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 Post subject: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 3:11 pm 
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Phil Dumatrait (1-1, 3.96) vs. Jason Marquis (1-3, 5.26)

1. Sanchez 2B
2. McLouth CF
3. Bay LF
4. LaRoche 1B
5. Nady RF
6. DOUG 3B
7. Paulino C
8. Bixler SS
9. Dumatrait P

I'm almost afraid to turn on WGN the way the games always turn out.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 3:14 pm 
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The Pirates need to get on the board first today. Spotting Dumatrait a couple of runs could do wonders for his psyche.

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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 3:17 pm 
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Lanny just said 'The Pirates are hoping for a 4-2 homestand'.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 3:30 pm 
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whew hoo Mr 199 goes deep with Sanchez on 2nd .


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 3:31 pm 
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That's the way to start a game Mr. Laroche. Whoo.

Has Dougie become our starting third baseman now or is Russell just riding out a hot streak?


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 3:38 pm 
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Thanks LaRoche, that was huge. Us getting any kind of lead on the Cubs that early (let alone the 1st) is big, and have to give him credit, a 2-out blast.

Also a great AB for Freddy stretching it to a full count before the double.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
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Thank God McLouth is okay after just getting beamed in the knee by Marquis ...


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
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Good things happen when you walk the bottom three in the batting order. Ugh.

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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 4:21 pm 
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Dumatrait looked great the first two innings, and then just lost the plate. Bizarre.

Go back to work, offense. Marquis sucks. Pirates should get busy driving him out of the game.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 4:32 pm 
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Dumatrait was horrible with the walks that inning, and Soriano is indeed the hottest hitter in baseball right now and has owned the Bucs this series, however the WGN announcers sucking at his teet is almost unbearable to listen to. Good Lord. They were sure that the whole series was over when Soriano just came into the batter's box. He ended up getting a sac fly and by their reactions he still got the grand slam they expected.

I quote them exactly continuing the rant after the AB ...

WGN announcer 1: Sorinao could have hit a pop-up in front of plate and it would have easily been a double.

WGN announcer 2: Yeah, the catcher would have been blinded just by his presence.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
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Jason Marquis has been a punching bag this year for every team but one - your Pittsburgh Pirates.

He is just not good. C'mon Pirates, lay into this clown.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
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Have to admire Freddy's heads-up base running this series, from just now sliding early to prevent a DP and ends up advancing McLouth to 2nd to nearly getting back to 1st in the first game, I don't remember the exact play, but if you saw it you know what I'm talking about.

EDIT: And thanks to a LaRoche single that play ends up scoring Nate and cutting the deficit to a run.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
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Jason Marquis has exactly two quality starts this season.

Guess which team has been the victim of both??


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
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Wow. Soriano swung at pitches out of the strike zone and fanned. What a shock.

Who knew that he was susceptible to going after bad pitches? The Pirates may want to remember this little tidbit.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
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Freddy time.

Be clutch, Freddy.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
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Hard to pick on Freddy when he's accounted for 50 % of the hits today (okay, now a little less since Michaels had an infield single), but man I wish he hadn't went for that 3-1 pitch.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
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TheShark wrote:
Hard to pick on Freddy when he's accounted for 50 % of the hits today (okay, now a little less since Michaels had an infield single), but man I wish he hadn't went for that 3-1 pitch.


Not a great pitch to hit, agreed, but he was aggressive in that count and that situation. I would have preferred that he take the walk, move Michaels to second and bring Nate to the plate.

Frustrating game. Very few hard-hit balls against a bad pitcher. Freddy and Laroche in the first, and after that, zero.

What is the deal with winning the game to go .500? I know that the Pirates say they don't care about getting to .500 but it seems like they put out some clunkers with a chance to even their record.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
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Not a good game at all for the Bucs. Nice games by Sanchez (both offensive and defensively) and LaRoche, no body else even came close, McLouth gets beamed in the knee but walks it off and is okay.

Hopefully this was a fluke outing by Dumatrait. He wasn't giving up hits, just committing WAY too many walks. In fact all 4 Cubs runs came from walks. Err. Even with how bad the offense was today, they still could have walked out of Wrigley winners of the series.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 9:47 pm 
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Bucfan wrote:
What is the deal with winning the game to go .500? I know that the Pirates say they don't care about getting to .500 but it seems like they put out some clunkers with a chance to even their record.


You got that right. They had an opportunity against Atlanta a week ago tomorrow, started JVB in Game 2 of that doubleheader, and lost, 8-1.

Opportunity #2 came two nights later against the Cardinals and the immortal Todd Wellemeyer. Maholm spit the bit, and they lost 5-1.

Opportunity #3 was Friday night vs. the Cubs, and Gorzelanny gives up four dingers. Another L, 7-4.

And today, they could have gotten to 22-22 against Jason Marquis. Result: The offense tanks after the first inning and they lose, 4-3.

Despite the good things that have happened so far this year -- McLouth, Nady, the relief pitching -- the Bucs are almost exactly where they were last year on this date.

C'mon, guys, get over the #$%& hump! Just do it!

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 Post subject: Re: Pirates vs. Cubs 5/18/08
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Bob in Boston wrote:

Despite the good things that have happened so far this year -- McLouth, Nady, the relief pitching -- the Bucs are almost exactly where they were last year on this date.



I agree, but I think it should also be noted that they have played the majority of the year so far without their Short Stop and at least half that time with one that clearly is not ready for the big leagues and is hitting .177, while the other isn't hitting much better and has only started probably a couple games without committing an error.

I will be impressed if they continue to play .500 baseball until Doumit gets healthy as well.


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