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Final: Phillies 2, Pirates 1, exhibition

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (8-10) vs. Philadelphia Phillies, exhibition

Starters: RHP Kyle McPherson vs. RHP Aaron Cook

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Bright House Field, Clearwater, Fla.


Here is the official live box score.

Here is the TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is on the beat.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.


  1. McPherson is the possible 5th starter I am following the most. I wonder if the blog’s Milo Hamilton went to the game? Would be interesting to get a eyewittness report/review from a non media observer.

    I hope this kid makes it.

    I expect Phils to be somewhat improved this year, but third in NL East.

    • Radio,

      I thought he pitched well at the end of last year. I’m rooting for him also, but wonder if Lockes handedness (left) will give him and edge.


      • Aside to AW,

        Please don’t think that I mean he is a candidate for #1 starter like you thought with my Clint Robinson comments.


        • ??? Didn’t think that at all, Stuart. I was responding to NMR’s question about if people thought Robinson would make it to the 25 out of ST. Your comment came the closest (which wasn’t very close). Maybe just think of it as “collateral damage.” :-)

        • Yeah, I deserve the bullet for that one, not AW.

          Since only one guy can play each position AND Gaby Sanchez is platooning at 1B, I did take your comment to mean you thought there was a legit chance of Robinson making the team at that spot.

          I read ya wrong, friend.

    • I saw him pitch two weeks ago. Live stuff.

      It was early spring training. Can’t tell anything else about his pitching ability, but innate talent is there. Doesn’t always translate but his pitches dance.

  2. Any line-up that has Clint Barmes batting 7th is already a bad line-up!!

  3. Figured a little talk of recent contract extension within the division belonged here:

    Brewers extended CF Gomez for four more years. Interesting to Pirate fans because:
    -He’s pretty much what we should be expecting from Starling Marte. Great speed and defense, no walks, lots of K’s.
    -He bats 2nd and 7th, not 1st.
    -He’s a Boras client, yet actually signed an extension instead of testing free agency.

    Cardinals extended Allen Craig for five more years. Interesting for Pirate fans because:
    -Deal covers the same duration (four remaining years of team control plus one FA year) as the likely extension for Neil Walker, if it were to happen right now.
    -Deal is for only $31m including one free agent season at $11m. This is almost exactly the same contract that Fangraphs suggested Neil Walker would be worth.
    -Assuming that Craig is clearly the better hitter(.300/.348/.515 vs. .280/.339/.424), question becomes whether Fangraphs overestimated, Cardinals underpaid, or average defense at 2B is that much more valuable than average defense at 1B/OF.

  4. Stats for McPherson listed on the radiocast seem disapointing. Does Locke have the inside track for #5? Who is #4?

  5. Well, I see the third base coach is in mid-season form….

  6. Shaky defense, but he gets out of it. A good sign.
    On an unrelated subject, Mr. Hadar, if you’re there, Iowa State not doing well.

  7. Drew,

    It was great to spend some time with you in Bradenton!!

    And thanks for taking me to that strip club in Sarasota . . . . I’d never seen anything quite like that before (and I hope never again!) When she said, “Drinks are on me,” she wasn’t kidding!!

    Sorry I stepped away from you when you got a little rambunctious . . . I don’t usually get embarrassed, but . . . .

  8. Hey, a pitcher who can bunt. And not get hurt.

  9. Why are they using Jonathan Sanchez tomorrow? Need to send him to Indy.

  10. NMR:
    Good point. Thanks

  11. Why send him down? He’s on a Minor League contract, he’s not blocking anybody, and if he could even get the groove back, he used to be very good as a Major League pitcher. Plus, it costs the Pirates and extra $100,000 to send him to the minors because he is a vested Major Leaguer.

    When I saw him at Pirate City, he looked GREAT in bullpen sessions! His ball moved more than any other pitcher I saw. And he would hit the catcher’s mitt with all that movement. Now all he hits is the dirt, and when he lets up on the pitches to have better control, he hits the bats!

  12. Since he can hit maybe we could put him in right field?

  13. Five scoreless for McPherson. Can’t hurt him any.

    Where’s the offense?

    I still prefer winning meaningless games to losing them.

  14. Mr. Hadar:
    Amazing comeback/win for Cyclones.

  15. Andy Oliver? Who is he?


    • Sorry, juts havin’ a little fun…

      Oliver was a former top prospect(2009, I believe) rushed to the majors by the Tigers where he lost his control and hasn’t found it since.

      Fits in somewhere towards the bottom, talent wise, of our group of big armed lefties that can’t seem to find the plate.

  16. Great outing for Kyle McPherson against the actual Phillies. They played their starters & everyone but Michael Young played the whole game. Five shutout innings with no walks. If it’s an actual competition, McPherson is ahead of Locke.

    Not a good day for Mike Zagurski trying to make it as a non roster lefty reliever. He gave up the winning home run to lefty batter Pete Orr in the 8th inning. His job description is to get that guy out.

    • Hopefully Kyle builds off this performance, need to get quality starts from the back end of the rotation until reinforcement are ready or called up.

      Thanks for the info.

  17. Thanks for the report, Milo.

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