The Pittsburgh Pirates (2-2) take on the Boston Red Sox (2-2) in game two of a three-game series at Fenway Park. First pitch is at 7:10 PM.
The Pirates made a move behind the plate prior to tonight’s game.
Here are the lineups:
Game 2 in Boston.
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Incredible night by Bae, Roansy, Reynolds and the bullpen. Too bad they can’t find another Chuck Tanner or Jim Leyland. Hell, since I was around for that era I’d love to have another Danny Murtaugh. I know many people think managers don’t matter but those guys were chess masters and especially Murtaugh.
Finally found a clip of Bae’s catch. Holy ****.
Well, following a horrible first inning yesterday, they gave up two runs in 17 innings. In Fenway. That’s encouraging.
Let’s get the sweep tomorrow!
Who closes? Underwood? Surely not Crowe. DeJong?
Keller w a complete game shutout makes it a moot point.
Interesting that we’re not seeing Crowe and De Jong in these close ones. Moreta, the Zazzer and now Hernandez.
Must be something Shelton’s smoking, but seriously they are going to have to use 1 or 3 of those guys tomorrow so it will be interesting.
It’s been the pattern in the three victories!
What closer? Complete game!
Lol, complete games are rarified air these days. That’s why I laugh at any thought Shelton and his staff know what’s going on. Granted the average Pirate pitcher aren’t of the “best stock” but I challenge the stat guys to find any team that their starting pitchers throw more pitches than the Pirates through the first 4 innings during the Shelton era.
Agree……rainout after 6.
Out homered the opposition. Nice.
Willie would give Bae a gold star for that catch.
Griffey would add a star too.
Speechless. OF play has been wow!
WHAT A CATCH!!!
Holderman touching 99
What’s that pitch he’s throwing at 83?
Game day calls it a “Sweeper”, not kidding
Heckofa pitch after touching 99.
Got the Green Monster almost close enough to touch and Key’s hitting opposite field. So disappointing. Thought we had something in ST.
I like him, but I don’t turn-on the TV to watch him.
No matter how often I tell myself that ST doesn’t matter, I still get fooled by a handful of things every year. This year, the biggest one was the whole Ke’Bryan Hayes/point of contact stuff. I really tricked myself into thinking he was going to elevate to the pull side more this year. Oops.
Deciding he isn’t based in fife games is just as absurd as believing a small sample like spring training. You’re making the same mistake in reverse.
Nah. The idea that he isn’t going to pull/elevate is more based on these five games being a continuation of his entire career of not pulling/elevating. You’d need some significant sample of evidence in order to believe that he’s not that guy. We don’t have to form opinions entirely from scratch every time a new season starts.
Five games, plus the absolute entirety of his professional career.
“Small sample” lolol
Half of the people on here go batshit over ST stats.
Since when do Pirates get calls like that?
Yes! And Arroyo still looking befuddled. 🤣
Expanded strike zone. I like it!
Generous call on strike 3. Gladly accepted.
And strike 1.
Lining the field in slow motion. That’s not baseball Zen for me.
Hmm, R5 guy on in a close-ish game. He may blow it up or not, but it’s good to see him get the shot.
Hedges could not steal a base if they were Little League distance. Sorry to kick a guy when he’s down with a concussion…….just saying Heineman could cover until Endy.
Agree. I liked TH last year. Not sure why they didn’t just go with him.
Santana must be a vegetarian, seem to hate steaks!
Ok I’m going with 1st inning game 7 for first Santana RBI.
Sounds perfect. Home Opener!
He’s made some good contact. It’s coming.
Zero RBIs, 18 LOB.
Hard to believe the Red Sox keep throwing pitches where BRey can reach them.
If they don’t sign him, it’s going to look so bad…..
I disagree. If he insists on the opt out in year four, an unprecedented thing for a player with more than two years arb remaining, then they don’t look bad at all. Only to fans who refuse to consider things fairly and just want to bash.
Are you Nutting’s CFO
The Roansy good: low pitch count and only one walk and no HRs
The bad: only 2 Ks
Hard not to be pleased.
He pitched great! As in Tony the Tiger GGGGGGGGREAT!
I don’t think the 2 strikeouts is so bad given the low pitch count.
I also had 6th inning of game 5 in the Cruz throwing error pool. Is it too late to play Mega Millions?
That’s only the Pirates’ second error of the year.
Piraterican jinxed Cruz with his comment last night. I wasn’t going to touch that comment. Actually logged off as fast I could.
I thought the same thing last night, lol
Ok maybe it was…
Prosecutor: Do you remember saying “laser throws chest high”?
Whoa, a game thread!! Glad I checked back. Not going to jinx any one having a good game, but I agree this lineup looks like it fell out of a used piñata. maybe they signed Santana to Coach and forgot?
CSN with el sombrero dorado.
Translation: hat trick
Choi has been treated very poorly by umpires this year. This game there have been three balls called strikes against him.
I agree but when you know a umps strike zone good hitters adjust!
Those 2 strikeouts aren’t really helping my fantasy squad Ro.
I’ll take being the first starter on the team to reach the 6th inning
Santana so far: zero RBIs, 16 LOB.
Just as we predicted, shift ban clearly paying off.
Some hard hit balls right at folks…not sure why they don’t play Choi a bit more?
He’s started every single game to this point. Today they have 3 DHs in the lineup and 2 actual outfielders on the bench. Make it make sense
Santana is a good fielding first baseman, Cutch is a good fielding RF
Real stellar over there at first
Man, we could have used a pick right there on Cruz bad throw.
Are they that afraid to put Choi at first? Why trade for him then?
Simple, really. The GM and manager are incompetent.
Yeah seems to be a missing narrative generally!
Extend Santana, extend Santana!
Thought Santana hit it out. That hurt.
Where’s BMac? Still want to run BRey out of town?
trade him high
When Tim becomes General Manager.
His stock is certainly rising. He’s also carrying this team offensively.
Roansy with the Farmer’s Blow….love it!
As enjoyable as it is to see Bryan Reynolds so hot is his 4 home runs have produced 5 RBI’s.!
I want to say something about the guy on the mound, but I don’t want to jinx anything.
His ears look normal, so it’s not that.
Back to back changeups!
Quota filled! A little surprised he tried it against their best hitter, I would have preferred someone like McGuierre.
Way to cover the bag Roansy.
Dang! Bucs are putting wood to the ball!
Why no Suwinski against a righthander?
And sit Santana? Be real!
He had some quality AB’s last night. They probably don’t want to use them all up.
Yeah you usually send guys down to get at bats when they are struggling but here is a guy who is giving you good at bats and you sit him so you can give the front office’s off season aging veteran acquisition some more space, lol. Some things never change.
Give that man a contract!
Good lord, get it done before it’s too late.
Each HR adds another million $$$ to the deal.
Or opt out a year earlier
So….Reynolds totally isn’t signing the extension.
Ok who besides me had Delay and Bae to be the first two Pirates to hit it over The Green Monster?
Actually I did as well. It came to me in a dream, but in my dream, Bae had bunny ears.
I thought CSN foul tipped that pitch that was ruled a passed ball. I think he was saying the same thing, walking back to first. Looking at the replay, it looks like it hit McGuire’s glove, then shinguard, but it was close.
I thought the same thing. Was surprised it was called a SO.
Bae with a shot!!! Go Bae!
I always knew Bae had power.
Very happy to have Heineman back. I think he’s much better D than Delay. And both have sneaky bats that can contribute……unlike Hedges.
Santana is proving that his numbers against RH were not a fluke and yet he’s still batting 4th!!!!!
It’s hard to understand. He’s clearly the weak side of the platoon. Why did they trade for Choi to bench him 4 out if 5 games?
I brought that same point on the very first game!!!!!
We read the comments, so we started a separate Live Discussion for games. Enjoy Ro Day