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Final: Dodgers 6, Pirates 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (1-4) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (3-2)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu

Time: 4:10 p.m.

Site: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Michael McKenry, C
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Jose Tabata, RF
  8. John McDonald, SS
  9. Locke, RHP

Here’s the TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is humming Randy Newman tunes.

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. Well, just wondering what treasured memory today will bring us?

  2. I’m having a panic attack.

    • Cheer up, Sir

      The Bucs have faced some quality pitching so far this season.

      Wait til later this summer when they… ummm… face them all again…

      Never mind.

      • Have heard Hurdle either say this or infer it several times already. I don’t like it. This is the Major Leagues, the pitchers you face are gonna be good day in & day out for the most part. Hurdle can only play the guys he’s given, but most of these guys have had several chances to show whether they can hit consistently or not….they are what they are….not good enough

        • One wonders why this seems to be coming as such a surprise to Clint. Surely he must have looked at the schedule at some point and realized that the PBC would indeed being playing in the majors, rather than AAA this season.

          On the good news front, Brad Inge hit a home run in a AAA game today, according to Brownie. Can’t hardly wait for him to join the big club. or something.


  3. Hey, there are 3 ways to lose that one. No thanks!

  4. 100 units on TWO


  5. Ryu is hittable, so today is the day.

    On the bright side, AJ is raising his trade value. I can’t remember what his no-trade ten teams are, but one of the possibilities should have some value for 2014.

    • Kershaw is hittable too. Yesterday wasn’t the day. What makes today different?


      • No, I didn’t. But Kershaw is not unhittable, otherwise he would never lose a game. Is Ryu in Kershaw’s category? No. Neither is Travis Wood.

        Hitting is not automatic just because Ryu is pitching….


  6. With the exception of several weeks early last summer, it seems pretty obvious that this team can’t hit with any consistency. Hitting coaches don’t seem to matter. At some point have to realize “It is what it is!” with most of these guys. Almost every game I watch, I’m reminded of Ryan Doumit’s “Dude! We’re gonna Hit!” comment. Makes me laugh every time!

  7. I’ll go 20 units on ZERO

    Excited to see the Window back for 2013!! And cool to see the Window on Twitter as well (@TheBuccoWindow)!!

  8. Zero/25 units.

  9. 50 units on 1 HR.

  10. Remember that one time the Pirates scored a run? That was great.

  11. 100 on 0

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  13. Samardzija has 13 K’s in 5 2/3 today vs the Braves

  14. Why is Locke, not Wandy, following Burnett in the pitching rotation today?

  15. 100 units on Zero.

  16. Playoffs, I’ll wait till its over/under again.

    Hurdle said he had a friend call him “Captain Deadwood”. Hope it sticks. BTW what is spring training for if not to get ready for the season. The Bucs are not ready.


  17. Playoffs/Roberto my friend, I’m going to go with 50 on 1 HR for today.

    Day game in LA, and as Bob Walk says the ball travels different during the day. They are bound to hit one. There were at least two to three balls hit the past two nights by the Pirates that sounded good off the bat, but died. Now the Dodgers, on the other hand must have not received that memo about the ball traveling different at night – they have two during the series. Good day, fine sirs.

  18. Hey, a McKenry sighting! And that turd Old McDonald will get his first official Pirate at bat.

    I guess this makes it an officially awesome day. Good thing I’m going to the dentist tomorrow, which will be a bit of an upswing.

  19. Random reflections: When I first went to a Pirates game Bing Crosby was one of the owners, and the GM who broke the MLB color barrier was our GM. Pittsburgh ranked much higher in the list of USA’s largest cities, and was even more outsized if you listed cities by number of major corporations headquartered there.

    Corporations (see “Mellon bank” ) have no loyalty to location, and now there are none left. We have “non-profits” as the city’s largest employer, extorting a troll’s ransom from workers who labored for decades making the city’s industrial giants profitable.

    Now the industries have moved on to greener pastures, and a profiteer from West Virginia owns our storied baseball team.

  20. That clever rascal Clint! Keeping Martin fresh for the day when both he AND Brad Inge can be in the same lineup! I swoon at the thought that Travis “Dripping With Power” Snider will join them.


  21. Theres one!!!!

  22. Sorry, wife on the computer, but there is my dinger from Cutch! I’d gladly lose 50 duckets if they can hit some more!!!

  23. Good start…of course by Cutch, and Marte hopefully is getting in a groove…now…if Pedro could just get a hit sometime soon…

  24. Second time you mentioned Walker as an All-Star. What league are you referring to? You had it right the first time–Gaby and Cutch were MLB All-Stars.

  25. I’ve been a bit down after the last three games, and no doubt others have vented along the same lines as I’m about to,

    but ….

    A team batting average of .117 after 145 at bats. If a single player did that you would probably give him an unconditional release. (Unless he was a shortstop?)

    A team ERA of 2.08 and a 1-4 record????????

    Five games into the season and only seven players have a batting average??????

    Only two players hitting over the Mendoza line????????

    Is Jeff King installing some new system that the players aren’t buying into, or did he just inherit an even bigger mess that we thought possible?

    What is going on? Seriously? This would be impossible if it wasn’t happening.

    Reality: .117

    Reality 2.08

    Reality 1-4

    And still wouldn’t be nice if the hitting snapped out of it and the pitching remained effective? The optimist in me likes to believe that that can happen.

    Sorry if this has been beat to death earlier, but sometimes a little venting helps.

    Comes down to it, and I’m just a fan. Ill root for the Bucs win or lose, but I sure to prefer winning.

  26. Vintage Locke.

  27. By all means get a lead and try to give it back.

    • Lucky

      Remember what I said last week about the Bucs. I said let’s see where they are after the road trip before we push the panic button. Well, they are 60% thru the road trip and they sure haven’t given us much to be excited about. They better put on a better showing in Arizona. NH needs to be the 1st head to roll.

      The best thing to happen this weekend was the induction of the Living Legend, Bruno Sammartino into the WWE Hall of Fame.

  28. Shift kills the Pirates offensively and defensively. They always hit into them, and they always let the other team hit by them. Tie game already!

  29. Go figure, we spot a pitcher two runs in the first and Locke promptly gives up three hits consecutively to give lead away.

  30. Wow, I wonder if we can lose a slugfest, too.

  31. That great depth of our starting pitching is really showing today… ;)

  32. When you flood the system with guys like Locke……

  33. Cutch is the real deal. But not even Babe Ruth could have carried this hapless bunch of losers on his broad back. May I again express utter contempt for “Practice Swing” Alvarez? If NH really is smarter than the team’s fans, perhaps he can enlighten us as to what his Commodore saw in that man’s stats?

    • I am even beginning to have my doubts about Walker…he needs to ditch hitting from the right side.

      • Not sure if the stats back it up or not, but to the “eye test’, I think Walker has been trending down since his first season

    • I’m with you on that practice swing. Drives me nuts. It looks like he is saying to all the world, see I can hit the ball.

      A dude like that should be doing Pops windmill. Make your whiffs exciting Pedro. You get enough of them, they can’t all be looking!

    • Pedro can look so lost at the plate so often, it could make you think he could hit 30 homers by accident…..wait, he did that last year

  34. Hooray for finally scoring a run in LA, but Jeff Locke takes care of
    that immediately.

  35. A proud city’s diaspora, who’ve had to traverse a continent to earn a wage, waits breathlessly to hear from “All’s well in Paradise” Roberto.

  36. Just got home from out playing I the warm weather. What happened we have 2 runs did the Dodgers feel bad and spot us 2? I can’t believe we would actually score them ourselves. Oh wait to do have the blasting backups in today right?

  37. What is wrong with Walker so far this year? A lot of Ace pictures were knocked around MLB pretty good today. Almost as shocking as a Pirates homerun. For the first time in days I have a little hope.

  38. Looks like I have Jandy disease. )Typo’s)

  39. Walker was advertised by the GM as no good.

    DK: And the farm director benched and PUBLICLY ADMONISHED Walker for not running out an INFIELD FLY. You know, that play where you’re automatically called out?

    Hey, who needs actual experience at these jobs?

  40. ROOT had a flashback on Lastings Milledge.

    How many exPBC players are not having sushi?

  41. NealHuntingtonSucks.

    • We just don’t have the knowledge Neal does. Plus he has a family, and it hurts him to read criticism

      Other than that, your post is + 17645638265.5

      • That’s true, we just aren’t sophisticated enough to enjoy eating turd sandwiches each and every year.

        Youngsters are though. They’ve never been served anything BUT turd sandwiches. They find them invigorating.

    • But he puts together great bullpens that consistently finish at the statistical bottom of the National League every season! he Knows More Than We Do.

      Lastings Milledge, at least he could hit the ball. of course, he ran the outfield routes like a flea on meth…unlike Travis Snider, who has to watch those hamstrings so he can continue to drip power.


    • Officer misspelled “Rocks.” — Greg Brown

  42. And there is the GW RBI…haha…

  43. Well that is fundamental baseball…double, sac bunt, sac fly and Dodgers take lead 3-2. Amazing how some teams just know how to play the game.

  44. I forgot…Pedro doesn’t start his season until May at least….

  45. How many times has Alvarez struck out so far this year?

  46. I didn’t even have time to get on the bandwagon today before the lead was gone. With that one-run insurmountable deficit, the bandwagon will have to wait for AZ.

  47. Pedro just one of many that look lost at the plate…Fort continues to sting the ball in his chances, just hitting right at them. Our RF albatross is a head scratcher, going to need production from the corner OF and Tabby and Snider are what 0 for 6 games?

  48. McKenry batting in front of Pedro. That’s a problem.

    Bit after seeing that last ab by Pedro I may understand why

  49. Pedro probably has as many K’s as Burnett does this year…

  50. Thanks RF. I see the mobile device put me on the wrong thread. Hope the entry made it, in time.

  51. What’s the old baseball saw? You cannot win a pennant in April but you can lose one.

    At least they are dressed like a visiting ballclub today. Not a fan of the softball look sported last night.

    • You don’t like bringing out the colors from the tops worn by the Pirates of the 70′s? Grey gets kind of boring to me.

  52. Time for Locke to help his cause and get runner into scoring position.

  53. I WANT to believe in Pedro but my goodness he looks completely lost. Can he not recognize pitches coming out of the pitchers hand? He lets hittable fastballs go by, he lunges and swings at curves out of the zone and he is late on fastballs often because he is “guessing” offspeed. I’d like to request someone ask him and Jay Bell directly on the approach at the plate, pitch recognition, stance in terms of closer to the plate to cover outside sliders, etc. Seems to me we are way past time for him to make adjustments.

    • Wait, Pedro can’t hit offspeed, so if he were guessing that, you would think he might at least hit one or two of them.

      • All we heard from coaches and teammates was that Pedro’s approach at the plate was so much better this year…

        • I hear yeah, but we all haven’t seen it. Hope it shows up soon. At least Cutch hit his first homerun in Game 6 and not in May. Maybe Pedro will heat up sooner.

          • I guess it just seems like it’s too easy for pitchers to get Pedro out. Real good pitchers will give him sliders down and away and he cant hit them. Now he seems to unable to hit 92 mph fastballs above the belt, in or out. And he has no chance against leftie curve it seems to me. I know he is an Adam Dunn type so we cant expect him to “make contact” and get singles but it seems to me he is just too easy to get out.

  54. Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals…

  55. Locke is 25 yrs old and has had over 60 starts at AA & AAA.

    Shoul he look so nervous?

  56. Why pitch to Gonzalez?

  57. With first and second open, they pitch to a guy, who now has three RBIs on the day, and get BURNED. 4-2 now.

  58. This ump has not been very good today


  60. I’m glad I didn’t draft Pedro in my fantasy league!!

  61. Alvarez with his 6th K in this series alone. But don’t worry Bucs fans Mr. Bob Nitting demands and expects a step forward this season and to compete for Central division title. So we must be plenty good to spot every team in this division a few games to start.

  62. Tabby makes a nice hustle play only to be followed by one pitch out to Jones and one pitch out to Snider way to make the pitcher work guys…unreal.

    • Terrible AB’s, JRay. Total time both were in the box amounted to about 10 seconds.

      I sure hope you bring em luck in Phoenix because, with Seller’s homer, this game is over.

  63. Does McCutchen have a brother? Cousin? Aunt? ANYONE else?

    Getting destroyed is getting old.

  64. I wonder what the excuses will be afetr we get swept in AZ too…

    • Well, you know, the cupboard was bare when we came here, we have flooded the system with talent

      And my wife cries when she hears I am being dissed

      Its all Dejan’s fault (which IMO has been said by the BMTIB on more than one occasion)

      5-2 the fat lady has her voice cleared and is setting up shop

    • Difficult for this team to acclimate to time zone change? I’m reaching I know.

  65. Game, set, match…

  66. 11-21 here we come!

  67. Unreal!

  68. Leroux throws to the Dodger #9 hitter and it is Legone…5-2 Dodgers. If you are looking for a silver lining in all of this, it can only go up from here right?

  69. Wehner can talk until he is blue in the face about how the ball carries in the day, you cannot give up a home run to that hitter

  70. So much for that vaunted bullpen!

  71. That new Trending feature at PNC would now have #PiratesgivingupmoreHRs.

  72. It is going to be a long year.

  73. When does that marine layer come in? Unreal.

  74. At least living here in DFW I can go watch good baseball…going to watch Darvish vs Weaver tonight…

  75. The kids birthday part was a success.. now I’m tired and turn on the tv… 4-2, Leroux comes in and promptly gives up a HR to a guy who didn’t have a hit.

    …now looking at the box score… YAY a HR by McCutchen

  76. Now I can say my day wasn’t wasted. Robbie just told me that Barmes & Mattingly have met before. This on top of his dismantling a hamburger with an egg on it wrapped in a sprinkled donut earlier in the week. Riveting television. Will Potash be back after hockey season

  77. Well Clint stops managing to win by leaving Leroux who had thrown 28 pitches in to face LH Gonzalez, now he might as well just leave Leroux in to take his lumps.

    • Will somebody, anybody please wake rhis organization up. Heck I will offer to do it Tuesday night when I’m on field for BP if I didn’t fear being escorted out.

  78. I guess they wanted Leroux to to learn to pitch out of jams that he created.

  79. Hurdle publicly comments about his strong desire to have 2 lefties in the bullpen, then he decides to keep Leroux in the game against Gonzalez.


  80. This team is just not playing well. Does not help having the manager fall asleep.

    • John – You just jumped off the bandwagon, now you’ll have RobertoForever criticizing you for being a loser and not a real fan. Great… now who do I have to look up to meet such lofty expectations of NEVER jumping off the Pirates bandwagon.

      • I think the bandwagon crashed off one of those winding roads they have along the California coastline.

        Hope your kid had a good birthday. A good reminder that there are far more important things in the world than these stinking Pirates.

  81. Well, at least Huntingdon didn’t burn down the house and trade everybody away knowing that this was his last year unless he was successful.

  82. Over/under on Grillis hair by end of year…..over or under the name on his back?

  83. Grilli might be the only “closer” in baseball history with NO saves! He’ll never get a chance.

  84. Oh that’s right – he has one

  85. It looks like the Pirates are doing the same thing this year as they did the past 2 years — working their way into 1st place and then completely collapsing. Unfortunately they did it a bit earlier this season — being tied for 1st after the second game of the season and then immediately beginning a losing streak.

  86. When do the Penguins play again?

  87. Don’t you get excited when you see Pedro or Tabata waiting on deck?

  88. Kyle Stark – Hoka Hey
    Neal Huntington – Our fans don’t know anything.
    Frank Coonelly – We’ll be playing October baseball.
    Clint Hurdle – 95 wins

    Is there a more embarrassing baseball organization?

  89. Bob, another k for Pedro…..tell Little Eddie Hi.

  90. Pirates are 1-5, they will need to go 94-62 to get Hurdle’s 95 wins.

  91. Doesn’t Neal H speak on Sundays? Did he have anything noteworthy to say today

  92. “Even if you’re rooting for the Dodgers, you have to have some heart and hope this kid at least hits the ball”-Vin Scully regarding Pedro batting in the 9th

  93. Wow….the Pirates have scored 8 runs in 6 games. No other team has fewer than 13. And six teams have 36 or more. Where did the people running this team get the idea that this group of players could score?

  94. Every time I think that all the losing might not be so bad because it gets us closer to the end of this regime, I’m reminded that the same guy that brought us this group will bring us the next.

  95. At least they’re breaking my heart in April this year and not September.

    This means I should be able to get over the grief well before the end of the season. Unlike last year, which stung all the way to the end.

  96. Gotta say for a dude on vacation, Dejan has been on fire with laser beam tweets from his couch. Yesterday, Duquesne felt the wrath. Today, the Pirates.

  97. I just woke up (working midnights).

    And I see I didn’t miss anything.

  98. Pirates are 1-5 in the first week of the season and have 22 games left to play this month.

    I’m thinking they’ll go 6-16 to close out a 7-21 month.

    • Sufferin Catfish Eric!

      Even if they end up 1-27 instead of the 7-21 you mention, it doesn’t matter. As long as B-Nut’s Income Statement shows plenty of profit, that’s all the matters.

      • I agree that Pirate ownership needs to put more money into player salaries to keep up with the rest of MLB. I mean, $66 million and change just doesn’t cut it at all in this day and age.

        But to your opinion about “plenty of profits”, DK just answered that one in the chat this week to my satisfaction. He wrote: “Lustig confirmed the ownership does NOT take profits from the team, that all the money goes back into baseball ops. Been writing that for years.” And that was DK capitalizing “not”, not me.

  99. The Bucs’ are just being patriotic -
    Taking the lead of our President by leading from behind.

  100. If the Devils lose tonight, the Pens clinch a playoff spot. Hey, it’s something.

  101. I think I got it. Daniel McCutchen took all the steroids with him.

  102. We’re not last in our division.

    We’re TIED for last.

  103. Anyone know who the Pirates are likely to take with the first pick in the draft in 2014?

  104. Buffalo 2 NJ 1 3 minutes left in the second

  105. Good pitching makes bad hitting teams look terrible. There’s no way that team is this bad. No way. Except for Gabby Sanchez. He’s terrible.

    That’s all I have.

    • I Feel much better. They won’t end the season with a .167 winning percentage. ;-)

    • No way am I giving Jackson, Wood, Ryu or a variety of relievers that much credit.

      Jeff Samardzija – 8 IP
      Edwin Jackson – 5 IP
      Travis Wood – 6 IP
      Zach Greinke – 6.1 IP
      Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP
      Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6.1 IP
      Starters: 38 2/3 IP
      Relievers: 14 1/3 IP

  106. NJ and Buffalo tied 2-2 14 minutes left in the third

  107. Is anybody ready to admit that Pedro looks lost at the plate. Three out of the four at-bats,
    he took the first pitch-right down the middle for strike one. That leaves him only two
    strikes to swing wildly at, which he did, and looked like a fool. I bet that if the pitcher rolled it in, he would still swing. Honestly, the whole team sucks, but the Pirates cannot afford a
    player who doesn’t even try to make contact. He is probably the worst hitter ever.

  108. Ryan Miller clinches playoffs for the Penguins!!!

  109. Pens are in the playoffs. There I go focusing on stupid results again.

  110. Neal Huntington’s Pirates: results dont matter, its the process that counts.

    Ray Shero’s Penguins: results do matter, process be damned.

    That is difference between being all in vs. nothing to be in with……..

  111. Back in the 80′s the Pens went 6 straight years without making the playoffs, and I thought that was a long time.

  112. Well, like Cutch said before they left Pittsburgh, at least they’re not getting beat 6-2 or anything like that. Oh, wait………

    I believe he said 15-0, but 2 runs in a 3-game set doesn’t take much to beat you.

  113. I was really looking forward to this season, too. Not sure why. Still not sure.

  114. Billy Butler had 7 RBI’s today in 4 AB’s, the Pirates have 8 RBI’s in 6 games and 177 AB’s.

    • If they ever make a movie about this blog, Bobby Moynihan will play Chuck H.

    • Sorry, JRay, meant that post to stand on its own. But while, I’m replying I seem to recall the Buccos won 2 out of 3 when you saw them in Arizona last April. So I’ll hang my hat on that. :)

      • Indeed they did great recall. I will be thrilled with that if we see a repeat this time around. Face Cahill, McCarthy and Miley who is battling a bit of a dead arm in the set so there certainly is a chance.

        Admire what GM Towers has done with that team, adding Cody Ross, Martin Prado, Aaron Hill, locking up Montero and Goldshmidt long term just a bunch of guys who play the game the right way and battle you all nine innings each night. If only NH could do the same in constructing a team.

  115. I don’t watch the games, but when the game is over I like to jump on the blog because the comments are far more entertaining then the actual play of the organization.

  116. Stupid Dodgers-garbage-face
    (if anyone remembers what “stupid … garbage face” line comes from I’ll throw in 20 free points)

    Crap-tacular weekend. Tome to turn it around in AZ.

    One home-run wins today’s line.
    Pirates starting pitchers managed 16.3 total innings this weekend to the UNDER wins that line.
    The Pirates got a big ole’ 0 wins this weekend, so the UNDER wins that as well.

    ***By the way, I will start giving some odds on PICK ‘EM lines, if the group would prefer that I do.***

    Here are the updated standings:
    If I messed anything up, please let me know. Thanks.
    JRay3 ~ 325
    theplanisworking ~ 250
    Kevin ~ 200
    DemonDachshund ~ 200
    JoeyBats ~ 175
    Joey Mellons ~ 160
    stuart66 ~ 150
    JUCOFan ~ 150
    cmat0829 ~ 100
    EricBowser ~ 100
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    tdb1977 ~ 100
    Frankie ~ 100
    OZ ~ 100
    Jandy ~ 100
    Steve J. Smith ~ 100
    RobertoForever ~ 75
    Jason81 ~ 75
    JohninOshkosh ~ 75
    Karen22 ~ 50
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    tcb ~ 50
    cosmo ~ 50
    KJX ~ 25
    tmp444 ~ 25
    Lad9 ~ EVEN
    Nate83 ~ EVEN
    pants-n-at ~ EVEN
    radio wave ~ EVEN
    TK ~ EVEN
    bman ~ -20
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    TCB ~ -50
    TJ ~ -50
    Dom ~ -75
    Bizrow ~ -100
    fellocolonial ~ -100
    Pucknutz ~ -100
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    Arriba Wilver ~ -150
    JMB ~ -200

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