Sunday, July 24, 2016

THE BULLPEN

     Hey batter, batter, batter, batter! Our Pittsburgh Pirates play their phinale today against the Philly Phillies at PNC Park. These are your keys for today's game. 1)The Pirates look to make some Philly meatloaf today after taking yesterday's game, 7-4. 2 outta 3 ain't bad! 2)Philly will start RH Vince Velasquez. He's put a pretty good season together for himself on a pretty bad team. Velasquez is 8-2 with a 3.15 ERA. Hit him early, hit him often, hit him HARD: Hit, Run, & Score! 3)The Pirates counter with RH Jameson Taillon, 2-1, 3.44 ERA. Jamo looked good in his last start, giving up 1 run on 5 hits with 3 strikeouts and 0 walks in 6 innings. Tie 'em up, Taillon! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

THE BULLPEN

     Baseball fever, catch it! Our Pittsburgh Pirates continue the battle of PA today when they face the Philly Phillies at PNC Park. These are your keys for today's game. 1)The Pirates try to get back in the win column following last night's 4-0 pharce. The Bucs bats were quieted by a rookie pitcher who tossed a 3-hit, complete-game shutout. Got Hit, Run, & Score? 2)At 49-47, the Buccos try to remain in the playoff picture. Philly, with a 45-53 record, is far from playoff bound. Mrs. Black-N-Gold has said it before and she'll say it again, you have to beat the good teams and beat up the bad teams. Take care of business! 3)Philly starts RH Aaron Nola, 5-8, 4.41 ERA. He'll phace RH Tyler Glasnow, 0-1, 6.75 ERA. Glasnow makes his long-awaited 2nd MLB start. He looks to improve upon his debut against St Louie a few weeks ago where he surrendered 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in 5 1/3 innings. Of course, he's still looking for his 1st big league win. Gimme a W! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Friday, July 22, 2016

THE BULLPEN

     Root, root, root for the home team! Our Pittsburgh Pirates square off against their interstate rivals, the Philly Phillies tonight at PNC Park for the first game of a 3 game set. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)With last night's 5-3 win over Milwaukee, the Pirates have won 3 of the 4. Win some more. Hit, Run, & Score! 2)The Pirates pitching staff got the memo from Mrs. Black-N-Gold as they did not allow a walk in last night's win. The only walking we want to see is the Pirates walk all over Philly! 3)Philly will start RH Zach Eflin, 2-3, 4.14 ERA. He'll face Buccos RH Gerrit Cole, 5-5, 3.11 ERA. Cole was drafted to be an ace but hasn't shown he can set the pace. Cole Train needs to roll! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

     What's the news across Black-N-Gold Nation? Mrs. Black-N-Gold has the information. She has the latest updates for our favorite Black-N-Gold Teams, our Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. Without further adieu, Mrs. Black-N-Gold has The Black-N-Gold News for you.


                                            THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

PIRATES

Our Pirates got some good injury news last week. C Francisco Cervelli began a rehab assignment at Triple A Indy last Thursday.

The Pirates returned from the All-Star break with a trip to Washington DC for a 3-game set with the NL East-leading Nationals. The Bucs dropped the opener on Friday 5-1. They recalled RH Gerrit Cole from his Indy rehab assignment to start the 2nd game of the series. To make room, 1B/OF Josh Bell, was sent back to Indy. Cole promptly went out and lost in his return from the DL by a score of 6-0. Mrs. Black-N-Gold & Brother Black-N-Gold were in town visiting their Black-N-Gold Niece and to see if the Buccos could salvage the final game on Sunday. It took them 18 innings but the Pirates prevailed 2-1. 

Before Tuesday's opener in the 3-game series against the Brewers at PNC, the Pirates made more roster moves. RH Jameson Taillon came off the DL and Frankie C was reinstated from his rehab assignment. RH Chad Kuhl was optioned back to Indy. C Erik Kratz was designated for assignment. 

The Pirates won game one against Milwaukee in walk fashion 3-2. 

Another roster move was made as C Elias Diaz came off the 60-day DL. He was optioned to Indy. 

The Pirates then lost the next game to Milwaukee 9-5. They won the rubber game 5-3 to take the series.

It was announced that Kratz refused his assignment to Triple A. He is now a free agent. 

Our favorite Black-N-Gold baseball team opened a series with their cross state rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies, on Friday night. They fell to Philly thanks to a 3-hit, complete-game effort by their rookie pitcher on his way to a 4-0 win. Following the game, the Bucs said that RH Tyler Glasnow would pitch Saturday's game, making his PNC Park debut. The rookie didn't fare well when he left the game with right shoulder discomfort. The Buccos were able to rally for a 7-4 win. 

When Glasnow was brought up, the Bucs sent RH AJ Schugel back to Indy to clear a roster spot. Another move was made as C Eric Fryer was placed on the paternity list. Diaz was brought up to take his place. Schugel didn't even make it out of town. The Pirates recalled him when they placed Glasnow on the 15 day DL. 

The Pirates came back to edge Philly in Sunday's finale 5-4. In that game Diaz drove in his first run in the big leagues. Also, Adam Frazier knocked his first MLB home run. His pinch hit homer was the deciding factor. Congrats to both Elias and Adam! 

STEELERS

Our Steelers said goodbye to TE Matt Spaeth this week. The veteran tight end was released after failing a physical.

The Steelers also received some decidedly bad news this week, one week before training camp. News broke that RB Le'Veon Bell would be suspended for 4 games after missing a mandatory drug test. Bell is expected to appeal. The rumor of this suspension floated around for the past month. It was said that both Bell and the Steelers had been aware of this for some time. Bell had denied the suspension when confronted with it in the past. Mrs. Black-N-Gold can't help but wonder why our favorite Black-N-Gold football team didn't draft a running back in this year's draft. Bell has a history of both injury and suspension. Now D'Angelo Williams (another injury-prone back and on the wrong side of 30) will be #1 on the depth chart. He'll be followed by Fitzgerald Touissant. You may remember Touissant. The last time Steelers fans saw him, he was fumbling away the ball and the game in Denver. But wait! The Steelers DID sign rookie free agent running back Brandon Johnson out of Penn State. That depth chart doesn't elicit a whole lot of confidence now, does it?

Hopefully things will take a turn for the better once training camp begins. See ya in Latrobe. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!

PENGUINS

No news from our Penguins as our favorite Black-N-Gold hockey team continues to make the rounds with the Stanley Cup. If anyone hears that the cup is coming Mrs. Black-N-Gold's way, to Washington County, please contact her immediately. She can't find her picture with the Cup from 20 years ago and wants to get a new pic with it.

Until then, we countdown the days until we raise the banner and drop the puck. Let's Go Pens!!!!


THE BULLPEN

     One, two, three strikes, you're out! Our Pittsburgh Pirates close out their series with the Milwaukee Brewers tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The good news from last night's game? The Pirates scored 5 runs on 10 hits. The bad news? They gave up 9 runs on 12 hits. The offense woke up but the pitching certainly regressed. With this pitching staff, there's always room for more Hit, Run & Score! 2)Pirates pitchers may want to look at rookie RH Jameson Taillon's performance from Tuesday night. In that contest, Jamo worked 6 innings and gave up 0 walks. In last night's debacle, the Bucs issued 9 walks while Milwaukee limited their's to just 2. The free pass will always bite you in the a$$! 3)The Buccos will try to make some Milwaukee meatloaf today and take the series. 2 outta 3 ain't bad! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

THE BULLPEN

     Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks! Our Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series tonight with the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Bucs won in dramatic walk-off fashion in last night's opener, 3-2. They've now won 2 straight. If it's 3, it's for me! 2)Milwaukee starts RH Chase Anderson, 4-10, 5.44 ERA. The Buccos counter with LH Jeff Locke, 8-5, 5.26 ERA. Chase Chase and Locke down a W! 3)The Pirates have scored just 4 runs in their last 4 games. How about more Hit, Run & Score?! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

THE BULLPEN

     Play ball! Our Pittsburgh Pirates return home to the friendly confines of PNC Park tonight when they battle the Milwaukee Brewers in the first game of a 3-game set. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The battlin' Bucs, luckily, salvaged the final game in the series in DC, winning Sunday 2-1 in 18 innings. They only managed to score 3 runs in 36 total innings. We want more Hit, Run & Score! 2)Milwaukee starts RH Junior Guerra, 6-2, 3.06 ERA. The Pirates start RH Jameson Taillon, 2-1, 3.86 ERA, fresh of the DL. Guerra has been a shot in the arm for the 39-51 Brewers. Hit him early, hit him often, hit him HARD! 3)The Pirates are looking to right the ship after dropping 2 of 3 in DC. They've had their share of troubles against the Brew Crew. You've got to beat the good teams and beat up the bad teams! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!