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Final: Braves 5, Pirates 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (35-24) vs. Atlanta Braves (36-22)

Starters: LHP Wandy Rodriguez vs. RHP Julio Teheran

Time: 12:10 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, LF
  2. Travis Snider, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Russell Martin, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Rodriguez, P

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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.

357 Comments

  1. WEDNESDAY PICK ‘EM LINE

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    Today’s Pick ‘Em Line
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  2. Roger, thanks for posting that for me last night ;-)

  3. I seriously thing this is our best batting line-up.

    I like Walker in the 5 hole to drive in runs.
    I like Snyder as a lefty batter with Marte on base.
    I like Martin batting after Pedro.
    I like pinch hitting for Barmes late in the game if needed.

    This batting line-up is 7 deep——our best——with guys in right spots to succeed!

    • My thoughts exactly….unless they hang another goose-egg today.
      Then this line-up was all wrong.

    • I love the potential of this lineup…. yes, it’s seven-deep… BUT, none of the seven are really hitting well right now, save for, maybe Alvarez (all things considered). All are slumping right now and Mr. McCutchen needs to inject some life into the lineup. Not a .450 spell for two weeks and then .250 for two months, either… Bucs can’t afford a lineup-wide slump as they’ve had for the past 10 days.

      • I really really really am concerned about Marte.. he was a catalyst at the top of the order and he isn’t close to what he was back in April…can he adjust? I’m not seeing it so far… not as concerned about Walker (lefthanded) or Cutch or even Jones…I think they are gonna get on a roll like last June…. starting in Wrigley… but can Marte be the leadoff hitter THIS year (forget about moving down in the order later in his career)….

      • I like that this lineup on a getaway day should beat the Braves’ getaway lineup. Hurdle did the shuffling the first two games so we’re set against the weaker guys.

    • In all honesty GROAT, I really like this line-up.
      Both defensively and offensively.
      All they have to do is execute and produce.
      Easier said than done…

    • I agree, but this lineup still has too many what-ifs in it, I’d like to find a steady bat, not named Cutch. Though I do like that guy in the lineup.

  4. As Bob Walk would say, “it’s only early June” but I think today is a big one for the Bucs… get a W and it’s on to Wrigley and a chance to get back on a roll. Another loss and it may start to mount a bit on the club, making them press a bit in chicago…and the Cubs are far from a patsy especially offensively.

    • Patsies, every. last. one of them.

      Except for Rizzo…Frank’s a mighty fine ball player.

    • Pirates, I believe, are going to face Travis Wood and Samardzija in Chicago. Both have been very good against us. Makes today’s game even more important, in my opinion.

  5. So I haven’t been around the last few days, anybody throwing in the towel yet? Is this the start of the collapse?

  6. Too bad I’m not still living in Atlanta.
    My office was 3/4 of a mile from Turner Field.
    I could watch games from the corner window of my office.
    Nice day like today I would have walked over at lunch and caught the game.

  7. Rain is in the forecast for Atlanta today. Sounds like the best chances are later this afternoon. Hope it holds off.

    • I miss this time of the year in the south. Thunderstorms are awesome…….non existant here though.

  8. wow, pop out, strike out…nice start…

  9. Marte swings at the first pitch and pops out to SS?? Not a leadoff approach at all, of course, he might’ve just missed it…..but who knows.

  10. And Simmons is on base…

  11. Starting out ugly already…

  12. Wandy’s hurt.

  13. Not a good start for Wandy

  14. Awesome, the bullpen covers ten innings the other day and now for the second time this season Rodriguez is hurt early in game.

    Morton, JMac, Cole come on down we are going to need some arms.

    • That’s what they’re there for…….NO sweat

      • If it is anything serious with Wandy that is a huge blow, and for me time to get Cole up here as he has highest ceiling of the options. Have to play to win now.

        • i agree but also think it would be good to plug Cole in now because if he flounders, you still have potentially Wandy (if it is not serious)/JMac (help us) and Jeanmar to come back and plug back in.

          Looks like we are gonna go with AJ/Liriano/Locke/Morton/Cole — for now.

  15. Out of the game, pointing towards his elbow on his throwing arm. Morris coming in.

  16. The off day tomorrow could not possibly come at a better time.

  17. This is not good……….luckily though, help is on the horizon. Wandy’s injury could be a big blow……

  18. well here we go with morris pitching 3 and mazarro pitching 2 or 3….

  19. u know what, the way this season has gone, the Bucs probably get the W now… and they will need more pitchers for Friday :)

    • Who is on the farm we could recall? Black in on DL, Welker has not been sharp of late down in Indy, we just took Zagurski, Reid and Hughes.

      Quickly we have gone from a position of depth to tapping deeply into available resources.

      • well day off helps, plus day off coming on Monday. No idea who would be on the farm and depends who pitches today.. if they go with Morris for 3, then Mazarro for 2 and Wilson for 2, it won’t be all that bad. Hughes is still fresh (though Clint doesn’t trust him), and if they didn’t throw Girth and Reid they’d be ready for Friday….

      • Be thankful the resources are even there.

        • Definitely thankful for that, would be more thankful if Karstens could finally get healthy, JMac could regain his pre All-Star game form from 2012, and Morton comes back to the team with a sinker that can not be hit.

  20. Nice pick by Morris to get the DP and not throw much to get out of first. This is a game the OFFENSE needs to step up and carry the team.

  21. if wandy has to go on the DL, I think it is time for Cole… on one hand, I’m not one of those that clamors for him to be up here and want him to dominate AAA and be ready to dominate MLB, but on the other hand, this would be a good time to go for it.. you still have JMac/Jeanmar and then Wandy waiting in the wings so if Cole does falter you can plug the others back in and get Cole some more AAA time… seems to me there is a good safety net there.

    • If Wandy goes on the DL it time for valium. Not for him, for me. I don’t think that there is any team that has enough depth to cover all the injuries that our rotation candidates have suffered. Since spring training started we’ve lost Karstens, McDonald, Irwin, McPherson, and Gomez. Now maybe Wandy. They may have to bring up Cole whether they think he’s ready or not.

  22. Lot of getaway day swings so far.

  23. A statement from the MLBPA – “The Players Association has been in regular contact with the Commissioner’s Office regarding the Biogenesis investigation. They are in the process of interviewing players, and every player has been or will be represented by an attorney from the Players Association. The Commissioner’s Office has assured us that no decisions regarding discipline have been made or will be made until those interviews are completed. It would be unfortunate if anyone prejudged those investigations.

    “The Players Association has every interest in both defending the rights of players and in defending the integrity of our joint program. We trust that the Commissioner’s Office shares these interests.”

  24. Teams like the Cardinals have lost Carpenter, Westbrook, Garcia and they keep getting it done with no excuses, we may find out just how resilient this Bucs team is.

  25. I think it’s time Mr. Cole got a call.

    Clocks, all of ‘em, be damned!

  26. They took 2 pitches that inning. Rush Street awaits.

    • Yes, but the pitcher is going right after them and throwing strikes… so if he is attacking you, you have to be aggressive. now if they can swing and HIT vs. swing and MISS, then we may have something

  27. Barmes now 4-28, .142 with 8 K’s going back to May 24th.

    Six strikeouts in first nine batters for Bucs versus Teheran, totally unacceptable….Jay Bell is going to need to figure some things out with this crew.

  28. Lots of pitch & catch so far by the Braves’ pitcher and catcher

  29. Radio guys just said Wandy’s problem is tightness in his forearm. If true, that would probably be the best case scenario. No elbow, no shoulder, etc.

  30. Another error on Barmes. He better step it up on offense soon or he’s as useless as JoMac

  31. E6 right through Barmes, if anybody wants to talk regression he would be a good place to start, his hitting and now defense have regressed.

    • That’s 7 errors. The league “leaders” have 8.

    • Regression? You obviously havent seen me going backward, have you?
      Amd Barmes is playing like a Hippo lately.

      • Hipposter…Hippos don’t go backwards, silly :P

        • Jandy Girl, 2 things………….

          1) I saw collapse talk earlier………. Pirates, Pens……. the TRUE collapse was last night when I stood on a box to watch the game, and it exploded!

          2) You never want to see a Hippo in reverse. Trust me. Its not sustainable. ;)

          • LOL good stuff, my friend, you have me howling…my co-workers are gonna call out the guys in the white coats…

    • Before that error he was dead last in fielding percentage among qualifying shortstops in the NL.

      • Bucs bats highly ineffective once again, through four innings, seven K’s, ZERO hits. Tough to watch some days.

      • I know first place and position this team should be scouring to try and improve lineup.

      • Milo, not sure if it was you, but someone pointed out a few weeks ago (and I agree) that Barmes fielding fundamentals are seriously flawed. He always take balls on the side and throws on the run and off balance. So he has been making plays for years on his athleticism. Now as he ages, his skills are eroding and he doesn’t have that solid fundamental base to fall back, so his decline will be steeper than the average bears would be. At least that is my theory….

  32. Bryan Morris highly effective once again, has thrown 33 pitches (should have been 29) to get through 2.2 IP.

    • Not exactly the return we expected for that trade but never less a small silver lining. He has been very solid and gotten us out of a few jams this year.

      • with no support today so far….

      • I agree, not exactly what they had in mind with how that trade panned out but it is nice to see him progress and appear he will be a solid part of the pitching staff for the years to come.

        Tip of the hat to him today as he escapes trouble in the 4th to turn in a great 3.2 IP today.

  33. Since May 1st – Garrett Jones is hitting .215.

  34. Does anyone out there happen to have the Pirates calendar they gave out at Piratefest ? June is Juan D. Rodriguez, nuff said. May was James McDonald – DL. April was Andrew McCutchen – he hit .247 in April. At least he didn’t get hurt.

    Pedro Alvarez is July.

  35. Laird could’ve walked to third.

    Oh wait, I think he did.

    • Since the game is so far a stinkeroo ;-)

    • Can any of this mess be blamed on Selig? Regardless, I feel is the worst commissioner of all time including all the major sports in North America.

    • As much as I want to see those cheats get suspended, after Braunie got off with his crap with the urine sample, I dont hold out much hope here. Add to that the Bonds and Clemens trials, and I have even less hope.

      I foresee a bunch of lying, spinning, and other stuff.
      I think a much more effective punishment would be for me to sit on all of them!

  36. I brought this up before but instead of promoting Cole, how about Andy Oliver:

    3 2 2.87 62.2IP BB: 51 SO:68 AVG:191

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=501989

  37. At least we are utilizing our return for Jason Bay

  38. seems to me that a common theme has broken out once again… pirates hitters making opposing pitchers look good.

    • Teheran has only given up a combined 5 runs in his last 3 starts. He’s been pretty good lately but usually has one inning that the wheels come off in. Lets hope it’s the 5th today.

  39. Greg Ritchie was attacked with pitchforks and fire for this last year.
    When can the village begin to chase Jay Bell?

  40. June 5, 2013 – Just another day on Julio Tehran’s journey to Cooperstown.

  41. Maybe best part of Barmes making last out is we can double switch him out of game and bring in next long man reliever.

    At some point the position players have to feel a bit bad to see these arms giving everything they have to keep in the game with absolutely no help and support.

  42. Can Russell Martin play SS?

  43. What would a no-no do to the psyche of this club??

  44. It appears this offense goes as Marte goes, early in the season when Marte was getting on base early in games was on quite a tear team was firing, as he has cooled the remainder of the offense seems to be doing much the same.

    To me signals the importance of the production from the lead off position.

    • What about the leadoff hitter for every other started inning?

      Marte swinging at the first pitch of the game doesn’t help

      • It all applies, but after hitting .327 in April Marte followed with a .245 clip in May and is 3-13 .231 in June.

        He is a catalyst for the team, especially on the bases, puts pressure on the opposing pitcher and gives them more to think about.

        Just would like to see him get it back going.

  45. They’re keeping this thing close, so anything can happen.

    My prodiction is a Pedro bomb, it is daylight afterall.

  46. #SHARKTANK!…now time for some runs.

  47. Anyone else ready for some hitting or is that just me?

  48. Wow, Marte didn’t even try to get back to the bag. Talk about taking a nap.

  49. Snider swings one handed at a 1-0 changeup out of the strike zone & flies out weakly to left. Just an awful approach. Just another example of why they are and have been one of the worst offenses in the league. You have to go up there with an idea. Not picking on him, they all do it.

    • Being no hit through six innings, I would agree the approach is awful, the game plan is terrible, and they all look lost.

  50. Has ANYBODY ever seen anything like the Marte pickoff before? Man! That might make the highlight reel for THIS is when the team reverted back to the Pirates of old in 2013! Looked like something that was done in one of those comedy movies! Sometimes Marte reminds me of a guy who went straight from Little League to the Majors!

  51. Can’t find fault with Mazzaro, can only expect this pen to fire zero after zero only so long. Good teams get the big hits, it is no wonder the Braves have 12 division titles, 14 playoff appearances since the Sid Bream slide and the Pirates have 20 losing seasons.

    Here we are again where a 2-0 lead seems insurmountable.

  52. I cant tell which is the worst………….

    -no hits
    -9 K’s
    -being picked off 1st while asleep

    - Big Ben having knee surgery today.

    Man, Pittsburgh sports need a lot of rabbit’s feet !!!!

  53. Time for a nap. Wake me up in September! Sheesh, the indignity … Laird!

  54. aaannnddd another error

  55. That’s the 11th error for Pedro, he “leads” the NL in that category. 2nd worst fielding % among qualifiers. Notice a trend on that left side ?

    • Milo, I know I will be risking crucification for saying this, but………..

      The Pirates have a good record so far.
      I just do not see them continuing this with poor defense and poor hitting.
      Hope I am wrong, but these issues dont seem to be getting fixed.
      One-dimensional teams dont succeed that much.

      And I dont see the answers either.

    • And that doesn’t count all the grounders that Barmes watches go into the OF.

  56. Flipping between Pirates game and Indians game…..Bucs no hit thru 6…….Tribe no hits thru 4 innings and down 6-0……..

  57. On June 10, 2003 the New York Yankees had a record of 36-27.
    They were in a very close 3 team race for the division lead with Boston and Toronto at the time.

    The next day, June 11, the Houston Astros had 6 pitchers team up for no-hitter in Yankee Stadium.
    It was the first time the Yankees had been no-hit in 45 years.
    Some journalists wrote how this would be a loss that caused the team to go into a death spiral.

    All they did from that moment until the end of the season was post a 65-33 record, win 101 games, and take the division by 6 games.

    Not saying this year’s Pirates are anywhere close to what the 2003 Yankees were, but in this game YOU JUST NEVER KNOW.

  58. OK, now there is a chance with him in the stretch. This has been too easy!

  59. Follow the bouncing Eat’N'Park smilie cookie.

  60. Amazingly, the Pirates went 42 years and nearly 6,800 games without being no hit. Now they’re in danger of it happening for the 2nd time in 66 games.

  61. 10 K’s, zero hit through seven…painful.

  62. Seems like the Buccos and the Pens are trying to outdo each other at “suck”

  63. Lurch not getting it done.

  64. I guess it will be tough to beat up on the Braves bullpen if you never get to see it….

  65. Looks like Clint is tossing in the towel. Not sure I blame him.

  66. 5-0 two more innings to break up the no-no

    • Instead of Hidden Vigorish, maybe we need a Hidden Hippo? ;)

    • Haven’t turned on the TV or radio today…just following the train wreck along here. I will watch the last inning to see history live and in bloody color should the Pirates fail in the 8th. This really is quite incredible.

  67. They are letting Barmes hit?

  68. Welp, so much for this game……….and my 100 units

  69. Thank you Brandon Inge.

  70. The no-no is no more.

  71. What was that?????

  72. Friday’s a day game at Wrigley.

    Cubs with a very odd schedule this week. Rare Sat night game last weekend. Home on Sunday. Day off. Two games in Disneyland. Day off. Home again for Friday day game.

    They might be a bit dizzy. Pirates should be OK if they avoid Rush Street. (Remember those photos of the Black Hawks partying on Rush Street after they won the cup ? Alcohol and scores of young women. Be good Buccos, you need that win Friday).

  73. At least the no no is gone.

  74. I think the Pirates reached a new low today. Average pitching, bad defence and horrible hitting. As for Kedro, the braves pitcher said it best after giving up the home run to Pedro. Why did I throw him a fast ball, he couldn’t touch my breaking pitches. Why would any pitcher throw a fastball strike to Pedro?

  75. Flounder in to pitch……………..

  76. Glad I stayed at work instead of heading over to the sports bar.

  77. Like I’ve said….this lineup is not good enough to continue as-is…too many “swing and miss” type hitters in the lineup…and too many positions we platoon at…

  78. The WHEN’S and IF’s are really starting to catch up with this club.

  79. Ladies and Gentlemen, good pitching ALWAYS beats good hitting.

    So this is even worse for the Pirates because they’ve faced good pitching and do not have good hitting.

  80. This team is being exposed before our eyes…

    • Nothing to see here, just move along…………….
      Unbelievable.

    • If only he’d have gotten blackout drunk and drove 30 mph over the speed limit.

      Then Bud could bury his head in the sand and pretend nothing happened.

  81. Ok, are we ready for a 6 run rally???

  82. At least Zagurski will never be accused of using PED’s….

  83. Is Gomez going to make his next start?

  84. A blessing from the Lord!!

    Root lost their signal.

  85. McCutchen looks like he could use a couple more days off.

  86. Well, it could have been worse.

    Sigh…

  87. Hope this doesn’t turn out to be another disastrous Pittsburgh sports day. We’ve had too many of those already this week…

  88. Glad that horror shwo is over.
    Get em Friday!

    See yooz at the Pens thread tonight.
    GO PENS !!!!

  89. Good riddance to Atlanta for another year….

  90. Oh well, I guess we have to settle for being 1-hit twice in 6 days.

  91. Inge had the hit in both games. I never thought I would say this but thank god for Inge.

  92. Feels like a swoon to me. One hit twice. Now injuries. Need to win 2 of 3 in Chicago.

  93. Gerrit Cole pitches 7 scoreless in Indy today. 18.2 consecutive scoreless innings. His 88th pitch was 99 mph. He’s as ready as he’ll ever be.

    The Super 2 thing is merely a guess. There is no set date. They won’t know for sure if he’s eligible for 2 years. So much can happen with him & other players in the interim. Morton can make Wandy’s next start, but they’re going to need someone on the 15th.

    • The guys who pitched today are not the answer for middle relief. And Reid did not show well last night. Does the organization have anyone else for these middle innings roles?

    • Didn’t he face Wil “the can’t miss kid” Myers today?

    • If Andy Oliver pitches for the Pirates before Gerrit Cole it will be a slap in the face to every man in that dugout.

      Gerrit Cole is ready to get big league outs.

      • I don’t know, maybe slapping all those hitters in the face is exactly what need to be done right now.

        • Ha, I didn’t watch the game today but have to agree with you and Milo above.

          Ton of poor at-bats lately, for whatever reason.

          Hey, while you’re here, we were talking about strikeout rates the other day. I can’t figure out why you used K/AB and not K/PA. Not saying you’re wrong, just wondering if you had a specific reason.

        • I’ve got a better idea….Let’s praise GM Neal Huntington for all the great work he’s done in recent weeks:

          Keeping John McDonald on the roster
          Keeping Brandon Inge on the roster.
          Adding Mike Zagursky and Ryan Reid to the bullpen.

          Just brilliant!….If you don’t want to stay in a race for the division title.

  94. I thought the Wandy injury was because of the helmet by Simmons hitting his arm. I truly hope that is the reason he left, but we will soon find out.

    I guess the big question is do they want to save a few $$$$ in 2016, by keeping Cole at AAA, or do they want to try to win some games now?.
    Unfortunately , i think i know the answer to that question.

    I think Jay Bell as hitting coach needs to be re valuated.
    At the worst, they should hire a guy who can work solely with the left handed batters.
    They have been pretty much atrocious , over the last week.

    • Everyone seems to be convinced that Cole is ready for the majors right now. Going into the season, everyone seemed to be convinced that Jeff Locke was, at best, a huge question mark. Please note that Gerrit Cole is not pitching as well in AAA as Jeff Locke did over his 29 starts there. That includes their strikeout rates, by the way, and Locke is no power pitcher.

      Cole may very well be ready for callup. But don’t pretend that his performance is so good that they’d be crazy to leave him at Indy, because that definitely is not the case.

      • In a vacuum, sure, I agree with you.

        But this is not 2009 or 2010.

        It’s time to win games at the big league level. Gerrit Cole absolutely gives the Pirates a better chance of doing that than any other potential addition to the rotation.

  95. Not only the fact they can’t hit with men on base, now they can’t even get anyone on base. Another no-name pitcher has their number. Of course, the way they’re not hitting now, any pitcher from AA could baffle them. Like I said before, they are in their June Swoon, and it looks like their season may be over. This should be no surprise-it happens every year since 1992. They keep buying these automatic outs and putting them in their lineups. I hope I’m wrong, but if they can’t beat the good teams, then who cares.

  96. Remember what happened to start the season – a 1-5 start. The last six games they have been 1-5. Hopefully it will lead to good things like last time.

  97. We’ve had many managers, hitting coaches and regular coaches.

    We have too many I disciplined hitters who should concentrate more on their average instead of the long ball. This seems to be prevalent in baseball and coaching doesn’t seem to help

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