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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (29-32) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (37-27)

Time: 1:35 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, Radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog. Travis Sawchik and I are 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. JAL says:

    JAL’s The Siamese Cat Song Morning Links

    The Siamese Cat Song Peggy Lee


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet

    4 Pirates Prospects

    2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Pick Signing Tracker

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: Explaining Why This Looks Like a Bad Draft For the Pirates

    Prospect Watch: Kingham Looks Good in Trenton, Glasnow’s Outing Cut Short

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Pirates flop in error-filled game, 9-3

    Gerrit Cole to miss start due to shoulder fatigue

    7 City of Champions

    Pittsburgh Pirates To Sit Gerrit Cole For At Least One Start Due To Shoulder Fatigue

    8 Green Weenie

    Pirate Pitching Tossed A Curve – Cole Has Shoulder Fatigue, Will Miss Start, Locke To Start For Morton

    9 Rumbunter

    Gerrit Cole Injury Latest Pirates Disappointment

  2. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    10 Allentown Morning Call

    Change of speeds is leading to change in Lincoln’s success,0,2744912.column

    11 Beaver County Times

    Three thoughts: Walker should be All-Star bound

    12 CBS Sports

    Brewers vs Pirates Game Preview

    13 Chicago Sun Times

    McGRATH: Divorcing Cubs leaves WGN different but not dead

    14 KDKA

    Jordy Mercer: Had A Lot Of Support During Struggles

    15 Pirates Site

    Bucs ride eight-run sixth to blow out Brewers

    Hurdle remains confident with Marte amid hitting woes

    16 Cincinnati Enquirer

    Homers from Bruce, Frazier lift Reds over Phillies

    17 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Matt Garza’s strong start sets stage

    18 St. Louis Post Dispatch

    Cards vow not to repeat ’07

    19 Fangraphs

    Sunday Notes: College-or-Pro Decisions, Padres Database, Blue Jays, Cubs, Clubhouse Banter

    20 Sweetspot

    Moneyball, before Moneyball was cool

  3. Maz in Iowa says:

    Bucs better bring the leather and hope Locke can pitch strikes

  4. Maz in Iowa says:

    Is there a method to the madness to the questionable early draft pick(s)?Like they offer a lowball offer to Tucker or Joe.They either accept these low offers or they don’t sign and the Pirates get more picks in the next draft which may(OR may not)be more favorable to the Pirates.Just a thought.Not that management would ever admit to this useage of draft picks

  5. Brandie says:

    Sounds kinky (bringing the leather).

    Time for Jeff Locke to pitch like the Detroit Tigers Bullpen.

  6. Lad 9 says:

    Hope we get this one in and win the series. Let’s go Bucs!

    Yovani Gallardo (R)

    1. Jean Segura (R) SS
    2. Ryan Braun (R) RF
    3. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
    4. Carlos Gomez (R) CF
    5. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
    6. Khris Davis (R) LF
    7. Rickie Weeks (R) 2B
    8. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
    9. Yovani Gallardo (R) P

    Jeff Locke (L)

    1. Josh Harrison (R) RF
    2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
    3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
    4. Gaby Sanchez (R) 1B
    5. Russell Martin (R) C
    6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
    7. Starling Marte (R) LF
    8. Jordy Mercer (R) SS
    9. Jeff Locke (L) P

    Gametime Forecast: 76°F • Light Rain • 89% PoP

  7. Lad 9 says:

    BRANDIEEEEEEEE! Not only bringing the leather, but you have a Lock(e) involved. What is going on here! :)

  8. chethejet1 says:

    Marte needs to play better. That means understanding the strike zone, running the bases and how about an accurate throw to second every once in awhile. I am for sending a message that you never arrive so wok harder Starling or enjoy the buses in Indy. If Francisco is the most disappointing player this year, Marte is a close second.

  9. JAL says:

    Cole to the 15 day DL so Locke replaces him, no one needs to be sent down

  10. Lad 9 says:

    Thank you JAL. I had been trying to hunt that down.

  11. Karen22 says:

    NOT GOOD! :(

  12. Rob Scott says:

    This is a 6-2 loss written all over it. Polanco not being here for the weekend series speaks volume about his lack of interest in a bs long term deal. I hope the kid leaves as soon as free agency begins with the way the front office has handled this debacle.

  13. bpn8pitt says:

    Oh yea. Hurry up and get him up here. He wont have any issues at the plate like Marte and Alvarez have had. AAA is loaded with elite pitching that he’s just mashing.

  14. The Gunner says:

    The Bucs are in big trouble with Cole on the 15 day DL – needs lotsa lotsa lotsa offense today with Locke pitching.. Locke needs to remember one thing: no one walks but the mailman!!

  15. bpn8pitt says:

    Tucker is 6 4. 17 years old.

    I have a hard time believing once he fills out he will have the range to stay at SS. To be fair you could say the same about Gatewood and Chavis.

    The more I have read about Joe, the more he sounds like an OF. And for now, contract and prospect wise, I think Pirates are deep there already.

    I don’t like the picks right now. But could be 5 years before we know anything.

  16. The Gunner says:

    OK Rob – thanks for the optimism

  17. 21sthebest says:

    Check back after the 2020 season and we’ll see what Polanco does.

  18. Rob Scott says:

    I’m a realist. No need for optimism. The way some people defend the front office is just sad. This team is holding Polanco back since him and his agent aren’t dumb enough to sign a low ball offer.

  19. Brandie says:

    Agree Temptress.

  20. JAL says:

    Yep, with Polanco in the lineup they may have scored 17 runs Friday night and only lost 9-5 yesterday. Polanco won’t make much difference if they don’t get better pitching.

  21. And now we know better why California Chrome didn’t win the Triple Crowin: He bumped into another/ horse:Matterhorn at the starting gate and hurt his foot, which was bandaged thereafter. Naturally, it’ awhile before he races again.

  22. 21sthebest says:

    The Joe pick is puzzling but I think his swing is really good. Really compact and powerful. Pretty low strikeout rate and high walk rate.

  23. Brandie says:


    Some real adult channel stuff to be sure.

  24. bpn8pitt says:

    I don’t like defending the front office at all. But when comes to Polanco, I think they have handled it fine.

    Josh Harrison has played well enough to make the RF production more of a nonfactor, at least recently.

    Besides, I think the people who have lobbied hard for Polanco to come up are going to get a dose of reality soon. That ML pitching is far superior to that of AAA, and eventually weaknesses will be exploited. It will be up to Polanco and the Pirates to adjust to that when it happens. Then you LL know if he will be a great player or not.

    Look at some of the problems T. Sanchez, Jordy Mercer and Marte have had making the leap. Its fair to say Alvarez may have needed more time as well.


  25. 21sthebest says:

    I’m always a little wary of people who refer to themselves as being realists. Not sure we possess the objectivity to judge ourselves.

  26. bpn8pitt says:

    I mean Andrew Lambo crushed AA and AAA pitching last year.

    What happened to him?

  27. bpn8pitt says:

    He’s done James. He was bought for 8k? Big Brown was sold for 50 million. Doubt James Coburn sees that, but he’s gonna get paid.

    CA Chrome has a sweet life ahead of him. Filled with Fillys.

  28. radio wave says:

    I was listening to the draft on Sirius radio. they had their two former Gm”s doing the broadcast. Every pick before Pittsburgh they had glowing things to say about the pick. As soon as the Bucs took theirs, the immediate reaction was “they overdrafted.” And “he wasn’t in my top fifty.”

  29. radio wave says:

    I understand about the Cole injury. But what was the thinking in moving Morton back to let Locke pitch today? Why not give Morton his regular turn today, and let Locke pitch against a weaker Cubs team?

  30. bpn8pitt says:

    Probably something to do with either history, or L-R matchups.

  31. radio wave says:

    Radio says this is a “crew chief review of the blocking the plate rule”, not a challenge from Hurdle.

  32. bpn8pitt says:

    This has to be the new rule about blocking the plate?

  33. Patrick(ri) says:

    Bad choice. A challenge had much better grounds.

  34. bpn8pitt says:

    Wow, that’s terrible.

  35. radio wave says:

    And the radio broadcasters agree with you.

  36. radio wave says:

    Greg Brown is saying that it is umpires discression to take that action for that situation.

  37. Thundercrack says:

    Morton may also be dealing with an injury

  38. Thundercrack says:

    A good throw from an outfielder nails the runner at the plate.

    That doesn’t happen often

  39. bpn8pitt says:

    I umpire occasionally so I hate to complain. But that’s a blown call even with replay.

    I think Walker looked for the ball too, so maybe it shouldn’t have been that close. Little League 101.

  40. cmat0829 says:

    On the play at home plate, the Safe/Out was reviewed by NY in conjunction with the UMPIRE decision to review the “blocking the plate” rule. Clear Lucroy did not block the plate without the ball, which is the rule. Also pretty clear Walker hit the base before Lucroy hit his knee, but I think on replays, though not all the time, they are looking for very clear evidence to reverse the call. I thought that was clear but obviously they didn’t.

    So no reason to bag on Clint for this, safe/out was reviewed.

  41. radio wave says:

    Isn’t he scheduled for tomorrow?

  42. cmat0829 says:

    thanks for that good perspective, bpn. Polanco may indeed be superior to anyone the Pirates have brought up in recent years, but he indeed will be doing the hardest thing in sports… to translate AAA success to MLB success. I think he is special and so am growing impatient with him not being given that chance here asap….but I am not going to jump off a bridge because of a week or two.

    I just dont ever think that the caricatures that people use to paint the ownership/management team — greedy, cheap, vindictive, etc. —- are realistic in any sense of the word. If you want to say NH is overly cautious, not aggressive then that is fair… but the rest of it is just slanted toward an easy perspective to take and has no basis in reality.

  43. Patrick(ri) says:

    So, if they are reviewing one rule they can rule on “discovered” mistakes? Did not know that.

  44. cmat0829 says:

    Nice 3 innings from Locke so far…. goes without saying how big of an opportunity this is for Jeff and for the Pirates.

  45. cmat0829 says:

    not sure about other cases, but on the ROOT broadcast, they were in touch with the NY command center and were told that safe/out was also reviewed in conjunction on that play.

  46. cmat0829 says:

    now, i know it won’t happen, but for both the NFL and for MLB reviews, since we have the technology, why not televise the review and decision. You can have the person clearly state the decision…i.e. on that play, they could say something like “Well there really isn’t an angle that shows us exactly when Lucroy tagged Walker…it’s close, from one angle it does look like his foot is past the point of the base before Lucroy’s glove hits him but we also don’t see when his foot actually touches the plate. So, we have no conclusive evidence to overturn the call on the field”.

  47. radio wave says:

    Time for a cutch crush.

  48. cmat0829 says:

    who knows… could be to leave brewers with too little time to adjust… could be to avoid more downtime for locke between starts…. could be they hoped to get a sunday lineup….. to be honest, i have no more confidence in morton vs. this team than i do locke…… so much ado about nothing.

  49. cmat0829 says:

    Ump blew it on the 3-1 pitch, but Gaby HAS TO SWING with 2 men on, 2 outs, at anything close…the 3-2 pitch was a borderline strike to my eyes, but no excuse not to try to put that in play.

  50. Patrick(ri) says:

    Not to whine, but wow is it hard to find a good HP ump. 3rd inning and this guy has missed many calls.

  51. JRay3 says:

    Shocking how few no the strike zone isn’t it?

  52. JRay3 says:


  53. JRay3 says:

    Really impressed with the way Locke is throwing today. Looks very much like first half 2013 Locke today.

  54. cmat0829 says:

    Locke hasn’t forgotten the 2013 Searage mantra—- get the hitter out in the first 3 pitches…. such a refreshing change from the 2014 Pirates starters so far…..go Jeff!!

  55. Patrick(ri) says:

    What has to tough for the pitchers is they are not consistently bad –zones are all over the place.

  56. cmat0829 says:

    To me it should be embarrassing to them and their profession to be so easily fooled by pitch framing… that more than anything is shocking to me…. if a catcher sets up inside and the pitch is outside, but on the corner, if the catcher has to reach for the pitch the ump will call it a ball. Same thing if the catcher sets up 5 inches off the outside corner, if the pitcher hits the glove the ump calls it a strike.

    They should be embarrassed to be so easily manipulated……. if they are going to wait to call the pitch based on how it is caught, then just let the ump call pitches from a tv monitor in the booth. They are to be watching the pitch cross the plate before it is caught.

  57. cmat0829 says:

    God to I just HATE Gomez with his swing out of his shoes BS…. love that Martin tried to show up Gomez and get the K by walking off the field….. would have loved for Gomez to be rung up on that.

  58. JRay3 says:

    Same pitch ump rings Gaby up on, calls a ball to Gomez and keeps inning alive. Consistency is all I ask for.

  59. JRay3 says:

    And Jeff bears down to get Ramirez and post his fourth zero.

    Time to get him some runs.

  60. cmat0829 says:

    I just think the one thing MLB could do is to improve umpire accountability. I’m being told they are ‘scored’ on the ball/strikes after the game, but what consequence? Are umps ever demoted? Perhaps let them umpire 1-3 but not home plate if they suck at calling balls/strikes?

  61. cmat0829 says:

    AJ Burnett watch… per MLBTradeRumors, he is a veteran pitcher that figures to be sought after at the deadline, given the Phillies PREDICTABLY are a laugh of a team in 2014 (why they signed ANY veterans is beyond me)… but as of right now, the Phils are gonna be STUCK with AJB given his ERA of 7.20 over his last 7 starts.

    But he excels in veteran leadership and pies to the face after Philly wins, so there’s that .

  62. cmat0829 says:

    come on pedro…. hit one in the river!

  63. cmat0829 says:

    Missed opportunity… NH on the ROOT broadcast for full half-inning, no Polanco questions…. I know most of this was to be about the draft, and they also talked Cole which was appropriate, but no question on Polanco readiness and timing?

    Sunday musing…. when Connor Joe, Pirates 2nd pick in this draft, makes it to the bigs, will he walk up to “Cotton-eyed Joe”?

  64. 21sthebest says:

    I’m with you there bpn. Absolutely awful baserunning by Walker.

  65. cmat0829 says:

    Rickie Weeks just sucks. Big ol’ waste of Brewer money.

  66. Nate83 says:

    Locke may give us a rare 7 or 8 inning outing by a Pirate starting pitcher. Who would have thought? Crazy!!!

  67. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Jeff Locke’s success today is because he is changing speeds really well.

    He’s hitting 91-92MPH on his fastball and dropping 10-15 MPH on the change up.

    Excellent display of what changing speeds do to a offense.

  68. radio wave says:

    Impression I’m getting is this is one of the best 6 innings since opening day.

  69. JRay3 says:

    Locke holding the Brewers in check through six innings and very efficient as well as pitch count very low at 68.

    Nice to have guys like Cumpton and Locke when you know pitching depth will come into play.

  70. radio wave says:

    It would be ashame if he had to leave with a scoreless no decision.

  71. cmat0829 says:

    Outstanding outing by Locke. Attacking the zone, hitting his spots, being aggressive, pitching to contact. He is capable, let’s hope this is the start of a nice long stretch for Jeff.

  72. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    And his pitch count is low

  73. 21sthebest says:

    I can’t believe we let him sit in Indy this long.


  74. Patrick(ri) says:

    This swinging at the worst pitch you see doesn’t seem to be the answer?

  75. cmat0829 says:

    two bad at bats there from walker and cutch. gallardo hung a curve ball on strike one to andrew, who could’ve guessed that might be the first pitch, and he watched it float by… .then also watched a 91 mph fastball…only to swing at a slider that was never a strike.

    But Gallardo is always tough on us…. we just made it too easy on him there.

  76. Reading says:

    It’s good that the so-called review at home plate wasn’t important.

  77. cmat0829 says:

    :) he got a spot start, fell apart in the 5th if I recall… and I do believe Cumpton deserved it ahead of him… but he has his shot now :)

  78. cmat0829 says:

    Sorry to say, Cutch has little to no arm in center…. a catcher should not be able to tag and advance on that based on where it was caught…though Lucroy does run better than I thought.

  79. JRay3 says:

    Pirate fan just turns Lucroy single into double. Awesome.

  80. Karen22 says:

    Freaky Sunday. All of their hits…just ridiculous.

  81. JRay3 says:

    And the fan interference ends up costing the Pirates a run.


  82. Karen22 says:

    And leads to probably a one-run-should-not-be loss for the Bucs. Snakebit.

  83. 21sthebest says:

    I would say the umpiring cost us the run.

  84. cmat0829 says:

    geeze what a lucky run for the brewers there… squib shot to left for an ump-aided double…and a cue shot by Ramirez to drive the run in.

    UMPS have some ‘splaining to do how they thought Lucroy clearly deserved 2nd base on that fan interference when he was stuck halfway to first watching it when it bounced fair.

  85. Karen22 says:

    We’d better give Locke some support here…he does NOT deserve this!

  86. cmat0829 says:

    was it a pirate fan? noticed dark hat, not sure if was brewers or not… but yes, assinine play for what should be a more knowledgable fan.

  87. Rob Scott says:

    The blaming of other factors is silly…Pirates have 2 hits, that is where the fault belongs!

  88. radio wave says:

    plus 100

  89. JRay3 says:

    Yes wearing a Pirate shirt, that’s why announcements are made at beginning of play to not interfere with balls in play as it can impact outcome of the game.

    This might just be proof of that.

  90. cmat0829 says:

    um ok, we can talk and chew gum at the same time, thank you very much. Umps are either right or they are wrong. Why should anything else factor into that?

  91. JRay3 says:

    Brewers have 3, as do Bucs after Marte hot, and in a game this tight one break either way can decide a game. In this case Milwaukee got it.

  92. radio wave says:

    Time for us to get a cheap run back. Then get a clean run to take the lead.

  93. 21sthebest says:

    I would say the fan and the umpires cost us a run. I don’t think the fan or the umpires have caused our offense not to hit today.

  94. cmat0829 says:

    I just think that was one call where Clint should have lost it on…. he too calmly accepted that one and it was a HUGE call in the game.

  95. JRay3 says:

    Great hustle by Martin, and Bucs in business to start 7th.

  96. cmat0829 says:

    NICE PLAY RAMIREZ!!!!!! Good hustle RUSSELL….. MAKE EM PAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can this be a big at bat, coming out PARTAY for Marte???

  97. cmat0829 says:

    If Marte can’t get this bunt down, send his ass to Indy immediately…don’t wait for the end of the game. Tired of it.

  98. cmat0829 says:


  99. 21sthebest says:

    Starling needs to go to Indy.

  100. Patrick(ri) says:

    Classic understatement from Walk: ” …he doesn’t actually get em down that often.”

  101. cmat0829 says:

    I’d have called time out, after strike 2, and replaced him with Barmes..and sent him to the locker room to get his stuff together. He needs some tough love. And I’m an optimistic person, but I’ve had it.

  102. 21sthebest says:

    Bob Walk has never heard of a safety squeeze????

  103. radio wave says:

    Raining here in the south hills.

  104. Patrick(ri) says:

    Let’s hear it for Ricky!!

  105. cmat0829 says:

    I’m at a loss on that last sequence… im ok with a safety squeeze, but once the surprise was off, how does Clint keep the play on….and HOW IN THE HELL DOES RICKY WEEKS STILL HAVE A JOB????

  106. 21sthebest says:

    I can’t be believe they threw a strike to Marte on 1-2.

  107. cmat0829 says:

    bummer… give gallardo all the credit there… even approaching 120 pitches, his command was outstanding. Put the ball exactly where he wanted to, pitch after pitch after pitch. We’ll have to get to the bullpen to pull this one out….

  108. radio wave says:

    This team just can’t get the timely hit with sacks loaded.

  109. Patrick(ri) says:

    Alas, the dreaded bases full, less than two out curse returns.

  110. Wild Bill says:

    Gallardo won that battle, and we had our chances.

  111. The Gunner says:

    I guess the Buccos blow another opportunity

  112. JRay3 says:

    Well that stings, game of inches sometimes. JHay got a hold of first pitch.

    Team is playing a lot better ball but just goes to show when you dig early season hole how tough it will be to climb out of.

    Great effort turned in by Locke, deserved much better fate than to be on the hook for a loss but highly encouraging going forward.

  113. 21sthebest says:

    We’re hitting .200 with the bases loaded. Dodgers the worst at .132.

  114. Steelag70 says:

    Lack of fundamentals with this team at times with this team still amazes me….

  115. Steelag70 says:

    In other Bucco news….Tony Watson is a flat out BEAST…

  116. Wild Bill says:

    Watson always looks like he has the flu, but then pitches lights out.

  117. Rob Scott says:

    I wonder if a guy named Polanco could have helped today…

  118. chethejet1 says:

    Pirates blinked. With Cole out for any extended period, may seal the deal by the 4th of July. Just tired of watching the Snider, Tabata duo. Come on down Polanco. Pitching is the issue as to winning, but no question Pirates need to shake things up. NH has to save this season now and make a deal.

  119. Steelag70 says:

    Just not the Buccos day….

  120. Steelag70 says:


  121. cmat0829 says:

    not gonna argue that this team is poor at times on fundamentals, but exactly to what are you referring? because if it is the 7th inning there, gallardo just pitched his ass off to get out of the jam, there was no lack of fundamentals on display by tabata or harrison.

  122. Karen22 says:

    Can ANYBODY have a clutch at bat today with runners in scoring position & less than two outs?? BUELLER?? BUELLER?? You’re up!

  123. cmat0829 says:

    gaby scorched that, right at em.. brewers run scored on two squibbers and a blown call.. that’s baseball I guess.

  124. Steelag70 says:

    The failure of Marte to get down a bunt, the errors yesterday….why can people never make an observation on here without being questioned? People always have to justify their observations on here….

  125. cmat0829 says:

    what happened to jim henderson?

  126. Steelag70 says:

    I guess they really DID use up all their runs for this series Friday night…lol.

  127. cmat0829 says:

    AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL strike 3 call to Martin… that UMP is a disaster.

  128. Steelag70 says:


  129. Karen22 says:


  130. Steelag70 says:


  131. cmat0829 says:

    i’m sorry you just cannot call all those bordline good pitches by locke balls and then give that one a strike 3… no excuse. I demand an answer from the head of umpires what the ‘scorebook’ has that one, a ball or a strike. no accountabilty on these umps, i dont care if they are ‘scored’ every game…what difference does a scoring system make if they still have jobs?

  132. Steelag70 says:

    I don’t blame Russ for being upset…that was horrible…

  133. cmat0829 says:


  134. Steelag70 says:

    Today would be a great day for a walkoff win….

  135. Patrick(ri) says:

    A ball, but not by much. Impossible spot to do anything with. As announcers said, frustration from all the previously more demonstrably lousy calls. Martin really wanted this game.

  136. cmat0829 says:

    it was the right response.. it’s about time someone lost it on that BS of an umpire. And I want Clint to officially protest this game, due to the missed call on the fan interference too.

  137. Bad day at black rock so far.

  138. Rock Ain't Dead says:

    I love Russell Martin.

  139. Steelag70 says:

    It would be upsetting against any opponent, but especially this crap being called against us vs the Brewers…ugghh

  140. cmat0829 says:

    to me, since this umpire was just going by how pitches were caught all day, given Lucroy had to reach and almost hit the ground with his glove, that one should have been a ball just to be consistent. but it was a ball, clear enough to call a ball.

  141. Steelag70 says:

    I was thinking the same thing…Lucroy moved his glove and couldn’t frame the pitch…

  142. cmat0829 says:

    time for grilli to air mail a fastball and for stewart to stay in his crouch.

  143. Reading says:

    So questionable umping, replay reviewing, a Bartman-type incident, catcher tossed, manager tossed, a probable one-run loss for the 75th time, Polanco off the radar, Braun is a Bum, nobody can bunt, nobody can get a hit with a guy on third. Ladies and gentleman, you’re 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates.

  144. Steelag70 says:

    Really Gomez?? A bat flip on pop up??

  145. cmat0829 says:

    Lucroy is the best hitter in the park, no question about it. Gomez is a baby, too aggressive, and should never see a good pitch early in the at bat. He will get himself out by swinging too big on pitcher’s pitches.

  146. Karen22 says:

    My husband and I just said the same thing. I hate this game!

  147. cmat0829 says:

    not sure why pisspoor umpiring has anything to do with the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates. You left out GREAT starting pitching from Jeff Locke, Gallardo pitching his ass off, one team squibbing a run and another team hitting it hard into outs…. it’s called baseball, 2014 or otherwise.

  148. Reading says:

    We need to see Blown-save Rod this inning.

  149. cmat0829 says:

    I’m not one to ‘blame the umpires’ and I’m not now either. But I wont listen to anyone talking about this ‘accountability’ and ‘umpires are scored’ crapola until I see ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE anything is done to counsel the underperforming umpires. And today, if this crew is honest, they cannot walk off that field and feel like they called a ‘clean game’. Period. End of discussion.

  150. cmat0829 says:

    wow, that changeup was right down the middle, belt high. And Marte, this version of Marte, can only swing right through it.

  151. Reading says:

    Dude, lighten up Francis. Not being serious. Trying to justify wasting 2+ hours of my life watching this garbage.

  152. Patrick(ri) says:

    Who is the HP ump? I would like to file away his name.

  153. chethejet1 says:

    Umpiring is being show all over as they just weren’t as good as many believed. I am almost in favor of a replay official on every play. But the strike three call was lazy. The MLB has to start really banging the umps for bad performance. I have seen some really bad umps in my time so nothing new here. But no question watch the HP ump he is not consistent at all.

  154. radio wave says:

    Other teams have similar frustrations as us. King Felix of Mariners has 15 k’s against Rays, game is scoreless.

  155. Steelag70 says:

    Good job Starling….

  156. cmat0829 says:

    how does a premium major league closer walk Starling Marte? Brewers offense is legit, their starting pitching is good.. but if they think K-Rod will hold up, they are full of cheese.

  157. Reading says:

    Really need a weak flair that drops in.

  158. cmat0829 says:

    its actually a good game, well pitched and good defense on both sides. garbage was yesterday’s game.

  159. Steelag70 says:

    Marte was safe….

  160. cmat0829 says:

    1) HAVE TO CHALLENGE THIS, regardless.
    2) he is SAFE

    3) they won’t overturn it. , but they SHOULD.

    4) Marte did not get a great jump.

  161. chethejet1 says:

    That wasn’t even close…….

  162. cmat0829 says:

    If they don’t overturn it, the Pirates need to empty the bat rack on the FIELD.

  163. Reading says:

    It’s the bottom of the 9th, do you really need to decide whether to challenge or not.

  164. Steelag70 says:

    Bout time….

  165. cmat0829 says:

    ok, order restored. now for NY to take over calling balls and strikes from the studio.

  166. chethejet1 says:

    Great chant, Live, live, live live like the Roman Colosseum

  167. cmat0829 says:

    oh god. do we have to pinch hit snider?

  168. Steelag70 says:

    Snider can at least PH….

  169. cmat0829 says:

    come on lunchie….

  170. Steelag70 says:

    What a play by Segura…

  171. 21sthebest says:

    No. Never throw equpment. Russ was wrong.

  172. cmat0829 says:

    my goodness.. there is no justice in baseball. that ball was scorched. shift and a dive makes the difference.

  173. JRay3 says:

    Just can’t buy a break, Snider mashed that ball.

  174. Patrick(ri) says:

    Bad luck, Seagura was paying attention. Lots of talent, nondoubt.

  175. cmat0829 says:

    yes he was but sometimes being wrong is right. and that was the right reaction to that BS.

  176. Steelag70 says:


  177. 21sthebest says:

    Completely disagree. Argue yes. Get tossed. Absolutely. Never throw equpment.

  178. radio wave says:

    Wrong outcome, but a fun blog today.

  179. JRay3 says:

    This one hurts. So close yet so far.

    3-10 versus Brewers tells big story so far this season.

  180. cmat0829 says:

    bummer, bucs battled and come up short. hate to see it end to that a-hole gomez making the last out. the UMPS did not earn a game check today, my friends, but give the brewers credit… gallardo was his typical self and their defense came up big when they needed to.

    tough break… they will have to make hey vs. the Cubs, can’t let this start a slide….

  181. chethejet1 says:

    LOB man they let this team off the hook to many times today. Nice job by Locke. Hope Cutch is OK.

  182. cmat0829 says:

    ok, i’m sure russ wasnt exactly thinking clearly there, he wanted to call attention to the umpire who really shouldn’t have a job in the majors after today…

  183. 21sthebest says:

    I heard Jerry Meals even tweeted that this crew stinks.

  184. twentytwo22 says:

    3-10 against the 27 Yankees. I’m starting to hate the Pirates like I hate the Penguins. One good game. Take one off. One good series. Take one off. Even when they are on the verge of two great series, they no-show a game like San Diego. Get praised for a 1 win above mediocre road trip. Take a dive. Losing homestand. You can’t lose this series after winning the first game. It’s unacceptable.

  185. Today the Pitching came through just fine. It’s just that the Bucs lost 1-0. Hopefully, they can fend off the Cubs this week.

  186. chethejet1 says:

    Shame the buccos just couldn’t not only take the series, but just haven’t continued the momentum from last year. Team built on defense and pitching is playing it close and with the lack of sustained hitting, especially from the speed gap guys like Marte who if they can’t hit kill your lineup. 5 tools guy can’t bunt, can’t hit for power and needs to mature and grow from a athletic guy to a player who performs to his talent. Right now he isn’t and his failure to adapt is telling.

  187. Chuck H says:

    What happened to Cutch?

  188. Thundercrack says:

    I am listening to the post game show and I know I’ve said this before but Kevin Orrie adds nothing to the show

  189. The Gunner says:

    The Buccos have CHOKED vs. the Brewers all year – this is really inexcusable. Now we’ll see how mentally tough the Pirates are.

  190. Milo Hamilton says:

    Nice game by Locke. That’s all I got.

  191. theplanisworking says:

    Told you the Bucs should have hired Regis McGuire. ;)

  192. bpn8pitt says:

    I was wrong about you Jeff Locke. Good outing today. You deserved better.

    Went Friday. Wished we saved a few runs.

  193. Arriba Wilver says:

    Me too, on Locke.

    Actually an entertaining game at the ballpark. Bad result, of course.

  194. Brandie says:

    Good one Hold me closer Tiny Plancer!

  195. Thundercrack says:


  196. Milo Hamilton says:

    And the Pirates need to find out who that moron was that interfered with the Lucroy play & ban him from the ballpark for life. How was he not tossed ? I almost got tossed questioning security as to why he wasn’t tossed. I’m still frosted about that.

    And while I’m at it, I’m sick of missing half of the game because people are up & down, up & down during the play. Tell an usher sometime. They’ll look at you like you have three heads.

  197. Arriba Wilver says:

    Where were you sitting, Milo. I was in 120. They were pretty good about keeping people from coming down, but people still get up and leave during play. Not sure what to do about that? Some guy got up in front of me when Martin had 2 strikes on him in the 8th. Unless he had diahhrea I didn’t get it.

  198. Arriba Wilver says:


  199. 21sthebest says:


    Except that the usher at 115 is awesome.

  200. Milo Hamilton says:

    I was upstairs today. It’s worse up there. And I completely get all that goes into bringing small children to the game. That’s not who I’m talking about. It’s people old enough to have a little common courtesy.

    Here’s a little nugget from today that I still can’t get over. A 20 something guy sitting in front of me said jokingly to his 30 something friend after the 4th inning, “Still got a no hitter going.” His buddy’s reply & this is no exaggeration, “Yeah I see that. Who’s pitching, Cole ?”

  201. 21sthebest says:

    Probably had the tater tot nachos.

  202. Florida Steeler says:

    Tim Mc Clelland, best ball-strike ump in baseball is on medical leave all year and may retire.

  203. 21sthebest says:

    Sounds like the people that have been sitting behind me for 14 years.

  204. Thundercrack says:

    Where can I get those tater tot nachos?!?!

  205. Thundercrack says:

    I agree with Milo, 21 and AW.

    I was at the game but on the first base side.
    One of the main reason we love our section is because of our usher. He doesn’t take any crap. If you try to sneak in without a ticket- you’re gone. Our section is 8. And it is all season tickets. The regulars know the rules and are courteous…meaning they know when to get up and return to their seat. I noticed that when there are new people (probably bought the tickets on stub hub) they are more likely to get up and down all the time –and not at the right times.

    The guy that interfered with that play should have been escorted out of the park – and banned for at least 30 days.

  206. Thundercrack says:

    Two years ago I asked an usher why they didn’t hold people at the top of the steps and make them wait for a break in the action and then let them return to their seat.

    He said that ‘management’ doesn’t want people to return to their seat during when play is in – but they also don’t want them standing up at the top of the row …clogging the area where all the concessions are. Mixed message.

  207. Arriba Wilver says:

    One of the guys that kept popping off behind me like he knew everything kept asking who Ike Davis was when he was on deck. No clue he was on our team. :-)

  208. Arriba Wilver says:

    Agree. They never ban those guys. Makes no sense. I forget the exact situation last year, but a guy in the first row on the third base side almost fell onto the field grabbing a ball that was in play. I don’t believe they kicked him out.

  209. 21sthebest says:

    Now the ushers use those signs to keep people from walking down the aisle during an inning. I want to say that started for the wild card game or shortly before.

  210. dennis g says:


  211. dennis g says:

    The ushers are not permitted to stop someone from proceeding to his seat if he wants to do so. Thy are given cards to show people when they try to do that which asks them to wait until there is a stop in play. I think they all do this but what more can they do?

  212. Bizrow says:

    When I wait at top of the steps in RF for a delay in action the usher looks at me like I have 3 eyes

    IMO looks like we used up all our magic last year

  213. Milo Hamilton says:

    I noticed those last year during the season. At least it’s something.

    I bought tickets for the 4th of July today. The guy asked me if I wanted on the aisle. I had to explain to him that we always prefer as close to the middle of the row as possible so I never have to get up to let people through.

  214. Milo Hamilton says:

    I seem to remember Art McKennan sternly scolding the crowd anytime someone even came close to interfering with a play. “We don’t go on the field at Three Rivers, or interfere with any ball in play.”

  215. dennis g says:

    Did anyone notice that Walker was running home in the first inning with his eyes on Braun and the ball almost the entire time. He did not appear to be at top speed. Perhaps he was planning on how to beat catcher, but watching him run I was sure he would be out. Now on McCutchen’s double in the eighth he absolutely gave up on the triple almost from the start. It appeared he thought the ball was going to be caught. His rookie year or year two that would have been a triple all the way. He is not the same player and certainly not an MVP.

  216. Bizrow says:

    Some are wondering if Cutch is 100%

  217. 21sthebest says:

    We’re on the aisle but in 115 it’s positioned so that it’s not a problem. I’ve sat in other section and I know what you mean.

    But nothing is more annoying than TC the beer vendor. Okay, maybe the Pierogies race.

  218. Arriba Wilver says:

    Agree with you on Walker on that play. Definitely wasn’t running full speed at the beginning of that play.

    That being said, and no disrespect, but the comment on Cutch is laughable IMHO.

  219. Arriba Wilver says:

    That strategy has crossed my mind, Milo, but I like being on the end for space. There are only 16 seats in my row, so it’s not too bad, at least it wasn’t today. It was the people down in front.

  220. Milo Hamilton says:

    I always plan my food/drink/bathroom run during the pierogi race.

  221. Thundercrack says:

    I think Cutch was respecting Carlos Gomez’s arm. And rightfully so, he got the ball in very quick.

  222. Arriba Wilver says:

    Funny thing was he hated Gaby. Not sure what he thought was going on. Jones? ;-)

  223. Bizrow says:

    Me too also at Forbes

  224. Arriba Wilver says:


    I’m sure the people sitting on the ends of your aisles appreciate that.

  225. 21sthebest says:


  226. 21sthebest says:

    Cutch was visibly uncomfortable when he pulled into second and again at third. He went into the dugout during the pitching change and the trainer came over to him.

  227. Thundercrack says:

    I saw TC driving last week. He didn’t have a shirt on.

  228. Milo Hamilton says:

    You have my deepest sympathies.

  229. Maz in Iowa says:

    I wonder if the Bucs are just playing “not to lose”.Last year they seemed to be a bit looser(pressure to win might be a factor.Anyway I wouldn’t be too shocked to see then break out with a lil winning streak.There’s almost 100 games left(don’t give me an exact count).There are things that need fixed,but a winning stretch can help things.Way too soon to get all flustered.

  230. Arriba Wilver says:

    My comment went to the direct implication that he wasn’t trying as hard as he should.

  231. Reading says:

    I thought Cutch pulled up going into second as if he pulled a hammy or something. Agree that he was not coming out of the box at full speed.

  232. Maz in Iowa says:

    BTW I was completely wrong about Locke{an earlier post)

  233. Arriba Wilver says:

    Join the club, Maz. ;-)

  234. Maz in Iowa says:

    A club I’m glad to be a member of AW

  235. Maz in Iowa says:

    They need to re sign Martin.

  236. Arriba Wilver says:


    I also don’t think it will happen.

  237. 21sthebest says:

    Oh I know and I agree with your comment. I was just responding to TC.

  238. 21sthebest says:

    Micah Mason arrested on the South Side last night.

  239. Maz in Iowa says:

    Pirates going with Sanchez at catcher is like going to a gunfight with a knife(sorry had to steal the phrase)

  240. The Gunner says:


    The ol’ Gunner agrees with you 1000% about the urgency to re-sign #55. However, I guarantee it won’t happen.

  241. Maz in Iowa says:

    Part of the problem is Huntington would be admitting that they screwed up drafting Sanchez in the 1st round(by being cheap……of course)

  242. The Gunner says:

    The BMTIB’s true colors will no doubt surface again when it comes to signing Russell Martin.

  243. Arriba Wilver says:

    Personally, I don’t think that has one whit to do with it.

  244. Arriba Wilver says:

    Where Sanchez was drafted I mean.

  245. Thundercrack says:

    Yea, Huntington was so cheap 2 years ago he drafted a guy in the first round and didn’t sign him.

    I would think that if he could resign Martin (which he signed as a free agent) he would…and not worry about Sanchez

  246. Maz in Iowa says:

    I would not be surprised if he lowballed Tucker/Connor Joe and then he didn’t sign one or both of them.That way he has a better shot next year’s draft(which they might prefer).Just sayin

  247. bpn8pitt says:

    Their next two picks were overslot, meaning it might cost more than their usual allowance at that spot.

    I think they sign a good bit of their high picks. Whether or not they turn out, is a whole different conversation.

  248. Maz in Iowa says:

    I know about slotted signings.I also know that management is devious and is pulling crap out of their backsides.To think there might not be something going on behind our backs makes me look like a fool.

  249. Arriba Wilver says:

    What’s their goal, Maz, in doing so?

  250. Maz in Iowa says:

    They might value next year’s draft as being more lucrative to the Pirates minor league system.I don’t know how they value the talent pool for next year.Maybe I’m just too much into conspiracy theories too

  251. dennis g says:

    Well this is not the first time I have noticed this phenomenon. In 2009 AM had 9 triples in 433 AB’s. Since then with approximately 150 more AB’s his triple total has gone 5,5,6,5 and he is on a pace for 5 this year. During the replay we could clearly see that he did not run full throttle from the box and only upon seeing the ball go over Gomez’s head did he turn it on, but then it was too late to try for more, though it probably would have been close. An injury is possible, there is no question he previously ran harder out of the box.

    During the same period his GIDP has gone 3 inn 433 to 6, 7,9, 13 and this year he is on a pace for 13 again.

  252. Chuck H says:

    The Pirates are a hard team to figure out. How many times now have they been unable to score even one run in a close game? Friday they had 15 runs and it seemed that everyone was hitting, but Sunday, they couldn’t even score one run. What a waste of a brilliant pitching effort by Jeff Locke. I’m sure he would have been thrilled with a no decision for his efforts instead of a loss. This team will not be in any playoffs this year or any in the future unless they get rid of some auto outs and get some hitters. Even with Polanco, if he’s ever called up, it’s not going to be enough help. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Pirates, but hate their management and ownership.

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