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Final: Pirates 7, Mets 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (18-16) vs. New York Mets (14-17)

Starters: LHP Wandy Rodriguez vs. RHP Shaun Marcum

Time: 7:10 p.m.

Site: Citi Field, New York

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. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Jose Tabata, RF
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Michael McKenry, C
  8. John McDonald, SS
  9. Rodriguez, LHP

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Beat writer Rob Biertempfel 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. havent watched a bucco game in awhile, is Walker still hurt?

    • Marcum’s ERA of 7.20 you cite is over only 10 innings pitched. He has been hurt this year and is the biggest unknown for this game.

  2. Emphatically applaud DK’s tweet directing those who are happy with the prospect Joel Hanrahan is headed for surgery to unfollow him. I, myself, get pretty upset when others relish the misfortunes of players who happen to be former Pirates. Have seen it a lot, whether the player was Jason Kendall, Freddy Sanchez, or now Hanrahan, apparently.

    DK: Sickening, isn’t it?

    • + INFINITY!!

      Joel was a professional while he was here. He came over as a reclamation project and left as a 2 time all star. I wish him nothing but the best.

    • Same with Lincoln’s troubles. I agree, Ghost. Well, maybe not so much with Kendall. :-)

      • I still say Searage could fix Lincoln. He had them talking “future closer” before the trade. Contreras can’t pitch forever. He certainly could pitch as well as Hughes did before he was sent out.

      • Also agree. I also have to say that jokes about drunk driving is even more sickening since drunk driving threatens lives.

    • Could not agree more…the Hammer gave the Pirates all he had and left it on the field. All-Star and great player during his time here, hope a speedy return for him.

    • Why in God’s name would anybody be happy he’s hurt ?

      • Because it’s unfortunately become the prevailing theme. Taking that a step further, I just heard a sports commentary today where he (the name of the sports reporter escapes me) wondered when (as example) an NBA fan would come out of the stands to assault a player on the court… in a game where many fans feel it’s okay to hurl racial epithets, flip the bird, swear at the refs, and make veiled threats (especially when having had one too many beers). I’m not surprised by any of it. And on the side of the players, sportsmanship has taken a back seat to arrogance, narcissism and garbage like the homophobic and bigoted tweets from so-called star athletes. Okay, off my soapbox.

    • I really like Joel when he played for us. It’s a shame this happened to him just before he was able to get a big payday for his hard work.

    • Love the guy. From my home state. Great tweet from Dejan! Worst thing about twitter-the twitiots.

    • Idiotic.

    • Not to be incredibly obtuse, but does that include wishing injury on non-former pittsburgh players as well? Cause there are moments… however brief… when I wouldn’t mind if tripped over his children’s toys and broke an ankle.

      • bah I should known better to use chevron characters. I meant to say (insert hated rival) between the IF and TRIPPED words above. bah, the more I think about it… not many people I would insert.

    • Those people who are happy with an injury to another player deserve to be eaten by a Hippo.

      And, I might add, I would have an endless buffet in Philthadelphia.

      Classless, tacky, idiotic. For starters.

    • Will never understand that mentality. And in Hanrahan’s case, he didn’t even leave voluntarily. I was at the game on Sunday and LaRoche was booed every time up. When he was here he seemed to me to be a stand up guy who gave us what he had – a .270 average 25 HR’s and 85 RBI’s. And although he was on record as wanting to try free agency, he too was traded away (for the dual immortals, Hunter Strickland and Agenis Diaz, a return for which NH should be flogged for even with having minimal leverage). Everyone has the right to boo, but I still hate that thought process – a pet peeve for sure.

    • Even Aramis was hit with the boos when he came back with the Cubs. There sure seem to be a lot of sickos around, but I guess there are just so many homo sapiens nowadays who can not only boo at the games but also vent, on-line, in faceless “despicability.”

    • I’m posting late, but never understood the response to guys let go or traded.

      Two exceptions, Barry Bonds, and Jagr.

      I know, Bonds walked and supposedly threatened the Galbraith owners if they offered arbitration, he’d accept it, and Jagr got moved due to finances, and he was slowly “dying”

      I would not boo JHarrison either, money thing

      Other than those two, how do you boo players you rooted for?

      Just sayin, with the caveat, I’ve thankfully never had to deal with divorce

    • Personally, I wanted his FEELINGS hurt.

      When Pedro hits the World Series Game Seven Game Winning Home Run off Joel.

      And then I woke up.

  3. I wonder if Martin’s hurt?


    Max “wager” is 100 units on any single line.
    Play as few or as many lines as you’d like.
    As always, this is for fun and entertainment purposes.

    Line #1
    Total PITCHERS USED by the Pirates in tonight’s game.
    Line is 3.5

    Line #2
    Total COMBINED HITS by Andrew McCutchen in the 3 remaining games this weekend against the Mets.
    Line is 4.5

    Line #3
    Total WINS by the Pirates in the 3 remaining games this weekend against the Mets.
    Line is 1.5

    Good Luck!!

  5. “Three-play Friday”, eh? Is next week foreplay Friday?

    Okay, give me 50 smackaroos on the UNDER for Line 1, pretty please.

  6. A little worrisome that I am liking a Hurdle line-up choice (Tabata). I guess 3 hits and a line drive out of four “cold” at-bats will give you a shot.

    • On the other hand, how can a major league team start a guy hitting .077? Gonna take a miracle tonight.

  7. Good lines today as usual!
    100 on each line

    1 Under
    2 & 3 Over

  8. The buccos rank 16th in home runs.

  9. 1 over
    2 under
    3 under


  10. Just watched tape of Ovechkin having the crap knocked outta him by the Rangers in Game Four.

    I mean literally.

    I think I saw a stain.

    No idea why I was looking.

  11. Russell Martin is out because his neck hurts.

  12. Wonder if anyone will catch up to Marcum’s 87 MPH blazing fastball.

  13. Pirates first inning/3 up and 3 down-2 via strikeouts, and by a 7.20 ERA pitcher.


  14. Mercer is tall

  15. Thought Jones should have scored there.

  16. A brilliant job of coaching by Leyva – TWICE. He is incompetent

  17. When Tabata could not take off immediately to avoid the ball that should have been first clue not to try and take third.

  18. Another episode of Adventures In Baserunning by Jose Tabata. The sad part is that he should have been on 2nd to begin with. When the ball got away from the infielders on his single, the first baseman was in cutoff position & there was no one on 1st base. He should have been half way to 2nd on the throw. And then been able to waltz into 2nd when it goy away. Great stuff.

  19. The Fort looks ready to hit tonight –


    Oh, wait, wrong sport. Just warming up for tomorrow…….

    nice AB by the Fort. Staying alive to get the double.

  21. Thank goodness they got to 2nd & 3rd!

  22. Talk about a gift. Awful pitching.

  23. We have to score 7-8 runs off of this stuff Marcum is laying in there

  24. Wandy hits it hard enough so Marcum could not catch it, and helps his cause by playing another run.

  25. Where is Jay B? Marte is flailing atblow and awaynstff lately.

  26. I am at a complete loss of comprehension – pitcher or not – he has to score with two outs

  27. Cutch missed that one by a hair.

  28. What do you suppose the angle of Wandy,s “doward plane” is?

  29. Am I the only one who thinks Ray Searage resembles a skinny Burl Ives?

  30. All these extra pitches because of a missed 3rd strike call to Davis. Umpires are a necessary evil. I stress evil.

  31. Yep, I will take one badonkadonk butt meal, and she will have the I cant see my toes meal.
    2 Diet Cokes with that, please…………… ;)

  32. Let’s Go Wand-Rod!

  33. Have the coaches told Marte he can duck? He reminds me of Kendal, without the armor -just stands there and takes it.

  34. That’s the second time Cutch had a pitch to drive but couldn’t square it up

  35. Lets hope the umps get this one right, definitely a three run HR for Jones.

  36. Let’s start making the Mets burn through some relievers.

    Early day game tomorrow.

  37. Did you see the sign on the wall where umps went to view replay? “See how good you really are”. — ha!

  38. The umps got it right??? WOW!!!!

    Great shot G. I. !!!!!!!

  39. Back to back multi-hit games for Pedro closing in on mendoza line.

  40. 6 runs with this batting order and Cutch 0 for 3. = outstanding! This could be the year.

  41. Marcum used to be an elite, under the radar ace. Something’s wrong with him.

  42. With Walker set to return on Sunday has Mercer shown enough to stick and release McDonald? Just zero stick from Johnny Mac, he makes Barmes look like an imposing hitter.

  43. Marte belts out Bucs 10th hit of night, four players with multi-hit games and only McDonald, Wandy and Cutch Sioux hit tonight.

  44. The year Milwaukee hired Greinke & Marcum, I thought their GM walked on water.

  45. Any bets on who pitches for us next inning? I think he should get aother inning or two out of current guy. Good chance to rest whole late inning pen.

  46. You see strange and wondrous things on Pirate basepaths.

  47. Mazzaro is going to get tired

  48. Good for the kid. Give him the 9th. Would he get a save?

  49. Old man of the sea in the 9th?

  50. I think I would have preferred a tired Mazzaro.

  51. I am a confused Hippo on many counts here.

    1) DK posted this thread as Pirates 7, Mets 2 final before the game was over. Early deadline?

    2) They just said Grilli could get a save. I thought there was a 3-run lead or less limit on saves?

  52. Behind the solid start of Wandy Rodriguez and three RBi’s to go with three extra base hits from Garret Jones the Bucs even the series with the Mets by virtue of a 7-3 win and there was nooooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Pirates improve to 19-16 on the year, 4-4 in the month of May. The Bucs return to action tomorrow afternoon in the third game of the four game set with Francisco Liriano set to make his Pirates debut on the mound.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  53. Raise it! Good win. Marte rocks!

  54. Except for the first week, no long losing streaks so far this season

  55. You guys have to tell me what exactly it was that Marte did this time that has everybody so fired up. Seems like the kid is doing something awesome each and every day.

  56. Solid game from the Bucs tonight.

    Got to get ready for the Pens tomorrow!

    Night everyone.

  57. ….fear the Bones….

  58. Absolute Lock

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