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Final: Pirates 5, Cubs 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (26-18) vs. Chicago Cubs (18-25)

Starters: LHP Wandy Rodriguez vs. RHP Matt Garza

Time: 7:05 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. Jose Tabata, RF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, RF
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Rodriguez, LHP

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is covering.

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. Been waiting to post this all afternoon. A Pirate fans mind does not have to wander very far…

    • Thank you for that. All you have to do is change a couple names …

      • Poor KC fans.

        I said before the year that the best thing NH could do is not trade away any assets before the next guy comes in.

        Dayton couldn’t even manage to succeed at doing that.

    • Excellent.

      The thought no Pirates fan dares think (and the fear of the front office):

      What if Cole and Taillon get here and suck ?

      • It could happen. Then, we hope for Glasnow, and Heredia, and etc., I guess.

        I feel really good about Polanco to make for a ridiculous OF – maybe the best in the MLB in a long time.

    • Excellent read. Thanks for sharing that.

    • Thank you for the post. It is everything that I have felt as a Pirates fan for a long time. Then, to be so agonizingly close to relevance only to have it blown for 2 years in a row…This team does have a different feel to it though.

    • Thank you for sharing that, I had to post it to Facebook.

  2. Why are there two right fielders?

  3. Why is Jones’ nick name the legend?

    • Because he started out on fire once he was called up, and he was older. A connection with ” The Natural. “

    • It’s not the legend.

      It’s “The Legend”.

      He was a minor league free agent pickup when the team was really bad. Started hitting a lot of home runs.

      Couldn’t name him “The Natural”, so they nicknamed him “The Legend”.

    • Because Greg Brown is a tremendously hacky, shouting cruddy broadcaster.

      See-The Fort, GI Jones, Marte Parte, etc.

  4. Welcome back Pirates!


    Max “wager” is 100 units on any single line.
    All “wagers” must be in multiples of 5 units.
    Play as few or as many lines as you’d like.
    As always, this is for fun and entertainment purposes.

    Tonight’s Line
    Total RUNNERS LEFT ON BASE by the Pirates in tonight’s game
    Line is 9.5

    Good Luck!!

  6. I was going to jump into the hockey string, till i saw this;

    Uncategorized comments (387)

    MMyyyaah…I’ll wait for the Pirates thread, thanks.

    Was in attendance for the disappointing loss to the Astros over the weekend. Shame another AJ start was essentially wasted. But at least I got a free bobblehead.

    Anyone got an over/under and Soriano’s combined errors and homeruns tonight? I’m thinking 2.5 is a good start…

  7. Gaby Sanchez once again getting the start against a RHP he’s absolutely manhandled to the tune of 4 hits in 10 at-bats spread over the last three years.

    Just in case anyone has been keeping track at home, Sanchez is now hitting .175/.333/.300 over 54 PAs against righties on the season.

    Jose Tabata: .333/.418/.479 over 55 PAs
    Travis Snider: .283/.349/.404 over 109 PAs

    • 54 at bats is too small a sample size. :)

    • Honest question: Does the platooning in RF/1b have much to do with keeping all players involved to determine who stays and who goes (if any) in July? I get the platooning, but usually its a rightie/leftie thing. Would it be a home/road more than rightie/leftie?

      So basically I don’t get Sanchez starting tonight either…

      • Platoon specifically refers to a batter facing a pitcher of the opposing hand.

        Seems fairly clear that Clint sees Gaby as more than a platoon player.

        • Yes, I think Clint sees Gaby as more than just a 1/3 of the time starter and late inning replacement/PH. Righties don’t get as many starts in a platoon, and CH seems bent on getting Sanchez 300 ABs. If the hitting vs. righties does not improve, he would need to change his thought process. But, will he is the question?

    • Isn’t Snider a little banged up? Maybe just giving him an extra day. Strange to see Gabby in the 7 hole though.

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    • How bout we add Oklahoma City?

      Even though it seems we are adding too many places for things like that

      • Please add…send prayers, vibes, love, anything…Town has a lot of healing to do.

      • Maybe add places like Oklahoma for a month at a time as honorary locales. Otherwise, we’ll be like folks holding onto a grudge over lost kin (“…Remember when they got our lads?… ) and the grudge being cited occurred back in 1826 or whatever.

      • This is the second time Moore, OK has been hit by a massive tornado.
        Think it happened in 1999 also.

        Simply tragic.

        I think we add OKC on its own.
        I humbly add the Jersey Shore due to Sandy.

        I dont want to see Hippos Pond ever have any natural disasters!
        (But that really happened in 2011) ………. :(

        • Added, I like it, some places should stay indefinitely though, IMO

          Like Newtown, that is something you will never forget, or want to leave your heart

        • May 3rd, 1999.

          I was there. Not in Moore, but south of there where the tornado’s started. There were 3 that came together as one and destroyed Moore and surrounding towns.

          • And I remember that day like it was yesterday….My son, who is now 14, was in the bath tub with his mother with a mattress over them, dog running around trying to get him in the tub also…

            I was……in the back yard talking with a neighbor, watching the top of a tornado go around our base…..drinking a cold one, until the baseball size hail started dropping down. It was crazy.

      • Please add. I have many friends in the area, also in Kansas where tornados touched down the day before. Its tough, I hate tornados.

        • My son and his family lived outside Orlando, Hurricanes were always a worry, now they live in Austin, TX

          Crap, most usually only snow to worry about in the Burgh…

          Another reason I will never leave here

  9. NMR and Nate83:
    A great pre-game interview today with Hurdle, re: matchups and several other things. Can’t post it here… maybe RB will have it up on this site.

  10. Anyone want to see Iginla in the Bucs lineup tonight? ;)

  11. Hahahahaha!!!!!

    I am gonna burn for this thread, but since I am such a large Hippo, i will keep folks warm for a long time!

  12. Indianapolis lost to Pawtucket 9-8 today. Tony Sanchez made 3 errors giving him 8 for the season.

  13. Wandy isn’t wasting any time in crapping the bed. Garza probably has never had a 2 rbi game in his life.

  14. Oh well, at least there’s hockey & basketball on.

  15. A relatively rare major early lapse by a 2013 Pirates starter not named Sanchez. That I can type that with a straight face tells you something about a medium-term change in this organization. That it comes against the Cubs is annoying. Plenty of time left for the Buc bats to answer in kind.

  16. Let’s change the mojo here and state that Garza is pitching a NO-HITTER against the Bucs. If the baseball gods are listening and watching, they will correct this next inning. Go Bucs!

  17. Matt Garza has more RBI’s than the entire Pirates pitching staff, and he did it with one at bat.

  18. When they tally up the attendance, do they count the dogs ?

  19. I wonder how dude’s 90 pitch limit will work out? Starting the trend from previous years where no hitters against the Pirates are lasting past the three inning point.

  20. Funny, but if Garza was with the Pirates he’d be pitching this no hitter in Pawtucket.

  21. Sounds like it’s a rough time at the old ball yard.

  22. About time.

  23. A hit right now would work

  24. Juan D should teach the other pitchers how to bunt. Perfect bunt.

  25. A gap shot to plate two runs? Nooooooooooo! A grounder that scores nobody. A classic malaise game from years past.

  26. Already 7 LOB’s. Wow, was I wrong.

  27. Dale Svuem has to lose that half assed pull over wind breaker he wears.

  28. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pass the Holy Water!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Grand slam for the Lunch box :)

  30. Lunch box does it 5-3 Buccos!!!!

  31. Never doubt Hurdle.

    Pushing all the right buttons.

  32. “Travis Snider sucks.” (Several major league scouts)

  33. I wonder if Barmes would’ve hit a GS there.

  34. Well, that cleared the bases!

  35. The echoes have been awakened. My purpose has been served. You’re welcome. Enjoy the rest of the game.

  36. If Matt Garza was with the Pirates Indianapolis would have just fallen behind ! :)

  37. wow, the SHORTSTOP just made an error ;)

  38. That homeless guy on Ottawa is looking for DK

  39. If they don’t cut this sort of thing out, Neal is gonna keep his day job.

  40. People whose dads played varsity high school football know to stick around till the game’s over, “Milo”.

  41. How about another Granny this inning!! Come on Cutch!!

  42. Cutch is dialed in

  43. We are filet mignon now! No more Hamburger Helper. We’re Movin’ on Up, just like The Jeffersons!

  44. 10 LOB so far, still at least 2 more innings to go.
    Just imagine the score if we got some of those in !

  45. Has anyone checked to see if Juan D. is smiling yet?

  46. Really nice play by Pedro and Gaby.

  47. I like the decision to put Wilson in the bullpen this year, but I’m still holding out hope that he’ll turn into a starter. He has electric stuff when he’s under control.

  48. Is it just me, or does it that when opponents do hit off Wilson, they hit it right up the middle?

  49. Bucs don’t seem to ever give up so far

    Chemistry? Minus McGehee? Or are they eating sushi?

  50. I’m going to quit checking in on the game threads. Poster here who has taken shots at me in the past and now continues with others I like here on the blog.

  51. PS, I’m starting a Snider Bus trip/wagon

    That kid is OK in my book, easy to pull for

  52. Earlier tonight I was scrolling up & down the TV channels searching for the Penguins game. Wanted to see what the score was.

    True story

  53. Where’s Milo?

  54. Winning should make us happy. And get along

  55. Nice to see Soriano being himself and dropping the ball there on Martin’s flyball. Get him in Gaby!

  56. The grounds crew head honcho keeps meeting with the umpire between innings. There’s a storm approaching.

  57. Man, these Cubbies are defensively challenged tonight

  58. And Grilli helps himself out :)

  59. Grilli is going to reach Garza’s pitch count.

  60. Cheese does it!!!

  61. Raise the Jolly Hippo !!!!!!!!!!!

  62. Just got here..Raise IT !!!!!!

  63. Hoist the Colors!! 27-18 with more to come!!

  64. Raise it! Great battle by cheese without his good stuff!

  65. Elevez Jolly Roger!

    It is French day on the blog.

  66. We used to lose these types of games.
    Alot of them.


  67. Lunch Box….man of the hour :)

  68. It can rain now.

  69. Travis Snider………… A Man Who Likes To Eat.

    Just cant make that one up.
    Thanks Robbie Lamancowskioops……….

  70. Flashing lightning here too, Mother Theresa is off to bed :)

  71. Pirates are 27-18

    31% of the way to 86 wins….
    27% of the season completed…

  72. 18 LOB’s. ‘Nuff said.

  73. Don’t look now, but Stetson van Benschoten Allie is up to 12 HR’s and 38 RBI and a .329 average in Low A.

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