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Final: Nationals 5, Pirates 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (17-12) vs. Washington Nationals (15-15)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg

Time: 4:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, radio: Fox (national), 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. Russell Martin, C
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Jordy Mercer, 2B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Locke, 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. Did no one notice Mercy received ball four in his 7th inning at-bat, only to remain at the plate at then strike out on the next pitch? How could Mercer and the entire Pirates team miss that?

  2. I wanted to post this, so that it would be preserved forever…last night, I was at a bar in Boise that had the Buccos on the TV on the left and the Pens on the TV on the right. That freakin’ happened. And I was stoked.

    The bar was the Crescent “No Lawyers” Bar, in case anyone’s ever out this way, but yeah, that happened.

  3. Some baseball links to occupy time

    JAL’s Happy Days 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

    Status Quo for Burnett, Bullpen; Mercer Homers in Pirates Win

    Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham and Orlando Castro Continue Strong Starts

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Burnett, McCutchen, Mercer team up to beat Nationals, 3-1


    This is a big series for the Pirates, too

    8 The Green Weenie

    AJ, Jordy, Lead Bucs To 3-1 Win Over Nats

    9 Rumbunter

    The Magnificent A.J. Burnett Dilemma

    10 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Pirates 3 Nationals 1

    • Happy Days Pratt and McClain 1976 Song went to number 5 on the charts. During the first two seasons of Happy Days the theme song was Rock Around the Clock.

  4. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Washington Times

    A.J. Burnett, Pirates shut down Nationals in series opener

    12 Rant Sports

    Pittsburgh Pirates Willing to Give Jose Contreras a Chance

    13Washington Post

    Nationals bats go quiet again in 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh

    14 KDKA

    Sean Casey Honored With Light Of Life Mission Award

    15 MASN

    Reactions from Detwiler, LaRoche and Zimmerman after 3-1 Nats loss

    16 CBS Sports

    VIDEO: The Pirates’ SNL-style lineup

    Pirates Nationals Game Preview

    17 Sweetspot

    Five things to watch this weekend

    18 PBC Site

    McCutchen, Mercer back Burnett’s sharp effort

    Notebook: Karstens to continue rehab; Morton has setback


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Pebble Hunting: Baseball Out of Context

    20 Fangraphs

    Examining First-Inning Sacrifice Bunts

  5. This afternoon’s question mark is Locke. Go Bucs!

    • This afternoon’s question mark is Strasburg… is he the dominant pitcher the Pirates just can’t touch or is something wrong with either his arm or his mechanics….

    Total STRIKEOUTS by Pirates batters in today’s game
    Line is 8.5

    Max “wager” is 100 units

  7. Have to say, watched the game on MASN last night and the announcing team is very very bad, especially today’s Fox analyst FP Santangelo. He was not only annoying but he was flat-out wrong on almost every play he analyzed…. case in point, both of Marte’s steals of 2nd… he said Marte got “great jumps and wouldn’t be thrown out anyway”…that is dead wrong… Marte actually didn’t get great jumps..if La-la-la-Whiff doesn’t bobble, Marte is out and then Mercer doesn’t get to hit that inning….and Suzuki may have thrown out Marte but no one was covering the bag.

    And Carpenter, play by play guy, can’t just call the pitches, he has to try to bridge between the pitch and whatever inane topic he and FP are talking about…

    No matter what anyone thinks of the Bucs announcers, they are good to great compared to these guys….

  8. 100 under

  9. Nice first inning for Locke today. Good morning, good afternoon, and good night Nationals. 1 K for Locke and two 3-1 ground outs. Good start. Now, lets get the bats going and rock Strasburg.

  10. Can’t waste those opportunities against Strasburg.

  11. well, no Pirates on TV where I live.

    Off to do life stuff. ;)

    Hippo out.

  12. After looking pretty good in the first, Locke seems to have lost his control in the second, walking the first LaRoche and Moore. Come on Locke, find the strike zone. Nevermind…a double play ends the inning.

  13. safe….oh well

  14. Why was Marte’s glove on the wrong hand… monster HR by him to get lead but that… geesh.

  15. I’m ready for Day-dro because 2013-dro has sucked again…

    or not… struck out

    • He is actually 4th in RBI’s for all NL third baseman, 2nd in HR’s for position and one run away from being 4th in that category.

      His BA is obviously near the bottom but his power numbers are in top 25% of all NL 3B. He has also turned the second most double plays from position just one behind Todd Frazier of the Reds.

      • nice stat work. I was going to make some sort of sarcastic remark about comparing him to other third basemen, but I will just write that I was

      • 2012: 85 RBI / 525 at-bats = 16%
        2013: 13 RBI / 99 at-bats == 13%

        2012: 180 K / 586 plate appearances = 30.7%
        2013: 34 K / 108 plate appearances = 31.4%

        If you think he’s playing well because the third baseman overall are worse, that’s fine but I’d rather he play better than he did last year and so far, he’s worse.

        • I just mention that 75% of NL 3B perform at a lower level in some key hitting categories so many teams suffer with far worse and would love to have Pedro in their lineup.

          The Bucs are only 29 games in still plenty of time for Alvarez to improve upon his totals from last season as we all know he is streaky and one hot streak can flip those in a hurry.

  16. Barmes 2-R HR against Strasburg to deep center … something is wrong with him.

  17. Clint Barmes goes cannon ball! Second two run jimmy jack off Strasburg and Buccos take 4-2 lead.

  18. Jordy Mercer making some quick contributions since being recalled…2-6 HR, 2 R’s, 2 RBI’s.

    Bucs radio just announced Barmes shot at 413 feet, got all of it.

  19. Clint not taking any chances, short leash for Locke as he brings in Wilson at first sign of trouble.

  20. How did that get through, was Barmes that far to third base side?

    • As stated here ad nauseum – by me – Barmes has no range and is usually out of position. Most shortstops would have gotten at least one out on that play.

      Kudos to him for his HR though

  21. The FOX announcers just compared Bryce Harper to Clemente. Bit premature, wouldn’t you say?

  22. Nothing affects Pedro; he seems oblivious. Striking out with runners aboard, making an error of commission, he still has that unperturbed look of Alfred E. Neumann

  23. Need Morris to bail out Pedro and Wilson, bases loaded and not one single hit…error and walks five and six on the day.

  24. Huge strikeout…let’s get something going with the bats.

  25. I bought a special pack of baseball cards with all kinds of cards, the back had a Bo Jackson and I was like, I have to have this card. So I bought it for Perry… lol… ok, me.

    So I go through the cards and look at what I acquired…. Dejan wants this badly.

    DK: Horrific. Four seconds of my life I’ll never have back. I’ll get you for this, Bowser.

  26. Not good, sports fans. (“Sports fans:” name the movie character who would say that.) Not only LaRoche put on into a precarious state with that hit, but those like me who bet on him to get more than 4.5 K’s this weekend are going to lose because he’s not going to strikeout four times tomorrow.

  27. What was the use of bringing up Jose Contreras, if you weren’t going to use him in 9th inning of tied game?

  28. Why, why, why, why….

  29. Nice play by Bernadina.

  30. Suck-dro has 3-0 count, looks at strike one, and then pops up to Zimmerman, no wonder Martin went for the double, he has no one hitting behind him.

  31. Missed a little of game having dinner with family but tough way to lose in 9th.

    • Missed most of game too. Tough loss, but your bb card well makes up for it — best pimp of the year!

  32. Another loss you can charge to the manager. Why, after the strikeout of Harper in that
    9th inning, why did he let Watson stay in the game to face right-handed batters, when he had both Melancon and Grilli, to get out of the inning. I knew as soon as Watson hit Zimmerman with 2 strikes on him, that would be the ballgame. We need a manager.

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