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Final: Brewers 10, Pirates 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (15-10) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (12-11)

Starters: LHP Wandy Rodriguez vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo

Time: 8:10 p.m.

Site: Miller Park, Milwaukee

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. Russell Martin, C
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, RF
  5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Brandon Inge, 2B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Rodriguez, LHP

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel will not share his bratwurst.

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. When will Walker and Snider be back? I know they might be available for pinch hitting, but when should they be ready to start?

    Martin batting second is interesting for lack of a better word.

    Let’s hope Cutch breaks out.

  2. Inge has played well enough that nobody even notices he is starting. He has earned it with some clutch hitting and good defensive work. Early on he is proving me and many others wrong. I will gladly continue to be wrong. I hope he contributes all year. Lord knows we deserve something like that after the last few years of Hinske, Overbay, Diaz……etc. types that have failed miserably.

    • My only worry is that this turns into a Clint Hurdle veteran man-crush.

      I’m with you, love being wrong about Inge being worthless. But you have to believe that there is a limit and eventually he’ll turn back into Brandon Inge.

      Bob Melvin was able to mine 11 home runs out of him last year before cutting the chord in August. Let’s all hope Clint knows when enough is enough.

      • If by cutting the cord you mean a season ending injury, then yes he did.

      • Agree, if he regresses to an occasional start against a tough lefty at third in place of Alverez I’m good with that. If he is being trotted out there 3 or 4 times a week like McClouth and Overbay then I just don’t get it.

        • Have you seen what McClouth has been doing since last half of last season? .351 this year and 8 stolen bases. His lasik must have finally taken effect.

      • Despite evidence to the contrary. Although I’m glad he’s done something, it just tempts Hurdle to keep on playing him. We need a Lloyd McClendon moment from Inge screaming ‘don’t overexpose me!’

    • I got to see first hand what Inge did when he came over to the A’s. I had no problem with this signing at all, but can he do it over the course of the season? Eh, 2 different things I think.

  3. I like this lineup except Walker isn’t there. I have no problem with Martin bunting as long as it wasn’t AJ who taught him.

  4. Hoping for another decent start by Wandy. GO BUCCOS!

  5. Nice weather here but chance of T-storms so I’m thinking the roof will be closed.

    Hopefully the local baseball team will play as well as their downtown NBA breathren did against the Heat.

  6. From the Pirates:

    “Congrats to Pirates catcher Russell Martin who was named NL Player of the week for 4/22-28. In that time Martin batted .375 (9-24) with 2 doubles, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs & a .958 SLG. Martin led the NL in homers and slugging percentage & has reached base safely in 17 of his last 20 games and ranks second among NL catchers with a .891 OPS this season. On Sunday he became just the second Pirates catcher since 1963 to record 3 extra base hits including 2 HRs in a game (also Ryan Doumit 2008).”

    Congrats to Russell.


    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.


    Line #1
    Total HITS + WALKS by Andrew McCutchen in tonight’s game
    Line is 1.5

    Line #2
    Total STRIKEOUTS by Pirates Batters in tonight’s game
    Line is 8.5

    Anyone can play, and everyone should try!

    Thanks to all for playing and good luck!!

    ***First Place at the end of APRIL will win:***

    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 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:

    • Line 1 – 50 over.
      Line 2 – 50 under.

      Thanks Playoffs.

    • Cutch gets in on the fun.
      Fifty OVER on line #1, please.

    • At playoffs: I will take 75 on the over for line 1. I will take 50 on the under for lying too.

    • Tough, tough line today Playoffs.

      Let’s try this:

      Line 1: 100 Under

      Line 2: 100 Over

      From the leader!!

    • 100 over on each line please. Thanks Playoffs.

    • Good afternoon to the window a perfect day to start a new series against a division foe as the Bucs look to make it four series wins in a row, would help to get this one to start things off.

      Multi-line Monday and I have some ground to make up. The first line is centered on Cutch who has struggled mightily to start the season. However, when you look at what he did in his fifteen games against the Brewers a year ago you will see he mashes them. He had six multi-hit games versus them a year ago including two games with three hits. In all he went over the number in 10 of 15 contests when you sprinkle walks in. I’ll side with the numbers and a highly motivated Cutch on this play.

      Line 1 – 100 on the OVER

      The next line focuses on Pirates K totals. The Pirates have fanned 207 times in 25 games an average of 8.28 a contest. Yovani Gallardo takes the hill tonight and although he struck out 14 Pirates in a game last season he has not fanned more than 6 in any of his five starts this year. Maybe his focus and attention have not been there as evidenced by his recent DUI. I will take the hot bats over the cold pitcher here.

      Line 2 – 100 on the UNDER

      Thanks Playoffs and Lets Go Bucs.

    • Sorry Playoffs I posted down below even though I know better, brain fart I guess :)
      I will duplicate it here.

      Line 1 100 over
      Line 2 100 under

    • In my apparently continuing quest to catch Bizrow, I will put 100 yen on both overs tonight. Cutch’s BABIP is way too low for him not to start breaking out, and Gallardo’s K/9 career against the Pirates is 10.3. Thanks Playoffs and lets go Buccos! It would be nice to see Grilli(d) cheese walk off the mound triumphant in the land of the cheeseheads!

    • 100 over
      100 under

    • 100 OVER for both Lines 1 and 2

      Thanks, Playoffs

    • Playoffs, I’m going to go OVER on BOTH lines tonight for 100 each. Thanks.

    • Over 1.5 – 100

      Over 8.5 -50

      Also I didn’t see my name listed but I thought I had played one earlier this year, however can’t remember if I won or lost or what it was for….

    • Please give me 50 over on 1 and 50 under on 2.
      As always thank you.

    • Oh Mighty Playoffs,

      On line 1, I would like 50 on the over.
      On line 2, I would like 50 on the under.

      Thank you very much.

    • 100 over #1
      100 under#2

    • Line 1, 75 over
      Line 2, 50 under
      Let’s go bucs.

    • Playoffs,

      I would like 100 on the OVER for both lines this evening.


    • Lets keep this going. I lose at the window and the Bucs win! My march towards last place continues.

      Line 1 – 100 OVER
      Line 2 – 100 UNDER

      Thanks Playoffs.

      • Not so fast, Buster. You have me to contend with.

        I’m going with 100 OVER on both lines, please, Playoffs.

    • Mister Playoffs…………

      rough weekend for this old Hippo.
      Bad news for all of the lunatics here…………… you guys will be seeing more of me, as I now have oodles of free time……….. today, this Hippo was sent out to pasture at work.

      So now, between looking for a new job, I will be perusing this blog more.

      Anyway, to the line at hand……………………..

      Line 2 — Lets go UNDER.
      Line 1 — Lets go UNDER…………… and hope I am wrong. Cutch has been in a funk, and Milwaukee hasnt been kind to him.

      Thank You Good Sir.
      Hippo Out.

    • Line 1. 50 Under
      Line 2. 50 Over

      Thanks, Sir.

    • 100 nomopetals each on #1 for OVER and #2 for Under

    • Cutch is gettin off the Schneid tonight…

      Line 1: 100 on the OVER

      LIne 2: 100 on the UNDER

      Thanks Playoffs!

    • @playoffs:

      Line 1: 50 on the UNDER
      Line 2: 100 on the UNDER


    • 1 over for 75
      2 under for 50

    • line one 100 under
      line two 100 over

    • Please sir, may I have 25 chords on the UNDER for line 1
      and 25 cords on the OVER for line 2.

      I hope to be wrong, but the Miller Park curse has not yet been lifted.

    • If I’m not too late to the party, line 1 50 on the over
      line 2 50 on the under please

  8. Dk

    Unless my comp is messed up, the link at the top that is supposed to take you to Pirates coverage actually takes you to Duquesne coverage.

  9. DK,

    thanks for the post (twitter) of the Plum High School video..very cool. My nephew goes there, didnt see him in there though….Freshman probably aren’t allowed to be seen.

  10. Line 1 100 over
    Line 2 100 under

  11. For all you local Pirates fans, seeing the announcement that the Pirates are getting bumped two times for hockey playoffs (although ROOT has committed to meeting its 150 televised games number which will be made up with previously non-televised games I’m sure), why do they not offer a ROOT 2 for nights like these?

    Here in Arizona the Dbcaks/Suns/Coyotes have conflicts all the time with each other so when one is on FSArizona they move another game to FSArizona Plus/2/Alternate whatever you want to call it and place it on a channel that typically is dark.

    Many cities have gone this route in the advent of the digital age and with all the capabilities out there.

    At any rate just find it interesting at least all of you locals will get to see the Bucs this Saturday on the FOX Baseball game of the week that regionally I do not believe will make its way out to Phoenix.

    • Looking at the schedule closer, if it goes seven games, three of the four Mets games get bumped..Thurs, Sat, Sun., also. Does Root televise the 2nd round also?

      • Sunday is a national TV Broadcast on NBC, so no Root broadcast. I’m not sure if it is the second round or not when the games turn all National in terms of broadcasts. Odd that the NHL is only league where playoff games are not all national tv broadcasts like, NBA, MLB, and NFL and still can be aired by local market cable.

  12. Who is this picture Reid Who has a four and zero record for Indianapolis?

    • Middle reliever for Indy, in eight games has pitched 15 innings just 4 BB’s to go with 17 K’s and 0.60 ERA. Former 7th round pick of Rays struggled in 2011 in Durham, had an alright year last season and appears to have struggled with control, but certainly has put up some numbers this year.

      Had 98 K’s in 77.2 IP in 2008, but up until last year his K/9 numbers dropped a bit.

  13. It’s almost as if those three weeks of Spring Training have erased Clint Hurdle’s memory of the three years that say Gaby Sanchez sucks at hitting right handed pitchers.

    A righty is pitching, Travis Snider is hurt, Jose Tabata is healthy, and Garrett Jones is playing right field.

    These are not difficult decisions to make.

  14. It has been announced….Jeanmar Gomez to start on Wednesday in series finale against Brewers. Sanchez moved to the pen probably until Contreras is called up this weekend.

  15. Clutch just needed a day off and now ready to go.

    I’ll take 100 on both for the over

  16. Lets Go Bucs!

    HIPPO HEY !!!

  17. He didn’t bunt !

  18. Braun & Weeks have great career numbers against Juan D..

  19. 1-0 lead! Let’s go Wandy.

  20. The count was 3-0 to Aoki before he eventually walked, all three of those pitches were strikes according to both gameday & my eyes.

  21. Man, we need an exorcism……….

  22. Already with command issues, and a crushed shot leads to a 2-1 deficit.

  23. Time to throw at this guy.

    (Just kidding)

  24. Walk, homer, double, hit the guy!

  25. Boy I can’t wait til the day when MLB announces Brewers OF Ryan Braun has been suspended for 50 games.

    Wandy needs to settle down here…not only do Pirates have fits at Miller so to does Rodriguez.

  26. Thank you Russell Martin throwing behind Lucroy and Sanchez in position to swipe tag.

  27. Eight series (this being the ninth) and so far we have only won the first game twice. Still early in this one, but even in those two series where we won the first game we won the series. So far 5-2-1 in series played this year.

  28. Four walks, just unreal…26 pitches / 17 balls.

  29. Good thing Barmes plays such a great shortstop.

  30. House of horrors…tailor made DP ball could have ended the inning lucky to get one.

  31. Taylor made DP ball botched by Barmes, and now the inning still lives and we are now down 3-1. Wandy may have to take an AJ for this game and go until his arm falls off to save the bullpen.

  32. Why do we always look like the Bad News Bears up there? Just amazing….

  33. Should have just walked him. Don’t care if the pitcher hits good. Rather take my chances with him. 5-1 now.

  34. Every series we play in Milwaukee I always say DON’T GET SWEPT.
    Still 2 more games in this series.

  35. Strike zone appears to be the size of a gnat.

  36. Thank god the 1st base official gave the Pirates that out they didn’t get or it might get ugly. ;)

  37. Not turning that doubleplay costs them 3 runs.

  38. Well that was a disastrous 38 pitch inning, this team has battled back before I’m just afraid Milwaukee will keep piling on.

  39. I thought we got rid of Ian Snell? Wandy let things get under his skin way too quick that inning and it hurt him and the team. 1-0 lead turns into 4 run deficit and against a guy we generally don’t hit well. Pick up your pitcher offense!

  40. Doesn’t ROOT have a darts tournament to switch to ?

  41. Yikes!

    As an aside, I do see a friend of mine in the crowd.

    Look for the lady in the blue low-cut blouse right above the “com” in the sign behind home plate. She is the one with the scorecard.

  42. Monday. NIght Raw or Dallas is an option.

  43. Watch the late break on all Gallardo’s pitches.
    Everyone is getting on top and then rolling over on his pitches tonight.
    If he keeps the late drop action up all night, it’s gonna be along game.

  44. How was Barmes’ bobble NOT and ERROR? Boggles the mind these scorekeepers these days.

  45. What are the odds Barmes hits into a double play as well?

  46. With Jay Bell on this staff, these guys should be expert at the bunt. He could lay down some good ones.

  47. I’m watching the FOX feed from Milwaukee. There’s some drunk idiot close to Marte and right in the microphone yelling all kinds of crap at him so loud you can barely hear the announcers. Now I’m sure at PNC you’d be tossed for yelling anything at a player on either team repetitively like that. Gotta hate those fans and that team.

  48. 14 RBI’s in 43 AB’s for Sanchez, that is a pace of 160+ RBI’s in 500 AB’s.

  49. Is it just me or does it seem like the Pirates have been on the road the whole season?

  50. Where have you gone Donny Robinson? Why can’t we get pitchers to hit HRs instead of watching three pitches to K? 6-2 now.

  51. Man, this is bad.

    Oh well, tomorrow is another day, I guess.

  52. Great HR #3 crushed and now 7-2.

  53. You know it’s bad when Jonathan Sanchez is warming in the pen.

  54. Jonathan Sanchez getting loose. What happens if you bean someone while you’re appealing a suspension ? I mean, let’s face it, he has no idea where it’s going. Could happen. Might be the only reason to keep watching.

  55. Good night all. Can’t take this one tonight. Hope the Bucs make me wish I stayed by going ballistic on Gallardo.

  56. LOL…things should get interesting now.

  57. Good thing he appealed that suspension. Otherwise, Clint would not have a sacrificial lamb to throw out there.

  58. Most important thing for the rest of this game is to get McCutchen going.

  59. Until they beat the Brewers, none of the other games really matter to me.

    Get over it already….

  60. I mean, seriously. Can someone throw inside, high & tight.

    Brewers are just feeling comfortable, no fear, and boom.

  61. Sanchez’s last game as a Pirate….

  62. Bernie Brewer just asked for time.

  63. Can Sanchez suspension be bumped to 6 months?

  64. This is a colossal epic failure by management to continue to keep Sanchez around, he is an embarrassment. When do they admit their mistake and recall Morris or any other pitcher down in Indy.

    • The epic fail is if he’s still here tomorrow. I don’t think he will be. Contreras will be ready tomorrow. They should seriously have him pitch the rest of the game & then tell him goodbye. It’s just like a complete game.

  65. And now on a night when someone needs to go down, this guy’s afraid to come anywhere near anyone.

  66. Off to bed…4am comes much too quickly…night!

  67. I wonder if the Brewers would trade the chorizo sausage from the race for Sanchez. Or maybe the sausages could get revenge for Randall Simon on him.

  68. This Brewers phobia needs to end with this series. They have already clinched a .500 roadtrip. They have to overcome they’re timidity against the Brewers and the Brewers arrogance against them. Pitching, defense, hitting leaves them. They play a better brand of baseball against better teams with more traditon than the Milwaukee F—— Brewers. They have 2 free games to flip the script. This is embarrassing.

    • Since 2007 the Pirates are 7-44 at Miller Park how is that feasible? you are correct the team just forgets how to pitch, play defense and hit. At this point the Brewers just have a psychological choke hold on the Bucs.

    • If there is anyone on this blog who would like to see them turn it around in Milwaukee, it is me. Only time I get to personally see the Pirates is in that horror house!

      • 2 ways Milwaukee tortures us………….

        1) Brewers own Pirates.
        2) Selig gave us Coonelly.

        Cant decide which is worse…………… ;)

        • Plan
          Been where you are and it is no fun. Now with a company that reorgs every damn year so I never know what is coming. But I do know that if they tell me my services are no longer required that I will come out of it better somehow. As I am certain you will; after all Hippos rule! Stay positive!

    • It’s just one game in April.
      I’m not gonna have a hernia over it.

  69. Once again, Clint Hurdle doesn’t get it that a pitcher, even a reliable one like Wandy,
    has a bad outing now and then. He should have pulled him out in the first inning, when the score was 5 to 1. When we still had a chance to win another game. Clint has to learn when a pitcher doesn’t have his composure. I know we can’t win them all, but we really need a smarter manager.

  70. Meh, at least it won’t be a 20-0 loss.
    Still got 2 more to go.
    Still 4 games over .500
    Still only need to win 67 more to have a winning season.
    Not looking to find a bridge tonite.

    • Very true, going to finish the month of April above .500 which is best start in many years and will be at or near top of division with one month down. Just not our night, hope to get a gem out of JMac tomorrow.

  71. Peee~yuuuuuu (any suggestions on a better way to spell that?)

    Just flush this one down the commode and focus on tomorrow. Still can add one more victory to April’s impressive win total. Who throws for us tomorrow? McDonald? If so it could be a season-defining outing for him.
    Make it happen, James.

  72. UNDER / UNDER once again is a WINNER / WINNER

    One game left in the month!

    Congrats to theplanisworking – the new Clubhouse Leader!

    theplanisworking ~ 900
    Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) ~ 800
    tdb1977 ~ 700
    fellocolonial ~ 600
    bman ~ 565
    Frankie ~ 525
    KJX ~ 525
    RobertoForever ~ 490
    radio wave ~ 375
    EricBowser ~ 350
    JohninOshkosh ~ 350
    Jason81 ~ 300
    Keith ~ 300
    cmat0829 ~ 250
    JaxBuc ~ 230
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    Pucknutz ~ 200
    JoeyBats ~ 175
    Karen22 ~ 150
    TJ ~ 150
    JUCOFan ~ 125
    Joey Mellons ~ 120
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    TCB ~ 100
    Bill Born ~ 65
    JD ~ 50
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    tmp444 ~ 25
    Chico ~ EVEN
    Dadtackular ~ EVEN
    DemonDachshund ~ EVEN
    kr70 ~ EVEN
    Nate83 ~ EVEN
    pants-n-at ~ EVEN
    Steve J. Smith ~ EVEN
    TK ~ EVEN
    Brandie ~ -25
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    Ghost ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    steelercrazy ~ -100
    stickyweb ~ -100
    OZ ~ -150
    absolute59 ~ -150
    Dom ~ -175
    JRay3 ~ -175
    blazer ~ -200
    cherokee23 ~ -250
    cosmo ~ -300
    Kevin ~ -300
    pattonbb ~ -400
    Lad9 ~ -500
    stuart66 ~ -500
    Arriba Wilver ~ -525
    Jandy ~ -700
    JMB ~ -800
    Bizrow ~ -1200

    ***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:

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