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

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

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


    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

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

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

  6. Went to find the Hippies, Hippo.

  7. DUPER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  9. 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!

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

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

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

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

  14. The bottom of their order produces.

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

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

  16. Can Wandy play short?

  17. 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.

  18. 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).

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

  20. 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.

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

    • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

        • 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.

          • 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!

            • 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.

  23. 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.

  24. martin has been just terrific!

  25. 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.

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

  27. 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.

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

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

    • Hahahahahaha!

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

    • 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!

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

        • We need a couple of those horns . . .

          • 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.

  30. Bats seem a little too silent.

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

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

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

  34. 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.

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

  36. Where is Hughes when you need him?

  37. Ugh. Pass the pinot noir.

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

  39. 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.

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

  41. 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?

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

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

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

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

  45. 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!!!

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 25 year old Jerry Sands in 26 games at Indianapolis -

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

  49. 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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