Monday, July 28, 2014

THE BULLPEN

We want a pitcher, not a belly-itcher! Your Pittsburgh Pirates open a 3-game series tonight in the City by the Bay as they battle the San Fran Giants. These are your keys to tonight's game. 1)After yesterday's 7-5 win over Colorado, the Pirates go for 2 wins in a row. Meanwhile, San Fran has lost 4 straight. #5 would be great! 2)The Pirates will start RH Vance Worley, 3-1, 3.10 ERA. The Giants go with LH Madison Bumgarner, 12-7, 3.19 ERA. In 3 career starts versus the Pirates, Bumgarner is 1-2 with a 1.71 ERA. Score early, score often, score BIG! 3)The Pirates have lost 8 of their last 11 road games. Let your freak flag fly in San Fran. Raise the Jolly Roger with some Hit, Run & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!



Sunday, July 27, 2014

THE BULLPEN

The crack of the bat, the thrill of the hit! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series in the Mile High City today against the Colorado Rockheads. These are your keys to today's game. 1)The Pirates have dropped 2 straight to Colorado and need to salvage a win today. Right the ship and get in the win column! 2)The Pirates have only scored 2 runs in this series while giving up 16 to the Rockheads. In last night's 2nd straight 8-1 defeat, the Bucs only managed 4 hits while going 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position. Coors Field is supposed to be a hitter's field. Break out the Hit, Run & Score & Raise the Jolly Roger! 3)The Pirates send RH Edinson Volquez, 8-7, 3.86 ERA to the mound. The Rockheads start LH Franklin Morales, 5-5, 5.21 ERA. Steady Eddy! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

THE BULLPEN

Hey batter, batter, batter! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series in Colorado against the Rockheads tonight. These are your keys to tonight's game. 1)The Pirates will start LH Jeff Locke, 2-1, 3.05 ERA. Colorado will go with LH Tyler Matzek, 1-4, 4.91 ERA. Since his recall on June 8, through 8 starts, Locke has gone at least 6 innings and held opponents to 3 runs or less every time out. Lockedown the Rockheads! 2)The Pirates have won 6 of Locke's last 7 starts. #7 would be heaven! 3)The Pirates missed a golden opportunity to make hay in the standing's following last night's 8-1 loss. Raise the Jolly Roger & TCB. Break out the Hit, Run, & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

THE BULLPEN

Let's go, let's go, he can't hit, he can't hit! Your Pittsburgh Pirates take their show on the road to the Mile High City as they begin a 3 game series with the Colorado Rockheads tonight. These are your keys to tonight's game. 1)The Pirates go for 6 wins out of their last 7 games at Coors Field. Rock the Rockheads with some Hit, Run & Score! 2)With Wednesday's 6-1 win over LA, the Pirates are a season-high 7 games over .500. 8 would be great! 3)The Pirates send RH Charlie Morton, 5-9, 3.28 ERA to the mound. Colorado counters with LH Brett Anderson, 0-3, 4.00 ERA. In 5 careers starts versus Colorado, Ground Chuck is 2-0 with a 3.16 ERA. Rocky Mountain High! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!



Thursday, July 24, 2014

BLUES N'AT

   Hartwood Acres will have a definite Mardi Gras atmosphere this weekend as the Pittsburgh Blues Festival celebrates it's 20th anniversary with Dr. John. The award-winning singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist will headline Saturday night, July 26 at 9pm.

    Malcom John "Mac" Rebannack, Jr. was born on November 21, 1940 and raised in the Crescent City. As a teenager, Mac (he had yet to dub himself "Dr. John") was inspired by fellow New Orleans native Professor Longhair. He began gigging around the area at various clubs. He also found work as a producer.

     In the 1960s Mac made the move to the west coast as an in-demand session musician. In the late '60s he began to incorporate New Orleans symbolism into his live shows. New Orleans rhythm and blues met head-on with Los Angeles psychedelia to create "Dr. John, The Night Tripper". He bolstered this persona with the release of his debut disc, 1968's "Gris Gris". Dr. John eventually dropped "The Night Tripper" portion of his moniker but continued to merge voodoo, creole and psychedelia for the remainder of the 1960s and some of the 1970s.

      Dr. John's 1972 album, "Dr. John's Gumbo" said goodbye to the psychedelics and brought more of a New Orleans flavor to his sound, paying homage to his roots by covering New Olreans standards on the entire record.

     1973 saw the release of Dr. John's most commercially successful album, "In the Right Place". It also introduced the doctor's foray into funk, a genre that continues to influence his music today. The album scored a Top 20 hit with the single "Right Place Wrong Time".

      Today, Dr. John has won multiple Grammy awards as well as many other honors. He was inducted into both the Blues Hall of Fame and the  Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He received induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. His albums "Gris Gris" and "Dr. John's Gumbo" ranked in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" at #143 and #402, respectively. He even found time to publish his autobiography in 1994, "Under the Hoodoo Moon".

       When he's not receiving doctorates or winning awards, Dr. John continues to bring the music world his mish-mash of blues, with touches of voodoo, funk, jazz, zydeco and boogie woogie-rock and roll.

        Grab your beads and enjoy the music of Dr. John Saturday night. If you can't make it Saturday, don't worry. The Pittsburgh Blues Festival will be celebrating their 20th anniversary all weekend long, from Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27, with plenty of blues, food and good times.

        Until next time, boys and girls. Keep It Bluesy!






Wednesday, July 23, 2014

THE BULLPEN

Put me in coach! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series against the Los Angeles Codgers tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys to tonight's game. 1)The Pirates exploded last night in their 12-7 clobbering of the Codgers. The had 12 hits, 3 of them home runs. They'll look for their 2nd win in a row tonight as they serve up some Meatloaf, Pittsburgh-style and go for 2 outta 3. Give them a serving of Hit, Run & Score! 2)The Pirates will start LH Francisco Liriano, 1-7, 4.43 ERA. Frankie's lone win this season came against the Codgers. Be filthy again, Frankie! 3)The Codgers send RH Dan Haren, 8-7, 4.30 ERA to the mound. For the month of July, Haren is 0-3 with a 9.64. ERA. Hit 'em early, hit 'em often, hit 'em HARD! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

THE BULLPEN

Rounding third and heading for home! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series with the Los Angeles Codgers tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys to tonight's game. 1)With last night's 5-2 win over the Pirates, the Codgers have a modest 2 game winning streak. Tonight they go for 3 in a row. I say No, No, No! 2)The Codgers are expected to start RH Josh Beckett, 6-5, 2.26 ERA. The Pirates will go with RH Vance Worley, 2-1, 3.38 ERA. Beckett has allowed 2 earned runs or less in 8 of his last 9 starts. It will be Beckett's first start since a stint on the DL. Welcome him back with a can of Hit, Run, & Score! 3)The Vanimal will try to rebound following a 5-4 loss to St Louie on July 8 in which he allowed 4 earned runs on 9 hits in 5 innings. Right the ship and get back in the win column! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!