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 Post subject: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:03 pm 
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Sure, I don't typically start these threads... but since the Bucs are here in my town, I hope no feathers are ruffled.

Probable starters:
PIT: C. Morton (0-0, 0.00)
COL: J. Hammel (4-3, 4.10)

FWIW, I'll be at the game again, right on the left field wall in my Clemente t-shirt jersey and black Pirates hat.

Also, some weird stories from autograph haggling last night:

-I told Ian Snell "conrgatulations on getting the win the other night". He said "man, fantasy baseball is overrated". Huh? I'm not a fantasy BB player...so I think he misunderstood me. Was I out of line for saying that? I always like to say something different, instead of the usual "heyyyyy!! Mr. Snell!! Sign for me!!"

-Charlie Morton was an incredibly nice guy. I told him : "welcome to the bigs, glad you're up here". He genuinely seemed pleased to hear that, smiled broadly and said : "thanks, dude! I'm glad to be here". This was probably the first time anybody at a big league park recognized him and asked for his autograph.

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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:06 pm 
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THREAD STEALER!! :lol:

Pirates' lineup:

1. McCutchen, CF
2. Morgan, LF
3. Sanchez, 2B
4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
5. Andy LaRoche, 3B
6. Moss, RF
7. Jaramillo, C
8. Wilson, SS
9. Morton, P

Rockies' lineup:

1. Fowler, CF
2. Barmes, 2B
3. Helton, 1B
4. Hawpe, RF
5. Tulowitzki, SS
6. Stewart, 3B
7. Gonzalez, LF
8. Iannetta, S
9. Hammel, P


I was really hoping Pearce would get a start today. :?

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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:50 pm 
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I was really hoping Pearce would get a start today.


He is.
He is the new Pittsburgh Pirates waterboy!


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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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Rain delay with no rain...interesting. Game to start at 8:50 Pittsburgh time.

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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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This thread is dead ... Morton has a big-time arm. He can overpower hitters. His control wandered in the 2nd inning and the walk came back to hurt him. Additionally, when he has trouble spotting his pitches, the umpire tends to shrink the strike zone for him. Too many pitches 6" outside = not as many pitches on the black for a called strike.


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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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Bucfan wrote:
This thread is dead ... Morton has a big-time arm. He can overpower hitters. His control wandered in the 2nd inning and the walk came back to hurt him. Additionally, when he has trouble spotting his pitches, the umpire tends to shrink the strike zone for him. Too many pitches 6" outside = not as many pitches on the black for a called strike.


I agree it's exciting to see a pitcher who can be nasty. He is a little bit wild and throws a lot of pitches however.

I just got home and caught up w/ the game on DVR. Nyjer is playing well too which is good. He needs to get something going offensively.

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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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Morton seems unable to run. He dogged a ground ball and just missed covering 1st. He is either still hurt or lacking effort. I presume it's the former. Now it's 2-2 in the bottom of 5th with 1 out.

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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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Holy cow...Cutch just made his best catch yet IMO running to the wall off Helton to save a run.

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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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That was an amazing catch. McCutchen was sprinting full speed with his back to the plate, and reached up to catch a ball that was smoked directly over his head. Incredibly difficult to keep the ball in sight running that hard, when the ball is coming right over the top of the fielder.


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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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Bucfan wrote:
That was an amazing catch. McCutchen was sprinting full speed with his back to the plate, and reached up to catch a ball that was smoked directly over his head. Incredibly difficult to keep the ball in sight running that hard, when the ball is coming right over the top of the fielder.


Yes. I'm watching the Rockies broadcast and they said best catch they have seen all year.

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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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Morton gone after 5 and 87 pitches. It seems to me that his hamstring might be acting up. Ugh

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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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Morton gone after 5 and 87 pitches. It seems to me that his hamstring might be acting up. Ugh

He was very careful with it, that is for sure. He was a bit slow in covering first.

Meanwhile, the Pirates are not hitting for shit. Their batting is awful right now.


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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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Wow! Cutch clears the bases w/ a triple that just misses being a grand slam. 5-4 pirates.

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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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Good job, Cutch. I was happy he did not get to two strikes ... the Colorado pitcher would have thrown ankle-high sliders. Instead, Cutch smokes an 0-1 pitch.

Morgan singles him in. Now, Steven Jackson time. (Gulp.)


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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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And Steven Jackson says, "Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Bucfan." (Jackson helped out by the Laroche brothers, who make good plays on balls that were smoked.)


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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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Bucfan wrote:
And Steven Jackson says, "Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Bucfan." (Jackson helped out by the Laroche brothers, who make good plays on balls that were smoked.)


Smoked is right. If we trade this infield we should consider how strong this infield is defensively. That worries me and I'm sure it worries the pitching staff.

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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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Amazing stat. Cutch has 4 triples in 16 games, Nyjer is tied for the league lead w/ 5.

That's unreal.

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I am watching the dots here in my hotel in Albuquerque and can't say for sure but it would seem that Brandon Moss benefitted from several days of work with Don Long. Any comments from anyone actually seeing the game?


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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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Az Bucco fan wrote:
I am watching the dots here in my hotel in Albuquerque and can't say for sure but it would seem that Brandon Moss benefitted from several days of work with Don Long. Any comments from anyone actually seeing the game?


Moss has had a good night. He has hit the ball well and almost homered on the 1st hit. Nyjer has as well. I think that dramatically changes the offense overall.

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 Post subject: Re: June 20, 2009: Pirates (31-36) @ Rockies (34-33)
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Az Bucco fan wrote:
I am watching the dots here in my hotel in Albuquerque and can't say for sure but it would seem that Brandon Moss benefitted from several days of work with Don Long. Any comments from anyone actually seeing the game?

He has hit three balls right on the screws. He doubled to left-center to drive in Andy Laroche, then crushed a single to RF. The last "double" was in fact a hard-hit one-hopper that ate up the Rockies second baseman, glanced off his glove into shallow center. Andy scored easily and Moss beat the throw to second for the kinda double.


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