to the game.

  178. Jandy says:

    Wow. Talk about a stinger! Very provocative, Eric.

  179. Barb says:

    Brandilicous how goes it?

  180. Jandy says:

    I need a whole lot more than holy water LOL

  181. Brandie says:

    Great now that we are all here witnessing special. :-)

  182. Jandy says:

    Brandilita, how are you this fine evenin?

  183. Barb says:


  184. theplanisworking says:

    Isaly’s sold Hippos?

  185. Brandie says:

    Good evening Milo. Needing Baywatch now.

  186. Jandy says:

    Hipposter, put out the APB!

  187. Barb says:

    So glad Milo came back.

  188. Brandie says:

    Spanish Jandecita,

    I am Rollin’. You sound quite bubbly my dear.

  189. theplanisworking says:

    Actually, havent seen AW recently.
    May have to put an APB out for him……………

  190. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hey you crazy muppet.

  191. Jandy says:

    Better have something to drink, Hipposter ;)

  192. Jandy says:

    Makes two of us :)

  193. Brandie says:

    Sold them lots of Ice Cream and ham!

  194. Lead off walks kill ALL the time with this team. So much for that lead.

  195. Jandy says:

    I’m lookin for a win tonight…gotta send those good vibes, ya know?

  196. Brandie says:

    And Certifiable.

  197. Eric Bowser says:

    Not Cole… not Cole at all….

    Brewers take the lead…..

  198. Jandy says:

    AW put his wager in at 7:01….he’s around somewhere ;)

  199. Now 2-1 Drunks and still no outs.

  200. Brandie says:

    I will put in my extra special black woman black magic to further rattle Gallardo.

  201. Jandy says:

    framed and hangin on the wall already ;)

  202. Brandie says:

    Lotta baseball left to be played.

  203. theplanisworking says:

    You two are completely insane !!

  204. Jandy says:

    And Cole helps himself out…nice!

  205. Jandy says:

    for sure Brandelita!

  206. Brandie says:

    Don’t throw any holy water on me. I might get burned and melt.

  207. theplanisworking says:

    You want fries with that? ;)

  208. Jandy says:

    Hex him, oh Magic Lady!

  209. Milo Hamilton says:

    Gerrit Cole = Kevin Correia.

  210. Jandy says:

    Awesome catch by PRNW :)

  211. Jandy says:

    That’s a compliment in my book. Correia won games.

  212. War Horse says:

    Jolly good show, Walker!

  213. Brandie says:

    Not worried because the Brewers are…


  214. Jandy says:

    Like the Spanish Lady said, certifiable ;)

  215. Barb says:

    Just 1 inning. Gallardo can be beat.

  216. JD says:

    You can have Correia, I’ll gladly take Cole.

  217. Jandy says:

    That’s what happens to me in the rain…we witches melt…

  218. Brandie says:



    Wash, Rinse, Repeat.


  219. Jandy says:


  220. Jandy says:


  221. Jandy says:

    Ha! I’m greedy, I’ll take ‘em both! :P

  222. theplanisworking says:

    At least you didnt say Eric Bedard.
    Or Kris Benson.
    Or Anna Benson…………

  223. Jandy says:

    green, slimy pond scum!

  224. theplanisworking says:


  225. theplanisworking says:

    Excuse me, Jandy, my Pond is clean.
    Except when I have to clean up after Ghost.

  226. theplanisworking says:

    He’s a special bloke, isnt he?

  227. Brandie says:

    Or Benson DuBois.

  228. Jandy says:

    silly Hipposter, green slimy pond scum is what Gallardo sucks ;)

  229. Milo Hamilton says:

    You want me to get that ?

  230. Jandy says:

    darn skippy!

  231. Brandie says:

    Dear Plan,

    Do September Hippos wear white after Labor Day or is that gauche?



  232. Brandie says:


    You’re awesome.

  233. Barb says:

    No he’s a cheeri “O”.

  234. Jandy says:

    Thanks for the link :)

  235. Brandie says:


    Cheerios and Skippy.

  236. Jandy says:

    awwwww how sweet!

  237. The Gunner says:

    Thanks Brandie. Let’s all get our Green Weenies out & aim them at Gallardo.

    We gotta pull out all the stops to win tonight!

  238. Jandy says:

    Barb is certifiable too ;)

  239. Jandy says:

    + many

  240. Brandie says:

    21 Gunner,

    Great call on the Green Weenies!

  241. theplanisworking says:

    You mentioned the Crapitols.
    NO SOUP FOR YOU !!!!!

  242. Barb says:

    Got my papers to prove it. :)

  243. theplanisworking says:

    Dear curious,

    Hippos never wear white, September or not.
    Some would say Hippos are gauche, but that is another column.


  244. Jandy says:

    but he made a very valid point!

  245. Brandie says:

    All Graduates of Dejan Kovacevic’s Lunaversity where a bold reaming is a good reaming.

  246. theplanisworking says:

    He did.

    Some other sage said this earlier in the year.
    You may know him……..

  247. Jandy says:



  248. Brandie says:

    Hippos are the renaissance animal of the zoo.

  249. Jandy says:

    Oh Lord, I’m dying here…cracking up! lol

  250. Barb says:

    Me too. I haven’t laughed this hard in a long while.

  251. Jandy says:

    Nice Morneau, repaid my faith in betting with you and not against you :)

  252. Brandie says:

    Comedy…thy name is Muppet!

  253. Arriba Wilver says:


  254. theplanisworking says:

    Byrd is da werd !!!!!!!!

  255. Jandy says:

    The Bird man brings in a run :)

  256. Barb says:

    Bird is the word.

  257. Brandie says:


  258. theplanisworking says:

    You and I should form a comedy team.

  259. Lad9 says:

    Good evening from Cleveland Crüe. So nice to come to a place to laugh after an absolutely miserable day at the mistake by the lake. Nice to see everyone well. i sure miss seeing my Buccos and will make it home or #82 tomorrow night. Woomera back Milo! You were missed.

  260. theplanisworking says:

    You have our sympathies.

  261. theplanisworking says:

    Welcome, AW.
    Nice to see you tonight.

  262. Jandy says:

    RAD LAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good to see you friend…sorry your day was so horrid :/

  263. Lad9 says:

    I tried the reverse Biz and still lost. Dag…

  264. theplanisworking says:

    I misread this.

    I thought you said Bird man brings in a nun. Apologies.

  265. Lad9 says:

    You rrrrrrang?

  266. Jandy says:

    Hipposter, some wise sage said that just a few days ago, if you recall ;)

  267. Brandie says:

    Rad Lad,

    Feelin’ energized by you presence.

  268. theplanisworking says:




  269. Brandie says:

    Why it’s

    Who’s Your Laddie!

  270. theplanisworking says:

    True dat.

  271. Lad9 says:

    It is much better now. You see, I am with friends. :)

  272. Jandy says:

    It’s a run for a nun ;)

  273. Jandy says:

    I went gut feeling…

  274. Milo Hamilton says:

    Tonight’s complete hack impersonating an umpire is James Hoye.

  275. War Horse says:

    Billy Hamilton, pinch-running for the Reds, just stole his first MLB base (off Molina) in a 0-0 ballgame in the 7th. Go Reds!

  276. Brandie says:

    There is comedy gold on this here blog. That is what happens when the inmates are trusted to run the asylum.

  277. Jandy says:

    hubby just asked WTF he was looking at?

  278. War Horse says:

    Hamilton scores on a base hit. 1-0 Reds!

  279. Jandy says:

    Oh Lord, she’s really on a roll tonight ;)

  280. theplanisworking says:

    Or, we forgot to take our meds………

  281. Brandie says:

    Cause I’m the one that runs with a nun,

    And I got We Are Familee on the tape deck!

  282. Jandy says:

    Nice….big K there

  283. Barb says:

    Go Reds (the only time I will actively root for them).

  284. Jandy says:

    H*ll yeah Sistah!

  285. Brandie says:

    Thanks for the update.

  286. Jandy says:

    Meds? you mean my vitamins? 0=)

  287. Barb says:

    The Reds/STL game is on MLB Network. Flipping between the two games.

  288. theplanisworking says:

    PED’s, meds, vitamins, whatever. :)

  289. Brandie says:

    Got his umpin’ degree by sending in box tops from Fruity Pebbles Cereal.

  290. Lad9 says:

    Ther was a turn of the last century center fielder for he Reds named Dummy Hoy, but he was deaf, not blind, so probably not related. Nicknames were a bit more cruel back then….:)

  291. Brandie says:

    What PED’S can you take to enhance comedy?

    Sugar and Caffeine!

  292. tdb1977 says:

    Just saw the score of the Cin/St Louis game and screamed while on a call with work. Opps!

  293. Jandy says:

    I’ma get my size 9 wides after him >:/

  294. Brandie says:


    Barkevious and Shamarko are not nicknames!

  295. tdb1977 says:

    A nice big K for Amaris!

  296. Jandy says:

    another one! nice :)

  297. Lad9 says:

    Loving it! 63 inches of dyn-o-mite!

  298. Brandie says:

    Blame Rad Lad.

    Giving it everything I got for him. :-)

  299. Lad9 says:

    They could be Bark and Shark…

  300. Jandy says:

    :hiding eyes:

  301. Brandie says:

    Don’t hurt him too much.

    Just tap him.

  302. Jandy says:

    was that supposed to be a BUNT? >:/

  303. Brandie says:

    Rad Lad with the Silver Lining.

  304. tdb1977 says:

    I would rather have 1-20 Pedro in the line up instead of Harrison.

  305. Barb says:

    Well…..I think not sure though. Goofball.

  306. Brandie says:

    Good one. Hope they like your enthusiasm.

  307. Jandy says:

    sounds like attorneys!

  308. Lad9 says:

    Much appreciated Brandilicious! I feel honored.

  309. Jandy says:

    Just let JHay hit the friggin ball…grrrr!

  310. Brandie says:


    Such an earthy nun.

  311. Barb says:

    Well that was a wasted inning.

  312. Jandy says:

    can you say BOLD REAMING????

  313. Jandy says:

    Hey I’m getting older, but I’m not dead ;)

  314. Brandie says:

    Sometimes it just is that way. :(

  315. Jandy says:

    but we have more coming…

  316. JohninOshkosh says:

    I just petitioned my Senator to introduce a bill that sanctions waving behind home plate while on your cell phone with cutting off of the arm.

    Oh, speaking of distractions behind home plate, I see Silicon Amy made another trip down to Milwaukee from Oshkosh.

  317. Jandy says:

    My foot can spell it out

  318. tdb1977 says:

    Be really nice to do our business tonight and tomorrow night and watch the Reds take all 4 from the Cardinals so they will be 3.5 back heading into this weekends series.

  319. Brandie says:

    Much better impact that way.

  320. Jandy says:

    And another big K!

  321. Jandy says:

    You said it, Sistah!

  322. Brandie says:

    Sounds plastic.


    Trophy Wife In Training

  323. Jandy says:

    ++++ lol

  324. Brandie says:

    Fun n’ Games, yo!

  325. War Horse says:

    Cardinals down to their last three outs, having had two hits so far. 1-0 Redlegs!

  326. JohninOshkosh says:

    My wife routinely introduces me to other people by saying, “This is my first husband…”

  327. Brandie says:

    Bet she leaves an interesting Carbon Footprint.

  328. theplanisworking says:

    You called??

  329. Milo Hamilton says:

    My buddy always introduces people to his current wife. She’s #3 for him.

  330. Jandy says:

    What took ya so long? :P

  331. theplanisworking says:

    I was going to comment on DD Amy, but I see that is in good hands.
    Milwaukee’s version of the Silicon Valley.

  332. theplanisworking says:


  333. Jandy says:


    What is Cole pitching that so many hits go into the right field corner???

  334. theplanisworking says:

    No way they can pull them.

  335. Jandy says:

    ahhhh ok thanks Hipposter

  336. Barb says:

    Watching the “Other” game. Chapman Ks Beltran. 1 out.

  337. Steelag70 says:

    Nice job Cole…

  338. Steelag70 says:

    Looks like both pitchers may not make it past the 6th inning…both pitch counts in the low 80’s…

  339. Brandie says:

    Hope he doesn’t go to the well once too often there.

  340. Lad9 says:

    Come on you thug. Close it out!

  341. Jandy says:

    yeah, that’s what I’m thinkin’

  342. Brandie says:

    DD must stand for Duh Duh.

  343. Milo Hamilton says:

    Will somebody please tell ROOT that it’s not 1977 anymore & there’s no reason to separate Morneau’s NL stats from his AL stats. There’s been interleague play since 1997 for goodness sakes.

  344. Barb says:

    Chapman Ks – 2 outs.

  345. Steelag70 says:

    Nice hit Morny!!

  346. Jandy says:

    And Morneau solidifies the over :)

  347. Brandie says:

    Who’s Your Laddie busting out tonight.

  348. Patrick(ri) says:

    Just watched Aroldis shoot a 103mph fb past an observant Holliday.

  349. Jandy says:

    Hey ROOT! What HE Said!

  350. Jandy says:


  351. JohninOshkosh says:

    Morneau hasn’t been retired tonight.

  352. Brandie says:

    Good that he has a pitch to trust, though.

  353. Jandy says:

    I’m lovin’ it!

  354. Barb says:

    Chapman Ks Craig. Game over Reds win!!!!!!

  355. JohninOshkosh says:

    There is no part of me that can be happy about anything Chapman does.

  356. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hookers dig the heat.

  357. theplanisworking says:


  358. Steelag70 says:

    Come on Russell…bring Morneau in…

  359. War Horse says:

    Chapman strikes out the side in the 9th and the Reds win 1-0!

  360. Jandy says:

    true dat

  361. Steelag70 says:

    Great chance to gain another game tonight guys…let’s do it!!

  362. Patrick(ri) says:

    How about striking out the side to put the Cards down?

  363. Brandie says:

    Nothing but a place holder!

  364. theplanisworking says:

    + many!!

  365. theplanisworking says:


  366. Eric Bowser says:

    geesh… 103 MPH is so unfair…. Reds win.

    Come on you Pirates… win this game and extend the lead to 2 games over STL.

  367. Steelag70 says:


  368. Eric Bowser says:

    pathetic at-bat by Harrison…. to swing on that pitch… ugh

  369. Jandy says:

    Oh jEEZ! what was he swinging at? A skeeter?

  370. Steelag70 says:

    Come on JHay…

  371. Brandie says:

    Reds Win! Reds Win! Reds Win!

    Feelin’ dirty since I had to root for them!

  372. Jandy says:

    Martin needs a rest

  373. Steelag70 says:

    Freaking Gallardo…why do I feel like I can’t stand that guy? lol

  374. Brandie says:

    His swing has been ruined by pitching!

  375. Jandy says:

    Go shower! ;)

  376. JohninOshkosh says:

    What did you think of the casting for the source of your avatar ? I

  377. florida steeler says:

    Martin and Harrison–as usual.

  378. Brandie says:

    Costume must look like The Hamburglar’s with a Nun’s habit.

  379. Jandy says:

    LOL I’m tellin ya, this place is rockin tonight!

  380. Milo Hamilton says:

    Because you can’t stand that guy ?

  381. Steelag70 says:

    At least Martin moved the runner to 3B…

  382. Steelag70 says:

    I guess because I can’t stand any of the Brewers…

  383. pattonbb says:

    I thought that was the long ball?

  384. Steelag70 says:

    Probably Cole’s last inning here…

  385. theplanisworking says:


  386. Jandy says:

    nice K!

  387. Milo Hamilton says:

    Big Sons Of Anarchy fan here, by the way. Awesome choice on your avatar. Where’d Bucky go ?

  388. Patrick(ri) says:

    That pitch looked like a #1 draft choice(Ramirez so).

  389. Barb says:

    Struck out the side. That’s the way to do it Gerrit.

  390. Jandy says:

    Dang, Cole was smokin ‘em there!

  391. Milo Hamilton says:

    Carlos Gomez for me.

  392. Steelag70 says:

    NICE inning by Cole….

  393. theplanisworking says:

    Nothing tops Cryin Fraud for me.

  394. Patrick(ri) says:

    Good to see him so strong this “late.”

  395. Eric Bowser says:

    Cole is pitching, not worried about the lack of K’s but right there… he threw the STFD 98 mph fastball to Gomez.

  396. War Horse says:

    Cole hit 90 pitches that inning. How ’bout Grilli for the 7th?

  397. Steelag70 says:

    Cole due up 2nd…may have pitched himself to one more inning…

  398. Jandy says:

    OK Loonies, 4am comes too soon….gonna shut down the lappy…maybe turn the game on upstairs.
    GO BUCS!

  399. Steelag70 says:


  400. tdb1977 says:

    The whole team ranks up there for me – espically after the way they acted after the drubbing a few years ago.

  401. Brandie says:

    Reminded of Sausage Gate with Randall Simon as I am listening to the radio side on Sirius. Simon always reminded me of Serrano from Major League complete with voodoo tchotchkes.

  402. Steelag70 says:

    Hmmmm…seems like a good inning for another 3-run bomb….

  403. Brandie says:

    Night doll face!

  404. Steelag70 says:


  405. theplanisworking says:


  406. theplanisworking says:

    Night Jandy.

  407. Milo Hamilton says:

    Three lefty batters due up, here comes the righthander.

  408. Brandie says:

    Especially Rickie Weeks. Crying Ryan sucks, but nothing tops Fake Andrew McCutchen IMHO.

  409. Lad9 says:

    It’s the Cleveland effect!

  410. Milo Hamilton says:

    Vin Mazzaro, the decision maker. Time to score fellas.

  411. tdb1977 says:

    Come on offense. Just one more run!

  412. Lad9 says:

    + all of them and the bloody sausages!

  413. Brandie says:

    Mazzaro The Mighty!

  414. Brandie says:

    From your fingertips to Clint Hurdle’s ear!

  415. Steelag70 says:

    Vinny Bagodonuts!!!

  416. Steelag70 says:

    MVP Cutch….

  417. theplanisworking says:

    With Cutch’s speed, I was shocked to hear he has been caught 7 times this year.

  418. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yeah, I like that show a lot. Like that actor as well. Bucky is still in the cache. I’m keeping Dorsett up until Pitt wins. Put him up last night in hopes of a Panther upset.

  419. JohninOshkosh says:

    I really want 82 to come in Milwaukee. But need 81 first.

  420. Barb says:

    Well friends at the asylum I must retire also 5:00 a.m. comes too soon. Night all bring home a win.

  421. pattonbb says:

    That Justin Morneau guy, he’s a professional hitter.

  422. tdb1977 says:

    Nice sequense by the Bucs. Cutch breaks for 2nd, shortstop pulls to the bag and Morneau sends the ball through the hole vacated by the shortstop.

  423. JohninOshkosh says:

    I don’t acknowledge that 4:00 and 5:00 come around twice.

  424. Milo Hamilton says:

    New Mexico on the 14th & they’re pretty bad. Hopefully they get that one.

  425. Brandie says:

    Mazzaro The Merciless!

  426. JohninOshkosh says:

    Beautiful hit and run.

  427. Brandie says:

    Night Bodacious one!

  428. theplanisworking says:

    Night, Barb.

  429. tdb1977 says:

    Wonder if the Cardinals are watching this game tonight in the club house, like they were last week. Beat they had a different reaction this time then they had last time they watched from the club house – at this juncture.

  430. Steelag70 says:

    Just a Sac fly Byrd man…

  431. theplanisworking says:

    BYRD MAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  432. Eric Bowser says:

    Byrd… what a get for the Pirates!

  433. JohninOshkosh says:

    New acquisitions paying off!

    Pirates up by a run.

  434. Brandie says:

    Sleepy time for me too. Be good and if you can’t be good, don’t get caught! :-)

  435. tdb1977 says:

    Hi Neal and Frank! Great pick up there with Byrd and Morneau.

  436. Steelag70 says:

    The BYRD is THE WOOORRRRRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  437. Byrd does it again! 3-2 Bucs and 2nd and 3rd with one out. Come on Martin!! More runs!!

  438. Steelag70 says:

    That’s what middle of the lineup guys do folks…

  439. tdb1977 says:

    Will just riot when this one ends!

  440. Lad9 says:

    Good night Brandie. Great blog night!

  441. Patrick(ri) says:

    Did I just hear JW use the “C” word? You can’t say clutch!

  442. theplanisworking says:

    Night Brandie.

  443. Lad9 says:

    Sirrius is about three minutes behind the blog. Making me nuts!

  444. JohninOshkosh says:

    They have to five a pass on Pete.

  445. JohninOshkosh says:


    …and that;s what they do. I love September baseball,,,,deep bench. How about a granny Gaby!

  446. Steelag70 says:

    Come on Gaby…

  447. Eric Bowser says:

    Really stupid managing by Hurdle there to correctly call on Pedro to PH for Harrison but to follow that up with Sanchez while Snider is available just makes me scratch my head.

  448. pattonbb says:


  449. Steelag70 says:

    Ummmmm…why is my cousin Vinny still in there????

  450. Stupid lead off walk to a pinch hitter. Come on Mazzaro – pitch!

  451. Milo Hamilton says:

    10 pitchers available in the bullpen tonight. Really. I counted.

  452. JohninOshkosh says:

    Brewers announcers are scratching their heads on some of Clint’s moves as well. But, hey, the guy has Ochozero wins.

    Why is no one throwing in Pirates bullpen ? It’s after 09/01 Clint.

  453. Steelag70 says:


  454. Reading says:

    Can we get VM the H out of there! Come on Man!

  455. Ump hates Martin ALL night, so we are not getting the same calls that the brewers were getting.

  456. tdb1977 says:

    I guess Hurdle doesnt realize that this is September baseball and every win COUNTS from here on out.

  457. Milo Hamilton says:

    Does anybody have any idea what’s going on here ? Nobody even throwing. And there are 9 pitchers out there.

  458. Reading says:


  459. twentytwo22 says:

    Quality managing by Hurdle. We have games to waste.

  460. theplanisworking says:

    Mazzaro doesnt do it again.

    And………. no one up in the bullpen.

    YIKES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  461. pattonbb says:

    Just ridiculous…

  462. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ridiculous, Milo.

  463. theplanisworking says:

    Well since the Cards lost, there is no urgency.
    * Rolls Eyes *

  464. Eric Bowser says:


    Top 8th…. Sanchez bats, not Snider
    Bot 8th…. Vin Mazzaro pitches…..

    NOT a fan of this inning for Clint Hurdle….

  465. tdb1977 says:

    Grilli should be up here in the pen if he isnt going to be used as the closer!

  466. Clint blew that one as two lead off walks have scored on the night. Mazzarro should NOT still be in there, but he is.

  467. Steelag70 says:

    I don’t understand this at all…Gomez…Grilli…Morris….Hughes…

  468. Reading says:

    How about Melancon in 8th, Grilli in 9th? Remember.

  469. JohninOshkosh says:

    Clint’s managing, that is.

  470. twentytwo22 says:

    Tony Watson threw 12 pitches on Sunday and 13 pitches yesterday. Tony Watson pitched in a game they were losing 7-2.

  471. Steelag70 says:

    The Brewers will not freaking go away!!!

  472. irishjim says:

    Vintage hurdle! A head scratching last 20 minutes or so

  473. tdb1977 says:

    Double play was nice there – but losing the lead…UGH!!!!

  474. BDHumbert says:

    I hate Mazzarro – and Wilson – Clint should be fired for losing this game – if they lose it…

    What an idiot!


  475. pattonbb says:

    Tony Watson’s no Vin Mazzaro.

  476. bizrow says:

    Many years ago, my friends and I would talk about “Tournament nerves”

    Folks, we need Tournament nerves right now

  477. JohninOshkosh says:

    Well, they got a break there. Mercer was moving to cover the bag and Lucroy hit into the DP. Would’ve been a basehit if runner wasn’t going.

  478. Milo Hamilton says:

    There have got to be some sore / tired arms down there. Wilson’s been operating on fumes lately, that’s for sure.

    This is what he gets for throwing Watson in that blowout on Sunday. They needed him today & he probably wasn’t available.

  479. Steelag70 says:

    Mazzarro should NEVER be pitching in a set up role…

  480. Reading says:

    Golden opportunity to go up 2 and keep the Reds at bay, while letting Reds do the dirty work, frittered away. Frittered, not exactly the term I want to use there.

  481. Jay H says:

    How big was it that no one came through in the top of the 8th after Byrd put us up one …..runners on 2nd and 3rd, one out, and we can’t get a run home

  482. Milo Hamilton says:

    Jim Henderson on for the 9th. I believe I had that.

  483. florida steeler says:

    Walk a leadoff 180 hitter and that is what you get. Poor management by Hurdle.

  484. Steelag70 says:

    Was Hurdle afraid to use Grilli???

  485. BDHumbert says:

    Clint wants to get back to Colorado – he has no desire to work into October…

  486. JohninOshkosh says:

    Or the 8 others available?

  487. pattonbb says:

    dripping with……yea, you know it.

  488. florida steeler says:

    Martin’s offense has left him. Complains about pitches instead of hitting while he is at the plate. Bad calls both ways–shut up and hit the ball.

  489. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hurdle’s a genius !!

  490. theplanisworking says:


    SNIDER !!!!!!!!


  491. tdb1977 says:

    WOW! Snider with a bomb of a shot! 4-3 good guys!

  492. Eric Bowser says:

    PH HR by Snider… like I said… where was that in 8th inning…. BOOM!

  493. theplanisworking says:

    LOL !!!

  494. Reading says:

    Belay my last.

  495. JRay3 says:

    Travis Snider with maybe his biggest hit as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, wow!

  496. Steelag70 says:

    The tool box brought the hammer!!!!!!

  497. theplanisworking says:

    You are in charge of my lottery tickets.

  498. JohninOshkosh says:

    Hell Yeah!!! Snider rips Henderson’s hanging slider.

    Clint knew that the Brewers’ pen STINKS!

  499. tdb1977 says:

    And Mazarro is going to get the win if this score holds up.

  500. irishjim says:

    Saved by lunchbox!

  501. Steelag70 says:

    He may only have 4 HR’s, but if I remember correctly just about all have been clutch…

  502. Reading says:

    Dripping with power. Take that Bernie Bozo.

  503. Snider my boy!!! Glad he didn’t K there. Bucs back up 4-3.

  504. Eric Bowser says:

    don’t trust me with that… most I’ve won is like $11 for power ball.

  505. tdb1977 says:

    And in the Cardinals club house a whole lot of (*Y*&%&^%$*&%(*&^()*&^*(&%*&% are now being explained, lead by Lance Lynn

  506. Thundercrack says:

    Travis Snider destroys mistakes.

    What a great welcome from Clint when he got back to the dugout.

  507. theplanisworking says:

    Figures. ;)

  508. Jay H says:

    As Mark Twain said, “There’s lies, damn lies, and statistics”

  509. Milo Hamilton says:

    Tony Sanchez leads the league in picking his nose.

  510. theplanisworking says:

    Somewhere, Ozzie Smith is punching a wall.

  511. Jay H says:

    And Snider bails everyone out

  512. tdb1977 says:

    Hey Neal – where you able to read the word Rawlings on that ball as you were swinging under it? No, then the next time, the pitch will come in a little bit higher so your able to next time.

  513. JohninOshkosh says:

    If I’m Hurdle, I send Vinny out there for the bottom of the ninth just to mess with y’all.

  514. The Gunner says:

    Ha ha Milo

    You beat me to the punch because Mrs. Gunner was questioning me about what Tony Sanchez was doing in the dugout.

  515. florida steeler says:

    And always gets caught in the act!!!!

  516. Eric Bowser says:

    3 outs away from winning #81….

  517. Steelag70 says:

    Mini-Van Time!!!

  518. Come on Sharkman! Shut this scum down in the 9th for 81!!

  519. theplanisworking says:

    Front Row Silicon would thank you.

  520. Steelag70 says:


  521. Milo Hamilton says:

    He’s even referenced it himself on his twitter.

  522. tdb1977 says:

    If they hold on and get win 81 tonight – how appropriate would it be to put up double digits on the Brewers tomorrow night to get 82?

  523. Eric Bowser says:

    2 outs away from win #81

  524. JohninOshkosh says:

    Should I go wake my kids so they can see something that has not happened since long before they were born ?

  525. Patrick(ri) says:

    I knew it. Just in time for Jon Stewart!

  526. Eric Bowser says:

    1 out away from win #81

  527. theplanisworking says:

    Neverette is going to have an orgasm on the air, over win #81.


  528. JohninOshkosh says:

    It’s like New Year’s Eve 1999.

  529. Steelag70 says:

    One more time Shark!!!!!!!!!!!

  530. Press Kyle says:

    No maybes about it.

    And who the heck is this Scooter person? Doesn’t he know he’s supposed to ground out in that situation?

  531. Steelag70 says:

    You had to know this wasn’t going to be easy…

  532. irishjim says:

    The streak will not be able to buy booze…ever!

  533. Patrick(ri) says:

    AJ & Locke remind me of the old men in the Muppet balcony.

  534. Thundercrack says:

    I would not want to high -five Tony Sanchez

  535. JohninOshkosh says:


  536. The Gunner says:

    Mrs. Gunner was appalled by Tony Sanchez’s actions. Melancon closes the door on the Boozers.

    We had ‘em all the way!!

  537. JRay3 says:

    Behind a 9th inning solo HR from Travis Snider, 7 hits, 3 RBI’s and 3 runs from the Pirates 3-4-5 hitters Cutch, Morneau and Byrd and a save from Mark Melancon the Bucs take the series from Milwaukee sinking the Brewers 4-3 and there was noooooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs ensure a non-losing season as they improve to 81-57 and take a 2 game lead in the NL Central. The Bucs are now 12-6 versus Milwaukee and 36-32 on the road while starting the month of September 2-1.

    The Pirates will go for the sweep tomorrow evening with Francisco Liriano taking the ball for the Buccos.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  538. tdb1977 says:

    Hey Nevrette – its not over yet!

  539. Milo Hamilton says:

    At long last. Part one of two.

  540. pattonbb says:

    ….fear the Bones….

  541. theplanisworking says:


    2 game lead in the division.
    Nice to see win #81, but it really doesnt do much for me.
    Clutch performances for Morneau, Snider, and Melancon in the 9th.

    Raise that Jolly Hippo!

  542. theplanisworking says:


  543. Eric Bowser says:

    No way teams are finishing season 81-81….

    2013 the losing streak was snapped

    Now, let’s get 82 tomorrow and make it legit with a winning season.

  544. Wild Bill says:

    Eighty One! And bought with the bat of the ever dangerous Travis Snyder!

  545. tdb1977 says:

    Even MLB says the streak is over!

  546. KenKopp says:

    Hee! Hee! I’m a bit giddy.

  547. Ed says:


  548. JohninOshkosh says:


  549. Karen22 says:

    My reaction exactly! Explanation please, Clint!

  550. Thundercrack says:

    Snider is a deadline pickup by Neal Huntington.

    NH = Exec of the Year

  551. Jay H says:

    You had to know the number 21 would be special to the Pirates. Year 21 ends the streak

  552. lupesanchez says:

    Just for historical perspective, the last time this happened H.W. was shoving broccoli off his plate and Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” was tearing up the charts.

  553. JohninOshkosh says:

    I consider the streak officially over with 81.

    That’s philosophical…not mathematical.

  554. Karen22 says:

    Sheer insanity! Someone has some ‘splainin’ to do!

  555. Karen22 says:

    NO! Travis Snider bailed out his manager tonight! WTH?!

  556. Steelag70 says:

    Step one complete…

  557. Karen22 says:

    And he bailed out Hurdle who very obviously had a Major League brainf*rt!

  558. Jim S. says:

    Can’t argue with NH for Exec of the Year, TC.

  559. Karen22 says:


  560. Brandie says:

    Revenge is best served with French fries and Cole slaw…

    On a Sandwich!

    Happy 81 Family!

  561. Jim S. says:

    + many, JRay.

  562. Press Kyle says:

    Racking up somewhere around 20 runs woud only be fitting

  563. pattonbb says:

    agreed. 100%.

    The streak is dead. All of the ghosts of losings seasons past from Sid Bream to Jerry Meals, don’t live here anymore.

  564. Karen22 says:

    HAHAHAHA! He’d already lost his mind when he said Henderson had just “blown a save” with the score tied. Ugh!

  565. Karen22 says:

    + a gazillion! :)

  566. theplanisworking says:

    Need to win tomorrow at Milsloppy to put a cap on it. :)

  567. irishjim says:

    Eat your heart out Prince. Tonight we’re gonna party like its 1992!

  568. Wild Bill says:

    Just saw the film of Aroldis Chapman blowing the Cards away in their ninth inning. It would be a good move to have the lead after eight when we play them down the stretch.

    But – we just beat a closer tonight.

  569. Karen22 says:


    Yes, I’m shouting and the champagne is officially on ice for tomorrow’s streak-buster.

    Whew, that was a really long 20 years…

  570. Milo Hamilton says:

    The last 81 – September 9, 1992 – Pirates 13 Cubs 8. Danny Cox got the win in relief of Randy Tomlin. Jeff King hit a grand slam. Jay Bell & Gary Varsho also homered. Alex Cole went 4 for 5 and Barry Bonds stole his 33rd base.

    And it happened in front of a raucous crowd of 10,853 at Three Rivers Stadium. I can’t say I remember it well but I’m sure it went largely without notice.

  571. Wild Bill says:

    Oops – Snider

  572. Milo Hamilton says:

    You’ve outdone yourself with that avatar. My all time favorite.

  573. Jim S. says:

    Amazing game! So many guys came through all night long.

    I think Hurdle is Manager of the Year, but I would not submit the 8th inning of this game as evidence. He seemed to get enamored with all of his newfound roster spots and lost his way for awhile. But, he got the magic touch back in the 9th and called Lunch Box’s number just in the nick of time. I suppose #81 was meant to go like this. It was not supposed to be easy for the Bucs, and that makes it all the sweeter. When we get #82 tomorrow, I suspect it may be equally difficult. After that, they can concentrate on bigger things.

    Congrats to Travis for a huge HR! Congrats to Marlon & Justin for professional at bats all night long! Congrats to Garrett Cole, who pitched a dominating game once he got past a rough and unfortunate 1st inning! And, finally, congrats to Cutch, who blasted a no doubter for #100 tonight.

  574. Arriba Wilver says:


  575. Milo Hamilton says:

    Frank Castillo started that game for the Cubs. He just died about a month ago. Only 44.

  576. pghfaninstl says:


    LET’S GO BUCS!!!

    IT IS NOT 21!

  577. Ghost says:

    Can’t argue with Neal for Exec. of the Year, either. But Snider? His pickup was in 2012. His 2013 stinks. (But you know what? I couldn’t be happier this hard-luck kid got the winning blast and now will be remember forever in Pirate lore as the guy who ended the streak on this date.)

  578. Wild Bill says:

    And wouldn’t it be great to go mathematical while in Milwaukee, a house of horrors for so long?

  579. Ghost says:

    Yep. Forget about 163 games or 164. Odds for that are low and all thinking about is does is ruin appreciating today’s historic significance for what it is. Looking back on it after the fact will be to late. Pop those damn champagne bottles TODAY!!

  580. Thundercrack says:


  581. Milo Hamilton says:

    For everyone hung up on numbers, Saturday was only #79 but we celebrated the hell out of that one. Well past my bedtime even.

  582. pattonbb says:

    Drowned, didn’t he?

  583. Jim S. says:

    RIP, Frank. Gone too young.

  584. CWalton_67 says:

    Ok, I’m officially a believer. And for all of you true Pirates fans, those who stood with the team throughout the unreal mess of the past twenty years, I salute you. Very happy for all of you.

  585. Ghost says:

    Now just wait a minute!!!

  586. Jim S. says:

    Thanks, Milo. I absolutely loved Al Oliver when I was a kid, Milo. Sweet lefty swing.

  587. Jim S. says:

    But, can he be forgiven for choosing Marshawn Lynch #3 in the first round of the Pirates fantasy draft?

  588. Jim S. says:

    Loving the TD avatar, Osh!

  589. Jim S. says:

    Timing, as they say, is everything in life!

  590. Jim S. says:

    Yes, that was hilarious Karen. It was Vin Mazzaro who blew the save. Then, when Wehner corrected him, Neverette didn’t buy it at first. Wehner just went silent and allowed him to inevitably figure it out.

  591. Jim S. says:

    Yes, indeed. I see where you are going with that 2x. Streak is 20 years, and the Brewers hung a 20 on the Bucs at PNC a few years ago, right?

  592. Ghost says:

    WAAAYYYY to much fretting tonight about Clint Hurdle. Mazzaro was used tonight as a bridge pitcher just like he has been used all season long. So he gave up one run. Now everybody’s second guessing Hurdle?? Well, not everybody. The usual suspects showed up to bitch. But a few respected posters joined in the silliness, too. Don’t get me wrong — I respect everybody’s right to be as silly as they want with their posts. Heck, I’m reporting right here that immediately after this I’m going off to aerate Hippo’s pond in celebration! But go back up and hour or two and see for yourselves how gloomy and doomy and disparaging of Mr. Hurdle the discussion was.

  593. Ghost says:

    At this point, he can get caught running down Federal Street bare nude and I’ll give him a pass.

  594. Baywatch says:

    Happy Day! And what a special, special win … even if didn’t carry any “breaking the streak” significance. This one was SWEET. And I think our boy Cole came of age a little bit!

  595. Baywatch says:

    +1 … and an EXTRA-HARD slap on the rear-end as he came back in after the victory high-fives on the field!

  596. JohninOshkosh says:

    Tweet from Milwaukee Brewers beat writer, Adam McCalvy:

    Adam McCalvy ‏@AdamMcCalvy 3m

    Great stuff from Clint Hurdle, who said the Clemente family told him, “We can’t have 21 losing seasons.” Roberto, of course, wore No. 21.

    PS: Anybody with the baseball package, check out the Twins/Astros game in Houston. There literally can not be more than 300 people in that stadium.

  597. Baywatch says:

    A belated “Hey!” for the shoutout, Brandie! Had to work tonight. Just now catching up on all the fun. Like a dang New Year’s Eve around here!

  598. Thundercrack says:

    There were just over 20k at the Reds vs Cardinals game tonight.


  599. theplanisworking says:

    + Vera.
    + Roberto Jr, Luis, and Enrique.

    RIP Great One !

  600. Baywatch says:

    Isn’t that something, John! I tried to check it out, then realized once again when I got there that all games played by the ‘Stros are blacked out for me because TECHNICALLY I’m in their market – 4 hours drive from Houston, here in East Texas.

  601. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yes, those black out rules are whacked!

    I’m too jazzed to fall asleep. Tried watching the Stros/Twins to put me to sleep but it didn’t work-I’m just too damn excited!

  602. Baywatch says:

    I was pretty sleepy – until I started catching up on all the posts here. It’s really, really special! Kind of a New Year’s Eve feel.

  603. cmat0829 says:

    Lynch is a beast fantasy player and could arguably be taken in the 2 spot, after AP.

  604. Adam Perry says:

    Couldn’t help it tonight. I’m all emotion. Here’s a piece titled “Thank you, Pittsburgh Pirates”

  605. cmat0829 says:

    COULDN’T AGREE MORE. This man, Clint Hurdle, has done more for this franchise than ever will be truly recognized. He is an awesome leader and he has made great strides this year in his urgency, lineup choices and holding players accountable.

    It is way, way, way too easy to bitch and moan about every managerial move. Clint doesn’t flinch, he makes the moves he sees fit to make. They don’t all work but a damn great deal of them do work. Would we rather have John Russell back? Good God… Jim Tracy?? How was Lloyd’s game management skills? you don’t know because the team never was really in a race during his 5-year tenure? Gene Lamont is well-respected but he failed as Bucs manager.

    That off my chest, I quietly was wondering why Mazarro went the 2nd inning tonight… but to be clear, Watson was used past 2 days, so he was likely unavailable. Morris and Wilson have both pitched a ton, and there are many on this blog that would have bitched if Morris was used. Gomez just pitched 3 innings on Sunday I believe. Grilli wasn’t going to be used in a full leverage situation, per Clint before the game. So if you take a breath and think about it, not all that surprising they went with Vin for a 2nd inning. It’s not like he got lit up like a Christmas tree, either.

    And I can’t take ANYONE seriously who was calling for Travis Snider to pinch hit in the 8th and not Gaby Sanchez, who has been quite good as of late…

    Sorry, a bit grumpy about the ridiculous second guessing Hurdle gets in this blog. Raise the Jolly Roger, this team is accomplishing great things, and many of you believe the greatest accomplishment is bailing out this horrible manager they have the burden of carrying all year.

  606. cmat0829 says:

    299 more than probably want to be there, too.

  607. cmat0829 says:

    Even rabid Reds fans can’t cheer for the slimy toothpick chomper and that ass Brandon Phillips….

  608. Ghost says:

    “Sorry, a bit grumpy about the ridiculous second guessing Hurdle gets in this blog.”
    No, no. Better put than I did. No one would have said a word about Hurdle if Mazzaro had hummed along. But as soon as Vin gives up a run? Oh, the HORROR!

  609. Ghost says:

    “For Jason Grilli. For Jason Kendall. For Jason Bay.”

    A lot of chills ran down my spine, recalling all the moments and all the names from the present and past you touched on. Even a Keith Osik mention!

    As yes, Clint Hurdle has delivered on one his promises already: Pittsburgh and Bucco fans have “re-bonded with the Pirates.”

  610. Ghost says:

    Ants have marched, BTW = = = = = = = = …

  611. John Lease says:

    You did! No one, however, had Travis Snider hitting a homer to win it.

    Way to go, Achy Toe!

  612. John Lease says:

    Well earned!

  613. Lad9 says:

    Awesome! Thank you Adam.

  614. Jandy says:


  615. Nahcllib says:

    Awesome. Really enjoyed that, man. Agree totally.

    Maybe add, ” heres to Gene and Big Black, and even Sleepy, who all managed in the Worst of times, never in the Best.”

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