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#1 ashburyjohn

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:07 PM

Someone suggested opening up a game thread for the Pirates-Reds game so we can cheer on some ex-Twins. I didn't do any of Brian's work, but here it is if you want to partake.

Reds lineup:
Shin-Soo Choo CF
Ryan Ludwick LF
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jay Bruce RF
Todd Frazier 3B
Zack Cozart SS
Ryan Hanigan C
(Johnny Cueto P)

Pirates lineup:
Starling Marte CF
Neil Walker LF
Andrew McCutchen RF
Justin Morneau 3B
Marlon Byrd C
Pedro Alvarez 1B
Russell Martin SS
Clint Barmes 2B
(Francisco Liriano P)

Edited by ashburyjohn, 01 October 2013 - 06:14 PM.


#2 Winston Smith

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:17 PM

Think about life without Brian.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:18 PM

Think about Life of Brian - the Monty Python classic.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:19 PM

I wonder how many people in the franchise - players, coaches, FO types - are watching tonight. Hope it fires their blood for next year.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:25 PM

I'll be watching just for the Robbie Inkmikowski update - for old time's sake.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:27 PM

Thanks for starting this. I asked about it, meant to start it and then had errands I had to get done. Duh. And I missed the first inning.

Looks like Frankie has it working.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:27 PM

Oh that's right its the playoffs, when the national announcers come in and ruin perfectly watchable games

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:28 PM

Just thought it would be fun to talk about real baseball (and something happy) after the lst couple of days of posts!

Has to be electric in Pittsburgh .... such a long time since they've played in October.

I remember singing "We Are Family" along with Sister Sledge, Willy and the gang.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:30 PM

Thanks for starting this. I asked about it, meant to start it and then had errands I had to get done. Duh. And I missed the first inning.

Looks like Frankie has it working.


I tuned in to it late and only saw his second inning, and the first called strike on Phillips had me muttering that if the umps had given him the outside strike when he was in Minnesota things might have gone differently. But the rest of that AB and the other two, Liriano completely earned.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:33 PM

Good for Pitt to strike first.

The Reds & Pirates have played each other so much recently. Very weird to have a play-in game between the 2 teams.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:36 PM

Just thought it would be fun to talk about real baseball (and something happy) after the lst couple of days of posts!


What is this "fun" and how long do you have to cook it?

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:37 PM

I'll be watching just for the Robbie Inkmikowski update - for old time's sake.


Wow! Dozier has really let himself go in the off-season!

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:39 PM

LOL. I'm from the sticks of Iowa so things like fun-see are pretty foreign to me. :)

September was just a really long month -- maybe one of the longest in my 48 years of Twins fandom. And I have a feeling I'll be wathcing a lot more Royals and Cardinals games next summer.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:39 PM

Cueto needs to rise above it(the chanting crowd) if he wants to have a chance in this game.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:40 PM

They said that they had Frankie make some changes and it seems they saw something Rick missed.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:41 PM

Plus he has a new batting coach .... gotta love the National League!

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:42 PM

Go Frankiesie!

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:42 PM

They said that they had Frankie make some changes and it seems they saw something Rick missed.


If I remember correctly, they said the Pirates were encouraging him to induce more ground balls - pitch to contact.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:42 PM

Seeing a little of everything here. Including a great catch there.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:43 PM

Cueto needs to rise above it(the chanting crowd) if he wants to have a chance in this game.


Bit of a loss of composure, eh? Could kind of see that Martin homerun coming.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:43 PM

Seeing a little of everything here. Including a great catch there.


Plouffe would have made it look easy. :)

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:48 PM

1. Think about Johnny Cueto. He couln't quite put it together as a Twin and tonight, he still can't put it together.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:50 PM

How come these lineups aren't littered with guys who were playing in independent leagues last year?
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:52 PM

Doesn't seem like the same game we've been watching.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:53 PM

1. Think about Johnny Cueto. He couln't quite put it together as a Twin and tonight, he still can't put it together.


LOL, whut? If you're referring to Bert Cueto, whew, that goes back a ways.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:54 PM

I think I've seen that whiff before, though.

C'mon Justin.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:54 PM

How come these lineups aren't littered with guys who were playing in independent leagues last year?


Yeah, but we've the Reds' setup man, in Burton. They can just eat their hearts out. And if the Pirates need a #5 starter in this game, well, we've got theirs - too bad for them, no backsies.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:55 PM

Is Frankie going to implode in the 4th, like he did with us?

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:58 PM

Is Frankie going to implode in the 4th, like he did with us?


I looked up his career splits, and sure enough, the 4th inning was easily his worst.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 07:03 PM

I looked up his career splits, and sure enough, the 4th inning was easily his worst.


I don't keep up with the National League and was about to ask whether the Pirates lost any games this season, but this statistic gives me pause.