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Final: Pirates 3, Mets 2, 12 innings

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (40-39) vs. New York Mets (36-43)

Time: 7:05 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 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. War_Horse says:

    New York Mets Lineup

    RF: Curtis Granderson
    2B: Daniel Murphy
    3B: David Wright
    1B: Lucas Duda
    LF: Chris Young
    CF: Juan Lagares
    SS: Ruben Tejada
    C: Travis d’Arnaud
    SP: Jacob deGrom

    Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

    RF: Gregory Polanco
    LF: Travis Snider
    CF: Andrew McCutchen
    2B: Neil Walker
    C: Russell Martin
    1B: Ike Davis
    3B: Pedro Alvarez
    SS: Jordy Mercer
    SP: Brandon Cumpton

  2. Thundercrack says:

    Not only will it be interesting to see what Snider does batting second, it could be very interesting to see him run around in left field.

  3. War_Horse says:

    The Bucs got no runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings when they faced deGrom in New York on May 26th. Cutch and Pedro got two hits apiece and Snider got a walk. St. Louis took him apart two starts ago, but he won his first game in the Majors in his last start (against Miami) a week ago.

  4. cmat0829 says:

    Interesting. JayHey day off or lingering soreness from taking the foul ball off of his ankle?

  5. Patrick(ri) says:

    Hate to see this lineup, but it is probably a good idea to give Josh a day off. Cumpton had better be on his game!

  6. War_Horse says:

    Snider has one error, 3 assists and 43 put-outs in 251 innings, including his big inning on the mound.

  7. Maz In Iowa says:

    He could be from Iowa…..Idiot Out Wandering Around…..Lord I’ve heard that many times.*sigh*

  8. cmat0829 says:

    other than snyder for jayhey, where else does this lineup fall short for you? You make it sound like it’s a Sunday lineup… was expecting to see Stewart and Barmes in there…

  9. Thundercrack says:

    He usually plays right field

  10. Patrick(ri) says:

    You can only make errors on balls you can get to. Cutch will need to cover a rookie on one side and a slow-footed fielder on his other side. Hope he is feeling strong, tonight.

  11. Patrick(ri) says:

    I was also thinking defense. I did see Mercer’s great play last night, but the left side defense is a little scary.

  12. cmat0829 says:

    Not terribly concerned about Travis in LF. JayHey doesn’t always take the best routes to the ball, including last night on the double. We have a big falloff from Starling to whomever, but after that it’s mostly just subjective. More people love JayHey than Travis, so there is the perceptual gap.

  13. cmat0829 says:

    Pedro has calmed the **** down on his throws lately and Mercer has gotten better on D this season (though Barmes remains our best defensive SS)…and Snider is serviceable. But Bucs always have to tighten up the D, and that goes for the rest of the team, too, not just the left side.

  14. cmat0829 says:

    you mean Polanco isn’t a hall of fame outfielder already?

  15. Patrick(ri) says:

    I don’t recall saying what goes without saying.

  16. cmat0829 says:

    i know, that wasn’t germane to your point… just a general observation.

  17. Patrick(ri) says:


  18. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    He almost threw one away yesterday.
    Davis had to go far out of his way to get it.

  19. Maz In Iowa says:

    There was a post the other day where someone wanted 5’8″ Harrison to play 1B instead of 6’4″ Davis.Harrison does have limits.

  20. DJ says:

    Hope we fare better against deGrom this time out.

    Looked like a guy our lefties would mash but problems squaring him up. Show ‘em the way Gregory.

  21. Maz In Iowa says:

    deGrom is also a real good hitter

  22. Thundercrack says:

    There are times that I think Davis is very good at first base.

    And there are times when I think he stinks. Especially on throws from Pedro. Davis has to forget about trying to keep his foot on the base and just has to catch the throw. (well…the ones that aren’t six feet over his head)

  23. cmat0829 says:

    almost errors don’t count. Just saying that he was really erratic (throwing into the stands about 10 rows in) and seems to have calmed it quite a bit. Every 3B is gonna throw a few in the dirt or make the 1b stretch…. while we are on the subject, Ike has been a liability on defense…haven’t seen him do anything to help our throws out at all…. can’t dig, doesn’t stretch very well,…. i’m underwhelmed with Ike on D…

  24. cmat0829 says:

    deSucks. He is a good athlete, but his ERA of over 5 means we are due to right the wrong that was our last game against him. Clear the Deck…..

  25. cmat0829 says:

    he is better than GI Jones to be damn sure… but he has not impressed me on D at all.

  26. DJ says:

    El Coffee grinds deGrom.

  27. DJ says:

    Purely an observation but he looks weak to me, particularly lower half. Could use a winter of serious conditioning.

  28. The Gunner says:

    5’8″ for Jay Hey might be generous

  29. Maz In Iowa says:

    Brandon Cumpton
    has gone 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA (23.1ip/8er) in his last four starts and has been charged
    with three earned runs or less in six of his eight big league starts this season…In addition to his eight starts with the Pirates, which
    included a no-decision at Citi Field on 5/26 (6.0ip/2r/1er), Cumpton went 4-1 with a 1.35 ERA in six Triple-A starts…….:
    In the last 18 games, the Pittsburgh starting pitchers have combined to go 9-4 with a 3.07 ER

  30. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    I would agree with that about Davis getting to Pedro’s throws.
    You have to catch the ball above anything else.

  31. Bizrow says:


  32. Bizrow says:

    Right now this SP is a nice problem to have

  33. Andrew says:

    I really didn’t care that the Pirates kept Snider over Tabata, but man Josh Harrison can rest when Marte is available to start. For some reason Snider keeps getting playing time despite continually looking pedestrian in that playing time. Snider best use is to go help Manny grill for the first five innings, then he can go to cage in the sixth.

  34. Andrew says:

    Fastball, slider, change, with the occasional curve ball, some Pirates RRH struggle against good sliders, I don’t think deGrom qualifies. His change up has gotten a fair amount of swing and misses.

  35. JRay3 says:

    David Wright scratched from Mets lineup with sore shoulder. Headed to NY tomorrow for MRI so doubt he plays rest of series.

    Break for the Bucs as the Mets line scary hitter out.

    Time is now to make their run.

  36. Wild Bill says:

    That’s a very good break for the Bucs.

  37. Karen22 says:

    Pirates just traded Jason Grilli to the Angels….

  38. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think he was just scared he’d get booed.

  39. Karen22 says:

    …For Pitcher Ernesto Frieri…

  40. pattonbb says:

    Good bye Jason Grilli.

  41. twentytwo22 says:

    Two struggling relievers traded for each other.

  42. Milo Hamilton says:

    Maybe we’ll get some more local places on Diners, Drive Ins & Dives.

  43. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    It looks like to a certain extent they’ve traded problems.

  44. hockeymonster says:

    Cutter cutter cutter. Good morning. Good afternoon and Good night.

  45. Karen22 says:

    Makes sense to me! NOT! (He IS nine years younger than Grilli, though…time for reclamation)…

  46. Flbucco says:

    Cutch has his hands full taking care of his own position – one of the worst defensive outfielders in the NL
    (But yes he is better defensively than Snider- but not much)

  47. Karen22 says:

    HAHAHA, Milo! :)

  48. hockeymonster says:

    Sea-rage got it covered.

  49. Wild Bill says:

    Wow, didn’t think they’d move him.

  50. toochca says:

    How does that solve any bullpen problems. To quote Milo “stinks”.

    We traded Grilli for someone who is actually doing WORSE than Grilli.

  51. Flbucco says:

    Better than the right side

  52. theplanisworking says:

    Taking us to Flavortown.
    Hopefully he is off the hook.
    As long as he doesn’t do ‘the hunch’ when pitching.


  53. toochca says:

    I figured Grilli was going to be traded. Just thought we would get someone who would be on the team next year.

  54. toochca says:

    His cutter must “move” in order to be considered a cutter.

  55. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    A struggler for a struggler, but always better to end up with the younger guy.

  56. Milo Hamilton says:

    Return aside, the fact that they got him traded at all is a minor miracle. He was days away from being released. Never underestimate the value of relievers changing leagues. For both of them.

  57. Thundercrack says:

    I know that he stunk this year and seemed to be a bit of an odd ball, but I always liked Grilli. I wish he could have turned it around here this season. When he was good –he was a really good reliever. Wish him well.

  58. Jim S. says:

    I look at it as Grill needed to go. It was best for him and the team that he get a fresh start. But, he’s 37 and just wasn’t worth much in return.

    So, they got a younger guy with a big time arm, who is also struggling and needed a change in scenery.

    Frieri strikes out a ton of guys, usually walks too many, and definitely has a tendency to give up plenty of HRs. From that perspective, not really our usual type of guy. Worth a shot, I guess.

    I don’t think they are looking at this as finding a great missing bullpen piece. It’s just a flier.

    But, as Milo alluded to, he’ll know where to eat on the road.

  59. Milo Hamilton says:

    I think you got em all Plan. :)

  60. JRay3 says:

    Say what you want about management but they have a 10 million dollar OF now in Indy, a 1.2 M dollar reliever at Indy, and just shipped out their former closer who looked to have lost form. To me it appears they are making a statement about performance.

    No more free rides and the talent level keeps improving with the parent club.

  61. Jim S. says:

    Maybe he’ll get it back together, and maybe Frieri will do the same for us, TC.

  62. Maz In Iowa says:

    Yeah but for a guy with a 6.39 ERA?YIKES!!

  63. Thundercrack says:

    NH just trying to pull off a trade before the Penguins do tonight.

  64. Jim S. says:

    What’s this? Another trade. Jeanmar Gomez for Adam Richman and Andrew Zimmern?

    Suddenly it’s all becoming very clear why they kept Snider over Tabata. It’s all about the food.

  65. Thundercrack says:

    Scholarships are being REVOKED!


  66. Thundercrack says:

    Cut it out Jim! I just yelled WHAT?! And then I re-read the names.

  67. pattonbb says:

    The fact they think Grilli is a better option shows just how disgusted Scioscia was with Frieri.

  68. Patrick(ri) says:

    The message is . . . Don’t try to upstage a rock band. Wish him well.

  69. toochca says:

    I did the same TC!!

  70. Maz In Iowa says:

    Does Gomez eat anything…..Fieri looks like he eats “everything”? :) smiley face…smiley face!!!

  71. Jim S. says:

    My take on that, Maz, is that he has given up something like 8 HR in 31 innings and they think HR % of fly ball rates tend to revert a bit when they are out if whack. So, they didn’t give up much to get a guy who is maybe due to catch a few breaks. I don’t think he will be moving into key situations right away, if at all.

  72. DJ says:

    Toss in Anthony Bourdain and you’ve got yourself a deal.

  73. Patrick(ri) says:

    A perfect summation.

  74. Jim S. says:

    Sorry. Just having a little fun.

  75. Jim S. says:

    Definitely, Patton. He was getting bombed.

  76. Maz In Iowa says:

    Odds are Fieri will be pretty much a set up guy Of course what do I know.Hopefully Duke Welker will be good to go in about 12 months.In the meantime they have a few more internal options

  77. Milo Hamilton says:

    Grilli at $4.25 mil & Guy Frieri at $3.8 mil. Bucs pocket almost a half million & I was afraid they’d have to eat it all. Good job Neal.

  78. Jim S. says:


    I read that Davis made a conscious effort to drastically cut back on his swung this year. What he was doing wasn’t working, & he’s trying to be a moderate power, high OBP guy.

    FWIW, he’s been making among the softest contact in MLB this year. So, he’s still a work in progress and may never get straightened out.

  79. DJ says:

    Who’s this Cuban pitcher, Raisel Iglesias, Reds just signed to 7-year contract?

    Any good?

  80. Bizrow says:

    Grilli 37 and Fireri is 28 or 29, I like that difference ;-)

  81. Milo Hamilton says:

    Grilli will be signing at the Albertson’s on State College & South next Saturday at noon.

  82. Flbucco says:

    Could be very interesting…

    Frieri has an awful FIP – but a nice xFIP 4.97/3.20

    The HR being the problem…

    If the problem can be fixed this could work out OK

  83. Wild Bill says:

    OMG, Laz Diaz is home plate ump. What did we do to deserve this?

  84. Milo Hamilton says:

    Be gentle with me here. xFIP is FIP adjusted for ballpark ?

  85. theplanisworking says:


    this is a good point.
    One that I say is overdue.
    No more scholarships, no more sticking with a guy ‘just because’, or hoping someone turns things around ….. after multiple chances.

    Again, I feel this mindset is not only correct, but overdue.
    Go with your best players, period.

  86. JRay3 says:

    After battling Granderson a very quick 10 pitch 1-2-3 first for Cumpton to start it off.

  87. Patrick(ri) says:

    ++++++ Far more impact on the game than any defensive weakness!

  88. cherokee23 says:

    Was just going to ask about salary relief. How about options? Being a younger guy, does he have any?

  89. JRay3 says:

    Believe xfip is adjusted for average hr rate on fly balls versus that particular pitchers HR rate.

    But I’m not the most saber metric guy on these parts.

  90. Maz In Iowa says:

    Nice 1st for BC

  91. JRay3 says:

    Frieri is in first year of arbitration, so if Bucs want they control him for two more years.

  92. Thundercrack says:

    Yesterday it was announced that, due to scheduling conflicts, all of Grilli’s book signings were being rescheduled for later in the year

    I wonder if the trade was in the works yesterday.

  93. Milo Hamilton says:

    Me neither but I like to understand what they are before I dismiss them out of hand.

  94. Patrick(ri) says:

    Sure hope the have Marte working on a feet first slide in the down time,

  95. cmat0829 says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the Grilli trade, for the following reasons, in order:

    1) Addition by subtraction. DK alluded to the fact that his teammates had tired of Grilli’s ‘act’.
    2) You get someone to take on his salary.
    3) You actually get back a guy who was very very good in the NL with San Diego a couple of years ago. Don’t underestimate what a change of leagues can do.
    4) You send the message that it is about 2014 and not 2013. Maybe 2015 but not 2013.

    Good luck Jason. We were wowed by you in 2012 (dumpster dive du jour), loved you in 2013 and feared your arm would fall off…..and just soured on you big time in 2014.

  96. cmat0829 says:

    Nutting is cheap.

  97. cmat0829 says:

    fresh start at 37?> lol…. just surprised the Phillies didn’t come after him in their plan to get even older with their major league roster…

  98. Patrick(ri) says:

    Let’s see, from an Iron Pig, to a Pirate, to an Angel? Some might see that as a progression.

  99. Wild Bill says:

    Was listening to a national sports talk radio b-cast today, and a guy was on and on about how the Cardinals have to get Chase Utley in a trade. Made me shudder, the Cards are a pain already.

  100. cmat0829 says:

    Amazing the state of bullpens around the league…to wit:

    1) Angels plan on moving Grilli into the closer role before too long……
    2) Tigers are trolling for bullpen help and, brace yourselves… Chad Qualls and Erik Bedard are high on their list to ‘shore up the bullpen’.

    If by “shore up” they mean capsize the ship and send it crashing into a rocky island, then they got it right.

  101. Jim S. says:

    I read most teams think he’s a reliever that can get to the big club fairly quickly. The Reds may be alone in thinking he can be a starter. They definitely paid starter money to him.

    He doesn’t throw like Chapman. I read low 90’s & he had a 3.07 ERA in Cuba. Curious move. They obviously like him more than most.

  102. JRay3 says:

    10 pitch first, 8 pitch second for Mr. Straight out of Cumpton.

  103. cmat0829 says:

    technically, they will pocket about $250K prorated for 2h of season…but yea, good job Neal, I’d have paid up to $700K to be rid of him.

  104. Maz In Iowa says:

    BC is ON!!

  105. Andrew says:

    That is correct, JRay. First impression is this almost like when the Pirates trade for Melancon, he had a HR/FB rate of 22%, Frieri’s is 21% but the walk and strikeout numbers look good.

    Preventing homeruns on fly balls is not a skill, that is going to regress.

  106. Jim S. says:

    And they just got Stink, Jr back from us.

  107. Andrew says:

    Loney, please read the primer on UZR, yes McCutchen is currently rated as one of the worst OF in the NL, but 700 innings of UZR says very little about true talent level let alone being of any predictive value.

  108. cmat0829 says:

    he’s the youngest son of crooner Julio.

  109. DJ says:

    Thx, Jim.

  110. JRay3 says:

    Think the Cards are more worried about the rash of SP injuries with Wacha, Garcia, Kelly out, and now Miller having a back issue.

    Throw on top of that a struggling offense and they have their work cut out for them.

  111. JRay3 says:

    Three double plays in the first two innings tonight.

  112. Jim S. says:

    I second that, Patrick. Harder to steal that way, I guess. But, easier to stay healthy.

  113. cmat0829 says:

    OK, enough with the DPs already (on offense, not on defense).

  114. cmat0829 says:

    Miller has a ‘sucks’ issue that precedes the back issue, IMHO.

  115. Wild Bill says:

    It’s true, the pitchers are hurting. Yet they always seem to stay relevant.

  116. DJ says:

    I liked Son of Stink better, Jim.


  117. cmat0829 says:

    and he will be bagging groceries there next April.

  118. JRay3 says:

    Man does Ike Davis walk an awful lot.

  119. cmat0829 says:

    Someone on the other blog entry said that NH had AJB and Brandon McCarthy in his sights for starting pitching acquisitions…. does anyone have a source on that?

    At this point, I just don’t see picking up a starter unless he is very clearly better than the 7 guys we have here (Cole, Morton, Locke, Worley, Cumpton, Volquez, Liriano — IMHO in that order right now). If McCarthy would agree to a minor league deal and you see what Benedict can do, fine… but AJB? You’d have to either send Locke down (which would suck) or jettison Volquez to the pen….

  120. Milo Hamilton says:

    And not much else.

  121. cmat0829 says:

    yep. it’s just odd. he is a walk machine, normally you’d have him in the 2 spot (teach him how to bunt) because he also shows a good ability to hit to all fields (hit and run)… but hate how slow he is to break up the big 3 or big 2 plus JayHey at the top.

    I think 6 in front of 2nd clean up hitter Pedro might be about the right place for him…. but it is really odd. At some point, in the offseason/Spring, he will need to start trying to hit for power again… and either sink or swim.

  122. pattonbb says:

    John Perrotto

  123. Milo Hamilton says:

    Next time he gets one of those right will be the first.

  124. Jim S. says:

    I wondered about that also, cmat.

    Could it be that NH was asking about McCarthy a week or two ago, before Cumpton, Locke and Worley caught fire?

    Or, was he maybe thinking of McCarthy for the pen?

    Or, just hoping he could get him on the cheap? His HR rate is through the roof, but his K’s are way up & he’s throwing a ton of ground balls. He’s not catching any breaks at all this year.

  125. Wild Bill says:

    Wonder what all these Mets fans did with their free Pirate t shirts? Maybe shouldn’t ask.

  126. Jim S. says:

    Oh, I didn’t know it was Perrotto. Explains a lot.

  127. Maz In Iowa says:

    Cumpton already up to 28 pitches……..hahaha

  128. cmat0829 says:

    thanks just read the article. not sure how I feel about reacquiring AJB. Other than the obvious ‘clubhouse cachet’, not sure he is an upgrade to what we have now. A month ago maybe but not now. Unless he wants to be a bullpen guy, I think with his mindset he might be very good in the late inning role.

    But oh Lord how does Ruben Amaro still have a job…. WTF would he sign AJB for $15M, plus an option for next year he can trigger for $7.5M, and now we learn that the Phils will eat ‘most of his salary’ to move him. Can anyone explain that logic to me?

  129. Maz In Iowa says:

    Quick game?

  130. Lad 9 says:

    Adieu #39. You gave us thrills, saves, and some times frustration over the past few years, and I loved your passion. You took a lot of shots here recently for reasons I am not sure of, but I will have a lasting image of you beating on Russell Martin after all those saves, and I enjoyed your run. Good luck Cheese! I hope the slider returns and that you are lights out in La La land.

  131. Jim S. says:

    He’s been figured out this year, it appears. K rate down considerably. I know the Cardinals never, ever make developmental mistakes, but I wonder if he wasn’t brought up too soon. Now, they can’t send him back down. He’s been saved by a very high strand rate so far this year, I think.

  132. JRay3 says:


  133. cmat0829 says:

    agree, posted same above but not nearly as eloquently as you. Was interesting to see Grilli in street clothes saying bye to the pen just now and all of them just staying in their seats and not acknowledging at all. Pictures say 1000 words.

  134. pattonbb says:

    Honestly, I didn’t know who he was. Somebody forwarded it to me. I’m guessing he doesn’t have the most reliable track record?

  135. Cy deGrom. Sounds good together.

    Sorry to see such a humble, modest guy like Grilli go. Good for the clubhouse.

    Bye, Jason.


  136. cmat0829 says:

    i dont look at the stats, just go by when we face the Cardinals…when Miller is the mound opponent, I have a good feeling we can get to him. Not so much Wainright, Wacha, etc.

  137. Jim S. says:

    And hit a ton of pop flies. This is not your father’s Ike Davis.

  138. cmat0829 says:

    not sure what they did, but I know what they COULD DO with them..

  139. Lad 9 says:

    China doll though Jim. He has missed an incredible amount of time in his career, even factoring out the line drive to the head.

  140. cmat0829 says:

    wonder what Mark Madden has to say, because the clubhouse cachet took a hit today. Such a visible emotional leader like Grilli has to be a huge loss for this team, much like AJB’s shaving cream pie duties.

  141. cmat0829 says:

    I’ve given up all my ‘criticize the FO for any pitching pickups’ cards at this point..NH can pick up the ghost of Kip Wells at this point and I’d give it time. But I don’t know if we have room for any more of these ‘buy low’ guys unless they can go to AAA and earn it back like Worley did. So maybe McCarthy fits that bill but not AJB.

  142. Hopefully, Ernesto Fieri, for whom the Bucs just traded Jason Grilli to the L A Angels, will be able to remedy a shaky bullpen in ways that Grilli lately couldn’t..

  143. cmat0829 says:

    Mets are tatooing BC this inning…. needs to bear down and keep it at 2, if he can.

  144. Dr. Ray to the rescue.

  145. cmat0829 says:

    Blass is a bit ‘energetic’ tonight …think he drank his pregame meal instead of eating.

  146. Carlos Danger says:

    I thought the same thing when I saw that.

  147. cmat0829 says:

    LETS GET THE OFFENSE GOING…. break out deBATS and bomb deGROM.

  148. Maz In Iowa says:

    Your wish is his command

  149. JRay3 says:

    OK Cumpton regroups to get out of inning and limit damage. Offense needs to pick him up and get going.

    One thing I really would like to see Brandon work on while back in Indy is the development of a third pitch. Tend to think that troubles him 2nd and 3rd time through order at the MLB level.

  150. cmat0829 says:

    now i command a 2-spot to tie this game.

  151. Carlos Danger says:

    Off topic but fresh from twitter: @penguins: BREAKING: #Pens acquire Patric Hornqvist & Nick Spaling from @PredsNHL in exchange for James Neal.

  152. cmat0829 says:

    Russell Martin with great hustle, wins the Camptown Races, Du-da Du-da.

  153. Jim S. says:

    Who will take over the role of making Martin feel really short after saves? This is big.

  154. Patrick(ri) says:

    Vlaz must have been to the optometrist. Much cleaner calls tonight.

  155. Jim S. says:

    He was good for 2 years, and not so good for 1/2 year, right? Thanks, Jason.

  156. Jim S. says:

    Mercer tattooed that ball.

  157. cmat0829 says:

    i’m available for a fee.

  158. JRay3 says:

    Mercer, Mercer me big two out two RBI single and Buccos tie it up.

    Lots of hustle this inning first Martin to break up DO and Ike running hard to score tying run!

  159. cmat0829 says:

    yes, very nice to make em pay for walking Pedro… Ike really motored around to score….

  160. 21sthebest says:

    Pretty good outfield throw there TC, and a one bounce throw warms my heart.

  161. Jim S. says:

    Hope he’s not hurt, but he saved the DP.

  162. JRay3 says:


  163. cmat0829 says:

    very important answer there… now BC put up a 1-2-3 and we have our 1-2-3 coming up next inning.

  164. Andrew says:


  165. Jim S. says:

    That is true, Lad. He’s intriguing, but we can’t give up much.

  166. Maz In Iowa says:

    WTH!Anything else you can do?

  167. 21sthebest says:

    Martin kicked Tejada on purpose.

  168. JRay3 says:

    Cumpton digging another hole to dig out of in 5th.

    Big play by Martin to get lead runner at third.

  169. Jim S. says:

    That was an easy DP, and we needed it.

  170. cmat0829 says:

    yeah could’ve had 2 though but i’d pedro eat it than throw it into the seats if he has grip issues… sort of like wanting Carson Palmer to take the sack vs. throwing a pick…..

    This is one game we may indeed want to consider a quick yank of the starter… i’d let him go out for the 6th but i’d have someone warming up.

  171. Jim S. says:

    Pedro’s D. Ugh!

  172. 21sthebest says:

    No we didn’t. :-)

  173. cmat0829 says:

    only 2 per game can’t abuse the power. try me tomorrow.

  174. cmat0829 says:

    he most definitely is not giving deGrom the low pitches…which is key.

  175. cmat0829 says:

    We need to put up a couple here… or get Hughes up in the 6th for a quick hook if needed… heart of Mets order inthe 6th and BC living on borrowed time….

  176. cmat0829 says:

    PO-LAAAAHHHNNNNN-CO. get it going big fella.

  177. Maz In Iowa says:

    Wondering NOW if Fieri is trade bait.He is under the Bucs control thru 2016.Package him with someone else and you might get a decent prospect…….

  178. cmat0829 says:

    he’s not a trade prospect unless he gets his form back and if he does that you keep him. we need bullpen depth anyway

  179. cmat0829 says:

    deGrom actually has pretty good deStuff. We will need to grind this one out, need the bullpen to be lock down tonight.

  180. Maz In Iowa says:

    They have 4-5 weeks for him to get his mojo back.Plenty of time

  181. Maz In Iowa says:

    Cumpton still has it

  182. JRay3 says:

    Important 1-2-3-4 inning of work in the 6th for Cumpton who has provided a quality start.

    At just 82 pitches still could run him out to start the 7th and bottom of Mets order.

  183. Jim S. says:


  184. Patrick(ri) says:

    My Herod so far tonight are Martin, Cumpton, Diaz, with a nod to Mercer.

  185. Jim S. says:

    Low 80’s pitch count for Cimpton. He’ll be going 7.

  186. cmat0829 says:

    yes, i was more concerned with how hard he was being hit in the 4th inning, but yes, let er rip, but have Lurch ready to warm up in a hurry.

  187. Jim S. says:

    Looks like Neil’s still shaking off rust. Too bad because he was going great when he went down.

  188. cmat0829 says:

    if frieri pitches like he’s capable you will not want to be trading him.

  189. Jim S. says:


  190. Jim S. says:

    I see a bit of Mike Leake in DeGrom. Not overpowering, but seems to have a pretty good idea what he’s doing. Seems to be keeping us off balance fir the most part.

  191. Maz In Iowa says:

    Doesn’t have the guts he used to have. :)

  192. Jim S. says:

    Cumpton has struck out 4 straight to record the last 3 outs.

  193. Jim S. says:

    Nice, Maz.

  194. cmat0829 says:

    Well, I was hiding under the desk in the 4th inning, but Brandon Cumpton has turned in another excellent major league start… 7 strong innings… he still needs to go to Indy, but well done Brandon. You are our #6 starter, ready to jump in there if we need you, and perhaps an attractive trade option as well.

  195. JRay3 says:

    Ho hum just another Pirate starter turning in seven solid innings of work.

    Indy is going to be thrilled to have a ML capable starter back in their rotation.

  196. cmat0829 says:

    Rumor has it Toronto is interested to upgrade 2b or 3b, and Chase Headley has emerged as a candidate for a trade to them…. now that I think about it, that could just be the elixir Chase needs to snap out of it… that ballpark, in that lineup… just might jolt his career back to life.

    The Pads are open to trade anything and everything not named Andrew Cashner… Huston Street intrigues… anyone for the big 1B dude?

  197. Maz In Iowa says:

    Possibly,but I’m not Huntington…..who doesn’t always do the practical thing.It’s just a possibility;Fieri might be Schrödinger’s cat at this stage.Not alive or dead.Time will tell.

  198. cmat0829 says:

    Now that was good managing by CH… bunt into scoring position and plug JayHey in to a very good spot…. and you can keep JayHey in the game also.

  199. Jim S. says:

    Thought Clint might leave Cumpton in to bunt him to 3rd. ;-)

  200. cherokee23 says:

    Never seen a team hug so much. Lol. Whatever happened to handshake and slap on a$$

  201. JRay3 says:

    Great to see PNC packed the last couple of nights!

  202. cmat0829 says:

    wow deWhiff of JayHey on 95 up and out. that is usually the pitch JayHey drives off the Clemente wall.

    Why Collins in such a hurry to get to that horrific bullpen I’ll never know. But let’s make em pay Polanco.
    And let’s have Gaby ready to pinch hit for Snider if it gets that far… Marte can play left.

  203. Jim S. says:

    I’d have allowed DeGrom to finish the inning. He seemed pretty well in control. Joke this backfires on him.

    Seemed like he didn’t want to be outdone by Clint’s slick 2 for 1 move.

  204. Jim S. says:

    Sorry. Meant “hope” not joke.

  205. Carlos Danger says:

    Like Tommy Boy said, “Brothers don’t shake hands. Brothers gotta hug.”

  206. cmat0829 says:

    oh its a joke alright.

  207. Jim S. says:

    I’m thinking 140k, maybe more thus weekend, JRay. Good to see.

  208. cmat0829 says:

    Bummer. Need the good Justin now in the 8th.

  209. cmat0829 says:

    yep..good for them to be able to move fireworks to thursday, maximize the summer crowds……

  210. cmat0829 says:

    deep breath… granderson is getting his mojo back….nice play by Cutch. Very nice.

  211. Lad 9 says:


  212. KING says:

    As I expected, Grilli is gone from the Pirates. The trade route was a shocker though. Grilli to Angels.

    Everything going way for Pirates management. Walker’s faulty appendix cost Neil big numbers this year & maybe All Star berth too. Both hurt when negotiating new deal.

    Pedro’s prolonged droughts & score of errors also will drive down the Price.

    Well pitched game both sides. 2-2 score. Too bad J-Hay couldnt line a double. Struck out instead!!! Cutch robbed Granderson at the Wall!!! Highway robbery in 8th!!! KING

  213. Maz In Iowa says:

    BTW Hanson is back

  214. Jim S. says:

    Cumpton takes the ball and does a nice job most nights. I know it is the Mets san Wright, but still. We know he needs to improve on HHS secondary stuff, but he gets it done.

    And, btw, Cutch is not the best CF in the league, but calling him the worst, or even below average seems silly to me.

  215. cmat0829 says:

    LOL, no way Pirates management wants Neil out of the lineup…and also no way this factors into the ask of the player on a contract.

  216. cmat0829 says:

    take away Las Diaz’ star…. that 3-2 pitch was clearly strike 3.

  217. Milo Hamilton says:

    This is what he gets for wasting Watson needlessly last night.

  218. cmat0829 says:

    now that murph is on the fastball, a change of speeds and you can k him.

  219. cmat0829 says:

    or just blow it by him at 96.

  220. JRay3 says:

    Wilson just blows fastball past Murphy who hits LHP very well.

  221. Jim S. says:

    Grandy Man using up 99.9% of the field 2x tonight, and coming away empty.

  222. JRay3 says:

    And a nice inning of work for Wilson aided by an MVP catch.

    Time to take the lead.

  223. cmat0829 says:

    Scary start, but nice finish to the 8th by Justin. We’ll put that one in the good Justin column, with an assist from Cutch.

  224. cmat0829 says:

    So I’m guessing, since Wilson pitched the 8th in a tie game at home, either Watson or Melancon or both are not available tonight. We won’t need a closer per se now unless we score this inning….

  225. Maz In Iowa says:

    Get it going Lunchbox

  226. Carlos Danger says:

    Again off topic but pens 1st rd pick is RW from Finland Kasperi Kapanen.

  227. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Usually at home, closers pitch in the 9th inning to shut it down and get the win.

  228. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Travis Snider: poor mans Pedro Alvarez.

  229. Andrew says:

    Watson is not available, from what I read pre-grame

  230. Maz In Iowa says:

    We are Familia…..all my sisters and mea……

  231. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’ve been looking pretty hard but I can’t seem to fine one good reason to lose this game. The time for excuses has passed.

  232. KING says:

    Melancon has better numbers than I thought. Doing his best with his cutter. Pirates have to find a way to scratch out a run.

    My hero is Cutch HR down the line…Grazing left foul pole. KING

  233. Patrick(ri) says:

    You forgot bad luck.

  234. Milo Hamilton says:

    Awful effort by Melancon. Field your position.

  235. cmat0829 says:

    9 TIMES OUT OF 10, Pitchers should do everything they can to get out of the way of batted balls. that one was headed right to Neil, step on the bag for out 3.

  236. Milo Hamilton says:

    Bad luck my … Catch the ball.

  237. Milo Hamilton says:

    By the way, I completely get that I’m not being reasonable here.

  238. cmat0829 says:

    Well, Marky Mark gets the ageless (na, he’s just old) Abreu and gives the Bucs a chance to walk it off. I agree with Milo, enough already, win this frigging game.

    Love the expression on d’ArnOOOOOO face after the got the ‘hit’… look stunned to have gotten on base.

  239. Baywatch says:

    Let’s go, Bucs!

  240. cmat0829 says:

    you are at least 75% right. I’ll go for get out of the way vs fielding the ball.. know where your defense is positioned and on that one, best bet is to jump out of the way.

  241. cmat0829 says:

    i hope we dont have to wait for it to get to Cutch… I’ll take Mar-tan or JayHey….

  242. Arriba Wilver says:


  243. Milo Hamilton says:

    I wouldn’t bunt. Just let him walk. :)

  244. cmat0829 says:

    Ike swings… and lines out. NO walk this time :(

  245. Patrick(ri) says:

    Ch eschews the bunt, Ike hits it well. Alas.

  246. tomf says:

    impressive at bat by Sanchez

  247. cmat0829 says:

    Not a great at bat for Gaby… this pitcher is not great, and he gave him two strikes on obvious balls.

  248. The Gunner says:

    What in the world is Gaby swinging at?

  249. cmat0829 says:

    Is this pedro martinez ? or jerry mejia.

  250. tomf says:

    Mercer not much better

    of well

  251. cmat0829 says:

    WE need Lurch to be great in the of the order and the ‘you owe me a couple’ Granderson up for the Mess…

  252. Milo Hamilton says:

    Now here come all the lefties & no lefty to pitch to them because Hurdle wasted Watson last night.

  253. Florida Steeler says:

    He really struggles against right handed pitchers. First base is still hurting this team because Ike is not very good.

  254. Andrew says:

    Those were the two worst Pirate right handers to have up against a pitcher you relies on a slider to get outs.

  255. cmat0829 says:

    who needs a lefty when we have lurchy?

  256. Patrick(ri) says:

    Moepre like “getting in on the feet,” Steve.

  257. Maz In Iowa says:

    Jobu needs a shot of courage. :)

  258. Patrick(ri) says:

    “More”. I have no idea where that typo came from?

  259. Jim S. says:

    2-2, 5-1, it’s all the same apparently.

  260. Jim S. says:

    Russ says no.

  261. Andrew says:

    Resign him!

  262. cmat0829 says:

    Mar-tan with a BULLET to nail the plodding Murph…. who is out by about 6 feet. LETS WIN THIS NOW… JayHey, Polanco, (snider), CUTCH

  263. Patrick(ri) says:

    Just for the way he played in the 4th. How many catchers slide into first and then do a take out at second?

  264. Jim S. says:

    JHay being JHay.

  265. cmat0829 says:

    S A F E

  266. cmat0829 says:

    taking too long already.

  267. JRay3 says:

    When you need a play call the man JHay!

  268. cmat0829 says:

    seriously, if this is gonna work, you have 2 or 3 geeks watch each game, see 3 replays at most, and you make the judgment. we can’t zapruder every play.

  269. Patrick(ri) says:

    Some night off for J. Hay!

  270. cmat0829 says:

    mets fans in the mlb offices waiting to find an angle to overturn it? seems very very obvious to me.

  271. Milo Hamilton says:

    If you have to wait this long …

  272. Andrew says:

    I personally think they get he gets tagged on the head, but there is no angle that shows that conclusively.

  273. Florida Steeler says:

    They take longer than the NFL on easier calls!!!

  274. Jim S. says:

    Took much longer than needed.

  275. cmat0829 says:

    sorry, i’m grumpy on this, but 45 second clock on these reviews… if they cant see it by then, call stands.

  276. JRay3 says:

    Are you kidding me? The legend of JHay continues!

  277. Jim S. says:

    OMG, JHay!! The legend grows.

  278. Andrew says:

    He has to be out of the baseline, hahahaha.

  279. tomf says:

    not over until it is over

  280. cmat0829 says:

    Just WOW. Jay Hey. even if he is called out for being out of the baseline, he gets Polanco to 2nd. GREAT> love this kid.

  281. Patrick(ri) says:

    Win or lose this review: awesome play, by an awesome player!

  282. Jim S. says:

    Doesn’t he get 3 feet?

  283. cmat0829 says:

    Joe Torre, if you are reading this blog (hi Frank)… 45 second clock on all replay reviews. You either see it or you don’t.

  284. Lad 9 says:

    +5. Unreal.

  285. Maz In Iowa says:

    OK…Let’s do this thing!!!!!!

  286. Milo Hamilton says:

    He stopped at the mound, should be a visit.

  287. Andrew says:

    I thought you cannot go into the grass, but I’m not sure.

  288. cmat0829 says:

    i have no idea what the rule is, but to me i have to think that is out of the baseline. if that were a Mets player, I’d be screaming at the TV that the umps blew it.

  289. JRay3 says:

    Only JHay could not start a game and end up having the largest impact on a game.

    Play of the year.

  290. Jim S. says:

    You were on the ground floor of the JHay experience, Patrick. Good call. Really special player in many ways. Does things you just can’t measure.

  291. tomf says:

    was that a top 10 play – or not top 10 play ?

  292. cmat0829 says:


  293. Patrick(ri) says:

    Thanks Jim.

  294. pattonbb says:

    He was out of the baseline but, my Lord…what an amazing run down.

    These Mets are about the worst coached team I’ve seen in a while, by the way.

  295. Florida Steeler says:

    Tell me how Travis Snider is in MLB?? He must have pictures of someone.

  296. cmat0829 says:

    i dont blame collins really, the players suck.

  297. Jim S. says:

    Swing at 1, Cutch.

  298. Patrick(ri) says:

    The side view replay was just astounding video.

  299. cmat0829 says:


  300. tomf says:

    snider – to be a hero – would sit back and poke that pitch to the opposite side

    but snider – the goat – looked at a called strike 3 and then whined about it

  301. cmat0829 says:

    BAD AT BAT from Lunchie.. you dont keep the bat on your shoulder, especially with Myopic Las as the ump…. but bases juiced 1 out for Neil, this is what we have been waiting for in the 4 spot.

  302. Maz In Iowa says:


  303. KING says:

    J-Hay has saved this Pirates season. Point Blank! With his arm,bat,glove & now base running. What an instinctive & intelligent player!!! Has sparked team!!! Cutch intentional walk. Bases loaded Walker for the walk off. KING

  304. cmat0829 says:

    wow …he parfaited that change up right there…and neil missed it… wow.

  305. Patrick(ri) says:

    The elephant in the room? The bases are loaded.

  306. The Gunner says:

    Yep – he really stunk in his last AB

  307. Patrick(ri) says:

    Steal home, Josh!

  308. Jim S. says:

    Has Walker hit a ball hard since he returned? He’s struggling, no question.

  309. Andrew says:

    Wow that was poor.

  310. twentytwo22 says:

    Two thigh high offspeed pitches down the middle to Walker. Clueless. Awful amateur offspeed hitters.

  311. JRay3 says:

    Wow two LH hitters K and than a 2-0 count and Pirates can not cash in on the gift given to them….yikes.

  312. Maz In Iowa says:


  313. Florida Steeler says:

    Is this the worst team in the majors with bases loaded??? Neil really should have stayed in Bradenton longer–he is clearly not ready.

  314. Jim S. says:

    I guess Russ should have batted 4th. :-)

  315. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    I’m sure it exists, but I’ve never seen a team leave the bases loaded as easily and as much as the Pirates.
    SO frustrating….!

  316. Florida Steeler says:


  317. Jim S. says:

    As a matter of fact, I believe they are. About a week ago, they were hitting something like .150 w bases full. Just went 0-3 there.

  318. Patrick(ri) says:

    Too bad Martin came up late. Snider & Walker couldn’t even get a ball in play. Are we still the worst in MLB with bases loaded?

  319. DJ says:

    Travis channeling his Tony Gwynn-like batter’s eye with two strikes.

    Swing the friggin’ bat for god’s sake.

  320. DJ says:

    He’s looked horrible with bases full this year.

  321. Florida Steeler says:

    He is AWFUL but Travis is Neil’s pet project and Neil never admits to a bad one.

  322. Jim S. says:

    That’s a bit harsh. In fact, ridiculously harsh.

  323. DJ says:

    Looks like the 4-hole still up for grabs.

  324. Jim S. says:

    Could be Clint’s guy.

  325. Maz In Iowa says:

    Step in front of a pitch maybe?

  326. JRay3 says:

    Pirates bullpen up to the task as they post fourth zero of the night .

    Boy really like this version of Jared Hughes as he has turned himself into automatic! Two more solid innings from him.

    Can one Pirate bat just run into one?

  327. Florida Steeler says:

    yes, maybe, but I just remember when Neil got him he mentioned that this is a high draft choice that did not meet his potential–we believe he can if given an opportunity.

  328. Andrew says:

    Coming into tonight Pirates with based loaded, .162/.247/.250 OPS+ of 46, I don’t know where that ranks but I’ll guess near the bottom.

  329. DJ says:

    Project or not, a little leaguer swings at that last one.

  330. Patrick(ri) says:

    I hate bunts, in general, but I am starting to think Hurdle should call for one in a game ending situation. Only because it will get the ball in play (dubious claim, given the bunts I have seen this year).

  331. Maz In Iowa says:

    Nice job by Hughes

  332. tomf says:

    Yes – one deep fly ball


    but regardless – especially after the layoff and surgery – Walker should not have been batting 2nd immediately upon his return

  333. Andrew says:

    Heck of a couple innings by Hughes, not my favorite reliever but solid performance.

  334. Florida Steeler says:

    Worley can bunt!!!!

  335. Jim S. says:

    It’s time, Ike!

  336. DJ says:

    Tells you how good his eye is.

    Now someone needs to break the news to him.

  337. Florida Steeler says:

    What a power hitting first baseman we have in Ike

  338. pattonbb says:

    They do. But that coaching staff doesn’t do them any favors either.

  339. Jim S. says:

    Huntington is far from perfect. He gets some wrong and he gets a lot of acquisitions right IMO.

    I don’t want to go back to Bonifay, Littlefield, etc.

  340. Patrick(ri) says:

    Does Black dislike .barmes?

  341. Jim S. says:

    He’s near the bottom of MLB in % of hard hit balls.

  342. JRay3 says:


  343. Andrew says:

    Who else?

  344. hockeymonster says:

    Can JHay skate?

  345. Jim S. says:

    JHay just got tired of waiting for others to do what needed to be done, I guess.

  346. Milo Hamilton says:

    You can’t have a 10-0 homestand without winning the first 2.

  347. hockeymonster says:

    I’m J-Hay Bitch!!!

  348. Maz In Iowa says:


  349. Reading says:

    Justice is served!!!!

  350. Florida Steeler says:

    Can you say one guy single handily won this game with 8 other guys on the field??

  351. Andrew says:

    Jared Hughes pitched two solid innings.

  352. JRay3 says:

    Behind seven solid innings from Brandon Cumpton and four shutout inning from the pen combined with JHay’s heroics the Bucs take the second game of this four game set versus the Mets 3-2 in 11 and there was noooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs are now two above .500 at 41-39 and are winners of 6 of their past 7 games. The Pirates are 16-9 in June and own the best NL record since May 1st.

    The Bucs will go for their third straight series tomorrow afternoon when Gerrit Cole comes off the DL to make the start.

    Go Bucs!!!!

  353. DJ says:

    Kid loves going the other way. Hit it where it’s pitched.


  354. The Gunner says:

    J-Hay is pretty much a one man show. What an absolute breath of fresh air!!!

  355. Radio wave says:

    Doing what they need to do against weak teams.

  356. Breakthestreak says:

    JHay ends the game. Of course. Who else!!!!! JHay jHay JHay

  357. RB says:

    How can the Pirates consider sitting Harrison at all? He NEEDS to be in line up EVERY DAY!

  358. JRay3 says:

    7th walk off win, team did not quit and persevered, certainly has look of a team that has turned corner and is starting to become a factor.

  359. Patrick(ri) says:


  360. Maz In Iowa says:

    Pen came up big.Mercer 2 RBI.Barmes BB.Hughes good job.What can you say about Harrison?

  361. Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Good for JayHay!!!!

    I’ve been one of the hardest guys on him and have been waiting for him to come down to earth.

    I’ll take it and am very happy for him.

    The IPB thing on him is outstanding and his interview after the game was as well.

    Makes him an easy guy to root for.

  362. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    What can you say about Josh Harrison but…..Wow!!

  363. pattonbb says:

    ….fear the Bones….

  364. Patrick(ri) says:

    As Cmat said earlier, good move by CH to leave Josh in the game!

  365. Jim S. says:

    For my part, I’ve liked him since last year. He got a lot of big hits and showed he belonged.

    But, I’ve been adamant that he’s not a starter because I’ve always heard the glove wasn’t good enough. Well, he’s proven over 200 or so ABs this year that not only is he not hurting the team when he starts, but he is excelling at whatever they have asked. He’s fielding well enough, and he’s crushing the ball. And, he does stuff like that incredible base running play that you just can’t measure. It is obvious that he is a huge catalyst. How can any Pirates fan not love everything about him? I think he has created a career out of a small opportunity now, and I think it’s great.

  366. JRay3 says:

    “This is what I do when I play every day” – Josh Harrison

    If you look at his stats in the minors was a consistent .300+ hitter, I’ll say again the kid is just a baseball player and is the kind of guy any club would love to have.

  367. Jim S. says:

    This just in. JHay can turn around a fastball out over the plate.

  368. Maz In Iowa says:

    Pirates, Polanco Far Apart In Extension Talks…..we’re talking about the Pirates.Duh

  369. DJ says:

    Jim S:

    Heard that as well and, yes, understand there were too many moving parts before.

    I look at him and just think he needs major conditioning. His legs, already thin, look like Jello.

  370. JRay3 says:

    Plenty of time to get that ironed out. And reports of first offer were very fair and consistent with similar signings.

  371. JRay3 says:

    Bucs from 8 under to 2 over .500, who would have thought that a few weeks back?

  372. J Hey came through big tonight and the Bucs are two above .500 for the first time since early April,and, hopefully, they’ll stay above .500 for the rest of the season and that the trading of Grilli to the L A Angels for Frieri will help the bullpen in more ways than one.

  373. Maz In Iowa says:

    Just read Mike Trout hit a 489′ homer.Still 22years old

  374. DJ says:

    I think I liked him a week before you, Jim, if memory serves.

  375. tomf says:

    Harrison displayed this ability when he broke up the Verlander no-hitter

  376. DJ says:

    He just clubs those.

  377. Jim S. says:

    He really does exactly what we all teach young players. He just hits the ball where it’s pitched. His hit the prior time up was inside, so he turned on it and pulled it. The game winning hit was away, and he crushed it to RC. The guy can hit. He uses the whole field.

  378. Brandie says:


  379. DJ says:


  380. twentytwo22 says:

    Great win overcoming the disastrous 10th inning. Split Niese and Colon and take 3 of 4. Win tomorrow and spend Sunday at Kennywood.

  381. KING says:

    J-Hay does it again!!! Pirates win 3-2 in extra innings. I was a J-Hay believer for 2 years. Everytime I saw him, he made something happen. Drawing a Walk, moving a runner, working the count etc. Glad he has this opportunity.

    Credit Neal his draft & development plan. Also his eye for picking up talent. Most teams who lost 2-3 starters plus Marte,Walker,MA,Martin for periods of time would be 10 under .500.

    Pirates should rock and roll now. Free from those Brewers the Pirates look like a wild card team. 41-39 now. 82 games now left. Only 49 more for 90. Halfway up the mountain. Raise The Jolly Roger!!! KING

  382. Jim S. says:

    I’m quite sure, DJ.

    But, I’ve been late to realize that he’s more than just whatever stats he puts up. I sometimes don’t buy into guys having an impact that goes beyond actual plays they make. This guy is proving to be so much more.

  383. Bizrow says:

    Yahoo is reporting Locke was sent down?

  384. Jim S. says:

    May as we’ll go ahead and sweep this Mets team. Halfway there.

  385. Jim S. says:

    I wonder if that’s because Cole’s return was forcing his start to get pushed back and things just lined up better for Cumpton. Tough call. Both are doing great & have options.

  386. DJ says:

    A beautiful thing when you can claim to be the first at something and everyone else is too lazy to check.

    On your points, I agree with you. Let’s keep it rolling. Shaping up as a very interesting season, with the outside potential of being even better than last year if we can slowly close this gap.

  387. Bizrow says:

    Its not confirmed, just Yahoo ;-)

  388. dennis g says:


  389. dennis g says:

    Someone has to find out from CH what exactly in Snider’s recent or distant past would lead CH to believe that Snider is a number two hitter. If you want to argue whether or not Mercer or Stewart, when he is playing, should bat behind Snider I will take no sides. But what in the world is he doing at number two?

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