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Final: Reds 4, Pirates 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (41-28) vs. Cincinnati Reds (42-28)

Starters: LHP Francisco Liriano vs. RHP Mike Leake

Time: 7:10 p.m.

Site: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

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. Alex Presley,  RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Neil Walker, 2B
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. Liriano, 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. Speed at the top of the order and able to cover all that outfield grass. I like this lineup!

    • Anyone else think Presley and Marte should switch positions in the field? I know Marte’s played LF all year, and in PNC it makes sense. But in a ballpark with normal dimensions, I’d love to see the Marte cannon in RF

      • Marte’s arm would definietely be an advantage in RF. However, with a LHP throwing, will the Reds have more guys hitting from the right side, with more balls hit to left? I’d rather have the more fundamentally sound guy getting more plays.

        • Good point. I didn’t think about us throwing a lefty, I only pictured Votto and Bruce hitting a few to right. But maybe Liriano gets them on Ks!

      • I think it does make sense to switch them around depending on the park. I guess you have to maximize not only Marte’s arm but his ability to run down balls, which exceeds Presley’s ability to do that.


    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 Combined HITS + WALKS by STARLING MARTE in tonight’s game
    Line is 1.5

    Line #2
    Total Combined HITS + WALKS by ALEX PRESLEY in tonight’s game
    Line is 1.5

    Line #3
    Total Combined REDS + PIRATES players HIT BY PITCH in this 4 game series
    Line is 6.5

    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 ones as per usual, Playoffs

      100 Over Line 1
      100 Under Line 2
      100 Under Line 3


    • Playoffs, put me down for 100 kronas each on: 1 – over, 2-over, and 3- Under.

      Thank you, Stuart

    • Playoffs,
      I love the subtle shot at Greg Brown. I’ll take:

      Line 1 – OVER for 100
      Line 2 – OVER for 100
      Line 3 – UNDER for 100 (I’m assuming Dusty gets suspended for the last 3 games of the series)


    • 100 on the under for all 3.

    • Line 1 under

      Line 2 over

      Line 3 under

      100 on each


    • 100 on the OVER for Line 1.
      100 on the UNDER for Line 2.
      100 on the UNDER for Line 3.

    • Good afternoon to the window. Great day for the Bucs to start this key division series with a “w” and put themselves in position for a possible fourth consecutive series win.

      Well taking a look at the lines the first two feature the men at the top of the order against Mike Leake. Looking at career numbers, Leake struggles versus both of these guys as Marte is 2-3 and Presley is 8-18 and owns Leake. Have to go with the numbers here.

      Line 1 – 50 on the OVER

      Line 2 – 50 on the OVER

      The last line features hit batsmen. For this number to go over it would require three games with multi men hit. One of the games may get out of hand but if it does given the history I think the men calling the games will ensure order is restored.

      Line 3 – 100 on the UNDER

      Thanks and Let’s Go Bucs!

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

    • Line 1 – 100 on the OVER
      Line 2 – 100 on the OVER
      Line 3 – 100 on the UNDER

    • Playoffs, please give me 100 units each line.#1 over.#2 under.and #3 under.thanks!

    • Line 1 — 100 under
      Line 2 — 100 under
      Line 3 — 100 under

    • Please sir, may I have 100 on the UNDER for Line 1
      and 100 on the OVER for LIne 2?

      I’m staying VERWY, VERWY far away from line 3.

    • Darling, Dearest Mr. Playoffs,

      May I have 50 units on each line? The lines are as follows: Line #1 is over, Line #2 is under, and Line #3 is under.

      Thank you. I appreciate it.

    • Line 1: 100 under

      Line 2: 100 under

      Line 3: 100 under

    • 100 units por favor:

      1. UNDER
      2. OVER
      3. UNDER… unless there is an allout brawl game.. i can see Shoo getting hit and Marte but only because they are great in doing that…

    • 100 on line #1 and #2
      Both under the 1.5


    • Line 1 Over
      Line 2 Under
      Line 3 Under.

      Line 3 is awesome! Thanks Playoffs. Go Buccos!

    • 100 over, over, under

    • #1 100 under

      #2 100 over

      #3 100 under


    • 100 on the OVER.
      100 on the UNDER.
      100 on the UNDER.

    • Mister Playoffs…………….

      may I have the following………..

      Line 1 — 100 Hippos on the OVER
      Line 2 — 100 Hippos on the OVER

      Line 3 is a weird one, and I may be the only person to think this way, but…………
      Choo and Marte are #’s 1 and 2 in the league in HBP. Even if beanball doesnt break out, those 2 players could break 6.5 by themselves.

      Line 3 — 100 Hippos on the OVER.

      Thanks Playoffs.

    • At playoffs: I will take 75 on the over for both lines one into. I will take 100 on the under for line 3.

    • 100 on the over for line 1 & 2 please. Let’s Go Bucs!

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

  3. I’ve officially become jealous of NMR…

    “Did you hear the news? Warren Haynes will be playing Jerry’s old friend “Wolf” at the upcoming Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebrations beginning tomorrow at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA.”

    Warren Haynes. On Wolf. WOLF.

  4. Nice to see Mercer in there today even though Leake is one of the few pitchers in baseball that Barmes has o.k. numbers against. I think that says a lot about where Hurdle’s mindset is right now.

      • AW

        On the other blog, you mention about Dick Groat’s hitting in your response to me about my Jordy Mercer for SS comments. Groat was an outstanding hitter for sure. If Mercer could be 60 or 70% the SS Dick Groat was, the Bucs would upgrade the current situation at SS dramatically.

    • Or that he realizes a sample size of 15 decent at-bats means nothing in relation to a career of suck. :)

      • True, but since Barmes defense has turned average and CH discovered that Mercer actually knows which hand to wear his glove on, head-to-head history is all he can fall back on. And the fact that he’s NOT doing it here is very promising.

        BTW, “career of suck” is a great phrase and should be used often in other areas. Definitely should be a band’s name.

      • “Career of suck”. Good one, I like it!

    • Barmes is 7/13 lifetime vs. Greinke. Imagine how he felt when the other Clint left him out of the lineup? I imagine the conversation went something like:

      CB: “Skip … uh, I noticed I’m not in the lineup vs. Greinke today.”
      CH: “You noticed correctly.”
      CB: “But, I’m 7/13 lifetime vs. Greinke.”
      CH: “Yeah, I knew that. But, I cut the lifetime stuff off at a minimum of 15 AB’s.”
      CB: “Seriously? But, I haven’t been 7/13 vs any other pitchers in the whole league.”
      CH: “Yeah, I also knew that. It helped in my decision-making. Keep your glove handy. I might need someone for the late innings.”

      Just kidding, of course. Barmes seems to be a good teammate and a good guy, and I’m sure it is difficult to see the handwriting on the wall. He probably needs to find another team for next year, and he probably won’t be offered starter money again.

    • I think his numbers against Greinke were actually pretty good too

  5. Line #1: 100 under
    Line #2: 100 over
    Line #3: 100 under

  6. Playoffs,
    The Friday game thread seems to be restored on the blog. But I can save you some time & trouble. I won all 3 lines and everyone else lost all 3. At least that’s how I remember it ;-)

  7. #1 – 100, over
    #2 – 100, over
    #3 – 100, under.

    As always, thanks for doing this.

  8. In the words of the late Harvey Korman from Blazing Saddles—-


    Let’s Go Bucs!!!

  9. Travis Sawchick reports that CH has spoken to both Mercer and Barmes and has explained Mercer is now the guy.

    Saw that coming with five of last six resulting in Jordy starting and Barmes sitting against a pitcher he hits .313 against.

  10. Watch out for heads!!!!…It’s Dusty Baker’s Reds.

  11. I see the time stamp is still waaaaaaaaaaay off.

  12. More encouraging Bucs news from Travis Sawchick…Wandy Rodriguez threw off a mound today and felt good according to CH.

    Hopefully this is a positive indication that he is closer to rejoining rotation.

  13. I just saw on KDKA sports that Don Cherry opened his mouth and inserted his size 12. He was on a Boston sports radio show on WEEI and was asked about Malkin. He called him a talented loser. Takes one to know one.

  14. By the way, Jimster and Jandy…than you for your well reasoned answers to a question I posted on the previous thread. I appreciate it.

  15. I hate toothpicks.

    Actually, I have nothing against toothpicks, it’s people who always have one in their mouth, thinking it looks cool, that I hate.

    Eh…”hate” is such a strong word. I probably shouldn’t use it. I don’t like people who always have a toothpick in their mouth.

    I hate Dusty Baker.

  16. Russell Martin is the man!!!!!

  17. Pirate announcers discussing Pete Rose being in HOF……How about announcing the game.

  18. As promised…Here are the updated standings for all games played thru yesterday’s game against the Dodgers.

    We’re up to 64 total participants!

    Dadtackular ~ 800
    stickyweb ~ 500
    theplanisworking ~ 400
    Jason81 ~ 400
    Lad9 ~ 400
    cosmo ~ 400

    JRay3 ~ 1525
    theplanisworking ~ 1425
    bman ~ 1370
    Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) ~ 1300
    Pucknutz ~ 1200
    stickyweb ~ 1100
    Frankie ~ 1075
    tdb1977 ~ 785
    Dadtackular ~ 700
    fellocolonial ~ 700
    radio wave ~ 700
    Nate83 ~ 575
    cherokee23 ~ 550
    JohninOshkosh ~ 500
    JUCOFan ~ 500
    KJX ~ 500
    RobertoForever ~ 490
    TCB ~ 450
    Bill Born ~ 435
    blazer ~ 400
    Ermine ~ 400
    Jason81 ~ 400
    EricBowser ~ 325
    Keith ~ 300
    Matt hoffman ~ 300
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    Evan ~ 200
    JoeyBats ~ 175
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    TK ~ 100
    JaxBuc ~ 95
    Arriba Wilver ~ 75
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    OZ ~ 50
    TJ ~ 50
    tmp444 ~ 25
    Chico ~ 0
    Joey Mellons ~ 0
    pants-n-at ~ 0
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    buggee ~ -50
    Karen22 ~ -50
    absolute59 ~ -100
    Brian ~ -100
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    DemonDachshund ~ -100
    John in WM ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    steelercrazy ~ -100
    kr70 ~ -200
    Ghost ~ -250
    Lad9 ~ -300
    cosmo ~ -400
    Brandie ~ -425
    cmat0829 ~ -550
    Dom ~ -575
    Steve J. Smith ~ -600
    pattonbb ~ -700
    stuart66 ~ -700
    JD ~ -775
    JMB ~ -800
    Kevin ~ -1030
    Jandy ~ -1275
    Bizrow ~ -3500

    ***First Place at the end of JUNE will win:***

    First Place at the end of the season will win:

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:

    Third Place at the end of the season will win:

    Fourth Place at the end of the season will win:

    Fifth Place at the end of the season will win:

  19. you’ve got to be kidding…

  20. Super Starling!!!!!!!

  21. Here we go again. Will they do anything about it this time around?

  22. There are no more accidents.

  23. …and Leake hits Cutch again.

  24. The beanings shall now commence!

  25. Glad I took the over………

  26. Surprised the Pirates haven’t been warned yet. You know…just in case they might be thinking about throwing inside at some point in this game.

  27. Just thought I’d chime in to say I hate the Reds.

  28. That was truly an awesome catch by Marte. We’ll be seeing that one for years to come. WOW!!!

  29. Leake has stolen the last two innings right from under the Pirates.

  30. Weak arse hitting has returned to this lineup. They usually kill Leake, but the last two games – ziltch. Not getting Mercer in a couple innings ago is going to hurt now that they are down 1-0.

  31. Before the fly out, walk speculated on the radio whether the Pirates would get the picture.

  32. MARTIN!!!!!!

  33. I know he tried to get the throw off quickly , but that was an awful throw from Jay Bruce. It almost brought rain

  34. At least the rally cap helped get the one run in to tie it up. That’s my story and I’ll stick to it.

  35. If they’re going to retaliate, it’s going to be now.

  36. well, dayum

  37. There goes the tie with another Cincy HR to left. How about learning from them and actually HIT the ball this inning – preferably where they are not playing!!!

  38. Liriano has longballitis tonight. Boo!

  39. Exhibit A on why you retaliate on beanballs…….

    Reds batters have no ear because they know the Pirates wont retaliate.

    Walk even said that the Reds batters are just waiting for their pitch to hit.

  40. OK boys, let’s get the Bucco bats goin…like right now!

  41. Let’s see if we have the cure for LeCure.

  42. Ok Cutch aboard, really would like to get one here with Chapman looming.

  43. This umpire is a joke.

  44. Pedro biting again. This team needs to get some life tonight. One inning to get one freaking run to tie it.

  45. Clutch hitting by the Bucs again–WRONG. This group with Sanchez, Inge, Snider, Barmes will not get it done. And, Pedro just cannot hit left handed pitching. Near the bottom in MLB in clutch hits.

  46. who let the dogs out?

  47. The only consolation is they may lose this first game of a 4 game set. They usually win the series that way. Keep that going. It’d be nice to just get three runs in the ninth and have Grilli save it .

  48. Are you kidding me?????

  49. Make that 4 runs they will need. 4-1, and all of theirs on HRs.

  50. Ok, Cutch gets plunked again, and again no retaliation. Tomorrow before the game umps go into clubhouse and warn both teams about beaning..Again the Reds will get away with it. Deja vu. Let’s hope not.

  51. It was said earlier I believe, the Reds hitters are just too comfortable in the box against the Bucs pitchers. Long ball difference tonight.

    Morton better hope his ball has its sink tomorrow night.

  52. Unreal, just bush league stuff by Baker, Chapman and the Reds…nearly takes Walker head off.

  53. Now Chapman just buzzes one by Walker’s head.

  54. Walker almost got hit in the head.

    But we wont do anything, so I hope the players have great health insurance !

  55. Oops. Slipped. Sorry.

  56. It is time to throw at someone’s head tomorrow and make it count! This is ridculous by Chapman. Absolutely ridculous!

  57. Bush league with a four – one lead.

  58. Hate to say it, but it might time for a good old fashioned brawl ala Dodgers/Dbacks.

  59. Good thing we didn’t retaliate. We might have lost.

  60. Oh well tomorrow is another day. Good night all. See you tomorrow for another fun filled day at the funny farm!

  61. Lower the Jolly Hippo.

    Another game vs. Cincy that the Pirates were intimidated by beanballs, and did not retaliate. Sickening.

    Bucco bats silent against this team again.

    If Hurdle doesnt order beanballs tomorrow night to stop the reds crap, just forfeit the season Clint. The team is suffering for it.

  62. Looks like Dusty Baker’s head hunting tactics work again!….Sickening.

    • Was Hurdle always this much of a scared ass with Colorado?

      Man is afraid of his own shadow.

      • In general….The NL West is a head hunting division (as we saw last week).
        Frankly….I don’t remember how Hurdle reacted when he was there.

  63. Morton will retaliate tomorrow night, Milo. The Reds continue to intimdate the Buccos. Enolugh is enough!! Hurdle better get some cajones and go after these guys tomorrow night.

    Nice guys really do finish last!!

  64. G’night….

  65. The Pirates are gutless but I think it’s impossible for them to stop the bullying because their hitters are so poor. The Reds will get away with it. McCutchen gets hit and then Jones hits into a DP. The Reds hit 4 HR. After facing Krenshaw and Grienke back-to-back they made Mike Leake look like a Cy Young winner. I disagree with Greg Brown, Clint Hurdle is not mad or else this s*(( would have been stopped long ago. Grow a pair and fight. Find the guys you are looking for on the field and that will be the end of this. Just playing the game doesn’t matter because the Pirates cannot hit. The Reds win and the Pirates have their tails between their legs.

  66. I love how everyone is convinced that this team is somehow intimidated and they are afraid to fight back.

    How many Reds got hit last series in Pittsburgh?

    Brandon Phillips got hit twice in one game, and missed his next 4 games (if memory serves me correctly).
    The Pirates as a team lead the league in batters hit and in hitting batters.

    Getting hits with runners in scoring position wins game. Playing bean-ball doesn’t.

  67. Once again, failure to hit with runners in scoring position, the Bucs lose yet another game to the hated Reds. Alverez has won a few games for us but he also has lost many. I will say, Hurdle should have hit for Pedro with 2 on and 2 outs. He yanked Jones because he can’t hit lefties, but then neither can Alverez. They would have had a better shot with
    (shutter) Barmes or McHenry. They say the Reds ballpark is easy to hit homers in, yet it should be easy for both teams. We are going to get swept by the Red, promise.

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