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Final: Pirates 5, Cardinals 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (13-10) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (14-8)

Starters: RHP A.J. Burnett vs. RHP Jake Westbrook

Time: 4:15 p.m.

Site: Busch Stadium, St. Louis

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. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Brandon Inge, 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 wondering if the press box is higher than the Arch.

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. JAL’s Rain on the Roof 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

    Sanchez Ejected in 1st, Walker Hurt as Pirates Lose 9-1

    Prospect Watch: Cumpton Throws Seven Shutout Innings, Lambo Homers

    P3 Episode 1: The Bullpen, Snider, and a Nick Kingham Interview

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Cumpton dominates in AAA, Holmes struggles


    Some brief points on a 13-9 record

    8 The Green Weenie

    Sanchez Lasts Four Batters As Bucs Fall 9-1

    9 Rumbunter

    Destruction In St. Louis, Pirates Dropped 9-1, Lose Walker

    10 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Cardinals 9, Pirates 1

    • Rain on the Roof Lovin’ Spoonful 1966 Very successful group from 1965 to 1968. Lead singer John Sebastian went solo and had a number 1 hit with Welcome back while drummer-vocalist Joe Butler and bassist Steve Boone continue to tour with other musicians as the Lovin’ Spoonful

  2. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Chicago Tribune

    Pirates Team Report,0,3625187.story

    12 St. Louis Post Dispatch

    Cardinals overwhelm Pirates 9-1 to extend winning streak to four

    13Rant Sports

    Ump Show In St. Louis As Cardinals Beat Pittsburgh Pirates

    14 Bleacher Report

    Pittsburgh Pirates Are Thriving Despite Challenging Schedule

    15 Yahoo Sports

    Lynn, Beltran lead Cards to 9-1 win over Pirates

    16 CBS Sports

    Pirates-Cardinals Game Preview

    17 Sweetspot

    Thoughts: Pirates make Phillies look awful

    18 PBC Site

    Sanchez, Hurdle ejected early as Bucs fall to Cards

    Notebook: Veteran Contreras en route to recovery


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    The Hawk Trap

    20 Fangraphs

    wRC+ and Handedness: The Importance of Being Lefty

  3. Major League Baseball is mulling a suspension of Jonathan Sanchez. I think the rest of the season would be fair.

    DK: Milo will be here all week, folks. Try the veal, right?

    • Can he be suspended or fined if he isn’t on a roster?

    • They mulling a suspension of Tim Timmons, too? Any explanation about both teams being warned about hitting a batter and St. Louis hitting three guys and not one gets thrown out or talked to or shouted at or waved at?

      • I thought It’smyluckyday was very interesting until I saw Orb blow by him like he was standing still. But you just can’t ignore those Beyer figures. Can you ?

        • Top seven picks right now (in no order, some will be on the bottom of my exotics…):
          Normandy Invasion
          and…ok, I throw itsmyluckyday in there…

          Loved the stretch run by Overanalyze in Ark. Derby…
          And really loved the stretch battle at Louisiana Derby between Mylute and Revolutionary…

    • Sometimes ballplayers stay around too long when it’s time to go. He isn’t that old, but he definitely has fallen off since his good years. May be time to pursue something else in life without hurting a team in the process. Or find himself at AAA.

  4. Here’s Playoffs’ line for tonight:

    Playoffs by 2012 says:

    April 27, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Window chose to sleep in today, now The Window has a billion errands to run.
    Gonna put this up here and just need a kind soul to re-post it in today’s game thread.

    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.

    Today’s Line

    Total STRIKEOUTS pitched by AJ Burnett in today’s game
    Line is 7.5

    Anyone can play, and everyone should try!
    Thanks to all for playing and good luck!!

  5. The difference between Sanchez and Lynn. Sanchez hit a batter after two dingers while Lynn didn’t mean to hit any of the Pirate hitters.

    • Right, it was just coincidence the second time he hit Marte.

    • The rule does not have anything to do with intent. If an umpire warns your bench, that’s it… at least that’s the way I’ve known the rule to be.

      • That’s what I thought, too, Naje. That’s been an explanation in the past when a Pirate pitcher who didn’t anyone intentionally got tossed. Maybe there are different warnings?

        • *hit anyone intentionally

        • Lynn should have been removed after the first time he hit Marte. No if ands about it. Intentional or not. Otherwise why have a warning at all?

          • The first time Marte was hit, I thought it was Marte’s fault.

            • 21… it doesn’t matter whose fault it is…both benches have been warned. You hit a batter and you’re gone, both pitcher and manager. No “intent” can change that, UNLESS MLB changed the rule.

              • Are we 100% sure both benches were warned? Because when I read the rule, the umpire has the option of making ejections OR giving warnings.

              • just put that same question down below… guess we all need more information or have been given some misinformation…

                got a feeling this will be cleared up on the broadcast… hope that will shed some light.

            • Who knows for sure, I am not a mind reader and neither are the umps. I have seen players stay still and take a hit just to reach base. Where’s NMR and or JaL they would have some stats on the guys who used to wear arm and elbow protection because they either knew they would be hit or would intentionaly take a hit. Can’t read their minds now or back then. Unless you dive across the plate into a pitched ball a hit batsman is a hit batsman, this should be as black and white as possible. IMHO

            • Finally, I have never seen both benches warned about beanballs, and then see a team have three batters hit by pitches and said pitcher not getting ejected. Never seen anything like it. Very curious if this has ever happened.

            • How is it Marte’s fault that he got hit on the inside wrist area? Pitch was way inside.

        • AW… that’s what’s so puzzling… if RB or DK or anyone on the beat can explain it, I think we’d all greatly appreciate it… just a very odd set of events regarding this rule. And if the rule is giving the umpire that much discretion to determine intent, well, that just doesn’t make sense. Once the warning is given, how do you determine intent? That’s just asking for serious trouble. Really need an explanation for this because if Timmons took liberties with the rules, he should not be on the field.

          But then again, perhaps the only union strong than the MLBPA is the umpire’s union.

          • The one difference I can see potentially is that Timmons said he tossed Sanchez because (1) he thought he threw it intentionally, and (2) he thought he threw at Frazier’s head, which he said was dangerous.

            • From Rule 8.02

              As the Rule itself implies, the first question is whether a pitch was intentionally thrown at a batter. Rule 8.02(d) does not apply in the absence of such intent. Whether the pitch was intentional or not is up to the umpire’s judgement. In exercising their judgement, umpires have been instructed to be mindful that, given the skill level of most Major League pitchers, a pitch that is thrown at the head of a hitter more likely than not was thrown there intentionally. Umpires have been instructed to bear this presumption in mind in deciding whether a pitch was intentional.

            • Yeah, I can buy that for sure… and if that’s what happened, I’m fine with it.

              I’m now wondering if indeed both benches were warned. I mean three hit batsmen is just blatantly flaunting that they’re breaking the rules.

              • The Trib story says both benches were warned. Timmons said Lynn wasn’t tossed because he didn’t think he hit Marte intentionally. Very strange.

            • It’s definitely confusing.

  6. If the Steelers traded Jonathan Dwyer to the Pirates, and the Pirates then said that Dwyer would be starting in place of Jonathan Sanchez and that Sanchez would be DFA’ed, I’m pretty sure that most people would consider that an upgrade over Sanchez actually still being on the 25-man roster 12 hours after his last start. Why in the name of Matt Morris is he still a Pirate? They could LITERALLY bring up any other pitcher in their system, and that pitcher would be instantly better.

  7. as per Rob Biertempfel via Twitter ‏@BiertempfelTrib 25s
    #Pirates JSanchez fined and suspended 6 games by MLB for intentionally hitting #Cardinals Craig. Sanchez is appealing suspension.

  8. Any update on PRNW BTW?

    • check the beat writer’s twitter accounts if you can…several comments about him… seems to be a week to two week’s healing time and we’re not certain the amount of time for the healing process… either 6 or 7 days or two weeks… for now, his spot will remain unfilled… sounds like that could change in the coming 24 to 48 hours.

      or not…?

  9. Hey all!!! At the game!!! Rain has stopped for now. 10 rows behind dugout. Not sure how to send photos.

  10. I’m shocked by this suspension by the MLB. 6 games? This Timmons guy has a mouth on him. I’m amazed at his comments”

    “You’ve got two home runs and then you’ve got a line-drive single up the middle, and then the very first pitch is up around the shoulder and head area,” Timmons told a pool reporter. “He threw intentionally at him, and in that area I deemed that intentional and he’s done. Very dangerous.”

    He makes a very dangerous claim when he puts on paper that he intentionally threw at him. I still say that if Sanchez was going to plunk someone it would have been Holliday. Your going to tell me that the single he gave up sent him over the edge and decided to plunk someone why? Why did he suddenly snap and plunk someone?

    I don’t know how an umpire can make a claim like that. Even if he believes it to be the case you can’t sit and say you know he was throwing at someone. You cannot prove he intentionally did it. I felt Hughes was closer to throwing at Lynn than anything else.

    This whole thing is a complete JOKE.

    • I will say this one more time. A single probably didn’t send him over the edge. Stinking for the past several weeks knowing that your career was probably about to end (and the paychekcs), then 2 homeruns and and a single may have caused him to want to throw at someone.

      “You cannot prove he intentionally did it.”

      Also, one more time. The ump doesn’t have to prove it was intentional. It’s a judgment call also heightened by the fact the pitch was towards Craig’s head. Read the rules.

      • Honestly, when you’re behind the plate, you can sense what’s happening… a certain grunt from the pitcher or the way they finish/follow through with the pitch can help determine what might be intent. As a former catcher, you just get that sinking feeling when your pitcher is in that mode.

    • Besides, most of the previous ABs seemed to be on 2-2 counts or so. Most of the balls were all over the place, so his command was not good any way.

      • Doesn’t matter.

        “In exercising their judgement, umpires have been instructed to be mindful that, given the skill level of most Major League pitchers, a pitch that is thrown at the head of a hitter more likely than not was thrown there intentionally. Umpires have been instructed to bear this presumption in mind in deciding whether a pitch was intentional.”

        • So either it was intentional, and he deserved to be tossed, or it was unintentional and he’s a crappy (and unsafe) pitcher. If he had just missed three times over the middle of the plate and decided that missing high and tight was a better move, then he deserved what he got anyway. Either way, Timmons did the Bucs a huge favor and Selig’s doing them a solid with the 6-game suspension.

        • Based on that, logic of the hitting-pitching situation aside, the rule was correctly applied.

          Here’s my guess(es):

          1. He gets one day shaved. Why not more? To support an umpire who, like it or not, correctly interpreting a rule, and ensure he misses one start. Why not deny appeal completely? One missed start (five games = one start) rather than the possibility of two for a guy who probably didn’t (and probably couldn’t) do it on purpose seems right.

          2. The appeal was strongly encouraged by PBC. He keeps pitching during appeal (hoooray) so that gives PBC a bit more time to stretch out Jeanmar, or pick someone from Indy, or see if they can get one of their injured guys ready.

      • Enough. I’m done with it. I’m just going to be wrong in your mind, so let’s just end it there. Today’s a new game.

        • All I did was cite the rules. You can interpret them however you want. I think there was cause to toss Sanchez.

    • I gotta say, the idea that, if he was going to hit somebody, it would have been the 3rd guy instead of the 4th, when he hadn’t gotten an out in the first inning, and the single was crisply hit, makes absolutely no sense to me.

      • All I’m saying is that there’s no way we can get inside his head to know when he has felt like he has had enough. After two batters and nobody on, I could see him feeling like he can still get out of the inning with the 2 runs. With the third guy now getting on base, maybe he didn’t feel like dealing with it anymore.

        • Jeezus 21 would you give it up already. You say it may not have been the single that it was the fact that his career was likely over. Then you say that after giving up the 2 runs and the single maybe he didn’t feel like dealing with it anymore?


          These guys are professional athletes. NO ONE is going to go out there and still be on the mound and say oh well my career is over so I might as well plunk this guy.

          Totally agree Arriba; if your going to purposely plunk someone it would have been Holliday who is a MAJOR HR threat himself.

        • Maybe I didn’t make myself clear. I’m disagreeing with TJ’s premise. Where’s it written that you only throw at people’s heads after home runs? He didn’t have an out in the first inning. I’m not saying he did it on purpose, but the idea that its impossible that he would have thrown at the 4th batter when he didn’t throw at the 3rd, in this scenario, just doesn’t wash IMHO.

    • If he threw at him he would have missed.

  11. Sanchez deserves a suspension, but 6 games for a first time offender seems steep. Sanchez also deserves his release. Can you release a guy during his suspension?

    Sorry to keep beating this horse, but Timmons was as bad as I’ve ever seen for an ump. The hand waves, jawing with the dugout, disregard for the warnings that were issued, and inconsistent strike zone were embarrassing for everyone associated with MLB.

    The called third strike against Jones may have been the worst though. At that point, it certainly appeared he had a grudge against the visiting team. Tim Timmons should not be allowed to umpire another game this series.

    • Unless I missed something in today’s discussion, the six-day suspension really only means one missed start. That’s usually how suspension are actually played out with starting pitchers (which is unfair, say, when Cole Hammels intentionally threws at Bryce Harper, and is unfortunate for us when Sanchez will be back to pitch for us sooner rather than later. At least “I think” he can’t come out of the bullpen for us today anymore. So there is that.)

  12. Few minutes before the game. Walker in dugout with hand bandaged showing Inge how he takes transfer from Barmes at second.

  13. In Bizarro Universe, AJ beans the first guy up, gets tossed, then Jonathan Sanchez comes in in long relief and pitches the rest of the game as a no-hitter while he awaits his suspension.

    I don’t even know how I’d feel about that…

  14. Tabata late entry into lineup as Snider scratched with left side discomfort, really short bench and pen today.

  15. Well AJ has given up back to back singles; if he hits the next guy he gets tossed right?

    • Only if the ump thought it was intentional. Sorry, but that’s what the rules say. And pitches towards the head get special consideration.

  16. If Inge is playing a normal 2nd baseman spot, he fields that easy. Endless shifts.

  17. Already the same typical MO for these games, the Bucs go quick, and our guy throws a ton of pitches. Come on AJ.

  18. 1-0 bad guys as usual this year. Funny, though we seem to do Okay when that happens. Come on Bats!

  19. C’mon, AJ! 50 K’s in May!

    At 44 right now…

    • Ha… make that April!

      • Burnett is NH’s finest hour. Credit to NH, but way more credit to AJ for inspirational leadership and excellence from a guy who could be moping about not being on a “contender” ( he may yet help fashion this team into one). I hope PBC contract talks with him include the offer of a higher level coaching position than other clubs would offer.

    • Just thiking ahead right?

  20. “Pedro has the Pirates’ only hit.” Just wanted to type that while it’s still true. C’mon Bucs!

  21. Did I read that right, Barmes is hitting .131?

    • .129 now…wooo

    • Live box score now says .129. Maybe we can get Gene Alley to come out of retirement. It would be interesting to study what it is about NH’s methods that makes him so good at assembling bullpens, and so bat at selecting shortstops.

    • Mercer time? Give Barmes a little break?

      That depends on PRNW’s status, DL wise though

  22. 2 on for Cutch…let’s do this

  23. Cutch getting his chances as guys in front of him doing their part getting on, just not cashing in….need hit to get going.

  24. Thanks ARRIBA.
    I appreciate the help today.

  25. After watching strikes continued to be called in the other batters box, I maybe in favor of automated strike/ball calls. That called strike on Alvarez was a foot off the plate.

  26. With Walker’s injury and that hit, the much mocked Inge acquisition & promotion looks clairvoyant, for the moment. Granted, a .235 career batting 35 year old’s current .354 is unsustainable. How does his fielding compare with Barmes?

    • Not really a comparison in my mind as Barmes is playing a much more depending position. He has been above average at 3B over recent years. Hard to say at 2B as he’d only played six games there prior to activation and two since.

  27. Long half inning but AJ wiggles out of it, now how about some run support!

    • AJ continues to impress as both highly skilled and seasoned. That double play that gave up a run but prevented a first inning disaster was, I’d like to think, the result of a pitch intended for just that purpose.

  28. Steady mist. Radar showing rain nearby.

  29. Sprinkling

  30. Really bad “vibes” in St Louis — if you believe in that sort of thing.

  31. Raining. Ugh.

  32. Pedro hits the .200 mark with that single

  33. YESSSSSS!!!!!!!

  34. Martin ties the game

  35. Holy crap I just woke up a little

  36. Russell Martin opposite field HR…tied up as Alvarez gets in to lead off inning…time to cash in on Cards shaky pen.

  37. Wow. * Another* Pedro hit & a Martin dinger tie.

  38. Wow JMac in to PH, no Walker, no Snider so use your best hitting pitcher.

  39. The Pirates old men are

  40. Bizarro Barmes got a clutch single, runner on for power hitter JMac

    Sanchez will be closing out the win, I assume

  41. rockin

  42. What a waste

  43. Shoot…bunted foul ball four

  44. I’m watching on Gamecast, I take it that Matheny just gave Joe Kelly the STFD?

  45. Passed ball. Runners move up.

    Get ‘em now!

  46. Tabata HBP… bases loaded for Cutch.

  47. Bases loaded for the battling Buccos…your due Cutch come on time to take the lead.

  48. Right now would be a great time for Cutch to get off the schneid

  49. Gamecast Scout says, “Trevor Rosenthal may prefer to go after Andrew McCutchen, whose OPS is .660 this season, with the changeup rather than facing Starling Marte, whose OPS is .826.” WE’LL SEE ABOUT THAT

  50. Is somebody paying off these opposing mgrs? Nothing like a weak bullpen to get a team out of a funk!

  51. Ball 4 to Cutch. Bucs push a run home, lead 3-2

  52. YES!!! I’ll take it walk to Cutch who looked a tad late on his swings.

  53. Large round of boos at stadium. From those still here.

  54. Walk scores a run. Good Eye, Cutch! 3-2 Bucs and now AJ up for the win. Come on and add on, and hold it for the pan.

  55. At least a double for Jones.

  56. Don’t worry Rosenthal, you’ll get one across the plate eventually

  57. Stalling because he didn’t have a pitcher warming up.

  58. 3-0 count to Jones. Grounds crew out to repair the mound.

  59. Whaa! Whaa! Whaa!. Don’t see them helping AJ out with the mound. Come on ball 4 for another walked in run. I’ll take a hit too.

  60. Matheny came out. Putting dry out on mound.

  61. Bucs get another run on bobbled grounder to second base. Jones out at first

  62. I’ll take it

  63. At least that wasn’t a double play. 4-2 now Bucs. Come on Inge!

  64. Bucs catch break as Descalso can’t handle tailor made DP cleanly an get another run home…4-2 good guys, time for our pen to close this one out.

  65. So Wilson or Watson for the 7th?

  66. UNDER wins today with the 6 K’s from AJ. Glad he is in line for the W now. He really deserved it in these crappy conditions.

  67. Reds lose again, 6-3

  68. And we see the huge difference between a bullpen that is pitching well and one that is struggling. Real nice inning from Watson.

  69. Tony! Nice K’s of Beltran and Holliday. Tack on some more offense!!

  70. Anyone think they will call the game so we don’t miss the Pens Games toady?
    Ducking, don’t need a high hard one at my shoulder err head.

  71. Martin doubles down the l/f line with one out in the 8th

  72. Shoot I missed it Barmes is 2 for 3 today and still batting .156?

  73. Barmes follows that with a walk. First and second, one out and Gaby at bat.

  74. What is Barmes thinking there? Guess he wasn’t.

  75. Sac fly brings in run #5

  76. Gaby with another rbi producing at bat.

  77. I’d put Pirates 8th/9th inning guys up against any in league. Melancon and Grilli continut dominating lights out performances.

  78. Cutch is creepin’ ever so sloce to that Mendoza line with another 0 for day. At least he had that good eye for the go ahead run scoring walk. Hoping he gets hot soon.

  79. Pinch hit single for Wandy!! Way to go. Keepin’ it going.

  80. Are you kidding me? Even the Pens would want to see Grilli pitch the 9th. Wow!

  81. Root sports is a effing joke!

  82. At least MLB Network is doing a live look in right now.

  83. K for Grilli! 2 down, one to go!

  84. There goes Grilli’s ERA. 5-3 now.

  85. Behind six solid innings from AJ Burnett, a four run seventh highlighted by Russell Martin’s two run shot and the 10th save in as many chances for Jason Grilli the Bucs down the Cards 5-3 to even the series and there was noooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Pirates move back to a season best four games above .500 and are 13-5 in last 18. The Pirates will go for their third straight series win tomorrow afternoon and a chance to take the Central division lead in the finale with Jeff Locke scheduled to toe the rubber for the Bucs.

    Lets Go Bucs

  86. Raise it with Grilli’s 10th save!

  87. Raise the Jolly Roger.

  88. Raise it, and Save #10! Bucs Win! Close it out tomorrow and take another series.

  89. ….fear the Bones….

  90. win sunday and we are in1st!!!!!!

  91. I hope i read this correctly months ago, but will the Pirates be wearing the 70′s version Road jerseys, tomorrow in St Louis?.

    I hope they realize this at home, this is the best look, and i would like to see a button down version of that exact same uniform.
    I am sure they could, and should do the exact same thing on the road.

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