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Final: Pirates 5, Cardinals 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (6-7) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (8-5)

Starters: RHP A.J. Burnett vs. RHP Shelby Miller

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: MLB Network, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  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. Russell Martin, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Burnett, RHP

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

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. Let’s Go Bucs!

  2. A hearty thank you to all who commented on my post, this morning.

    Go A.J. !!

  3. Really important win tonight with four games coming up against Atlanta, who might never lose again.

    April performances don’t get much more impressive than sweeping the Nats by a combined score of 18-4.

  4. Rain got the Bucs a Burnett start and Miley nstead of Westbrook. Thanks, rain.

    • Now you gon’ dun it.

      • Hey NMR:

        Thanks for taking my Phish dig well. Anyhoo, I was thinking about your preseason post that expressed your surprise at the small number of analysts picking the Cardinals to take the division. I think you were spot on. I really like their club

        First, I can see why they stayed rational in the Pujols negotiations. They made a solid offer and probably were secretly not that concerned when the Angels trumped them. They still have an impressive ballclub, even without him.

        Second. I consider the Cardinals the lodestar of major league talent acquisition and player development. Shelby Miller is an interesting example. He was drafted 15 spots behind Sanchez in 2009 and he was straight out of high school. Yet, here it is 2013, and Miller is making contributions to the major league club for a second year in a row. Different positions and strictly anecdotal but, nevertheless, interesting.

        Usually I am elated when the Cardinals leave town but this year the Braves come in on their heels. Another good team with quality player development and acquisition.

        • Haha, thats just part of being a Phish fan that makes it fun. It’s impossible to take yourself too seriously, cause nobody else sure as heck does.

          As for the Cards, you’re right on Pujols. They’re basically paying Carlos Beltran and Adam Wainright for the same amount as Pujols is making this year. Talk about value.

          That 2009 draft, all around, is truly incredible when you compare their haul to the relatively weak overall draft class. Honestly, I’m not sure there has been a better draft, compared to the rest of the league, in the last decade.

          And the biggest reason they’re still my pick is that they just know how to win. Cinci may take the division, but they have yet to show they’re a quality playoff team in the three years since they’re core has broken out. St Louis, year after year, just wins.

          Now I think they’re crazy stubborn for sticking with Boggs as closer when Rosenthal blew up baseball as a reliever last year. I also don’t think Kozma has the bat nor glove to lead a WS team up the middle. But man, who am I to question their moves at this point? Fun franchise to watch, even from an envious position.

        • Oshkosh b’gosh,

          See below——way below.

  5. Nice to see Snider back in there. Keep on the hitting display (slight one that is).

    Afterall, he is dripping with power!

  6. Let’s open The Window…What’ll ya have? What’ll ya have?
    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.

    How many HITS will Starling Marte have in tonight’s game?
    Zero (EVEN ODDS)
    One (EVEN ODDS)
    Two or More (DOUBLE ODDS)

    Anyone can play, and everyone should try!

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

    Thanks to all for playing and good luck!!

    CURRENT PARTICIPANT TOTALS. Let me know if I made any mistakes. Thanks.
    TK ~ 500
    Steve J. Smith ~ 450
    theplanisworking ~ 450
    Pucknutz ~ 400
    RobertoForever ~ 390
    cmat0829 ~ 350
    bman ~ 305
    Frankie ~ 300
    Keith ~ 300
    tdb1977 ~ 300
    EricBowser ~ 250
    Jason81 ~ 250
    radio wave ~ 250
    JohninOshkosh ~ 235
    JRay3 ~ 215
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    Kevin ~ 200
    Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) ~ 200
    JoeyBats ~ 175
    JUCOFan ~ 175
    cherokee23 ~ 150
    Karen22 ~ 150
    KJX ~ 125
    Lad9 ~ 125
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    stickyweb ~ 100
    Arriba Wilver ~ 75
    tcb ~ 75
    JD ~ 50
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    OZ ~ 50
    JaxBuc ~ 30
    tmp444 ~ 25
    fellocolonial ~ EVEN
    Nate83 ~ EVEN
    pants-n-at ~ EVEN
    Ghost ~ EVEN
    Joey Mellons ~ -10
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    Chico ~ -50
    TJ ~ -50
    Dom ~ -75
    cosmo ~ -100
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    DemonDachshund ~ -100
    Jandy ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    steelercrazy ~ -100
    TCB ~ -200
    stuart66 ~ -400
    Bizrow ~ -600
    JMB ~ -600

    ***First Place at the end of APRIL will win:***

    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:

    Fourth Place at the end of the season will win:

    Fifth Place at the end of the season will win:

  7. Anyone else think Clint Barmes would be a good fit in Toronto? I know they were looking for SS help.

  8. Evening, Nor Cal, Frankie, Playoffs (by when?), NMR, JohninOshKosh, Biz, Ghost and DaveG … Looks like we got ballgame tonight. Just checked my WeatherBug app, and it’s saying currently 68 degrees at PNC with only a 12 percent chance of rain tonight at the park. Time to inflate that guy Miller’s ERA with some of our recently-moving-toward Lumber Company’s bats!

    • I wouldn’t be upset with a rain cancellation

      • I know, right? So we can savor last night’s 4-2 lead a bit longer!

        • But while we’re on weather: Is there ANYWHERE on the face of God’s green earth nicer than the Burgh in July? The wife and I left the HEAT of our East Texas abode and spent our 20th anniversary up there catching a week’s worth of games (we went 3-3) 4 years ago and basked in the wonder of the high ’70s every day! Air condition? Who needs it?

          • Haha, I have to tell you, you and the wifey lucked out on weather.

            Normal burgh conditions in the summer are warm with air so thick you can feel it. Then the sun comes up.

            My money for best summer weather is that little chunk of Intermountain West where the air is dry, temps don’t get above 90, and sun never stops.

            • Fall is my favorite time of the year, the summers in the burgh are pretty muggy. Doesn’t feel like the south though, so it would seem cooler for you Bay.

              • Yeah, it was reminiscent of when we lived in Bedford from 1996-2000. Kinda summer conditions you described up there, NMR. We had a three-story brick house and never used anything but a window fan.

  9. Juan D. Rodriguez will make his scheduled start on Friday.

  10. We’re making a list and checking it twice

    Trying to log all the locations that Dejan Lunatics reside

    If you are new posting or haven’t signed in, please add a reply to this post with your current residence


  11. No help from the Phils today. Reds win yesterday suspended game one nothing in the bottom of the night.

  12. “I’m not so much worried about depth. It’s the lack of talent that has me concerned.”

    “Karstens is as useful to them right now as Vernon Law.”

    Milo, you really need to compile this stuff for a book!

  13. That beautiful 4-run retaliatory rally in yesterday’s aborted game was stopped by Martin and ended by Barmes.
    But there they are again in tonight’s lineup to anchor it – literally!

    Thus The Fort’s “hot streak” is officially over – thanks to CH’s managing skills

    • Aren’t you sad we had to skip Sanchez turn with the rainout, Bob?

      • It doesn’t get much more lame than watching the game on Yahoo! Sports, but I see that A.J. cruised the first inning with just eleven pitches — nine for strikes. And the guy usually gets stronger as the game goes on.

      • Sad perhaps, but I like the look of positive confidence on his face instead of abject doubt from J Mac.

        I would like to have seen that game completed – without interruption

  14. Nice to be present to hopefully witness one more K for AJ to reach that 2000 milestone. Come on Bats, let’s pick up where you left off last night!!

  15. #MarteParte!!!!

  16. Marte plays with soooooooooooo much hustle!

  17. Atta boy, Starling.

    I just lost the over/under tonight, and could not be happier. Love triples.

  18. Headed into the arena to watch the Celtics final game of the season. One way to have a connection to my friends and family in Boston.

    Nice coincidence to have the Celtics on the road here when I was.

    Hope some of the Lunatics will be posting descriptive comments during the Bucs game tonight. Its always greatly appreciated by those of us just glancing at game day.

    Beat em Bucs

    • 1-0 Bucs. Snider with a bloop to right field to bring in Marte.

    • Are you in Toronto?

      Hope your spirits continue to get better. Saw an interview with Doc Rivers about the events. Classy guy.

      • Yes. Here on work.

        Raptors just had a classy opening ceremony. Had the teams ring the center circle, had everyone stand and observe moment of silence.

        Scoreboard had U.S. and Canadian flag. Plus phrase , We are all Boston fans.

        Very cool.

  19. There is the hit to extend the hitting streak for Marte! Bring him home!!

  20. Snider with one of those meaningless RBI’s. 1-0 Bucs

  21. The Marte Parte starts it off with hustle triple and a Snider with the bloop RBI…Buccos offense staying hot and taking early 1-0 lead. Nice to start a game from this spit and not playing catch up.

  22. Nice! A 2 out double by Walker puts two men in scoring position with Jones at 3rd. Now its time for Pedro to do something at the plate and not bring the final out to this inning.

  23. 1-0 Pens also…….

  24. Boo birds out on Pete.

  25. Nice double by Walker down the line but even with tough carom off wall Jones held at third. Four hits in the inning but just one run across the plate as Pedro promptly squashes the rally with pop out.

    So much for El Toro carrying some momentum over feom his laser line drive hit that did not count last night.

  26. Pedro with the notorious pop-up again to kill the rally.

  27. 2K 4 AJ! :)

  28. 2000 K’s for AJ! Congrats!

  29. Players run in from infield to congratulate AJB for 2000 career strikeout. Crowd warmly acknowledges the milestone.

  30. AJ rocks, tied for 2′nd most K’s in MLB (27, tied with a youngster named Samarzija) going into this game.

  31. Nice clean inning by AJ in the 2nd. 3 up 3 down. All 6 have been retired to start the game. Let’s get a few more runs for him tonight guys. Come on!

  32. Notice the season Paul Maholm’s off to in red-hot Atlanta? 3-0, 20.1 IP, ERA 0.00, 20 K’s. Wonder if some pitching coach has unlocked his inner Maddux?

    • I can’t wait until we’re having the same discussion next season when Karstens is, like, 5-0 for the As or someone.

  33. 9 up 9 down! 4K’s for AJ through 3. Pitch count sits at 38 with 27 strikes thrown. Top of the order is due up for the Bucs at the bottom of the 3rd.

  34. Sorry for an “Emperor’s new clothes” question, but why are failing players Alvarez, Martin and Barmes rewarded with start after start when players who are producing more ride the pine or get sent to Indianapolis? You can’t get ahead in dog eat dog competition if you don’t reward repeatable production and sanction unproductive time on the owner’s dime. This is so simple, so obvious, and the necessary and sufficient factor causing the perpetuation of a culture of losing. NH can blather on all he wants about the fans’ lack of sophistication. I wonder what GE, or ALCOA, or IBM would make of the PBC decides who plays on the starting team.

  35. Sure looks like AJ is pumped tonight. Hope his energy can spread throughout the rest of the line up and get a split with the Cardinals before the Braves come into town evening.

  36. AJ now 12 in a row, 6 K’s.

  37. Nice play by Snider in right field.

  38. 4-0 Pens. :D

  39. 15 in the row for AJ through 5.

  40. AJ Dealin’! Come on Bucs get more runs for him!

  41. Something special may be happening tonight.

  42. Paul Maholm’s batting average right now is 50% higher than Pedro’s. 30 HR’s not nothing, but it came with a slouch’s batting average from a number one draft pick and I’d think it unwise to argue that Pedro learns and adjusts to the strengths and weaknesses of pitchers faster than pitchers learn and adjust to his strengths and weaknesses.

    Riddle me this. Who do you think we could get by trading Mr. All Bling and No Zing? There you have the collective wisdom of MLB GM’s not surnamed Huntington.

  43. As a fan twice through the lineup is when I start taking a no-hitter for real. Cross your fingers.

  44. It was very close, but to me that HBP looked to bounce just in front of his left toe. AJ still groovin’, though. Come on Bats!!

  45. Both Pedro and Garret have taken amen at the Pirates Charaties sign tonight. Dejan would be proud if one of them would have hit it and broken it.

  46. I missed it before, but what number game of the hitting streak is Marte on now – 11?

  47. That’s a big run Walker just plated with ball through the middle…2-0 good guys.

  48. That ball had eyes and bifocals to get through there! Bucs up 2-0 with first and second two out.

  49. Pedro misses three straight fastballs to once again leave men on base. Back to AJ now!

  50. Lotta Red Bird fans in the stands tonight.
    Hope they are there for a loss.

  51. AJ 6 2/3, Beltran breaks up no-no.

    • That 36 year old pitcher is like a fine wine. The PBC needs to find a creative way to keep him in the organization.

    • A tremendous performance by AJ

      The best thing/person that fell into the Lunatic’s Nation ever

      Maybe the guy would resign with the Burgh, but each quality start, I doubt it

      Another reason to hope but expect

      • I’m thinking some combination of contract and guaranteed job as a coach when the stuff’s gone.

      • @ Biz- I thought I read AJ said he hasn’t decided if he will play after this season but if he does he would want to do it here. Playing in Pittsbugh has rejuvanated him.

  52. 6 and 2/3 is still pretty darn good against this lineup. Too bad that curve hung a little. One more out to go.

  53. It’s a shame…looked like something special brewing.

  54. Anybody know if that dude with the big glove made the highlight shows the other night(last night?)

  55. AJB might single handedly end the streak! Send him out there every night!

  56. 7 innings and saving the bull pen. Still 2-0 Bucs. MORE RUNS!!!!

  57. Overslide….ouch

  58. Figures it had to be an Error. I needed that Marte hit for the Window!

  59. Thank you Freese, after Presley base running blunder E5 gives the Bucs a run 3-0. Way to add some insurance, and tip of the hat to AJ Burnett who wears the title of ace proudly for this team.

  60. they rule hit or error? looked like he may have beat it out anyway. fast man!

  61. The Cardinals announcers are downright insufferable tonight.

    • From what I’ve heard

      Insufferable most every night

      • The Mad Hungarian has taken numerous pot shots at the team, the players and the crowd tonight.

        I realize that these announcers come from the so called “Heartland of Baseball”, but perhaps they forgot to check the scoreboard…or the results from last year’s games against the Pirates.

        I realize that the Bucs as a franchise the last 20 + years have been everyone’s whipping boy, but when you haven’t gotten a hit until the 7th inning and you’re getting shut-out maybe just leave the pot shots behind.

        • Thanks. I lived in st Louis for about 2 and a half years and they do like their baseball. Their fans, on the other hand were just as idiotic at times as everyone elses fans.

          • No denying they have an excellent and loyal fan base.
            Just seems a bit insecure to constantly have to point that out to everyone.
            Especially when you’re getting your a$$e$ handed to you tonite.

      • They are all unapologetic homers. Which to me is forgiveable. But they are just unpleasant. Al Hrabosky , on the TV side is sort of a Mike Milbury for baseball. Caveman. The radio side has Mike Shannon who has this grating southern accent that makes him unlistenable. When I was a teen I worked a a corner market and the manager was a big Cardinals fan. He always had their games on the radio. Shannon’s corn pone mannerisms drove me nuts-and I grew up on a farm!

  62. Just realized what JMac’s problem is: Jeff Locke never leaves AJ’s side when they are in the dugout.


  63. Is there some sort of 1st amendment right for those godawful horns? Throw them out or confiscate em!

  64. He was safe, but a very nice play!

  65. Melancon does what he has all year…shutdown 8th…Cards go quietly 1-2-3…nice offseason pickup eh?

  66. I know it’s naive to take pro athletes as role models. I’m 58 years old and a color photo of Hines Ward just having made the catch, smiling because he loves his work, and about to get clobbered, adorns my desk at work. Tomorrow, AJ. Burnett is going up beside him.

  67. Seeing that graphic of Cole and Tallion made me think crazy things….like a Burnett, Cole, Tallion rotation in the post season.

    I know that’s crazy…isn’t it?

  68. Sanchez PH double on shot to center for RBI…Bucs pulling away 4-0. Pirates hit totals last three games: 15, 12, 10, now to get the right side of the infield to get going.

  69. And now Pedro belts his fourth hit of the year and 2nd RBI…5-0 Buccos!

  70. Hey Pedro!!! Nice to see you finally come through there. 5-0 Bucs!!

  71. Guess Randy Choate didn’t have it tonight. Shame.

    Taillon sure did. 7 innings, 2 hits, no runs 3 BB, 6 K’s and they let him throw 101 pitches.

    He may be #1 when he gets here and Cole #2 somewhere down the line.

    Indy staff is still hot, too. Another shutout and they’re 10-4.

  72. Fans chanting “Take the Horn!, Take the Horn!” hopefully the ushers do so. That is getting old. Take it over to the Riverhounds pitch and do that, not the ball park.

  73. OK call me perplexed as to why CH would make a pitching change with 2 outs in 9th up 5-0 and nobody on base to bring in your closer?

  74. STFD Wiggy and Raise that Jolly Roger!!!

  75. Both Bucs and Pens win !!!

  76. Behind seven innings of one hit ball from AJ Burnett who earns his first win and the third straight game of double digit hits with 11 tonight the Bucs salvage a split of the rain shortened series 5-0 over the Cards and there was nooooooooo doubt about it.

    The Bucs even their mark at 7-7 and move to just a game out of the division lead. The Buccos continue the homestand tomorrow night when they host the Braves for the first of the four game set with Jeff Locke taking the mound.

    Lets Go Bucs!

  77. Marte with one hit tonight wins it for the window.

  78. CONGRATS to Steve J. Smith – the new clubhouse leader!!!

    Here are the updated standings. Let me know if you see any mistakes. Thanks.
    Steve J. Smith ~ 550
    RobertoForever ~ 465
    Pucknutz ~ 400
    TK ~ 400
    theplanisworking ~ 350
    bman ~ 305
    Keith ~ 300
    radio wave ~ 300
    cmat0829 ~ 250
    EricBowser ~ 250
    Frankie ~ 250
    Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) ~ 250
    JRay3 ~ 215
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    Jason81 ~ 200
    Kevin ~ 200
    tdb1977 ~ 200
    JohninOshkosh ~ 185
    JoeyBats ~ 175
    JUCOFan ~ 175
    Karen22 ~ 150
    Lad9 ~ 125
    cherokee23 ~ 100
    fellocolonial ~ 100
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    stickyweb ~ 100
    KJX ~ 75
    tcb ~ 75
    JD ~ 50
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    OZ ~ 50
    JaxBuc ~ 30
    tmp444 ~ 25
    Arriba Wilver ~ EVEN
    Ghost ~ EVEN
    Nate83 ~ EVEN
    pants-n-at ~ EVEN
    Joey Mellons ~ -40
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    Chico ~ -50
    TJ ~ -50
    Brandie ~ -50
    Dom ~ -75
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    DemonDachshund ~ -100
    Jandy ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    steelercrazy ~ -100
    pattonbb ~ -100
    cosmo ~ -200
    TCB ~ -200
    stuart66 ~ -500
    JMB ~ -600
    Bizrow ~ -700

    ***First Place at the end of APRIL will win:***

    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:

    Fourth Place at the end of the season will win:

    Fifth Place at the end of the season will win:


    He’s getting 20 wins this year

    Also, he’s gonna think about retiring for like 10 minutes then re-sign with the Buccos next year. (1 year, $12 mil, DO IT)

    Bucs look like they borrowed that buzzsaw from the Pens for a little while, winning big and small (as long as JMac’s not on the hill…) I’m 90% convinced that they could’ve gotten Sanchez a win last night.

    FYI, I may or may not have drank some Kool-Aid tonight.


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