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Final: Braves 7, Pirates 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (35-22) vs. Atlanta Braves (34-22)

Starters: RHP A.J. Burnett vs. RHP Kris Medlen

Time: 7:10 p.m.

Site: Turner Field, Atlanta

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Starling Marte, CF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Garrett Jones, RF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Travis Snider, LF
  6. Russell Martin, C
  7. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Burnett, 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. Playoffs asked that this be posted


    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.

    Line #1
    Total RUNS SCORED by the Pirates in Innings 1-4 in tonight’s game
    Line is 2.5

    Line #2
    Total EXTRA BASES HITS by Pirates hitters in tonight’s game
    Line is 2.5

  2. Travis Snider in an RBI spot. Let’s see what he can do. I believe he deserves his shot at driving in runs.

  3. Don’t mind Gaby playing 1B.

    Do mind him in the 4hole.


  4. 100 on line2 Over

  5. A day off for Cutch? Any problems with him healthwise?

    • He looked pretty healthy in that mob scene when he dragged Snider back to the group after the GW hit.

      • Speaking of the mob scene after the GW hit, is there anyone else who thinks that the Pirates should maybe tone it down a little? I am all for celebrating, but I also remember a player for the Angels breaking his leg in a pile at home plate after a GW hit. There was a football coach who said, “When you score a touchdown, act like you have been in the endzone before.” Now that the Pirates have more than a few walkoffs this year, maybe a handshake or pat on the back is enough for awhile.

    • Hurdle said Friday he was looking to give his outfielders some days off over the next 6 games.

  6. Let me be the first to post


    • Clint and Neal luvs them some veterans. ;)

    • Hell uva glove.

    • Mercer is batting .250. That isn’t exactly enougth to start playing him a majority of the games in my opinion. 15 extra hits in a season can’t make up for the defensive difference between the two. I’m OK with 1 start per series for Mercer at this time.

      • Nate,
        I would like to see if increased playing time would also increase Mercer’s contributions on offense. And to see if he can play the position on a more full time basis.

        • I bet it would. I believe baseball is a game you pretty much have to play everyday. You can’t beat reps. But I am skeptical about Mercer as an everyday shortstop. But he did show me a better arm yesterday than I thought.

        • I understand your side of it but I personally like known commodities when the team is playing well. I know Barmes isn’t great but I know what he is. I think at best Mercer is marginally better at this point in his career, but I also think he could go 2-30 over 8 games and be horrible in the field as well. Just personal preference.

        • Gotta say, though, Barmes’ OPS ## are criminal. .531 for the year.

  7. Great. Burnett seldom gets any run support as is, so we decide to sit Cutch tonight. That should go well.

    • And Cutch is the owner of a 3-10 career mark off of Medlan which includes a HR, 3B and a 1.164 OPS.

      That said they do have to find times to rest him every once in awhile.

  8. Tonight would be a great night for AJ to pitch a strong 8 inning gem.

  9. I do not know the overall record, but does it feel like Atlanta is a mini house of horrors for the bucs?

  10. Tonight marks only the second Pirate game I’ve been able to attend in the last 4 years. Anyone care to make a guess at who sat out of the other game i saw? Yep, McCutchen.

    “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all…….”

    • Well, maybe he’ll be needed to pinch hit tonight.

      And hit a bopper.

    • I feel for you. I really do. I was always frustrated all those years when the Larussa school of managing impacted Leyland/Lamont/McClendon and they rested our best players on Sundays. I always wondered why they didn’t wait a day and rest them the next day which was often on the road.

    • I went to see a Cubs/Giants game while in Chicago back in 1994. Aside from seeing Wrigley field and the atmospher the only player I cared to see in that game was Barry Bonds. Just my luck he sat out that game. Well he pinch hit that game and hit a two run home run in the 8th to give the Giants the lead. It ended up being better then him playing the entire game. I hope you witness something close. Enjoy the game.

      • I went to see a Dodgers / Giants game in the late 1990′s while in San Francisco on my honeymoon. (We also went to see Phantom of the Opera two nights later, so I am a well-rounded guy). I was excited to see Raul Mondesi play in a rivalry game (when he was good) in an ESPN Sunday Night game. Raul got himself tossed in the first inning. Oh, well.

      • Went to Fenway in 2007, so Red Sox Giants, Bonsett a homer Red Sox won.

    • Tough break, I will never forget when my parents took me to Three Rivers Stadium in August of 1991 for my birthday into Pittsburgh from Virginia five hours to see the Pirates play.

      I was so excited to hear the lineups and watch them in person and that day Leyland gave Barry Bonds the day off, talk about a devastated kid.

    • I was at McCutchen’s first game at PNC — the first time I’d been to Pittsburgh since I saw the Bucs at Forbes Field. He was amazing, but they had traded McLouth the night before and the crowd was (how shall we say) restless.

      McCutchen had a great game though — you could see right away that he was a pure athlete — probably could have excelled at any sport he chose.

    • I went to a Cardinals game about 20 years ago and got caught in traffic. I got to Busch Stadium in the middle of the 1st and the other team (Dodgers or Giants, can’t remember exactly) scored 11 runs in the top half of the inning and not another run was scored the rest of the day. (Only 2 or 3 hits at that!)

  11. I don’t know. With the puzzling lack of runs for AJ recently, I would want McCutchen in there.

  12. Boy, checking out the record and the stats, when did Atlanta get good this year? Didn’t they kind of suck last time we played them? Or at least were underperforming?

  13. Anyone else pulling against the Heat tonight?

    Boy would I love a trifecta

    PS Drew, that does not mean a tripleheader tonight for the PBC

  14. Two walks in the bottom of the second so far. Only ONE out

    Come on AJ !

  15. Got out of it .

    Now get some runs.

  16. Speed kills. Marte bunt single..Good start.

  17. i HATE bunts!
    i HATE bunts!
    i HATE bunts!



  18. looked like Marte got robbed, on a caught stealing

  19. Biz– Big THANK YOU for posting the lines for me today!!

  20. Steve J Smith — The Window misses you…Where you been man?

    • I’m here. I started tanking and got too busy, so I have just been trying to enjoy the games as best I can. If I get a chance to slow down, I’ll put some more bids in. You still going to any of the Bucs-Nats games?

      • STEVE!!!

        I completely understand, man.
        Life gets crazy sometimes.
        I just get worried when the originals go missing for periods of time.

        I plan on going to the Monday and Wednesday games in DC.
        Possibly on Tuesday as well, but that one is up in the air at the moment.
        You’re doing all 3 night games right?

  21. They got a break on the call on Walker. it evens out I guess

  22. BIGGGG hit by Gabby !!! 1-0 Good Guys

  23. I guess I’m the only one watching the Bucs lol

  24. At least AJ has a lead, for a change

  25. It’s kinda strange seeing a lineup with three guys batting under .200 and it’s not the Pirates

  26. So much for a lead. He’s getting everything up.

  27. A. J.’s run support may be terrible, but many games he is his own worst enemy. A large numbers of the innings he gives up runs start with a lead off walk.

  28. So far Bruins 5 goals in two games, Pens 0. 2-0 and Bruins smell blood.

  29. these umps BLOW!!! Call the strike zone in the book, not your own.

  30. The umpiring is just awful. MLB has to do something.

    A good start would set up their own training school/system. As it is now these lousy umps have their own schools and teach the new umps

  31. I guess we add WTFYLA to the AJ lexicon. (You Looking At are the last 3 words.)

  32. Martin wasn’t showing him up.. The fans didn’t come to see the $&#@ing umpire.

  33. As much as it helped the Bucs yesterday. Molina didn’t deserve to be thrown out..It’s a fine for throwing equipment

  34. I am really enjoying this season so far, but the Pirates inability to hit in the clutch or with runners in scoring position is so frustrating.

    • Jones got his wish to pull the ball as he was trying to do to those outside pitches, so that is why the inning ended as it did. They need to start going with these pitches.

  35. As annoying as the umpire is tonight, the lack of hitting with runners in scoring position is exponentially more annoying.

  36. This is the AJ Burnett that Yankees fans came to love.

  37. These 2-run homers are also getting annoying. Now the Pirates score matches the Pens score after 1 period 4-1.

  38. What the hell just happen. I went to the bathroom..

  39. Three 2-run homers in this freaking game. This may be Burnett’s 12-run game like last year’s against St. Louis. 6-1 now.

  40. Burnett is going to end up with a sprained neck watching all these go over the fence tonight.

  41. They need to get off this method of losing the first game and winning the other two or three. How about a long winning streak for a change.

    • At some point they have to figure out how to get off the right foot to start a series. Tonight just got away from them in a hurry and much contributed – awful strike zone, Martin getting tossed by overreacting umpire, inability to get big hits with RISP, Burnett getting rattled and thus leaving too many pitches up.

      Just a bad night all around.

  42. Its not often you leave for 5 minutes and you miss two , two run HR’s.. This is a nasty night

  43. It’s time to get some back.

    There’s still four more innings.

  44. Is anyone else deflated? :/

  45. Needs some runs now cant wait until the 8th and 9th tonight

  46. You think the White Sox would trade us Moskos for Zagurski?

  47. Im taking the dog out I’m scared, it will be 10-1 when I get back

  48. Zags!!

  49. Brian McCann – 1,000 career hits
    Brian McCann – 1,500 career days on the DL

  50. The equipment guy is clearing out Zags locker as we speak

  51. Welcome to the show Ryan Reid, forever in the big league encyclopedia and does so cleaning up Zags mess.

  52. Could have at least given dude a number for the front of his shirt. Tough jam for debut to get out of.

  53. PBC has ‘em where they want ‘em. 8th and 9th coming up

  54. Yep, Zagurski can head back to Indy, where i hear they have good restaurants and perhaps he can find home plate better than a plate of (fill in the blank)….______________

    I will start with: brontosauraus ribs a’la flintstone

  55. lard meatballs?

  56. DK is probably in the pressbox, at the ice rink, hyperventilating

  57. four more doubles at we are all set

  58. I never do the all-cap thing, but…



  59. Oh. The Reds won and the Cards are up 7-1 in the 8th.

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  61. Pirates 2-run homered to death.

    Pens lose while proving neither goalie can stop anything.

    Heat lead the Pacers by 20 late in game.

    It’s a bad day in Mudburgh!!! Casey whiffed on all three!!

  62. Finally, Burnett lost one for himself but in all honesty, if he had to throw it down the middle to get a strike, that’s another story. I was doing the game on gameday and if that box at home plate is an indication of balls and strikes, then that umpire was blind. I noticed though that when the Braves were batting, his eyesight was still bad but in their favor. I don’t blame Martin a bit for showing his displeasure. I did notice, also that the Braves’ homers all had a runner on base, but it seems that our homers come with the bases empty. We’ll get ‘em tonight. GO, BUCS!!!

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