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Final: Diamondbacks 10, Pirates 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (3-5) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (5-3)

Starters: LHP Jonathan Sanchez vs. LHP Wade Miley

Time: 3:40 p.m.

Site: Chase Field, Phoenix

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. Jose Tabata, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Josh Harrison, 3B
  7. Clint Barnes, SS
  8. John McDonald, 2B
  9. J. Sanchez, LHP

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel loves getaway matinees three time zones away.

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.

256 Comments

  1. I look at the 4 – 8 hitters(?) and shudder. No power, low averages, bad obp, no speed. Sanchez better be sharp today.

  2. Still… its early in the season and we’re talking the pirates could actually sweep a series? Atleast that’s one positive.

  3. Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.
    We’re so glad you could attend.
    Come inside! Come inside!

    Let’s open The Window, and as always this is just for fun and entertainment purposes.
    Max “wager” is 100 units on each separate line.

    All “wagers” must be divisible by 5.
    Please reply in this box, makes it much easier for me to “book-keep” that way.

    **Due to popular request, ALL PICK ‘EM LINES will have odds posted in ( ) next to them.**

    TODAY’S PICK ‘EM LINE
    Total HITS by Josh Harrison in today’s game
    ZERO (EVEN ~ 1:1)
    ONE (EVEN ~ 1:1)
    TWO or MORE (DOUBLE ~ 2:1)

    Anyone can play, and everyone should try!
    What’ll ya have? What’ll ya have?

    **The Window is on twitter, @TheBuccoWindow, feel free to follow**

    Thanks to all for playing and good luck!!

  4. Here are the updated standings
    Let me know if there are any mistakes. Thanks
    theplanisworking ~ 250
    EricBowser ~ 250
    RobertoForever ~ 225
    Kevin ~ 200
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    tdb1977 ~ 200
    Pucknutz ~ 200
    JRay3 ~ 175
    JoeyBats ~ 175
    JUCOFan ~ 175
    JohninOshkosh ~ 170
    Frankie ~ 150
    OZ ~ 150
    bman ~ 105
    cmat0829 ~ 100
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    Karen22 ~ 75
    Jason81 ~ 50
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    tcb ~ 50
    JaxBuc ~ 50
    KJX ~ 25
    tmp444 ~ 25
    Joey Mellons ~ 5
    Jandy ~ EVEN
    Steve J. Smith ~ EVEN
    DemonDachshund ~ EVEN
    Nate83 ~ EVEN
    pants-n-at ~ EVEN
    radio wave ~ EVEN
    TK ~ EVEN
    Arriba Wilver ~ -30
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    TCB ~ -50
    TJ ~ -50
    Lad9 ~ -75
    Dom ~ -75
    stuart66 ~ -100
    cosmo ~ -100
    fellocolonial ~ -100
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    JD ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    Bizrow ~ -400
    JMB ~ -500

  5. It’s a positive to see Sir Whiffs-a-lot is not in today’s lineup. I can’t stand to see him coming up to bat. It is both comic and pathetic to witness him flailing at the ball, trying to make contact. He is a joke to most major league hitters. GO BUCS!!!

  6. Interesting article by Jim Bowden today on ESPN. Listing the 10 MLB players most likely to be dealt.

    He listed Headley and Bud Norris as players that could land with the Pirates while listing Grilli as a player the Pirates might deal with Melancon waiting to take over that role. I don’t see the Pirates having the prospects for Headley unless they flipped Grilli first.

    • Is Headley still on the DL?

    • He still is. Not that it will mean anything July 31st.

    • The Pirates had enough for Headley last year, but not this year WITH one LESS year of control?

      I don’t follow…

      • I agree the Pirates do have enough; but what are you willing to give up for him? Willing to break up Taillon and Cole? Just curious how much value would be put on Headley

        • Ah, I gotcha buddy. Great question.

          I would make sure the second half Chase Headley of last year is the real Chase Headley before paying for that guy, especially comming off a hand injury. Without the insane power surge, he’s a good but not great player.

          If he puts up the numbers for a couple months, I wouldn’t break a sweat dealing Taillon as the centerpiece. Cole is too close to helping this current team, so trading him for anything would be robbing Peter to pay Paul, IMO.

          • I agree on Taillon. I think they listed Josh Beckett as the last pitcher to come out of high school and actually have a good major league career. The track record on high school pitchers making it to the majors isn’t very good.

            • Kershaw, Cain, Gonzalez, Bumgardner, Zimmerman, Latos, etc aren’t too shabby.

              Now the PIRATES record on HS pitchers is certainly another story.

              • No I’d agree they are not too shabby; but stack them up against the number of high school pitchers actually taken every year and imagine what your percentage is.

                If your taken by the Pirates as a pitcher out of high school you will likely end up being a position player

          • Taillon isn’t far behind. He’s been solid in AA.

            I wouldn’t trade either one. We obviously have to pitch well to win, as does anybody.

            Sure would like to have seen Headley have that second half in a Bucco uni. Imagine, streak over, Wild Card. Hindsight is great.

      • And do you think the Padres are going to take prospects in our system that are years away? I just don’t see the Padres flipping him for prospects unless they are going to help in the very near future.

        • If we assume the centerpiece would be Taillon, who could easily pitch in the show next year, I think you could definitely fill out the trade with guys like McPherson, Black, Irwin, Dickerson, Sanchez or even a big league guys like Morton, Locke, or Wilson. IF San Diego wanted to go for upper level guys.

          • Tell ya what… Wilson has been pretty sharp so far this year. Small sampling but still a nice start. I could see him sparking interest if he keeps it up; especially if he can be stretched out to be a starter which I thought was discussed at some point

            • Byrnes is only a year removed from trading Anthony Rizzo, possibly the best NL 1B not name Votto, for another hard throwing reliever in Andrew Cashner. Terribly lopsided trade.

  7. I dont even have the guts to make a pick. Never even seen Harrison take one swing yet this year.

  8. Ugly names in that lineup, but even uglier is the fact that Pedro/Jones/Walker would be worse.

  9. What does it take to get McKenry a start? The rest of the suck squad is in there…

  10. Cole’s efficiency is not there yet. 63 pitches to get through 2 innings in Toledo so far. Only run is a solo HR, but he’s given up 4 hits, walked 2 and K’d 5.

    At that rate, they’ll pull him after 3 or sooner.

    Not quite ready for prime time yet.

  11. On the lineup, this is a typical “Jim Leyland” getaway day lineup … if Leyland were the Bucs manager, would those opining on the lineup be as vocal?

    I like it personally. Pedro needs a break as does Walker…. I might have plugged GIJones in there as he is hot but otherwise, I like the lineup.

    • i DESPISE this lineup.

      (Trying some reverse psychology. If it works, I’ll hate everything all season. Which is easy for me. Because I pretty much do.)

    • Arizona is pitching a lefty.

    • This is the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates facing a lefty lineup, not a getaway day lineup.

      2012 OPS splits vs. LHP:

      Jones .532 / Sanchez .729
      Walker .602 / McDonald .897
      Alvarez .648 / Harrison …ok, Josh Harrison is just awful.

    • I would like to see Walker stay in there, and refrain from ever batting from the right side again.

      As for Alvarez, on most nights, at least he is not taking his futility at the plate , back to the field with him. His defense, has been above average, so far.

      I would appreciate it , that if he going to constantly make outs, make them by hitting the ball hard(see what happened last night)?, then flailing at pitches 2 feet above/below/outside/inside, the strike zone.

      I , among others, just cannot figure if this guy is going to amount to anything besides a latin Rob Deer.

    • Jonesy IS hot! Oh, you meant….

  12. Cole didn’t start the 3rd. Guess he’s still on that 60+ pitch limit. He threw 63 today and 63 his last start.

    Hope JD gets to the park early on Monday. TC got the video package for MiLB and, by the time he was set up, Cole was out of his first start.

  13. Well regarding the lineup, don’t forget tomorrow is an offday, so Walker and Pedro have two days off

    • Mr. Biz,

      totally off-topic, but I would like to humbly submit someone for inclusion in the “people who have made a difference” part of your geographic listings…….

      New Castle’s own Mr. Charles William Tanner, the last Pirate manager to win a WS Championship. Being it has been 33 years and counting, I think that is quite the feat.

      Thank You.

    • Biz, along those lines, even though you may not want this precedent, but how about Carnegie, PA for one Johannes Peter “Honus” Wagner and Donora, PA for Stanley Frank “Stan The Man” Musial – at some point he had to have been a Bucs fan growing up.

  14. Been busy the past week, but did peep at the Blog when I had the chance. Here are some random, late-to-the-party comments:

    Chase Headley is close to being back. Caught the Padre broadcast last night and they interviewed Headley while showing video of him doing infield drills earlier yesterday afternoon. He looked fine and said he should be back any day now.

    Snider got off the Schneider.

    For the guy on the chat who was wondering about Masumi Kuwata, in addition to broadcasting work Kuwata is also helping coach the Tokyo University baseball team this year. And now you know.

  15. HATE seeing leadoff doubles wasted.

    Arizona’s 1-5 hitters are all righties who walk at an above average rate. Could be a short day for Jonathan.

  16. Welcome Lunatics, if you don’t see your current location below, please add a reply to this post

    Dejan’s Lunatic Nation – at the Trib,
    Arizona – Tucson, Chandler, Phoenix, Sunnyslope, Davis-Monthan AFB*
    Arkansas – Rogers
    Alaska – Anchorage
    Australia – Mackay
    California – Bakersfield, San Francisco, UNION CITY, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Yuba City, Solana Beach, Yorba Linda, Yuba City*, Edwards, Long Beach, Modesto, Davis, Santa Monica
    Canada – Toronto, Winnipeg, Moncton – New Brunswick, Ontario – Muskoka
    China – Beijing
    Colorado – Ft Collins, Estes Park*, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs
    Connecticut – Cos Cob, Bridgeport, Wallingford, Norwalk, NEWTOWN
    Costa Rica
    Czech Republic
    Delaware – Newark
    Denmark – Greenland – Thule*
    District of Columbia
    Florida – Palm Harbor, Orlando, Valrico, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Oviedo, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Palm Beach Gardens, Cape Coral, Coco Beach (Major Nelson and Mary Ann), Niceville (Red Neck Rivera), St Petersburg, Pembroke Pines, Ft Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens, Hallandale Beach
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    4/10/2013 3:52 PM

  17. Ugh. Pickoff move from you-know-where.

    • seriously. was that really necessary?

      • Question for you.

        I voice my opinion about the Bucs, not cheering for Sanchez’s mistake, and you say is it necessary.

        the very next post, by Bizrow, he says something similar, and you dont ask him if it is necessary. (Nor would I want you to attack another poster for voicing his/her opinion.)

        Why is that?
        Seriously.

  18. might still come back today. if not, they win the series. LA was ugly…AZ a bit better…

    • The optomist in me says that these hitters are forcing Sanchez over the plate and that is why he’s been so hittable.

      Doesn’t seem to have an out pitch today. Anybody watching?

  19. Sigh, 6-0.

    I say close the roof. May change our luck…..

  20. Turned on the game just now.

    First pitch I see? Three run homer for AZ in bottom of second.

    Turned off the game.

  21. I think Sanchez could win . . .

    a free trip to Indianapolis

  22. So, which position player do we think will pitch today ? They’ll certainly be in double figures by the time Leroux is done. I’m going with McKenry.

  23. This is one ugly game

    Wish I was at work…

  24. He was 7 run Homer Bailey today.

  25. Well, Harrison gets a hit, from where I’m in the standings, you gotta go with the good odds.

    One more hit, Mr H, and thanks for getting us out of a shutout possibility

  26. We got one!

  27. I hope JRay let’s us know if an Arizona broadcaster makes a Jim Rooker type pledge.

  28. 10-1?

    Eesh. At least they got 1? :)

  29. Fort is in the game?

  30. I don’t own a rally cap this big

  31. If it wasn’t for contract incentives, the mercy rule could be invoked. But at least Playoffs has this DVR’ed for posterity.

  32. Maybe a French Canadian minor league team will claim him. The French are accustomed to mediocrity.

  33. I get Johnny Cueto vs. Jeff Locke Saturday with temps in the 30′s. Think I’ll go early, have dinner, then just stay at the bar & watch the Pens.

  34. Crap, is Harrison going to get another AB?

  35. I’ve got exactly zero patience with the 2013 Pirates, and zero confidence in Jonathan Sanchez. And after seeing how many losses Bedard gave away last year, I will be really ticked off if Sanchez gets even one more start. You can’t in any way convince me that Kyle McPherson can’t do better than this. If he ends up pulling an AJ and rocking out like after the Cards game last year, then hey, I’ll eat crow, no problem. But I really don’t see that coming.

    If the Bucs are gonna be mediocre, then at least let ‘em do it with rising stars/young guns, not KC Royal throwaways. Give me a break.

  36. K-dro swings at ball four as usual to end this futile game. They all better take some LONG showers and get things going for the better on Friday against the Reds.

  37. Josh Harrison when 1-4.

  38. Just had a thunderstorm rumble thru Central Pa. Temperature went from 82 to 63 in 15 minutes. Quick storm.

    15 minutes was about all it took for this game to be over. Quick loss. :(

    Lets just hope this was an exception, and it wont carry over to this weekend.

  39. Maybe Sanchez deserves one more start, but I have seen all I want of Gomez and Leroux. Neither has done well in relief. Leroux’s line today was very misleading — since he let two inherited runners score.

    And, other than 1 and 3 (4 when Jones plays) we have gotten no hitting.

  40. That’s funny, it wasn’t too long ago that I had some Nutting Regime-ites telling me that Chris Leroux was an amazing talent.
    Reports seem to tell us otherwise so far this season.
    Also….Word has it that we signed Russell Martin because he is so good at framing pitches (as opposed to hitting a baseball).
    The Nutting Regime (and its followers)….They continue to work in strange and unusual ways.

    • Would Leroux be classified as a problem prospect? ;)
      Or is there hope for him?

      • He was the cannon fodder brought in to eat innings in a blowout.

        When you’re in that situation you bring in one of your worst, not best, and hope he can hold on for a couple of innings.

        So he lived up to my low expectations.

    • What does Martin’s ability to frame pitches have to do with a 10-2 blowout?

      • No one said he was a magician.

      • Agreed. I’d rather him focus on throwing out runners. Good pitchers don’t need frame work

      • Nothing….It has everything to do with how the Nutting Regime tends to mask their signings year after year.
        Go out and get a complete player.
        Is that too much to ask of a MLB ownership?

        • They masked his .211 average and the fact it had declined every year for awhile?

          • This is the problem I have with neal.
            Martin was the BIG signing this year.
            He hit .211 last year.
            His average declined each year for 5 or 6 years. Yikes !!!

            I have long stated that the FO’s biggest problems were identifying talent, and spending resources properly.

            By the failed Barajas experiment, neal had to overpay for Martin, and the jury is still out if he is worth it.

            • I basically agree, plan, I just didn’t see where his ability to frame pitches had anything to do with it, and his offensive numbers are his offensive numbers, for all to see. Who’s fooled?

              • neal was fooled, obviously.
                But he gets fooled a lot, doesnt he?

                I personally dont care who frames what pitches.
                I feel that is overrated.
                I want a catcher to call a good game, and hit above ..125.

                A lot goes into a 10-2 blowout loss.
                Framing pitches isnt one of those things……

    • Bazz I agree; Leroux was another amazing talent. I am wondering if they don’t judge talent by their ability to pass through SEAL training.

      But remember that Chad Hermansen could walk on water; wonder if that guy isn’t still a scout for us.

    • Were those people on this blog? The people telling you Leroux was an amazing talent? Sounds like an over exaggeration. Just like the reason we signed Martin was because he could frame pitches. Yea, that was the only reason.

  41. Just a loss after two wins. I’m just thankful they only used three pitchers and saved the pen. I’m more concerned that they are still not hitting.

    On to the next game.

    This series probably took some pressure off. Need to demonstrate that in the next series.

    • Yes, two of three puts the start as not so bad.

      You figured that out in Florida??

      Must be the poodles

      But, IMO, good post

      Post du jour, one vote

  42. Its another loss; but the thing that concerns me is Wandy and the offense. If Wandy is out any amount of time its going to make things that much worse.

    I cannot believe Sanchez is guaranteed over a million dollars this year regardless if he pitches another inning.

    • Ah yes, another of the genius moves by neal.

      Wandys injury, no one could have seen.

      The offense? Many could see it would be horrible.

      But, its a long season, its a marathon, its only one loss, we still have time for the bats to warm up, neal will acquire players to right the ship………… :(

  43. I vote that Dejan use that Instagram photo he posted with him sporting the shiner as the blog photo up above.

  44. Nutting has it easy in the “Burgh. Someone sent a goat’s head to Tom Ricketts in Chicago.

  45. This team is in deep doo doo.

  46. I’m sure this was covered already, but Gerrit Cole with 63 pitches in just 2 innings. ( 5 K’s)
    See….those AAA hitters will hand you your head every time.

    And I really liked what I saw from Felix Pie in the spring. His batting average to start the year is .083. Just 4 points behind Brandon Inge.

  47. Sometimes I wish the MLB was like some of the soccer leagues where your moved up or down in leagues based on performance. Right now this team would be in Bradenton.

  48. No more starts for Sanchez until we clinch another losing season, sometime in July or
    early August. We should get rid of Leroux and Pedro. Give them away if necessary.

  49. Hanrahan on in the bottom of the 9th. Gives up a lead off home run. Orioles down by a run. He is throwing 96-97

    Hanrahan still looks like he could lose a few pounds.
    I like him a lot but I just can’t root for Boston.

    • Here is Hanny’s inning so far:

      Homer
      Out
      Out
      Single, stolen base
      Walk
      Walk

      Bases loaded. Hanny going for the 100th career save.

      Bounces a slider, tie game.
      Then a 3 run homer from Manny Machado

      • There were signs late last season that there might be some cracks in the Hammer’s armor. His control is becoming an issue.

        At least Melancon has been one of the positives to start the season, may turn out to be a nice trade and very good return.

  50. I have been inattentive this Spring. What did we pay/give up for this “utility” infielder? Ugh!

  51. Wife and I won 2 tickets to Boston/Tampa game on Saturday. I thought it might be fun to see JH, but now not so sure! At least Price will pitch for the Rays. BTW, the seats are In RF, just past 1B, a third of way up –they are $90 bucks apiece!!

    I also understand Sox have a good utility infielder . . .

    • Enjoy the game, seeing One of the best in game in Price. I marvel how Tampa has made themselves very competitive in a division with the Yanks and Red Sox, amazing what strong leadership can accomplish.

  52. So glad I wasted space on the DVR for that debacle.

    CONGRATS to the new Clubhouse Leader – RobertoForever!!!

    No game on Thursday, so I will see you all again for THREE-PLAY FRIDAY!!

    Here are the updated standings. Let me know if there are any mistakes. Thanks.
    RobertoForever ~ 290
    EricBowser ~ 250
    theplanisworking ~ 250
    JRay3 ~ 225
    JohninOshkosh ~ 220
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    Kevin ~ 200
    Pucknutz ~ 200
    JoeyBats ~ 175
    JUCOFan ~ 175
    Frankie ~ 150
    OZ ~ 150
    Jandy ~ 100
    Jason81 ~ 100
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    tcb ~ 100
    tdb1977 ~ 100
    bman ~ 80
    Karen22 ~ 75
    radio wave ~ 75
    cmat0829 ~ 50
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    TJ ~ 50
    JaxBuc ~ 30
    tmp444 ~ 25
    Arriba Wilver ~ EVEN
    DemonDachshund ~ EVEN
    fellocolonial ~ EVEN
    Lad9 ~ EVEN
    Nate83 ~ EVEN
    pants-n-at ~ EVEN
    Steve J. Smith ~ EVEN
    TK ~ EVEN
    Joey Mellons ~ -20
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    JD ~ -50
    TCB ~ -50
    Dom ~ -75
    KJX ~ -75
    cosmo ~ -100
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    steelercrazy ~ -100
    stuart66 ~ -200
    Bizrow ~ -500
    JMB ~ -500

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