Tuesday, June 30, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City! Your Pittsburgh Pirates are on the road in Motown were they begin a 3-game series tonight with the Tigers. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pirates will start RH Gerrit Cole, 11-3, 2.16 ERA. The Cole Train looks to get back on the winning track following a loss to Cincy last time out and become the 1st 12-game winner in the Majors. All aboard for a win! 2)Detroit will counter with former MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, 0-1, 6.17 ERA. Say sayonara to Cy Young with some Hit, Run, & Score! 3)The Tigers have won 2 straight while the Pirates look to get back in the win column following a 2-1 loss to Atlanta on Sunday. Tame the Tigers! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

     Extra, extra! Read all about it! Mrs. Black-N-Gold brings to you the latest on your favorite Black-N-Gold Teams, the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins, with the newest edition of The Black-N-Gold News.

                                         THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS


Pirates-Our Pirates limped back home to PNC Park following last weekend's whipping from Washington. They were able to recover from that by defeating Cincy in a comeback win, 7-6, on Tuesday. The following day they placed OF/1B Corey Hart on the 15-day DL with a shoulder and called up RH Chris Volstad from Indy. The Buccos followed up those moves by losing to Cincy Wednesday night, 5-2. They also dropped the finale on Thursday, 5-4 in 13 innings. Good news came from the minors that day as it was announced that Altoona 1B Josh Bell and Indianapolis C Elias Diaz would represent the Pirates at the All-Star Futures Game to be played in Cincy on July 12. Altoona manager Tom Prince will be a member of the US Team coaching staff at the same game. Congrats to all! Friday brought more roster changes for the Bucs. They called up RH Delois Guerra from Indy while they moved OF/1B Andrew Lambo from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL and placed RH Rob Scahill on the 15-day DL. The Pirates then went out and beat the Braves 3-2 in 10 innings, handing the loss to former Pirate Jason Grilli. On Saturday, Bucco faithful got to raise the Jolly Roger again as the Pirates blasted the Braves 8-4. Sunday had more changes in store for the Pirates. They DFA'd OF Jose Tabata and Volstad to make room for OF Gorkys Hernandez and INF Steve Lombardozzi. The Pirates also were relieved to see CF Andrew McCutchen back in the lineup after leaving Saturday's game following a HBP on his left elbow. Unfortunately, none of these moves helped the Pirates as they failed to complete the sweep, losing to Atlanta 2-1. The Pirates now take their show on the road to Detroit for a 3-game set with the Tigers. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Steelers-Not much news on our Steelers this week. The team is spread out, doing their own things while they wait for training camp to begin. There was an announcement this week that the team will honor RB Jerome Bettis' election to the Hall of Fame. They'll hold a ceremony at halftime on October 1 during their game with the Baltimorons. Oh, and Coach Tomlin was spotted at yesterday's Pirates game. Obviously, coach was scouting potential players, should any of the Pirates decide to become two-sport athletes. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!

Penguins-Many announcements made by both the NHL and our Pens this week. First off, the NHL announced that this season's salary cap would be at $71.4 million. The NHL has also decided to go with a 3-on-3 overtime, in hopes of cutting down on the shootouts. The Pens are rumored to be interested in signing Russian W Sergei Plotnikov to skate on Evgeni Malkin's line. Supposedly they would be able to sign him on July 1. The complete regular season schedule was released. The Pens home opener will be October 13 versus Montreal. Finally, the draft was this weekend. The Pens only had 4 picks this season. Word was that GM Jim Rutherford worked the trade talk extensively but was unable to pull the trigger on any deals. Your new Penguin picks are-2nd round, #46 overall, F Daniel Sprong, round 5, #137, F Dominik Simon, round 6, #167, LW Frederik Tiffles and round 7, #197, C Nikita Pavlychev. Welcome to Pittsburgh. Let's Go Pens!!!

THE BULLPEN

     Let's go, let's go, he can't hit, he can't hit! Your Pittsburgh Pirates close out their series and their homestand today as they battle the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park. These are your keys for today's game. 1)Following yesterday's 8-4 win, the Pirates go for 3 in a row over Atlanta. Time to clean house! 2)Atlanta has southpaw Alex Wood, 4-5, 3.44 ERA, on the hill. Get good Wood. Hit, Run, & Score! 3)The Pirates will counter with lefty Jeff Locke, 4-3, 4.73 ERA. Locke and load! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

THE BULLPEN

    The crack of the bat, the thrill of the hit! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series versus the Atlanta Braves this afternoon at PNC Park. These are your keys for today's game. 1)Pirates won in a walk-off last night, 3-2 thanks to an RBI double by Jordy Mercer to score Andrew McCutchen. Keep on BUCN! 2)Braves RH Julio Teheran, 5-3, 4.67 ERA will face Pirates RH Charlie Morton, 5-1, 3.97 ERA. Charlie tries to bounce back following last week's awful outing in Washington, allowing 9 runs in 2/3 of an inning in a 9-2 loss. It helps that Atlanta's offense has faltered, scoring just 4 runs in their past 4 games. Grind 'em up, Ground Chuck! 3)Atlanta has also dropped 4 straight. Meanwhile, the Bucs go for 2 in a row. Remember, you've got to Hit, Run, & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!



 

Friday, June 26, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     Hey batter, batter, batter, batter! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their homestand tonight as they battle the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park. Oh what a difference a week makes. It seems like only yesterday the Pirates where winning 8 straight, no one could score on them and they were just 4 back of St Louie. Now, everything has gone south. The Pirates have lost 5 of their last 6, scoring only 9 runs in the process, the pitching has fallen off the map and the defense is faltering while the Pirates have fallen 8 back in the NL Central. Mrs. Black-N-Gold is going to attempt to break down the keys to the game based on these 3 facets. 1)It last night's latest loss, 5-4 in 13 innings to Cincy, the Pirates were a putrid 4 for 13 with runners in scoring position, leaving 12 Bucs on the pond. Score early, score often, score BIG. Hit, Run & Score! 2)Last night the Bucs made 2 blunders in the field. In seasons past, the Pirates prided themselves on their defense. Not this year. Don't be afraid to flash a little leather. All you need is glove! 3)Atlanta will start rookie RH Williams Perez, 4-0, 2.78 ERA. The Pirates go with lefty Francisco Liriano, 4-6, 3.26 ERA. Frankie needs to step up and right the ship. Give 'em L, Frankie! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     Root, root, root for the home team! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series with Cincy tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Following last night's 5-2 defeat, the Pirates look to make some home-cooked Meatloaf tonight 'cause 2 outta 3 ain't bad. Love that home cookin'! 2)A win for Cincy would give them their first road series win since May 5-7. Their opponent in that series? Your Pittsburgh Pirates. Right the ship and raise the Jolly Roger! 3)Cincy starts RH Anthony DeSclafani, 5-5, 3.48 ERA. The Pirates counter with RH AJ Burnett, 6-3, 2.05 ERA. After winning 8 straight, the Bucs have now dropped 4 of their last 5, averaging a paltry 2.4 runs per game. Break out of this slump. Break out the Hit, Run & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series with the Cincy Reds tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Bucs are 22-11 at home and have won 7 straight at PNC. There's no place like home! 2)Cincy will start RH Mike Leake, 4-4, 4.01 ERA. Lifetime versus the Buccos, Leake is 7-3 with a 3.10 ERA. Hit him early, hit him often, hit him HARD with a big can o' Hit, Run, & Score! 3)The Pirates will go with RH Gerrit Cole, 11-2, 1.78 ERA. Cole has won 6 straight starts and is 15-2 since Sept. 2. All aboard the Cole Train for a win! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!