Deuce or Die

Wild about deuces?

You belonged in PNC Park on Thursday night, when the swashbuckling Pirates made it eight wins in nine games, and the Houston Astros wished 2013 would hurry here so they could escape the NL Central for the AL West.

There were no Deuce Bigelow sightings, but:

  • Game-time was 2:22.
  • Right-hander Jeff Karstens won to improve his record to 2-2.
  • Joel Hanrahan worked the ninth inning to earn the save, naturally No. 22.
  • A crowd of 21,386 spent most of the night chanting “MVP! MVP!” in the direction of center fielder Andrew McCutchen, No. 22 in your program.
  • The Pirates finished off the four-game sweep of the Astros by winning 2-0.
  • Oh — a later loss by the Reds in San Diego would extend the Pirates’ lead in the Central.

To what? Have to ask? Two games.



the paid attendance 21, 386 the free boster attendance 22, 000 on the nose.

I think you’re wrong on that booster count. It was 22,222.

The west coast is where the reds’ pennant hopes go to die. Reds fan here. When’s your trip to Hotel California? Or have you had it yet? Lots of baseball to be played. But you gotta love a Reds-Pirates pennant race (and leave the Cardinals out of it).

Bucs got their first Hotel California trip out of the way early, before anyone could notice: 1-5 in LA and SF on very first trip of season Got San Diego coming up late August.

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