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Final: Pirates 10, Angels 9, 10 innings

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (45-30) vs. Los Angeles Angels (33-42)

Starters: RHP Charlie Morton vs. RHP Joe Blanton

Time: 3:35 p.m.

Site: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.

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. Jordy Mercer, SS
  3. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  4. Garrett Jones, RF
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  7. Travis Snider, LF
  8. Tony Sanchez, DH
  9. Michael McKenry, C

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel reports.

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. That’s a Sunday lineup–no Cutch, no Martin, Tony Sanchez at DH

  2. If I am not mistaken, I believe the high water mark for last season was 16 games above .500. Does anyone know what date that was?

    Can it be obtained today? If yes, can it be surpassed in Seattle? Will the Bucs face Hernandez in Seattle?

  3. El Toro is batting 3rd today! Sanchez at DH! Good for both of them. I hope they rake!


    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.


    Today’s Pick ‘Em Line
    Total RUNS SCORED by the Pirates in today’s Game
    0-1 (DOUBLE ODDS)
    2-4 (EVEN ODDS)
    5-7 (EVEN ODDS)
    8-10 (DOUBLE ODDS)
    11 or More (TRIP-TRIP-TRIPLE ODDS)

    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).

    Standings will be updated sometime this evening

    GOOD LUCK!!!

  5. Give me 100 on 11 or more please! Thanks

  6. Great news to report, AJ Burnett is in OF throwing with Jeff Locke and moving around great, appears the calf injury is behind him. He will be nice addition back into rotation.

  7. Well, I’m goin’ out west where I belong
    Where the days are short and the nights are long
    Where they walk and I’ll walk
    They twist and I’ll twist
    They shimmy and I’ll shimmy
    They fly and I’ll fly
    Well they’re out there a’havin’ fun
    In that warm California sun.

  8. I see Cole will be starting Friday against the Brewers. That means, he will have pitched 3 times at home, and I will have gotten to see each one of his home starts.

  9. No disrespect, but it seems the Angels are running a Sunday lineup every day due to injuries. Hope they get healthy when we’re out of town.

    • Gotcha on the no disrespect part, but if you’re the Pirates, you have to make hay while the sun shines.

    • Angels GM Jerry DiPoto should be ashamed of how he has spent his owners money. That pitching staff is putrid and pathetic… this is what all that money bought?

      Pujols for 10 years post HGH era? Joshy Hamilton even after he was horrible last year and booed at home in the playoffs? Awful.

      Huntington ain’t great but I’ll take him over clowns like DiPoto any day.

  10. I am in Anaheim Stadium for Bucco-Angel game!

  11. EL TORO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes,

  12. Pedro in the 3 hole, no problem as he blasts on one section to my right for his 19th HR one in each game of this series and four straight games.

    There may not be a player in baseball hotter than him.

  13. Clint is kind of cool when he does stuff like batting Pedro 3 and Mercer 2 (not unprecedented) after they raked yesterday. These guys must like playing for him.

  14. You go Ground Chuck.

  15. LIKE: Giving Cutch and Martin days off, coupled with the offday in Seattle… almost like getting 3 days off. Very good idea.

    LIKE: No Barmes, no Inge. Clint has a place on the roster as a utility infielder and position coach to Jordy…Inge is taking up space. I don’t think he’ll last past the deadline.

    LOVE: Being able to slide Marte over to Center and LOSE NOTHING DEFENSIVELY having Cutch on the bench.

    DON’T LIKE: Playing Fort at Catcher instead of Sanchez…would’ve been ideal time to get Tony some playing time at C and Fort is a liability back there…..

    I was hoping Tony’s callup would be for more than a few days, but now apparent that he’ll go back to Indy once Tabby is ready, most likely for Friday’s game vs. the Brewers.

  16. Question du jour:

    When (if) does Pedro catch Neil Walker in batting average? Getting kinda close, which is amazing.

    DK: Guys, come on … … separate yourselves from the newbies.

  17. On point defense by Jordy Mercer!

  18. Who’s the guy with the bold print answers on this page? :-)

  19. WOW! what a nice atbat and MEMORABLE first hit for Tony Sanchez!!

  20. Great hit Tony. See if you get that ball soon. Too bad it didn’t come off the wall, could have gotten an RBI to boot.

  21. Woo-hoo! Double in first at-bat.

  22. A crew member from Angels staff just got a ladder to retrieve Sanchez double so he coul have it, classy move.

    Welcome to the show Tony nice opening impression.

  23. Why is McKenry on this team?? I know that a lot of you like “the Fort” but cmon–the guy hits 210 and can’t throw anyone out. It is time for Neal to bring up guys and let them play. Sanchez should be here working with Martin and catching once or twice a week. He is the future–not McKenry.

  24. David Thompson could have jumped up and gotten the Sanchez ball.

    • You are correct. I owned a basketball camp back in the day and David actually took a dollar bill off the top of the backboard for all the campers. He was an unbelievable athlete.

  25. Heard that NH said today that Cole may get sent down so they can keep 6 starters stretched, but not for Super 2 status…also that he doesn’t feel the best move would be to put Morton in the pen and keep Cole in the rotation….

    • No, the best move would be to activate Sanchez as a reliever again and leave the rotation alone, at least until AJ is back.

      • You must mean Gomez. That is going to happen, Gomez will start Wednesday in Seattle, most likely replacing Duke Welker on the roster.

        I think NH is referring to WHEN AJ and Wandy return…the rotation would be AJ/Wandy/Liriano/Locke/Morton with Cole being the 6th guy. You can either use a 6-man rotation (doubtful with AJ/Wandy probably not liking the extra rest), move one of the starters to the bullpen (none profile as good bullpen types, except possibly for Cole), or send someone down to AAA.

        • Yes – my bad – Gomez. He shouldn’t start; he should remain our long man, a role at which he excels. (Perhaps he gets some work today?)

          • He is penciled in to start Wednesday in Seattle… I guess its POSSIBLE he goes today and Cole moves up to start in Seattle, but I doubt it. Welker can give you mop up innings and I think the Bucs want Cole to start in Pittburgh on Friday.

    • Disagree but he is our “brilliant” GM.

    • I agree with those basic assumptions, in this order…they need to keep 6 viable starters (and with Gomez in the wings they may have 7)… Morton is not ideal bullpen candidate… the only other option would be to use Cole in the pen similar to how the Reds are using Cingrani, but that may not be best for development of Cole.

      That said, if Cole keeps pitching well, really hard to see how you’d send him down….

      Best thing about this is it should keep all Pirates starters on a short leash… you figure AJ and Wandy have to start… and Locke has been unbelievable… but if anyone falters for a start or two, then Cole back in there……

      • Cole just seems to have that “IT” factor with not just the fans, but the clibhouse as well…can’t see how you can send him down and not make the other guys wonder…

      • I guess the other option, which I don’t think is really supportable, is to TRADE one of the starters for some offense at the deadline. You can never have too much pitching, and you are relaying on Locke (until now unproven), Liriano (injury comeback), Morton (TJ comeback), Cole ( rookie) and Gomez (not proven as ML starter yet)…. don’t favor that idea, but again, if you are of the belief that Cole needs to stay in the rotation, then who goes? I assume Morton? and where does he go?

  26. Come on Charlie….

  27. Freakin’ Morton….

    • Morton is getting a ton of ground balls, which is his game. Defense needs to be very clean behind him and it hasn’t been.

    • Walker should have eatten the ground ball that was hit weakly to 2nd that he came charging in on. Pedro botched the play at 3rd. And Mercer was asleep on getting the ball picked up on the breaking up of the double play. Morton just had bad luck on his side that inning. Hopefully the bats will stay awake and can they can get back into this game today.

  28. Five run inning and barely a ball gets out the infield, unreal.

  29. Pujols looks like he needs a designated runner. Painful to watch him at this point. Such a great player, but man, he must be fighting knee or back problems.

  30. Well, that was a good inning.

  31. Time to get the bats going…especially against Blanton…

  32. Prediction, Pedro will be at AllStar week in CitiField… right now it will be in HR derby, but he has a chance to play his way onto the roster also.

  33. Come on GI Jones…it’s time for you to start hitting as well…

  34. Looks like poor defense is the flavor of the day today…haha.

  35. The Angels look bad on defense, except for Mike Trout. Awful pitching, bad defense, poor team speed…they have earned their 32-42 record. Mike Scoscia won’t last the AllStar break

  36. This is a BIG at bat for Gaby… just a single here and it’s 5-4…please dont swing for a HR Gaby.

  37. Walker trying to stay ahead of Pedro.

  38. Why didn’t Jones score on that one???

  39. Chip away, baby chip away. Here they come!

  40. Nice recovery Charlie…

  41. Ugggghhhh….McKenry….

  42. Exhibit A of the Angels are in sad shape… Brad Hawpe, yes that Brad Hawpe, is on the 25-man roster. And is Josh Hamilton hurt or just riding pine?

  43. Just his 3rd start back from injury, but the eye test seems to indicate Charlie has good stuff to work with…more velocity on the fastball, sharper curves… he needs to TRUST his stuff and not fall behind hitters and walk people… with so much pitch to contact, you can’t afford walking people.

  44. Somebody, please get that home plate umpire a pair of glasses. I’m watching on
    Gameday and he’s calling pitches in the middle of the box, balls against Morton. Bring
    on the home plate camera and do away with the home plate ump. GO, BUCS!!!

  45. Just brutal fielding today.

    Oh well, didn’t expect to sweep the Angels anyway.

  46. Announcers say Heredia with the Power is a lefty. Thought he was a righty.

    • Part of “The Plan” They made him switch

    • By the way Reading, not sure if you heard the GM’s radio show today , but he said that Cole did only have one pitch during his second start.

      I think it was you that brought that up the other day. ( and got the finger wag )

      • I did actually listen to the GM show today (the first time ever). I did bring that up the other day as a snarky retort to comments throughout the week discussing how he overuses his fastball. Friday night he seemed to use a few more pitches. If I threw 101, I may overuse the fastball also. NH says Super 2 has nothing to do with Cole maybe going back at some point. Okay. Controversy averted.

  47. Not real thrilled with the at bats and approaches the past 3 innings on Blanton… they are swinging at ‘his ‘pitches… the offspeed, off the plate junk…. let’s hope the 7th inning is a charm again today…..

  48. Not a “clean” outing for Charlie, but a very good effort to get into the 6th inning and save innings on the bullpen. Defense could have been cleaner and the WALKS killed him…. a lot to build on and really could have given up 3 runs or so vs. 6.

  49. This is the start for Blanton that turns his season around …on his way to the Cy Young

  50. Here comes an 8 run 8th

  51. Getting to see two Major League debut’s today as there is a Duke Welker sighting on the mound.

    Well ine good thing, team especially pen should be fully rested when they resume Tuesday in Seattle.

  52. Just realized the Angels have their six runs on just four hits today. That is not an everyday line.

  53. I think Hurdle has been doing a fantastic job, with my only slight complaint being his tendency of wanting to tinker too much with what is working (a la Bylsma). I understand giving Martin the day off after last evening’s game but I am not enamored with his fiddling too much with the everyday players, meaning those who play regardless of lefty or righty pitching. These guys are in great shape and should be able to handle the load. I don’t have the numbers but seems that McCutchen has been given at least 3 days off this year. Would be interested in seeing their record when he’s out of the line-up.

    That said, given that he sat today, hope McCutchen was watching video of himself this year versus last. Last year was his first in the majors where he truly made a concerted effort to hit the ball where it was pitched — taking the outside pitch to right center and right with authority — and we all saw the results on his average and homers. He is back to trying to pull the ball too much this year (way too many ground balls to third base) and his numbers tell the tale, including his RBI. He is a much more dangerous hitter when he is stroking the ball from center to the right side.

    • And what did I just say about too many grounders by McCutchen to third base?

      He swings and misses at a belt high 96 mph pitch and falls one leg over the other because he was trying to pull it . . . terrible sequence by him.

      Although Jay Bell wasn’t here last year, he (and Hurdle) need a chat with him, and they should bring the videos.

  54. Nice job by Welker.

  55. Here is a start

    Good AB, PRNW

  56. Thought Martin had it…come on Marte!

  57. Cmon Starlin!

  58. Oh. My. Godness! Tied game!!!

  59. Hell yeah!!!

    This game may define the season!

  60. Nice time to check back in.

  61. MAGICAL…the battlin’ Buccos!

  62. Way to come back, gang! The fat lady went home!

  63. Hamilton, Trout, and Pujols. No problem.

  64. Interesting pitching selection

  65. Whole new ball game! Let’s sit them down so Pedro can come in and go all lights out on the Angels!

  66. WOW!! Great comeback after an out-of-character Bad News Bears kinda game! Now, let’s DO IT!!

  67. Hope all the Pirate fans arn’t sitting in their cars on the 57. lol.

    What a ballgame!

  68. Flyball? Anyone? Anyone?

  69. Come on Gaby, just place it like Marte did last inning and that will bring in Pedro.

  70. Come on Snider……

  71. Jepsen is pulling a Rick Vaughn!!

  72. You Gotta Believe!!!

  73. Nice!! Tack on an E-7!!

  74. Travis Snyder: UN-believable

  75. Snider may not be what they had hoped, but I will give him credit…he seems to come up with clutch hits….

  76. I actually feel a little sorry for Mike Scoscia.

    I don’t care what their payroll is , the Angels are a very poor team on defense. Awful fundementals.

  77. Lunchbox!!!! Clear the bases Travis Snider, the never say die Pirates. What a game! My wife keeps reminding me we have flight to catch glad the team is obliging.

  78. This is incredible! I cannot believe this.

  79. Holy Crap.

    As Radio posted hours ago…

    If they win, the Pirates are the Dreaded 16 Games Over Five Hundred.

  80. Hey Biz – that bet you made on the 11 or more line doesnt sound so crazy now, does it?

  81. Thats 7 runs in the last 2 innings. Cutch and Martin are now 4 for 4 since coming in, in the 9th inning.

  82. WOOHOO!! I LOST the line today! I’m happy!!

  83. JRay: Can you follow the Bucs to Seattle ? :)

  84. The Angels left fielder really schucks!

  85. Wondering what is unsustainable about this type of game and this type of series sweep. Maybe the sloppy defense will be the reason for another epic fail. Or Melancon’s and Grilli’s arms will fall off. Or maybe Russell Martin will start playing like Matt Morris at some time during the season.

  86. This could be the nail in a fine career for Scocia. At least with the Angels.

  87. Come on Chilli!!

  88. WTF Grilli! The winning run is at the plate now.

  89. Close. Them. Out. Now.

    Getting nervous here.

  90. No need to make this interesting. Come on now.

  91. C’mon Grilli…one more…

  92. Damn Grilli….come on!

  93. I really want to enjoy this W.

  94. Love these “non-save” situations. Where is Welker?

  95. WTF????!!!

  96. Unbelievable. But we’ll all forget about it after ONE MORE OUT!!

  97. Dejan must have guaranteed the win

  98. They need to change the blog heading. Can’t count the chickens before they hatch.

  99. At least he’s facing an easy out

  100. Buccos Win!!!

    Buccos Win!!!

    Buccos Win!!!

    I never lost faith in them!

  101. You guys raise it while I take my blood pressure medication.

  102. Good. Enjoyable afternoon!

  103. What a game!! This one of those other 54 games….

  104. Wow. What a great win. But I can’t take another one like that. Raise it!

  105. Raise it Baby!

  106. Behind seven runs in the 9th and 10th innings the Bucs hold on to earn the sweep beating the Angels 10-9 in 10 and there was noooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs are now a season best 16 above .500 at 46-30 and 5-2 on the nine game road trip. After the off day the Bucs begin a two game set in SeattleTuesday night with Jeff Locke taking the hill.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

    Whew, a memorable one for sure!

  107. Ok. Now to finish my grocery shopping! :)

  108. Started pacing in the 10th. Normally reserve that for football.

  109. This would have been a really bad L had it been an L. But, it wasn’t.

  110. So, apparently Grilli is due for some regression after all. He picked a great day to have a bad outing. All we needed was for him to get that last out with the lead intact, and he did.

    Ground Chuck had a rough outing. Didn’t get any help on defense, and could not consistently find the plate. He’s still getting in spring training mode.

    Pedro crushes another HR and another 2b that one hops the wall. He’s locked in.

    Walker had a bad error, but some really good at bats today.

    Snider with a very nice clutch hit. I think he picked a good night to host a party at his house, since he was a hitting star late.

    Marte Partay with a very clutch hit, and great job of taking the extra base.

    Russell Martin has a knack for the key hit. Or, two.

    I said at the outset of this trip that we needed a split in Cincinnati to go 5-4. Well, we got our split in Cincy and it was almost 3/4 there. But, I was thinking 2/3 in Anaheim, and we just took all 3. No reason not to get a split, at minimum, in Seattle to go 6-3 on the trip. I’d say Seattle is ripe for the 2-game sweep, but King Felix will be one of our opponents. That’s the ’13 Bucs: we face all aces!

    46-30 feels awfully good. This is a legitimately good team. I’d like to see some additions made around the edges at the deadline, but no major trades as of now.

    Enjoy, everybody!

  111. It was Memorial Day all over again!

    This game looked like one of those quintessential getaway day half-assed efforts we’ve seen too many times over the years but then it morphed into one of the best wins I can remember. There were some great at-bats there in the last two innings. Just awesome.

    You know how good the Pirates bullpen is? They were hesitant to use a guy who is 6’7 and throws 98.

  112. 17 games left before the All-Star Break.

    14 are against sub-.500 teams (@SEA, MIL, PHI, @CHC, NYM).

    3 are against Oakland at home, where the Pirates are 25-13 (.657).

    The Pirates’ combined record against those NL teams is 18-9 (.667). So far the Bucs are 9-3 (.750) against AL teams. They split with the Mariners the last time they met.

    Assuming those trends continue, I think it’s reasonable to expect the Pirates to win 8 of those NL games (8-4) and 2 of the AL games (2-3). That’s 10-7 for a 56-37 record going into the All-Star Break. Not too shabby at all.

    Again, I think that should be the “line in the sand” for this upcoming set of games. That’s assuming a split with Seattle again and going 1-2 with the A’s when you could just as easily expect to go 3-2 in those games, maybe better.

    However, 19 games over .500 with 69 games to go is sitting pretty. I’d be very happy with that.

  113. Does anyone know how hard Heredia was throwing today for West Virginia?

    Oh, and nice win for the Bucs

    • Didn’t hear, Thunder. But, I assume he reached close to 95.

      • Jim, did you see Tony the Tiger? And how many times has someone asked you that?

        Or do people who live closer to there not think about Battle Creek in that aspect? (serious Q)

        • Lucky:

          I did not see any of the cereal stuff. We actually stayed in a town about 10 miles away and drove back/forth for the games. I think the cereal factories are very much top of mind there. It is definitely what they are known for, and people said that if you are near them on a work day you can sometimes smell it. I suppose it depends whether you like the cereal they are making as to whether you enjoy the smell.

  114. Just watched the video replay of Snider’s hit that got by the left fielder.

    When Walker scores he turns and motions for Gaby Sanchez to slide into home. But he doesn’t do it very emphatically…and Sanchez came across standing. I couldn’t tell how close the throw really was, but a better throw might have gotten him – especially since he didn’t slide.

    That was a big run

  115. If we would have blown this game, it would have been on the boss. He posted the 10-6 final before the bottom the inning.

    This team is even good enough to overcome DK’s predicting genius.


  116. I see my earlier post regarding the Riverhounds was deleted.


    DK: Good. Thanks.

  117. What do you think ? Mike Scioscia fired after that performance ?

    • You’re the one that gets the scoops. Got one?

      He does seem to be in a lull. Too many guys underperforming and hurt.

      • No scoop. Talking with a friend yesterday morning I said that if the Angels get swept by the Pirates at home that could be the last straw. DiPoto has been looking for a reason to pull the trigger and the way today went down may be it.

  118. Where is the thread for the nutcase walking across the Grand Canyon? DK, can you hook us up with one? :D

  119. AJ tweeted this about a minute ago –

    AJ Burnett @wudeydo34 1m
    @MLB @AllStarGame @MattHarvey33 @ClaytonKersh22. @Jeff_Locke hands down! If you don’t think so STFD!

  120. Go like 60


    Costs nuttin

    Enjoy the ride

    10-9, magical

  121. As promised, here are the updated standings through Sunday’s game.
    66 total players.

    You all ROCK!!

    Dadtackular ~ 1300
    Frankie ~ 1000
    Nate83 ~ 925
    blazer ~ 900
    Jason81 ~ 800
    Lad9 ~ 800

    Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) ~ 2000
    Frankie ~ 1725
    bman ~ 1675
    JRay3 ~ 1575
    Dadtackular ~ 1200
    Nate83 ~ 1200
    Pucknutz ~ 1200
    stickyweb ~ 1200
    blazer ~ 1100
    JUCOFan ~ 1100
    theplanisworking ~ 1100
    tdb1977 ~ 985
    Jason81 ~ 800
    fellocolonial ~ 700
    KJX ~ 700
    radio wave ~ 700
    Bill Born ~ 685
    Keith ~ 600
    cherokee23 ~ 550
    Ermine ~ 500
    RobertoForever ~ 490
    EricBowser ~ 325
    JohninOshkosh ~ 300
    Karen22 ~ 300
    TCB ~ 250
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    Evan ~ 200
    JoeyBats ~ 175
    Lad9 ~ 100
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    Vette60 (Randy in RVA) ~ 100
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    TJ ~ 50
    Arriba Wilver ~ 25
    tmp444 ~ 25
    Chico ~ 0
    Joey Mellons ~ 0
    Matt hoffman ~ 0
    pants-n-at ~ 0
    TK ~ 0
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    JaxBuc ~ -45
    buggee ~ -50
    OZ ~ -50
    absolute59 ~ -100
    Brian ~ -100
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    DemonDachshund ~ -100
    John in WM ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    kr70 ~ -100
    Ryan76 ~ -100
    steelercrazy ~ -100
    cosmo ~ -200
    Ghost ~ -250
    cmat0829 ~ -350
    Brandie ~ -375
    Dom ~ -375
    pattonbb ~ -400
    stuart66 ~ -400
    Steve J. Smith ~ -500
    JD ~ -675
    JMB ~ -800
    Kevin ~ -1030
    Jandy ~ -1175
    Bizrow ~ -3100

    ***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:

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