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Final: Pirates 3, Braves 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (8-8) vs. Atlanta Braves (13-3)

Starters: RHP James McDonald vs. LHP Paul Maholm

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

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, 3B
  6. Neil Walker, 2B
  7. Michael McKenry, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. McDonald, RHP

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel and Travis Sawchik are 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. Baseball Links

    JAL’s America Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)

    4 Pittsburgh Pirates Stats

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon? Who is Better?

    Pirates Notebook: First-Pitch Strikes Key for Rodriguez

    Prospect Watch: Andy Oliver and the West Virginia Offense Go Heavy on the Strikeouts

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Wandy Rodriguez dominates Braves in 6-0 victory

    7 Pittsburgh Sporting News

    Marte’s living up to his potential

    8 The Green Weenie

    Wandy’s Back: Bucs Win 6-0

    9 Rumbunter

    Travis Snider Is Playing Above His Ceiling, But It’s Been Fun So Far

    10 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Pirates 6, Braves 0

  2. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Rant Sports

    Pittsburgh Pirates Starting Rotation Could Get Makeover Soon

    12 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Pirates shut out Braves for third loss

    13 City of Champions

    Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Atlanta Braves to even the series

    14 Tomahawk Take

    Braves Out Dueled by Pirates, Fall 6-0
    15 Talking Chop

    Hudson Struggles In Bid For Win #200 As Pirates Beat Braves 6-0

    16 CBS Sports

    Atlanta-Pittsburgh Game Preview

    17 ESPN

    The rules of MLB’s fight club

    18 PBC Site

    Wandy returns with masterful gem as Bucs roll

    Notebook: Hurdle goes to lengths to sympathize with Marte


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/19

    20 Fangraphs

    The Worst of the Best: The Week’s Wildest Pitches

  3. Looks like they are playing to have a strong bench tonight

  4. Well, I wonder what I’m going to lose 100 units on tonight ;-)


    Its far too cold for an old fa*& like me to go to the game, there were snowflakes out as I went to the store around 1 today

  5. Really like the lineup, though I know some live to criticize at any possible chance…. Maholm is on fire this year so good time to load up on RH bats and give the Pirates every advantage we can take….

    Bucs are in a stretch of 20 straight games, Pedro/Snider need a break at some point so you pick your spots….

  6. Time for James McDonald to get out of his own rear and pitch. Clock is ticking as Liriano and Morton are on the prowl.

  7. Everything better today on the blog?

  8. See where the Braves really screwed up. That pitcher Teheran is only 22. They started the clock early on him………..Oh wait, they want to win now.

  9. 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.
    Play as many or a few as you’d like.
    Please put your replies in this dialogue box, makes it much easier for me to “book-keep” that way.

    Tonight’s Line
    Total RUNS ALLOWED by Paul Maholm in tonight’s game
    ***This is Total Runs Allowed NOT Total Earned Runs Allowed***
    Line is 2.5

    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!!

  10. Don’t know why the BMTIB is not using their talent in the minors. According to the owner (per Dejan) they have to win NOW. Tallion is looking real good for the Curve. If their jobs are really on the line you’d think they might be worried about the rotation. If Cole isn’t a better option then their 4 and 5 they deserved to get canned.

  11. I can appreciate the fact that Jack Edwards took to twitter to appologize for his comments directed at Matt Cooke. Its extremely ironic however that someone can make malicious comments whether it was intentional or not and simply appologize and its over with; give the guy a pass. Yet come Monday night every player on the Ottawa bench is going to be going for blood because of the idiotic fans wanting pay back on Matt Cooke.

    • Yeah, TJ, when I saw that tweet, I was thinking what???

      Then the logic, well it was a tough week??

      Here in Hopewell, PA, it was a dam tough week

      And I’m sure everywhere else in the nation

      Next time Jandy posts, I’ll ask her if she can send that fellow a wide 9 or two

      • Yeah that “its been a tough week” line was lame. Leave it at the appology and move on. I can sympathize; I really can but that doesn’t mean you can lower your level of responsibility when your words are being heard and read by millions. Just a completely disrespectful and juvenile thing to say.

        • Some folks have a hard time admitting that they were an ass*(^%

          Me? I’ve done that so many times, I am well versed on admitting it ;-)

        • And to be honest I’m not sure what his comments had to do with the events of this week. The way he drew out that analogy it almost sounded as if it was prepared. I just listened to it for the first time of DK’s link. Listen to it; it was something thought out. Not something just off the cuff out of emotion. Give me a break.

          • Sports is fun, even though we love the teams, in the overall scheme of things it means nothing to the ultimate counts in life.

            Dejan said to let it go, so I will

            If that guy has any character, I’m sure he feels worse about letting his mouth run than we have anger about his statement

            Just sayin

            • I agree; but I’m not sure he does. Look at his profile on twitter. He almost sounds like a off the hip type of guy. Say what you want and appologize later.

              I love guys that are passionate about the teams they call for like Greg Brown but could you ever imagine something like that coming from Brown? Or Errey?

              • No, the statement that guy made was totally irresponsible and I would hope his supervision would handle it

                Totally, well, trying to think of a word here, irresponsible, unprofessional

                Best word is just plain stupid, oops, that is 3 words

                I’ll bet he gets sh&& canned, but you never know

        • Have you watched any political events or just plain politics lately?

  12. Is that a typo…. Russell Martin at 3B? 16 total games at 3B; last time was 2011. Having Pedro on the bench after back to back HR games. But then again Martin has been hot the past couple games too.

  13. Anyone that has not logged in, location wise, to the Lunatic Nation, if you wouldn’t mind, please add a reply to this post with your current residence.

    We are 333 strong

    Double bonus for military/police/firefighter heros, let us know if that is what you are doing for us ;-)

  14. This is boring. We need some fisticuffs.

    Somebody wake Chip. It’s past noon.

  15. So what do you think we will see from JMac tonight?

  16. I’m afraid we may see the opposite of last night’s game with the Braves.

  17. Jets are losing, with 2:15 to go

  18. 100 on the over window, thanks as always

  19. Hoka Hey everyone,

    Tuning in Altoona Curve game tonight….Francisco Liriano pitching his 2nd rehab assignment tonight.

    1st Inning:
    3 up …3 down….with 2K’s
    2nd Inning
    2 K’s….1 Walk…1 double…1HR…..and 3 runs
    …….he’s been in the 90-92mph range….so far….

    Altoona losing to H-burg….3-1…end of 2 innings/

    • That could easily be JMac’s line tonight too.

      Hope not.

      • Liriano was on a pitch count tonight (65 pitches) ….and could NOT get out of the 3rd inning …. :-(
        2 2/3 IP …. 4 H….. 4 R ….4K ….3 BB…
        Altoona losing 4-1 to H-burg

  20. I see someone has taught Travis that old crusty columnist trick of “I write about that tomorrow”………and provides a link

    • You are at the game, right?

      Check around your seats when you leave, make sure you don’t leave nuttin ;-)

      Somewhere Florida residents are hitting an smiley button

  21. I heard something pretty cool on the CBS news, Boston had the fans sing the national anthem?

    Why not do that everywhere? Many know the words, but some do not. We sing take me out to the ballpark with the dancing cookie

    That would be such a cool thing, much better than what we do, put the words on the scoreboard, and let us pledge our allegiance to our great nation

    Just sayin

  22. Cutch goes off tonight since it is his bobblehead night!!

  23. How is making the start tonight for the Pirates because it surely can’t be James McDonald?

  24. Excellent start for JMac. Way to go. Come on Bats, get it started!!

  25. Hello J-Mac. Nice to finally see you again.

  26. That is called “Taking one for the team.” Get on base any way you can.

  27. Okay, so I guess it’s Dr. Jekyll on the mound tonight. Good to know.

  28. They said it last night, but this dude Gattis does look like Wehner with a beard.

  29. Marte felt the footsteps of the wall on that dropped ball. Now JMAC is in trouble.

  30. Although that ball was crushed and it was not an easy play….Marte has to make that catch, he slowed up because of the wall and still had a bit of room.

    Already JMac in trouble.

  31. 4 pitch wallk with bases loaded to #8 hitter?

  32. Wheels and doors falling off now.

  33. Just terrible JMac…four pitches no where close to the zone to walk in a run to light hitting #8 hitter.

    Two walks lead to undoing.

  34. he got out of it, but lots of pitches

  35. They don’t score if Marte catches that ball. Not entirely on JMac that half of the inning – the walk and HBP aside. 1-0 bad guys – and they are very bad guys.

  36. Oops. Spoke too soon.

  37. Paul Maholm now at 22.1 IP to start the season without giving up a run.

  38. Approaching 50 pitch mark in 3rd inning…third walk of night does not help.

  39. This team loves to make 1-0 seem like 10-0. Hopefully the second time through the order will go better.

  40. Maholm making quick work of Pirates with 9 up 9 down, not overpowering but is spotting and throwing his pitches exactly where he wants to. Going to need to find a mistake to capitalize and earn it, now need to keep game close.

  41. Nice inning of work put in by JMac who has settled in a bit after rough second, time for the bats to wake up.

  42. Still a long way to go

  43. Liriano final line for Altoona tonight: 2.2 IP 4 H 4 R 4 ER 3 BB 4 K.

    Conteras K’s one in one clean inning of work.

    Cutch with Bucs first hit of night with deep double to center. Let’s bring him home.

    • Just noticed @Joeybats had Francisco info above.

      Gaby swinging 3-0 and flys out,stranding Cutch at third, funny Maholm chirping the ump on way off field about not getting strike call on the SB pitch and laughing.

      McDonald dodges one as Upton misses a four baser by inches.

  44. Cleveland leads Houston 14-0 in bottom of 2d.

  45. Excellent bunt for Walker. Cash in NOW!!

  46. No problem Schaub can get that back….oh wait.

  47. First and second, no outs.

    Fort strikes out.

    Barmes up

  48. Two really bad AB’s with RISP by Fort and Barmes as they both go down on unhittable pitches way out of zone.

  49. Undiciplined ABs. Opportunity waisted unless James can help out.

  50. In a game like this, when you have two on and no out, I know you want to go with the 3 run dinger, but when this guy has not been scored upon all season, get the runners into better scoring position and then see what happens. Martin is slow as molasses, so get him to third.

  51. At least top of the order comes up in bottom half.

  52. Top of order, third crack at Maholm, how about getting JMac a couple of runs here.

  53. Trib Total Media needs to put up a banner behind the plate with Dejan’s mug on it and the slogan “Yeah, We Can’t Pronounce His Name Either But Read Him In The Trib” on it.

  54. Cutch=Hit Machine.

    Whole new ballgame.

  55. CUTCH! Belts one off Clemente wall and ties game at one, shocked Maholm challenged him with base open and knowing Cutch already ripped him earlier.

  56. Cutch!!!! 1-1 now, get him home!


  58. Gaby!!!!!!!

    Into the lawn bushes in straight away center!!!!!!

  59. Gaby!!!! 3-1 and the OVER has it tonight. Way to get Cutch home.

  60. Have to give JMac credit for battling back after awful second, still is going to need better command, too many walks which prohibits going deep in games but great bounce back by him, he needed it.

  61. Gaby Gaby Doo, nice to see him square one up, would like to see him regain some of that stroke he showed two seasons ago.

  62. Just turned the game on. Looks like I picked a good time. Saw all three runs off the guy who hadn’t give one up yet this year. Hard not to be excited about the way this team is showing some heart these last two games.

  63. All this taking place with one out in the 6th. Great to see the bats heating up on this cold night. Let’s get a couple more this inning as Paul is definitely on the ropes right now.

  64. Happy to lose the 50 tonight on the Under.

  65. They need to put some of that sticky stuff in their mitts tonight. first Marte can’t hold onto a ball in his mitt, and now Gaby – though Gaby’s was more difficult.

  66. Mickey with a line double. Add on!!

  67. Get this run in, dang it!

  68. Barnes has got to go. Anybody could be our shortstop.

  69. Barmes is thinking too much of that 800th hit, and swings at two horrible pitches with a dude that can’t get it over the plate.

  70. An over-managed half of an inning if I ever saw one

    • I was thinking it was pretty good….looking for an insurance run….Presley faster than Mckenry…..Martin behind plate….Alvarez bats in pitchers spot and goes to third, better defensively than Martin

      • Well, I’ll say this; we didn’t get an insurance run, we used a pinch-runner who could have been a needed pinch-hitter later “IF”, we eliminated a catcher from the game, and your assessment of “better defensively” flies in the face of conventional opinion in this blog. And as a pinch-hitter PA represents a great possibility of a K which gets you nothing.
        And did we really need a pinch – runner at that point?
        And our new Mr. Wonderful hits into a DP.

        That’s a lot of over-thinking and maneuvering for 0 runs.

  71. They have to be the worst team at getting the guy in from third with NO out. Still 3-1 Bucs.

  72. Update from the Browns/Texans game in Houston:

    Schaub with the touchdown pass but the Astros miss the PAT.

    18-6. Cleveland leads Houston in the fourth.

  73. Melancon in for his 11th appearance already this season, I will say again no good reason he was used in game last night with large lead and low pitch count starter. Now tonight’s game dictates he be used back to back and he promptly gives up single.

  74. Out of town line for you to consider and be glad it isn’t ours:

    Astros starter Philip Humber: 1/3IP, 8H, 8ER, 1BB, 1 HR in just 30 pitches. That works out to an ERA of 216.00 for this evenings work for Mr. Humber. Remember he threw a perfect game last year. Not so much now. Somewhere, Chris Leroux is smiling…….

  75. What they couldn’t just send the full Pirates half of the 50/50 to Boston victims? They really needed that 8,000+?

  76. Not a bad night for Cutch on his bobblehead night, 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and a run scored.

  77. Behind a three run sixth inning led by a Gaby Sanchez two run HR the Bucs come from behind to take the third game of the four game set over the Braves 3-1 and there was noooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Buccos are above .500 for the first time this season at 10-9 and are now 9-4 in their last 13 . The Pirates will look for the series win tomorrow afternoon when Jonathan Sanchez takes the mound for the Pirates.

    Lets Go Bucs.

    • Oops stat error….Bucs above .500 for first time this season at 9-8 and are 8-3 in last 11 and 6-2 on the current home stand.

  78. You can raise the Jolly Roger! Bucs take game 3 against the Braves!!!! 3-1. Don’t look now, but the Bucs are a game back of first place and are above .500!

  79. Grill-master! Raise it!! Let’s go for the series win tomorrow.

  80. Very nice ballgame tonite…Kudos to J-Mac!

  81. Grilli ‘s a hoot. But we’ll have to get a bigger catcher to survive the celebrations!

  82. What a home stand…. Sweep of the Reds, split with the Cardinals, and take two out of the first three from the Braves. Amazing home stands. Let’s take the series tomorrow.

    • Great home stand is right and they have done so against NL East leader and top two teams of NL Central….will either finish the stand at 7-2 or 6-3, very successful.

    • Lets not forget we were up 4-2 in the game that got postponed with the Cards. Never know how that would ended up but we got off to a hot start against a good pitcher. Always nice to at least split a series against a team that came in with 2 losses all year.

  83. Good win for J-Mac and the Crew.

  84. Jones has a lifetime OPS of .590 against left handers in over 500 plate appearances. So yes, by all means, if you think that the Pirates need to have another Clint Barmes in the lineup, you should definitely play Jones against lefties.

    Imagine it’s the bottom of the ninth, tie game, lefty on the mound, and the Bucs pitcher is due to lead off the inning. Only Garrett Jones and either John McDonald or Clint Barmes are left on the bench. If you want to win you send up McDonald or Barmes to pinch hit, BECAUSE GARRETT JONES IS A WORSE HITTER AGAINST LEFTIES THAT EITHER OF TWO GLOVE ONLY SHORTSTOPS.

    Garrett Jones should only start against lefthanders if the rest of the team couldn’t get to the ballpark in time for the game.

    Sorry about the caps.

  85. That’s a Pirate team with some potential. If they had an owner that would spend a few more dollars and real GM they could make the playoffs.
    The ball remains in Nutting’s court…..

    • Lets see what happens

    • “If they had an owner…and a real GM.” I love it! With, eh hmm, ‘those guys’ running the team, we’re just waiting for the other shoe to drop. It’s kinda like when my dad used to smack us kids and then say, “That’s for when you do something I don’t know about.”

    • Uh Oh, Daq.
      You mentioned an unmentionable topic.
      I amma runnin’ and hidin’………………..

  86. Is it too early for Riverhound Front Office jokes?

    • As in “the Buccos are actually looking pretty good, so can we do Riverhound front office jokes instead?” Or, “let’s do Riverhound FO jokes… just because!” :)

    • Do the Riverhounds have a Front Office?

      Have they lost for 20 consecutive years?


  87. The OVER wins for tonight’s line.
    The OVER wins for Line #3 from Friday.

    CONGRATS to our new Clubhouse Leaders — Steve J. Smith & tdb1977!!!

    Steve J. Smith ~ 500
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