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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, 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. theplanisworking says:

    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. theplanisworking says:

    Dom says: September 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

    LINE 1: 50 OVER!!!
    LINE 2: 50 OVER!!!

  3. theplanisworking says:

    bizrow says: September 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

    No panic

    100 on the over for both lines

    Thanks Playoffs

  4. theplanisworking says:

    Rick in Crete says: September 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

    100 on the Under for #1
    100 on the OVER for #2

  5. Jason81 says:

    Line 1–100 on the UNDER

    Line 2–100 on the OVER

  6. Damon says:

    I’ll go 100 on the under for #1 & #2

  7. Arriba Wilver says:

    Line #1. 100 UNDER

    Line #2. 100 OVER


  8. The Gunner says:

    LINE 1: 100 OVER!!!
    LINE 2: 100 OVER!!!

    Please wake up from your siesta, Daydro!!!!

  9. theplanisworking says:

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

    Thank you.

    PANIC !!!!!!! ;)

  10. Dom says:

    LINE 1: 50 OVER!!!
    LINE 2: 50 OVER!!!

  11. blazer says:

    Line 1 Under.
    Line 2 Over.

    Both for 100 each please!

  12. Nate83 says:

    Line 1 – 100 on the under
    Line 2 – 100 on the over.

  13. Jandy says:

    Love your optimism, Nate

  14. Jandy says:

    Please Mr. Playoffs, may I have 100 Panic units on the under for line 1
    and 100 Panic units on the over for line 2.
    Go Bucs!

  15. theplanisworking says:


  16. Dom says:

    I’m nervous

  17. Jandy says:

    we all are, Dom. Just cheer for our boys :)

  18. War Horse says:

    Line #1 – 100 on the UNDER

    Line #2 – 100 on the OVER, please.

  19. theplanisworking says:

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

    PANIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. theplanisworking says:

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

  21. theplanisworking says:

    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

  22. theplanisworking says:


    YOU WERE ON TV !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

  23. Jandy says:

    Thanks Plantainimal :)

  24. Jandy says:

    LOL the flying nun?

  25. Lad 9 says:

    Line 1 under

    Line 2 over

    for 100 on both

    Go Buccos!

  26. Jandy says:


  27. theplanisworking says:


  28. Irish says:

    50 on Over for both lines
    (game didn’t start yet)
    Let’s Go Bucs!

  29. theplanisworking says:

    Playoffs and Biz are going to see all the posts I put in here, and they will flip (or have me committed)…………….

  30. Jandy says:

    nah, you’re a big help, Hipposter :*

  31. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  32. Jandy says:

    Sir Milo has spoken!

  33. Jandy says:

    a SO to start the game :)

  34. Arriba Wilver says:

    Are you at Men’s Warehouse?


  35. JohninOshkosh says:

    Dick Enberg quoted Gene Collier on the Padres broadcast.

  36. theplanisworking says:

    Hope not.
    Zimmerman got fired for his guarantee. ;)

  37. Milo Hamilton says:

    Oh my !

  38. JohninOshkosh says:

    How do you post You Tube without getting the video? JAL tried to explain it but I, must confess, I had no idea what he meant.

  39. JohninOshkosh says:

    The gentleman is a pro.

  40. NMR says:

    Psh, you are asking the wrong guy, haha. I just posted the whole channel, not a single video.

  41. Arriba Wilver says:

    Just type some words right before the link and right after it. It works, I’ve tried it.

  42. Milo Hamilton says:

    Not getting any chases on breaking stuff. Trouble.

  43. JohninOshkosh says:

    Oh, I see. Well, thanks for nothing. :)

  44. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yeah, but what words ?

  45. Arriba Wilver says:

    And maybe based on what NMR just did, you only need the words before. If you just post a link it comes with the video.

  46. Arriba Wilver says:

    Anything. Probably even gibberish.

  47. Arriba Wilver says:

    Like I said, it worked for me. ;-)

  48. NMR says:

    I realize this is loser-speak, but have they hit a single ball hard since Jerko’s homerun?

    This is getting ridiculous.

  49. JohninOshkosh says:

    The lovely Laura McKeeman in the house!

  50. Jandy says:

    Hit by pitch.

  51. JohninOshkosh says:

    No way Kennedy was throwing at Tabby.

  52. JohninOshkosh says:

    I can do gibberish.

  53. Milo Hamilton says:

    Sure is. On multiple levels.

  54. Jandy says:

    Didn’t mean that it was intentional.
    Just is happening a lot with the Padres.

  55. Jandy says:

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

  56. JohninOshkosh says:

    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.

  57. Milo Hamilton says:

    If you wanna keep going down that road, they’re catching everything too. I’ll stop now.

  58. Jandy says:


  59. Jandy says:

    Cutch grounds out, but Tabby scores!

  60. Jandy says:

    make that Cutch grounds into a force out…Walker out at 2nd.

  61. JohninOshkosh says:

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

  62. Jandy says:

    Morneu with a 1B and Cutch to 2nd

  63. Jandy says:

    Yes, please!

  64. Jandy says:

    Ugh! Byrd flies out.

  65. Jandy says:

    Petey…is it K-dro or Day Dro?

  66. theplanisworking says:

    And Hippo with the mid-day refreshments………
    pineapples, coconut milk, and wine for the nun. ;)

    Maybe refreshments will help the club………. cany hurt.

  67. Jandy says:

    Dang! Another fly out

  68. Jandy says:

    Pineapples? YUM!

  69. Milo Hamilton says:

    Pedro Alvarez – innocent bystander.

  70. 21sthebest says:

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

  71. SteelAg70 says:

    At least we answered immediately….

  72. JohninOshkosh says:

    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).

  73. JohninOshkosh says:

    Trade him to SD for Laura McKeeman.

  74. theplanisworking says:

    Its not silicone Amy’s relative, is it?

  75. JohninOshkosh says:

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

  76. 21sthebest says:

    Is she at the game today John? You know, I think I may have seen her early this morning by KDKA in Gateway Center.

  77. JohninOshkosh says:

    No, she’s an older lady. She was doing that even during the midst of the darkest days of 2010.

  78. casper in a-town says:

    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!

  79. SteelAg70 says:

    Great bounce-back inning for Cole….

  80. theplanisworking says:

    Thats a good thing.

  81. NMR says:

    If I keep having this pitty party I might actually use the “L” word.

  82. theplanisworking says:

    Enjoy !!!

  83. theplanisworking says:

    Enjoy !!!

  84. toochca says:

    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?!!

  85. JohninOshkosh says:

    She’s at the game, 21. I’m sure she stood out.

  86. Jandy says:

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

  87. Jandy says:

    Woah! 2B for T Sanchez :)

  88. Jandy says:

    the nerve of them!

  89. SteelAg70 says:

    I think he’s starting to get comfortable with MLB pitching….

  90. casper in a-town says:

    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.

  91. Jandy says:

    Dang, I wish I could see the game, I’m at work…
    No streaming here…

  92. NMR says:

    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.

  93. NMR says:

    I’m amazed at the number of fly balls he’s hitting…without any going over the fence.

    Just bad contact?

  94. Jandy says:

    MmMmmm Primanti’s!!!!!

  95. SteelAg70 says:

    Come on Tabby…bring him home…

  96. Milo Hamilton says:

    If we wanted Byrd, we had to take Buck. That’s how I understand it went down.

  97. theplanisworking says:

    I dont remember that statement.
    Too many choices? Isnt that a good thing?

  98. Jandy says:

    Good Lord! ;)

  99. JohninOshkosh says:

    If my wife was here, she could describe what she was wearing in great minutia.

  100. casper in a-town says:

    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?

  101. Jandy says:

    we can hope…but yeah…he’s been looking much better.

  102. SteelAg70 says:


  103. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yep. That’s her. :)

  104. Jandy says:

    lol thought you’d appreciate that :)

  105. Jandy says:

    or bad luck?

  106. Jandy says:

    I HATE walks

  107. Jandy says:

    Your Clemente jersey :)

  108. casper in a-town says:

    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.

  109. theplanisworking says:

    Bob will be disappointed to hear that.

  110. SteelAg70 says:

    I hate SB’s…lol.

  111. Jandy says:

    UGH! 2 IN A ROW!!!

  112. SteelAg70 says:

    Jeebus…come on Gerrit…

  113. Jandy says:

    pffft! :P

  114. Jandy says:

    Let me clarify that:
    I hate walks when our boys walk their batters. I love walks when WE do it.

  115. 21sthebest says:

    Is her hair today very blonde (not that that’s a stretch) and straight, a little below shoulder level?

  116. NMR says:

    The great thing about homeruns is that there’s little luck involved. Doesn’t matter where it lands, as long as it is over the fence.

  117. casper in a-town says:

    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.

  118. Jandy says:

    The luck part is having it GO that far to begin with….which Petey’s balls aren’t doing…(man that sounds weird) lol

  119. NMR says:

    Haha, yeah, we’re on the same page there, buddy. If my boss said that, I wouldn’t take it as an endorsement of my choices.

    This ain’t Little League. You don’t have to play the stinky kids.

  120. Jandy says:

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

  121. NMR says:

    No command of the slider so far.

  122. SteelAg70 says:

    He IS getting the K’s though…. :D

  123. Jandy says:

    Got him! Wow, got out of that one.

  124. NMR says:

    As Blass would say, this is getting kinky. :)

  125. Jandy says:

    LOl yup! ;x

  126. NMR says:

    Yes sir!

  127. SteelAg70 says:

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

  128. JohninOshkosh says:

    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.

  129. SteelAg70 says:

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

  130. casper in a-town says:

    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.

  131. 21sthebest says:


  132. SteelAg70 says:

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

  133. Jandy says:

    GERMS..priceless :)
    be safe!

  134. Jandy says:

    Again, we can hope :)

  135. SteelAg70 says:

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

  136. theplanisworking says:

    Now THAT is worth trading for!

  137. Jandy says:

    How many Starbucks would YOU trade for her, Planimal? ;)

  138. SteelAg70 says:

    Both starter’s already over 50 pitches….

  139. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  140. theplanisworking says:

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

    Thanks for this!

  141. Jandy says:

    waittaminnitt…didn’t you guarantee a W today?

  142. Jandy says:

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

  143. casper in a-town says:

    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!

  144. SteelAg70 says:

    ++…this is eerily similiar to his start against the Friars in SD…

  145. theplanisworking says:

    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.

  146. Jandy says:

    good Lord, another K

  147. theplanisworking says:

    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.

  148. theplanisworking says:

    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.

  149. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I thought it was the “Y” word.

  150. SteelAg70 says:

    Cole is a BEAST….

  151. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    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)

  152. Jandy says:

    Haha Yinzers are kidding :P

  153. theplanisworking says:

    DAY-DRO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  154. toochca says:

    This whole game is eerily familiar to the game in San Diego. I had the “pleasure” of attending that one at Petco.

  155. theplanisworking says:

    I dont do StarYucks, so I would say ZERO.
    Just send her on over.


  156. casper in a-town says:

    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.

  157. SteelAg70 says:

    Wooot woooot!!!!

  158. Jandy says:

    Bet you’re getting more than one sideways look ;)

  159. Damon says:

    Thank you Pedro!!!!

    Lets hope it gets contagious!!!

  160. SteelAg70 says:

    El Toro Grande!!!

  161. Jandy says:

    Amen! HALLEJUIA!!!

  162. Parrothead01 says:

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

  163. Jandy says:

    T Sanchez with another hit. :)

  164. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  165. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Byrd Flu.

  166. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Nothing really unusual about that though.

  167. Jandy says:

    I don’t think that will work…

  168. Jandy says:

    And Mercer piles on with a 2B :)

  169. 21sthebest says:

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

  170. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    He has been showing signs. This is a guy the Pirates need to hit down the stretch.

  171. Jandy says:

    Where is the Spunkster???

  172. Jandy says:


  173. Jandy says:

    haha you said it, not me ;)

  174. NMR says:

    +1 for good ole fashioned baseball eyes.

  175. Milo Hamilton says:

    This Tabata AB is enormous.

  176. theplanisworking says:

    Its California.
    Shouldnt get any look at all……….

  177. NMR says:

    Nobody? Really? That was gold, Milo.

  178. SteelAg70 says:

    Come on Tabby…don’t leave them stranded…

  179. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I have been impresed with Tony over his last few starts.

    Blocks the ball well. Seems to have a good arm.

    Has anybody seen him try to throw a base stealer out yet? I have seriously not seen his throw down to 2nd.

    And his bat has been producing lately.

  180. Jandy says:

    Milo is on a quiet roll today

  181. Milo Hamilton says:

    Yes !

  182. casper in a-town says:


  183. theplanisworking says:

    As you were saying? ;)

  184. Damon says:

    Yesterday he missed a HR by about 10 feet (foul). Someone else – actually several others – need to pick up the slack hitting-wise.

  185. Jandy says:

    I saw Tony in Altoona….he did very well that game…can’t say that I remember seeing him throw to second as yet..

  186. JRay3 says:

    Two RBI double to go with his run scored and I would say he has come through. One of the better opposite field hitters on team.

  187. Jandy says:

    wOOP WOOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  188. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    That a boy Tabby…..

    Not bad recently for an overpaid 4th OFer eh?


  189. SteelAg70 says:

    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…

  190. JRay3 says:

    Oh he didn’t crushes double to Clemente wall, his power to RF is very solid.

  191. Jandy says:

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

  192. Arriba Wilver says:


  193. theplanisworking says:

    WALKER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  194. casper in a-town says:

    PRNW!!!!!!!!!! Way to go, Neal!

  195. JRay3 says:

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

  196. Jandy says:

    Aye matey!

  197. Patrick(ri) says:

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

  198. Arriba Wilver says:


  199. Jandy says:

    they saved all their hits for today

  200. Damon says:

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

  201. SteelAg70 says:

    The REAL DEAL Neil Walker!!

  202. Jandy says:

    Lad and Karen are getting a real treat :)

  203. NMR says:

    There has to be a serious discussion on the merrits of bringing Starling Marte back at this stage of the game.

  204. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    With the pitching staff, they don’t need all 8 guys to produce.

    It would be nice to have 1-3 of them hot at the same time.

  205. SteelAg70 says:

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

  206. toochca says:

    I did see players fighting to get to the bat rack!! :D

  207. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Bringing the wood today boys.

    I like it.

  208. SteelAg70 says:

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

  209. 21sthebest says:

    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?

  210. JRay3 says:

    I mentioned the other day Tabby has been a .300 hitter with now 10 XBH’s since replacing Marte, has to be mulled I would think.

  211. Jandy says:

    ha! Kennedy out.

  212. Arriba Wilver says:

    He has.

  213. 21sthebest says:

    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.

  214. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Martin goes back in. He’s now had 2 days of rest. Still the best defensive catcher on the team.

    I probably wouldn’t complain if its Tony again though.

  215. toochca says:

    Isn’t Sanchez paired with Liriano?! That’s my answer!!

  216. JRay3 says:

    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.

  217. SteelAg70 says:

    Cole must be shocked right now…

  218. SteelAg70 says:

    JRay…we can only hope so…it would be nice…

  219. Jandy says:

    glad I don’t have to make that decision.

  220. Damon says:

    If you plan on having Martin catch every game in the playoffs no matter what, he should be starting to get time with Liriano. If not, I am feeling more and more comfortable with Sanchez…so either would be fine with me.

  221. Parrothead01 says:

    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.

  222. SteelAg70 says:

    Come on Byrd man…

  223. Arriba Wilver says:

    I was thinking that, too, JRay.

  224. JRay3 says:

    Certainly appears the team is rallying around and feeding off of the rookie doesn’t it?

  225. Jandy says:

    No doubt lol

  226. SteelAg70 says:

    Whoops…meant Morneau…lol

  227. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Here’s why hitting is contagious. Is it? Yes…..

    Why? Because the pitchers suck. I can’t actually see this game, but I’m guessing Mrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. KKKKKKKKeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnneeddddyyyyy, Kennedy (Sorry, old WWE memory there) was leaving every up, flat and hittable.

    Lose of command, missing your spots against ANY MLB team and that pitcher will get crushed, I dont care who you are.

  228. SteelAg70 says:

    Ok Gerrit…shut ‘em down….

  229. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    And AJ’s pissed

  230. Jandy says:

    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 :)

  231. NMR says:

    And, at least to my eye, has played a fine left field.

  232. toochca says:

    He’s pissed because he keeps losing track of the seats he’s counting!! :D

    How is attendance today? I’m listening on the radio.

  233. Kevin says:


  234. Jandy says:

    LOL! Watch out Twitter ;)

  235. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’d give Martin another day off. With Sanchez being used to Liriano. Not because Tony’s better, but to give Martin some more rest. I doubt Clint will do it, though.

  236. Jandy says:

    You’re just giddy, Steel ;)

  237. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    His recent starts could’ve been to see where he was physically with the hand injury.

    Is he a guy they can move forward with in the playoffs? When to use him? Start? etc.

    I said upon his return, the hardest part would be his timing to the pitches.

    Perhaps (John Wehner) they can use him for late inning defensive purposes.

  238. Jandy says:

    another K for Cole

  239. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    He has. He’s obviously slower than Marte and probably missed a few that SM would’ve got to, but any other OFer wouldn’t have gotten to it either.

    Solid. All around.

  240. Jandy says:

    and another!

  241. theplanisworking says:

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

    That is all. ;)

  242. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

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

    Trust your defense.

  243. Kevin says:

    fine… not fantastic though. trying to think of a throw he had to make where he made it… instead im thinking of all the ones he didn’t… I’m sure its just human error. and lets face it, negative experience is alot more memorable.

  244. Jandy says:

    Marte IS fast…he could also pinch run

  245. Jandy says:

    that’s selective, Kevin ;)

  246. Arriba Wilver says:

    Glad there is that tough decision to make.


  247. tdb1977 says:

    From the view that I saw on TV – it looks like a really good crowd for a Thursday afternoon.

  248. Jandy says:

    well then that favors Barmes. :)

  249. Jandy says:

    yes he is.
    But right now someone needs to take 1 minute and go to the mound and settle him. Just a minute…that is all…

  250. tdb1977 says:

    I cant wait for Taillon to come up and Cole has a full year under his belt. Strike outs numbers are going to be high. And if we get another performance with what Charlie brought last night, they could be good for a while.

  251. Arriba Wilver says:

    I was going to say the real deal, but let’s not quibble. ;-)

  252. Jandy says:

    that’s 10 so far :)

  253. Jandy says:

    nah….he’s both :)

  254. SteelAg70 says:

    Yes….very much so…lol.

  255. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  256. SteelAg70 says:

    A new career high!!

  257. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    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.

  258. Jandy says:

    So, you’re saying he’s mixing his pitches better…thus more SO’s ?

  259. JRay3 says:

    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!

  260. Jandy says:

    and it’s only the 5th inning…

  261. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Marte has the stronger arm and is the better all around player.

    But at this point, I’m still thinking late inning sub for defense.

  262. JRay3 says:

    Part of the maturation process, learning to trust your other slower pitches.

  263. tdb1977 says:

    He really has gained confidence in his other pitches the last 3 outings. Can he make a run at NL Pitcher of the month for September?

  264. SteelAg70 says:

    He pitched in big games at UCLA…he is a gamer…he thrives on it…

  265. Jandy says:

    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 :)

  266. Milo Hamilton says:

    Yes and yes.

  267. Jandy says:

    man, that would be sweet

  268. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Have you seen these people?!

    Holy crap

  269. SteelAg70 says:

    Let’s get more runs…

  270. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    As my 14 year old would say: he’s hit beast mode.

  271. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  272. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    He sure can.

  273. toochca says:

    Yes, the key will be if it continues not only today but in the games that follow.

  274. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Absolutely right.

  275. Jandy says:

    and some of that credit has to go to his catcher.

  276. toochca says:

    You work here too!! :D

  277. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I can’t see it

    serious or sarcastic?

    I will say that he tends to run the bases well.

  278. Jandy says:

    LOL I can get the box score feed Dejan posted above and that’s it.

  279. popsfan says:

    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.

  280. Jandy says:

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

  281. tdb1977 says:

    How about these stats for the month of Sept.

    20 innings pitched
    13 hits
    3 runs/ 3 earned runs
    6 walks
    21 strike outs
    0.95 whip
    1.35 era
    2-0 record

    All before today’s start

  282. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:


    Searage probably gets the majority of the praise, but the pitcher must trust his catcher to block the balls in the dirt.

    And credit needs to go Gerritt himself. He needs to have the confidence in those secondary pitches for them to be effective.

  283. Milo Hamilton says:

    Absolutely serious. He is an excellent baserunner.

  284. toochca says:

    Ryan, It’s the same at my end of the state too.

  285. Dom says:

    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.

  286. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    The only problem with high K rate, is his pitch count goes up.

    This will probably be his last inning as he’s already over 90 pitches

  287. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:


  288. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

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

  289. SteelAg70 says:

    He should also get some votes for ROY…

  290. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:


  291. SteelAg70 says:

    Yet another K!!

  292. JRay3 says:

    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.

  293. War Horse says:

    King Cole !

  294. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Question is, does Cole bat here??

    Probably not. He’s approaching 100 pitches.

  295. Baywatch says:


  296. Baywatch says:

    I don’t see why we couldn’t use Sanchez in the playoffs. Might they just cut Buck?

  297. Kevin says:

    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?

  298. toochca says:

    97 pitches and a 5 run lead. I also don’t think he will

  299. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Didn’t think so.

  300. 21sthebest says:


  301. Milo Hamilton says:

    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.

  302. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:


    Starting back up catcher. Russell Martin still gets the majority of the starts, but Tony is impressive defensively.

  303. SteelAg70 says:

    Nice way to end your day Gerrit Cole!

  304. Dom says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t believe he was on the roster on August 31st.

  305. Jandy says:


  306. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    + 33

  307. SteelAg70 says:

    He has basically put this team on his shoulders down the stretch..IMO…

  308. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Buck was

    Added with Byrd.

  309. Jandy says:


  310. AJS says:

    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.

  311. Kevin says:

    I didn’t realize we had Russell locked up for another year.

  312. theplanisworking says:

    + many.

  313. 21sthebest says:


  314. NMR says:

    Love this comment, milo. Absolutely correct.

  315. Jandy says:

    haha well here in western/central PA, we’re Yinzers ;)

  316. theplanisworking says:

    Wasnt thge ’89 game where both teams were ranked in the Top Ten, Pitt took an early lead, then got blown out?

  317. Patrick(ri) says:

    No question he was getting smacked around.

  318. SteelAg70 says:

    I believe that CH said earlier this season that he may try to get Tony Sanchez some play at other positions next year so they can get his bat in the lineup when he’s not catching.

  319. toochca says:

    Tony Sanchez’s showing lately doesn’t bode well for McHenry next year.

  320. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    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.

  321. Jandy says:

    Most definitely the bulk of the credit goes to the pitcher then to Searage…but give the catcher some Love too :)

  322. Jandy says:

    Bases loaded, one out…Morneau batting.

  323. NMR says:

    Considering how expensive catchers are these days, even getting Sanchez to turn into an average backstop would be HUGE for this franchise.

  324. Jandy says:

    he’s already there (average)..I see him improving by the week…

  325. tdb1977 says:

    Big hit time. Be nice for his first NL home run right about now ;) I’m not asking for the world here. Just more run support.

  326. Kevin says:

    come on Morneau, hit a grand salami for your first HR as a Pirate!

  327. Jandy says:


  328. Jandy says:

    I’ll be happy with a clean outfield hit..

  329. Jason81 says:

    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!

  330. 21sthebest says:

    Do you recall seeing Craig Counsell play Milo?

  331. SteelAg70 says:

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

  332. Milo Hamilton says:

    ND was unbeaten and Pitt was unbeaten and once tied. Pitt took the opening kickoff, drove it straight down the field and scored. Then got killed something like 45-7.

  333. Baywatch says:

    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?

  334. NMR says:

    Is it too much to ask for even the slightest shred of power from your cleanup hitting first baseman?

    Morneau profiles as no better than an average second baseman right now.

  335. Jandy says:

    he really is a good dog. lol

  336. AJS says:

    When Tabby stays inside it and goes the other way he is at his best. Sometimes he forgets taht though. He’s definitely having one of his better stretches of play in a while.

  337. Lad 9 says:

    Just got in and checked the score. Looks like Cole was on fire and the bats finally woke up! Anything of note I missed Lunatics?

  338. Jandy says:

    let’s hope Gabby gives him a lecture like he did to Marte when he didn’t run all out going to first…

  339. Jim S. says:

    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.

  340. Milo Hamilton says:

    I don’t, but when I was at Pitt I saw Craig Biggio, Mo Vaughan & John Valentin play for Seton Hall at Trees Field.

  341. Jandy says:

    Pedro with a homer :)

  342. War Horse says:

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

  343. Jandy says:

    12 K’s for the Cole Train

  344. Kevin says:

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

  345. Baywatch says:

    Regardless of if he comes back here, the nice thing is Fort has built himself quite a major league resume with what he’s done here. Catchers ply pretty lengthy major league careers – hit or no hit.

  346. Jandy says:

    so..put Gabby in :)

  347. Nate83 says:

    No comment, I promised myself to avoid this conversation all together.

  348. Lad 9 says:

    I love the Fort, but the phrase “organizational depth” would seem to be in his future.

  349. Damon says:

    Still 1 RBI in three weeks with the Pirates. Hitting clean up…

  350. Jandy says:

    true dat…which is good, because I do like the Fort.

  351. Nate83 says:

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

  352. Jim S. says:

    & Neil.

  353. Lad 9 says:

    Thanks Jandy! And thanks for the shout out earlier. :) Nice to have a lead after that abomination last night…..

  354. Jandy says:

    yes…hey Jim S, how are you, friend?

  355. theplanisworking says:

    Thats what I thought.
    I remembered this……….. cant remember what I had for lunch yesterday…………..


  356. Kevin says:

    all of pitchers are in beast mode… AJ, charlie, and cole. (Locke hasn’t really been beast since the 1st half) With proper run support, we should have won every game this week.

  357. Jandy says:

    ahhh for sure it is….
    feels good :)

  358. SteelAg70 says:

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

  359. Kevin says:

    or atleast 3-of-4

  360. NMR says:

    That is exactly right, Jandy.

    Absolutely no exscuses for Hurdle right there. He’s the home team manager. He gets the last move.

    There is just no reason NOT to pinch hit Gaby right there.

  361. Jandy says:

    you suffer from CRS like I do…
    can’t remember shat ;)

  362. Jim S. says:

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

  363. NMR says:

    Morneau’s still look for his first fly ball to the warning track.

  364. theplanisworking says:

    But, with my Fro, Tat, and shades, I look good doing it! ;)

  365. Kevin says:

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

  366. SteelAg70 says:

    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?

  367. War Horse says:

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

  368. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I always do. I understand how important that position is and how tough of one it is.

    Most important position on the diamond, outside of the pitcher.

  369. Jandy says:

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

  370. Jim S. says:

    Can’t win all of the close ones, unfortunately. We won 3 of 4 vs. the Cubs while also not scoring much. Luck just runs out if you keep scoring 0 – 3 runs every night.

  371. Baywatch says:

    +1, my BRUTHA!

  372. Lad 9 says:

    Thanks Jim. Been busy myself this week. Good to see you in the house!

  373. Nate83 says:

    You guys are making this tough. I must stay strong. No comment. Except I have agreed to allow myself to comment with +’s. So for all of you.


  374. Jandy says:

    Good to see you, Jim :)

  375. 21sthebest says:

    A number of times.

  376. Jandy says:

    We know you’re in “architect” mode, Nate ;)

  377. Lad 9 says:

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

  378. Jandy says:

    Well, I guess I’ll have to warm up my size 9 wides!

  379. Jandy says:

    you look good doing “it” allright :P

  380. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I’m assuming they went to a LHP for Morneau.

    Gaby would’ve been the right call. However, with a 5 run lead, CH could’ve been thinking about getting him an extra AB against a LHP.

  381. Kevin says:

    yes, true. unfortunately, run support does not grow on trees like tickets.

  382. Baywatch says:

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

  383. JRay3 says:

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

  384. NMR says:

    Haha, broke the cardinal rule.

  385. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Ha ha, you said beast mode………Been talking to my 14 year old?

  386. Nate83 says:

    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.

  387. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    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.

  388. Jandy says:

    Bases loaded and he puts in Jones?

  389. Milo Hamilton says:

    Lots of people. Lots.

  390. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:


  391. theplanisworking says:

    Does that mean we can tell AJ to STFU ??? ;)

  392. Damon says:

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

  393. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    The power of AJ.

  394. Irish says:

    Good story, Milo. He was a huge ND fan, and a real outgoing personality. He came here to coach and did a great job building the program, then moved to the bigger job at ASU, where he was also a top coach (something strange about his leaving there, but I don’t know what happened). He’s very popular here at ND — the school recently renovated the baseball stadium and named the locker room after him.

  395. Jandy says:

    SEE!?!?!?!??? aarrgghh!!!!

  396. bobhawaii says:

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

  397. Baywatch says:

    LOL! or PTIYPASI (Put That In Your Pipe And Smoke It!)

  398. Kevin says:


  399. Jandy says:

    YOU might, but I wouldn’t ;)

  400. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I like the call, just not the execution.

    You put your power lefty up in that situation

  401. Jandy says:

    That just friggin gets my dander up!! >:<

  402. NMR says:

    And the obvious question is: why?

    What is there to be gained?

    Gaby can hit lefties. Fact. Problem solved.

    Justin can get his batting practice this winter when he signs with another team.

  403. Jandy says:


  404. theplanisworking says:


  405. Kevin says:

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

  406. Nate83 says:

    I’m just in a love Morneau mode no matter how bad he plays I refuse to say another negative thing about the guy.

  407. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Jose Tabata= on fire.

  408. theplanisworking says:

    Trust me, I would have no problem doing it.

  409. Kevin says:

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

  410. theplanisworking says:

    Save some runs for this weekend, please. :)

  411. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    wood………They got some.

  412. Damon says:

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

  413. 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.

  414. Jandy says:

    went to left field

  415. Baywatch says:

    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!

  416. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    Man, Pirates sure missed out on that Anthony Bass

  417. NMR says:

    No kidding.

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

  418. Jandy says:

    Anyone but Jones. He’s doing nothing.

  419. Jandy says:

    And you’d flash him your tattoo too :P

  420. theplanisworking says:

    Pray for another wing!

  421. theplanisworking says:

    HA! Ya nut !!

  422. Patrick(ri) says:

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

  423. Kevin says:

    but I like Morneau.

  424. Jandy says:


  425. Patrick(ri) says:


  426. Jandy says:

    Bat Pie, bat Gabby…anyone!

  427. War Horse says:

    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.

  428. Jandy says:

    Honestly Nate, I don’t mind Morneau. He hits singles. he gets on. Let someone else drive him in. he plays good 1st base.

  429. SteelAg70 says:

    Now this IS a perfect spot to pitch Grilli…

  430. Nate83 says:

    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.

  431. JRay3 says:

    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.

  432. Milo Hamilton says:

    Wow !

  433. SteelAg70 says:

    I think they finally realized that they have to play hard against EVERYONE…

  434. Lad 9 says:

    Agree Jandy. Jones looks thoroughly lost. I am sure most won’t agree with me, but he would not be on my postseason roster.

  435. Jandy says:

    dang..I wish I could SEE this game…
    did he run into the seats?

  436. JRay3 says:

    Also, thanks for the help SD bench….those are the types of plays that can really help spark and ignite the boys.

  437. NMR says:

    Snider. No really.

  438. Jandy says:

    I agree with that…he’s become a head case, like JMac. Sad :/

  439. JRay3 says:

    Did a flip into the SD dugout over the rail and went crashing onto the concrete floor. All the Padre players bailed out of there. Tough kid.

  440. Baywatch says:

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

  441. Jandy says:

    that’s 2 Cheese, one more :)

  442. JRay3 says:

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

  443. War Horse says:

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

  444. Milo Hamilton says:

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

  445. Jandy says:

    Ya know, we NEED him to be in top form for the post season. No way to get there unless he pitches. Period.

  446. theplanisworking says:

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

  447. Jay H says:


  448. Jandy says:


  449. Arriba Wilver says:


  450. Patrick(ri) says:

    Add another foot to the rail and that wont happen again. Amazing play.

  451. Baywatch says:

    And hopefully, he has no BROKEN ones! He could have just been REAL MANNIN’ it to finish the inning. That was SOME fall!

  452. Jandy says:

    WOW! I hope he didn’t bust or break anything….yikes

  453. War Horse says:

    Sanchez landed with his forearms on the concrete step of the dugout and did a complete forward flip to land on the lower level with his legs and backside. The ball never came out of his glove. We may never see a catch over a dugout barrier like that.

  454. Jandy says:

    Yes, NMR yes….SNider…seriously. I agree.

  455. Jandy says:

    And the Byrd man gets on…

  456. War Horse says:

    I was just thinking–tonight’s ballgame just about makes up for the heartbreaks of the last three.

  457. NMR says:

    A double! A real live extra base hit!

  458. Jandy says:

    I hope it’s on the highlights later on…gotta see this…

  459. Baywatch says:

    He just redeemed himself with that double to the corner! :-)

  460. Nancy52 says:

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

  461. theplanisworking says:

    Both. :)

  462. NMR says:

    You know I love me some nerdy stats and whatnot, but this series is exactly why the whole run differential/pythogarean concept is bullsh*t. Baseball just doesn’t work that way.

  463. Jandy says:

    hey it’s Nancy :)

  464. SteelAg70 says:

    14 hits!!

  465. Barb says:

    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.

  466. Patrick(ri) says:

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

  467. Nate83 says:

    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.

  468. JRay3 says:

    seriously…I keep reminding myself what a wonderful season these guys have given us, with far more great moments than frustrations.

    Never would have imagined being in this position in the final 10 days of the 2013 season.

  469. Jandy says:

    Hey, everyone is here but Brandie…I guess she is busy again..

  470. Patrick(ri) says:

    Nice post. I was afraid he was overrated. Ha!

  471. Arriba Wilver says:

    I wonder if 24/7 made it to the game with the parking? ;-)

  472. Barb says:

    I know just isn’t the same without our lovely Brandicita.

  473. Jandy says:


  474. Damon says:

    If you click on this link, click on the video button on the bottom with the red 8, you can see the catch..

  475. Barb says:

    Amen Jandy. Love me some Grilled Cheese. Better than Milk Bones.

  476. Baywatch says:

    My Brandolita La Linda Flor Consuela! We miss you!

  477. Barb says:

    Hey the Pimento is in to pitch.

  478. Baywatch says:


  479. theplanisworking says:

    The Olive is pitching !

  480. theplanisworking says:

    She is busy looking for a new avatar for me.

  481. theplanisworking says:

    Hiya Barb!

    Put an APB out for our muppet……..

  482. Barb says:

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

  483. Barb says:

    Hey at least you have a couple. I can’t figure out how to put mine in. I am techno savvy enough to be dangerous. :)

  484. Milo Hamilton says:

    Stolmy. Stolmy. Bring back that sunny day.

  485. Baywatch says:

    LOL! A Classics IV fan, I see, Milo!

  486. Barb says:

    Hi ya Hipposter. Okay maybe Janice and Floyd can find her!

  487. Jandy says:

    thanks Damon!

  488. Arriba Wilver says:

    (Groan). ;-)

  489. theplanisworking says:

    When you go to Gravatar.ocm, they will ask you to choose a pic.
    Hit the “choose” button, pictures from your computer will pop up in a list.
    Select one, hit “open”, that should put the pic in gravatars box.
    Then select the pic, and you should be ready to go.


  490. Barb says:

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

  491. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hey Bay. I really like Spooky.

  492. Patrick(ri) says:

    Perhaps a classic IV the ages, himself?

  493. Barb says:

    Okay thanks!

  494. Barb says:

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

  495. Milo Hamilton says:

    This is a really intriguing bullpen arm for next year.

  496. Baywatch says:


  497. Milo Hamilton says:


  498. Jandy says:


  499. Barb says:

    Yes. Raise it, raise it high.

  500. JRay3 says:

    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!

  501. tdb1977 says:

    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!!!

  502. Patrick(ri) says:

    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).

  503. theplanisworking says:

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

    Now, to bash the Toothpicks.


  504. Jandy says:

    yeah for sure :)

  505. JRay3 says:

    Rockies 2
    Cards 0

    Top 3

    Go Rockies!

  506. Jandy says:

    woop woop!!!

  507. Jandy says:


  508. Baywatch says:

    “Spooky little girl like you,” yeah I liked that one, too. But you know what, Milo, the junior high Bay was staring out his window one night, 9th grade, spinning the 45, “Traces” (Of Love) by the Classics IV, thinking about the girl who never knew I was madly in love with her – Patti Lloyd! “I close my eyes, and SAY a prayer, that in her heart she’ll find … a trace of love somewhere!” GO PIRATES! LOL!

  509. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    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?

  510. Jandy says:

    Good job tdb..since patton isn’t here I was gonna say that…in fact I think I’ll post it below lol

  511. Baywatch says:

    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!

  512. Jandy says:

    fillng in for patton…

    fear the bones!

  513. SteelAg70 says:

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

  514. Nate83 says:

    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.

  515. Jim S. says:

    Same here, Jandy!

  516. Arriba Wilver says:

    I have the old fashioned iTunes version of their songs—-’45’s.

  517. Jim S. says:

    My 14 year old, Nor Cal!

  518. Baywatch says:

    Aw, that’s nice Jandy!

  519. Jim S. says:

    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.

  520. Baywatch says:

    Wow! Maybe at the next GATHERING, we can spin a few of those!

  521. Jim S. says:

    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.

  522. Jim S. says:

    Now, that’s funny Kevin!!

  523. Arriba Wilver says:

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

  524. SteelAg70 says:

    Rox up 4-0 now on the Cards!

  525. toochca says:

    4-0 Rockies!! Bottom 3

  526. Jim S. says:

    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.

  527. Jim S. says:

    STFD, AJ!

    54,000 the last 2 games – after tough losses!

  528. Barb says:

    Love both songs. “Traces” though is my favorite.

  529. Jim S. says:

    He does look lost, Jandy. Good call.

  530. War Horse says:

    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.

  531. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’ll bring my mono turntable. ;-)

  532. Barb says:

    Go Rockies!!!!!!!!!!

  533. Jim S. says:

    Since he’s now mostly a RF, I would tend to agree – as we sit today. But, a lot can change in the next 10 days.

  534. theplanisworking says:


  535. Jim S. says:

    Gets a huge 2 run double, then fails to hustle later. He is so frustrating.

  536. Arriba Wilver says:

    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.

  537. theplanisworking says:

    AGREED !!!

  538. Brotherhood of the Redus says:

    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

  539. Milo Hamilton says:

    Jordy Mercer needs to play. Period,

  540. toochca says:

    My first impression while listening to the game was that there was no way he is coming out of the game because of the reasons you mentioned above. After seeing it, I can’t believe he actually did stay in the game!!

  541. Jim S. says:

    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.

  542. Milo Hamilton says:

    Of course there should have been a period at the end of period.

  543. Jim S. says:

    Someone wants to be the #2 catcher on the playoff roster. I sure hope he gets it.

  544. The Gunner says:

    Absolutely correct, Milo. Mercer has certainly earned the opportunity. Now bring on the Reds, Papa Francisco is due to pitch a gem!

  545. War Horse says:

    And a comma after “Of course.”

  546. Jim S. says:

    I don’t know that it is completely BS. Over the long haul, counting all the teams, all the games, etc. it holds out as a good barometer most of the time. That’s all tendencies do for us. If a guy is 7 for 15 vs. a pitcher, it doesn’t mean he is going 2-4 if you start him that day.

  547. Jim S. says:

    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.”

  548. SteelAg70 says:

    4-3 Rockies now…

  549. 21sthebest says:

    Hurdle is leaving Oswalt in there too long.

  550. NMR says:

    +/- 4 win margin of error, Jim.

    Other than the obvious – that the more runs you score than your opponant the better – what does it really tell us?

    Run scoring simply is not random.

  551. NMR says:

    Are we sure about that? You saw the play?

    I don’t know how you can fail to hustle tagging up on a play at the plate?

  552. NMR says:

    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.

  553. Jim S. says:

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

  554. Jim S. says:

    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.

  555. NMR says:

    Haha, oh yeah?

  556. NMR says:

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


  557. toochca says:

    Just read that Wilson was put on “Pause” until Saturday

  558. Jim S. says:

    I would hope so.

  559. Jim S. says:

    He’s pretty much been on pause for about 3 weeks. I heard Hurdle say he had been put on pause, but I thought he was talking past tense. What did he pitch, once this week?

  560. NMR says:

    With that kind of a lead, one would think the reason should be obvious.

  561. Jim S. says:

    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.

  562. John Lease says:

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

  563. Jim S. says:

    You’re a good guy for helping out there, plan.

    Hey, what’s the new avatar? A pink hippo?

  564. Jim S. says:

    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.

  565. John Lease says:

    I’m just happy they frigging won.

    I’ll worry about tomorrow tomorrow.

  566. cmat0829 says:

    :) !!!!!

  567. Jim S. says:

    Maybe somebody can sneak in the clubhouse tomorrow afternoon while Dusty is sleeping and swap out whatever his T’pick flavor of the day is for some anchovie ones. Or something else equally disgusting.

  568. Jim S. says:

    It is. You’re right. I read something this week that the Bucs have essentially the same avg/OBP/Slugging/OPS as last year and have scored 35 fewer runs. Something like that. You really can’t control how the runs are spaced.

  569. Jim S. says:

    I didn’t actually see it. Was just going by what people were saying.

  570. Jim S. says:

    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.

  571. Baywatch says:


  572. Thundercrack says:

    Can I change my boy too?

  573. Jim S. says:

    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.

  574. toochca says:

    5-5 going to the 9th

  575. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    I’ve already received my text from my brother on that………sounds pretty good.

  576. Dom says:

    runners at the corners. two outs.

  577. Dom says:

    6-5 bad guys

  578. Dom says:

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

  579. toochca says:

    6-6 Helton Homer!!

  580. toochca says:

    #368 of his career!! Not bad for a backup quarterback.

  581. Jim S. says:

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

  582. Nor Cal Stlrfanrtc (Ryan) says:

    And he’s announced his retirement.

  583. Brandie says:

    Sorry I missed all the fun and games earlier. Out work in’ for a living’. Missed you all terribly. Go Rockies!

  584. Lad 9 says:

    BRANIMAL!!!!! Go Rockies!!!!

  585. Dom says:

    Rockies up. Let’s end it here.

  586. Dom says:


  587. toochca says:

    Damn my MLB app is behind!!

  588. defil21 says:


  589. Dom says:

    A base hit could end it.

  590. toochca says:

    Welcome back!!

  591. Don says:

    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?

  592. toochca says:

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

  593. toochca says:

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

  594. Dom says:

    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.

  595. theplanisworking says:

    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.

  596. theplanisworking says:


  597. Dom says:

    Double play!

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

  598. pattonbb says:

    very cool, Jandy.

  599. Brandie says:

    Oh My Goodness! Rockies need to put this away.

  600. Dom says:

    That is what I am talking about!

  601. Barb says:

    Yes. Thank you Colorado.

  602. defil21 says:


  603. Don says:

    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.

  604. defil21 says:

    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.

  605. Brandie says:

    Thanks Professor Chaos! Hey St. Louis…


  606. theplanisworking says:

    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.

  607. Barb says:

    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. :)

  608. theplanisworking says:

    BRANDIMAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  609. theplanisworking says:

    I learned my avatar looks like a pink rubber duck. :(

  610. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    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……

  611. defil21 says:

    Thanks kid! Don’t take offense I can everyone kid.

  612. Brandie says:


  613. Brandie says:


  614. defil21 says:

    With a Fro :)

  615. Don says:

    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?

  616. theplanisworking says:

    Speaking of classless……… some announcers should never be allowed on air ever again.

  617. Brandie says:

    And I give just about every one a nickname. We all bring something delicious to the party!

  618. theplanisworking says:


  619. Brandie says:

    Nonsense… Your avatar looks ready to boogie!

  620. theplanisworking says:


  621. defil21 says:

    Good point!

  622. theplanisworking says:

    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.

  623. theplanisworking says:

    Somebody up above asked why I has a duck as an avatar…………….

  624. Don says:

    You nailed it, ONCE HE FELL TO THE GROUND. Wow, that was real BIG of the SD catcher to help him up after be bounced off of the concrete. The key word here is “once,” in other words “after.”

  625. DJ says:

    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.

  626. Brandie says:

    Your Disco Hippo looks ready to Drive The Soul Train! You tell em’ the Muppet says…


    Disco Hippo is Billy Dee Williams Cool with James Earl Jones Elegance!

  627. Brandie says:

    Thanks too chic toochca!

  628. theplanisworking says:

    You are a nut!!!

    I think I look like Florence from the Jeffersons……… ;)

  629. Barb says:

    With a little bit of Barry White soul.

  630. theplanisworking says:

    BARB !!!

    Dont forget my boy Marvin Gaye, too!

  631. Drew71 says:

    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.

  632. Brandie says:

    Plenty of humans owe their existence to some wine and Barry White!

  633. Don says:

    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.

  634. Brandie says:

    And Al Green! He is a Reverend!

  635. Barb says:

    They sure do.

  636. Brandie says:

    Is this beat poetry? Twenty snaps up for the Drew-k!

  637. Dom says:

    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.

  638. Barb says:

    Hey cool man.

  639. theplanisworking says:


    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.

  640. Dom says:

    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.

  641. theplanisworking says:

    Manhattan New York?
    Manhattan Kansas?

    Manhattan clam chowder?
    And do you have the poodles?

  642. 21sthebest says:


  643. 21sthebest says:

    But that’s not all. They tried to stop him from falling.

  644. Brandie says:

    Makes me want to go all Bohemian, look pretentious, and pretend to drink coffee

  645. Brandie says:

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

    Dripping With Power!

  646. JohninOshkosh says:

    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.

  647. theplanisworking says:

    I never knew you were a member of the Travis Snider fan club. ;)

  648. Arriba Wilver says:

    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. :-)

  649. Brandie says:

    Travis “The Toe Knows” Snider? You know it!

  650. theplanisworking says:

    + 1 :D

  651. It’s up to 695 now, Drewmeister. No worries.

    And the Pens’ pre-season thread is up to 32.

    That’s a .05 blogshare.


  652. Drew71 says:

    It was my wife who went all Bohemian tonight.

    She was, and I’ve never used this word with her before, fun.

    I should take her to NY more often.

    Or just send her.

  653. theplanisworking says:

    Sorry you missed the game today.
    It was a good time.

  654. Arriba Wilver says:

    You’re poking the bear, Rev. It’s “hits” that count.

  655. Brandie says:

    Revvie! How’s the world treating you?

  656. Brandie says:

    I’m just touched you all think so much of me to put an APB out for me!

  657. Brandie says:

    More Manhattan Project with that one!

  658. theplanisworking says:

    You didnt use the number 11. ;)

  659. Barb says:

    Well we want the gang altogether cheering on our boys.

  660. Brandie says:

    :-) Thanks! I was cheering them in in my heart as I was trying to sort out some unruly kids!

  661. Drew71 says:

    I thought only columns count.

  662. Brandie says:

    A compliment for your wife! Hades has frozen over! Cats and Digs are living together! We’re Drew-med!(Pronounced Droomed).

  663. Thundercrack says:


  664. Right. Exclusive visits or whatever.

    Time for a bold reaming.

  665. Jim S. says:

    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!

  666. Barb says:

    Well said Jim.

  667. JohninOshkosh says:

    I hate the Reds.

  668. Lad 9 says:

    Is there any team our there with a cast of characters that you would like to beat more? Phillips, Chapman, and the toothpick. I loath them all, and I am not wild about Latos either. It will be good vs evil this weekend on the North Shore. Good will triumph. GO BUCCOS!

  669. Jim S. says:

    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

  670. Jim S. says:

    I expect you’ll be attending at least one of them, right Lad?

  671. Jim S. says:

    You da hippo, plan! Thanks!

  672. Jim S. says:

    Thank you, Barb!

  673. theplanisworking says:

    Please, do tell again!

  674. pattonbb says:

    Lets compare lists sometime.

  675. Jim S. says:

    I smell an anti-Reds rant coming.

  676. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’ll add to the list I posted some time ago.

    Quasi-celebrity Nick Lachey is a Reds fan.

    Hate him.

  677. Lad 9 says:

    I wish. When we had our “draft” for our package I lost out on this weekend. I think I will go to the Steeler game on Sunday night, but I have grown to dislike the night games so I am not looking forward to it as much as usual. Interestingly enough, it is getting increasingly difficult to sell Steeler tickets or to get someone to even go. I could author a few thousand words on what the Steeler experience has turned into from a fan perspective, but would rather not vent my spleen at present. And it would have nothing to do with the product on the field, which I will passionately root for if they are 16-0 or 0-16.

  678. theplanisworking says:

    Well, Toothpick is a quasi-human, so I guess thats a match…………

  679. Barb says:

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

  680. Dom says:

    Night all

  681. Dom says:

    Mercer is the man

  682. Dom says:

    talk to you tomorrow

  683. Chuck H says:

    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.

  684. theplanisworking says:

    Its Brandies find for me.
    A pink Disco Hippo, complete with Afro, shades, and tattoo.

  685. Karen22 says:

    YES, we sure DID!! What a blast!!

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