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Final: Nationals 6, Pirates 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (17-13) vs. Washington Nationals (16-15)

Starters: LHP Wandy Rodriguez vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez

Time: 1:35 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

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. Jordy Mercer, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Michael McKenry, C
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Brandon Inge, RF
  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, recently, 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 country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Brandie says:

    Hopefully, Wandy can bounce back from his last start and confound the Nats.

  2. Jandy says:

    I hope so! Good to see you Brandie :)

  3. Lad9 says:

    Wandy is 2-1 with a 0.00 ERA at home and 0-1 with an 8.91 ERA away from the Pirates Charities sign this year. In the past three years he has given up 3/4 of an earned run less at home. Lets hope he continues the trend, particularly since I will be heading to the ballyard today! Go Buccos!

  4. radio wave says:

    He is going to need those kind of home numbers to win today. With this lineup, where is the hitting coming from?

  5. Bizrow says:

    If there is a playoffs post today, I’ll take 100 UNDAH

    This is addicting, and gotta take the girls to the park


  6. theplanisworking says:

    BRANDIE GIRL!!!!!!

    Good to see you!

    MIA yesterday? Bad Brandie!

    Root the Pirates and Pens on! :)

    Total STRIKEOUTS by Pedro Alvarez in today’s game
    Zero (DOUBLE ODDS)
    One (EVEN ODDS)
    Two or More (EVEN ODDS)

    Max “wager” is 100 units

  8. blazer says:

    I am going out on a limb and taking the zero for 100.

  9. Brandie says:

    Went camping, my dear hippo.

  10. Joey Mellons says:

    25 units on zero strikeouts.

  11. Brandie says:

    I will take 1 for 50, dear Mr. Playoffs.

  12. JRay3 says:

    Good afternoon to the window. Great day for a series winning W today.

    Well when taking a look at today’s line, when you dive into the numbers you will notice that Pedro has not had zero K’s in a start since April 18th, coupled withthe fact that a tough lefty goes today who averages a little better than a K an inning.

    I will take 25 on ONE strikeout.

    Thanks Playoffs and Let’s Go Bucs!

  13. theplanisworking says:

    Oh, Hippos dont camp.

    Hope you had fun!

  14. Patrick(ri) says:

    When your hottest hitter in 6-9 is W.R., you are in serious trouble.

  15. Frankie says:

    Give me 100 on 2 or more… No faith in him

  16. Patrick(ri) says:

    I guess I malign Inge, but wasn’t he supposed to supply some power?

  17. Brandie says:

    Went to find the Hippies, Hippo.

  18. theplanisworking says:

    Peace !!!! ;)

  19. theplanisworking says:

    DUPER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. theplanisworking says:

    Sorry, wrong thread guys.
    Hippos get easily confused………………….

  21. JaxBuc says:

    Please sir, may have have 30 special K’s on the “Two or More” choice. Heck, he might have two by the 4th inning.

  22. cmat0829 says:

    100 on Zero please thanks.

  23. Lad9 says:

    100 units on zero strikeouts. Go Buccos!

  24. JRay3 says:

    Alvarez not in lineup…Russell Martin starting at third base.

  25. JRay3 says:

    Wow Harper ejected for standing in box on check third strike call…quick work by Wandy in top half of first.

  26. JRay3 says:

    It’s a Marte Parte, first pitch swinging and blast his 5th HR of the year second deck to LF. His 15th hit in first inning this year.

    Mercer double to gap and Bucs bats coming out raking!

  27. Patrick(ri) says:

    Yeah, “some day he will get to dble digets or even 20 home runs.” (J. wehner last road trip, re Marte).

  28. JRay3 says:

    At this rate he will be double digits by end of month.

  29. JRay3 says:

    Bases loaded, no one out Sanchez walks, Bucs Sunday lineup of all righties doing some early damage.

  30. Patrick(ri) says:

    He is the most interesting new Pirate in 30 years. I include Cutch & Bonds in that. Hope he can progress.

  31. Patrick(ri) says:

    There is the advantage of a SS with range. Nuts.

  32. JRay3 says:

    Gonzalez gets out of it fanning Martin and Fort and inducing Inge to ground out. Needed 27 pitches to get out of first.

  33. Patrick(ri) says:

    The bottom of their order produces.

  34. JRay3 says:

    The free passes have hurt this pitching staff, walk scores this inning, yesterday 6 BB’s and 3 HBP….too many freebies.

  35. Patrick(ri) says:

    How can we play this guy? Whiffs on 4 pitches. Surprise is, it took 4.

  36. Patrick(ri) says:

    Can Wandy play short?

  37. Since Alvarez is not in fact in the starting lineup, he must have at least TWO at bats (I’m going to count a walk, reached on error, sacrifice, HBP, etc as an at bat) in order for this line to qualify. If he has less than TWO at bats, then all “wagers” will not count. Thanks.

  38. JRay3 says:

    Bad call on play at first, replays show Span out a half step, One more out here Wandy to not let ump error get you. At least it’s Bernadina and not Harper.

  39. Patrick(ri) says:

    Play a Little League infield and get the results you deserve (though McDonald had the out at first,so the sb should not have been available).

  40. Ghost says:

    (Test) Who’s reaching out to capture a moment…

  41. Ghost says:

    Okay, figured out how to post in boldface.

  42. JRay3 says:

    Gonzalez has settled down but at 61 pitches through three, make him work and try to get into pen early and Wandy keep posting zeroes.

  43. Ghost says:

    Pitch counts look to be about the same. We’d win the battle of bullpens, though.

  44. Ghost says:

    Win the battle, lose the war, that is. At this rate Wandy is going to tax our already overtaxed bullpen. The second half of the season is looking more and more in jeopardy.

  45. Patrick(ri) says:

    Their .189 bottom-feeder is sticking it ti us.

  46. Ghost says:

    Wandy is due up this inning. After 87 pitches through four. We’ll see if he bats.

  47. Patrick(ri) says:

    May as well finish out the automatc outs inning. Suppose CH will replace him, like he did AJ?

  48. Ghost says:

    He better last through five now that Hurdle let him bat.

  49. Patrick(ri) says:

    Wandy does seem nearly as touchy as I am cynical — hope he can keep it together. Hasn’t pitched all that poorly.

  50. Patrick(ri) says:

    Pretty lucky in the 5th, but got past it.

  51. Ghost says:

    Welp, I don’t have the pleasure of actually being able to see the game, so I’ll defer to your assessment. He’s made it through five now, albeit with 101 pitches. If he can get us through six and hold them to those three runs, this will qualify as a “quality start.” Bats need to pick him up now.

  52. Patrick(ri) says:

    The bats may have blown their chance in 1st. On the other hand, this team appears to late- inning bullpen crushers — especially if they don’t let McDonald anywhere near the batters box!

  53. JRay3 says:

    Wandy makes it through six and pitches very well but pays for one mistake pitch to Espinoza…like to see the bats get him off the hook.

  54. Ghost says:

    He must of heard us talking about him because he got’r dun there in the six. Now the ball is in Clint’s court.

  55. Patrick(ri) says:

    Break for Gabby, now up to M — as I type

  56. Patrick(ri) says:

    martin has been just terrific!

  57. Ghost says:

    Keep pressing that key then!

  58. JRay3 says:

    Martin RBI double on ball crushed to gap…Gaby had to come hard from first base and play was going to be a lot close at plate if C holds onto ball.

  59. Patrick(ri) says:

    Dead horse observation: auto out “nubs one . . .”

  60. Patrick(ri) says:

    This guy is hitting .80 for goodness sake. Somebodybwahpke up the Mgr.

  61. Ghost says:

    Yeah, that was pretty predictable. Inge and Mercer are already in the game though. At least we got McDonald out of the way for our late inning comeback.

  62. Patrick(ri) says:

    Contreras, Inge, McDonald . . . i was wrong, not a Little League game. it is an Old Timers game. i think I’ ll oil up my glove and head for Pittsburgh.

  63. Ghost says:

    Meaning, we’re stuck with McDonald today.

  64. Patrick(ri) says:

    Actually, I have some love for Jose. We will see.

  65. Patrick(ri) says:

    Lookin good.

  66. Ghost says:

    The geezer gets the job done. On to bottom of 7th.

  67. Ghost says:

    We never do the seventh inning stretch, here on the Blog. I sang out loud to myself.

  68. theplanisworking says:


    Did you have an Eat-n-Park smiley cookie, too? ;)

  69. Patrick(ri) says:

    Me, too. But nothing I say or do from now on is my responsibility — blame it all on the excellent Black Kite Anderson Valley Pinot Noir next to my chair. i am giddy that it is the 7th inning and I still care!

  70. Ghost says:

    Don’t have the cookie, but I AM sitting in my underwear. Does that count?

  71. Ghost says:

    You and I can do the two-man “virtual” wave.

  72. Brandie says:

    Bats seem a little too silent.

  73. Patrick(ri) says:

    We need a couple of those horns . . .

  74. theplanisworking says:



  75. theplanisworking says:

    As have you, Brandie!

    Lets hear it !!! ;)

  76. Ghost says:

    Good idea. You polish off that bottle of wine and blow into the bottle. I’ll look around here for something and chime in.
    Meanwhile, while we were making our own little party, the Pirates fizzled in the 7th. So much for our singing.

  77. Patrick(ri) says:

    Gotta luv Walk: “. . . You can never tell what’s ahead.”

  78. Ghost says:

    I think my kids don’t wouldn’t know what their own father looks like inside the house actually wearing pants.

  79. Ghost says:

    Bernadina on. Oh-oh. The Jason Bay trade still haunts us.

  80. Ghost says:

    That was unfair to Morris. Can’t help the Pavlovian response though.

  81. Brandie says:

    Cooking soup. WOOT!

  82. Patrick(ri) says:

    Hey Ghost, blowing into the bottle sounds alot like what I hear on the tube. I am certain the tone will deepen soon.

  83. Brandie says:

    Please don’t Hipposterize me!

  84. Ghost says:

    The best thing that ever happened to Adam LaRoche is that Playoffs put on a wager about him striking out. Not only has he only fanned once this series, but his OBP has to be through the roof for these three games.

  85. Ghost says:

    I’m working on a witty reply.

  86. Ghost says:

    Is that a fancy word for “sitting on you till you’re crushed?”

  87. Ghost says:

    Well, at least the Pens won.
    And I take back my remorseful remark regarding Bryan Morris.

  88. Patrick(ri) says:

    Where is Hughes when you need him?

  89. Officer Mancuso says:

    Ugh. Pass the pinot noir.

  90. Ghost says:

    Okay Patrick, it ain’t witty but I got my reply: Throw the bottle at the TV. At least *I* will feel better…

  91. Brandie says:

    Not sure. I think that our Hipposter is a wrestler. That should be his signature move.

  92. Patrick(ri) says:

    Their best player is tossed in the firt, their second-best has a bad shoulder, the others cannot break .200 and they are now crushing us. Bottom of ther lineup took us apart. Alas.

  93. Patrick(ri) says:

    Done, but I missed. Better times ahead, as Walk might say.

  94. Brandie says:

    But will the TV?

  95. Brandie says:

    He should Hipposterize the entire FO, for instance. Or, it could be slang for exercises that hippos do.

  96. Officer Mancuso says:

    And alack. Forsooth!

  97. Ghost says:

    The TV was already seeing stars from the time it was hipposterized.

  98. Ghost says:

    And double trouble, toil and bubble.

  99. Patrick(ri) says:

    I better sober up if you are going to go Elizabethan on me.

  100. Brandie says:

    And little birdies too.

  101. Patrick(ri) says:

    Now the .40 hitter is 2 for 4. Just not the Bucs day.

  102. Ghost says:

    Udderly hilarious.

  103. Officer Mancuso says:


  104. Brandie says:

    Sometimes you own the day. Sometimes the day owns you. We all have to learn to take our lumps.

  105. Patrick(ri) says:

    +1. (bernadino started day at .040, not .40 , my bad).

  106. Officer Mancuso says:

    Genuinely curious, 1 out bottom 9th down 6-2 @ PNC, how many fans still in seats. Could I get a grant for this & quit day job?

  107. Patrick(ri) says:

    Walk is right. This game was put on a tee. We didn’t take it

  108. Ghost says:

    And sometimes the hippo sits on your head.
    Alright gang, I’m outta here. Try to salvage my Sunday.

  109. Officer Mancuso says:

    Issuing an intentional walk to Adam Laroche in the first week of May?!

  110. Officer Mancuso says:

    “First, do no harm.” I believe that saying originated among hippos, and understandably so!

  111. Chuck H says:

    Wow! Where did that bum, Morris come from? He needs to be sent back ASAP. It was a close game until that jerk went in to pitch. Anyhow, Clint made another bad choice.
    Come on Bucs, GO!!!

  112. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    The Pirates need a couple more starting pitchers and a RF/leadoff hitter.
    One guy needs to pull out his wallet, and another guy needs to trade some of this incredible talent (?) in the minors to get this team over the hump for a change.

    On the bright side…..Starling Marte is flat out great!
    I guess Dave Littlefield wasn’t as bad as some suggest.
    It doesn’t take much to out-shine Neal Huntington.

  113. theplanisworking says:

    + a whole herd’s full……..

  114. theplanisworking says:

    Great stuff !!

  115. Milo Hamilton says:

    I love how Hurdle’s so concerned about resting his best relievers in winnable games. As the time goes on, I think his starters will take care of that for him.

  116. Milo Hamilton says:

    After tomorrow’s off day, Grilli & Melancon will have each pitched 2 innings in the last 9 days.

  117. theplanisworking says:

    Dont want to overwork them. ;)

    Long season, I guess……..

  118. Hope you’re right about that.

  119. Milo Hamilton says:

    No you don’t. I didn’t mean it in a good way.

  120. Milo Hamilton says:

    25 year old Jerry Sands in 26 games at Indianapolis –

    .143 Avg / .250 OBP / .167 SLG / 21 K’s / 0 HRS / 7 RBI

  121. pattonbb says:

    flooding the system….

  122. theplanisworking says:

    with what?

  123. Jandy says:

    Underwear for Ghostie!

  124. theplanisworking says:


  125. Jandy says:

    LOL I just had a few to look at t his blog, I see the Buccos bombed out…bummer…but that post by Ghostie cracked me up!

  126. theplanisworking says:



    Hippo Out…………. busy morning, then relaxing in my pond! ;)

  127. Jandy says:

    Have a nice night hipposter :)

  128. The Gunner says:

    Failington would have better off acquiring Tommy Sands instead of Jerry Sands

  129. Milo Hamilton says:

    Funny, I was just thinking of Nancy Sinatra.

  130. Chuck H says:

    I wonder how long Marte is going to be wasted in the leadoff spot. The Bucs are losing a lot of runs, the way he is leading off the game with a homer. But then, for some reason,
    the Bucs home runs usually come with no one on base. Again, that happens because we are not a good hitting team-too many automatic outs in our lineup. Just look at some of our puny averages, some below the averages of some the league. Pedro’s comes to mind. Is he ever going to hit like a major leaguer is supposed to??? And how about McCutchen, he’s playing like he doesn’t want any votes for the All-Star game.

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