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Final: Pirates 5, Marlins 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (52-40) vs. Miami Marlins (44-49)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. Miami RHP Carlos Zambrano

  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, RF
  5. Casey McGehee, 1B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Rod Barajas, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. A.J. Burnett, RHP


  1. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Let’s open the window!!

    Tonight’s OVER / UNDER (always for fun of course)

    Total Pitches Thrown by AJ Burnett
    Line is 99.5


    59 Current Fair Weather Participants!!
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    Mlrgenuine ** 1450
    pattonbb ** 1200
    Nate83 ** 1040
    dcpinpgh ** 950
    Chico ** 930
    crkkid ** 750
    JRay3 ** 750
    radio wave ** 748
    cosmo ** 700
    Evan ** 628
    JD ** 625
    jeffsbar ** 600
    Bizrow ** 595
    Steve J Smith ** 550
    cmat0829 ** 550
    manny_sanguine ** 550
    JaxBuc ** 470
    Naje ** 450
    dcpfjr ** 450
    JMB ** 450
    Slack Boss ** 435
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    milo66 ** 400
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    DemonDachshund ** 310
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    Absolute59 ** 100
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    JUCOfan ** 25
    Curt ** EVEN
    NMR ** EVEN
    Dan1283 ** EVEN
    Drew 71 ** EVEN
    buggee ** EVEN
    Pants-n-at ** EVEN
    Milo Hamilton ** -25
    Arriba Wilver ** -45
    TK ** -50
    Petro Steel ** -100
    Joe Bucco ** -100
    K. PenFan ** -100
    OZ ** -250
    bman ** -290
    Boise Bucco ** -300
    GlassHalfFull ** -305
    bob hasis ** -325
    Kevin ** -350
    Kevin S ** -600
    TDB1977 ** -1040

    First Place at the end of the season will win:

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:

    Third Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) 2012 Topps Roberto Clemente Card

  2. JMB says:


    100 on the OVER


  3. Karen22 says:

    Going deep tonight (and not just over the Clemente wall). AJ deep into the game. 100 on the over, please!

  4. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Freudian slip by 24/7. He called Juan Cruz “juan crud” on Twitwell. Must have taken lessons from some ornery bloggers. Cruz goes on the DL and he’s called a crud. Evan Meek will get his chance. He’s been throwing well for Indy and will get a chance to prove Milo right–that he’ll make a difference for the Bucs.

  5. Bizrow says:

    Playoffs, 100 of those blue nuclear dilitium crystals on the OVAH pleez

    Although, I would gladly take an 88 pitch shutout


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  6. likeabugonarug says:

    Playoffs – Please give me 100 on the under.

  7. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:


    100 on the OVER

    This one seems too easy, so I’ll probably be wrong.

  8. Dcpinpgh says:

    25 on the over, please

  9. Arriba Wilver says:

    Playoffs—50 on the UNDER, please. Tough line as usual. A J threw only 82 in his last outing in Mil, in 7 innings. Half the time he’s over, Half the time he’s under.

  10. Kevin S says:

    100 over..

  11. BigE says:

    Wintersville, OH

  12. DemonDachshund says:

    @Playoffs –

    100 on the OVER please.

  13. jeffsbar says:


    100 on the UNDER.

    Thank you.

  14. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    Uh, thanks for freaking me out.
    Its 4:30 pm and I just thought I’d see what the latest blog entry has and see that the game is scheduled here for 1:05 start, meaning I’ve already missed the whole game. Agghhhhh!!!!

    Quick check of my trusty ESPN boxscores and my breathing is brought back under control as I see the game hasn’t actually started and it is not until 7:05 pm like I’d originally thought.

    Ya might want to change that start time there.

  15. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    1:35 pm start listed here, actually.

  16. Milo66 says:

    100 on the OVER

    Go Bucs!

  17. JRay3 says:

    @ Playoffs- Good afternoon what a perfect day for the Bucs to go for another series win and their fourth straight victory.

    Well an interesting line tonight. I agree with @ Ryan at first glance this looks easy so it needed a little further inspection. After a string of six consecutive games where Burnett threw 100+ pitches he actually has gone through a stretch where he has failed to get to the 100 pitch mark in four of his last six starts. Clint has seemed to be carious with their big arm all year and just building back up from the break in his second start could factor in as well.

    Going against my initial thought here and will go 100 on the UNDER.

    Thanks and Let’s Go Bucs!

  18. RobertoForever says:

    Buccos are 13-2 in Saturday games, and 8-0 on Saturday home games.

    Pirates are also 8-2 in sellouts, 19-4 in the last 23 games at PNC. Somehow the line is only -130 for the Bucs.

    Pirates also have 27 comeback wins this season, 2nd in the majors. So no one should panic if the Pirates get down in a game.

    McCutchen is only 1 HR away from his career high in HR’s. He has also homered 6 times in the last 8 games.

  19. JMB says:

    Rosenthal thinks we should get the Flyin’ Hawaiian and partner him up w. Marte & Cutch in the OF.

    I’d take him if he is easier acquirable for 2nd or 3rd tier prospects.

    He also mentions HanRam, and there is no way I see that happening.

  20. Bizrow says:

    Thanks BigE

    Wintersville, OH, added

    That puts us at 212 strong

  21. SlackBoss says:

    @playoffs – playng the averages tonight – 100 on the UNDER

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  22. Bizrow says:

    Steve Pearce has been DFA’d

    Not that its a surprise or anything

  23. Dejan,

    I saw that KISS opened its new tour Thursday night in the Virginia suburbs of D.C.

    They are also selling an officially band sponsored roll of KISS toilet paper on the tour.

    I can’t understand how a classy group like that is not in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame!

  24. Curt says:

    100 on the over.

    I noticed I am back to even, need to make a run or I might become a seller at the trade deadline.

    MLB Traderumors says Marlins might be willing to trade Hanley Ramirez. I know that the cost would be alot to snag him, but that would be awesome!

  25. swissvaletoarizonapat says:

    100 on the over

    please and thank you.

  26. Stuart says:

    55 shekels on the Over

  27. The guy I want off the Marlins is Giancarlo Stanton.

    I’d even wait for him to come off the Disabled List if Pirates could get him. A bopper from the right side would look mighty good before/after Pedro.

  28. bobhasis says:


    Now that my computer virus has been healed (I hope) with an injection of steroids, I might be back in action.

    Let me have the UNDER 99.5 for AJ, for 50. I’m looking for a complete game W for him.

    Thank you

  29. JAL says:

    Cruz to the DL, Meek up to replace him

  30. manny _sanguine says:

    I was at the game in Balmer when Pearce had 5 RBI against us. Why couldn’t they have DFA’d him before that fiasco?

  31. Mlrgenuine says:


    A big 100 on the OVER, please.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  32. Jose Cruz has allowed 17 of 37 first batters to reach base.

    Convenience List couldn’t have come at a better time!!

  33. Boise Bucco says:

    100 Under! Thanks!

  34. manny _sanguine says:


    50 on the OVER pls


  35. pattonbb says:

    Playoffs –

    Wow, only someone that hasn’t been paying attention would play the under tonight. On that note –

    100 units on the UNDER please.

    Hopefully, my own personal mid-season slide will be the only one we see this year……

    Lets Go Bucs!!

  36. Kevin says:

    Playoffs –

    100 on the OVER please. And thank you.

  37. twentytwo22 says:

    Evan Meek was the best reliever on a bad team two years ago. So what? Since the Pirates got good Meek has been one of their worst relievers. Earlier in the year he was sent to the minors for two weeks. The day he was recalled the Pirates were rallying in Washington to make the game 4-3 when they put Meek in. He gave up 3 runs and that was his only game. He shouldn’t be used in any important situations. We don’t need this guy costing us games. I don’t trust him in any big spot. He lost his 8th inning job on a .500 team because he couldn’t handle the pressure. This team is much better than that one.

  38. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    This kind of overcast weather usually brings lots of homeruns out. If the weather here is like the weather in Philly, where the Phils & Giants have combined to hit 6 homers today already (including from both starting pitchers, Cain & Hamels), we could be in for a crazy one.
    I’m just hoping they all come from the good guys.

  39. DemonDachshund says:

    Well, if a reliever gave up 3 runs at some point in his career, he certainly has no business in the majors.

  40. twentytwo22 says:

    Evan ‘I was great for a 100 loss team’ Meek will be the next Pirate with a stigma to be released to find a fresh start following Daniel ‘I should have been Matt Wieters’ Moskos. A rookie like Bryan Morris is worth a shot to see what he can do while waiting for Cruz to get healthy.

  41. Arriba Wilver says:

    Looking at 52-40 reminds me of the “old” days my fellow fair weather fans.

  42. JD says:

    Playoffs – I had a triumphant day on the links today and I expect the same from the Bucs. Once again, it’s probably the beer talking, I’ll take 100 on the over.

    Go Bucs!

  43. @Playoffs, I would like to go 100 on the OVER for tonight. Letz Go Bucz!!

  44. Chico says:


    50 on the under please!

  45. Markv says:


    I’ll take 50 on the UNDER.
    Thanks as always!

  46. RobertoForever says:


    Burnett has been bouncing back and forth of your line of 99.5 pitches over his last 4 outings, but has been under in 4 of his last 6 starts.

    Miami has only forced a starting pitcher over 99.5 pitches in 2 of their last 10 games. There are a lot of factors, of course, including weather and a team’s batting approach against the pitcher.

    I think I wil go with the UNDER on the line tonight for 75 units. AJ is efficient and takes less pitches to get through his 7 IP.

    Beat em Bucs!

  47. bobhasis says:

    When a two-hopper bounds past your shortstop – realize then that he has no range

  48. Eric Bowser says:

    good start for Pirates, Marlins have to be frustrated with another stranded runner in scoring position.

  49. JRay3 says:

    That’s the way to start off an inning Alex see a lot of pitches and earn a walk, lead off guy on base.

  50. JRay3 says:

    Good piece of hitting by Walker taking the pitch where it was thrown than hustling to get a double…time for an early crooked number here.

  51. Hello! Is this thing on?

    Everyone must be at the game tonight.

  52. They need to take advantage of these walks and defensive miscues by the fish.

  53. jandy says:

    Jandy is at the curve tonite. Doubleheader. Curve wins 1st game 5-1 ;)

  54. jandy says:


  55. RalphM says:

    1-1 after 3

  56. Boise Bucco says:

    Leavin’ a lot of baserunners stranded…not good

  57. jandy says:


  58. jandy says:

    Boise no it’s not good

  59. jandy says:

    I’ll check in later!

  60. JD says:

    Jandy – nice curves (I hope).

  61. If Burnett runs he should have been on second after Buck overthrew on that bunt attempt. 2-1 good guys with the aid of the fish. 1st and 3rd with no out. The two guys that reached were hit by pitches, though Barmes would have walked as it was ball four anyway. Come on top of the order!!

  62. Boise Bucco says:

    Haha Barmes’ elbow didn’t want to take the chance that that wasn’t gonna be a ball 4…

  63. Bases loaded with no out for Neil Walker. Come on Neil!!

  64. Boise Bucco says:


    For anyone not watching, AJ laid down a sac bunt, the throw to first went wide and Barajas scored. 2-1 Buccos!

  65. Boise Bucco says:


  66. Sac fly for Walker. 3-1 Bucs. 1st and 2nd with 1 out for Cutch.

  67. Bases loaded again. The two runs in this inning are the result of 2 HBP, 2 Walks, an error, and a sac fly. Come on Jonesy!

  68. I love when we get under Zambranos skin!!

  69. Jones swings at ball four for strike two. Full count with bases juiced.

  70. Walked in the fourth run. 4-1 Bucs with just one out and NO hits in the inning. Time to get to their pen.

  71. Boise Bucco says:

    did the Bucs even get a hit in that inning? 3 walks and to HBP’s. Still only 1 out.

  72. JRay3 says:

    Three runs and not a single hit, wow good patience being shown tonight, now can the Brewers help us out,

  73. Arriba Wilver says:

    Gaudin has Duke-like numbers. .293 BA against.

  74. Another walk leads to a 5-1 lead now.

  75. JRay3 says:

    make that four runs without a hit, just unreal….certainly will take the gifts.

  76. aglebagel says:

    Wow, the umps are NOT doing any favors to the Marlins pitchers. Oh well, it’s good to be at home!

  77. Still NO hits in the inning, come on Pedro!!

  78. TDB1977 says:

    1 big swing by Pedro and PNC Park will probably explode.

  79. Strike 3 to Pedro was a gift from the ump to the fish. inch or two outside. He has given some pitches outside to Zambrano during the game, so I don’t think it is on us.

  80. Boise Bucco says:

    I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a crappier 4-run inning…that should’ve been about 10.

    I don’t want to get greedy, but c’mon, not even one hit.

  81. Rod K’s while half swinging at a Ball WAY outside. Way to much of that this season. After 4 innings the Bucs are up 5-1. Also, Zambrano was just that bad at pitching tonight. He got some calls early in the game but just wasn’t close enough most of the time to get the umps benefit of the doubt. Nice patience until Pedro and Rod’s at bats. They got a little greedy at that point.

  82. Drew71 says:

    Baseball is fun.

    Who knew?

  83. Cincy leading the brewers 4-2 in the top of the 6th.

  84. JHadar says:

    Call Elias

    What is the record for most runs in an inning without a hit?

  85. aglebagel says:

    That may be true about earlier in the game. I was just looking at pitch f/x which showed that the ball 4’s for both Walker and Jones were firmly in the strike zone.

  86. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Seems like when a guy is wild, it puts hitters back on their heels. Like the guys that pitch no-hitters and walk 7 or 8. Still, 4 runs and no hits, not bad.

  87. DemonDachshund says:

    To be fair to Pedro, they showed the 3rd strike on the pitch tracker on the Marlins broadcast… You know how the plate is 3 squares wide? If you added a 4th square on the outside of the plate, the pitch STILL would have been a few inches outside.

  88. Boise Bucco says:

    Holy crap it’s a hit

  89. Neverett just mentioned that the last ones to score 4 or more in an inning without a hit were the 1998 A’s.

  90. Cutch having an off night tonight with two swinging Ks.

  91. jaxbuc says:

    Watching the Marlins’ broadcast. About every three minutes they mention how the Marlins have outhit the Bucs, 5 to 4, as if that makes the5-1 score easier to accept.

  92. Drew71 says:

    Baseball is a beautiful game.

  93. AJ at 91 pitches through 7 innings, and he has been really efficient.

  94. Boise Bucco says:

    Burnett at 91 pitches thru 7…If he comes back out for the 8th the OVER is lookin’ pretty good.

  95. DemonDachshund says:

    There’s the OVER.

  96. Kevin says:

    Going out on a limb here…what’s the best trade we could make at this point? I fully realize a bat and another arm would be ideal, but what’s out there and what do we give up? This team has found a way ALL season…

  97. JRay3 says:

    Just another great outing by AJ Burnett and so awesome to see the crowd and their reaction to him, the love affair continues.

  98. Boise Bucco says:

    The Burnett trade is gonna go down as the trade that cements Huntingdon’s legacy…who else in baseball gets a standing o every time he leaves the mound.

  99. Cincy up now 6-2 on the drunks from Milwaukee.

  100. Boise Bucco says:

    Lincoln just earned himself one each AJ fistpump

  101. JRay3 says:

    Who is this Jody Mercer kid?

  102. The Gunner says:

    @ Kevin #96

    I think Upton might be the guy coming real soon. Have no idea what pitcher might be coming though.

  103. Kevin says:

    Two things…did I lose on the over/under? (probably)

    @ Gunner –

    I would take Dempster (not likely), Garza (maybe) or Shields (hope to see it).
    What would you be willing to give up for Upton?

  104. TDB1977 says:

    I see the Cubs are going to be primed to come to PNC this week. They have given up a 12 spot to St. Louis in the 7th inning along.

  105. The Gunner says:

    @ Kevin #103

    I think it’s gonna be a blockbuster deal. Marte will definitely be involved, possibly Lincoln, and another prospect or two. I still can’t believe Nutting is willing to pay Upton. But, I think Nutcase is going to bite the bullet and spend the moolah.

  106. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Matt Garza came out of that game after 3. He only threw 33 pitches with no runs, 2 hits, 2 walks. Wonder if he’s been traded.

  107. JRay3 says:

    Brad Lincoln deserves a lot of kudos for the job he has done this year bouncing from pen to rotation to pen and he looks fierce tonight with his stuff.

  108. TDB1977 says:


    No – he is injured. Had x-rays on for cramping in his right triceps

  109. TDB1977 says:

    You can raise it tonight! 13 games over .500. 1/2 game behind the Reds. Going to sweep the fish tomorrow!

  110. Drew71 says:


  111. Boise Bucco says:


  112. Drew71 says:

    Don’t worry about the Reds. Just keep winning and things will work out.

  113. The Gunner says:

    We had ‘em all the way!!!!!

  114. JRay3 says:

    Behind 7.2 innings strong innings from AJ Burnett who earns his 11th win of the season the Bucs take game two of the series with the fish 5-1 and there was noooooooo doubt about it.

    The win improves the Bucs to a season best 13 games above .500 and have won four straight and will look for their first five game win streak of the season and a sweep of the fish tomorrow afternoon when Jeff Karstens takes the hill for the Bucs.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  115. LuckyNKentucky says:


    Thanks. His name has come up a lot in rumors.

  116. TDB1977 says:

    I cannot wait to go to the game tomorrow. The place is going to be electric.

  117. twentytwo22 says:

    A lot of bad at-bats by the Pirates the last two games and yet they’ve scored 9 runs and won both.

    Another season series win sewn up for the Pirates. One more game on Sunday to put Miami (3-1) in the books.

    Colorado 4-2 .667
    Cleveland 2-1 .667
    Minnesota 2-1 .667
    Washington 3-2 .600
    Philadelphia 4-3 .571
    San Francisco 3-3 .500
    Detroit 3-3 .500
    Baltimore 0-3 .000

    Stacking them one at a time.

  118. twentytwo22 says:


    *Kansas City 3-0 1.000

  119. JRay3 says:

    @ TDB – bring your broom and enjoy the game and atmosphere and bring us a W!

  120. twentytwo22 says:

    The Reds made Yovani Gallardo throw 109 pitches in 5.2 innings. 41 balls 68 strikes. The Pirates have to go to school on that guy and have better at-bats. I think they will.

  121. twentytwo22 says:

    Not my fault, CBS’ 111 pitches 43 balls 68 strikes.

  122. TJA says:

    you know, in all our conversations…not to get too far ahead of ourselves here…but we may be able to soon say we are going to have a plus .500 season. this plus 13 games is really good stuff and is a nice cushion in the remaining games. we are all getting a little giddy (me included), but i feel pretty good about a “winning season”. As Drew said in #112 …just keep winning and the rest will work out.

  123. RobertoForever says:

    Pirates improve their record in Saturday games to 14-2 in Saturday games, and 9-0 on Saturday home games.

    Buccos are also 9-2 in sellouts, 20-4 in the last 24 games at PNC. Some amazing numbers there. The Pirates now have the MOST wins at home in the Majors, more than the Yankees. Also have the best home record on the season at 31-14. Outstanding.

  124. DemonDachshund says:

    Line 3 is locked up as an OVER. Keep winning 2 of 3 and good things will happen.

    Line 2 is now 4.5 HR tomorrow, if my math is correct.

  125. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Good numbers, RF.

  126. TJA says:

    thanks for the good info, roberto…

  127. DemonDachshund says:

    A W back in the Central.

    1.5 up (2 in the loss column) on ATL to play the first ever WC at PNC Park.
    3 games up (4 in the loss column) on LAD for the 2nd WC.

    29-40 required for an 81-81 finish.

    For a team that I thought was a mortal lock to lose 90, I can’t complain about where they are right now. Just keep those 2 of 3’s coming in.

  128. Karen22 says:

    Bringing my broom to the game tomorrow! Can’t wait…this is just unreal!

  129. JohninOshkosh says:

    I remember listening to Chicago sports talk when the White Sox were on the verge of winning the World Series. One of the on senior air personalities said there was a part of him that just could not believe he would live to see the day a Chicago baseball team win the World Series.

    Sometimes there is a part of me that can’t believe I might live to see the Pirates have a winning, and dare I say, playoff season. I just wasn’t sure it would happen again in my lifetime.

    These are waters we haven’t tread in for twenty years.

  130. Drew71 says:

    Yes John. As long as Meals doesn’t cross their path.

  131. JRay3 says:

    What a feeling to be playing meaningful baseball as we approach August, so much fun to be scoreboard watching once again. Just exhilarating!

  132. Drew71 says:

    I betcha Yankee fans are soooo happy for AJ

  133. JRay3 says:

    And to those still expecting a collapse….Bucs now 5-3 after AS Break and 11-5 in month of July.

  134. LuckyNKentucky says:


    I know 2 Yankee fans in my office who won’t even mention his name. (initials ?)

  135. Bizrow says:

    We were lucky tonight

    Zambrano melted

    I was there, thank goodness for fireworks, was in the car by the time it ended

    Great crowd, and a nice standing O for AJ,

    A beautiful, pleasant night

    Memo to Yankees, got any more guys you want to get rid of?

  136. Glad you got to be at the game, Bizzy.

    A.J. and Lincoln were both dealing. It would have been a good pitchers’ duel if Zambrano had shown up.

    Discipline by Buc hitters on a night when McCutch wasn’t seeing the ball.

  137. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    4 in a row yet again. As Ashford & Simpson would say, AJ Burnett looked “Solid……Solid as a ROCK” tonight, and the OVER wins. Thanks to all the fair weather fans who played tonight. See you tomorrow afternoon.

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  138. Baywatch says:

    Anyone else getting bored with winning? I mean we’ve been losers for so long! I think I could go for some counseling to learn how to act being a fan of a winner now.

  139. Bizrow says:

    Miles to go before we sleep,

    People are hoping, but still expecting

    A natural reaction, IMO

    It was nice to see youngsters in the stands tonight

  140. Pig Legs Robinson says:

    As much as I am thrilled with the way Brad Lincoln has progressed, becoming the very good pitcher he was hoped to be ever since he was # 1 draft pick in 2006, I feel uneasy about it all. Teams have been scouting him and his name has been mentioned in the current trade speculation. Teams know he is good.

    I just hope the Pirates don’t give him up too easy. He is a genuine good trade chip that should bring a good return. If the return is not exceptional, I would be very hesitant to let him go. He may be more valuable as a Pirate pitcher than as a trade chip.

  141. twentytwo22 says:

    Get back home day for Miami while the Pirates aren’t going anywhere. Jeff Karstens is the right pitcher on the mound. The Pirates beat Sanchez May 14 in Miami. The Pirates are better now. Today is a good time for 3 hour offense and 2 hour pitching. Not a slam dunk like San Francisco but a good opportunity for a sweep. Pirates are due to put it all together.

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