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Final: Pirates 9, Mariners 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (46-30) vs. Seattle Mariners (34-43)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. LHP Joe Saunders

Time: 10:10 p.m.

Site: Safeco Field, Seattle

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. Jordy Mercer, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Tony Sanchez, DH
  8. Neil Walker, 2B
  9. Brandon Inge, RF

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

Also, coming online at 11 p.m. is a column about the 2013 Pirates I’ve been contemplating for a while now. Extra-length.

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.

183 Comments

  1. Can we leave Pedro in the 5 hole and end the failed Hurdle Logic of Gaby hitting cleanup?

  2. I have a bad feeling about tonight. Neil Walker needs to hit tonight.

    Hopefully, the players won’t be too shook up about hearing that JMac has signed up for another hitch on the Convenience List!

    Even Dr. Andrews knows it is the Convenience List——he wouldn’t take the appointment.

  3. Crash it is a left handed pitcher. Probably why you won’t see Pedro hitting cleanup

  4. Failed Hurdle logic? Sanchez has a .320 avg, .424 on base percentage and a .640 slugging percentage against southpaws this season (I say that because Saunders is throwing for the M’s tonight). Also, batting in the cleanup spot this season, Sanchez has four home runs and is hitting .325, .414 on base percentage and a .554 slugging percentage. I see nothing failed there my friend

  5. Assuming that “history” will be made tonight if they get the W and go 17 over. First time since 1992?

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  7. Batting 8th for Walker needs to be a sign. I’m sure he understands that he’s underperforming.

    CH seems to be a good clubhouse manager. I’m sure he’s had a few conversations with Neil on the issues.

    Batting 8th may give him some opportunites, especially with Inge behind him, he essentially hits like a pitcher.

  8. I understand when you come in from the left coast you can’t catch up on everything, Ryan, but you can read 15 on the game thread.

  9. Awfully late to the party with travel, work but excited for game night. Read some news on Wandy Rodriguez that I do not know if posted.

    He experienced some soreness after start in Indy and plan is for him to throw bullpen on Friday and make another rehab start on Monday. So still a little bit away from a return, just hope it was minor soreness from not throwing in couple of weeks.

    As I mentioned this weekend, it was great to see AJ Burnett throwing out in Anaheim with Jeff Locke, he even fielded throws in a squatting catcher position and seemed to be moving around just fine on the calf, hope we hear some news regarding him soon.

    Time for back to back sweeps and take down these M’s.

  10. TUESDAY OVER/UNDER!!!

    http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/keep-calm-and-break-500/

    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!!!

    Tonight’s Line
    Total PITCHES THROWN by Jeff Locke in tonight’s game
    Line is 97.5

    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!!!

    Looking for the current standings???
    http://blog.triblive.com/dejan-kovacevic/2013/06/23/first-pitch-pirates-angels-3/#comment-193285

  11. Watching CWS preview show, and never knew that the seams on a college baseball are 1/2 of a millimeter higher than on a MLB baseball. That explains it!

  12. DK’s column tomorrow is all about the Pirates. Here comes the free fall!

  13. 100 on the under please. Thank you!

  14. 100 on the under…

    Thanks Playoff

  15. This is the All-Star selection game for Locke. If he persists at pitching as well as he’s pitched and picks up seven scoreless, he should be there. If this is the game he lets up, he probably won’t.

  16. No new signups

    Honestly, what am I doing wrong?

    Thought, just keep a list of lunatic locations?

    That being said, we should beat these guys

    • You’re not doing anything wrong, Biz, some people are either shy, or just reticent. We’ll keep plugging away, and try to get some more. :)

    • Remeber the turtle and the hare, Biz. Or the ant and the grasshopper.

      Your tireless work is appreciated here.

    • Can I chime in on this with an objective opinion?

      • You feel the need to ask permission? Silly you!

        • I love when Mother Teresa has some quick wit.
          Makes The Window smile.

          This is only my opinion, just from what I’ve seen.
          It’s not meant to be critical in anyway at all, so please no one take it that way.
          And if I’m off-base or out of line, please call me out on it.

          Ok, here goes….
          When a new poster shows up on here, it can be a little overwhelming for them (again, in my opinion) to immediately share where they are currently located.

          It would make me a little uneasy sharing my current location in a place I’ve never posted in before, especially if I wasn’t familiar with who was asking me to post that information.

          More often than not, people like to be somewhat anonymous in these forums.
          Give them time to warm up to everyone on here, and they will have no problem sharing.

          Jump at them right away and you’ll scare them off.
          Kind of like winning the trust of a stray animal.

          That’s my 2 cents. I’ll go back to my window now…

          • Good advice, Playoffs. I’ll definitely keep it in mind. I mean, not everyone is as crazy as I am, posting silly comments ;)

            And, glad I make you smile :*

          • Everyone jumped on me, but since I am Hippo-sized, it didnt matter.

            But you bring up good points.

    • Keep plugging away, Biz. Each and every person here adds something to this here blog part-ay!

  17. Go Buccos ! Let’s make some positive history tonight!

  18. Seattle pitcher is very good at home with 5-1 with mid 2′s ERA. On the road he struggles. Locke is now in the category of can he continue his impressive year? He never did this at the major league level and we will see if he can maintain his steller pitching.

  19. Angels up 10-3 on the Tigers. Trout, Pujols, and Hamilton are 7-11. Hamilton is 3-3.

  20. I haven’t read much about tonight’s game. Does anyone know the last time Pittsburgh played in Seattle ?

    Seems really strange, them playing there.

  21. Also, coming online at 11 p.m. is a column about the 2013 Pirates I’ve been contemplating for a while now. Extra-length.

    Mercy, please.

    Don’t jinx em.

  22. A Marte-partay to start!

  23. Is a homer a Ho,Ho,Ho,Ho Home Run?

  24. Biz

    I have been thinking of offering up a Lunatic Nation Hall of Fame nomination for a few weeks and this seems like a good time to do it. I would like to nominate John Challis, the young man from Freedom Pa who passed away from cancer in 2008. I did not know him, but I was inspired by his courage in the face of unbeatable odds. He coined the”Courage + Believe = Life” saying, and also said “Life ain’t about how many breaths you take – it’s what you do with those breaths”. While his body was ravaged by a cold, cruel killer, his spirit never wavered. I would like to nominate John. Thank you.

    Kevin

  25. N.D. Chavez.

    • My brother is a Mets fan. He maintains that the Mets were cursed and never the same franchise after Endy’s spectacular catch in game 7 of the ’06 NLCS. Beltran struck out with the bases loaded to end the game and nothing has gone right for his Mets since.

      Ollie Perez started that game for the Mets.

  26. I’d normally say that Locke’s been squeezed on a few pitches here early but CB Bucknor is the umpire & he just doesn’t know any better.

  27. Time for (cr)Inge to come through.

  28. Inge and Marte back to back!! It’s contagious people!!!

  29. Anyone up for a little home run derby? Back to back so fast they can’t even show a replay before the next one. I love it!

  30. Brandon Inge goes yard for his first major contribution to team with three run shot, than Marte Parte as he makes it back to back shots.

    Are we having fun yet? 5-0 good guys early!

  31. My God, the end of the world is near!!!

    INGE HR!!! O.o

    Marte HR!!!

    And, its getting closer to 11 !!!

  32. What did Travis feed these guys?

  33. Cutch now gets into act ripping double into corner.

    Anyone else notice the Angels laying 14 runs on the Tigers tonight, the same team the Bucs shut down first two games of weekend series and out-slugged Sunday.

  34. Milo, weren’t we looking at Joe Saunders last year?

    Probably a good move not made.

  35. That’s a triple & a homer for Marte in the first two innings.

  36. The Pirates will not lose another game until after the ASB!!!

    • Put the Kool-Aid down John…..ah who am I kidding…give me a cup too! This isn’t last year’s team.

    • A lot of people laughed off the comments Clint Hurdle made before the season when he said he had 95 wins in mind to be the playoff team they were gunning to be.

      Have to tell you I was one of many shaking my head at that comment but as we approach half way point of season team is playing at slightly better than that pace….just crazy.

    • PLAN THE PARADE !!!!!!!

  37. Is Daryle Ward the last Pirate to hit for the cycle ?

  38. Hope Locke settles down here. He is all over the place.

  39. Read something hysterical – with that HR Brandon Inge surpassed Matt Diaz on the Pirates all-time HR list…funny.

  40. Are we seriously potentially looking at the team being 17 games above .500 for the first time since 1992? As CH would say just another item we can check off and move forward with.

  41. In the more good news department….Oakland has jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the Reds.

    • I would not want to be a road team at that park in Oakland. The A’s are use to it but visiting teams are not.

      • Yeah, I hear it smells pretty bad. :)

      • The 60′s and 70′s were truly horrible for building stadiums.

        Who on earth would ever build a stadium 23 feet below sea level? (Oakland).
        Underneath a runway at LaGuardia? (Shea).
        Cookie Cutter round messes? (Too many to mention).
        Grass in a dome??? (Houston).
        A ceiling full of asbestos? (Seattle).

        Man, talk about bad acid trips.

  42. I think there is a quirky stat that there have been roughly the same number of no hitters thrown in the history of baseball as the number of players to hit for the cycle.

    Bucs got no hit last year. Only statistically fair that they have someone hit for the cycle.

  43. Time to pitch like you’ve had a 5-6 run before (even if you haven’t). In other words, no free passes.

  44. DK’s Wednesday column is up. Really good stuff. Plus extra points in my book for a Leo Durocher quote.

  45. DK – What a truly enjoyable piece to read was your column, you have a knack of capturing the essence of a moment, and presented I think fairly your apparent stance thus far this season.

    Have not agreed with all of your takes so far this season, but can appreciate and understand the balance you present of real versus facade, or just a bit magical and unexplainable.

    This has been the most fun following the Pirates in quite some time, overtaking even last year’s fairy tale ride through August.

    This past Sunday I witnessed maybe the most exciting Pirate game I have seen inside a ballpark and stayed to the end still thinking the team had a chance. With each passing day this team does achieve more and many of us are believing more.

  46. Who had to break a leg for Ralph Kiner to hit a triple ?

  47. ….like I was saying…CB Bucknor is a really good umpire.

    :)

  48. Earl Weaver would be on his second pack by now.

  49. We just had a brief power outage that knocked out my DISH signal…I’m headed to Snoozeland with faith that I’ll awaken to news of the Buccos’ 47th win. Ijust read DK’s column, and it is just PERFECT! I AM believing, ONE game at a time…we’ll see what happens. ONE game at a time.

  50. Six straight retired by Locke who looks as if he has settled in….worth noting that Locke has allowed one run or less in 10 starts and just two runs in his last 24.2 IP. Putting up ace like numbers.

  51. I won’t read his column till I’m hunched over my computer with a cup of coffee. To do otherwise would mess too much with my time-space continuum.

    Looking forward to it, though.

    • I normally read it at lunchtime in the actual paper. But I cheated tonight & I’m glad I did. I’ll read it again tomorrow.

      And the standings & box scores aren’t the same on the computer either. I want to have to wash the ink off my hands after I check up on the standings.

      • Spot on about the standings. I read the actual physical USA Today each morning and then use the QR Reader to get updated scores and standing. Very unnatural.

  52. Speaking of quotes from great managers, here’s a Murtaugh quote from the October 17, 1960 issue of SI, in response to reporters’ questions following the Yankees’ 16-3 beatdown of the Pirates in Game 2:

    “Anybody get hurt out there today? No? Then we’re O.K.”

  53. Ho hum just another Jeff Locke type performance tonight- 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H 2 BB 4 K and well on his way to improving to 7-1. Such an integral key to the stabilized back part of rotation.

  54. The partay goes on until the wee small hours.

  55. Starlin!!

  56. Multi-HR night for the Marte Parte, eight on the year for Starling as the Bucs offense now with 18 runs past two games.

  57. Marte Partay again!! First pitch swinging, too.

  58. We’re good.

    And sustainable.

  59. MY first shot at seeing Duuuuuuuuukkkkkeeeee pitch.

    Tell ya, I’m a big fan of his minor league numbers, think he’s the future closer.

  60. Raise the Jolly Hippo!

    Dejan didnt jinx us!

    Someone please dont leave me up the flagpole all night, ok?

  61. Behind seven strong innings from Jeff Locke who earns his seventh win and monster power shots from Martin, Inge, Sanchez and Marte twice the Pirates take the opener of the two game set in Seattle downing the M’s 9-4 and there was noooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs get to 17 games above .500 at 47-30 for first time since 1992, improve to 6-2 on this nine game road trip and have now won a season best five consecutive games.

    The Pirates will go for their second consecutive sweep tomorrow afternoon in the finale with Jeanmar Gomez making his return and getting the start.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  62. I’ll take a 5 game winning streak, gonna be tough tomorrow, but I like what I see on this AL road trip.

    RTJR!

  63. Just back from Safeco Park, a slightly lesser version of Coors Field with a retractable roof. Chilly in the park as the stadium is never enclosed. Very, very cool patio sections in left field and in center field between the bullpens, great place to watch the game, grab a beverage, etc. Distinctive feature of Safeco, along with about 3 espresso kiosks on the main level.

    Locke looked a little sluggish as he warmed up in the pen…must’ve bounced about 10 in a row to Russ Martin as he warmed up (maybe that is what they do every time, first time I have watched that in person)…but I do think in the early innings Locke was struggling to find the groove, took a loooong time between pitches, etc. How far he has come to be able to post 7 innings of 2 run ball on such a night.

    Pirates offense jumped alllll over Saunders… the bat was cracking LOUDLY all night long. Inge’s shot was epic, the deepest HR of all I believe.

    Marte and Cutch really cover a ton of ground in the outfield and do it effortlessly. Very very underrated story for the Bucs in terms of run prevention.

    Lots and lots of black and gold Pirate fans, is Steeler Nation jumping on the bandwagon? In the 2nd inning, after Inge’s HR, sounded like an away Steelers game, loud, loud ovations for the Bucs.

    5 in a row! The bats are waking up! Will be back out there in about 13 hours to see if there are any runs left on this road trip against King Felix.

    DK: Check’s in the mail. Nice work.

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