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On location: Pirates 8, Giants 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (37-26) vs. San Francicso Giants (33-29)

Starters: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Tim Lincecum

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

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is on the beat. I’m here, too, for the Wednesday column.

UPDATE 3:26 p.m.: Wandy Rodriguez to 15-day disabled list with left forearm tightness, retroactive to June 6. That clears space for Cole to be selected.

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.



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


    Tonight’s Line
    Total Combined STRIKEOUTS + WALKS Issued by Gerrit Cole in tonight’s Game
    Line is 8.5

  2. Good Luck Gerrit Cole!

  3. Man, has Neil Walker fallen! Batting just ahead of Barmes!

  4. I am excited about going to tonight’s game. I’ve never been to a game where the top prospect is making is debut. Win or lose tonight – this is still going to be a special night. Good luck Gerrit and welcome to The Show!

  5. My house loves this series!!!

    I’ve already gotten “Pirates Suck” texts….(from friends, not my house)

    • Nor Cal:

      Which stadium do you prefer? I’ve never been to SF since the ‘Stick days. I once saw Barry Bonds take one to the upper tank there.

      • Never been to the ‘Stick. Absolutely love AT&T though.

        Wife hated Candlestick though…

        • I’m sorry. I wasn’t clear. Do you prefer AT&T to PNC?

          • OHHHHHHH yea…they are very “same but different” ball parks, but my love for my hometown will always prevail.

            They are by far, my 2 favorite.

            • When I hear comparisons of the best ballparks, those 2 invariably come up on everyone’s list. PNC usually seems to win out, but AT&T has its share of supporters. I have to get there sometime in my travels.

              • the only downfall to AT&T is the weather. Now, I can get out of 100 degree in a matter of 2 hours (or less) I’m cool with, but when the fog rolls in and the seagulls start swarming, its a little annoying.

                Its just such an awesome atmosphere. Sold out EVERY single night, regardless of what else is going on in town.

  6. GI Jones only has 3 career hits against Lincecum, but 2 of them landed over the fence.

    Better not get the ball up tonight, Timmy…..

  7. Also looks like Pablo Sandoval will be put on the DL for the Giants. One less bat to worry about in this line up.

  8. We need Lunch buckets bat to heat up, what’s he batting 230something?

  9. Must-see game tonight!

    The future is *now*.

  10. Hurdle: I’m NOT paying attention to number of pitches anymore.

    Me: Sure you’re not.

    • Hurdle: I don’t care what you and that blog says, I’m starting Barmes

      Me: . . . . . . (expletive). . . . . .!

      • because the alternatives are far superior.

        You wanna watch a real SS play, keep your eye on Brandon Crawford tonight.

        • Oh yes I know what they look like and how they play the position, but on a semi-regular basis I am force fed the other kind – LIKE TONIGHT

          • Crawford is above and beyond what typical SS’s can do. He’s amazing, future long-term gold glover.

            I know, Barmes is just terrible. Why does he even use a glove?

            • He’s gonna have to get out of Andrelton Simmons league before he starts winning Gold Gloves.

              • Simmons is terrific

              • Hopefully, I can speak for all Bucs fans and say, “I’ll gladly take either at this point.” & if young Mr. Segura is interested in coming to Pittsburgh, I’d be thrilled with that as well. The Brewers have admitted they had no idea he was anywhere near this good.

              • He’s also nowhere near this good.

                But yeah, I’ll take any of ‘em and be pleased as a peach.

              • You thinking Flash in the Pan on Segura, NMR? Or something sinister going on? I have been wondering that myself. Suddenly, he has all this power and is hitting .340. Also had 6 hits in a game. For the love of Rennie Stennett!

              • Simmons is struggling to hit so far, though, right? Of course, so did Crawford for awhile.

              • Simmons is awesome also. This is almost like going back to Barry Larkin and Ozzie Smith era.

              • Remember when Ozzie Smith was traded for Garry Templeton? Can you imagine that now? Two talented starting SS – one mostly known for his offense and the other for his defense. There were some GMs that had some serious b*alls in those days. You are really setting yourself up to be destroyed by your team’s fans if that one backfires. And the SD GM probably did get crushed for that, as Ozzie went on to greatness.

              • Probably not crushed for that, especially with the lack of social media and/or blogs.

                Its definetly a different era.

              • Simmons has the strongest arm at SS that I can remember seeing. Love Crawford, he’s a great ballplayer, but Andrelton Simmons is a rare talent.

                I’d happily take Crawford, Segura, and Simmons. Not knocking anyone, just think Simmons is 1a with the other two 1b and 1c.

            • Struggling for normal standards, thriving for Pirates standards.


            • @patton

              I agree. When I mentioned Ozzie and Larkin, I was thinking he had the arm of Shawon Dunston. Could’ve lumped him in there as well.

              • Simmons looks like a freakish athete, but Crawford isn’t far from that, either.

                I keep thinking the Bucs need to take a run at Profar or Andrus – assuming Texas will give up one of them. I know it would take a lot – probably Taillon or Cole, at least – but, we could be getting a long term answer at SS. And, let’s face it, there’s not much in the pipeline that we can count on for certain.

        • Kids got a glove, doesn’t he? Nice fielder and the bat has really picked up this year.

        • Been to a lot of ballgames in my time. Have not seen many historical moments or oddities. I did see Crawford hit a grand slam in his first major league game at Milwaukee.

          Giants do not have any issues at shortstop.

          • Yes he did and as Lad9 stated above, his bat is coming around BIG time this year.

            Very fun to watch. I watch the Giants almost every night after the Pirates game…….

  11. Wish I could be there but will have the DVR on recording so I can see it as soon as I get home tonight.

    On that note I will take the over for 100 Playoffs!

  12. I’m feeling 2/3 homers off Cousin It tonight. Oh, wait. He cut his hair, didn’t he? I’m feeling 2/3 homers off Lincecum tonight. I think GIJ, for sure. Walker or Pedro feel like candidates as well. Cutch is due as well. Got cheated out of one with the wind blowing straight in at Wrigley on Sat.

  13. Gotta work after taking the daughter to swim lessons.

    Will be relying on the blog tonight to keep me informed! Looking for the usual good insight!

    Let’s Go Bucs !

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    And yes, it is too early to nominate Mr Cole into our Hall of Fame

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  15. I’m going to the game tonight ( bought my tickets on Sunday )
    I’ll try to send back some scouting reports from the game.

    Here is the first one:

    A scout has said “Cole is tall”

  16. Lots of us going to the game. As Jim said, wish I was going. Maybe all the bloggers should meet at a specific concession area and talk about Dejan behind his back. :)

  17. A friend just texted me to say he’s in Pittsburgh on business, and he had this trip planned a couple of months ago …. had the good sense to plan a Bucco game as part of the trip – tonight! He said, “I was just happy to be finally adding PNC as my 23rd MLB ball park, and now I hear tonight is a pretty big deal.” I’d have given my left arm to be there tonight, and this Cubs fan is going. Ugh!

    He’s a really good guy, but if any of you see a portly ad executive who doesn’t seem to know who young Mr. Cole is, please gently knock the beer (that he will undoubtedly be holding) out of his hand for me. Thanks, in advance.

    • Don’t most Cub fans make that kind of appearance – even if there isn’t a ball game nearby?

      • Yes. Outcomes of games is something they don’t worry much about. He’d be mortified, however, if that beer was more than 1/3 full and got knocked out of his hand.

    • I think “Jim Belushi” type

      • Almost a dead ringer for Belushi – just a little less hair! Only thing is, this guy is originally from Detroit. He moved here about 15 years ago and switched to the Cubs from Tigers. I give him crap about that every chance I can. Now, when the Cubs inevitably fall hopelessly out of the playoffs chase by tax day every year, he tries to latch back onto to the Tigers. But, his heart just isn’t it. And I tell him he has no right to go back once he has abandoned his birthright.

        • I know the feeling. I tried to dump these Buccos a long time ago too. I am a Giants fan as well, but its not the same.

          • I have lived away from Pittsburgh now for 20 years, and I kept telling people that the Bucs were my first sports love, and if I get to stay a Steelers and Pens fan, I am sticking it out with the Bucs also. Now, I feel they just might be on the verge of paying me back for that loyalty over the next several years.

  18. All the tickets at Stub Hub are gone. First time I’ve seen that.

  19. Message to all going ton the ballpark tonight…Have an awesome time. I’m sooooooo jealous.

    Wish Hippo was here to share his thoughts. Wishing you and your family peace, Dear Hippo.

  20. For once I wish I wasn’t in Florida.

    Just for tonight, Dejan. So don’t get excited.

  21. MLB Network just showed Bryan Bullington pitch.


  22. Come on Pirates! Bring the Bats and support Gerrit Cole as he embarks on the start of his Major League career. Bring home The W. Now is the time!

  23. Now there are Home Run Derby “captains” for the AS Game, they get to pick the other contestants

    We on the blog should pick “captains” to lead different things

    Yeah, that’s the ticket

    But budmeister probably already copyrighted the idea…

    Sigh, its baseball, Bud

  24. Please, Please, PLEASE————don’t be Tim Neverett on TV tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Just heard this from Stan. Brandon Crawford’s sister is Gerrit Cole’s girlfriend. Who knew ?

  26. I don’t WANT Gerrit Cole to do well tonight . . . . .

    . . . . I actually WANT to be in his shoes!!

    The little boy in me wants to be in his shoes, experiencing his first big league start!

    The big boy in me wants to be in his shoes, experiencing my first big league start!!!!

  27. Before the game starts, if the Penguins had lengthy meetings on whether or not to fire their coach, haven’t they already really fired their coach ? Even if they decide to bring him back, that’s some vote of confidence. Just get it over with already.

  28. This could be the year. Hope tonight gives some support for that claim.


    Welcome to the big leagues Cole. Three pitches – one K.

  30. Scutaro is absolutely hitting everything thrown at him right now….batted .420 for the month of May and continues the hot bat.

  31. 2 hits in the inning, fire him!

  32. oh no I think the force behind his pitches just broke the blog. Time line out of order.

  33. Hello, King Cole!

    Very impressive~!!!

  34. Everybody breathe now

  35. Gerrit Cole… what a bum… 2 hits in 1 inning… what is this, Kris Benson #2?

    ……I’m kidding

  36. Looks like the blog is broke again, posts everywhere

    Good start though

  37. Greg Brown and Bob Walk have Cole as a first ballot Hall of Famer…after one half inning.
    Please people, let’s keeps this all in perspective here.

  38. Marte quickly turns lead off walk into a double with his 18th stolen base of season, let’s get the rookie an early lead.

    • But than equally as quickly erases himself from scoring position with base running gaffe on ball hit to left side.

  39. BTW, people complained about the Pirates pitchers holding base stealers last year?

    Lunatics, meet Tim Lincecum. Can’t hold anybody on, doesn’t care to either.

  40. OUt at 3rd? Seriously? Someone please explain what base running blunder Marte pulled off.

  41. Marte runs into the thrid baseman, who happened to field the ball in front of him.

    Isn’t that the second time now?

  42. Maybe you pull a guy when he does moronic stuff like that. Maybe then the message gets through. I don’t know.

    • Sometimes it would, but sometimes he just needs a reminder of what to do.

      They should know this $#!T by now though.

  43. Starling Marte might have a problem with common knowledge of baseball, but is it too much for the 3rd base coach to INSURE that the runner knows there is ONE out?

  44. It is now time to start changing speeds, and throw a few sliders (curves), because when he comes around to the top of the lineup, he will have been measured already.

  45. Every time a Giant hitter makes contact it sounds like their bat is breaking

  46. Greg or Blanco ?

  47. And Gerrit Cole escapes his first jam as a MLB pitcher, mixing in the curve to Scutaro to get the harmless flyout. Through 34 pitches – 28 strikes and 6 balls.

  48. Milo – is that “effectively wild”?

  49. BTW Nor Cal, I do not exonerate Marte in the least. But maybe in his case a little extra communication might be required

  50. New drinking game.

    Pound one for every Pirate who reaches second but doesn’t score.

  51. Okay, I’m pretty juiced about tonight’s game, as I’ve only got to watch about four Buc’s games all year so far. Even happier that MLB network is using the Giants broadcasters, so it’s a well-called game.

    Now, for my concern. Cole has thrown about 35 pitches so far. I think he has hit the target where Martin has set up with MAYBE 4 of those pitches. Martin keeps setting up 6″ inside and Cole’s pitches are coming right down Broadway. That’s going to result in a lot of hits, even if you throw 98 mph. I hope he settles down and gets under contol a little.

  52. NOW comes the moment Mr. Barmes

  53. Bases loaded nobody out and just the guy we all want up at the plate in Barmes…right where we want them.

  54. crap….

  55. sigh. .alas. . oh well

  56. Cole-mania!!!!!!!!

  57. Cole has seen this offense!

  58. Hey this kid can hit too!

  59. Finally, someone that knows what to do with runners in scoring position.

  60. No Freaking Way

  61. Wow nice at bat and watchng he replays you see how he kept his eye’s and head on the pitch

  62. And Cole flashes the ‘Z’…classic, let the love affair between city and player begin.

  63. Our new DH for inter-league games!

  64. Worst base running team in baseball.

  65. Can he play SS?

    • Yeah maybe he can pitch and play short at the same time. Always wondered why baseball players could not multi task?

  66. Gerrit Cole with the double!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. Lincecum is hanging on by a thread right now

  68. Cole through four on just 48 pitches – 39 strikes, 9 balls…so far so good.

  69. Looks like Cole is settling in….

  70. With all the “Blog Bitchin” I am doing about hitting and baserunning, the new guy is pitching a shutout and he drove in two. As DK was saying about Bruin fans, why not enjoy the moment?

  71. Cole: 48 pitches in 4 innings. Looking good for 7.

  72. Cole up to bat, anyone think he could put one in the river?

  73. Trib editors can thank me later but here’s tomorrow’s headlines

    1 – Pens & Bylsma to part ways

    2 – Cole Night for Pirates

  74. Cole is pitching… not worrying about his strikeout totals.

    This is a great performance. I know we wanted big strikeout numbers but this is better.

    He’s a pitcher, not a thrower.

    Loving this.

  75. Barmes would have had it

    • He probably would have, but he might have dropped it as he transferred from his glove…

      • that’s because he fields everything one-handed. Now if you field it with two hands (WHEN POSSIBLE), there is no transference. But that’s Barmes

  76. Hit the showers Timmy!!

  77. Ok question to all the stat guys and gals .
    When was the last time or how many Pitchers making their debut have won the game and also hit in the winning run(s)?

  78. Methinks Hurdle will PH for Cole even if this inning is quick.

  79. The Cole-train is moving on thru! What a pitcher!

  80. All I can say is PDI

    Pretty dam impressive

  81. This is unreal stuff tonight… finally, a pitching prospect that looks mature on the mound.

  82. Glad I drafted Cole and have stashed him on my bench in my fantasy league!

  83. Marte make amends for the boneheaded baserunning!

  84. Marte Partay!!!

  85. hey! I think I like this Cole guy :)

  86. Great job by Cole tonight.

    The kid has a cannon.

    Cannon Cole.

    Let’s win this one for him.

  87. More effective wildness….

  88. … and Watson breaks Scuaro’s hand with an inside screamer.

  89. c’mon Pedro….lets get a couple more.

  90. wo-hoooo!!!!!!!

  91. I don’t care what happens the rest of the year, The Pirates ARE the worst base-running team in the league(s).
    Players, coaches and general instruction are all at fault

  92. I would like to know what it is that makes Hurdle believe that Gaby is such a great defensive improvement over Jones at 1st base? He invariable makes such a change in the late innings

  93. Didn’t this Kontos used to play for the Penguins ? Oh that was Chris Kontos.

  94. Well let’s see if the warning to both benches hold. Yea right.

  95. What is this all about ? Scutaro ?

  96. We had them alllllllllll away.
    There was not doubt about.
    Raise the Jolly Roger.
    Good night all.

  97. Behind a solid 6.1 innings of work in Gerrit Cole’s debut, coupled with a 12 hit eight run outburst including HR’s by Alvarez and Marte the Bucs sink the Giants 8-2 and there was noooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs are now 12 above .500 at 38-26 and take a 4.5 game lead on a WC spot on the Giants. The Pirates return to action tomorrow night in the middle game of the set with Francisco Liriano taking the hill for the Pirates.

    Let’s Go Bucs.

  98. Way to go Bucs, let’s keep it going

  99. Obviously a sweet night

    + 30K for a Tuesday to boot

    Think Cole will get another start?

  100. ….Fear the Bones….

  101. It’s an hour past my bedtime.


  102. By now, I am sure most know about the incredible lines for “wanding” the fans as they entered the ballpark. Walked in through the Roberto Clemente statue entrance and only 2 of 5 gates were open with wanding personnel and ticket-takers. From the other gates I walked by with lines down each block, assume it was the same situation.

    At least 3 days to get ready and not enough employees on hand. Incredible incompetence by Nutting, Coonelly & company. Instead of Coonelly apologizing, given that some fans missed the first three innings, they should be handing out free tickets to those fans for the next Cole start.

  103. 7 minutes until Dejan’s column on Cole appears. Hurry up time!

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