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Pirates 7, Reds 7, suspended, rain

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (6-6) vs. Cincinnati Reds (4-8)

Time: 7:10 p.m.

Site: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

TV, Radio: Root Sports, Fox Sports Ohio, 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. Travis Sawchik 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.


  1. JohninOshkosh says:

    Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds, 7:10 P.M. EST
    Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

    LF: Starling Marte
    RF: Travis Snider
    CF: Andrew McCutchen
    3B: Pedro Alvarez
    C: Russell Martin
    2B: Neil Walker
    1B: Gaby Sanchez
    SS: Clint Barmes
    SP: Wandy Rodriguez

    Cincinnati Reds Lineup

    CF: Billy Hamilton
    1B: Joey Votto
    2B: Brandon Phillips
    3B: Todd Frazier
    RF: Jay Bruce
    LF: Ryan Ludwick
    C: Devin Mesoraco
    SS: Zack Cozart
    SP: Homer Bailey

  2. JohninOshkosh says:


    And the Reds have Three Run Homer Bailey pitching. One of Milo’s original and best nicknames.

  3. JohninOshkosh says:

    Oh, my avatar changes tonight as I continue to honor marginal Pittsburgh area celebrities. This week’s nominees:

    1. Julie Benz
    2. Demi Moore
    3. Jenna Morasca

    Leaning toward Morasca because it doesn’t get any more marginal than that. But I can be swayed.

  4. NMR says:

    Haha, excellent work.

  5. NMR says:

    Wow. I think Dusty would self-imolate before signing that lineup card. Times are changing in Cinci.

  6. JohninOshkosh says:

    Just read Benz went to Franklin Regional.

    She wins as my thoughts have been with those kids.

    Better luck next time, Jenna.

  7. Thundercrack says:

    A.J. Burnett will pitch the rest of the season with a inguinal hernia.
    (from twitter)

  8. Thundercrack says:

    Is Demi Moore from around here?

  9. Jim S. says:

    No. She’s from New Mexico, isn’t she?

  10. Jim S. says:

    6-7-8 hitters: Yuck!

  11. theplanisworking says:

    Benz is a great choice, in many ways!

  12. JohninOshkosh says:

    Spent some childhood years in Perryopolous (SP?).

    That’s good enough for my purposes.

  13. theplanisworking says:


    Nick perry’s home. ;)

  14. Jim S. says:

    Nice. Didn’t know that.

  15. NMR says:

    Eesh. Seems like six months is a long time to manage a hernia without aggravation. Better not swing too hard.

  16. JohninOshkosh says:

    Thanks, Plan. Trying to type from memory, and a poor speller to boot.

  17. theplanisworking says:

    My ex was from around there. Only reason I knew of it.

  18. Jim S. says:

    He of the “latex paint in the ping pong balls” fame.

    Didn’t Jerry once consider Kramer for his latex salesman at Vandalay Industries?

  19. Arriba Wilver says:

    Neal’s a genius! ;-)

  20. Arriba Wilver says:

    Really liked her in Dexter, among other things. There seem to be a lot of successful Benz women from the area.
    Although I think Mercedes has done the best.

  21. Jim S. says:

    I’m sure the Orioles would have found it, and nixed the deal.

  22. Jim S. says:

    POTD candidate!

  23. Bizrow says:

    Other than Demi, I have no idea who the heck your avatar is or who the other candidates are ;-)

    My avi is Patsy, she once ruled Maine Avenue ;-)

  24. Bizrow says:

    Players break down at 37

    I don’t want to talk about what I’ve broken down at my age ;-)

  25. Thundercrack says:

    By the way, I have no idea if the hernia was caused by twitter….which kinda looks like my post could be saying

  26. JohninOshkosh says:

    Avatar this week is actress Julie Benz.

    Born in Pittsburgh 05/01/1972.

    Father was a Pittsburgh surgeon. Family lived in Murrysville. Benz is a graduate of Franklin Regional High School and the famed theatrical school, NYU.

    Best known for her role in the great, “Dexter.” But, I’ll always carry a torch for her from her performance as an FBI agent in the underrated sci-fi series, “Roswell.”

    Sure hope Dom sees this post.

  27. Bizrow says:

    I think its Monday? Thats when they pick up the garbage. Check

    My neighbor comes over and cleans the house. Check

    I found out calendars can help one keep track of the day. Check

    My lady hasn’t given me the ok to pay the taxes yet, they are due on Tuesday. Check


  28. Bizrow says:

    Good choice, especially considering what high school she went to

  29. Bizrow says:

    Didn’t Jim Leyland come from there, or live there?

  30. Arriba Wilver says:

    Did you accept the offer to go back part time, Biz?

  31. JohninOshkosh says:


  32. 21sthebest says:

    That could mess with his mechanics.

  33. Arriba Wilver says:

    Also his pitching.

  34. 21sthebest says:

    That was George!

  35. Baywatch says:


  36. Baywatch says:

    I TRIED to watch that Dexter, I really did!

  37. Bizrow says:

    Yeah, AW, I did. Just talked to them today, they are busy bringing in folks for the refueling outage that starts this weekend, so its gonna be a while, plus lets see what $$ they have left if there are problems, which there usually are. It was nice to be asked back regardless. I could go either way, but I do miss the good folks that work there.

    Thanks for asking.

    I’m hoping to see a game or two this season :-)

  38. Baywatch says:


  39. Baywatch says:

    Hee Hee!

  40. Patrick says:

    Hope we can keep Hamilton off the bases. If he gets on you may as well just give him third base with his speed.

  41. Bizrow says:

    I just googled it, one cause is the stress of too many shaving cream pies to celebrate wins

    And also, 32 million other reasons why NH chose wisely

  42. Baywatch says:

    Did anyone note that the Rangers DFAd DAN McCutch today? Anyone care? :-)

  43. Patrick says:

    Would be nice to see Ryan Dudwick get a few 0-fers in this series. He hit us hard in 2012. I think he missed most of 2013 due to injury. And yeah, I am still a little bitter with how he tanked for us in 2011.

  44. Thundercrack says:

    I haven’t looked at his stats but I wonder if it is a case of him having an option – and they sent him down so they could bring a spot starter up

  45. Arriba Wilver says:


    Good for you.

  46. 21sthebest says:

    And she’s Tim Benz’ cousin.

  47. theplanisworking says:

    I thought Perryopolis was Steve Perry’s home. ;)

  48. theplanisworking says:

    Didn’t she star in one of the 20 Rambo movies also?
    And, I think she is tall.

  49. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ugh-cable package is giving me the Reds telecast.

    Drinking game: take a shot every time I hear “Cowboy”.

  50. theplanisworking says:

    Weather has rain moving in around 9:15 or so.
    Maybe the game can be squeezed in.

  51. JohninOshkosh says:


    Cutch drives in Marte, who led off game with a double.


  52. Andrew says:

    Hamilton is a converted shortstop correct?

  53. Thundercrack says:

    We’ll let me take this opportunity to begin my yearly rant:

    Throws from outfielders are awful

  54. JRay3 says:

    One of the things that I think was really glaring over the weekend as it relates to the Bucs offense is, as Cutch goes so seems do the Pirates.

    Not worried about the funk Cutch has been in, but have a feeling once he gets going we will see this offense also get into another gear.

  55. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Interesting lineup for sure.

    I’m not putting Votto in the 2 hole.

  56. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Googling….no idea who #1 or #3 is.

    Tucking my tail and eyoring away

  57. chethejet1 says:

    Long season. Like to see the Bucs win 2 here. I think Dejan is wrong on his show saying last night 1st and RF are not the problem. The offense is good enough. No it isn’t. The pitching will not be as crisp and Tallion hurt keeps a potential stud from making a contribution this year. I think by the end of May the brass will have an idea of what is needed. Polanco will help but they need to get someone who can hit for the five hole.

  58. JohninOshkosh says:

    Hey JRay;

    Hope you enjoyed Milwaukee, despite the baseball. Just couldn’t get down there. Wife and kid had flu and, to top it all off, my basement flooded on Saturday with the rain we got. Was doing the old wet dry vac thing for a few hours.

    Maybe next time.

  59. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


  60. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Wait wait wait, is she Dexters sister?

  61. JRay3 says:

    Yes, was converted to CF when in the minors as the Reds had a few guys at the position including Cosart, so they felt he was blocked a bit.

  62. JRay3 says:

    No problem, nice ballpark, and for the most part really fun fans. Now that Milwaukee has made my travel circuit, I’m sure there will be other opportunities.

  63. JohninOshkosh says:

    No. Dexter’s wife. Famously killed off in notorious fashion.

    Sister was played by actress Jennifer Carpenter.

  64. Andrew says:

    Wandy might officially have a long ball problem.

  65. Dave G says:

    Wandy just threw a whole bushel of 90-miles-per-hour fastballs.

    Very hittable.

  66. pattonbb says:

    I just found out that Mat Latos has a cat that he named “Cat Latos”.

    As if I needed another reason to hate Cincinnati.

  67. JRay3 says:

    Ball is jumping at GABP, Walker gets a hold of one as he crushes a solo shot, tied a 2.

  68. theplanisworking says:

    Wasn’t Latos the one with the goofy wife who was ‘attacked’ at the WC game?

  69. Dave G says:

    Wow. Here come the bats… Walker and Gabby… back to back!

  70. JohninOshkosh says:

    Back to back jacks.

  71. JRay3 says:

    Welcome to the lineup Gaby Sanchez who goes deep to center field and Buccos retake lead 3-2!

  72. JohninOshkosh says:

    Good thing Homer has the long guaranteed gazillion dollar contract.

  73. JRay3 says:

    Homer Bailey making his 3rd start after signing that big deal, now with the 9.58 ERA.

  74. Andrew says:

    Riffing off TC did it have anything to do with his arm?

  75. JRay3 says:

    Barmes must be living good, as he gets that dying quail to land for a hit, and everybody seems to be getting to Bailey early.

  76. Keith says:

    Homer Bailey, indeed.

  77. JohninOshkosh says:

    Would like to see a crooked number put up here. Big money Homer is on the ropes. No movement on hittable fastballs straight down Broadway. Would like to see him not get out of the second inning.

  78. JRay3 says:

    Barmes has come ready to play, heads up play taking off for second as soon as ball was in dirt as he takes a bag on the Reds.

  79. JohninOshkosh says:

    Struck out the side.

  80. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I can’t say perryopolis without the Pixburgh accent

  81. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I’m 37 and in tip top shape…

  82. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Damn. Big fan of her

    I’ll be honest, not a huge Dexter fan.

  83. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Bay, nope…

  84. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    John, try the Pittsburgh channel.

    Directv channel 659

  85. JRay3 says:

    Nice quick and easy 1-2-3 for Wandy in the second. Get those bats back at it.

  86. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Yes Plan….she also takes to the Twitter.

    Very easy to call her a twit.

    Though she’s alright to look at

  87. Dave G says:

    Lots of rain on the way. Hope they get the game in.

    It’s been so wet down here this spring.

  88. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Ray Searage interview:

    Thank You RootSports.

  89. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Cutch just missed.

    Balls are flying around here!


  90. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Safe to assume Russell Martin didn’t see a single pitch that AB.

    That, or he needs glasses

  91. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I need rain!!! Just fertilized.

  92. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Did anyone just see the promotion for “Arnie?”

    I might watch that, but am I the only cynical one that thinks full of it with his love of Latrobe ?

    Seriously, it could be me.

  93. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    That was an EXTREMELY difficult play by Gaby.

    Well played.

  94. JRay3 says:

    Look at nimble Gaby make the over the shoulder catch which more importantly keeps Hamilton off the bases.

  95. JRay3 says:

    Seven in a row retired by Wandy who has begun to settle in here.

  96. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I’m Surprised he wasn’t standing on 2nd by the time Gaby caught it

  97. Andrew says:

    Be cynical, Arnold Plamer was the 2nd highest grossing retired athlete last year.

  98. JRay3 says:

    Would have liked to see what would have happened had Walker been running hard all the way down to second. Just frustrating when these guys do not show hustle.

  99. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    After the replay, I don’t think it was a lack of hustle, rather he froze because the ball was a liner off the bat.

  100. Andrew says:

    That hit him in the jaw.

  101. Milo Hamilton says:

    When you actually use the glove the ball doesn’t hit you in the face.

  102. Milo Hamilton says:

    And then get challenged.

  103. Milo Hamilton says:

    And then become a double.

  104. Andrew says:

    Insult to injury?

  105. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Garbage double

  106. Milo Hamilton says:

    Don’t let the ball hit you in the face.

  107. Jandy says:

    He’s lucky he wasn’t hurt. But that will be sore for a while He may not be able to kiss his fiancee for a while ;)

  108. Dave G says:

    ok. Let it pour.

  109. Milo Hamilton says:

    He’s awful.

  110. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Dear Wandy,

    Please do not give a professional hitter the same exact pitch in a row. I don’t care if he was way out in front of it the first time. They adjust, really, really well.

    Thank you,

  111. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I’m just glad it didn’t hit the chew jaw.


  112. Andrew says:

    Great American Small Park.

  113. Dave G says:

    Homer now has given up three of himselfs.

  114. Dave G says:

    Make that four.

  115. Thundercrack says:

    Whatever pitch that was to Marte it was hung

  116. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Ok I gotta admit, Travis Snider isn’t having a terrible year.

    Much better than expected, IMO

  117. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


  118. Thundercrack says:

    Right fielder and first baseman with home runs tonight.

    No holes in this offense


  119. Keith says:

    Cincinnati’s pitcher just changed his name to Homers Bailey.

  120. The Gunner says:

    Pedro is stinking so far tonight

  121. Jandy says:

    maybe he’s finally seeing the light?

  122. Milo Hamilton says:

    The radar is looking really bad. If they stop it now they might never get it started back up.

  123. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Homer Bailey will now delay as much as possible for the rain

  124. The Gunner says:

    Yup – all those naysayers can STFU!

  125. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think it’s you, Ryan, (although I’m sure you’re not alone). For those of us of a certain generation, he’s sincere about that.
    And, if my word isn’t enough for you, everything there is named after him. But he ain’t making all that money by saying he loves Latrobe. He’s always known how to make money. No crime in that,

  126. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Pirates should seriously consider throwing a reliever this inning. Even Grilli. This could be it.

  127. Brandie says:

    Dripping With Progress?

  128. Milo Hamilton says:

    I get the impression the umps are treating this like the bottom of the 9th.

  129. The Gunner says:

    Pedro waved bye bye to that ball

  130. Thundercrack says:

    He’ standing in soup.

  131. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Buccos’ hitters are proficient at two things:
    1. Solo HR’s
    2. K’s

  132. Milo Hamilton says:

    That’s a game winner I fear. Wandy throwing BP.

  133. Andrew says:

    He was sitting on that.

  134. Jandy says:


  135. Wild Bill says:

    No one has to respect the fastball right now. Just sit on the slow stuff cause it’s all slow.

  136. J Walter Weatherman says:

    7 HR’s in 5 innings between the teams. They might be going for a record. The Reds actually get baserunners before hitting them out, so they have the advantage.

  137. The Gunner says:

    Wandy has been pretty unimpressive so far in 2014. This is a big problem.

  138. Thundercrack says:

    This ballpark is a bit of a joke isn’t it?

    If it was a hot day in the middle of the summer every fly ball would be out of there

  139. Nate83 says:

    That says it all, I think that was my exact words as well.

  140. Milo Hamilton says:

    Wandy has allowed 6 homers in 16 innings.

  141. bpn8pitt says:


  142. Milo Hamilton says:

    The ballpark is the ballpark. The pitching is a joke.

  143. tdb1977 says:

    This is incredible this game is still being played. The radar is a giant Christmas Tree with all the colors heading towards Cincinnati.

  144. theplanisworking says:

    When Jandy says poop!, you know its bad.
    Or over.
    Or both.

    Two more runs, then let it pour !

  145. Andrew says:

    This ball is a joke.

  146. Andrew says:

    ballpark, maybe the balls too

  147. JRay3 says:

    Reds pitching is a joke

  148. Nate83 says:

    What little league park is this game being played at?

  149. Milo Hamilton says:

    And Wandy’s not ?

  150. Jandy says:

    darn right!!

  151. Thundercrack says:

    Hats off to the fans in right field. On Walker’s home run the backed up & got out of the way. No chance for fan interference.

  152. The Gunner says:

    Rodriguez is pitching like he is done. His 2014 ERA 7.31 & his WHIP has to be over 2.00. Clint can’t continue to run him out there.

  153. Great American Studio.

  154. tdb1977 says:

    9 home runs ties ball park record.

  155. Dave G says:

    HomerS Bailey’s ERA is now 8.16

  156. Vette60 says:

    Just tuned in via SiriusXM to hear about the rain coming down and Walker and Gaby go back-to-back again!


    Let’s go BUCS!

    Randy in RVA.

  157. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I don’t mind the HR contest.

    Though I think it’s funny that if the game ended right now, Wandy would get the win.

    Milo, I think it’s time for the convienent list and bring up Locke.

  158. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Pirates hitters have 6 solo HR’s and 11 K’s in 6 innings. You can’t make this stuff up.

  159. Hoover’s is down to 18.6 after he got those 2 outs. Was at 27

  160. Arriba Wilver says:

    The Reds can’t keep running him out there. ;-)

  161. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    You are correct sir

  162. Milo Hamilton says:

    It’s home run or nothing here on Home Run Derby.

  163. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Well played.

    Obviously way too early, but outside of using his face as a glove, no real complaints.

    He’s been a little more than adequate at this point.

  164. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Just looked it up. Most HR’s by Pirates in a game is 7 – done three times. Most HR’s in a game by an NL team is 9 and by an AL team is 10. Couldn’t find anything quickly on most solo HR’s in a game, but this has to be getting close.

  165. Jandy says:

    Just wow

  166. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Greg Brown just said the same thing….

    That’s why I wait for the movie instead of reading the book, somebody else will do the work for me

  167. theplanisworking says:

    10 minutes ago, I said 2 more runs, then let it pour.
    Is it pouring enough yet??

  168. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


    Nice pitch Morris.

  169. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Most HR’s by a losing team in the NL is 6. Most HR’s by both teams in a game – NL: 11. These records are within striking distance.

  170. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Not yet!!!

  171. Baywatch says:

    Alright! Let Morris have it the rest of the way! Ruh-Roh! Mesaraco! Y’all like the new Bay Searage avatar.

  172. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    About time for someone to wear some leather, unfortunately it will be a Pirate.

  173. tdb1977 says:

    Both of those records are probably going to get smashed tonight.

  174. Eric Bowser says:

    This. is. not. baseball.

  175. The Gunner says:


    And Wandy is no box of chocolates either with an ERA of 7.31 – he stinks

  176. Baywatch says:

    Hey, Milo!

  177. Eric Bowser says:

    And now a rain delay….

  178. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hey Jimmy Brown !

  179. The Gunner says:

    Thank you, Mark Scott

  180. Baywatch says:

    I just had an evil thought! “There goes Wandy’s win ! But he doesn’t deserve the win anyway!”

  181. theplanisworking says:

    They couldn’t do it at the beginning of the inning, huh?

  182. Bizrow says:

    This is one we’ll be talking about for years.

    Game delayed due to rain?

    IMO they should suspend games, no matter what part of the game, and play it out some other time

  183. Jandy says:


  184. Milo Hamilton says:

    I think this one would be a suspended game.

  185. Baywatch says:

    Am I still showing up, Jimmy Brown? I’m showing Baywatch now on this end.

  186. theplanisworking says:

    Is there any way we can blame this on Bud?
    That is always fun…………..

  187. Arriba Wilver says:

    Actually, the rain delay now seems kind of fair, since it was kind of a game of chicken.

  188. Bizrow says:

    Thanks, Milo

    IMO they should all be suspended games

    That would take the heat off the umps

  189. JohninOshkosh says:

    I really miss when Cubs games were suspended for darkness.

  190. theplanisworking says:

    What are the chances this game gets resumed?
    Or is finished tomorrow as part of a DH?

  191. I smell the convenience list for Wandy. A 20-day vacation in the beautiful city of Indianapolis, Indiana.

  192. Bizrow says:

    Bucs games were suspended for being late on Sundays ;-)

  193. Bizrow says:

    ++++++, you might be right

  194. The Gunner says:

    Wandy might be at the end of the line, Lucky. Locke is probably already on his way to Stinkcinnati.

  195. radio wave says:

    Really let down by Wandy. I thought he might make up some of Aj’s wins.

  196. The Gunner says:

    Maybe they can salvage something with Wandy. But he can’t be working out his problems in Pittsburgh – he’ll soon be on the DL. Locke has to be an upgrade!

  197. Thundercrack says:

    My guess is that Wandy will get some starts in warmer weather.

  198. JohninOshkosh says:

    Rain Delay Trivia (No Googling please, on your honor):

    Who is the only Pirate to hit grand slams in back-to-back games?

    Winner receives an “Up High!”

  199. Arriba Wilver says:

    You’re showing up as Bay, Bay.

  200. theplanisworking says:

    One clarifying question ………..
    is the player obvious, or obscure?

  201. JohninOshkosh says:

    Nope. Good guess.

  202. JohninOshkosh says:

    Two clues:

    Not obvious.

    From the seventies.

  203. The Gunner says:

    Rob Mackowiak

  204. JohninOshkosh says:


  205. theplanisworking says:

    Lucky took my first guess, so I will pull out Richie Hebner.

  206. scapper says:

    Scrap Iron. September mid-week games. Pretty sure it was the 79 season. Thank you…thank you…I’d like to thank the Academy…my agent…Harvey Weinsten…

  207. JohninOshkosh says:

    No sir.

  208. JohninOshkosh says:

    Up High!!!!!

    September 1978.

  209. JohninOshkosh says:

    Congratulations, Scapper!

  210. He was a good little clutch hitter. (of course there is no such thing per DK)

  211. The Gunner says:

    How about #23, Ed “Spanky” Kirkpatrick?

  212. 21sthebest says:

    Okay John. Who’s the only player to have hit a walk-off inside-the-park grand slam in a one-run victory? And it is a Pirate.

  213. JohninOshkosh says:

    From Baseball Reference:

    Garner had a huge accomplishment in September of that season (1978). On September 14, with Bill Robinson and Ed Ott aboard, John Milner was intentionally walked by Bob Forsch to get to Garner, who took him deep to center for a grand slam in the 7th inning. Phil’s wife rarely missed a home game but hadn’t been there and got mad – “How could you hit the only grand slam of your career the one night I don’t come to the game?” Garner told her he would hit one the next day. On September 15, Omar Moreno, Robinson and Willie Stargell were on base in the first inning, when Garner homered off of Woodie Fryman. It was the first time in 77 years, since Jimmy Sheckard, that a National Leaguer had hit grand slams in consecutive games; Brooks Robinson had done it in the AL in 1962.

  214. scapper says:

    Knew they were meaningful games. That was during that torrid period when they damn near caught the Phillies after being down 11-14 games in mid-August. Cobra won back-to-back Player of the Month honors. I remember listening to the second one. Seemed to come late in the game. Here I go, searching retrosheets now…

    As for the “Up high,” that’s about to get a lot easier in the great state of Maryland thanks to our forward thinking legislators and governor.

  215. scapper says:

    First inning? Wow. I’m way off in my memory. Too much time spent “up high” I guess, ha ha.

  216. JohninOshkosh says:

    Little help. Decade ?

  217. scapper says:

    I’d say Waner or Kuyler.

    I will also say that as a kid I was lucky enough to be in Cincy one summer night at a twinight DH when Frank Taveras hit one of those. Wasn’t a walk-off, but man, was it sweet. Big night by Parker that night, too. Even saw the benches clear when Joe Hoerner plunked someone. What a night, what a memory.

  218. JohninOshkosh says:

    Well, I’ll go with Omar Moreno or Matty Alou ?

  219. I know that one. The Great Roberto.

  220. Andrew says:

    They are playing homerun derby in Philly and have dueling dumpster fire bullpens.

  221. Milo Hamilton says:

    Bud Selig declares the game a tie.

  222. 21sthebest says:


  223. theplanisworking says:

    Did he throw up his hands and look clueless?

    Milo, do you remember when baseball used to schedule early season games on the west coast, and down south to start the season? I seem to recall it meant less cancellations early in the year.

  224. JohninOshkosh says:

    OK. Final round of Rain Delay Trivia:

    On May 12, 1955 Sam “Toothpick” Jones became the first African American pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the majors. Pitching for the Cubs at Wrigley Field he led off the ninth by walking Gene Freese, Preston Ward and Tom Saffell. Jones then proceeded to strike out the side to gain immortality. The final two strikeouts were rookie Roberto Clemente and Frank Thomas.

    Who was the first of the three Jones struck out ?

  225. Milo Hamilton says:

    Richard Morrow Groat.

  226. Milo Hamilton says:

    Game to resume 5:30 tomorrow.

  227. JohninOshkosh says:

    We have a winner!

    Thanks for playing.

  228. Bizrow says:

    Umps = pretty crappy

    Thanks Milo

  229. scapper says:

    Figured Pedro was a safe bet, but…

  230. Bizrow says:

    It probably still ticks him off.

    Dick Groat

    Most all of us cannot find let alone his jockstrap

    Probably doesn’t wear one ;-)

  231. And now the question is: Who’s going to replace Wandy Rodriguez if he isn’t going to be effective this season, and what will ultimatelely happen to him? Goodnight everyone.

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