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Final: Pirates 5, Phillies 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (11-9) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (9-12)

Starters: LHP Wandy Rodriguez vs. RHP Roy Halladay

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

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. Travis Snider, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Russell Martin, C
  8. John McDonald, SS
  9. Rodriguez, LHP

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Karen Price 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. LEST GO BUCS !!! 8-)

  2. You would think today the cards are a bit more in our favor pitching wise, but thats why they play the games

    • Wandy pitching………. plus.
      Bucs above .500………plus.

      Bucs on road………….minus.
      Halladay pitching well….minus.

      Hopefully we pull one out.

    • Halladay had his first good outing of the year last start against the Cards (Miami doesn’t count) holding them to just two hits over 7 innings.

      He’s already given up five homeruns in just 22 IP on the year.

      This is a lineup Wandy should be able to cruise through.

  3. Hmm, Strasburg drops to 1-4

    Go figure

    • 3.16 ERA, 4/5 quality starts, only once given up more than three runs or went less than six innings.

      And he has one less win than Jeff Locke.

      This is why people say Wins are a meaningless stat for pitchers to track.

      • Wins may be overstated, they may be overweighted, but they’re never “meaningless.” That’s overstated. Unless they are all robots that only stats matter. There’s a human element, which I believe factors into a Win/Loss record.

        • You know what, thats completely fair.

          I can imagine someone like you and Biz hearing “meaningless” evokes the same reaction I have when I hear wins used to justify anything of significance.

          Both sides overstate their point, you’re right.

    • Says something about the Nats bats. Strasburg’s stuff is wicked.

  4. Not very often you have the better end of a pitching match-up with Roy Halladay…but Wandy has been electric.

    There’s nothing I love more than a win over a team from Philadelphia. Even beating Central Michigan. And I REALLY love to beat those guys. But as I’m sure is the case with most here, beating Philly just sparks something in me.

    Also, I finally took the five minutes to create my Gravatar. Hope it works out.

  5. Just read the whole Pens – Bucs TV argument from yesterday. Wow there was some priceless stuff in there. I’m not trying to rehash anything. Just wanted to say:

    “Go Bucs!” from your friendly, neighborhood, diehard Penguins fan.

    On a side note, has there been any word regarding Wandy’s injury the other day? Any nagging soreness or is he all well and good?

  6. So much work today…not enough time to get it done.

    Let’s open the window!!

    How many HITS will John McDonald have in tonight’s game?
    ZERO (Even Odds)
    ONE (Even Odds)
    TWO or MORE (Double Odds)

    Max ‘wager’ is 100 units.
    Sorry for the late posting and shortness of it.
    Super busy day at work today.

    Good Luck and GO BUCS!!

  7. I was reading about the Pirates “Take The Fort To School” program (sponsored by the Trib). You can enter to have Michael McKenry visit your kid’s school. What a cool idea. I was thinking maybe we could expand it with maybe “Take Clint Barmes To School & Leave Him There”.

    You can never have too much of a good thing.

  8. Don’t look now but look who has strung 9 wins in a row together.

    I did not think that ballclub, as currently construed, was capable of such a streak. I was wrong.

    And the Cubs have one less win than the Astros.

    • I’d be impressed if the last five weren’t against the Cubs and Padres.

    • And they have done it all w/o Hart & ARam. I think the Brewers are a pretty decent team. I don’t see holes in their lineup, especially when they get healthy. They can really hit. I have a feeling they are pretty bad in the field, though. You can’t see that in the box scores. That may be the Bucs greatest strength, and what keeps us relevant in what may become a really tough division before all is said and done.

  9. Any south jersey or eastern PA lunatics going to Thursday buccos/Phil’s game at citizen bank park? I will be there and would love to say hello and talk about the buccos with the sun shining on our face and a frosty cold one in our hands.

  10. We don’t have a lot of lunatics logged in from that area.

    Just post a reply where you are currently residing

  11. Dear Blog Land,

    Go BUCCOS! Now that I got that out of the way, I just wanted to say I did the best I could on my interview. I will learn toward the end of next week if I earned a second interview. In the meantime, I do have another interview scheduled for May 1st for a different position and that looks promising. To those who have sent good vibes my way, I cannot express enough my sincere gratitude. I will now go back to saying my “Hail Jandy’s” to continue to push The Buccos toward relevance.

    • Say Hail Hippos for continued good vibes interview-wise.

      Continue to knock them dead, kid!

    • All you can do is the best you can do

      It’ll work out for the best

      • That’s a sports metaphor as well. Wandy will do the best he can and give the team a quality start. I just wish The Buccos hadn’t gained such a reputation of taking on all reclamation projects. Just takes the recycling thing a little too far. Thanks for the support.

        • Caution, this roster is made up of 64% recycled content. ;)

        • A hopefully quick true story.

          1976, we have a son, we’re living with my parents, I’m getting desperate, graduated from Slippery Rock in May 75 in Environmental Sciences. So I go to the Army Recruiting center in Carnegie, I was already in the Reserves, I ask, do you have any Environmental positions? They say, well, we do have spots where people test drinking water in the field. I say how do they do that? The guy is kidding, but he says well you drink it first…

          So I’m depressed a bit, then I see a PA Employment Center close by, I go in and start looking at the microfish files. There is a job in Shippingport. Its basically QC, you wash dirt and scratch rocks, literally. I had a bit of experience in that, believe it or not. A week later, I get a call, a week later I’m working. 37 years later, I’m getting ready to retire.

          Things will work out, they did for me and have done so for many others.

          Just be yourself, as you are here, and when you get that chance make the most of it ;-)

  12. I’ll go 50 on 0 hits for McDonald.


  13. Well that was pathetic.

  14. Marte leads off with a walk, steals two bases but Snider, Cutch, and Jones all go down looking at strike three…have to swing the back to have chance to knock him in.

  15. I truly believe I could have had a better at bat than Jones in the first inning

  16. Well, McDonald almost had a hit. I know, I know…almost foes not count.

  17. 20 games into the season here’s how the Pirates offense ranks in the NL.

    Runs – 11th
    HR – 11th
    AVG – 13th
    OBP – 13th
    SLG – 13th
    OPS – 13th

    • Here are the 2012 rankings.

      Runs – 10th
      HR – 4th
      AVG – 14th
      OBP – 14th
      SLG – 9th
      OPS – 12th

      Amazing how pretty much the same players produce pretty much the same results.

    • Wow we are actually ahead of two teams in most categories.

  18. Its spring time, and the Pirates have a new allergy:

    Swinging the bat. Called third strikes are not “cool”, fellas………..

  19. Long game already when they can’t take the bats off their shoulders. 6 K’s through 3 innings. 1-0 bad guys.

  20. Is the an MLB13 curse like the SI and Madden Football video game curse for those on the cover. If so, Cutch is feeling it. Hasn’t been his same self this year so far.

  21. Robbbie Grossman Started his MLB career today with a pair of doubles for Houston.

  22. Looks like a lot of pitch and catch.

    Too many K’s

  23. Way to go Pedro! 1-1 now and a 6 game hitting streak for him. The lefties are making Halladay work this inning.

  24. Vote for Pedro. Game is tied.

  25. Pedro with a hit with a RISP!

    Can’t believe he laid off that two strike pitch by Halliday. Good for him.

  26. Whatever happened to 0-2 waste pitches. Howard almost hit that out of the freakin’ stadium (though it was only the second deck).

  27. Ryan Howard with an absolute moon shot off Juan D. 2-1 Phils.

  28. Per Philly TV: prior to this game Phils had not had a homerun off a southpaw all year.

    Two tonight.

  29. The double plays you don’t turn will kill you.

  30. Hanging curve balls, booted DP balls, throwing to the backstop…this all spells a recipe for disaster.

  31. Did the rest of the starters put something in Wandy’s water or something. He just doesn’t have it tonight and is laboring like the rest of them.

  32. Said it before, how is Dan Iassogna still umpiring in the big leagues ? He is awful.

  33. MacDonald’s been robbed twice tonight. Do the Phillies know the line for tonight? Nice catch though.

  34. Oh My God…………..

    there is now a segment called the Whiff…… presented by Head and Shoulders.

    I have now seen it all………..

  35. When your starter’s given up two home runs through four innings it’s unbecoming to complain about the umpiring.

  36. Thank you Rollins for your horrible baserunning tonight.

  37. Walk: “The horse is out of the barn now!” Love it!

  38. I was getting ready to say between Wandy’s curve not working and his emotional problem, Phillies getting ready to pound him on the ropes … then we get another break. Maybe out stinker Pirate luck is changing. I HATE to see Halladay benefit from all this. I don’t LIKE that guy!

  39. Maybe I should turn this game off… I think I’m bad luck for the Pirates….

  40. Maybe sometime before the night is over we could reminisce about our hit.

  41. We have a Pittsburgh Nation for the Pirates?

    LOL at Iron City

  42. 3-1 now, but at least Halladay is out of the game. Hopefully we can get another hit from their bullpen. Hopefully our pen can hold.

  43. Pedro hits a HR, but only a solo shot. 3-2 now.

  44. WOW…. LH pitcher…. Pedro bomb

    3-2 Phillies

  45. Pedro!

  46. Hello Pedro.

  47. Can’t fault pitching if you give up 3 or less. The pitchers are over-reaching because they don’t buy in to the lineup.

  48. The ZERO wins for the Window tonight, now that Gaby is pinch-hitting for MacDonald.

  49. A question for the blog. What is Pedro doing well when he is hot, that he is not doing when he is cold?

  50. Hitting the ball. ;)

  51. Bucs down 3-2, on deck Marte. Like.

  52. Back to the future . . . Hurdle goes for the bunt. Fortunately, arte cant bunt.

  53. This is your 300 hitter, so far — swing!

  54. Tabata almost gets picked off and now Snider rips RBI single….

  55. Travis Snider! My Man!

  56. I think we caught a break Tabata looked out…no excuse for that, best thing about it they lift bunt and Snider rips ine for RBI single.

  57. Time for Cutch to snap out of his funk

  58. whoa.. Marte almost tagged by McCutchen

  59. Bases loaded with none out. Time to put a couple more on the board this inning and send the Phillies to another defeat. Fear the bones!!!

  60. So far, this game seems to have turned on which mgr made the worst decision– CM has the lbonehead lead (taking Halladay out). IMHO.

  61. Ye Olde Inge !

  62. I’m sitting here like … WTF… is Inge hitting for Jones, lefty or not… and wham… RBI single for Inge…. and that’s why baseball is great.

    Walker!!!!!!!!!!!! geezus

  63. I am impressed by this comeback tonight.

    Thanks to Chuck manuel for taking Halladay out. :)

  64. So far the early returns from Brandon Inge have been good…good guys take lead for first time tonight.

  65. More Pedro power!! We need more Pedro Power!

  66. We need Pedro to find another package err nut here at this at bat

  67. Melancon and Grilli time…six more outs boys.

  68. I love Walker, but he seems to hit into a ton of double plays. More than Pedro?

  69. Was that Horst Muhlmann ?

  70. Little Ol’ Inge out there on first base! Hey, The Little Inge That Could! Get it? Like “The Little Engine That Could?” Right, Bay, we’re with ya! :-)

  71. Some insurance runs would be nice then bring on the cheese

  72. Holy crap are these MY Pirates?

    I go to the gym and Halladay is 1-hitting them. I get back to find out that the Phillies have been Inge’d.

    Let’s Go Bucs!!

  73. Anyone but Tabata,

  74. Marte is fast!

  75. Starling Marte is a rockstar!

  76. Grill Cheese time! Shut them down and go to a 12-9 record gentlemen!

  77. That’ll teach him.

    Stinking Philly.

  78. You betcha!

  79. Just how far ahead is the live game ahead of the radio feed? Already final?

  80. You can raise the jolly roger! Bucs win! Bucs win! 12-9 in the young season and these battling Bucs are showing a little bit of moxie this young season. Can go for the series win tomorrow.

  81. Scoring four runs in the last three innings behind clutch hits from Alvarez, Snider, Inge and Marte and another shutdown performance by Bucs pen highlighted by Jason Grilli’s 9th save in as many chances the Bucs down the Phils 5-3 and there was noooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Pirates move a season best three games above .500 and are 11-4 in their last 15. The Pirates will look to take their second consecutive four game series against a NL East foe when James McDonald takes the mound tomorrow afternoon in the series final.

    Lets Go Bucs!

  82. Raise the Jolly Roger!!!

  83. Raise it, Baby!! Nice come back against their pen. I had a feeling once we got him out we might start doing something. Do it again tomorrow!!! Go Bucs!

  84. Holy Crap.

    Another One Bites The Dust.

  85. we Grillied the Phillies

  86. Lets go for the series win tomorrow. What a nice win-raise it!

  87. This is fun.

    April is the coolest month.

  88. I was sorta surprised – and nervous, truth be known: I figured Utley’s a hard man to strike out. And Grilli did it anyway! The wife and I liked the outfielders’ little mini-jump!

  89. I bet that stinker Halladay isn’t feeling/acting much like a good teammate right now.

  90. I’m pretty dadgum happy, too, that we got Wandy off the hook. I LIKE that guy, and he was having a bad hair day. He needed another reminder that we got his back!

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  92. Anyone still crInge-ing? Who would you have wanted in that bases-loaded, no out situation: Mercer, Harrison, Inge?

    And how bout the play McDonald made early in the game? This team needs to make every out, every play they can in the field. Until Mercer can prove he can do that, we will see Barmes and McDonald (who had two hits stolen from him by A+ plays from Utley and Brown).

  93. Loved Martin’s conference with Grili before the final pitch of the game… they set him up very well with inside breaking balls… and then Barmes got into the conversation and Grilli let him know they were going outside. Martin then had a late set-up so Utley couldn’t see or sense they were going fastball away…

    Martin is very good at what he does… invested in making this pitching staff and this team better.

  94. The Bucs are finding ways to win. Hope they can draw upon these experiences later in the season.
    But there were two bad efforts tonight. Both involved Marte at-bats. The first was when Marte failed to get down the bunt. Sure, he ended up with the infield single. But he and his teammates need to pick up the fundamentals on the fly (because we know they’re not getting good enough instruction down on the farm). And then there was Chase Utley’s screw up on the ball he let drop that allowed Marte to go to third. You see this all the time — infielders running into the outfield to make unnecessarily difficult plays instead of yielding to the outfielder. And then Utley compounded his screwup by trying to one-hand the catch. I know both of these stupid practices are the norm in the pros, but there is a reason we teach kids otherwise.

    • Yeah, but you know those lessons are so much easier learned after wins…after your teammates pick you up on the mound, in the field and at the plate. The team is beginning not only to believe that, but to expect that.

      Standards are being set a bit higher, not by the front office (except for Nutting’s decree that starting slowly is not acceptable…) but by the players. Pretty cool to watch.

      Wonder how much that player committee has had an effect on accountability…certainly seems so.

      • The player committee: Good question. In the least it has not hurt, has it. And corny as the idea seemed at first, it might well be the reason things have turned around.

  95. I know I should probably wait until after tomorrow’s game, but the Phillies do not look like a real good team.

    Great win by the Bucs!

    DK: You know, it’s funny that you think in that direction. I actually had the very same thought watching the Braves this past weekend, but I wasn’t about to included it in any of the writings because it would have been genuinely unfair to the good play of the home team. Wouldn’t be surprised to see both fade.

  96. DK …

    That Twitter discussion of pitch framing/receiving was about as Seinfeldian a discussion you could ever have in sports.

    DK: It was kind of lacking that big thumping bass line, wasn’t it?

    • You know the guy who wrote that music lives down the street from me… very neat neighborhood.

      But after the first few exchanges I was sucked in… worlds collided.

      DK: This was ridiculous. I’ve never seen a group of people more closed-minded while simultaneously tossing words like “objective” in your face. They’re seriously discussing pitch-framing (how you receive the ball) and passed balls (whether you receive the ball) as if they happen in separate realms.

      • I can’t stop laughing… this is bizarro world. And catching was position, so I’m just crackin up over the whole thing.

        • And what I mean by that is I’m a bit of catching geek…I get into that stuff. But this is just killing me. They give geeks a bad name. And I mean no disrespect by that.

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