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Final: Pirates 7, Cubs 6

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (72-71) vs. Chicago Cubs (57-87)

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Wrigley Field, Chicago

TV, radio: Root Sports, KDKA (1020 AM)

Here is the live box score.

And here is the Pirates’ lineup vs. Chicago RHP Jason Berken

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Travis Snider, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Clint Barmes, SS
  8. Rod Barajas, C
  9. Wandy Rodriguez, LHP


  1. JAL says:

    The walking wounded return, Walker and Snider in the lineup.

  2. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Looks like a lineup that can win a game. (Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1)

  3. Cmat0829 says:

    Good to see holt get a break. Hs at bats have deteriorated.

  4. piratemike says:

    “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain”……. My fair lady.

  5. Drew71 says:

    “a time to get, and a time to lose”

    I think it’s getting time.

  6. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Ecclesiastical Drew,

    You are so right. To everything there is a season. More than an old Byrds song.

  7. Dcpinpgh says:

    This place is sooo cool, no cubs chairty signs anywhere

  8. dcpfjr says:

    OMG, the bottom of the order scores a run. There IS a God!

  9. Patrick(RI) says:

    Sometimes Wehner’s”analysis” drives me crazy. Mart hits the crap out the ball & JW instantly says “that’s why you dont’nt want to swing at that kind of pitch.”.

  10. Patrick(RI) says:

    Surprised he didn’t notice Walkers throw was an inch too far to the right and Barmes jumped too high on that nice dp.

  11. bobhasis says:

    In trying to be totally objective, may I ask why Barmes didn’t score on that PERFECT bunt by Wandy?
    If you have any instincts (coaching is not required here) at all, you assess the situation and run. A play would not have been made on you. The bunt location, who fielded it and where, if he – the pitcher – was in a position to throw, a good baserunner has to score there.

  12. Drew71 says:

    Ssshhh, ssshhh, SSSSSSHHHHHHH

    Pirates are WINNING

    Everyone sit in your lucky seats, hold your breadth,
    And for heaven’s sake be QUIET

  13. Drew71 says:

    (tiptoe over and QUIETLY check out the Pitt halftime score. Something is in the air today. Too bad they’re not playing a triple header.)

  14. pattonbb says:

    This disastrous slide has to stop some time. Let today be the day.

  15. RobertoForever says:

    Bottom third of the order with Alvarez, Barmes and Barajas really contributing today. 3 hits, 2 runs and an RBI out of the 6-8 spots.

    And NO strikeouts.

    Wandy at 62 pitches thru 4, 5 hits, a walk and 3 K’s.

    Headed to the top of the 5th with the Bucs up 6-1. Alvarez leading off. New pitcher Dolis in. 7.12 ERA for the righthander

  16. RobertoForever says:

    Finally have the regular lineup out there with everyone in there proper spots and the lineup comes through.

  17. diehard says:

    More amazing analysis – yes, Darwin Barney made a great catch. Which the right fielder should have made. Both guys are fortunate that the RF didn’t just take out Barney’s knees.
    One the positive side, they took the opportunity to completely rip on Brandon Phillips needlessly flashy plays

  18. Another creditable if not all-star performance from Wandy, and that is NOT a dig. Cutch having the sort of game a future hall of famer should, and Pedro not utterly futile. Under these circumstances, this team usually wins against either of the two teams with the worst records in MLB, the Cubs or the Astros.

  19. RobertoForever says:

    Wandy with the quality start so far. 95 pitches for 6 innings, scattering 9 hits and 1 walk.

    Did give up 3 runs, but only 1 earned because of his own throwing error.

  20. Roberto, I’m liking Wandy and starting to see a sub 3.75 ERA inning eater in my dreams, he can fill the shoes of Maholm, Duke, Snell and others, and then some, I think. No insult intended toward any named player. I marvel at what any pitcher at the MLB level does.

  21. The best thing to do with Mr I’m put upon racially Philips is to pretend you can’t see or hear him, and play the racially neutral game of BASEBALL (Jackie, Willie, Hank, BobGibson, Juan Marichal, Roberto Clemente, Dave Parker, etc. Play ball.

  22. NCBob says:

    Marte had a double and triple today, and he bunts?
    With Snider up next?

    I hope Snider does well, but I think the team
    misses Brad Lincoln. I did not like the trade at the time,
    and Lincoln would have helped in the bullpen.

  23. Bizrow says:

    Lets just get the win

    Its been a while

  24. Eric Bowser says:

    just got home after a “fun” day at work finishing up some budget stuff.

    Now Jason Grilli, let’s get wired!

  25. Eric Bowser says:

    Ok Hurdle… yank Grilli… he’s toast, do it now.

  26. Reading says:

    Grilli becoming the JMac of the pen.

  27. Eric Bowser says:

    Why is it taking this long for Pirates to even think about having others in bullpen loose and ready to relieve Grilli…. not like he’s been that good lately.

    Really poor coaching.

  28. Eric Bowser says:

    Someone please tell me, why, why oh why is Barajas playing.

  29. Eric Bowser says:

    very nice defensive play by GMFJ!!!!

  30. Eric Bowser says:

    Grilli bounces back and gets out of inning with only one run against.

  31. Reading says:

    Barajas has “intangibles” that he brings to the game. He almost caught that can of corn.

  32. Reading says:

    I hope the Hammer remembers how to warm up. Been a while.

  33. Eric Bowser says:

    @Reading – What do you think the team does at catcher for 2013? Obvious to me, it won’t be Tony Sanchez, which leaves trade or free agency. The free agent market looks weak and not many catchers who could be available via trade.

  34. RobertoForever says:

    Clint Barmes with the HR! Nice!

  35. Naje says:

    PBC and Panthers enjoy a karma colonic today…

    DK… please put out a front sport page doom and gloom story every week on the Bucs… Cutch…and Alvarez… please. Or at least for the next three weekends… that would guarantee the Bucs at least three or four more wins…

  36. Eric Bowser says:

    Joel Hanrahan

    Pre All-Star break: 35 games, 34 IP
    Post All-Star break: 22 games, 19.2 IP

  37. Eric Bowser says:

    Joel Hanrahan

    1st half: 23 saves in 35 games
    2nd half: 11 saves in 22 games

  38. Reading says:


    I’m guessing a trade for Wieters to exorcise that demon.

    If Hot Rod does not come back, then If a .205-.215 catcher with a 4% throw out ratio is available, then the BMTIB will be all over that in FA.

    My actual guess would be McKenry would be number one with Fryer the backup. Maybe if Sanchez has a great spring he makes the team. Itherwise, I think Sanchez would be a mid-season callup.

  39. Reading says:

    Come on Hammer! We don’t need any more stress! End this!

  40. Eric Bowser says:

    Hanrahan needs to be a closer, shut this team down now.

  41. RobertoForever says:


    On Grilli, maybe a method to the madness. Bring him into a non-save situation and work out his issues. Plus the run allowed gave the Hammer a chance for a save.

  42. Eric Bowser says:

    Is anyone surprised Soriano gets RBI single…… anyone?

    Pirates coaches, scouts, and pitchers have done a terrible job w/ him.

  43. Reading says:

    One more! Come on Man!!!!!

  44. Reading says:

    We need a STFD!!!!!!

  45. Reading says:

    Tying run just walks to second.

  46. Eric Bowser says:

    This is ridiculous.

  47. Reading says:

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory?

  48. RobertoForever says:


    Can’t see the video. If there are no pickoff attempts, and the players walks into second base, does that mean there was no throw? Doesn’t that mean defensive indifference.

    And don’t most teams decline to throw down to second with two outs and a guy on third?

  49. Patrick(RI) says:

    Of interest only to a few, Ciriaco just hit a double to plate winning run in 9th, the stole 3rd, on next pitch. 3-2 Boston win. At least he didn’t hit it off Lincoln.

  50. Reading says:

    All is well. ALL IS WELL. REMAIN CALM!

  51. Eric Bowser says:

    pathetic performance by Hanrahan…. pathetic.

  52. Patrick(RI) says:

    To be fair, RB just saved Hanrahan.

  53. Reading says:

    That put the tying run in scoring position with two outs. Doesn’t matter since our “closer” is going to walk him in anyway.

  54. Hurdled says:

    Got the save.

    That’s all that matters.

  55. Eric Bowser says:

    WOW, talk about almost giving that one away.

  56. Hurdled says:

    Saved the game.

    A win is a win.

    Not pathetic.

  57. Reading says:

    Yes! STFD! We had em all the way!!

  58. Reading says:

    Find the Jolly Roger in storage and raise it!

  59. RobertoForever says:


    That will help Pedro improve his .171 average this month and helped the Sox avoid their 81st loss. Good for them.

  60. Reading says:

    Never easy. Good day so far!

  61. RobertoForever says:

    Well, The Hammer gave whatever fans were really there of the “32,000+” at Wrigley something to remember. But like the Bucs fans for the season, the Cubs fans experienced some great promise but a let-down in the end.

    Can we get a 2-game winning streak tomorrow behind Jeff Locke? Tune in tomorrow.

    Game on TV on WGN for those out-of-towners.

  62. Thundercrack says:

    Toast no more.

  63. Patrick(RI) says:

    Yup, a slump. Only two game winners this month, and a 300 average with stolen bases and great defense at 3 positions.
    Fortunately we have several part-timers who can match this play?

  64. RobertoForever says:


    Just wondering if Pedro Ciriaco was so good, why was he in Triple-A this year for April, May and June?

    The same Pedro Ciriaco who ALL 32 teams passed on giving a major league contract to? The same Ciriaco who the Red Sox demoted out of spring training even though he batted .412 and OPS of 1.096 in a team high 26 games? And the Red Sox couldn’t find space for him on the roster, and instead kept Darnell McDonald?

    Wow, that Boston FO must be completely screwed up, huh? I’ll bet the Red Sox would have made the playoffs if they had just brought Pedro Ciriaco north with the big league club in April.

    For the big picture, the Red Sox are 19-32 in games where Pedro starts. But he has a nice highlight reel for this year.

    Seriously though. Good for Pedro. I cheer for him, just like I cheered for Brad Eldred this year when he was mashing HR’s for Detroit. And cheered for Chris Shelton when he hit 10 HR’s in April for the Tigers in 2006.

    But he is of no import to the Pirates now or in the future.

    And hey, how about that Drew Sutton?

  65. LuckyNKentucky says:

    NOW we have improved our 2011 record. Finally. Playoffs or 82 or more wins anyone?

  66. patrick(RI) says:


    All along, I felt FO made an error dumping him. In this ST Valentine was impressed, and said so, but he was totally blocked by Pedroia and the old vet at 3rd,and the guy they replaced him with. Pedro got a chance when Pedroia went down, and began to tear it up, with special emphasis on the Yankees.

    I spend a bit of time, up here, watching and listening to Red Sox nation and they are all impressed (Gammons, for example, “best thing that has happened to sox this year” and today, Lavarnaway, who says he has seen PC all year do this at AAA and with the team).

    My point has been that not that we could have used him, which is obvious, but that it seems another example of inability to see the talent in front of them, with the result that, too often, they toss guys they probably could get something for. He could just as easily done this thing at Indianapolis?Pittsburgh as he has at Pawtucket/Boston.

    Might have come in handy in July. & especially, in August.

  67. Eric Bowser says:

    2.5 games out of second wild card spot.

    18 games left to play.

    For Pirates to win WC spot, they’ll probably need to go 13-5.

    What do others think?

  68. LuckyNKentucky says:


    It can be done. Starts tomorrow. They gutted this one out. Maybe some incentive to turn it around these last couple weeks.

  69. Thundercrack says:

    My problem with Ciriaco is that he didn’t play more down the stretch last year for the Pirates. Get a good look at the guy.

    But I also think he is a long way from turning into anything close to a “Joey Bats” type of mistake

  70. Eric Bowser says:

    Here’s how the Pirates need to go 13-5 in the last 18 games

    9/16 – W at CHI
    9/17 – W at CHI
    9/18 – W vs MIL
    9/19 – L vs MIL
    9/20 – W vs MIL
    9/21 – W at HOU
    9/22 – W at HOU
    9/23 – W at HOU
    9/24 – W at NYM
    9/25 – L at NYM
    9/26 – L at NYM
    9/27 – W at NYM
    9/28 – W vs CIN
    9/29 – L vs CIN
    9/30 – W vs CIN
    10/1 – W vs ATL
    10/2 – L vs ATL
    10/3 – W vs ATL

  71. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Keep up with that, Eric. It looks do-able. Be nice to see all 18 W’s. A person can dream.

  72. Eric Bowser says:

    I would like to see a 4-man rotation for the rest of the season.

    Locke, Correia, Burnett and Rodriguez are the best options with J-MAC ready to check into a mental ward and Karstens injured.

  73. RobertoForever says:


    Karstens is back and was available for long relief. So I would think he could be ready to start.

  74. Eric Bowser says:

    @RobertoForever – Is he ready to go 5-6 innings? If so, he’s in, Locke out.

  75. Reading says:

    I know Vandenhurk lost the game the other night, but I was impressed with his K of Votto blowing 95 mph heat by him.

  76. (not under cover of darkness)

  77. JoeyBats says:

    Pedro Ciriaco was “refiining” his game this SPRING …. :-)

  78. RobertoForever says:

    I hope DK is happy.

    The owner has finally responded and said he is not happy with the Pirates recent play. I wonder if DK will praise him now?

  79. RobertoForever says:


    Karstens has thrown side sessions including off a mound, but nothing in games since he went out with the groin strain. So who knows if he is ready for 5 innings or more.

    24/7 just posted an article saying that J-Mac “might” be replaced Wed by McPherson

  80. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    One word response in regards to Bob Nutting’s words on fixing future collapses…..

  81. Reading says:

    Phils lose. Pirates two games up in loss column.

  82. The Gunner says:

    @ Eric – 74

    Looks like JMac is being replaced in the rotation by McPherson (see story on the Trib website). I guess we have to take the stance that it’s better late than never to yank the non-performing JMac who you indicate might be checking into a mental ward. I am starting to think JMac is another Ian Snell and if that’s the case, we don’t need him around here. Time will tell about that.

    At this point, I don’t care where JMac goes as long as he doesn’t pitch for the Pirates any more this year – this guy really stinks and the chances are very good the team will lose any game that he starts. He should have been yanked a long time ago and shame on the BMTIB/BMTIS for their procrastination.

    I guess this proves a point that DK tried to make this week when he said the BMTIB/BMTIS has no idea on what it takes to win.

  83. Eric Bowser says:

    @The Gunner – great comparison (J-MAC to Snell) regarding mental fortitude. I’m so sick and tired of athletes talking about their mental game.

    This franchise needs ownership with money to spend and winners running the ship.

  84. The Gunner says:

    @ Eric – 86

    You are right on the money – the Nutsack ownership will most likely never produce a winner. All they care about is loading up their pockets with loot.

    They better shut JMac down for 2012. The only way he should be put into a game is if they are down by 10 runs or so. Otherwise, put him out to pasture until next year and if his problems continue into 2013, send him to the minors or get rid of him. Enough is enough for God’s sake!!

  85. JoeyBats says:

    Yes…heard that Bob Nutting is going to fix further 2nd half season collapses — he is scheduling a 2nd SKEET SHOOTING SESSION @ Seven Springs before the end of the year! ;-)

    FINISH ….will ya !!

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