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Final: Pirates 5, Reds 4, 11 innings

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (34-22) vs. Cincinnati Reds (35-21)

Starters: RHP Jeanmar Gomez vs. RHP Mat Latos

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. Alex Presley, RF
  2. Starling Marte, LF
  3. Neil Walker, 2B
  4. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Russell Martin, C
  7. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. Gomez, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is on the beat.

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. Oh. Nevermind.

  2. Time to score some runs!

  3. We need Mr Gomez to keep it going today, do not want that s%#!p word uttered.


    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.

    Total RUNS SCORED by the Pirates in today’s game
    0-1 (EVEN ODDS)
    2-3 (EVEN ODDS)
    4-5 (DOUBLE ODDS)
    6 or More (TRIPLE ODDS)


  5. Time to start getting even with Matt Latos….. ;-)
    His career numbers against the Buccos….. 7 starts…4 W, 0 L…..45 IP, 36 H, 46 K, 16 BB, 2.40 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, Bat Avg. .220
    We’re going with our POWER GUY batting cleanup!!!!
    BEAT EM BUCS….gotta score some runs today…..

  6. Well, ya can’t accuse the skipper of not shaking up the order. That is a very interesting lineup. I like that he stayed with the hot hand in Presley, maybe took a little pressure off Marte to get on base and just worry about driving the ball, and moved Cutch just a little bit to get him thinking. Might as well give it a shot – can’t be any worse thn it has been the last few nights. And it is better thn the usual Sunday lineup.

      • I usually try not to get too caught up in the batting order – even though I have said I think Pedro should move up.

        I would have kept Marte at leadoff and had Presley hit second.

        • I don’t, either. But I like it because of Presley’s last night, Marte’s struggling of late and Marte’s superior power.

  7. think we get to score some today with that lineup. Give me 100 on the 4-5 run line.

  8. I like the lineup. Walker especially at #3.

    Cam Jeanmar stay in his trance?


  9. If we dont score today, I say we storm the “Final Word” studios with pitchforks and torches. ;)

  10. I think this lineup has potential, even when Snider gets back in… I can see them going Marte/Snider/Walker/Cutch/GJ/Martin/Pedro….. I dont think it matters much if Cutch/Jones are batting 3-4 or 4-5….What i like is Walker hitting before Cutch and I think Snider is exposed a bit down lower in the order.

  11. Grilli

  12. Is Jeanmar at 75 pitches yet?

  13. As long as the Bucs wear those uniforms on Sunday, I will always watch them on Sunday.

    Love ‘em.

    Already 2-0 Reds.

    I hate the Reds.

  14. This is when I wish I could see Karstens warming up in the pen

  15. Oh Jeanmar….

  16. Not looking pretty…………

  17. 8-7-6-5-3-0-9 !

  18. Looks like they’re gong to be breaking out the broomsticks…

  19. This may ruin Jeanmar’s chances for the Cy Young

  20. Latos is like 4-0 against us and we spot them 4 runs already. Never good, unless we can get a 4 spot of our own. Odds on that happening?

  21. Ok, Walker gets hit, and BOTH benches warned.

    So Cincy gets away with another one !!!!!!!!!!!
    And we CANNOT retaliate!


  22. Hey Dusty, I thought they should just go into a room until someone hits the floor, you know like hockey players.

  23. We send a message by hitting people, and they answer. They send a message by hitting us (constantly) and we go down meekly.

    • I’m all for plunking, by Thunder.

      But down 4 runs early is a terrible time to give up more base runners.

      Revenge is a dish best served high and tight.

  24. Should have kept Gomez in to drill Latos in the ribs.

  25. This Travesty is on Thunder.

  26. Nice to have a catcher who throws runners out!

  27. At least Pedro can hit this loser.

  28. Finally a hit and what is that – a run as Pedro goes deep enough over the right field wall for a homer. 4-1 now. Hopefully the comeback is beginning. Keep it going.

  29. Friday night – Pirates had 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 HBP for offense.
    Today – 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 HBP so far for the offense.
    The only difference is the hit at least scored one run.
    That Tigers series really took everything out of the Pirates offense.

  30. No more drag bunts!

  31. Ok Cutch that was overdue. Lets keep pecking away. Come on Legend!

  32. Was hoping for more there.
    Cant waste good opoortunities.

  33. Is the traditional June swoon for the Pirates underway?

  34. Way to come up big. Fastest guys on the team on second and third, a single brings them in, and a strikeout on a pitch nowhere close to being a strike, and a weak roller ground out.

  35. I’m all for these guys being aggressive at the plate, but they also need to take some walks when they are given them. For the past week at least they have been flailing about swinging at too many pitches out of the strike zone – basically helping out the pitcher. Walkers’ AB last inning was a microcosm of that. Marte walks on 4 pitches, and what does Neil do – swings at the first pitch (a ball) then swings at the next two and Ks (both also balls out of the zone) might have been different if he just lets the pitch get himself into trouble. Jones did the same thing by striking out on a ball out of the zone. Three more innings to get those two runs back, but they missed a perfect opportunity last inning.

  36. Not sure why I’m waiting for this to end before cutting the grass. Foregone conclusion. Can’t even put a ball in the outfield, or in play when it matters.

  37. Though not over just yet, the Pirates are on the verge of an 0-2 start to June. For consideration, they started May 3-4, but the rest of the month went 16-5. No real need to give up on June.

  38. Surely, the Reds guy will knock in the runs.

  39. Even if they end up getting swept, they will still be 11 up on the good side.

    Ebb and flow, kids.

    Ebb and flow.

    • They are still much further along than they were last year at this point.

    • Oshee…………

      I love your optimism.

      But we are fighting over 20 years of ebbing and flowing.

      Only the biggest of Polyannas would look at this team as constructed and would be happy with it, and think we will win it all.

      I just hope you are correct sir.

  40. Votto’s having some fielding issues.

  41. Just an observation from a very, very slow Hippo here……………..

    Didnt the umpires warn both benches earlier?

  42. Still no one tossed. Our guy could have been tossed earlier, but WTH!

  43. That Ump warning certainly has some teeth.

  44. How about a big hit by Jones? When was the last one?

  45. WOW


    into river

  46. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!

    Wet ball!!!!

  47. Crushed! New ballgame!

  48. C’mon BUCCOS! Beat ‘em like they back sassed you!

  49. Simon says – Homer! I hope.

  50. Was that guy related to Pete ?

  51. Can Parrots swim? ;)

  52. OK, Be on alert Jordy Mercer fan club.



    Salvages a bit of this series !!!!!!!!!!

    Raise the Jolly Hippo!!!! ;)

  54. Daughter said right before that “I’ve had enough of it!” as in I have had enough of this tie.

  55. AWESOME bullpen performance ….one more time!

  56. Raise it. Stunning win. Down 4-0 after seven batters, throw 10 innings of goose eggs out of the pen, and clutch hitting! BUCCOS!!!!!

    • Maybe best win of the season this year this far….just when you think team is in rut a little down and out they give you this.

      • I agree.

      • I disagree , i think the best win , so far this season, was the 1-0 game against Detroit, in terms of well played, and the dramatic top and bottom of the 11th.

        I think the 2nd best game was the first time they came back off Latos/Broxton, earlier this season.

        This ranks right up there though, i guess avoiding the sweep to the division rival , made it quite important, ranking wise.

        I liked all 3 very much though, and i hope there is at least another 50 in the tank.

  57. Behind 10 shutout inning by the best bullpen in Baseball, a Garrett Jones river shot on the fly and a Travis Snider GW RBI single in the 11th the Bucs earn a come from behind victory downing the Reds 5-4 and there was noooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Pirates move back into a tie for second in the Central at 35-22. The Pirates are now 4-1 in extra innings this year. The Pirates take to the road when they begin a series with Atlanta tomorrow night when staff ace AJ Burnett gets the call for the Bucs.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  58. Have fun all.

    Off to a cookout, hopefully I am not on the menu!!! ;)

    Everyone have a great day. :)

  59. No



  60. I was worried that one was heading for 19 innings! Happy Sunday!!

  61. 1) Terrible throw from the Reds’ outfielder

    2) In the replay you can see that Pedro rounds second and heads to third.
    No need for him to do that. If Martin is out at home the inning is over.

    Not exactly sure where the runners were but that could have been a dangerous play if the Reds threw behind Pedro and tagged him out before Martin scored.

    • I didn’t get that, either.

    • Why would the infielder even consider cutting that throw off.?

      It was kind of a bonehead move by The Great Alvarez, but he wasn’t going to make a difference if he stopped at 2nd, or just kept running.

      • What if it was a flukey play?

        A heads-up play by the Reds?

        Just saying that it was a small thing that I noticed that seemed odd.

        If for some WEIRD reason Pedro is tagged out before Martin scores and then we go on the the game, people would be talking about it the same way as the extra inning game in 2011 in Atlanta & Cutch getting beaned by Chapman last year.

  62. I guess I gotta go cut the grass now.

  63. Reds and Pirates with identical records through 57 games.

  64. I’m disappointed.

    Had they lost 3-0, I coulda written five reasons why they are furious, frustrated…and just fine.

    NOW what do I say??

  65. Ryan Doumit says this team will hit.

    • +1

      Did you see that Doumit hit the walk off triple to bail out Correia yesterday.

      And Jason Bay hit a homer in the same game.

      All that was missing was a spectacular play in the field by Jack Wilson

  66. Mark today on your calendar. After scoring 1 run in 3 games against a division rival, this team fell behind by four runs in the top of the first, and came back to force a tie. The game then went to the eleventh inning. A loss after that comeback would have been devastating. A win reaffirms everything good that this team wasn’t quite sure was true of it. This may or may not be a World Series team, but it is not Milo’s Pontiac.

  67. The Travis Snider bandwagon still has some seats

    Get on for the ride ;-)

    Bring a lunchbucket

  68. Maybe another recap of the top 25 Pirates might include Garrett Jones this time?

  69. Late to the party.

    Did Gomez come out for any reason other than he stunk?

  70. Yea!! the Pirates won, thanks to our great relievers. Once again, our do little manager,
    didn’t recognize the fact his starter didn’t have it today. You don’t give a team like the Reds 4 runs in the first inning, and especially since he hit the leadoff batter to start the game. If I were manager, he would have come out after the hit batter. I like Travis Snider.
    GO, BUCS!

  71. Side note:

    I listened to the GM’s show today. Greg Brown asked him about JMac’s recent rehab start..and why it was so different than his first one.

    Interesting remarks by Neal H:
    1) ‘JMac got his teeth kicked in by AAA hitters his first start. He realized he couldn’t just roll his glove out there and get people out’

    2) He mentioned that he had better mound presence and got his head on straight, determined, efficient, etc…
    He had phone calls this week from Hurdle and Searage.

    3) What he didn’t mention — JMac’s “injury”

  72. One more reason I have the right woman for a wife and should thank my lucky stars and the Big Guy upstairs everyday:

    Mrs. Thunder: They better hurry up and win this because I think the only pitcher they have left is that Zagursky guy. (and the Root camera took a break from showing the crowd and showed the Zagursky warming up in the pen)

  73. Smart lady.

    He should get sent down, soon. Hughes is pitching better lately.

  74. If Morton does not meet expectations tonight(I.E.- he gets lit up/can’t find the plate), and with Gomez having problems, will Cole be on the mound friday vs. The Cubs?

    • Cole’s probably not coming up before July, at the earliest.. Maybe late June, but the Super 2 cutoff is later this year.

      • When is that exact magical date?

        Bob Nutting probably has is circled on his calendar with $$$$ signs surrounding it.

        I guess saving a few $$$$ towards the 2016 payroll is more important than winning games now.

        • Charlie’s final line is 4.2, 2 runs, 3 hits, 4 walks, 4 K’s, 86 pitches, 49 strikes.

          He’s flirting with being ready.

          d’Arnaud is looking better, too. He has a HR tonight.

          Tony Sanchez at .308, 6 HR’s and 26 RBI. Those are the only stats I look at. Don’t know his BABIP or xFIP or WAR.

  75. morton just walked a guy, after a 10 pitch at bat.

    He’s out after 4 2/3

    86 pitches-49 strikes- 4 bb – 4 k’s- 1 hr allowed- 3 hits.

    I think he needs another start or 2.

    Again, if Gomez can’t go, do the Pirates recall Cole for the cub’s series?.

  76. Watching a Wizard of Oz storm that just blew in over the water.

    Not trying to be cute about it, especially following recent events. But I can’t take my eyes off it.

    Just an hour ago I was doing the top down thing along A1A, singing Ice Ice Baby. Ten minutes ago, the birds cleared out and the sky turned dark charcoal.

    Now I’m sitting on my deck, watching lightning hit the water. The deck is enclosed by storm glass, but it’s just glass. My neighbor just rolled down her metal storm shutters. I’m wondering if I should go back inside and at least have another set of glass doors between me and the flying monkeys. But I just can’t take my eyes off the storm.

    You should see the birds struggling to fly into the wind.

    Something just banged against the back of the building. Hope it wasn’t a bird.

    If this was a movie, it would be the foreshadowing part. Just before something really bad happens. Uprooted tree. Shattered glass. Massive storm wave. Thunder stops in.

    • Tell it to DK. He loves Florida.

      Emoticon omitted in case it’s a serious situation.

      • By Florida standards, it probably isn’t too serious. But I moved behind the second set of storm windows.

        It is something else to see how fast this thing came up.

        And a pretty good reminder that hurricane season starts next month.

        I live on a barrier island, by the way. They’re called that for a reason.

        • Hurricane season, in our great state of Florida, began yesterday, June 1, and ends November 1st, i am quite positive.

          Nothing going on here in St Petersburg, YET!.

      • I keep a ton of perishable foods.

        But if the power goes out and I can’t use my electric can opener, I’m a dead man.

    • My building is right on the water, which i can hardly see now.

    • The Highway patrol didn’t pull you over for singing V Ice tunes?

      I ‘m sorry, but maybe invest in xm radio, and listen to stuff between channel 20 and 39.
      Did you forget your NKOTB cassette at home?

  77. Tony Sanchez hit his 7th homer for Indy. Average is .313

    And I know Milo will want to know that Jerry Sands hit his 5th. He’s temporarily over the Mendoza line.

    John McDonald is 1 for 3.

  78. Every time they do interviews on the ice with the French-Canadian or European players, like Engblom just did with Hossa, I can’t help but think of Denis Lemieux’s radio interview in Slap Shot.

    Just like that it’s 1-0 Chicago over LAK.

  79. Earlier this week I said that Jeanmar Gomez had turned into Jeff Karstens. I hate to say I told you so but …

  80. Charlie Morton’s 86 pitches today got him through all of 4.2 innings.

  81. The Black Hawks are who we thought they were.

  82. The Pirates won’t need a 5th starter until June 15th.

    • I thought I’d seen something earlier in the year that projected the Super 2 cutoff date as late June or early July this year, but in looking now some are saying as early as tomorrow and by June 15.

      • They recalled pitcher Ryan Reid according to Twitter reports, have to assume that means Mike Zagurski will be DFA and taken off 40-man to open up spot for Reid.

        • they need at least one bullpen arm after using Mazarro for 3 splendid innings (he can’t go tomorrow), Morris for 3 outstanding innings (he can’t go tomorrow), Wilson for 2 great innings (he probably shouldn’t go tomorrow)…. I’d guess Reid can take Zagurski’s spot… but they’d also need to determine what to do with Gomez in terms of DL.

          Tomorrow the script is AJ needs to get into the 7th at least… Watson can pitch and so can Grilli/Melancon.

          DK: Grilli/Melancon can pitch every day. Forever. Maybe winter ball, too, if they cooperate.

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