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Pirates 5, Cubs 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (5-3) vs. Chicago Cubs (3-5)

Time: 2:20 p.m.

Site: Wrigley Field, Chicago

TV, Radio: Root Sports, MLB Network (national), WGN (Chicago), 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. And here’s our Bucco Blog with all the pitching matchups, lineups, etc. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene for the Trib.

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.

Comments

  1. 21sthebest says:

    Good Guys

    1. Starling
    2. Tabs
    3. Cutch
    4. Petey
    5. The Gabster
    6. Tony Montana
    7. PRNW
    8. Barmes???? Geez. I was hoping for Jordy to see if he can build some confidence off of a LHP.
    9. Gerrit, Garrett, Gerrick

    Scrubs

    1. Bonifacio
    2. Kalish
    3. Rizzo
    4. Schierholtz
    5. Lake
    6. Castro
    7. Olt
    8. Castillo
    9. Wood

  2. NMR says:

    Barmes?!

    Hope Hurdle washes his hands after flinging substances against the wall.

  3. Tom P. says:

    Thanks, 21. It’s currently a windy day in NW PA. Any idea whether it is still bowing out in Chicago?

  4. Tom P. says:

    That’s “blowing.”

  5. NMR says:

    Love Gaby hitting behind Pedro, fwiw. Clint giveth and Clint taketh.

  6. 21sthebest says:

    Well according to the internets, it appears that it’s windy, which of course is not news there. What it’s doing in Wrigley I’m not sure.

  7. Jim should be getting to the game about now.

    Jim, can you hear us out there? How is the weather in Chicago? And, is Jim Cantore there?

    The Weather Channel had a guy at Victory Field in Indy this morning. Showed an old clip of Jordy hitting a HR and rounding the bases. Ironic, he isn’t in the lineup today. In Chicago or Indy.

  8. Jim S. says:

    Jordy has to play today. He must not have good splits vs. Wood.

  9. Jim S. says:

    Lucky:

    It was beautiful this morning. Very sunny and pleasant. But, the forecast was for rain to move in, and it is darkening up quite a bit already. Supposed to be off and on showers where I am all afternoon. Bums me out because my son’s 1st baseball game is tonight.

    I live about 35 miles west of Chicago, though. And, with the lake, the weather is often quite different down at Wrigley. It tends to be cooler by up to 10 degrees there in the afternoon in the spring.

  10. 21sthebest says:

    Splits Wood. Nice!

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  12. 21sthebest says:

    Jordy is 2-5 with a walk.

  13. Thank you for that report, Jim.

    Now, the weather trivia question of the day: Who said “I never spent a colder winter than a summer in San Francisco”?

    Clue: the answer is not Dejan Kovocevic

  14. NMR says:

    After watching this series I’m pretty well convinced that the Cubs are going to be awfully tough to beat at home as early as 2016.

    They’re gonna lead the league in homeruns with the guys they have coming up through the minors. Baez and Bryant could hit 40 each.

  15. Tom P. says:

    Lucky, I think the answer is Mark Twain. And during the 3 hours that my wife and I spent at Candlestick on our honeymoon in June 1997, he is absolutely correct. We wore windbreakers appropriate for the sunny and 70 degree day in the city. The natives around us at the ballpark were wearing parkas and had brought hot chicken dinners from home.

  16. NMR says:

    Bingo!

  17. Jim S. says:

    Yep, have to agree much as I have a dislike for them.

    They don’t yet have pitching, but they will probably trade Smardzija and others, as needed, for young arms.

    And, I believe they will hit free agency big for pitchers when they can in the next couple of years. They made a big play for Tanaka.

    Baez has plate discipline and some maturity issues, but he is very young for where he is playing. He has scary power, as does Bryant.

    They are putting the pieces together pretty quickly, I think.

  18. Thanks, Tom. Nothing better than a witness, brother.

    I’ve never been any further west than Colorado, so I defer to those that have.

  19. Jim S. says:

    Head scratcher.

    No cookie cutting allowed.

  20. Jim S. says:

    I have an almost identical story of that place they called a ball park at Candlestick Point, Tom.

  21. “Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses should every word be established:.

    Ya’ all know where that came from.

    Now we have three: Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Tom P. and Jim S.

  22. Arriba Wilver says:

    Yeah, I kinda got the Sunday lineup, but sitting Jordy against the lefty?

    Oh well, ICIT.

  23. Arriba Wilver says:

    Yeah, they have some bats.

  24. NMR says:

    I wonder if Theo & Co’s hitter-heavy minor league approach had this in mind?

    Maybe this is something that is backed more by narrative than data, but it FEELS like the Cubs have an advantage in their own ballpark with the lineup they’re developing, even with inferior pitching.

  25. DJ says:

    The good news is that with Bryant, one less megabucks suitor for Pedro.

    Hey, just trying to keep it upbeat.

  26. NMR says:

    I innitially cringed when I saw Martin sitting. I know I know, day game after night game, yadda yadda. But nobody on this club is striking the ball better this season and the guy is comming off a two homer game. We’re 11 days into the season and he’s already had three off. I’m pretty sure he’ll be ok.

    BUT…Tony Sanchez, man. I real live backup catch that can hit baseballs thrown by Major League pitchers. Gonna be tough to see him go if he keeps it up.

  27. NMR says:

    Haha, I’m on board, buddy.

  28. Jim S. says:

    I’ve heard it mentioned a lot that they intentionally went after bats first. They felt they could have a quicker impact on games in Wrigley going that route, just as you said. They also felt bats were more reliable as prospects to gauge, I heard.

    Traded a big-time arm in Cashner for Rizzo. Cashner may have turned a corner last year. Rizzo is still developing, I think, but he has a chance to be an impact hitter.

  29. Jim S. says:

    I’m going out on a limb here. I’m going to say that if the Bucs hit 5 more HR today, they’ll probably win … and they will probably score more than 5 runs this time.

    I can’t imagine a team has ever gone 0/0 w/ RISP in a game it hit 5 HR and scored 5 runs. But, as Groat mentioned earlier, I don’t think they had anyone in scoring position all night.

  30. Jim S. says:

    He does these things to prove to us that he’s in charge. By now, I would have thought he would just get all of his coaching advice from this blog. :-)

  31. NMR says:

    I’d say Rizzo is an impact hitter already. That trade looked lopsided for a while. Wonder why it took so long to move Cashner to the rotation?

  32. Jim S. says:

    I don’t know. He sure looks like he belongs now.

  33. Botherhood of the Redus says:

    Glad you said it….Agree 100%. the Cubs are going to be tough at some point with some pitching.

  34. pants-n-at says:

    Cubs defense took away several hits/EBH

  35. Bizrow says:

    That’s true, no runners in scoring position

  36. Jim S. says:

    Thanks, Biz-Ghost! ;-)

  37. Jim S. says:

    I agree, Arriba and Redus. And the bats, for the most part have not even arrived yet, as NMR pointed out with Baez and Bryant still on the way. There are others as well.

    It is hard to find anyone that is excited about where the Cubs might be headed around here. I think their future looks pretty good – the caveat being that they still need to fill the pipeline with pitchers, which is no easy task. I think they will soon be able to maybe bludgeon their way to 80 wins, maybe more. It will be interesting to see if their pitching prospects come through, as well as what arms they might trade for or sign as free agents in the next few years.

    But, getting back to the general mood here, this team never wins. If I were a fan of theirs, I would be embracing what Theo & Jed are doing, because I can see some evidence that something is finally working. I guess people are so beaten down and jaded that they are just tired of waiting, tired of hearing about 2 years from now.

  38. DJ says:

    That’s why Jandhi loves you, Jim. Never afraid to make the bold, brash, against the grain prediction.

    Even when the odds are 99 – 1 in your favor.

  39. Nate83 says:

    Their infield was very good last night. I don’t know what got into Castro but some team will be happy to play the Cubs when he starts throwing the ball 10 ft. to the left of first base or booting routine grounders. All things even out and Castro is in for some horrible fielding.

    On another note I honestly don’t think the Pirates would have been in on Kendry Morales anyways but with Josh Hamilton being out for a while I could see the Angels with all their money using it on Morales to have another bat in the middle of that lineup.

  40. Jim S. says:

    I warned you that I was going out on a limb. :-)

  41. Baywatch says:

    I got in the wrong thread and said “Afternoon, Y’all!” AFTERNOON, Y’ALL!

  42. NMR says:

    The fact that Raul Ibanez is awful should’ve had the Angels interested five months ago.

  43. bpn8pitt says:

    Castro has had a good series.

  44. Jim S. says:

    Jonathan Mayo tweeted that he had heard Jameson Taillon’s TJ surgery was successful yesterday. Can anyone remember an instance where a doctor came out of surgery on an athlete and said, “That didn’t go well at all. I’m pretty sure I just screwed up any chance of this kid reaching his potential as a pitcher.”

  45. Jim S. says:

    He doesn’t turn 42 until June. :-)

  46. Jim S. says:

    Hey, Bay!

  47. Jandy says:

    And I answered you! hey hey Bayman! :D

  48. bpn8pitt says:

    Pitcher, no. Bo Jackson, maybe.

  49. Jandy says:

    Awwww but I love Jim because he is the sweetest man on this blog! :*

  50. Jandy says:

    461 and counting!!! :D

  51. Jim S. says:

    It’s just icky reading that and staring at Robert Downey, JR.

  52. Jandy says:

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. Baywatch says:

    Aw! Y’all are just SUPERCALIGRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIUS!!

  54. Nate83 says:

    It’s amazing how many average or bad players play for some of these large market teams. Look at the Yankees infield. It’s amazing that is what they have with that payroll. The Tigers have Alex Gonzales, Rajia Davis and a rookie 3rd baseman starting for them. We get angry about the bottom of our lineup but it exist on every team. It seems as if the only difference between a team like the Pirates and large market team is the amount that is spent on the top 8-10 players.

    It would be interesting if one large market team just decided to not pay anyone more then 15 million but still have a payroll of 180 million. With most of their players making between 8-12 million. To put it simply a team full of Hunter Pence’s and Ian Kinsler’s.

  55. DJ says:

    Only if the doctor harvested the wrong replacement ligament, Jim.

    And even then it would be, “Yeah, everything looks great . . . but Jameson is now a lefty.”

  56. Nate83 says:

    So he will be traded to the Phillies is what you are saying.

  57. Arriba Wilver says:

    True.

  58. NMR says:

    VIVA LA CASTRO.

  59. Nate83 says:

    I don’t know Jim but I do know they screw up sometimes because when I got my back surgery I had to sign a form that acknowledged that something like .13% of people don’t live through the surgery. I was like wait I know those are slim odds and probably include countries with less capable doctors but I hear a team just scored 5 runs without having one runner reach scoring position. I’m not sure I want to go through with this.

  60. Jandy says:

    OK I just went and did a switcheroo….should be a bit better soon, Jim :)

  61. Tom P. says:

    I can remember another set of folks who, until recently, were tired of hearing about two years from now, too.

  62. Nate83 says:

    Garage door Jandy is back. Much more recognizable as a garage d…….Ah…..that didn’t come out right :)

  63. bpn8pitt says:

    I heard Pedro Ciriaco was available.

  64. Chuck H says:

    Would have been a win for the Buccos if Clint had pulled Wandy a couple batters sooner, and would not have put in
    Gomez (he stinks). It’s apparent that Wandy is done as a starter-he doesn’t have the command that he once had. Trade him for another lefthand bat to come off the bench. GO, BUCS!!!

  65. Jim S. says:

    I’ll swap Jordy/Barmes for Starlin right now and not look bad. He has had some focus issues in the past. But, he just turned 24 and before last year he had already put up some good seasons. I think he bounces back this year.

    I think he’s reasonably signed through ’19 as well, with the biggest salary at $11M.

  66. Jandy says:

    Gee, thanks, nate!

    :thwap:

    :P

  67. Jim S. says:

    ++, Nate.

  68. bpn8pitt says:

    Heard that argument before. My response is, the free agent pools aren’t what they used to be.

    And for all the talk about the Yankees and 2b, they did let Cano walk.

    Hal Steinbrenner said over the off season, the Yankees could easily have a payroll exceeding 300 million with no revenue sharing and luxury tax fine.

  69. Jim S. says:

    I heard they prefer someone with a little more “seasoning.”

  70. Jim S. says:

    Haha! I was just kidding, Jandy! Your avatar is your avatar.

  71. Jim S. says:

    Touche, Tom P.

  72. Jim S. says:

    Oops, my typos strike again. Meant “and not look back.”

  73. NMR says:

    Hal Steinbrenner can easily afford a $300m payroll WITH revenue sharing and luxury tax fines.

    It is a CHOICE to avoid the tax that he is making, not a necessity.

  74. NMR says:

    Hahaha, great stuff guys.

  75. 21sthebest says:

    My favorite comment is along the lines of:

    “We polled the living Hall of Fame members……”

    I guess they say that because they couldn’t get Shirley MacLaine to complete the sample.

  76. NMR says:

    Not sure if serious…

  77. Jim S. says:

    Does Bonifacio think he’s Billy Hamilton now? Not on my watch says Tony Montana.

  78. NMR says:

    Gerrit Cole just walked Emilio Bonifacio. To start the game.

    That is almost as dumb as Hurdle intentionally walking him.

  79. Arriba Wilver says:

    I hope not. ;-)

  80. bpn8pitt says:

    Cool. Vin sticking around.

  81. Jim S. says:

    I know. When Hurdle walked him, I almost fell out of my chair.

    Bonifacio had a start similar to this in one other year. Then, he became Bonifacio again – career .340-ish slugger.

  82. Jim S. says:

    I wonder if Garrett Jones is available in trade yet. ;-)

  83. NMR says:

    Never have been wild about him due to his defense.

    Pretty much the guy I see Alen Hanson turning into, though (physically).

  84. NMR says:

    Cannot imagine a half decent reason why a guy with a triple digit fastball doesn’t have the catcher set up on the inside corner and tell him not to bother with signs.

  85. Arriba Wilver says:

    +++

  86. Nate83 says:

    Can never have to many arms. Although more then two per person would be cause for concern.

  87. Nate83 says:

    I saw a highlight of him making a great defensive play the other night. I thought to myself I hope the Marlin fans enjoyed that because he is done for the year.

    Is any of the first base options mentioned in the last 3 months playing well? I saw Loney is off to a bad start and Smoak has come back down to earth. It’s early but I think at the end of the year we will realize very few if any of those options would have been big improvements.

  88. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m pretty sure Morales is batting .000. ;-)

  89. NMR says:

    You’ll know when one of the 1B is playing well cuz I’m sure Groat will drop in and let us know.

    Crickets a week later.

  90. Baywatch says:

    Cutch appears to be pressing.

  91. 21sthebest says:

    He got engaged.

  92. NMR says:

    Ha, was just gonna come in and say that Cutch has been a weakness…only because I’m fairly sure I’ll never get the chance to say it again this year. ;)

  93. Baywatch says:

    I thought we were getting better focus out of SNIDER for the same reason!

  94. 21sthebest says:

    She didn’t make Travis go on national TV to announce the engagement = lower maintenance.

  95. Nate83 says:

    No you are right. He needs to be shipped out with Gomez.

  96. 21sthebest says:

    And Wandy.

  97. Baywatch says:

    Twue.

  98. Nate83 says:

    I smell a package deal for Smoak on the horizon. Our left overs for their all-star first baseman on pace for 200 RBI. I don’t want to get greedy but maybe we can get them to throw in a lottery ticket prospect.

  99. NMR says:

    Why is it that this team NEVER shows up for day games?

  100. Andrew says:

    Just saw that sequence on the gamecast, wow was that bad.

  101. DJ says:

    Missed Tony nailing the runner earlier but that was just horrible fundamentals on the last throw.

  102. NMR says:

    So grateful that I’m only listening on the radio. What an ugly game.

  103. bpn8pitt says:

    Makes you feel good about Martin’s walk year…ugh.

  104. NMR says:

    Travis Kershaw on the mound, folks!

    This is ridiculous. Zero focus. Simply not prepared to play the game.

  105. Arriba Wilver says:

    You can tell that from the radio?

    :-)

  106. Arriba Wilver says:

    This isn’t his bad year. It’s next year, AFTER he gets married.

  107. Jandy says:

    BOOM!

  108. NMR says:

    Five k’s in a row. From the heart of the order. And now this.

  109. DJ says:

    How in the world is that not an out at the plate?

    Sanchez was waiting for the runner with the ball in his glove.

  110. NMR says:

    And if you were joking, STOP. This is baseball, and I’m angry! ;)

  111. theplanisworking says:

    Pirates looked sounded good on the radio last night. 5 HR’s ……. with no one on.

    today, I am listening, and they just aren’t there today. Except for Sundays, the Bucs just can’t seem to focus for day games. Oh well.
    Now, listening to a ‘safe’ call for blocking the plate. I must have missed the rtule change this offseason……….. i knew they changed the rule, but not an automatic ‘safe’ call for just blocking the plate. Oh well.

    And for anyone who has to suffer with Comcast Internet …… I feel for you.
    It went out at 8 yesterday morning, probably due to the Franklin Regional incident, and just came back on now. Their service stinks, and their service people stink, but since it’s almost a monopoly, meh. Things were so much simpler when we had 13 channels on cable TV, picked up a phone, and yelled for the kids from the back porch. :)

  112. DJ says:

    And how is that not overturned?

    Incredible.

  113. Milo Hamilton says:

    Russell Martin, the most valuable player. Ever.

  114. Andrew says:

    I was wondering what happened there, umpires are as bad as the Pirates right now.

  115. steelag70 says:

    Buccos struggling out of the gate on the road…lack of focus is ridiculous…

  116. DJ says:

    Let me get this straight. He determined Sanchez was blocking the plate. Even though Castro was 15-18 feet away from home at the time. And then refused to review it.

    Wow.

  117. Milo Hamilton says:

    They left the bus running, didn’t they.

  118. Nate83 says:

    I’m only following the game on-line but for those watching is the worse two innings of baseball the Pirates have played in the last 21 years. Six straight strike outs and very sloppy defense.

  119. steelag70 says:

    Surprising that the Cole Train is not focused today….

  120. Arriba Wilver says:

    Hey, wouldn’t you want to get out of Chicago? Don’t they still have the highest murder rate?

  121. Nate83 says:

    At lest Travis Woods pitch count is getting up there. Maybe they will have more luck against the relievers.

  122. DJ says:

    I guess the intractability of the home plate ump is the result of all the bad umpiring the first 10 days of the season.

    “Bad calls? Hey, we’ll show you bad calls, buddy.”

  123. steelag70 says:

    Agreed….and surprising….

  124. theplanisworking says:

    Does anything ever happen to umpires who make bad calls?
    I mean, they just seem to keep on keepin’ on, you never see one demoted, or fired. Except for one, and Milo correctly pointed out he got his job back.

    Just a random thought, as umpiring seems to be getting worse, even though there is now replay to help them out.

  125. JRay3 says:

    Well this has certainly turned into a bad series and an ugly couple of days. Was really hoping for Cole to provide that shutdown start to avoid the losing streak and losing a series to the Cubs, but certainly is not getting any help from anybody either.

    For those that would prefer the defense, received word today that Chris Stewart is feeling great and is scheduled to play tomorrow and Saturday in Indy. Hopes to be activated on Monday.

    Hope to witness a lot better baseball from the team this weekend.

  126. Patrick(ri) says:

    Picked a good day to travel up to Kennebunkport. It is beautiful weather and the Pirate s are. Stinking up Wrigley. I hope my wife gets a better rise out of the dough at the baking school than Hurdle is getting out of the Pirates — who make a ton of dough.

  127. DJ says:

    Maybe they should permit a challenge to an ump’s refusal to review.

  128. theplanisworking says:

    Agreed.
    The hated Brewers, and Ryan Fraud. Need good pitching this weekend.

  129. steelag70 says:

    Agreed…the SP has been highly disappointing on this trip so far. This team now has to realize that they are becoming one of the “hunted” and can’t just show up for the games and expect to win.

  130. theplanisworking says:

    I would prefer Donald Trump come out of the field and say ‘you’re fired”. :)

  131. DJ says:

    If you’re a top of the rotation Bucs pitcher you might throw a Burnett tantrum if Russell is not behind the plate.

  132. Nate83 says:

    Question to those watching. What is Cole’s demeanor like? He seems to have picked it up over the last few innings. Was he visibly frustrated during that odd 4th inning. It doesn’t seem as if he actually has pitched all that bad except for that inning.

  133. DJ says:

    Ha! Love it.

  134. 21sthebest says:

    Umpired apparently get fined but it’s not publicized.

  135. DJ says:

    I’d say he’s pissed. At himself and teammates.

    His hair is also very long this year. No correlation intended.

  136. JRay3 says:

    Travis Snider with one swing gets Bucs back into the game with two run blast. His second HR in the series.

  137. Andrew says:

    Alright, need a make up run from the umps and the Pirates are right back in it.

  138. 21sthebest says:

    Make that “umpires!”

  139. Nate83 says:

    I say we give this Travis Snider kid a good look. Where was this when I was relentlessly supporting him the last two years. The second I turn into not liking the guy and wanting him off the team he starts doing well.

  140. Milo Hamilton says:

    No luck at all. The Cubs refuse to shift (I’m sorry, employ optimal defensive efficiency) and Tabata hits it right where the shortstop has been standing for 150 years.

  141. Arriba Wilver says:

    Keep it up. Nate. You hate him, it’s going well.

  142. JRay3 says:

    El Toro a bomb! Pirate lead, wow.

  143. Milo Hamilton says:

    When I was a kid, we had this guy named Stargell …

  144. hap2009 says:

    The Home Run Pirates?

  145. steelag70 says:

    El Toro grande!!!

  146. Nate83 says:

    Travis Kershaw is very angry right now :)

  147. Milo Hamilton says:

    And we still have our challenge !

  148. JRay3 says:

    Alvarez his that ball to dead center about 450 feet off of a LHP, once again can not understate how locked in he has been to start the year.

    NH figure out how to lock him in with the rest of this core.

  149. Bizrow says:

    This would be a nice one to put in our pocket.

    Memo to NH – Offer Pedro Nuttings first born to sign ;-)

  150. JRay3 says:

    “hit”

  151. Tom P. says:

    “Best hit in baseball is a three-run homer.” – Earl Weaver

  152. Arriba Wilver says:

    +++

  153. The Gunner says:

    Daydro kisses one goodbye!! He is on pace to hit 100 HRs this year.

  154. Nate83 says:

    With each home run he gets more expensive. Since I don’t believe they would have ever signed him I’m OK with that. He will add to his trade value and in the mean time will have a really good player if he continues this.

  155. Andrew says:

    That will be crucial, great game management by Hurdle.

  156. Milo Hamilton says:

    My favorite of his was, ‘This isn’t football. We do this every day.”

  157. 21sthebest says:

    I never understood how that’s better than a grand slam or why it’s okay to make the 2nd out at third base.

  158. DJ says:

    Agreed. If Pedro skips, it will be like watching Bonds all those years with the Giants.

    Only he’d have the same size head.

  159. JRay3 says:

    Probably so, the optimist in me can only hope. When that day comes and trading him does become inevitable it will be one of the most important trades for NH….can’t miss on value back.

    What Alvarez does for this lineup -protect Cutch, offer the middle of the lineup true power threat, can change games with one swing and continues to develop and get better which is scary, all adds up to a very hard guy to replace.

  160. Milo Hamilton says:

    Barney Darwin.

  161. Thundercrack says:

    Two words: Contract extension

    (and fire Boras)

  162. Milo Hamilton says:

    Maybe some off day we can kick around everything wrong with that rule.

  163. Arriba Wilver says:

    Gotta love Watson.

  164. Thundercrack says:

    Unsustainable.

    :-)

  165. Andrew says:

    Glad to see the Pirates’ offense has got back to there bread and butter of strikeouts and homeruns.

  166. Tom P. says:

    The explanation I heard on the Game of the Week 40 years ago was that grand slams don’t happen that often, so a three run homer was the best a manager could reasonably hope for.

  167. 21sthebest says:

    I remember that game. Hank hit a pretty big homerun if I recall correctly.

  168. theplanisworking says:

    And, of course, I go start dinner, and I miss the 5 runs scored. Sigh.

    Glad to be on the right side of the score.
    Pedro really improving his swing this year. 430 blast !
    Great news for Pirate fans for now.
    Bad news for 2 years from now. :(

  169. Arriba Wilver says:

    Ishi still hot.

  170. Arriba Wilver says:

    I was referring to his hitting. ;-)

  171. Andrew says:

    I am not an engineer, but I have always been told no matter the system increasing complexity means more points for failure.

  172. Nate83 says:

    Not as hot as GI Jones.

  173. Milo Hamilton says:

    So happy that Lupe Izzo could take time out of her busy schedule to bring her husband to the game.

  174. Cmat0829 says:

    Or Alex Presley. Or Brock holt.

  175. Cmat0829 says:

    Well it’s easy. Overpay in an obvious lopsided deal I’m favor of the player. And then MAYBE lord boras will bless the deal.

  176. Bizrow says:

    Crap

  177. Cobra39 says:

    Pedro will now be known as Paydro.

    Gonna hate to see him in pinstripes.

    If only we had a top-15 television contract and an owner who was willing to spend whenever the team became contenders. Oh wait.

  178. Milo Hamilton says:

    Sanchez has been a complete disaster back there today.

  179. Milo Hamilton says:

    Awful pitch selection with Bonafacio on deck.

  180. steelag70 says:

    Come on Chilli…uggghhhhhhh….

  181. Bizrow says:

    Whew…..

  182. Cmat0829 says:

    Raise it

  183. steelag70 says:

    +++

  184. Arriba Wilver says:

    Whew!

  185. Cmat0829 says:

    His next game will be in Indy.

  186. Cmat0829 says:

    Perhaps the armchair GMs were a bit hasty in trading away Chris Stewart, eh?

  187. Wild Bill says:

    Glad to not see Bonifacio again till June. Nice comeback win.

  188. Milo Hamilton says:

    Alrighty then. Kinda feel like we stole something there.

  189. Arriba Wilver says:

    Pirates take first three series for first time since 1992.

  190. Cmat0829 says:

    So on Pedro what are the parameters of a market offer to him? We cam joke all we want about cheap nutting and nervous Neal, but boras is gonna demand a premium. Is it 5yrs at $20 per? Is that too low?

  191. Cmat0829 says:

    These HR or bust bats are perfect for the glorified slow pitch softball stadium the Brewers have……we need some more payback from lyin Ryan and the scumbag brewers.

  192. Andrew says:

    Grilli’s velocity is there, command not so much. Stole something, about sums it up.

  193. Milo Hamilton says:

    Just a bit, myself included. So this is what they were afraid of.

  194. Milo Hamilton says:

    4th time in 50 years: 1966, 1976, 1992. Those turned into 92, 92 & 96 win seasons.

  195. Cmat0829 says:

    Easy to see value of defense and pitch calling and overall control of the game when Martin doesn’t play. Fort wasn’t any better but this is why Stewart was signed. I’m not down on Tony but he needs to keep working.

  196. Wild Bill says:

    Nice!

  197. Baywatch says:

    I honestly thought the game was over back in the third, maybe, when everybody worked like the devil to load the bases, and Cutch and Pedro strike out! Oh me of little faith!

  198. The Bucs messed up early today and bailed themselves out late. And, despite his own mistakes that helped put the Cubs ahead early, Gerrit Cole actually won this one 5-4. Now hopefully, Gerrit Cole won’t mess up like that every time he starts a game since he can’t count on the Pirates to bail him out every time.

  199. Milo Hamilton says:

    I like his bat but if his defense doesn’t improve this season they have a decision to make. I really think they need to take some of that money they don’t spend & try to get something done with Martin.

  200. Arriba Wilver says:

    It kills me how effortless Petey looks with his swings . . . And they go a long way. Sangy was right.

  201. theplanisworking says:

    Milo == baseball reference.com
    Our blogs own encyclopedia. :)

  202. Brandie says:

    Good to see the Buccos on the right side of the ledger. Might as well hand Daydro, Twidro, Nightdro the Silver Slugger Award now!

  203. Wild Bill says:

    Be great if they could lose at Philly tonight before we play ‘em.

  204. Brandie says:

    I like the Stat. Intriguiging and gives us hope at the same time.

  205. Brandie says:

    One could only hope Untamed William.

  206. Arriba Wilver says:

    Technically, Cole had a quality start.

  207. Brandie says:

    That goes both ways. Pirates can’t expect pitchers to bail them out every time.

  208. Arriba Wilver says:

    Aren’t we all “armchair GM’s?” I mean, everybody but Neal?

  209. Baywatch says:

    And BAYDRO!

  210. Brandie says:

    Yes. And BAYDRO!!!!!!!!

  211. Yes, that’s true since the Cubs nearly pulled it out off Jason Grilli in the 9th.

  212. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m getting the idea you’re a glass half empty guy, James. ;-)

    It is true, though, we almost lost. Not sure how that’s a big deal, since we won.

  213. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Nice come from behind win by the Pirates.
    I’m glad to see Bonafacio came back down to earth at the right time!

  214. There are some people who are making a bigger deal than is perhaps necessary over that obviously errant call in the 4th inning that allowed the Cubs to go ahead at that time 4-0 since the runner was clearly out at home plate and Manager Clint Hurdle had no good reason afterwards for not challenging the call since that did not involve blocking the plate as first thought.

  215. twentytwo22 says:

    Wily Peralta’s the douche that hit Morneau high on the shoulder after McCutchen hit a HR last year.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/MIL201309040.shtml

  216. Baywatch says:

    Hee Hee Hee!

  217. Bizrow says:

    Gotta get em again tomorrow

  218. Chris Letang said today that he didn’t know just how good the Pens were because of the injuries. He also said that he’d had no physical problems after last night match.

  219. PetroSteel says:

    Only one thing to say…I will continue to say it on a regular basis…THEY HAVE TO SIGN PEDRO! You can not replace a Pedro!!! 10 Years and 200M should do it but the price is going up by the day…

  220. Unfortunately, the Brewers beat the Phillies tonight 6-2.

  221. They have already released the Steelers’ preseason schedule, and the four teams they’ll be facing in preseason are: the NY Giants at Met Life Stadium, the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field, the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly, and the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field.

  222. Baywatch says:

    The Brewers are really riding a hot streak. Be interesting to see what we can do with them this weekend.

 
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