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Final: Pirates 3, Dodgers 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (39-27) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (28-37)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. RHP Stephen Fife

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

207 Comments

  1. HIPPO HEY!!!!!!! ;)

    Lets Go Bucs !!!!!!!!!

  2. I see Presley is starting again.
    Is Marte on the DL?

  3. Tonight is an important game in this series for the Pirates with Kershaw and Greinke the next two days.

    Snider 5-35 .142 in June, and Barmes 1 for his last 17 .058 or of the season long .201 AVG and .235 OBP make the bottom third of this lineup look anemic.

    Has Zagurski been released yet?

    Go Bucs.

    • Snider needs to hit. He has Presley looking over his shoulder now. I hope that gets him back aggressively driving the ball again.

  4. THREE-PLAY FRIDAY!!!

    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.

    NEW PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME & ENCOURAGED!!!

    Line #1
    Total RBI’s by Garrett Jones in tonight’s game
    Line is 1.5

    Line #2
    Total Combined WALKS ISSUED by Pirates STARTING PITCHERS this weekend against the Dodgers
    Line is 10.5

    Line #3
    Total WINS by the Pirates this weekend against the Dodgers
    Line is 1.5

    Please Note – All games must be considered official games in order for line(s) to be valid. Any postponement, cancellation, or suspension of game(s) will void line(s).

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    • Good afternoon to the window. Time for these battling Bucs to prove they can weather the injury bug that has hit them hard the past few days.

      Time to tackle this three-play Friday. Line one centers on Garrett Jones and RBI’s. In 62 games this season Jones has multiple RBI’s in eight games. Decided numbers advantage here.

      Line 1 – 100 on the UNDER

      In line two we look at free passes. Although it was announced the Brandon Cumpton has been added to the taxi squad deeming him most likely starter tomorrow which is an advantage over Oliver he still will probably have some nerves. The Dodgers have walked 199 times in 65 games or 3.06 a contest. Two rookie pitchers and Jeff Locke who has been wild at times points to an over here.

      Line 2 – 50 on the OVER

      The Bucs are 0-3 versus the Dodgers this year and have to face Kershaw and Greinke both this series, doesn’t look good on paper.

      Line 3 – 100 on the UNDER

      Thanks and Let’s Go Bucs.

    • 100 each:

      1. Under
      2. Under

    • Line 1: 100 UNDER
      Line 2: 100 UNDER
      Line 3: 50 OVER

    • As I lose my shirt once again

      Line 1 100 over
      Line 2 100 under
      Line 3 100, of course, OVER

      Thanks Playoffs

    • Playoffs,

      Please give me the following amounts of coffee beans:

      Line 1 – 100 Under
      Line 2 – 100 Over
      Line 3 – 50 Under

      Thank You,

      Stuart

    • LINE 1: 100 UNDER
      Should mean he hits a 3 run bomb, I’ll take one for the team.

      LINE 2: 100 UNDER

      LINE 3: 100 OVER

    • 100 on the UNDER for Line 1

      100 on the UNDER for Line 2

      100 on the OVER for Line 3

    • line 1 – 100 on the under

      line 2 – 50 on the under

      line 3 – 50 on the over

    • Playoffs,
      I’ll take the following for 100 each:

      Line 1 UNDER
      Line 2 OVER
      Line 3 OVER

      And remind me. Was that 1.5 hits line last night for Cutch or for the whole team? Thanks.

    • Mr Playoffs:

      Line 1 Under
      Line 2 Over
      Line 3 Over

      All for 100

      Thank you and Go Buccos!

    • #1 100 under
      #2 100 over
      #3 100 over

      thanks

    • Line 1: 100 Under

      Line 2: 100 Over

      Line 3: 100 Under

    • Mister Playoffs…………..

      I would like the following……….

      Line 1 — 100 Zagurskis on the UNDER.
      Line 2 — 100 Con. Lists on the OVER.
      Line 3 — 50 Cumptons on the UNDER.

      Thank You for Shopping at Sears, and have an absolutely Hippo-ish day!!! ;)

    • Line 1 – UNDER for 100
      Line 2 – UNDER for 100
      Line 3 – UNDER for 100

    • Line 1. 100 under.
      Line 2. 100 over.
      Line 3. 100 under.
      Lets go bucs.

    • At playoffs: I will take 50 on the under four choices one into. I will take 50 on the over for choice number three. Thank you

    • 100 under 1…….100 over 2…..100 under 3

    • line 1 100 under
      line 2 100 over
      line 3 100 over

    • Line 1 – 100 under
      Line 2 – 50 over
      Line 3 – 100 under

    • 100 over all 3 please.

  5. Standings will be updated after Sunday’s game.

  6. The franchise of Robinson vs the franchise of Clemente.

    Series is dripping with history.

    Line 1: 25/Under
    Line 2: 25/Over
    Line 3: 50/Under

    Thanks, Sir.

  7. Give me a 100 on each

    Line 1. Under

    Line 2. Under

    Line 3 over

    Thanks

  8. Zagurski still on the team but not be for long. Word is Brandon Cumpton will be starting tomorrow so will have to be added to the 40 and 25

  9. Brandon Cumpton, 9th round pick of the Pirates in 2010 draft out of Georgia Tech.

    In four seasons in the minors:

    26-24 3.85 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9, 5.8 K/9 2.22 SO/BB

    This season in Indy – 4-4 3.31 ERA 1.24 WHIP, 65.1 IP, 59 H, 22 BB, 49 K

    Will become the 11th different pitcher to make a start this season.

    • I know the pitcher that we drafted with our number one pick that year is only 21, but it would have been nice if he had progressed faster than Cumpton.

      • I don’t know if that necessarily follows. They treat the #1 guys with kid gloves, it seems.

        • Might also have something to do with that fact that Taillon couldn’t even legally buy cigarettes by the time Cumpton was 21.

          But hey, who cares about physical development.

          • Cumpton is 3 years older than J.T.

            And he signed earlier so got a couple of games at State College before Taillon was able to get into the system.

            It would still be nice if the #1 pick was a little closer to contributing. But maybe is shows how great we are at drafting in Round 9.

          • Yeah, even a Grade B/C prospect coming out of 3 years of college has a huge head start over a kid that came straight from HS – even a TX guy.

            • I still hope that a #9 pick does not have a huge head start.

              • I don’t think it is a talent thing, Thunder. Just a physical and mental development thing. The 21 yr old has faced better hitters, been exposed to better training, pitched more innings. And he is a man vs. an 18 yr old who still may be filling out.

              • This is Thunder being obtuse, Jim. It’s his thing sometimes.

              • I need to look that word up.

              • Ever see Rules of Engagement. The former David Puddy (from Seinfeld) plays a pretty similar character. Sometimes, he remarks that subtlety is lost on him. Me, too, in this instance.

      • Pirates certainly using extreme care with Taillon and his development but can’t find fault with his handling especially given he is expected to be future ace and a piece that can help carry a team. He is still on track to get his first taste of AAA at some point this season.

        It goes back to the drafting H.S. players versus college kids. Majority of time, there are a few exceptions, the H.S. kids will need the extra couple years in the minor league system.

        • He should spend the bulk of the year at AA, really and come up to AAA like Cole did last year, for a couple games only.

          • Wouldn’t surprise me if Taillon spends all of 2014 in AAA.

            • Any particular reason?

            • I think either scenario is very possible for Taillon.

              I think he is right on track, whether he gets to Pittsburgh in 2014 or 2015. 2014 would put him on the same track age-wise as Cole, right? 22 and starting in the bigs is extremely good. 23 is still very good if he gets here in 2015.

              I think the reason people tend to think college players are safer picks is only because they are more known commodities by the time they are 21, and the ones who don’t have what it takes for sure are already weeded out by then. Whereas, 18 year olds are 3 years younger and so it is far more difficult to judge their potential for down the road. A lot of them have not been weeded out yet. But, I think if a team picks the right guy (Taillon), it is much more confident about his chances in their system right away than getting the same guy 3 years later after a college program has had him. I hope that made sense.

          • AGREE!! Though I’d love to see him get the call, let’s be reasonable here.

            Oh wait, I forgot where I was.

        • I don’t see the extreme care going on, not as it applies to moving up through the system.. Taillon still hasn’t put up a sub-3.00 ERA at any level. He’s on track this year for his first sub-3.50 ERA. He’s been advanced about as fast as he deserves to be advanced.

          • Exactly, the care is in making sure he demonstrates he is ready for promotion and not forcing or rushing it upon him to just get him up to the majors.

            He is on a very good path, nothing suggests he won’t be wearing a Pirates uniform sometime in the near future.

            It could be very easy for the team under the pressures they are and seeing others like Machado and Harvey taken later having strong impacts on their respective teams to force it a bit, they have not and good for them in doing so.

            • I guess I should clarify – near future – late ’14, or even ’15.

              • I agree with the comment that he has never really consistently dominated anywhere yet (3+ ERA at every stop). I think the Pirates are doing some stuff differently from most teams in managing young pitchers, and it is definitely up for debate as to whether it is the way to go. They have taken most of Taillon’s pitches away from him for stretches to ensure he learns to command his fastball. But, if he has been pitching with one hand tied behind his back, maybe 3.50 ERAs are dominating.

              • That make Tyler Glasnow striking out everyone and their brother all the more impressive.

              • Everything about that guy seems impressive to me. He definitely doesn’t prescribe to the Cole theory of pitching to contact. He appears to pitch through contact. What a beast he appears to be.

          • I had someone whose baseball opinion I greatly trust tell me Jameson Taillon has the most dominating curve ball had ever seen. He also told me Taillon isn’t allowed to throw it very often.

            Looking forward to him getting to Indy soon.

  10. I’ve watched the video a few times now and I still can’t understand how Tulowitzki broke his rib diving for that ball yesterday.

    Very brittle.

    • You said it. He is a walking injury. Frustrating for me this year because I have him in a HR pool. This will kill my chances.

    • Ha, I seem to remember Keith Kovacevic, I mean Keith Law taking a ton of heat from Rockies fans at the beginning of the year because he predicted they’d win like 54 games or something ridiculous like that.

      Now he’s clearly wrong, but part of his reasoning was that he didn’t believe Tulo would be healthy for more than 100 games.

      Tulo’s broken rib came in game number 61. Not bad, Keith, not bad.

    • You’re right. 5 trips to the DL in 5 years. Too brittle.

  11. 24/7 reports that AJ Burnett has a grade one calf tear/strain. Big difference in recovery time between a grade one and a grade two. Grade one 7-10 days, grade two 4-6 weeks.

    Fingers crossed on the right diagnosis.

  12. What is the status of JMac? He is missing an opportunity to get back in the game. Morton as I thought I posted was unimpressive last night, but I will give him a pass first time back. Second outing has to be much better and I am concerned he is just not a player who will compete and be there. Hope I am wrong, but he may never be the pitcher he showed for two months in 2011.

    • JMac is currently rehabbing with Indy. Will make next rehab appearance on Sunday. Coming off of an 89 pitch performance that was not very good.

      In four rehab starts he has a 6.91 ERA, 1.674 WHIP 5.0 BB/9 and 4.4 K/9…those numbers indicate he is a long ways away from helping the Pirates club.

    • The Bucs can;t afford to bring JMac back up here and insert him in the rotation. He is just too damn erratic.

      Morton’s performance was slightly below average last night. I agree with you, give him a Mulligan for last night’s showing. However, if his subsequent starts show little or no improvement, then a decision must be made on whether Morton is, indeed, major league material.

      AJ and Wandy need to come back……………SOON!!

  13. I’m hoping this Sanchez “yips” stuff is more technique than mental. That is what I am reading right now. I sure hope so.

    The guys I remember having the “thing” are Blass, Sax, & that annoying infielder for the Twins then Yankees, whose name I can’t recall right now. Oh, and the catcher was Mackey Sasser, wasn’t it? Maybe the historians can chime in

  14. Kelly Shopach DFA’d by the Mariners.

    A real, honest-to-goodness Major League backup catcher. Nice knowin’ ya, Michael.

    • I haven’t followed him lately, but he is a legit catcher.

    • Ramon Hernandez too

    • Just the simple fact that he has thrown out 10 of 27 base runners a 37% clip signals an immense upgrade. He is under contract for 1.5 M…I hope the Bucs are wise enough to look into this.

    • An active MLB All Star pitcher whose family i know let me know (off the record so unnamed) that Shopach is, in his words or a close enough parody: ‘one of the worst catchers in MLB…can’t hit, can’t field, only looks like a catcher.’

      Or something pretty close to that.

      (I loved his last line, implying that catchers are ugly.)

      it was also a former teammate of Shopach’s.

      When Shopach was with the Rays and they had no real catchers, he split time and was eventually beaten out by a converted outfielder (I think) who also couldn’t catch. To the fans around me in Tampa Bay, they seemed to think that the only redeeming quality of the OTHER guy was that he wasn’t Shopach.

      Before anybody “argues” with me over this, first note that NONE of this represents my opinion or observation. I am reporting what others have told me. I am beyond neutral on Shopach; in fact never really cared.

  15. I also read that Tabby won’t even begin his latest rehab for awhile. He is living the life. How does a supposed 24 year old pull all of his muscles every year while rarely looking like he even runs all that hard?

  16. Other than girth, what is the difference between Travis Snider and Alex Presley?

    I noticed they are very similiar last night after they batted 1 and 2.

    AP obviously the more athletic of the 2.

  17. What is a grade 1 calf tear?

  18. I think we should beat this pitcher like a drum — for the corps.

  19. The malaise of a Barmes rally-killing K.

    • Why malaise over the expected?

      I don’t get worked up when a pitcher Ks.

      And you know the expression. Barmes Happens.

  20. Snider and Barmes–STINK. the Pirates need to spend some money and get a right fielder and just because Hurdle and Barmes are close friends; someone needs to tell Hurdle that winning comes before friendships. Inge, Barmes, Snider are not getting it done.

    • I don’t mind Inge as much since he’s the last guy on the bench and plays six positions, even if poorly.

      My problem is the OTHER two. Because they play. If you want to call it that.

    • Last time I checked…the ARE winning

  21. Time to send McHenry back to Little League and pick up Kelly Shopach !!!!!!

  22. Did anyone hear if anybody got tossed from Kennywood today?

  23. Baserunning blunder or just a good play on Cutch? Thoughts?

  24. Another rally killing at bat by Barmes.

  25. Nice crowd tonight.
    Is it a sellout?

  26. 39 pitches to get through the first four innings? If so, nice.

  27. The Pirates better start bubble-wrapping Locke, he’s the last starter standing.

  28. How do you spell masterful- L O C K E!!

  29. A…E…I…O…EWE!!! ;)

  30. Why would CH not let Locke continue, he has a two hit shutout going, low pitch count and it is obvious the Dodgers do not have him figured out.

    Wish he would trust his starters when they are throwing gems.

  31. I see the Fridge That Ate Pittsburgh isnt in tonight………..

  32. OK bean that dirty bugger now

  33. Ice in the veins, huge strikeout by Melancon!

  34. Heads up base running by Cutch who absolutely steals an insurance run there. Great use of his speed.

  35. WTH was THAT????

  36. Martin gets the pop up foul…beautiful

  37. Raise The Jolly Hippo !!!!!!!

  38. Behind seven masterful shutout innings turned in by Jeff Locke who earns his sixth win, another hold from Melancon, a league leading 24th save from Grilli coupled with two RBI’s and a run scored from Cutch the Bucs take down the Dodgers in the series opener at PNC 3-0 and there was noooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs improve to 13 above .500 at 40-27. The Pirates will look to make it two straight series wins against NL West teams and three consecutive series wins tomorrow afternoon when Brandon Cumpton makes his MLB debut.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  39. RAISE IT!!!!

  40. ….fear the Bones….

  41. Cards Lose, Cards Lose !!! :)

  42. Goodness the Mets are awful. Might very well be worse than the 2010 Buccos.

    • I heard Wlipon is finally free and clear of the Bernie Madoff money crunch and is targeting next year to significantly raise payroll. They are terrible, but it could be interesting to see what Sandy Alderson could do with control of the checkbook.

  43. 40 wins already. Me likey, but 42 more are needed.

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