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Final: Pirates 6, Rays 5

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (38-38) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (31-47)

Time: 7:10 p.m.

Site: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

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. 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.


  1. Maz In Iowa says:

    Add me to the ..”I want to go back to the old format” club

  2. The Gunner says:

    the sooner, the better Maz

  3. +++++++++++++++++

  4. Maz In Iowa says:

    Like sands through the hour glass “these are the days of our blog”(not Days of our lives)….gotcha..Ha Ha

  5. Maz In Iowa says:

    So Tabby was guaranteed 10.3 million.If I was him I would agree to go to Indy too

  6. hockeymonster says:

    Memo to JR:

    RE: Johnston

    Don’t do it. Please.


  7. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think the Rev counts as 5 votes. ;-)

    Welcome back, again, my friend.

  8. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Hope Tabby hits .350+ at Indy for the next 4-5 weeks – and they can trade him for more than a ham sandwich – need at least the new Primanti monster ;-)

  9. hockeymonster says:

    Oops, my bad. Thought i was on earlier thread. Which way up?

  10. Bizrow says:

    This is posted on game threads Tuesday. Thursday and Sunday (When I remember what day it is)

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  11. Maz In Iowa says:

    Up is down.New format

  12. The Gunner says:

    Well Lucky, we finally got Tabata out of our hair – I guess no one wants to touch his contract. But you never know, might be back up if Lunchbox gets hurt.

  13. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I didn’t realize Tabby had an option left.

    This information would’ve helped earlier on.

    It’s easier to send him down than to completely cut loose a player.

  14. Tom P. says:

    Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

    RF: Gregory Polanco
    LF: Starling Marte
    CF: Andrew McCutchen
    2B: Neil Walker
    C: Russell Martin
    1B: Ike Davis
    3B: Josh Harrison
    DH: Pedro Alvarez
    SS: Jordy Mercer
    SP: Jeff Locke

    Tampa Bay Rays Lineup

    CF: Desmond Jennings
    RF: Ben Zobrist
    LF: Brandon Guyer
    3B: Evan Longoria
    1B: James Loney
    SS: Yunel Escobar
    2B: Sean Rodriguez
    DH: Logan Forsythe
    C: Jose Molina
    SP: Chris Archer

  15. The Gunner says:

    If they asked me to scrub the toilets for that $10.3 million, I’d do it.

  16. Bizrow says:


  17. Lonely Libertarian says:

    He didn’t – and reports are that he cleared waivers – outrighted…

  18. Brent says:

    Old Format !!!! Tried holding the laptop upside down but that was also cumbersome

  19. Maz In Iowa says:

    Altoona will be getting better soon.Glasnow(1.62) 1 run/9 hits in his last 29 innings.Josh Bell(.335) is hitting .514 in his last 10 games.Time to promote BOTH.It’s possible that Bell could turn to 1B when he gets to Indy.Both could be in the Burgh in 2016 btw.

  20. NMR says:

    Boo hiss this place was better without him!

    :) Missed you, sir!

  21. Maz In Iowa says:


  22. cmat0829 says:

    Hi Ryan… you missed a bunch of Tabatagate on DK’s morning java post… feel free to stop by if you want… or I can save you a bunch of time…. given that NH made a move, quite a few folks railed him for not dropping Snider and outrighting Tabby. Might seem like a lot of posts for a 4th Outfielder decision, but this blog overachieves.

  23. Jim S. says:

    Who was clamoring for these changes? Was there a groundswell I missed when I was out of the loop for a few days?

  24. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Never mind. Out righted, not optioned.

    It’s early for me

  25. Maz In Iowa says:

    Maybe we could have an up/down vote on formats.

  26. NMR says:

    Dejan was just looking for ways to make the blog better. Open discussion kind of thing.

  27. Brandie says:

    Good to have you back Revvie!!!

  28. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Thanks for the summarization. I was sleeping. Probably won’t go over there.

    I personally felt that Taby was the better option for a 4th OFer, Snider is one demential.

  29. Brandie says:

    Where’s the fake intrigue and recycled soap plots? Where’s the canned dialogue?

    Oops. This is boy the gilded offices at the CEC. This is the baseball thread. My bad.

  30. NMR says:

    Glasnow has a long way to go.

    Taillon took 23 starts to get of of high-A and didn’t have nearly as much trouble with secondary pitches and command. Glasnow still very raw.

  31. Brandie says:

    So Snider was the keeper. Let’s hope he oozes with consistency.

  32. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Looks like we will get to see the new #2 Starter for the Cards tomorrow – Fangraphs is suggesting a Price/Zobrist for Taveras + 2-3 others trade…

    Cards would be favored to catch Brewers with Price – assuming Garcia returns this year.

  33. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    When that happens, it will be the first

  34. Jim S. says:

    I wonder if Molina being in the lineup is an answer to the Pirates stealing at will last night against Cobb/Hannigan. I haven’t kept up with Jose’s SB stats, but we torched them last night.

  35. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    A promotion after 29 innings is a little fast. No real hurry to do so.

  36. Jim S. says:

    That would be something. The Cards do not part with prospects easily.

  37. Jim S. says:

    No, he’s still a baby.

  38. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Like many in the blog.

    The Cards are the best organization in baseball, if you ask me.

  39. Maz In Iowa says:

    About the amount of starts that Cumpton/Locke had before being promoted to the Bucs from AAA.

  40. NMR says:

    Hannigan has historically been much better.

    Cobb didn’t seem like he had Gerrit Cole-like indifference to the running game, but maybe the blame falls on him.

    Otherwise, the Pirates should be doing that every night. Wasn’t even close.

  41. Jim S. says:

    It would be hard to argue that they are in the top few, and have been for awhile.

  42. NMR says:

    Completely different levels of development. Apples and Oranges.

  43. Maz In Iowa says:

    BTW he has 56 innings total at high A.Just gave what he had since April 30th

  44. NMR says:

    Oh come on, Jim! I thought this would really grind your gears. Let it out, man!

  45. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Actually he won’t have much chance to be consistent – PH 3-4 times a week – any starts in the OF will be very rare – most will go to Harrison…

    He has done a good job as PH this year – and that is what he will be tasked with going forward…

  46. Jim S. says:

    Thanks, NMR. I know both Molina and Hannigan are considered pitch framers extraordinaire, which is high on Tampa’s pre-requisite for catchers. Wasn’t sure about how well each guy throws.

  47. NMR says:

    I hope he’s the first player to continually fail as a starter but magically turn into a pinch hitting all star.

    That’s what we are banking on, right?


  48. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Jim not a fan of that? Come with it Jimbo

  49. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Ha! Maybe he’ll be the All Star pinch hitter.

    The guy is a weaker Pedro.

  50. Brandie says:

    Let’s hope he is consistent as a PH then.

  51. Thundercrack says:

    How many pinch hit at bats?

    And nobody is saying he will be a pinch hitting star. The do recognize that he is a pinch hitter who hits from the left side.

    ( disclaimer: some many be saying that he is a pinch hitting star but I can’t see those posts with the new format :-)

  52. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Their first time?

    And agree with NMR. AAA guys are just waiting for their turn.

  53. Thundercrack says:

    I think it is pathetic that Pedro is batting 8th. And that is more of a knock of Pedro than Hurdle

  54. JD says:

    I agree. Not fun to read on my iPhone. Enjoy the game. Go Bucs.

  55. Bizrow says:

    Did you see what the put on that new sandwich??

  56. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    A pinch hitter from the left side who consistently roles the ball over to the 2B.

    I’m a huge fan of that

  57. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Agree. Dude should be #4 hitter, but can’t handle it.

  58. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Well there has been a pretty long history of that sort of guy – one of my faves was Jerry Lynch – had success at Cincy as a PH – finished out his career as a Bucco…

    More recently Matt Stairs was probably more valuable for his PH ability than as an every day player.

  59. Patrick says:

    Completely agree, Thunder. Just hope last night’s HR is the start of a hot streak for him. He really has not had one at all this season other than that first week of the season when he hit a bunch of HRs.

  60. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Pedro bashing is really tiresome.
    Why not pick on the worst defensive 2nd baseman in the NL
    Or a 1st baseman who has fewer HRs as a Pirate than Josh Harrison – and BTW is tied with Travis Snider for HRs – who has 54 fewer plate appearances.

    And I would be batting Pedro 5th – Harrison 6th, Martin 7th and have Sanchez on 1st, batting 8 – but Hurdle has a point to make – I guess…

  61. Thundercrack says:

    I’m trying to run Pedro out of town, just like I did to Jose Batista

  62. Lonely Libertarian says:

    you might want to look up a fact now and then – but heck that might spoil what you must think of as fun…

    Batting .280+ as a PH – On base % over .340…

  63. Lonely Libertarian says:

    That’s what I thought…

  64. Maz In Iowa says:

    Pedro is just not a #4 hitter… this stage of his career.Not much else to say about it.

  65. Lonely Libertarian says:

    Tonights perspective post

    Batting #4
    Pedro Ike GI Jones
    PA 186 107 57
    HR 8 2 2
    RBI 24 9 6
    BA .209 .222 .220

  66. radio wave says:

    Seems like today’s roster move was a bit of a surprise. Anyone want to guess what they will do when Cole comes back?

  67. Bizrow says:

    Cumpton or Locke get sent down, they both have options

  68. toochca says:

    I’m guessing Cole Slaw and Fries?!!

  69. Maz In Iowa says:

    I don’t care who hits 4th as long as they do their job.I think giving Walker a shot is a no brainer.We’ll see

  70. JoeyBats says:

    I am completely …………….SPUN AROUND,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,on the new format. :-S

  71. radio wave says:

    Which one?

  72. JoeyBats says:

    ……………………..ME TOO !!!!

  73. tomf says:

    Harrison batting 7th

    I always placed one of my top offensive players near the bottom of the order – just for fun

  74. Reading says:

    A veritable Triple Crown of futility.

  75. cherokee23 says:

    I don’t comment a lot but I read the blogs daily. Usually at end of day after work. Very difficult with hundreds of comments to read in new format. Like reading a book starting with the last chapter. Then the next to last chapter. Then the next to next to last chapter. And so on. I’ve stopped reading comments on other blogs because of this. I’ll check in from time to time and hope it goes back!

  76. toochca says:

    I hope all the unhappiness with the current format is not falling on deaf ears!! I don’t think this change falls into the “resistant to change” category. Perhaps adding an option to sort “oldest to newest” or “newest to oldest” is in order if the current format is preferred by the Ruler of the Blog!!

  77. pattonbb says:

    All three are horrible in the 4 spot.

  78. Karen22 says:

    But so far he’s not listening…I’ve yet to see a post favoring this goofy format…

  79. dennis g says:

    DK: Thought you said it was just a one day test. This format is awful. I really want to type this in caps but I will restrain myself.

  80. radio wave says:

    Rays radio says this guy has slowest move of any pitcher on their staff, easy to run on. Pirates just exploited that.

  81. All: I’ve changed it back, oldest to newest posts. I heard from a lot of newer — or potential — participants who prefer it the other way, as it’s consistent with Twitter and other social media. I also heard from most of our regulars wanting it back the old way.

    Neither is a solution.

    I want our commenters to have the ability to choose which way they want it. I want a Like button. I want an editing function. I want the ability to embed photos and videos and everything else that would be considered a state-of-the-art platform.

    Right now, that’s available to us. It is. It’s the Facebook commenting system. It’s the best that exists. It also might be the only option at all that’s available before long, given how WordPress has pretty much abandoned improving its own platform. Especially the mobile platform, which, to be candid, is a joke.

    This is in discussion with editors at the moment, and it won’t be decided for a little while, I think. So in the meantime, out of respect to our most loyal participants, I changed it back.

  82. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m suddenly feeling much more like myself.

  83. JRay3 says:

    Top of the order doing it again, putting an early run on the board as Polanco uses his speed to help manufacture the early lead.

  84. JRay3 says:

    I’m just trying to figure out if up is down or is it the other way around?

  85. Flbucco says:

    And more ;-)

  86. Tom P. says:

    Top of the order reminds me of the late 80s, early 90s: leadoff walk/ hit, stolen base, sacrifice to third (Jay Bell), productive out = RBI. 1-0 Pirates.

  87. radio wave says:

    DK; I appreciate your comments, and the fact that editors may make the final call. My biggest concern is the security factor in a “facebook” linked format. Most if not all of us use “screen names on this blog. It is beyond me as to why anyone would want a hypertext link from their screen name to their real world facebook or other social media account. I recently had to close my facebook account because it was hacked. Now I have a new one with better privacy controls. I limit my “friends” to a selct few that I know. I don’t want the whole world being able to get to my account through a link from the Trib blog. I use the web feed to participate because asI have said before the Trib live app is a technology nightmare for me. Rightside up, or upside down, I can work around that format, but a security breech I don’t want to experience again.

  88. cherokee23 says:

    Thank you!…..FWIW, I’m not opposed to the Facebook system

  89. Pucknutz says:

    Thanks DK for taking the time to search for a solution.
    All the extra bells and whistles would be cool but…. if it requires joining Facebook… no way.
    I consider Facebook evil… but thats just a FOF’s opinion. LOL :)

  90. Maz In Iowa says:

    Took a shower and BAM…..the Twilight Zone.Sorry tried facebook and I just feel way too uncomfortable sharing too much info.Part of being older and more distrustful I guess

  91. cberry88 says:

    Thanks Dejan for changing the format back to the old way. I still hope in the future that we don’t have to have to sign up for Facebook to be able to comment on this blog.

    Wondering if tomorrow JAL puts his morning links up backwards because of this.

  92. tomf says:

    Martin should stfu

    whining about pitches that were strikes and more than hittable

  93. tomf says:

    and Harrison should know better than to watch that called third strike

  94. Andrew says:

    He couldn’t have reach that pitch with a 50″ bat. That was a pure frame job by one the best framers.

  95. Brandie says:

    Good evening. I see the good guys are io 1-0. The blog has reverted back to the old way. All of the resident curmudgeons (me included) can stop yelling at kids to get off of our lawns, go to bed a little later, and stop drinking metamucil and prune juice smoothies.

    Go Jeff Locke.

  96. War_Horse says:

    Archer looks nasty. Need to work him on pitch count and get to the relivers sooner rather than later.

  97. Maz In Iowa says:

    Sure Brandie and if all your friends jumped off a bridge…..oops.

  98. pattonbb says:

    First, the mighty Tabata gets outrighted. Next, the blog changes. Then DK threatens to force evil Facebook on everyone.

    This is the worst day ever!

    Let’s go Bucs.

  99. Brandie says:

    Good observation.

  100. JohninOshkosh says:

    18 year old Nathan MacKinnon wins the Calder.

    18 years old.

  101. Pucknutz says:

    Just a small aside…. pretty slick of ya to tweet your followers into your “quick hitter topical blogs” !
    Very nice to see all the new faces (nuttin wrong w/the old ones :) ) !
    Ya seem to get a much calmer and rational response than the tweets.
    I am enjoying the bigger crowd!

  102. JohninOshkosh says:

    The NHL Awards show is as close to unwatchable as television gets.

    Just dreadful.

  103. BrianC says:

    So Pedro is batting 2nd cleanup now.

  104. Milo Hamilton says:

    And I’m none too happy that George Snuffalufagus guy is taking over for Ron McLean on Hockey Night in Canada.

  105. Pucknutz says:

    All is not lost…I aint run outta “liquid bread” yet!

  106. Maz In Iowa says:

    Get some runs!!

  107. Flbucco says:

    He is an interesting guy – has helped my #1 fantasy team with strikeouts and era – not so much with whip and wins

    But he is a two pitch pitcher – so will probably end up as a reliever if he can’t develop a third

  108. Brandie says:

    Does my head screw off and on? (Channeling my mother)

  109. Brandie says:

    Ask and you shall receive.

  110. pattonbb says:


  111. Andrew says:

    Archer destroys the order the first time through, gets more average with each turn. But he looked nasty through the first two innings.

  112. Nate83 says:

    Welcome back Lucky. Happy to hear your doing better.

  113. Milo Hamilton says:

    This Molina ate the other two Molina’s, didn’t he ?

  114. JohninOshkosh says:

    Rogers Communications isn’t any smarter than ESPN.

  115. pattonbb says:

    Another great at bat by Cutch.

  116. JRay3 says:

    Bucs top of the order tonight through 3 innings: 2-4, sac, walk, run, stolen base, and 3 RBI’s and two are still on base.

    Polanco, Marte and Cutch going to be lots of fun to watch into the foreseeable future!

  117. Maz In Iowa says:

    Small ball crawl ya’ll

  118. Nate83 says:

    Congrats to everyone that saw Tabata being the odd man out instead of Snider. I was definitely wrong about that one. I could be wrong again about this but they may see Snider and Tabata being close enough in value that they optioned the one they thought would clear waivers to maintain as many assets as possible in case of injury.

    If Snider ends up being horrible you drop him and add Tabata back to the 40 man and bring him up. At the end of the day with Harrison playing so well neither will really get many at bats. It only will matter if injuries come into play and now they still have both options.

  119. JRay3 says:

    make that two runs and counting.

  120. Thundercrack says:

    Thanks DK

  121. JRay3 says:

    Pirates roughing up Archer who came into this game red hot. This Bucs lineup might just hit its way back into contention.

  122. Maz In Iowa says:

    Yadier is the lil one.Benjie was big too

  123. You know, as much fun as it is to see this kind of steady, solid offense, I’ve enjoyed nothing more this inning than noticing Pat Hagerty in the duguout. Won’t mean much to most, but Hagerty is the long-standing equipment guy in Bradenton, and he’s like a father to a lot of these youngsters.

    First-class gesture by the Pirates to have Pat work this series.

  124. It’s horrendous. I literally can’t even flip my channel over during commercials of the ball game.

  125. Patrick(ri) says:

    ++ Again, this seems to be the best interpretation of the move.

  126. radio wave says:

    Fun inning. Thought this pitcher was going to be tough. Rays radio crew running out of things to say. If Locke comes out of this well, does it make the decision of who to send down between him and Compton that much harder?

  127. cherokee23 says:

    Any way to point him out or help us to notice him

  128. Nate83 says:

    Thanks for sharing DK. I always enjoy small details like that. It really humanized sports which at the end of the day effects a lot more people then the athletes you see on the field, court, ice. Also thanks for switching the comments back to top to bottom.

  129. pattonbb says:

    Very cool. Thanks for pointing that out.

  130. Carlos Danger says:

    Listening to bob’s thoughts on the name “rays” makes me want to mute it. Seeing him and Greg talk about it in the booth makes me want to turn it. Can’t we just watch and discuss the game at hand?

  131. Patrick(ri) says:

    Watching Molinas hit takes me way back, when I used to wonder how a guy shaped like a bowling ball could be such a good hitter, Smokey was sort like a Spanky X 2.

  132. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hope you read Gene Collier in the other paper Sunday. Pretty much summed up the state of televised baseball these days.

  133. Neil says:

    Smokey could wake up in the middle of winter from a deep sleep and hit a line drive rope single.

  134. Flbucco says:

    Likely depends on this game…

    Locke would seem to have the edge going into tonight – last year and a slightly better overall resume…

    But Cumpton is a gamer and will be back.

    Sadler, Locke and Cumpton would not embarrass the pirates as 60% of the 2015 rotation

  135. pattonbb says:

    What do you mean? I think it’s hysterical. Do you mean to tell me it’s not supposed to be funny?

    It makes the NASCAR awards show watchable. I can’t believe I just typed that.

  136. Patrick(ri) says:

    When they said he could “roll out of bed,” they really meant “roll ou.”

  137. Polanco’s value showing tonite. Walk and score. Sacrifice and put 2 guys in scoring position. No official AB but important in the grand scheme.

  138. Florida Steeler says:

    Pedro can’t buy a hit!!!!

  139. Carlos Danger says:

    I did catch that, milo. Thanks.

  140. JRay3 says:

    He smoked that ball to second. He was 20-72 with a .278 avg and .810 OPS in the month of June entering tonight’s play.

  141. Wild Bill says:

    Thanks, DK, for the return to top to bottom. Really enjoy this blog, but if it goes totally the way of Facebomb, I won’t be coming along. Already left reading and participating in another blog that used it exclusively. You gottta do what you have to do, I understand that.

  142. JRay3 says:

    Locke with four shutout innings on just 54 pitches. The rotation is really starting to heat up this month, just as Cole is getting ready to return fresh this weekend.

  143. Milo Hamilton says:

    Tyler Glasnost.

  144. Maz In Iowa says:

    One can see why the Rays are at the bottom of the standings.Bad pitching and hitting.Yikes!

  145. Milo Hamilton says:

    This same situation happened in the Yankee game Saturday & the umpires called it exactly the same way. This is correct.

  146. Wild Bill says:

    What’s the logic, Milo?

  147. JRay3 says:

    A lot of future Bucs talent in the crowd the past few days in Taillon, Glasnow, Bell and Tucker. Nice to see Root get around to a lot of them and get some in-game interviews.

    And another Kingham has tossed five shutout innings for Indy tonight to lower his AAA ERA to 0.47. Deep, deep system it is looking like.

  148. Patrick(ri) says:

    Uh, oh. Careful about violating the Prime Directive: no politics.

  149. Milo Hamilton says:

    But middle infielders are allowed to block 2nd base without the ball.

  150. Brandie says:

    This team is put together for small ball with occasional blasts of power. The team must maintain consistent play across all facets.

  151. JRay3 says:

    Has Tabata left for Indy yet?

  152. aglebagel says:

    Alright, time to start benching guys for sliding headfirst.

  153. pattonbb says:

    Absolutely agree.

  154. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’ve been watching baseball for 40 plus years & until Saturday I had never seen it. Now, twice in 4 days. Logic would dictate a double play.

  155. KING says:

    Pirates blasting Rays 4-0. It’s a shame Pirates play in the NL Central. NL Central has 4 of the top 7 teams. Brewers,Cards,Pirates,Reds.

    Maybe,they should go back to old days…Make 1 blob of a division. Every team plays the other 14 10x leaving 22 for Interleague play. The Dodgers should really benefit down the stretch with all the games vs. Padres & D’Backs.

    Like Walker in the 4th spot. Good contact & power. Walker really coming into his own.

    Locke looking strong. Scattered some hits…Lefties always look regal on the mound.

    Pirates should do some damage with these sub .500 teams. 10-3 cannot be ruled out. KING

  156. The Gunner says:

    Tabby might be back quicker than we think, JRay!

  157. JRay3 says:

    And Harrison might need to get his OF mitt ready again.

  158. aglebagel says:

    Molina has thrown two balls to that same spot tonight on attempted steals. On the first, Polanco slid feet first, knocked the ball into the outfield and took third. On the second, Marte got thrown out and nearly killed himself.

  159. Wild Bill says:

    That is ironic. If you can’t block home, you shouldn’t be able to block any.

  160. Milo Hamilton says:

    Sanguillen out in right field again.

  161. tomf says:

    the wind took that one

  162. Patrick(ri) says:

    Or do it like Cutch, starting much earlier?

  163. Maz In Iowa says:

    Deep, deep system it is looking like………..channeling Yoda? :)

  164. Carlos Danger says:

    Lost it in the sun.

  165. Brandie says:

    Star Trek TNG Drinking game…drink a shot every time they come close to violating The Prime Directive…2 shots for violating The Prime Directive.

  166. Patrick(ri) says:

    Molina “Smokied” another one.

  167. Neil says:

    Locke sure didn’t deserve that. He is pitching like the Jeff Locke of the first half of last year.

  168. radio wave says:

    Last night I asked if the Pirates were having trouble playing in that Dome. Rays radio just described that hit asa “dome triple.”

  169. wsamcap says:

    Typical damn dome rally: lost ball in dome, rug shot past 3rd. This stadium is a croc

  170. Wild Bill says:

    Strange game, but this goofy stadium lends itself to that sort of action.

  171. Bizrow says:

    We’ll see

  172. Gene-Zo says:

    Brings back memories of ’73!

  173. CHH says:

    In regards to the commenting software, was there any thought into looking at Disqis? It does all the things you mentioned (i.e. like button, edit button, users have ability for newest on top/bottom, etc.) I know a lot of major websites use it and seems to work very well.
    Just my two cents….

  174. tomf says:

    who was it that explained to me that Polanco can make plays that Josh Harrison cannot make ?

    you were absolutely correct – no way Harrison makes that play

  175. Maz In Iowa says:

    Pitching(starting) these last few games makes you think Cole/Liriano…..who dat?

  176. Patrick(ri) says:

    Agree. But in 3 years, no way Polanco misses it, either (and I love JH).

  177. Patrick(ri) says:

    We can trust, Brandi, but how do we verify?

  178. tomf says:

    at just about every level but MLB – Davis would have been sat down

    not once – but twice

  179. Maz In Iowa says:

    Nice AB by Davis

  180. Maz In Iowa says:

    Harrison a little like Terry Pendleton of the Cardinals

  181. Pucknutz says:

    Curious, is that dome really that bad? Never been there and don’t see too much of it “obviously”.
    Rug or real grass attempting to grow in a dome??

  182. Thundercrack says:

    Awful throw from an outfielder

  183. aglebagel says:

    Wow, that was one of the worst outfield throws I’ve ever seen.

  184. JRay3 says:

    Ike a two out double and than JHay doing what JHay does, big two out RBI hit and Buccos get run right back

  185. Wild Bill says:

    The dome taketh away, and the dome giveth.

  186. aglebagel says:

    50 Cent is his idol.

  187. tomf says:

    Steeler Nation has nothing on Pirate Nation

  188. Wild Bill says:


  189. Maz In Iowa says:


  190. Bizrow says:

    Just a few more championships since 71, but Pittsburgh bars, they all rule ;-)

  191. radio wave says:


  192. Pucknutz says:

    Wow! They needa go to on of those hair replacement joints ASAP!

  193. Brandie says:

    That’s why we all need a Pocket Picard!

  194. KING says:

    Pirates will probably put Marte on that 7 day concussion list. That means Tabata will be back up soon. Funny how this works out in baseball.

    Rays scraped a cheap run but J-Hay drove in another. What a player! Pirates 5 & Rays 1.

    This trade deadline should be interesting for Pirates. Should be buyers now. A closer, frontline 2 or 3 starter, & a right hand bopper could be needs.

    It’s just great to see Pirates in contention. The city smiles & Pgh people rally like no other. Love seeing the Jolly Rogers & this blog is a winner. KING

  195. JRay3 says:

    Locke showing much better command, and has breezed through six innings of work tonight. Appears bullpen is going to get another easy night in Tampa.

  196. Maz In Iowa says:

    NO…..not another 8 innings out of a starter. :)

  197. Bizrow says:

    Then Tabata has to be put back on the 40 man again, and he cannot be outrighted to AAA again.

    I don’t see that happening

  198. Maz In Iowa says:

    Bullseye by Archer!

  199. Milo Hamilton says:

    I can’t get that Guyer throw out of my head. Did you know that Roberto Clemente had 266 career assists ? To put that into perspective Dave Parker had 143, and that’s a lot.

  200. radio wave says:

    Rays radio reporting Marte left with concussion symptoms. If he has to go on the mandatory 7 day DL, does that mean they have a spot open to bring Cole back without moving anyone else?

  201. Major Dad says:

    Wouldn’t it be highly unlikely for Tabata to come up for Marte? Wouldn’t it just be simpler to bring up somebody with options (Decker/Dickinson)? And it’s not like Tabata would play, this will just simplify the problem of where J-Hay plays until Marte’s back.

  202. I think a lot of folks forget — and I’m one of them — that the 2013 rotation wasn’t at all the same from beginning to end. It got a lot better in large part because it got a lot different.

    Just saying that as we watch some of these new names faring well.

  203. Carlos Danger says:

    I ask this cause I have no clue, but since he cleared waiver once, wouldn’t he most likely clear again? Or is that not an option to do twice?

  204. Ike’s run doesn’t count because he wasn’t signed in the offseason.

  205. Totally white-haired, short mane. Mustache. Can’t miss him.

  206. Jandy says:

    Oh sure…I finally turn on the game and Jeff Locke is losing it.

  207. dennis g says:


  208. cberry88 says:

    That’s definitely true. Locke, Cumpton and Worley have been a great sight to see. Now, can we have some new names added to the bullpen?

  209. cberry88 says:

    Meant for that to be a reply to DK’s message…

  210. Flbucco says:

    Who could possibly forget those first half anchors of the rotation

    Sanchez &

  211. Jandy says:

    Nice, Russell :)

  212. dennis g says:

    What about the Tampa player he put in scoring position? Am I the first one to make a negative comment about St. Gregory?

  213. JRay3 says:

    And Martin’s blast got out in a hurry. Bucs have now outscored the Rays 14-2 in first two games of this series.

  214. Patrick(ri) says:

    Ah, it took awhile, but you must mean a Lucien Picard to watch over us. However, I am out of 80’s trivia to respond with. We’ll played!

  215. Jandy says:


  216. radio wave says:

    Rays announcer just had the nerve on Longo’s HR to say “Rays on the comeback trail.” Really??

  217. Flbucco says:

    Great game for Locke…

    Not sure why they pitched to Longoria with 1st base open

    Maybe because he is not having a great year

  218. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’ll let you know in about 20 minutes.

  219. hockeymonster says:

    What? Now down is up again?

  220. Jandy says:

    Stand on your head ;)

  221. hockeymonster says:

    And Archie Bunker is gone? I dunno i got mixed feelings about this…

  222. JRay3 says:

    No need to pitch around anybody with 5 run lead. Longoria actually hit a difficult pitch as Locke buried that ball low and inside just off plate.

  223. War_Horse says:

    Does anyone here remember seeing Smokey slide into second base and slide in hard on the infielder who picked a fist-fight, and Smokey, a former college wrestler, reached low, picked the fielder up by the crotch and torso, turned him upside down and drop him on the ground on his head, and breaking his collarbone as it turned out?

  224. Vette60 says:

    Well. Here in Chihuahua Mexico again this time listening to the Bucs and enjoying a few cervezas.

    Yep, let’s hope the Bucs don’t blow it with 3 straight Rays hits in the. 8th.

    As far as the blog goes, don’t really have a big preference but oldest first works for me. As far as Facebook goes, the blog might be what it would take to get me to sign up. Unless of course I start to post as my wife who had been on Facebook for years.

    Later all and let’s go Bucs!

    Randy in RVA.

  225. Andrew says:

    Yes, Disqus is a good platform, it allows sign ins from different account types, Twitter, Facebook, or just through the site itself.

  226. Carlos Danger says:

    Watson is a bad man.

  227. Jandy says:

    Ahhh Tony, that was just filthy :)

  228. Milo Hamilton says:

    If you run into Mario Mendoza would you please tell him we all say hi.

  229. Flbucco says:

    Yep – I am way too wussy I guess
    And with Watson available all is good

  230. JRay3 says:

    Tony Watson = Opposition rally killer

  231. Flbucco says:

    But if he would just show some emotion….

  232. Milo Hamilton says:

    Ah, the artist formerly known as Leo Nunez.

  233. tomf says:

    terrible called strike 3

  234. Milo Hamilton says:

    We got Benito Santiago for this guy. Great.

  235. tomf says:

    very bad man

  236. radio wave says:

    OK, let’s get through this inning and put .500 in the rear view mirror. And that would make 4-1 in this stretch against the have nots.

  237. Carlos Danger says:

    I think umpires get graded based on their calls, but is any punishment for consistently poor calls? It would be cool if there was relegation like British Premier League where the bottom MLB umpires are replaced by the top minor league umpires.

  238. Jim S. says:

    I’m trying to get the intelligence of the “no doubles” defense. I really am. But, leading 6-3 to start the 9th? Singles are as harmful as doubles in that situation.

  239. Jandy says:

    not good.

  240. War_Horse says:

    Moreover, the score has to be much closer to play defense against a one-run tie or win.

  241. Vette60 says:

    Will do Milo. Heard that he is working as security guard st a maquiledora.



  242. casper in a-town says:

    Jim, I agree with that in principle. However, up 3 runs, singles can lead to double plays and/or force outs. Doubles do neither.

  243. Bizrow says:


  244. Florida Steeler says:

    Melancon is NOT the answer.

  245. Jandy says:

    OK I’m going to bed….night!

  246. Jim S. says:

    And, with Melancon pitching, all batters try to do is serve the ball into RF.

  247. Jandy says:

    Nice last out Cutch!

  248. JRay3 says:

    Behind a solid 7.1 innings of work from Jeff Locke, and two runs and three RBI’s from the top of the order the Buccos, the Bucs hold on to sink the Rays in game two of this three game series 6-5 and there was nooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs have matched their season high of 4 straight wins which they have now done four times this season and are a game above .500 for the first time since April 14th at 39-38. The Pirates have now won two straight series and four of their last five while improving to 18-20 away from home.

    The Bucs will go for their first sweep of the year tomorrow afternoon when Charlie Morton takes the mound for the Pirates.

    GO BUCS!

  249. godkram says:

    Thank goodness for the Martin dinger… RAISE IT!!!

  250. Bizrow says:

    Good win, but what an ugly field

    Budmeister have you seen this mess? It looks like mange on a dog

  251. Maz In Iowa says:

    You gotta be kiddin me.0-2 count and now the lead run at the plate!

  252. pattonbb says:


    Fear the Bones.

  253. Baywatch says:

    Neverett on the radio on Longoria: “This one’s ripped into center, and this is gonna do it!” Way to COMMUNICATE, Tim! Gah!

  254. Bizrow says:

    Mange can be cleaned with expensive shampoo ;-)

    That place should be nuked

  255. Maz In Iowa says:

    Ugly finish

  256. tomf says:

    vintage Melancon

    opposite field hits; especially hits to RF

  257. casper in a-town says:

    Amen, Jim. I said a few days ago that the 9th inning was going to be interesting from here on out. Melancon is suspect as a closer. I love him as an 8th inning guy, but not sure he’s 9th inning material for the long term.

  258. Vette60 says:

    Yikes. Scraped it out.


  259. War_Horse says:

    These 9th inning dramas are ruining my serenity. Solid win all the same. Congrats you Bucs!

  260. casper in a-town says:

    Melancon looks like a chum in a shark tank at times.

  261. Bizrow says:


  262. pattonbb says:

    Jake Arrieta is perfect through 6 against the Reds.

  263. Bill_StateCollege says:

    Anyone for a trade for Huston Street with the Padres. Not an overpowering closer but his ERA is 0.96 and he’s saved 20, I think without any blown.

  264. Thundercrack says:

    Pedro was the post game guest on radio & tv, and quotes in the morning paper!

    And I missed it

  265. Karen22 says:

    Much appreciated, Dejan. :)

  266. Karen22 says:

    Got that right! Benched AND fined! It’s just STOOOPID.

  267. KING says:

    Raise The Jolly Roger!!! Pirates edge Rays 6-5. Hurdle overmanaged again. Watson was on fire & replaced him with Melancon who almost lost the game.

    Grilli & Melancon dancing through raindrops most of these games & blown their share of saves. Watson should be elevated to closer role. His 0.77 ERA tells the truth. A closer must be on Neal H Christmas list trade deadline time. Huston Street sounds about right.

    Lucky Pirates had a working margin because Grilli & Melancon would have blown a few more.

    Anyway, the Pirates are 39-38 & a steam train going down the tracks. Should sweep off the RAYS & continue hurricane strength. Polanco & J-Hay have proven they are legit. KING

  268. Jim S. says:

    It was a pop fly.

  269. KING says:

    Right Bill. Huston Street has been a FAV of mine for a while. We have the prospects to grab him. Enough with these blown saves or near blown ones. He’s got 20 saves I think. Good call. KING

  270. Jim S. says:

    But, protecting a 3 run lead if I can increase my chances of an out I do that and risk a double.

  271. twentytwo22 says:

    Beating David Price would make this a special trip and set them up for a long homestand.

  272. Bill_StateCollege says:

    The Padres just fired their GM, maybe they’re ready for a fire sale. Plus they need prospects. We should have something in the minors that would be sufficient to get Street. No major prospects obviously for a 31 yr old closer they don’t need.

  273. Jim S. says:

    Sorry. I actually meant to say it is hard to argue they aren’t in the top few organizations. I don’t like the Cards, but their past track record speaks for itself.

    Now, we’ll see if Mozelak is as good as his predecessors.

  274. Thundercrack says:

    He’s a free agent at the end of this season.

  275. Jim S. says:

    I need to clarify an earlier comment I made. It was stated by Nor Cal that the Cards have been the best organization in MLB, or something to that effect.

    I responded and inadvertently made it appear that I did not agree with that when actually I do agree that they have been among the best franchises in MLB for many years.

  276. twentytwo22 says:

    I’m down. It’s not Melancon’s best role. For some reason when teams have no tomorrow Melancon is more hit-able. BAA in 8th .145 BAA in the 9th .235. Career in 8th .214, 9th .237 We’ve already lost at least 5 games in the 9th.

  277. Jim S. says:

    Can the Pirates wise up and tell their dream team OF to stop sliding head first? Polanco and Cutch each got rapped in the head in slides this week, and now Marte may have a concussion. It’s not worth it. We need all 3 healthy.

  278. tomf says:

    if you think Melancon looked suspect today – closing after 7 innings of low-90’s Jeff Locke – wait until he closes after 7 innings of high 90’s Gerrit Cole

  279. Bill_StateCollege says:

    Street being a free agent at the end of the season could lower the price as the the Padres rush to get something in return for guys like him. Plus if we get him only for this season, he still might be what we need to make a serious second half run. If he leaves in FA, NH must find another. This year first.

  280. Maz In Iowa says:

    So they have no GM…to pull the trigger on a trade.Even if they did the new GM would need to evaluate the talent they have in order to make a trade.Plus we know the Pirates FO would say they prefer to do something “internally”.

  281. Bill_StateCollege says:

    Doesn’t Polanco already slide feet first?

  282. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    So I take it the blog went back to the old way???

    Good win by the Buccos. Again, missed the game, but I like the results

  283. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Is there any calls for MM to lose his job since he gave up a couple of runs?

    Understand I’m not advocating this, just figured there would be

  284. DJ says:

    A good point, Jim, and was thinking the same thing tonight.

    Also had the thought that teams that are run on have their catchers throw to the right side of the bag to “inadvertently” slow down running games of opponents who do.

    “Oops, was that my knee Starling? Man, really sorry about that.”

  285. Chuck H says:

    I agree that neither Grilli or Melancon are safe-bet closers. Now, a real closer should be able to blow away the last 3 outs. much like Chapman of the Reds. Our closers make the game shaky, at best. Tony Watson is the nearest thing to Chapman, and so, should be the closer. No more scary 9th innings. It’s a good thing we had a 3 run lead to work with
    or we would be back to .500. GO, BUCS!!!

  286. Maz In Iowa says:

    New thread is up

  287. KING says:

    Buccos, think Hurdle will put out a Sunday type lineup night game & a quick day turnaround with Price on mound?

    Big game tomorrow. Just find a way 2-1 or 3-2. Cutch HR prediction June 25.

    Would you favor Cole closing a few games with his 98 mph & array of pitches?
    They can start off Cole closing building his arm to 90-100 pitches. KING

  288. Andrew says:

    He didn’t blow the save, he’s fine.

  289. Jim S. says:

    He didn’t the other day when he got whacked in the head. Maybe he does sometimes? I don’t see the point of doing it, especially at 2nd.

  290. Andrew says:

    Cole threw 84 pitches in a simulated game yesterday.

  291. Jim S. says:

    I don’t think that is a consideration.

    I don’t think you can build your arm strength back to 90-100 pitches by throwing 15-20 pitches.

    He is getting his arm strength built back up in simulated games already. Cole is too valuable as a starter to close.

  292. Bill_StateCollege says:

    Agree, the Pirates FO likely will choose to go internally. As for the Padres GM situation, that almost has to resolve fairly quickly (oops, forgot Pens). But if a deal is proffered someone in SD has to be capable of making one. Baseball operations can’t stop altogether.

  293. Bill_StateCollege says:


  294. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    MM is a different type of closer. He’s not going to blow guys away, but usually won’t give up any hard hits with his cut fastball.

    CFB are not designed to blow guys away, they’re designed to miss the barrel and break bats.

    His last 2 outs had pitch counts of 12 and 13. 1 pitch, 1 out is ok by me.

  295. Jim S. says:

    I never thought of that, DJ. But, come to think of it, Darwin Barney was really slapping the tags down hard.

  296. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Agree Jim.

    Starting pitching is always the key.

  297. Jim S. says:

    Unfortunately, there’s only the one Aroldis Chapman. And just one Kimbrel. 30 teams would like one of those.

  298. Jim S. says:

    Yeah, almost every reliever was a failed starter at some point.

  299. Bizrow says:

    That is a great avatar

  300. Jim S. says:


    I do believe Grilli being demoted and Wilson not being as strong as last year means we could use another reliever at some point.

  301. Arriba Wilver says:

    That’s what I thought.

  302. Arriba Wilver says:

    How is he going to build his arm to 90-100 pitches closing?

  303. Bill_StateCollege says:

    Just wanted to say “thanks” for the great response to some of my comments. I too enjoyed commenting on those of others. I’ve offered a comment or two before but tonight was the first time I tried to get actively involved. Seems like a great group of Bucs fans here. Thanks for the acceptance.

  304. Jim S. says:

    Weird call just cost the Rockies. Leading 6-5 in the 7th (nice 3-run HR by Morneau), and the Rockies runner is called out at 3rd. Ball beat the runner, but it sure looked like Cards 3b never made the tag. They called him out, then upheld it on review. So, instead of 1st/3rd with no outs, it was man on 1st & 1 out. Really helped the Cards, although CO now has bases loaded and Tulo coming up.

  305. DJ says:

    And it sure looked like that tonight with Rodriguez taking the right-of-the-bag throw from Molina.

  306. Jim S. says:

    We sometimes disagree, but we try to be accepting of others’ opinions.

  307. Andrew says:

    Thanks Biz, favorite Pirate player and that image pretty much sums up my existence as a Pirates’ fan, except for that one glorious run, which I hope they can repeat.

  308. Andrew says:

    Well that is not the Justin Morneau I remember.

  309. DJ says:

    Yes, we let you get reasonably comfortable for a couple days before you get trashed.

    Beware of Jim S in particular, Bill. He’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Or is it the sweetest guy on this blog? Anyway, one of those two.

  310. DJ says:

    Biz: You’re just noticing Andrew’s avatar now? Where have you been?

    Now, a confession. Before the avatars got larger and additional clarity during the last format change (meaning the one everyone bitched about before the one yesterday that everyone bitched about), I thought your avatar was a depiction of Jesus with long hair and arms raised. Squint and tell me you can’t see that.

    Only after the change could I determine it was a dachshund on a pillow. Who knew?

  311. Bill_StateCollege says:


  312. Cmat0829 says:

    No please just say no to doing anything with cole but starting him every 5.

  313. Leo Walter says:

    Historically speaking, the Rays will want at least one MLB ready pitching prospect along with one B+ pitching prospect along with Tavares or Piscotty. Let’s see of Mozeliak has the stomach for that one.

  314. Leo Walter says:

    It won’t be the left hander.

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