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Final: Phillies 3, Pirates 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (10-8) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (8-11)

Starters: RHP A.J. Burnett vs. RHP Jonathan Pettibone

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

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. Travis Sawchik 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.


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    Total STRIKEOUTS THROWN by A.J. Burnett in tonight’s game
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  2. 100 on OVAH, thanks

    If, say I get to – 10, 000, I still am good for it??? :-)

  3. #1: 75 OVER
    #2: 75 UNDER

  4. Found a pretty detailed scouting report for Mr. Pettibone in case anyone is interested.

    DK: Thank you. Was going to look this up myself.

  5. If I was a guessing man, I’d say in recent years, outside L.A., Philly is the place the club has had its gluteus maximus drubbed the most times. Do they keep easy-to-find records on stuff like that?

  6. It’s like we’ve entered the Bizarro World. We’re starting A.J. Burnett and their guy is making their Major League debut with an ERA this year in the minors of 9.64.

    • Yeah, but 21s, you know how we usually fare against AAA pitchers just called up! Gotta love the matchup, though … for what it’s worth!

    • You can blame me for the inevitable two-hitter the guy will now throw, but looking strictly at his scouting report, he seems like the type the Pirates can hit well.

      Doesn’t seem to have much of a breaking ball and is over the plate quite a bit. I worry about the “effectively wild” guys that seem to have the Pirates flailing at everything out of the zone. Plenty of guys on this team can put a charge into a fastball over the plate.

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    • Biz, I know this would be long, and there are already some on the list that are in there, but for the Lunatic Hall of Fame how about a blanket: “Any Allegheny, Pirate, Crawford, and Gray in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.” This would cover quite a bit.

      If you want to just keep it at actual names, ones I was really thinking of the other day are:
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      Like I said there could be many more to add. Thanks for keeping the list.

    • Biz, will be moving in a few months so get ready to add another city to SC

  8. Marte starting it off on a good note with a lead off double.

  9. Rookie gets an early called third strike on Cutch. Ball was clearly ball four. Veterans get that call, but rookies facing the Bucs get it too apparently.

  10. Heck of a catch by Mayberry.

  11. Excellent catch by Mayberry and the Bucs don’t score.

  12. Question since it happened yesterday to Cutch as well, but why is a fly out that advances a runner by tagging and moving to another base besides home not a sac fly, while advancing a runner by bunting is a sac bunt? I understand the sac fly for a runner scoring, but why not when they move up.

    AJ doesn’t get the called third strike that the rook got on an outside pitch, but luckily came back and got him anyway.

  13. David DeJesus leads off the Cubs/Reds game with a hr. As he comes to 2nd, he says something to Phillips and makes a face. Wondering if Brandon Phillips will label DeJesus a racist.

  14. PEDRO!!!!!

  15. Martin with a single off the wall, and his slowness turns it into an out by trying to go to second. Does he realize he is a catcher?

  16. Pretty dead in here tonight. You’d think there was a Pens game on or something.

  17. Is anyone able to view this game on Directv?

  18. Kratz almost got all of one, but it stays in the yard. After three flyouts, Bucs, still up 1-0 and Phils strand two.

  19. Tried to paste pic, oh well.

    We’re 8-9 rows behind home and 10-11 seats from Phillies dugout.

    Phew, it looked like a couple of those were going out.

    Lets go Bucs!

  20. Pens, Jeffries scores, so Pens up 1-0.

  21. A walk to the opposing pitcher eventually leads to him coming around and scoring to tie the game at 1. The Bucs have 4 hits but 6 Ks and no walks for the rookie. AJ has given up 3 hits and 2 walks, and only struck out 4.

  22. Pens up 2-0 now near the end of 1 period.

  23. The pen will get a nice workout tonight if this keeps up. AJ’s struggling to throw strikes.

  24. AJ was groovin’ in the first, but since then has been missing with his pitches. He may not get the K’s tonight, but the walks or high pitch count will get him. Bases loaded now with NO out, so this may not be good.

  25. AJ might just be clutch.

  26. Jury in: AJ not so clutch.

  27. 2-2 on Rollins, and AJ hits him to bring in the run. 2-1 Bad guys now.

  28. Sanchez taken out yesterday at 75 or so pitches through three, AJ now at 3 and 2/3 with 85 pitches.

  29. The Pirates need to realize that they are facing a ROOKIE making his first start – EVER in the bigs. They are playing in to his hands too much. Let’s get the bats going in the top of the inning.

  30. AJ reclutch.

  31. Burnett K’s number 7, but with the pitch count over 90, that may be his last. May need to take one for the team and save the bull pen one more inning. Come on Bats!

  32. Nice, Russell.

  33. Russell ties it at two with a deep shot to Left. 2-2!!

  34. First Pedro, now Martin goes yard to tie it at two. Those two continue their hot streaks.

  35. AJ bunts. Way to keep his eye on the ball.

    So to speak.

  36. Over the last 2 or 3 years, the Pirates have gone from an extreme “pitch to contact” philosophy no doubt imported from NH’s Cleveland roots, to an extreme miss the bat philosophy. Burnett’s got 7 K’s through 4, with 92 pitches thrown and 3 fly outs to one ground out. This is an ace’s version of the same pitching disease that afflicted Sanchez last night, when he went 3 innings and struck out 5 on 74 pitches. If we’re going to pay Barmes, let’s make sure our starters get their money’s worth from the D.

  37. Unless Travis can get two more ABs, the UNDER may win that one tonight.

  38. Need a few more runs…

  39. These shifts are stupid if you are not going to pitch to your defense. That’s a normal play if they don’t shift. Instead, Marte has to hurry to prevent the broken double and keep Utley to one bag.

  40. Pedro needs to work on his turn at second. Should have been two. Nice play by Barmes.

  41. “The ballgirl getting some action tonight”

    Live that line from Wehner. Wonder if that made Brown laugh

  42. AJ got out of it with a DP on pitch #101. That may have been his last pitch, so if it was, the UNDER will win that line too.

  43. AJ gets through meat of the Phils order to make it through fifth. Have to admire the way he competes and battles even when he may not have his “A” game.

  44. I think Jay Bell needs to get Cutch to start thinking of the whole field again. Seems that when he went off last year he was going to all fields, then in the second half got too pull happy. Seems to me that he is still in pull happy mode right now. I’m not charting the hits, though, so i could be mistaken.

  45. Pettibone Junction stymies the Bucs bats as he leaves with a tie after 5 1/3 innings only giving up 2 runs and 6 K’s, no walks.

  46. Horrible ABs by Jones and Walker there. 2-2 after 5 ad a half.

  47. UNDER wins on AJ as he exits to a No Decision.

  48. Why would any pitcher ever throw Walker a strike when he has two strikes. He chases so many curves and sliders at his ankles, there is no reason to throw him strikes.

  49. @DK, find out what song Jared Hughs is listening to in his head during his outings. After you see him walking around the mound, he looks like he is rocking out to something. Love it.

  50. If the Pirates lose tonight I may starve. I’ve been eating crow for a week.

  51. I’m not a big fan of NH, but you must admit, he the best assembler of bullprns ever. Bar none.

  52. The Keystone Cops return.

  53. Rollins brings in the walk and now the Bucs are down 3-2, and Pedro drops the ball and we are still in the field.

  54. That was a catastrophe, first Barmes needed to keep running at runner as he threw too early, than Martin had to snap throw that Pedro did not hold onto.

    • So true. You learn how to handle those rundowns when you’re about 10 when someone’s dad yells at your during a cold April practice, “Run right at the man and make him commit, then throw to where he’s going!” Not so the Bucs! Take two steps and fire home.

      Fundamentally inept top to bottom. Presley sliding past second (again) the other night…Marte cutting inside the base this weekend…botched rundown…yeesh.

  55. This was bound to hurt at some point tonight. WAY too many baserunners for the Phills. The Bucs little league play doesn’t help either.

  56. This just seems to happen to Hughes a lot. He gets the first 2 batters rather easily, then he gives up a walk and the wheels fall off

  57. Twelve baserunners for the Phills so far while we only had 6. Tells the story right there.

  58. Their bull pen sucks, so we need to capitalize.

  59. The Pirates need a rally cap, rally monkey, rally Hippo, anything………

  60. We’ve had Pedro. We’ve had Martin. How about Barmes!

  61. We may have found our replacement for Barmes

  62. A bit of a neighborhood play by Pedro at 2B. At least the ump made a good call. And, how about the nice play our 38 year old SS made. John McDonald has a real good glove.

  63. Came in late. Looking at the scoring a hit batter in a while Pitchford two other three runs, looks like the Pirates are trying to hand them this game.

  64. During a 162 game season you are going to lose games. But games like tonight are extremely frustrating when you have your ace on the mound and are taking on AAA pitcher who had 9+ ERA and is making first pro start….these are games you must find a way to win.

    During course of the year there are always a few games you circle that you should have had and this maybe one of them.

  65. Going back to first inning how big is it now that Marte was left stranded at third with one out and Cutch up and he looks at a third called strike?

    He can make up for it here leading off the ninth…let’s go Bucs.

  66. At least AJ won’t get the loss for this mess, but he was his own enemy by walking people (two of them including the pitcher scored), and the bases loaded hit batsman to bring in the third.

  67. Never get the first out of any inning at third base.
    Never look at a called third strike in the 9th.

    Oh well, better luck tomorrow…….

  68. Can’t leave your bat on your shoulder with RISP, that was the theme of the night, too many times key Pirates hitters looked at strike 3, got what we deserved this evening.

    Get back at it tomorrow, but this leaves bad taste in the mouth.

  69. The road misery continues. Now 1-6 on the road this year. They need to change the water, food, curfew, or something to change this business. Still got three more against the Phills, but we missed a big opportunity tonight with AJ on the mound. We can still win the series, though. Have a good night all.

  70. Pedro was lost after that first pitch from Paplebon. That pitch should’ve landed about 50 feet over the cf fence.

  71. I hope Pedro realized that we only needed a single at that point.

    But I do give Paplebon credit. He pitched him tough – and that third strike was nasty.

    Thanks to all who played tonight.
    We are up to 55 players now. You all ROCK!!

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    First Place at the end of the season will win:

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