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Final: Pirates 10, Padres 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (87-65) vs. San Diego Padres (71-80)

Starters: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Ian Kennedy

Time: 12:35 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. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Marlon Byrd, RF
  5. Justin Morneau, 1B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Tony Sanchez, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Cole, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates pageRob Biertempfel, Travis Sawchik 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. Playoffs by 2012 says: September 19, 2013 at 11:12 am



    Makes my job a helluva lot easier when I don’t have to hunt to find everyone’s “wagers”
    Max “wager” is 100 units on any single line.
    All “wagers” must be in multiples of 5 units.
    Play as few or as many lines as you’d like.
    As always, this is for fun and entertainment purposes.

    Line #1
    Total RUNS ALLOWED by Gerrit Cole in today’s game
    Line is 2.5
    ****Please note this is TOTAL RUNS allowed and NOT Earned Runs allowed****

    Line #2
    Total STOLEN BASES by Pirates Runners in today’s game
    Line is 0.5

    Wild Card Magic Number: 5

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23


  2. May I please have 50 Hippos for the OVER on both lines?

    Thank you.

    PANIC !!!!!!! ;)

  3. Biz, somehow I missed this earlier………………..

    • Jandy says: . September 19, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Biz…this is what I caught while you were gone:

      caspar in a town: He’s posted before but not sure Austinville, OH is on the list…said he was mostly a lurker…hope he posts more often….he’s cool…

      defil21 – another lurker…I know he’s military…born and raised in Washington, PA, now resides in Fredricksburg, VA

      maddog2020, another former lurker…Bar Harbor, Maine

  4. Everything is going to be OK today. I guarantee it.

  5. Dick Enberg quoted Gene Collier on the Padres broadcast.

  6. Not getting any chases on breaking stuff. Trouble.

  7. The lovely Laura McKeeman in the house!

  8. Hit by pitch.

  9. No way Kennedy was throwing at Tabby.

  10. Walker with 1B and Tabby to 3rd woo hoo!

  11. Padres announcers noted that Pirates pitching has surrendered the fewest homeruns in the league. Only 33 given up at PNC including Jerk-O’s the other night.

  12. Cutch grounds out, but Tabby scores!

  13. How about a three run shot Byrd man ? Old time baseball.

  14. Morneu with a 1B and Cutch to 2nd

  15. Petey…is it K-dro or Day Dro?

  16. Pedro Alvarez – innocent bystander.

  17. The first offseason move needs to be to non tender Tim Neverett.

  18. At least we answered immediately….

  19. Woman who bounces the Pirate flag up and down behind home plate is there. The Bucs have to win.

    (I’m sure there is a stat with the Pirates won-loss record while see attends somewhere out there).

  20. Not sure there is a human being alive that could have hit that last pitch by Cole to Fuentes.

  21. Hey All — At work watching the game on my Slingbox. For those of you who don’t know what Slingbox is, look into it. You hook it up to your cable/satellite box at home and you can watch your home TV on your phone or computer. No monthly fee. Let me tell you it’s worth it if you travel and want to be able to watch your home TV on the road (great for the Bucs, Pens, etc.) or at work. This is not a paid endorsement. I’m just spreading the word to those of you who might be interested. It’s readily available at Best Buy. And no, I don’t work at Best Buy or for Slingbox!

    Anyway, good day to all. Cole is dealing after that rocky first inning. Heading down to the game tomorrow. Can’t wait!

    • Enjoy !!!

      • Hey Plan! Will do. Taking my 21 year old son and his friend. I’ve been voted, by majority decision, the designated driver. Probably going to head over to Primanti’s in the Strip after the game for a double egg, bowl of chili and an order of cheese fries. I know I can get it at the game, but it ain’t the same.

      • Hey Plan — Wanted to let you know that talking to you last Sunday got me thinking a lot about the good old days. Started thinking about some of the guys I used to run around/play ball with. To protect the innocent, I’ll leave first names out. I’m sure you know a few of these names: Ryan (left hander), Conti, Perrotta, Matarazzo (his dad coached me in American Legion ball), Adamo, DeJohn, Cain. Just a few that came to mind.

        • Grew up with Mr. Ryan.
          He played minor-league ball before hurting his arm.
          Recognized every one of those names.

          Thanks for this!

          • You’re most welcome! If my memory serves me correctly, Mr. Ryan was with the Giants organization. Heck of a ball player. One of the few players in Connie Mack (13-15 year olds) I’ve ever seen hit one out of Flaherty over the 350 sign in right field. I should have included Pallerino in my list of names as well!

            • No cheap HR’s in Flaherty.
              Biggest HS field I have seen

              Yes, he was with the Giants.
              Pitched well in Single A, was due a promotion, hurt his arm.
              Quite sad.

              • Flaherty was the second biggest, next to the high school field at Pullman Park over in Butler. 425 to Center. By the time I was in high school, we were out of Flaherty and playing down at Deshawn.

              • Played at pullman….old pullman was a monster. Awesome old dump. Smelled like baseball in there….thick lead based paint, popcorn, leather, trough pee, noisey pop carb system on the fountain pop…it was a gem

            • No cheap HR’s in Flaherty.
              Biggest HS field I have seen

              Yes, he was with the Giants.
              Pitched well in Single A, was due a promotion, hurt his arm.
              Quite sad.

    • Enjoy !!!

    • Thanks for the tip, caspar….bring home the w tomorrow!

      • I’m hoping to, Jandy! We’ve never lost when I’ve gone to a game when I’m wearing my Clemente jersey. Guess what I’m wearing tomorrow?

        • Your Clemente jersey :)

          • Absolutely! On a personal side note, my father played for Ponce in the Puerto Rico winter leagues back in the early 60′s. Played against Roberto and other major leaguers. Needless to say, Roberto was (and still is) the most revered P.R. player and Latino in the history of baseball. I grew up worshipping him, even though he tragically passed before I was old enough to watch the game. He still remains my favorite player of all time.

            • Interesting stuff, caspar…your father was a lucky man :)

              • Yes he was. My father still speaks of Clemente. He describes him as one of the most charismatic people he’s ever been around. He says his presence was beyond description and it was almost like being in the presence of royalty. My father did not know him personally, but being in the same ballpark as him was awe-inspiring and obviously left a huge impression on him. Men, women and children flocked around him as if he was the pied piper.

  22. Great bounce-back inning for Cole….

  23. My company has shut doen all streaming video for today. Guess they don’t appreciate people watching baseball games during work hours. Gesh, don’t they realize we are in a pennant race?!!

  24. Woah! 2B for T Sanchez :)

  25. Does anyone remember recently when Neal Huntington took the blame for giving Hurdle too many players to choose from last September?

    If there is any truth to that seemingly ridiculous statement, why did he make the same mistake again this year? John Buck, I’m looking at you.

  26. Come on Tabby…bring him home…

  27. Jeebus…come on Gerrit…

  28. He IS getting the K’s though…. :D

  29. Got him! Wow, got out of that one.

  30. Cole has 6 K’s already….new career high coming??

  31. Well, gotta run to an appointment with work.

    In the immortal words of George Costanza: “I don’t think I’ve ever been to an appointment in my life where I wanted the other guy to show up.”

    Bring home the “W” ladies and germs.

  32. Aside from Cutch, the steadiest player down the stretch has been Cole…

  33. Uggghhh…come on guys…let’s really start to hit. I guess they are saving all of their runs for the Cincy series… :/

  34. Come on guys…let’s get it out of the dang infield…

  35. Both starter’s already over 50 pitches….

  36. Today I’m declaring the October 1st game a “must win game”. Just wanted to get out front on this.

  37. Another K for Cole…now if he could just get some run support…

  38. Being some people equate a pennant race to a war, nice to see the Pirates support the cause by rationing runs.

    EYE dont equate baseball to war……………. just sayin.

  39. Cole is a BEAST….

  40. Hey. What Yinz doin’. Yinz watchin’ the Pirate game n’at?

    I’m sure this has already been mentioned but:

    a. I’m late
    b. I’m going to repeat it anyways.

    Today is national “talk like a Pirate day” so………..

    Raise that friggin’ Jolly Roger and hang in there……….I see the playoffs out in the distance……ARRRRRRRRRR

    (I’ve been talking like this all day)

  41. DAY-DRO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Wooot woooot!!!!

  43. Thank you Pedro!!!!

    Lets hope it gets contagious!!!

  44. El Toro Grande!!!

  45. Amen! HALLEJUIA!!!

  46. Looks like the Pirate lack of hitting disease has infected Byrd.

  47. T Sanchez with another hit. :)

  48. Every time Tony Sanchez does something positive, I think of Lucky & how I trust his minor league evaluation.

  49. And Mercer piles on with a 2B :)

  50. I like Barmes’ defense, but he needs to ride the pine the rest of the way.

      • You and I have pretty much echoed (not you Arriba) the same with respect to Barmes this year. But I just think what Jordy gives you offensively outweighs the defensive side.

        • Let me say that I have no objection to Jordy getting playing time. He has been producing MORE lately. But I still like Barmes, and he too has been hitting a bit better lately. A good problem to have…decision, decisions :)

          • if it comes down to the “decisions, decisions” part of it.

            Trust your defense.

            • well then that favors Barmes. :)

              • There ya go. 7 other dudes in the lineup can produce offensively.

                SS is probably the second most important fielding position. Gotta be solid there.

                Jordy has made tremendous strides on both sides of the ball. Really happy to see where he’s going.

              • As am I. I don’t know how long Jordy is signed or what his status is. I do know he’ll be great next season. and that’s a good thing :)

              • Jordy’s still under Pirates control.

                Meaning for the next 2 years (I think) they determine his salary, after that, he goes to arbitration.

                So at least 5 more years with the Buccos.

              • that’s good. He’s really come a long way this season.

          • Barmes hasn’t hit squat all year long. There are no ‘hot’ streaks with a guy hitting .217.

  51. This Tabata AB is enormous.

  52. Come on Tabby…don’t leave them stranded…

  53. TABBY!!!!!!!

  54. wOOP WOOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. That a boy Tabby…..

    Not bad recently for an overpaid 4th OFer eh?


  56. I give Tabby credit….he has hit the ball much better since Marte was injured…he has done a pretty good job with the bat…

  57. Will Venable is a busy guy out there in right today.

  58. WALKER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. PRNW!!!!!!!!!! Way to go, Neal!

  60. Neil Walker with his 11th HR and finally a game where the Bucs jump out early and pour in some runs!

  61. If there is no such thing as clutch hitting, is there such a thing as contagious hitting?

  62. Oh.My.God.
    they saved all their hits for today

  63. Wooooohhooooooo!!!!! Wow this feels good….

  64. The REAL DEAL Neil Walker!!

  65. Lad and Karen are getting a real treat :)

  66. I think maybe they finally realized that they should be beating these guys…

  67. Bringing the wood today boys.

    I like it.

  68. Come on Cutch…let’s get the trifecta!!

  69. Hitting is contagious. I really believe that.

    So two hits today, Liriano on the mound tomorrow, the Reds are next to last in stolen bases in the NL although Hamilton had 4 yesterday. Who’s your starting catcher?

  70. ha! Kennedy out.

  71. And to think the Pirates are doing this damage off of Ian Kennedy who was the one pitcher that shut the Bucs down in the series in SD.

    Hopefully a great springboard into the Cincy series.

  72. Cole must be shocked right now…

  73. Looks like the Purates are going to try to out score the Padres for the series. Only problem with hitting like this is that it results in a 1 and 3 series. O well, first three in the past. Maybe they can continue hitting and carry it over into the Reds Series.

  74. Come on Byrd man…

  75. Whoops…meant Morneau…lol

  76. Ok Gerrit…shut ‘em down….

  77. another K for Cole

  78. Just want to say here…………
    Geritt Cole is a good, young pitcher.

    That is all. ;)

  79. The increase in strikeouts is directly proportional to the decrease of fastballs.

  80. Cole pitching like not only a future ace, but like today’s ace. 10K’s in 5 innings of work, has lowered his ERA to 3.26 and doing this pitching quite a few more innings than he has ever pitched in his pro career. And he has not asked to be shut down – GAMER!

  81. Let’s get more runs…

  82. Don’t you wish everyone knew how to get a secondary lead like Pedro ? Textbook.

  83. Maybe, just maybe we’ve got a real big-game pitcher in Cole. The win over Texas saved the season, in my mind. While this isn’t as big a game ( the numbers as they are, it will be almost impossible to miss the playoffs), it comes after three losses to a team from whom we should have taken 3 of 4. Hopefully it keeps the rest of the staff trying to one up the previous starter.

  84. dang. babysitting the boss’s dog here at the office. Gotta take the lil darling out…hold the fort Loonies!

  85. Wow. I had no idea Tony Sanchez’s average is at .259. He must really be on a hot streak. I wish we could use him in the playoffs.

  86. Nice to see the real Ronny Cedeno show up today……….

  87. 12

  88. Yet another K!!

  89. A dozen K’s for the Cole Train, phenomenal performance. If anything very encouraging to see the start from Morton yesterday followed by this effort today, very encouraging to see the starters getting back on track.

  90. King Cole !

  91. Question is, does Cole bat here??

    Probably not. He’s approaching 100 pitches.

  92. Colestermacher!

  93. any opinions of Tony Sanchez in this game? I only watched the first couple innings on TV (during lunchbreak) and saw he had a good block on one ball. Is Sanchez our starting catcher next year?

  94. For those of you that don’t have access to TV today, they just interviewed Pedro’s wife. Her dad, Pat Murphy is a Padres coach & was very successful in college at Arizona St..

    In 1989 I got to go to Notre Dame to see Pitt absorb their annual drubbing. At the Friday night pep rally Lou Holtz spoke, as did then basketball coach Digger Phelps. No shrinking violets there. But the best speech of the evening was given by their young baseball coach, Pat Murphy. I was ready to go play & I’m a Pitt fan.

    And now, 24 years later his son in law is leading the NL in homers for the Pirates.

  95. The only problem with 12 Ks is it takes at least 36 pitches. Figured Cole would be pulled nearing the 100 pitch mark and still only through 6.

  96. Bases loaded, one out…Morneau batting.

  97. Why would you look back at the throw???? Look at where the catcher is positioning himself so you can make a slide around him or prepare for contact, Jose!

  98. Uggghhh…this team still has so many issues running from 3rd to home…

  99. Did Tabata make the Little League mistake of turning around to see how the play was developing on that potential sac fly? He didn’t seem to be going all-out, did he?

  100. Been traveling with work and very busy this week, so I haven’t been able to post.

    Painful loss last night, and very ill-timed. All they can do is pick themselves up and get back to playing good ball ASAP. Fortunately, that appears to be the case today and it is very good to see.

    Someone besides Cutch needed to start hitting. Pedro and Neil have been in deep funks, but both have hit HRs today.

    Cole is officially in Beast Mode. It is amazing how quickly you can go from pitching to contact to blowing people away if you have an elite arm. It’s good to be Cole. What a future.

    Go Bucs! Keep the faith, everyone. Still 9 games to go after today. Nothing has been decided in this division – if we start hitting like today more often.

  101. Both of our newly acquired veterans, Morneau and Byrd, are competing in a September pennant race for the first time.

    • I could be a wrong but I”m pretty sure Morneau has done this before.

      • Byrd was with the Rangers in 2009 when they were involved in a pennant chase.

        • Sorry, I was repeating what the ROOT announcers said night before last on the air. I stand corrected. Thanks.

          • Haha, broke the cardinal rule.

          • Well at least you didn’t get your information from ESPN. I just assume the opposite when they say something. I can’t remember what it was exactly but they made a comment about Locke that couldn’t be more wrong the other night. I think it may have been something about his walks being really low in the first half. I think they just make assumptions and report it. I don’t think they even think about actually fact checking anything.

          • You/they would be correct………..for the Pirates.

            Both with prior experience. I can see messing up on Byrd, but Morneau? C’mon Pirate announcers.

            • No kidding.

              The Twins were only the franchise every Pirate fan wanted to be for most of the early part of this century.

              • I never did. I never bought into the Twins. I thought they had a very nice run of good prospects, and that led to some strong teams. But, I didn’t think it was a really strong organization. I always heard about the “Twins Way” stuff, and thought it was just a matter of time. Now, they’ve fallen and they can’t get up. Should have recovered by now, if the organization was indeed strong.

              • I agree with NMR. This was pre-Tampa Bay, etc.

              • Between 2001 and 2010 they ended up in 3rd place twice. The rest of the time 1st or second. And made the post-season 6 times. Not too shabby.

              • I agree with that, Arriba, and I said so. But, they are pretty bad now, and I don’t hear anyone touting their system so much … except for Sano, whom we screwed up on. I’m sure there are others, but if they follow up 10 good seasons with a whole bunch of bad ones, as it looks, was it just a fortunate run? It’s not like they are St. Louis. It took until basically this year before everyone agreed that St. Louis really knows what it is doing. I just always thought the Twins got a bit more love than they deserved last decade. But, I admit they had some very good years. Maybe I was too harsh in my assessment.

          • When Robby Whatshisname was interviewing Pedro’s wife, the daughter of Pat Murphy, the Padre’s coach, in the seats, she mentioned the fact that her dad had coached at Arizona State. Robbie corrected her to say she must have meant Tennessee, not Arizona State. Who should know better? She, of course.

            • That’s weird because the other night they talked about the family being in town this week, and they got ASU right then. Not very consistent.

      • A number of times.

  102. so wait, was that on Tabata? or did the left fielder actually make a good throw?

  103. Watson. M-O-N-E-Y.

  104. I am a huge fan of Mr. Watson. Quietly becoming the pirates best late relief since Mark Melancon.

  105. Two things regarding this pitching staff moving forward: Locke should not start another game this season and Morris should be flipped in his BP role with Gomez. Can we get Farnsworth on the postseason roster?

    • + all three. I don’t think we can get Farnsworth on the roster though

      • Maybe with an injury during the series?

        I don’t want to jump on the “Kyle Farnsworth is the answer” bandwagon quite yet. He really struggled this year, which led to his being dumped by Tampa. That team is pretty good at making decisions on pitchers. I love how he has pitched, but I don’t know that I am ready to hand him a postseason spot just yet.

  106. Dancin’ Tony Sanchez! Look at him up there! When he makes contact, he glides out of the box like Fred Astaire!

  107. 26,242 for a weekday afternoon game with school in session. Nicely done Pittsburgh.

  108. Bases loaded and he puts in Jones?

  109. I think Garrett needs to see that shrink MAF was seeing….

  110. Just saw the replay of Tabata trying to score on Morneau’s flyball. I’ve seen people run harder to catch the bus.


  112. WALKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  113. what the heck? someone explain that, how you score 2 on a soft single to the 3rd baseman.

  114. Jose Tabata= on fire.

  115. wow, if only this made up for the past weeks of mediocre offense. This what I like though… a buccO explosion.

  116. Save some runs for this weekend, please. :)

  117. wood………They got some.

  118. Man the Pirates needed a game like this in the worst way….

  119. Busier than a one-winged hummingbird here, but I see Tabloid, Walker, Pedro, Cole and Tony coming through today. Jordy, too. Can’t ever leave out Watson, either.

    Great to see after last night’s loss.

  120. I believe if we drop Jones, Marte, Morneau and Buck from the post-season roster, we’ll be fine … Did y’all see that cute kid in the aisle just now, cheering the Bucs on, on the TV broadcast? Absolutely the CUTEST!

  121. Man, Pirates sure missed out on that Anthony Bass

  122. Hope they saved a few for Left(fracisco), too.

  123. Now this IS a perfect spot to pitch Grilli…

  124. Tabata and Mercer have been some of our most productive players the last 2 months. Both have their averages above .270. Not bad production from the two positions that where concerns early in the year.

  125. Won’t ever see a finer catch than that, hope Tony is OK. Great effort that will turn you into a fan favorite in a hurry.

  126. Man! How can he NOT be hurt! And I’m just about in TEARS … how inspirational!

  127. that’s 2 Cheese, one more :)

  128. There is the Grilled Cheese we all know and love. A 1-2-3 8th for Grilli.

  129. Sanchez just made his bones as a Pirate with that catch.

  130. Ya know, just about when you’ve had it up to here with these guys …

  131. Hope this provides the spark necessary to beat the Toothpick Snakes…………. ;)

  132. Jorge Anthony Sanchez! THAT’S HOW YOU WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS

  133. And the Byrd man gets on…

  134. A double! A real live extra base hit!

  135. Could they save some for tomorrow…..or is this the wake up
    we’ve been screaming for?

  136. Hi Ho everyone. Just got home from work. Enjoying this impressive show of offense. I hope this is the start of hitting for the weekend.

  137. He has to be pumped – see how he handles it.

  138. Cole had a great start today. For that matter he has been exceptional for a while now. I expected him to be good but not this year. Gladly eating some humble pie and hoping for more servings every 5 days.

  139. Hey the Pimento is in to pitch.

  140. The Olive is pitching !

  141. Nerves seem to be at work here. Come on Stolmy!

  142. Stolmy. Stolmy. Bring back that sunny day.

  143. Okay let’s not see if they can get enough going to creep up behind us.

  144. I see the final score has already been posted at the top. Hmmmmmm.

  145. This is a really intriguing bullpen arm for next year.

    • Great thought, Milo. And depending on how things shake out with Wandy and Locke, it is even possible he gets a shot at starter. But, as you say, really intriguing. Great arm.

      Just another guy we got out of the “bargain bin.”

      • Already calling dibs on Stolmy as my “boy” heading into next season.

        Hopefully he’ll turn out better than my boy of last off season, Travis Snider.

        • Ha ha! I think Milo may have beaten you to it.

          • Some jag on Sawchick’s blog tried telling me Stolmy is garbage and has zero command because he saw him pitch in Altoona.


            • Please. Remember when Justin Wilson had no command, either, according to some. Relievers who blow 97 can get by with a few more walks.

              Tyler Glasnow is the next one who we will be told that about. Someone tried to tell me his walks are a big concern. I asked if he meant the walk totals that are dropping along with his almost non-existent hit totals, while his strikeout totals and MPH on his fastball keep going up.

        • Can I change my boy too?

  146. Yes. Raise it, raise it high.

  147. Behind another shutdown performance from Gerrit Cole who strikes out 12 in his six innings of work and an offensive revival that includes 14 hits/6 XBH’s, HR’s from Pedro Alvarez (34) and Neil Walker (11) the Bucs salvage a game in this four game set sinking the Padres 10-1 and there was nooooooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs improve to 88-65 and move to within 1.5 game of the Cardinals who are still playing at Colorado. The Bucs hold a 1 game lead on the Reds and are 6.5 games up on a playoff spot with 9 game remaining. The Pirates are now 4-4 on this final home stand of the regular season.

    The Bucs will begin their final home series of the year tomorrow night when they face the Reds. Francisco Liriano will take the ball for the Pirates in the opener.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  148. 3 more outs and I will gladly erase that 5 and put up a 4 for the Magic Number to the playoffs!!!

    And – are the Reds watching this game? Fear the Bones!!!

  149. Brown is all concerned about the Cardinals and the Nats. The real concern is to finish ahead of the Reds. 3-3 or 2-4 in the coming 6 is essential, or no playoffs in Pittsburgh, this year (assuming at least a 65-35 % edge to home team in a 1 gamer).

    • I say lets take care of bussiness on our end and then we can all become Nat fans on Monday. Beating the Reds will keep the Nats just close enough to play hard against the Cards.

  150. Raise the Disco Hippo!
    Stopped the bleeding today in a big way!

    Now, to bash the Toothpicks.


  151. Rockies 2
    Cards 0

    Top 3

    Go Rockies!

  152. TIme to scoreboard watch.

    The Rockies are up, 2-0 on the Cards right now, but it’s early.

    Think the Clint’s can call in a few favors?

  153. Tony FREAKIN’ Sanchez! Kinda guy who will be the best pharmacy tech in the world if he doesn’t make it at the major league level! A real goof ball!

  154. fillng in for patton…

    fear the bones!

  155. The Buccos just need to take care of buisness and keep winning….and hope some luck comes their way. :)

  156. Rox up 4-0 now on the Cards!

  157. 4-0 Rockies!! Bottom 3

  158. I implore anyone who missed seeing the dugout catch of a foul ball by Tony Sanchez in the top of the 8th tonight to watch it on the highlights of MLB-TV had about six different angles to show what a daring, superlative catch it was. Interviewed after the game, Sanchez said he’s been waiting for so long to play in the bigs, it did not occur to him to back off and let the ball drop with his team so far ahead in the score. He also said he’s been waiting to make a difficult catch over the dugout railing for a long time in his career. “The first thing I thought about,” after landing, he said, “was whether the ball was still in my glove.” He said when he landed (on the cement floor of the dugout) and looked up, he saw (fellow catcher) Hundley “who I’ve been talking to a lot lately” and “I didn’t recognize him.”
    Sanchez sounded alert, intelligent and articulate in the interview–like a ball player who spent at least some of his time in college in class, writing essays and studying.

  159. Go Rockies!!!!!!!!!!

  160. Jordy Mercer needs to play. Period,

  161. We just outscored the Padres by 3 runs over 4 games, and lost 3 of the games. Baseball is a funny game, and you can’t win all the close ones.

    Baseball announcers stupidly say all the time, “The good teams win the close games.” Not true. When a good team plays close games vs. weaker teams, they are playing with fire because the only games weaker teams can win, for the most part, are the close ones.

    There are always exceptions, of course. But, usually a very good team has a lower winning % in 1-run games than its winning % in all other games. And weaker teams usually have a higher winning % in 1-run games than all other games. I said “usually.”

    We got away with playing with fire vs. the Cubs last weekend, but it came back to bite us vs. the Padres. Hopefully, today’s outburst was a signal of what we can expect from the Bucs this weekend. That would not surprise me at all. The 6 with Cincy are now so important, because suddenly the most likely outcome is that we will be playing a WC game vs. them, and we need that game (if it occurs) to be at PNC.

    Don’t misunderstand. I’m not giving up on the division. I’m only saying that we made our road so much harder from M-W this week. Hopefully, we’ll get hot again and St. Louis will stumble.

  162. 4-3 Rockies now…

  163. Why did Tony Watson pitch today? Is Kyle Farnsworth now higher on the pecking order? Even as far as lefties go, I would rather Wilson pitch today than Watson. Or, better yet, Chris Johnson? I’m sure Clint has a reason.

  164. Matt Hoffman:

    If you’re out there lurking, please check in. We still have our deal for if the Bucs get a home game(s) in the playoffs and you are heading to the Burgh. I didn’t forget.

  165. I’m just happy they frigging won.

    I’ll worry about tomorrow tomorrow.

  166. Colorado’s early 4-0 lead is now a 5-4 deficit in the bottom of the 8th. We really need them to dig deep.

  167. 5-5 going to the 9th

  168. runners at the corners. two outs.

  169. Home run in the bottom of the ninth. Tied game.

  170. 6-6 Helton Homer!!

  171. Mujica and Rosenthal have both allowed Colorado to tie the game (in separate innings). So, the vaunted Cardinals bullpen is not perfect, either.

  172. Rockies up. Let’s end it here.

  173. A base hit could end it.

  174. I attended today’s game. Great win. But what is the cost of victory?

    Apparently, it’s a potentially devastating injury that’s clearly avoidable.

    A classless act was on full displayed by the San Diego players and coaches. For a team 10 games under .500, 16 games back in the West and eliminated from the playoffs, I must ask what is the importance of one out at the risk of an injury to an opposing player?

    That’s right, I’m talking about the popup in the eighth inning at the railing of the Padres bench. As Tony Sanchez reached over and clearly caught the ball before completely flipping over the railing, all of the Padres stepped away. Instead of helping to break his fall, I guess they were hoping, that if he bounced his head off of the concrete below hard enough, he might drop the ball. They must have been seeing visions of their rally the night before and the fact that Jason Grilli was on the mound and has struggled a bit to regain his form.

    So, a potential devastating injury to an opposing player be damned, why not an eight run rally to move a mere nine games under .500?

    Sets a great example for kids, doesn’t it?

    A true lack of sportsmanship was on full display!

    Don Rendulic of Harrison City, Pa.

    DK: Good stuff, Don, and welcome to our forum. Thoughts from anyone else on this?

    • I couldn’t respectfully disagree more.

      I watched it live and I just saw it again online. From what I saw, the Padres backed up prior to Sanchez even approached the railing. Then, as he is falling over, they do rush over and in an attempt to break his fall. All the players did seem legitimately concerned for his safety.

        • I respectfully suggest you watch it again. Sanchez catches the ball at the rail, completely flips and was hitting or had already hit the concrete when one, yeah one Padre who was too far away reached out with one arm. Don’t think he was wearing an “S” on his shirt under his jersey that would have give him either the strength or speed to make a difference.

          • I watched it multiple times, thanks.
            I posted my thoughts on it.

            I just dont think it was classless.
            I am old enough to have seen this type of play hundreds of times.
            It doesnt happen as much now as in the olden days, but it still happens.

          • The Padres backed up BEFORE he approached the rail. I presume they didn’t want to be held responsible if he were to miss the ball. When he fell over they did indeed run towards him in an attempt to break his fall.

      • I agree with Dom, and once Sanchez fell to the ground the SD catcher did help him up and probably asked if he was ok but that’s just my opinion.

      • I didn’t see anything classless, either, Dom. Looks just as you described it.

        Welcome to the Blog, Don. Don’t take offense. Disagreeing is what we do. :-)

    • Boy, Don, you bring up many interesting points.
      All I can say is I have witnessed this type of thing many times. I have also witnessed opposing teams helping players.

      Sets a bad example for kids? Yes.
      Bad sportsmanship? Maybe, maybe not.
      Classless? No, not in the least. Like I said earlier, I have seen this incident in the past.

      And Harrison City?
      My Mother, and Uncles went to Penn Township High School (before it was Penn-Trafford). My grandparents lived on a farm on Raymaley Road. Also had some relatives in the huge metropolis of Manor.

      Very thought provoking question tonight.
      Just cant agree with the overall premise you present, but I do see your point of view.

      • So, am I to understand your premise is just because you’ve seen it happen before, it’s not classless? If you agree that it sets a bad example for kids, and you’re not sure if it’s bad sportsmanship or not and it’s definately not classless, then what’ the bad example for kids?

        • I understand you are extremely upset about this. I get that.
          I just dont feel it was classless.
          Classless to me would have been if the Padres moved out of the way, refused to help him after the fall, and taunted him. That didnt occur.
          I also think the Padres might have been hesitant to put their bodies in harms way, possibly causing more injuries to Sanchez (awkward landing, twisted anle, etc.) and not wanting their players to get injured.

          Sorry you dont seem to want any opposing opinions on this topic.

          • No, I’ve seen other instances where players have actually reached up to prevent what happened today. Essentially, they didn’t help him, that’s why he hit the ground. What did they do to help him after the fact? Oh yeah, they helped him up and probably said “hey man are you OK.” And, I’m sure someone congratulated him on a great play.

            But what if he wouldn’t/couldn’t have gotten up? I guess it would have been the same responses. See above.

            • Don,

              in my original answer to you, I stated the following……….
              “I have also witnessed opposing teams helping players.”

              I truly dont understand what your beef is. I acknowledged your point, but you wish to ignore that fact. Why, I dont know, or really care.

              As DK said, welcome to the blog, and have a very nice evening, sir.

    • As I mentioned yesterday, the Padres were out of their minds about this series.
      Not sure if it was jealousy or something else.
      Their lunatic radio announcer (Ted Lightner) was boasting his rear end off about the Padre wins.
      He was literally giddy about it this morning as the game started this PDT.
      “We’ve got 3 wins and there’s nothing you can do about it Pirates!”
      What an idiot……

    • Well, I saw the catch only on replay after work and cannot offer comment about class or no class exhibited by the Padres.

      But one thing I will say about Tony Sanchez is what I said before they brought him up. It’s that some players benefit more from being at the big league level than one step removed. He seems to be one of those players. Tony seems more mature, more responsible and more focused. And it hasn’t hurt that he’s been learning at the heels of a true professional in Martin. If Clint decides to find another day off for Russell over the remaining stretch — beyond Tony catching Liriano — I won’t have any problem.

      Our catching situation headed into next year now feels very secure, being the most meaningful improvement of this club over the past year.

    • Watch it again.

      At 1:17 you will see how far back the Padres ran before Sanchez approached the railing and as he falls over they rush to his aid.

      They only issue I had with the Padres is that they took three out of four games in this series. However, they’re a class act.

    • Boy, I think as long as baseball has been played, opposing players have provided little or no assistance when an opposing player approached their dugout to catch a pop up.

      I don’t see anything classless or out of the ordinary at all.

  175. Apparently the home plate umpire is making a lot of friends today!!

  176. I’m out!! Will listen to this game on my ride home!! Talk to you all tomorrow!!

  177. Double play!

    We’re going to the bottom of the 15th.

  178. That is what I am talking about!

  179. Yes. Thank you Colorado.

  180. Let’s see what have we learned today……The PBC gained a full game on STL and a half game on Cincy. What a great weekend this will be. :)

  181. Checking in from Manhattan.

    When I signed on, there were 666 posts. So I felt called.

    Don’t tell Lucky.

    But even EYE wouldn’t sell my soul for a win.

    Well. Maybe the Reds series.

    Yeah. I know. As Dejan says. Some baseball fans.

  182. I wanted there to be an offensive explosion! I got my wish. The Pittsburgh Pirates…2013…

    Dripping With Power!

  183. Just when things look the bleakest for this team … when you are about to say it is time to just think about a wild card spot …. when they can’t seem to score a run if their lives depend on it against the Padres …. somehow, they dig deep and come up with a big effort and rout the pesky Padres.

    Then, the Cards lose in an equally painful way to what we experienced last night. They blow a lead in the bottom of the 9th when brittle old Todd Helton ties it with the HR off Cards ace, Edward Mujica. The game drags on for several more innings, with neither team sniffing victory. Then, the top of the 15th comes around and the Cards put runners on 1st & 3rd with just one out, and up strides …. gulp, Yadier Molina. No problem. The Padres decide to walk him and load the bases for Pete Kozma. Kozma, of course, obliges with a 6-4-3 DP to end the threat and send the game to the bottom of the 15th.

    LeMahieu singles with one out, and then Corey Dickerson takes the ball to RF for extra bases. The Cards do everything right on the cutoff, and the 2nd baseman makes a solid throw to home with plenty of time to get LeMahieu that somehow eludes the great Yadi Molina’s grasp …. and the Cards lose in maybe as painful a fashion as what the Bucs experienced yesterday.

    And the Bucs climb back to within one game of the Cards heading into the weekend series with the Reds at PNC Park. The Reds sit 1 game behind the Bucs. It is mandatory for the Bucs divisional hopes to take 2 of 3 from Dusty’s boys this weekend. I think they may be out of the hitting funk that plagued them this week, and are ready to kick a little butt. Go Bucs!

  184. Did anyone see the piece written by Pittsburgh’s own Batman, Michael Keaton? I read it today after someone re-tweeted it. It was about his passion for the Pirates and baseball, and how that came to be during the ’60 World Series. We already knew he was a great Buccos fan, but I didn’t realize the depth of his fandom until reading this. It is worth reading, if you have not seen it. I believe it was from

  185. Going to call it a night. Talk to you all tomorrow. Let’s go Bucs bring home another win.

  186. See what happens when we score some runs-we win! Very nice to get some runs for the starting pitcher. Just don’t go into a full team funk again. Try harder to score some runs
    every game for the rest of the season and beyond.

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