Wednesday, July 29, 2015

THE BULLPEN

      Look out kid, you're gonna get hit! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their 2-game set with the Twins today in Minnesota. These are your keys for today's game. 1)The Bucs look to take 2 in a row from the Twins following last night's 8-7, come-from-behind win. Twin killing! 2)The Pirates have won 4 of their last 5. Keep the drive alive and give us more with plenty of Hit, Run, & Score! 3)The Buccos will send LH Francisco Liriano, 6-6, 2.91 ERA to the bump. Minnesota has RH Ervin Santana, 2-0, 2.60 ERA on the mound. Frankie has a chance to exact some revenge as his former team thumped him back in May. It helps that Frankie is 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA over his last 5 starts. Be filthy, Frankie! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     Let's go crazy, let's get nuts! Your Pittsburgh Pirates take their show on the road to Minnesota tonight as they open a 2-game series with the Twins. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pirates have RH Charlie Morton on the mound. He has a 6-4 mark with a 4.59 ERA. In Morton's first 5 starts of the season, he posted a 1.62 ERA. In his last 6 he carries a 7.76 ERA. We need Morton to get back to being Ground Chuck. Grind 'em up! 2)The Twins trot out RH Mike Pelfrey, 5-7, 3.94 ERA. Pelfrey faced the Bucs back on May 20 and over 6 innings allowed just 1 run. Hit him early, hit him often, hit him HARD with a big stick of Hit, Run, & Score! 3)The Twins visited the Buccos back in May and took the 2-game series. It's payback time! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

     Extra, extra, read all about it! Mrs. Black-N-Gold has been gathering the latest information all week on your favorite Black-N-Gold teams, the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins to bring you the newest edition of the internet sensation that's sweeping Black-N-Gold Nation, The Black-N-Gold News.


                            THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

The Pirates-Our Pirates started the week in the win column as they notched a 10-7 win Monday night over the KC Royals. Congrats to RH Mark Melancon who nailed down his 100th career save in the victory. While we're at it, congratulations to Altoona RH Tyler Glasnow, Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. Meanwhile, our Buccos received some bad news on the injury front and had to make some roster moves in the process. SS Jordy Mercer was diagnosed with a contusion of the lower leg and  sprained MCL. Jordy was placed on the 15-day DL and is expected to miss approximately 6 weeks. The Bucs transferred OF/1B Corey Hart to the 60-day DL to make room for INF Brent Morel as he was called up. Tuesday saw the Pirates fall to KC 3-1. Wednesday brought more roster moves. INF Pedro Florimon was promoted from Indy, RH Wilfredo Boscan was sent back down and Bradenton LH Jayson Aquino was DFA'd to make room on the 40-man roster for Pedro-lite. The Pirates promptly went out and lost to KC again, 5-1, losing the series to the defending AL Champs. Thursday brought better news for the Bucs as they traded Indy RH Yhonathan Barrios to Milwaukee for 3B Aramis Ramirez. Welcome back, ARam! The Bucs then went out and exacted some revenge on the Washington Gnats as they took the 1st game of the 4-game set, 7-3. Friday saw the Pirates winning ways continue. They swatted the Gnats again, this time 7-5. On Saturday, as Ramirez joined the team in Pittsburgh, Morel was DFA'd. The Pirates then lost to Washington 9-3. Sunday saw the Buccos take the series as they raised the Jolly Roger in a 3-1 win. RH Gerrit Cole became the 1st 14-game winner in the Majors. RH Mark Melancon picked up save #32, also an MLB-best. Two schedule changes were announced this week as the boys of summer return to ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball twice in August. They'll play the Dodgers on August 9 and San Fran on August 23. The Pirates are off tomorrow as they travel to Minnesota where they begin a 2-game set with the Twins on Tuesday. Keep an eye out, too. The trade deadline is July 31 and GM Neal Huntington may not be done dealing. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

The Steelers-The week began with a visit to Western Pennsylvania from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Speaking at a local luncheon, the Commish was asked about Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his 4-game suspension (still no date on that one) and the possibility of Pittsburgh hosting a Super Bowl (anything is possible, especially when he's speaking to businessmen that would reap the benefits of such an endeavor). Meanwhile, our Steelers made some key signings this week as they locked up both Head Coach Mike Tomlin and GM Kevin Colbert to new deals. Both run through 2018. A schedule change was made for the August 23 preseason game against Green Bay as it is now a 1:00 game. On Saturday, players arrived in Latrobe as the Steelers prepared for the 50th edition of training camp at St. Vincent College. 5 players were place on the PUP list-OL Mike Adams (back), QB Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder), C Maurkice Pouncey (foot), LB Shawn Lemon (Achilles) and CB Senquez Golson (shoulder). Yesterday was the team's first practice and was open to the public. They prepare for their preseason opener August 9 against the Minny Vikes in the HOF game. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!

The Penguins-Our Pens continue to quietly go about their business this offseason but did announce some front office moves this week. The Pens announced they've hired CMU grad Sam Ventura as an analytics consultant. Looks like the boys of winter are getting into the sabermetrics game. The Pens also released a statement that assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald has left the team to accept the same position with the NJ Devils. Many in the organization were not surprised that Fitzgerald left Pittsburgh as he now joins former Pens GM Ray Shero in Jersey. As long as Fitz's business doesn't interfere with ours, we wish him well. Let's Go Pens!!!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks! Your Pittsburgh Pirates close out their series this afternoon with the Washington Gnats at PNC Park. These are your keys for today's game. 1)With last night's 9-3 loss, the Bucs look to get back in the win column and take the series today. Raise the Jolly Roger! 2)Washington will start RH Joe Ross, 2-2, 2.70 ERA. Ross go the better of the Buccos back on June 19, allowing 1 run in 7 1/3 innings of a 4-1 win over the Pirates. Score early, score often score BIG with a big can o' Hit, Run, & Score! 3)The Pirates counter with RH Gerrit Cole, 13-4, 2.31 ERA. In his last 11 starts, Cole is 8-2 with a 2.25 ERA. A victory today would make him the first Pirate since Dock Ellis to record 14 wins before the month of August. All aboard the Cole Train for a win! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     One, two, three strikes, you're out! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series with the Washington Gnats tonight on the North Shore at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)For the 2nd night in a row, the Pirates powered their way to a win, 7-5, thanks to another 3 cannonballs into the Pittsburgh skyline. Chicks dig the long ball! 2)The Gnats will go with LH Gio Gonzalez, 7-4, 3.93 ERA. The Bucs send Batman, RH AJ Burnett to the bump. AJ rocks a record of 8-3 and a 2.44 ERA. Get AJ the W! 3)Tonight is the debut Part II for 3B Aramis Ramirez as he's back in Black-N-Gold. Welcome ARam back in a big way. Break out the Hit, Run, & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     The crack of the bat, the thrill of the hit! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series against the Washington Gnats tonight at the friendly confines of PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pirates found the win column last night as they raised the Jolly Roger over a 7-3 win. That victory was powered by 13 hits, 3 of them home runs. There's always room for more Hit, Run, & Score! 2)Tonight Washington will start RH Max Scherzer, 10-8, 2.09 ERA. You may have heard of Scherzer. A few weeks back Jose Tabata and his elbow broke up a perfect game in DC against our Buccos. Well, the Bucs don't have Tabata on the team now but they did pull off a big trade yesterday as they brought back 3B Aramis Ramirez to the place where it all began for him. Welcome back, ARam. It's payback time, ram it to the Gnats! 3)The Pirates will go with lefty Jeff Locke, 5-6, 4.01 ERA. Locke down a win! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     Root, root, root for the home team! Your Pittsburgh Pirates are back home as they open a 4-game set tonight with the Washington Gnats at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Following last night's 5-1 loss at KC, the Pirates have only 1 win since the All-Star break, losing 5 of 6. The Bucs managed must 1 run 4 times during that stretch. If you want more, you'd better Hit, Run, & Score! 2)The good news is their back home, where they have the 3rd best record in the Majors, 32-16. There's no place like home! 3)The Gnats will start RH Doug Fister, 3-5, 4.30 ERA. The Pirates counter with LH Francisco Liriano, 5-6, 2.98 ERA. Give 'em L and be filthy, Frankie! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!