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Final: Pirates 4, Reds 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (91-68) vs. Cincinnati Reds (90-69)

Starters: RHP A.J. Burnett vs. RHP Homer Bailey

Time: 7:10 p.m.

Site: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd, RF
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Russell Martin, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Burnett, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates pageRob Biertempfel and Travis Sawchik are on the scene, and they’ll be joined this weekend by Joe Starkey writing columns.

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.



    Current updated standings are in the post below this one

    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 HITS by Pirates Batters in tonight’s game
    Line is 7.5

    Line #2
    Total HOME-RUNS HIT by Justin Morneau in the 3 games this weekend against the Reds
    Line is 0.5

    Line #3
    Total WINS by the Pirates in the 3 games this weekend against the Reds
    Line is 1.5

    BONUS Pick ‘Em Line
    In What Place in the NL Central Division Will the Pirates Finish?
    Second Place (DOUBLE ODDS)
    Third Place (EVEN ODDS)

    QUESTION FOR THE MASSES (Simple majority wins)
    Do you want The Window to continue to do daily lines throughout the postseason?
    ***If YES wins, then the final standings will include BOTH the REGULAR and POST season.***
    ***If NO wins, then the final standings will only include the REGULAR season.***

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    Magic Number to Clinch the #4 Seed: 3

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23


    • 100 on the over for all 3. Thanks again for running this all year playoffs!!!!!

    • Over on all three lines please. And second place. All for 100.

      And yes, I would love to see daily lines in the postseason.

      Thank you again Playoffs. And thank you Biz for keeping me out of the cellar. Go Buccos!!

    • Line #1. OVER

      Line #2. OVER

      Line #3. OVER

      Bonus. 2nd Place


      And thanks for doing this, My friend. It’s a big part of the baseball part of this blog, along with JAL’s links.

    • Under for 75 on all 3 lines.

      Bonus – 3rd.

      Continue until Bucs are done.

    • I screwed up, didn’t post in this thread this will be a repeat….
      1 100 over
      2 100 under
      3 100 over
      and Yes and thanks and sorry

    • Line #1 – OVER for 100

      Line #2 – OVER for 100

      Line #3 – OVER for 100

      BONUS: 100 on SECOND PLACE, please.

      Thanks, Window, for all the work you put in to make this a fun game to play. Please continue into the postseason, if you will be so kind.

    • Playoffs,

      yes to continuing.

      Please give me 50 on the over for #3, and 50 for the Pirates to finish second.

      I’m not touching #s 1 or 2, as I am hoping to retain my September first place!


    • Lets see, what should I do

      100 nuke nuggets on OVER for all three lines.

      I believe ;-)

      Thanks Playoffs and if you want to, keep this thing going till November

      Beat Em Bucs

    • 25 Happy Hippos on the UNDER for all 3 lines.
      25 Bonus Happy hippos on 3RD place.

      I say you do the Window 365 days a year…….. thru NHL, NBA, soccer, lacrosse and polo seasons. Just my .02 cents from the Pond.


    • UNDER line 1 for 100
      UNDER line 2 for 100
      OVER line 3 for 100
      2nd place in div. for 100
      YES, absolutely YES for as long as this ride takes us.

    • 25 OVER!!!
      100 UNDER!!!
      100 UNDER!!!

      100 ON SECOND PLACE!!!

    • 100 units on each Line – Please

      Line 1 Under

      Line 2 Over

      Line 3 Under



    • First off let me say this has been fun – I feel like many of you are the kind of folks I would LOVE to have an Imp and an Iron with even though you are obviously delusional….

      And if u r up to it Playoffs – let’s try and keep this going until we are done – I really hope done is HJR after a Walker walk of in Game 7 of the WS…

      But I am also a bit surprised that you did not include a line for Cutch getting plunked tonight – I am pretty sure he will get buzzed – and if the Bucs are leading late he will go down – Baker is “old school” and I hate him – but he knows the game…

      Enough of my crap – 100 on the over for all three and LET”S GO BUCS!

    • Good afternoon to the window. Well what an exciting way to finish the season, a best of three to determine home field advantage for the WC game, have to like the drama.

      Line 1 – 75 on the OVER

      Line 2 – 100 on the UNDER

      Line 3 – 75 on the OVER

      Bonus – 75 on Second Place

      YES – what would playoff baseball be without the window?

      Thanks and GO BUCS!

    • line 1 100 under
      line 2 100 under
      line 3 100 under
      bonus 3rd place

      Yes with the window in post season with triple lines each game.

    • Line 2 50 units on the under
      Bonus line 25 on third place

    • 100 on the over for all three lines and second place on the pick em’ please. Thanks!

    • Line #1–100 on the OVER

      Line #2–100 on the UNDER

      Line #3–100 on the OVER

      Pick ‘Em–100 on 2nd Place

      Postseason Lines: YES

    • Tough ones:
      50 on Under for Line 1
      100 on Under for Line 2
      100 on Under for Line 3
      100 on 2nd Place
      [hedging here]
      I love the window, Playoffs, a big contribution here. Please keep it going.

    • 100 over all three lines.
      100 on second place.
      yes, please! Continue! You rock Lunatic Nation, Playoffs!!!!

    • I’ll take the over on all 3 lines and Second place on the bonus for 100 each please. Lets continue throughout the playoffs!

    • @playoffs

      I’m too late for the betting window, but I’d vote “yes” for lines during the playoffs. (Unless you’re tired of doing them of course)

    stuart66 ~ 550
    Dom ~ 325
    TCB ~ 275
    RobertoForever ~ 250
    cherokee23 ~ 250

    bman ~ 2855
    JRay3 ~ 1950
    War Horse ~ 1565
    Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) ~ 1475
    JUCOFan ~ 1300
    Dadtackular ~ 1100
    blazer ~ 1050
    Nate83 ~ 1025
    KJX ~ 750
    RobertoForever ~ 740
    fellocolonial ~ 700
    TCB ~ 675
    Chico ~ 600
    Ermine ~ 600
    theplanisworking ~ 500
    Irish ~ 475
    stickyweb ~ 450
    cherokee23 ~ 400
    JohninOshkosh ~ 335
    EricBowser ~ 325
    OZ ~ 300
    Bill Born ~ 230
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    Evan ~ 200
    Hal Smith ~ 200
    kr70 ~ 200
    tdb1977 ~ 185
    A1C McG ~ 100
    Damon ~ 100
    Dom ~ 100
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    steelercrazy ~ 100
    Vette60 (Randy in RVA) ~ 100
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    Pucknutz ~ 50
    stuart66 ~ 50
    Big B ~ 0
    Fish ~ 0
    MarkV ~ 0
    pants-n-at ~ 0
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    JoeyBats ~ -75
    Ben ~ -80
    Alexandre Giesbrecht ~ -100
    Brian ~ -100
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    John in WM ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    buffalo_bob ~ -150
    buggee ~ -150
    Ghost ~ -150
    Matt hoffman ~ -150
    Arriba Wilver ~ -200
    DormontGeorge ~ -200
    Ryan76 ~ -200
    TJ ~ -200
    BDHumbert ~ -225
    tmp444 ~ -225
    Drew71 ~ -250
    Frankie ~ -250
    Patrick ~ -250
    cmat0829 ~ -300
    Joey Mellons ~ -300
    Rick in Crete ~ -300
    Steve J. Smith ~ -300
    toochca ~ -300
    absolute59 ~ -350
    DemonDachshund ~ -450
    The Gunner ~ -500
    TK ~ -500
    Keith ~ -550
    Jandy ~ -575
    radio wave ~ -575
    JaxBuc ~ -650
    Jason81 ~ -900
    Karen22 ~ -950
    Brandie ~ -975
    cosmo ~ -1000
    pattonbb ~ -1050
    JMB ~ -1350
    Kevin ~ -1535
    JD ~ -2275
    Lad9 ~ -2300
    Bizrow ~ -5000

    ***The Most Points for the end of SEPTEMBER will win:***

    First Place at the end of the season will win:

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:

    Third Place at the end of the season will win:

    Fourth Place at the end of the season will win:

    Fifth Place at the end of the season will win:

  3. 1- 100 over
    2- 100 under
    3- 100 over
    and YES
    and thanks

  4. I’m proud to be representing Bucco Nation at tonight’s game (with my girlfriend).

    Wearing our Pirates gear into the Sea of Red.

    Seats are in Section 111 (short left field) just under the overhang.

    You can just about draw a line thru our seats, third base, and the mound.

    Excited to see AJ pitching tonight. Hope he has his playoffs face on.


    • If you see Dusty throw something at him.

    • Have a great time, Dave and bring home the W.

    • See if you can sneak onto that big boat thing in CF. Maybe you can get on TV looking out onto the field. My kids and I tried when we went there on a Sunday in July, but they had a private party.

      Also, if you walk around to RF, you can look down into the Pirates bullpen from the concourse. Kind of a nice feature. I think they put it there for their fans to harrass the Reds’ opponent. On the day I was there, it was surrounded by Buccos Nation.

      Have fun! I found the Cincinnati faithful to be very courteous to the Bucs fans.

  5. A great feature of the First Pitch thread is the Bucco lineup. Would love to see the other team’s lineup added to it.

    For tonight, here is the Reds lineup:


    If AJ can avoid big mistakes to the lefty Bermuda Triangle of Choo, Votto and Bruce, this lineup can be held in check. Big “if” there, I know. But, they don’t have much consistent offense other than those 3. Ludwick bats 2nd.

    Please don’t start the game off with a walk to Choo, AJ. We need Votto coming to the plate with no one on base as often as possible. And, we need quick innings out of AJ. If he is sharp early, he can get on a roll.

    I think we may do some damage to Bailey. Just a hunch.

  6. I hate baseball. So boring. They just stand around. I like to play it but can’t stand watching it.

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    • 409 locations?


      Is this a feature only for Pirate season, or does this continue year-round (like Pens season too?)

    • We have Switzerland and Singapore, but we can’t lock up the Dakotas?

      • I guess those 4 stone faced Presidents don’t like baseball. Is there anything/anyone else in the Dakotas?

        • Indian casinos. Wall Drug. A big AFB.

          Dances with Wolves was filmed there.

          Actually, there are great people in the Dakotas. Just not a lot of people, overall. It is a pretty well kept secret, I think. Brutal winters, though.

          • Huge Bike rally there (Sturgis S. D. ).
            Maybe they dont like baseball?

            And the Oil and winters………… YIKES !
            Minus 40, and snow from December til March…… then it thaws out in the 100 degree Mays.

            • They like baseball, but they can never get 18 people together at one time.

              Pheasant hunting, from what I hear, is great in Aberdeen, SD.

              They should have someone from their tourist bureau monitoring us. We’re making them sound pretty good.

              • We will only charge them a SMALL fee, Right Jim?? ;)

              • Sorry, plan. I snuck out for a bit. But, yes, I think they do owe us a little somehting for the effort. We got a little hype going about the Dakotas for about 2 hours.

              • No need to apologize, I was out also.

                I say we write to the S.D Secretary of State, and get what is ours !!! ;)

              • It’s worth a try.

                I gotta run. The kids are firing up the Philco for the game! I don’t even know what that means, but I saw it on a TV show once. I think it’s an old TV. Let me update it. Gotta run! The kids are firing up the Samsung for the game!

                Go Bucs!!!

        • lots and lots and lots of oil.

        • There’s the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. A cheesy must stop on your way to Rushmore. Also, the Badlands is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Went camping there this summer. Wal Drug is a waste of time. As is Crazy Horse.

          Bismark and Fargo are very nice if you meander way up to NoDak.

          • When I was a little boy, we would load up the Hudson and drive from Illinois to Cut Bank, Montana. Three must stops were Wall Drug (after 1000 miles of ”Have you all seen Wall” signs – they had lots of sinage that was pretty clever, and little boys found much to admire at the drugstore), Mt Rushmore, Deadwood and Custer Battlefield(now called something more accurate, I am sure). If we could talk the folks into it, we would stop at the Corn Palace, for sure. This nearly annual ritual was interrupted twice in Kadoka, SD, where the Hudson blew a head gasket two years in a row (back then, this was not an easy fix, so I spent 13 days of my life in that godforsaken town in something called Camp Joy, motel.

    • woop woop! 409! Good job, Biz :)

  8. Still looking for two more lunatics for fantasy football.

    E-mail if interested



    DK: DARYL!



    LETS GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Man your beanball helmets!!
    Dusty Baker’s got a list….And he’s checkin’ it twice.
    He’s also got his built in excuse….
    “Oh….The Pirates lead the league in hitting people….Blah Blah Blah!!!”
    An convenient excuse for a known head hunter like himself…..

  12. Greetings from Ebensburg Comfort Inn. Will check in from time to time. Happy Playoffs everyone.

  13. Fired up for the first pitch from Los Gatos, Ca. Home tomorrow night and Sunday will be all about the Bucs and Steelers. Go Buccos!


  15. Making macaroni salad for my grand daughter’s 2nd birthday party tomorrow…I’ll pop in later! Go Bucs!!

  16. Pedro and Cutch have got to step up.

  17. Baily looks a bit tight tonight. Looks like he will let stuff rattle him (nearlynwalked AJ, for example). Need to get to him in the third, before he gets in his groove.

  18. If Burnett continues to throw his fastball up and in the zone, it will be a short night for him.

  19. Nice to see 2 Pirate batters hit already.

    Gonna be a long weekend, folks…………..

  20. Morneau is a savy old pro. He should be able to take advantage of Baily.

  21. 2-0 Good Guys, thanks to Big Byrd !!!

  22. Byrd is da werd!

  23. I live for the applause…the applause…the applause…

  24. Another nice K for AJ ;)

  25. Does anybody know if the game tomorrow will be a national broadcast? Just want to know if I will be able to see it down here in Texas.

  26. Oh. My. God. Marte just pulled a Cutch!

  27. Wow, what a catch!!

  28. Just a guess, but that catch might be on ESPN tonight.

  29. As good a running diving catch you will see in LF as Marte takes hit away from Votto. Team playing solidly to start this series, demonstrating a lot of patience at plate and AJ dealing through first three.

    • He seems to make those kind of catches against the Reds…remember the diving catch he made at PNC Park earlier in the season agains them?

  30. Now that’s how you don’t lollygag in left field!

  31. Frazier has seemed to hit us pretty good the last few games…

  32. Come on Morny…

  33. Homer has become effectively wild.

    I hate effectively wild pitchers named “Homer”.

  34. It’s getting pretty obvious that the non-hitters have assembled in Cincy. It’s only a matter of time until the Reds put together some hits and runs. C’mon you bunch of auto outs,
    do you want home field or don’t you?

  35. Yes. Rolled a pair!

  36. Was that “No hands” Maz that just made that turn at 2nd?

  37. Top shelf and a beauty…. errrr double

  38. And Petey takes care of business!

  39. #35 a no doubter for Pedro who now has 99 RBI’s way to go El Toro!

  40. Way to go Pedro!!!

  41. El Toro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Homer is going home!

  42. Thanks Pedro for finally hitting that one! 4-1 Bucs and no outs.

  43. No doubt about that one. And did you see that emotion!

  44. Pedro has awoke!! Fantastic!!!

  45. Pirates chase Bailey early tonight, team has very good focus at plate tonight, hopefully a good sign leading into the postseason.

  46. Let’s hope Hurdle keeps a very careful eye on AJ. We know what he has done in the past–all to often.

  47. And Simon walks Russell

  48. Was just about to post how Pedro is running out of time to get on one of his famed hot streaks, as it looked like he was cruising towards another ineffective AB. Thanks for shutting me up, Pedro. If he can get on a hot streak this weekend and carry it for a couple of weeks, all bets are off regarding how far the Buccos can go. He can carry the offense. No, one HR doesn’t mean he’s officially on a tear, but let’s see how his AB’s look in the next couple of games.

  49. Baker is so upset, he ordered his pitcher to hit HIM !!!

    I missed all the excitement, but read it here.

  50. It’s about time AJ got some offensive support. Now, he has to continue to keep holding off the Reds.

    • Think about how much AJ has meant to this ride. He brought an attitude and a humility to that clubhouse. We sit here and blog, but he has had an affect on this team in a positive manner. And if had had some run support the last TWO years what would his record be? Good Dude. If we can sign him next year at a decent price I’m all in.

    • AJ’s pitch count is at 73 thru 6 innings. He is well positioned to go deep into this game.

  51. I hope Pedro gets hot now. That would be fantastic

  52. Glad my negative blog woke up the team to a certain extent, but why is Barmes playing
    instead of Mercer? Bucs could look better.

  53. AJ looks to be in rear form, seven solid turned in by Burnett.

    Reds scuffling just 6 runs in their 34 innings.

  54. A little birdie told me that Byrd is the word.

  55. Forgot about this………..

    Pedro’s HR tonight makes him the single-season leader for HR’s by a Pirate third baseman.

  56. Looks like Pedro is starting to see the ball well again tonight. A good sign for the weekend and hopefully for the next 4 weeks to go.

  57. Reds helping us, and AJ out by swinging early. :)

  58. The Cubs are lying down and dying.

    Sounds like their manager is on the outs as well.

  59. This could be AJ’s final start for the Bucs. That would be a shame.

  60. There’s something to be said when the opposing pitcher goes 9 innings… come on Clint, play the mental card and let AJ start the 9th.

  61. AJ says STFD!!!

  62. AJ was just #hurdled

  63. I do not like this decision. Let AJ start the inning with a short leash. But hey Clint knows what he is doing. Manager Of The year

    • Ken

      I agree with you, AJ should have definitely started the 9th. Going to Grilli worked out for CH tonight, though.

      Let’s hope Brother Morton pitches another gem tomorrow.

  64. A series this important and the best mlb can do is a crew with Diaz on it??

  65. Terrible call hurts us again.

  66. Thank You Laz Diaz for screwing us over.

    Dont forget to pick up your envelope from Dusty after the game.

  67. Yes!!! Thank you moron for swinging at that pitch.

  68. CH is taking a huge gamble rolling with Grilli as the closer at this point of the year. Hoping for the best, but believe Melancon and Watson are better options. Also, I agree with those who thought AJ should’ve stayed in. Would’ve made a statement.

    3 run lead against the Reds in the 9th on a Friday night.. Let’s pray for a different outcome.

  69. Raise the jolly blower!!!!!


    Great performance by AJ, and Pedro.

  71. Raise it! Grilli overcomes the Laz Diaz effect and closes it out. Great game.

  72. Raise the Jolly Roger!!!!!!!! One more win and we can have the wild card game at PNC Park.

  73. And that’s the ball game, just need to split final two to earn right to play Tuesday’s game at PNC.

    Great final start of the year from AJ Burnett, big hit from Pedro Alvarez good night all around for the Buccos.

  74. Well friends I must turn in before I turn into a pumpkin. A lot to do tomorrow. Have a good one.

  75. Raising the Roger from San Francisco area! One more for the home game!

  76. Let’s take down Arroyo tomorrow and wrap up home field for WC game.

  77. Hurdle is managing a playoff team here fighting for a home game. He has to make moves accordingly.

    This is hardly JR removing Zach Duke with two outs in the ninth.

  78. Who rests on Sunday if the Bucs wrap the home spot tomorrow ? Everybody, lol.

  79. I am off to bed too…good night Loonies!!!!!

  80. Uno mas!!!!

  81. One of the best games the Bucs have played all year on the road produces a 4-1 victory.

    I have criticized AJ for occasionally being selfish on the mound. Not tonight. I felt he had every right to be angry for being taken out at 89 pitches and on total cruise control, lock down mode. But, after some initial disappointment in the dugout, he responded well.

    Grilli pitched a great 9th – especially after the deliberate bad 3rd strike swing on Votto. That was a total reputation call. The kind of call Votto gets and Cutch never gets. Wait a minute, no one else gets to take an almost full cut at a ball and still have it called no swing. I am so angry at that, even though we won. Oh well, it didn’t hurt us.

    Marlon Byrd was huge at the plate. Pedro was huge at the plate. Marte made a ridiculous play in LF. Cutch is scuffling now, but he’ll snap back tomorrow I think. The infield defense was terrific.

    Just a great win and start to this series. Go Bucs! Tomorrow we earn the home game in #163.

    • Maybe with Bud-less retiring, finally the umpiring issue can be addressed!

      • Did anyone check to see if the 3b ump got Votto’s autograph after the game? It was obvious he held Votto in high regard. I don’t like to complain about stuff like that very much, but I don’t recall the last time I saw such an overt bad call.

        • Bucknor’s call last night was even worse……… the players tagged the runner with his hand……. no ball in it !!! And, he called him out!

    • Jim AJ was actually at 99 pitches and has regularly turned into a pumpkin at 100 pitches. That being said, I would have ran him out there in the ninth – and I would have been wrong.

      • My typo, Lad. I meant 99. But, that was 99 spread over 8. No tough innings at all. He was cruising. Lots of easy outs. But, I trust Clint. He gets it right far more than he gets it wrong, and he gets it right far more than I would. He is my Manager of the Year. I guess I just wanted to see a statement CG by AJ. But, Grilli was terrific.

      • Zactly, when something goes wrong (and it usually does then we lose our momentum and lose the game.
        Clint got it right.

  82. Laz Diaz is an AWFUL umpire–at least we won’t see him behind the plate.

  83. One more.

    Just one.

    I love Pedro being pumped.

  84. Got the first one……Let’s get the second one AND the last one!

  85. Nice game by Phillips. When ever we really needed an out (or sometimes 2), he was there for us. Thank you, Brandon!

  86. Night all. Sweet dreams of late October. Morning DK.Java time.

  87. Great game and great win. Win one out of two and see everyone Tuesday at PNC. Bucs can beat Atlanta if that is who they play. But I will take anyone just win the playoff game.

  88. I said this morning that I felt good about tonight and this whole weekend. I predicted AJ would go 7 strong, allowing 2 runs to lead the Bucs to a 4-2 win. AJ actually pitched even better, going 8 innings with 1 run allowed in 4-1 win for the good guys.

    I’m not boasting. I’m usually wrong in my predictions, but happy to say I was on the mark for a change. Now, tomorrow we can go out and erase all effects of that awful game from last Friday.

    I fully expect this team to win on Tuesday, regardless of whether it is a home game or not. I just think we are a better team than the Reds. I hope we prove it.

    • Jim, I tend to agree that the Pirates are better than the Reds. Other than the ninth inning last Friday, and the game Sunday that Locke started, the Reds have not hit much all week. I think the Pirates have the advantage against their bats both Saturday and Sunday with Morton and Cole pitching. Then if Liriano pitches Tuesday at PNC, you have to like the Pirates chances there, too.


    Had a GREAT time at the game.

    1) AJ rocked. I was watching the balls-to-strikes ratio through the innings and AJ was hovering around 1 ball per 2 strikes. Bailey was almost even.
    2) Marte’s catch. Amazing.
    3) Pedro’s home run. The trajectory was fairly low. That was a true cannonball. Turned to the guy next to me and said ‘that had to be about 440 feet.’ Spot on.
    4) AJ batting in the 7th. Thought a complete game was forthcoming, but worked out well with Grilli.
    5) Fireworks night in Cincy. Most of them provided by our Buccos.
    6) (To Jim S: the Reds fans were indeed very gracious. Not even a sign of a problem at Great American.

    One win to go… playoff baseball back in the ‘Burgh!

  90. Woo-Hoo! Home from work, CHECKIN’ OUT those highlights!

  91. RAISE IT… in San Franscisco for the weekend, relied on MLB At Bat on my smart phone to follow the game with Greg and Bob… excellent radio call by Greg…very descriptive. I don’t listen to audio very often and he really painted the picture for me. Was walking around the city nervously and exhaled when Pedro hit the bomb.

    KEEP THE FRIGGIN FAITH! Let’s clinch this tomorrow and bring the playoffs to PNC PARK….

  92. With the win last night, the Pirates guaranteed that they will finish no worse than .500 in their last 54 games of the regular season. They are currently 27-25 in their last 52.

    That is not good enough to win the division, but it is not the collapse that occurred the last two years and was regularly discussed this year. (My guess is that most of the folks on the blog at least thought about it if they did not mention it out loud.)

  93. I have nothing Piratey to complain about this morning.

    So what do I do now?

  94. Shortly after the Cardinals clinched the Division title yesterday, a reporter asked their starter Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97 ERA) what he thought. “We wanted to win the Central,” said Lynn. “We had to face that Wild Card Game last year, and it’s not a fun game to be a part of. You have two good teams that are deserving of being in the playoffs in that Wild Card Game and only one wins. We didn’t want to be a part of that.”
    Who could blame any of the Cardinals for thinking that as they went into August and September? They had the experience of last year’s WC fight. If the inexperienced Pirates had won a few more games in August and September, they might have made it where the Cardinals finished. But that’s water under the bridges.
    I fear that failure to get past Cincinnati–today, tomorrow and Tuesday–will end up being our last chance for longer than we may suspect. The team is as strong as any in the NL, but it is not likely to be as strong and talented next year. We are not likely to have Byrd, Morneau, A.J. and some of the others who make this such a strong team back again.

    • I was thinking something similar. It takes at least 90 wins to make the wild card game. The Pirates went 15-5 in Interleague Games this year. They are not likely to do that again. The Brewers will be better. The Cardinals and Reds are always tough. The Pirates will be good next year, but we will be on the edge of our seats all summer trying to make the playoffs, which is a good place to be.

      • You have to hand it to the front office for getting Byrd and Morneau, if only for the final push. I am not a fan of this management team, except for Hurdle, in whom I trust, but he, too, is fallible, like us all. Nutting is singularly responsible for allowing the team to drift into mediocrity for all those years while, at the same time, helping to make the rich investors richer. Forgiveness may be divine, but the only thing the would forgive Nutting and his crowd of investors, in my mind, would be a WS chance. (And two tickets for every regular on this blog.)

    • I DO think it is tough to make the playoffs and so we need to make hay now that we are in and unlike the Nats last year, we can’t just assume we will get in again next year.

      I DO NOT think that not having Byrd or Morneau will make any difference to how the 2014 team fares; I DO think AJ is important and Bucs should try to sign him, but I also think we are in good shape in the rotation even without him.

      Let’s not just assume pessimistically that the Bucs will take a step back in 2014 and the Reds or Cards won’t, especially the Reds. There is as much room for upside on this team as there is downside, and once the offseason hits we can start debating them (when does Taillon/Polanco arrive, which FA pitchers will the Bucs target if AJ retires, who are they gonna get to play RF & maybe 1B, etc.)

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