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Final: Pirates 9, Cardinals 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (14-10) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (14-9)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. RHP Shelby Miller

Time: 2:15 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, CF
  2. Jose Tabata, LF
  3. Garrett Jones, RF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  6. Russell Martin, C
  7. Brandon Inge, 2B
  8. John McDonald, SS
  9. Locke, LHP

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel waved to the nice lady at the desk to enter.

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 Happy Together 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: What to do About Jonathan Sanchez in the Short-Term?

    Prospect Watch: Cole Has Best Start of the Year, Taillon Strikes Out Seven

    Pirates Continue Their Late Inning Hitting to Beat St. Louis 5-3

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Why is Jonathan Sanchez still on the roster?


    Game 23: Pirates 5 Cardinals 3

    8 The Green Weenie

    Bucs Rally For 5-3 Win

    9 Rumbunter

    Pirates Andrew McCutchen Off To Worst Start Of Career

    10 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Pirates 5 Cardinals 3,

    • Happy Together Turtles 1967 Led by Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, later known as Flo and Eddie. Had several hits from 1965 to 1970. Kaylan and Volman went to record together and to do backing vocals for several bands, including T rex, Alice Cooper, and Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart”

  2. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Belleville News Democrat

    Pirates’ big seventh inning beats Cardinals

    12 St. Louis Post Dispatch

    STRAUSS: Cardinals hint at dominance, deliver frustration

    13Yahoo Sports

    Bad Blood Between Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals is Manufactured

    14 City of Champions

    Pittsburgh Pirates Even Series With Cardinals

    15 Wall Street Journal

    The Right Arm of God

    A Sweet Bubble of Nostalgia

    16 CBS Sports

    Pirates-Cardinals Game Preview

    17 ESPN

    Andrew McCutchen needs a wingman

    18 PBC Site

    Bucs rally to hand Burnett victory vs. Cards

    Notebook: Hurdle defends removing McCutchen from game


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/26

    20 Fangraphs

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

  3. Hurdle says Snider might be available to pinch hit today

  4. Day off for Cutch. He probably needs it.

  5. Regarding the mini-controversy regarding removing McCutchen from the game on Friday.
    I am totally fine with the move. Cutch was struggling a bit, and it may have been tough for them to get back into the game. And I understand the issues with the bullpen.

    But I also would not have a problem with keeping your best player in the game and removing Snider and putting the pitcher in his spot….and letting the pitcher hit if need be.

    • I understand it now, too…and I’m also OK with the day off today. Cutch has to regroup and get his mojo back. I have no doubt that he will.

  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.
    Play as many lines or as few lines as you’d like.

    Please put your replies in this dialogue box, makes it much easier for me to “book-keep” that way.

    Total INNINGS PITCHED by Jeff Locke in today’s game
    0 – 4.00 (DOUBLE ODDS)
    4.33 – 6.33 (EVEN ODDS)
    6.67 – 9.00 (DOUBLE ODDS)
    9.33+ (TRIPLE ODDS)
    Anyone can play, and everyone should try!

    Thanks to all for playing and good luck!!

  7. Can the late blooming Locke pitch us into the division lead versus St. Louis’s boy wonder? Will Alvarez and Martin have a say? Play ball, and go Bucs! (By the way, who is the patron Saint of penitent Pedro mockers? Mary Magdalene?)

  8. With injuries abounding, why can’t McDonald get hurt?

    His appearance in the lineup hurts me, certainly.

    • Why Johnny Ringo, what an ugly thing to say. (Val Kilmer as Doc Holladay in Tombstone)


    • If Barmes needs a blow, I was hoping they’d start the OTHER McDonald there.

      He hits better

      • He actually managed a hit today. Granted a right fielder better than Holliday(that’s everyone) would have caught it, but still. I liked seeing the highlight of it hitting his wrist and bouncing off Holliday’s head too.

        Even I’m not that bad…

  9. Talk about a Sunday lineup…

  10. Ho hum… another Marte first inning base hit.

  11. This team still can’t make productive outs. Tabata K’s and Jones flies out to LF.

    • To be fair we could say that about Cards as well, both Beltran and Craig two of their best hitters had non productive outs in bottom half of inning.

  12. We talked about the Bylsma’s job security all over the morning thread.

    Neal’s turn. Only fair.

    Probably the Riverhounds’ turn.

    I cannot offer a name. I fear I shall never know their names.

  13. Martin going deep again! Awesome. Bucs up 1-0.

  14. Rusell Martin continues to tattoo the baseball takes 1-2 pitch deep to center, his 4th HR of the year to give Bucs lead. What a difference having a catcher that can receive, throw out a runner and hit makes!

  15. Anyone catch Buster Olney’s top 10 this week.

    10. Pittsburgh

  16. Interesting tidbit as Bucs play 25 th game of season, they own 4th best record in NL in addition to being just a1/2 game from first. But more impressive is they have compiled this start against oppositions with a combined 85-79 record .518, one of most difficult opening schedules.

    • We’ve been here twice before, and collapsed. If this team can avoid the toxin in the wings….

      • Actually could make argument it is a bit different. This year’s April record better than past two seasons.

        ’11 – 10-12 in April
        ’10 – 12-15 in April
        ’09 – 10-13 in April

        14-10 with couple games left this April, good sign to be winning early at better clip than previous seasons.

  17. Martin looks to be progressing toward his career batting stats, leaving last year as an aberration.

  18. Locke waoolks Locke. Political scientists suspect collusion

  19. GI Jones with double in corner, tough break as Leyva has to hold up Tabata as could not assume throw in would bounce away from cutoff man.

  20. A poke down the line sends 2 more home for the good guys. Come on Gaby!

  21. What a play by John McDonald… e, i, e, i… OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  22. WAy to stay with that catch JMac Sr.

  23. WOW, what a a tach by Johnny Mac, over the shoulder basket catch running full steam out to center, be tough to find a better defensive play.

  24. So that is why they traded for McDonald? Nice catch.

  25. Martin with a double now… one man wrecking crew

  26. Don’t look now but Jeff Locke has not allowed a run in his lat 10 1/3 IP. With Liriano and Morton coming, Locke is stepping it up certainly would be nice if there are tough decisions to make.

  27. Jose Tabata’s bat is alive… opposite field HR

    2-0 Pirates

  28. Tabata makes up for not scoring before by tattooing a ball the opposite field in right. 2-0 good guys!

  29. BOOM, Tabata goes opposite field for first HR, 2-0 good guys and Miller now at 95 pitches…keep it going Bucs.

  30. The McClouth trade with Atlanta is starting to look terrific!

    • Yep, maybe it is time to extend Neal Failington’s contract

    • shhhhh!!!! don’t tell anyone. Trades are not supposed to end up good for the Pirates. Also Morton from that trade pitched very well today. I think 40% of a starting rotation would qualify as a good trade for McClouth.

  31. Jeffy dealing today. Keep it up and keep the offense going. We should be getting close to getting into their pen. Miller at 98 pitches through 5.

  32. Morton pitched 6 innings today and gave up 3H, 1BB, 1ER and had 4 K’s. It sounds like his velocity and movement was good again.

    With Locke pitching well it may be JMac that is odd man out. A good problem to have. Someone always gets injured and to have Cole, Locke and or JMac ready to step in would be nice. Not to mention the ability to trade pitching for other needs or have pitchers step in when and if AJ and Wandy leave or retire next year.

    • Do you mean Sanchez is the odd man out?

      • Liriano will replace Sanchez. He is one rehab start ahead of Morton.

        Also Sanchez should not pitch his next outing anyway which would have been his last. I have to imagine somebody (anybody) will take that start. My hope is Wilson but I think they want him to continue to excel at long relief and not mess with him.

    • You figure Morton is still 2-3 starts away from possible move or about another month. Could very well be a battle between Locke and JMac, the nice thing is with Locke gaining form there is no need to rush Charlie.

      • Agree completely but if Morton has two more rehab starts like his last two I don’t know how he doesn’t fit into the rotation somewhere. He induces a lot of ground balls and seems a safer bet to get deep into games and save the bullpen.

        If JMac and Locke continue to pitch well it is a great problem to have. One I can’t remember having in a long, long time.

  33. Brandon Inge fan club now accepting new members.

    • First to admit not overly anomored with him, but has exceeded early expectations and I do like the fact he is a veteran that has seen and played through much in his career which could be an asset to the younger guys.

      • I agree with you JRay, but I’m also a sucker for those “veteran makes good” stories.

        Inge is a gamer. Some don’t think it think that type of influence means much. I happen to think it does.

  34. Hi all. At the game again today 3 rows behind Pirates “on deck” area. Warmer and drier than yesterday! GREAT SCORE! Sloppy defense by Cards!

  35. Inge gets a foot in there, for a 3-0 lead.

  36. Pirates B team getting it done today- Tabata, Inge, Johnny Mac, big games by all three of them.

  37. The better they do the more worried I get about an epic collaspe. Don’t get me wrong I love that they are winning but it still worries me. Just can’t shake the ugly feeling.

    • Although I’m not a fan of the JMac Sr. and Inge moves I think they where made along with Martin to avoid another collapse. All those guys understand the grind of a 162 games season and know how to stay on track and not go on long losing streaks. They also are all good to great defensive players. Defense is more of a consistant thing that stays good throughout the season and allows you to to maybe steal a few games while struggling offensively.

  38. Locke looking Great! 83 pitches

  39. Thats a home run!

  40. Hurdle runs out to request review

  41. How’s it look on tv?

  42. That’s a HR for Jones!

  43. Jonesy going deep with the review. 4-0 now!

    • Used to be, with the Pirates luck, it was “one more biscuit for breakfast and that would have been outta here!”

  44. Jones hit a dave “kingman” like rainmaker!

  45. I hope Locke pitches the 7th. He deserves it and the bullpen could use a well deserved rest. Mazzaro could pitch pitch the 8th and possible the 9th if he is clean in the 8th.

  46. Wifey says: “3rd Year is a Charm” for Pirates good start. (She is a Cardinals fan)

  47. Locke has lowered ERA from 5.17 to 2.82 thanks to the performance he has turned in last two starts.

  48. DADTACKULAR is bringing in the good mojo!!!

  49. The old Lumber & Locke Combo!

  50. How about another Martin blast?

  51. Looks like Locke is gonna pay the daily double!!

  52. No more grey man for me! :)

  53. Wilson hitting 94-95 mph consistently

  54. Broke 2 of Hollidays bats!!!

  55. Going to top of 9 and the Bucs up 4-0.

  56. Will Root let us see the ninth inning of this one?

  57. 5-0!!!

  58. This makes up for the first game of the series as we go up now 7-0!!

  59. Don’t take all the runs today as we will need them the next three days in Milwaukee.

  60. 2 dingers for Martin for a 9-0 lead!!!

  61. Russell freaking Martin does it again! 9-0 good guys!!! Rod who????

  62. I’d just like to point out that I called a series win on Friday night after the Sanchez debacle…even offered to wager 100 on the window.

    Also, if no one else has said it yet, #lockedown

  63. How’s that for run differential? That’s a good team.

  64. So… THIS is what first place looks like at the end of April…

    I like it.

  65. This makes up for the opening game when the Cardinals came into PNC Park and embarassed the Bucs.

  66. So do we actually have a catcher who can hit and throw? Hello Mr Martin!

  67. The upcoming series in Milwaukee should be interesting; lets hope the Pirates get over the curse of Randall Simon and the case of the whacked brawt

  68. I thought of this earlier today. If J. Sanchez stays around, and T. Sanchez is ever called up, and G. Sanchez plays first base in this so called game…we could have a Sanchez to Sanchez to Sanchez double play. How many teams can boost that double play?

  69. Raise the Jolly Roger for the first place Buccos! Nice comeback from the Friday night Jonathan Sanchez debacle. Damn this is fun – I will worry about the collapse possibilities later. Go Buccos!!!!

  70. Behind seven sterling innings turned in by Jeff Locke and four HR’s off the bats of Martin (2), Tabata, and Jones the Buccos crush the Cardinals 9-0 to win the series and take over sole possession of first place in the NL Central and there was noooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs have won three consecutive series, have gone 8-3 in their last 11, 14-5 in past 19 and are season best five games above.500.

    The Pirates head to Milwaukee to close out the 10 game road trip with Wandy Rodriguez set to take the mound in the series opener tomorrow night.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  71. Raise it… to the top of the NL Central Division!

  72. Time to Raise the Jolly Roger! Great win today by the Bucs. The first place BUCS!!!!

  73. Wow 3 hit shutout. That should give Locke some confidence

  74. I like the fact that they have won 2 of three at home and are over .500 on the road. If my memory is correct, that is a formula (over the course of a season) for playoff contention. I also like the fact that they score runs late in games. Too often in the past, the offense put up zeros after the fifth.

  75. Go ahead, Division-leading Bucs, put an exclamation point on it this time!

  76. A Pirates pahrhaus.

  77. OK, so here is how the weekend shook out at The Window.

    Line #1 – OVER
    Line #2 – UNDER
    Line #3 – OVER

    Line #1 – UNDER

    Line #1 – 6.67-9.00 (x2 ODDS WINNER)

    Congrats to Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) – The new Clubhouse Leader!!
    Only 2 games left in the month!!

    Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) ~ 800
    tdb1977 ~ 700
    theplanisworking ~ 700
    fellocolonial ~ 600
    Frankie ~ 525
    KJX ~ 525
    Jason81 ~ 500
    RobertoForever ~ 490
    bman ~ 415
    radio wave ~ 400
    EricBowser ~ 350
    JohninOshkosh ~ 350
    Keith ~ 300
    cmat0829 ~ 250
    JaxBuc ~ 230
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    Pucknutz ~ 200
    Steve J. Smith ~ 200
    JoeyBats ~ 175
    Karen22 ~ 150
    TJ ~ 150
    Joey Mellons ~ 145
    JUCOFan ~ 125
    TCB ~ 125
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    stickyweb ~ 100
    Bill Born ~ 65
    JD ~ 50
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    tmp444 ~ 25
    blazer ~ EVEN
    Chico ~ EVEN
    Dadtackular ~ EVEN
    DemonDachshund ~ EVEN
    kr70 ~ EVEN
    Nate83 ~ EVEN
    pants-n-at ~ EVEN
    TK ~ EVEN
    Brandie ~ -25
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    Ghost ~ -50
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    steelercrazy ~ -100
    OZ ~ -150
    Dom ~ -175
    JRay3 ~ -175
    cherokee23 ~ -250
    cosmo ~ -300
    Kevin ~ -300
    Lad9 ~ -300
    Arriba Wilver ~ -325
    pattonbb ~ -400
    stuart66 ~ -500
    Jandy ~ -700
    JMB ~ -800
    Bizrow ~ -1000

    ***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:

  78. Is management ALL IN? Are they willing to get the piece or pieces that *might* be needed in a few months if things keep going the way they are today? Does Huntington actually have the cojones to actually make the move to help put this team over the top?

  79. I remember hearing from Yankee broadcasters that Russell Martin was a very streaky hitter.

    Keep it up! Let’s go streaking!!

  80. Last time a Pirate team won 15 games in in April was 1992

  81. Permanent new starting lineup?

  82. Oy. I just looked up the standings three times.

    I was about to go for for but said STOP. Just stop. Stop.


  83. Charlie Morton today – 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1BB, 4K. 70 pitches, 8 groundouts,

  84. I cannot believe THIS team is in first place after the train wreck that was the first two weeks of the season.

    I think I’ll head to city council and officially request the city of Pittsburgh to commission a statue outside of PNC Park.

  85. Only remember you saw it here first if it turns out to be right. Liriano’s 1st start will be Saturday, May 11th at New York.

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