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Final: Pirates 4, Mariners 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (47-30) vs. Seattle Mariners (34-44)

Starters: RHP Jeanmar Gomez vs. RHP Felix Hernandez

Time: 3:40 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. Russell Martin, C
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, DH
  5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  6. Neil Walker, 2B
  7. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  8. Travis Snider, RF
  9. Jordy Mercer, SS

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.

330 Comments

  1. Here’s some good news – Cubs and the No. 2 pick, Bryant are far apart in a deal.

    Always like to see the Cubbies struggle

  2. Well, not the first poster here (SOMEone beat me to that with a worthless Cubs story) ;)
    but

    LEST GO BUCS !!!!

  3. He, DK, are you up there?

    I don’t know if you noticed, but there seem to be a lot of new names posting here lately. I think you need to get out in front of this thing. It is getting crowded down here in the blog room. Could be time to call a contractor and look into an addition. Pretty popular place now.

  4. **** A T T E N T I O N ***
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    Please chime in anywhere and Biz or I will see it and make sure you’re represented on the list.
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  5. WEDNESDAY PICK ‘EM!!!

    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!!!

    Today’s Pick ‘Em Line
    What will JEANMAR GOMEZ get today’s game
    Win (DOUBLE ODDS)
    Loss (EVEN ODDS)
    No Decision (EVEN 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).

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    Standings will be updated this evening.
    They will not be updated again until after Sunday’s game.
    Barring any rain-outs this weekend, after Sunday’s game the June & First Half winners will be announced.
    There will be a special 2nd half off the season OVER/UNDER line posted at that time.

    Shine on you crazy diamonds!

  6. Welker sent to AAA to activate Gomez

  7. I was going to post early this morning about Marte, but never got to it.

    I am the first to admit, I wish he had better plate discipline. I wish he drew more walks. I wish he was not so susceptible to the low outside off-speed stuff from RHP.

    Other than that, what an amazing athlete and player! And he seems to play with such a joy! Love that smile!

    * He can hit with power – as evidenced by the 2 lasers over the LC wall last night. Way over the wall, btw. I believe 20 HR are coming from him, if not this year then next.

    * He can absolutely fly. I thought Cutch was the fastest player I had ever seen from home to 3rd. Marte may be just as fast, if not faster. He has 4 triples in less than a week, and 7 for the year. He may steal 45 bases.

    * Not many leadoff hitters have his combination of speed and power. Closing in on 30 XBH by the midway point.

    * He makes plays in LF look so easy sometimes that I don’t think we always realize how good he is on defense. He has a terrific arm, and he runs down balls to the left field line with such ease.

    If anyone is still looking for reasons why the Bucs are better than last year, I would point you in the direction of Mr. Marte as a very big reason.

    • I’m a big fan of Marte. His ability to put pressure on the other team’s defense and take away hits in the field alone make him valuable. I think his floor is set as being a slightly above average major league outfielder. His ceiling all depends on that discipline at the plate. He is still very early in his career and he could definately mature as a hitter. That being said players like vladimir guerrero had good/great careers with no plate discipline.

      • True, Nate. Guerrero & Soriano immediately come to mind. Guerrero being a great player, and Soriano a very good hitter, overall.

        I bet there are good players who never get 3 XBH in one game

        • That is funny you said Soriano because I was going to mention him and Ichiro as other examples but left the post short because I was asked to help with something.

          • Ichiro strikes out at less than half the rate Marte does. The plate discipline issue isn’t just about drawing walks.

            Just to put a scope on Marte’s current hitting profile, it has been six years since a single major league outfielder has qualified with less than a 5% BB rate and more than a 20% K rate.

            The last two guys to match Marte’s current pace also happen to be my two favorite – optomistic – comps: Adam Jones and Carlos Gomez.

            • Pacman? Not a good comp.

              Sorry, couldn’t resist.

            • I pointed out that he is a sucker for that low and away off-speed stuff from RHP, NMR. And I know he also swings at a lot of balls, which gets him behind in counts a lot.

              But, he does so many freakishly good things that I also don’t want to overlook them.

              Not everybody profiles as good in every category. I’ll take his defense over maybe any OF in MLB within 2 years.

    • Yessirree! It’ll be fun to watch Marte progress. Marte Partay!!

  8. 100 on the “W” please.

  9. Aaron Hernandez being charged with murder.

  10. Who would have thought that Gronk wouldn’t be the Tight End making the worse decisions on the Patriots team. What a shame. It’s unfortunate when things like this happen and somebody had to lose a life and others a loved one.

  11. Dang, 2 outs already

  12. Brendan Ryan is at short and just fielded Mercer’s grounder.

    I have to confess that I have hated Brendan Ryan ever since they gave him the shortstop job in Seattle over Jack Wilson.

    I can’t help it . . . . . . I will always like Jack Wilson!

  13. Good afternoon, all. Hope the genial mood of the blog is sustainable.

  14. Jeanmar really makes it a point to load it up for breaking pitches.

  15. By the way, Fred has scored again for Brazil. I don’t know why, but I get such a kick out of a Brazilian guy named Fred.

  16. Walker jacks one to make it 2-0 bucs!!!

  17. So we’re saying they had no idea it was going to rain ?

  18. Some times it bees that way, as my dad is fond of saying.

  19. Stupid shift.

  20. Poor throw by Gaby on what should have been double play ball to get out of inning instead results in M’s first run of game off Gomez.

  21. A little too much English by Sanchez.

  22. A lot of needless pitches being added to the pitch count this half inning….might cost Gomez a shot to get through five, with Wilson warming in pen.

  23. Bucs now 0-6 with RISP today, have had a couple of chances.

    • Cant afford that against Felix.

    • Good pitching beats good hitting everyday. I’m kinda suprised that they were able to get 2 on the board against him.

      I hope nobody expects a continuation of the offensive outpour today.

      Would be nice though.

  24. 4 pitches, 2 outs.

    That’s how you extend your outing…..see what happens for the 3rd though.

  25. 81

  26. A’s up 4-0 on Reds in 6th as they go for sweep of Cincy, hard to believe we have moved 2.5 up on the Reds and are 8.5 games up for playoff spot, nice little run.

    Next up taking top spot in the Central.

  27. The A’s are up 4-0 on the Reds through 6.

    Can someone please beat the Cards???

  28. Wonder if AJ ever told A Rod to shut the ____ up ? Or sit the ____ down ?

  29. Prior to the homer, all 5 pitches were in the strike zone. The count was 3-2.

  30. Welp, so much for Jeanmar’s nice outing..

    Pirates need to get to the BP to win this game.

  31. 3 called strikes to Snider, 1 in the strike zone. No question they’re getting the short end back there today.

  32. anyone else not buying Nuttings contention that the Cole decision will have nothing to do with money and that Nutting is like “any other fan”?

    one nice 1/2 season with potential does not erase 20 years of stink

  33. Relief pitcher, Wilhelmsen, has lost his killer stuff lately.

  34. It is amazing that the Pirates have been able to accumulate the fine record they have with Andrew McCutchen being nothing more than an innocent bystander.

    • Proves that one man can’t do it all……….but its kinda nice to be complaining about a guy batting .287

    • That’s easy to judge but somewhat out of line. He has his bad days and down periods, but Cutch has hit .280 over the last month (28 for 100), has a .365 OBP, a .400 slugging average and an OPS of .765.

      With that go 14 RBIs and his usual defensive abilities in CF and 3 stolen bases.

      He may not be carrying the team as he often has, but he’s contributing like the pro he is.

  35. He’s having a bad day (one of many, actually) and a weird year so far. Still waiting to see the Cutch we know and love…consistency.

  36. Mazarro not helping his trade value.

  37. I guess bringing in the lefty you had warming up to pitch to all these lefties would just make too much sense ?

  38. I hate the sacrifice bunt. But at least we now know that Walker can do it. He might be the only one.

    Pedro on 2nd with 1 out.

    • I love the bunt, especially in this situation. Had to do it.

      • My opinion might be different if I could remember seeing it work this year. I know the situation calls for it, but Walker was 2-3 with a hr. Let the hitters hit.

        • This situation, you play for the run. You dont need a big inning, you need a single run.

          I know that NH has done for that day and you hate to take the bat out of his hand, but the situation calls for it, unless it’s Cutch(though his speed might beat one out) or Pedro.

          No offense, but NH wasn’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball before today either.

          • I totally agree.

            LOL….as I typed this Mercer makes it work!!!

            I love it when I’m wrong.

          • And it worked. You win some, you lose some on that.

            Jordy might not have even gotten an AB during that inning if they didn’t lay down the bunt…

    • I almost always hate it, but when you only need one it sometimes make sense. Like this time. Way to go Jordy!

      • I personally, love small ball.

        I believe in putting pressure on the defense, make them make the tough play, sometimes a bunt is a tough play. Could lead to a bigger inning.

  39. Mercer atones!

  40. Barmes anyone?

    Mercer for Vice President.

  41. Great piece of hitting by Mercer to take it right back up middle for two out RBI and retake lead.

  42. 4-2 Buccos

    Snider scores on a passed ball.

  43. Strike out and wild pitch, I’ll take it, two run lead for the good guys.

    • wait, wait, wait……did he score on the wild pitch, strike 3?

      Guessing he scored before they got Marte out at first? Stupid GAMECAST.

    • Was worried that Marte was going to jog to first and get thrown out. He picked it up partway down. But it brings up a sore point for me. Why is it so hard for a professional baseball player to sprint all out for 90 feet? It never used to be. The only guy I see do it every time is Cutch.

      • Looking at the video, it was apparent that Marte did not realize that the ball had bounced well away from the catcher and that he had a chance to make first. As soon as he saw where the ball was, he took off. Unfair criticism of Marte.

  44. It ain’t over til Paula Deen sings!

  45. Righties hit .243 against Melancon.
    Lefties only .154.

  46. Behind a nice return on the mound from Jeanmar Gomez, a Neil Walker HR, two runs in tje 9th and a Mark Melancon save the Pirates sweep the two game set in Seattle sinking the M’s 4-2 and there was nooooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs are a season best 18 above .500 at 48-30, winners of a season best six straight. The Pirates finish the nine game road swing 7-2 and with their 16th series of year and second consecutive sweep. The Pirates are now 3.5 games up on the Reds an just a half game back of the Cards for first in the Central.

    After the off day the Pirates return to action when they begin a series with the Brewers at PNC with Gerrit Cole getting the call in the opener.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  47. Raise it! 18 games over .500 and a west coast double sweep. Wow this is fun!

  48. Raise the Jolly Hippo!!!

    But someone come back later and lower me, ok?

    • L o w e r I n g H I p p o N o w. There we go. You have spent a lot of time aloft lately. How is the view from the heights? (We certainly know the depths as Pirates fans).

      • Awwww, man. I was going to leave the hippo up until after the Cardinal’s game so all of their fans can see who is tied for first place with them since they are losing to the Astro’s currently.

      • Thank You for lowering me.
        View is good, can see for miles, but I am afraid of heights. ;)

        This flagpole business is getting a bit much. ;)

  49. ….fear the Bones….

  50. Do we dare get optimistic? It is only June 26. But it is starting to look good. And the Brewers are starting a first time rookie making his MLB debut on Friday against tcole.

  51. Reds blanked 5-0. Buccos 4.5 up on ‘em = Sustainable.

  52. Incredible; the Pirates are 18 games over .500. Last time they saw a record like that it cost $3000 for a desk top computer, AOL was pay by the hour for internet, and the founder of facebook was still learning how to share like a good boy.

  53. Did anyone happen to see that the Cubs designated Carlos Marmol for assignment today? Talk about falling apart. Jeez

  54. Once again, as seems to be the standard this season, the Bucs’ win was the result of excellent (not just good) pitching. Gomez was great for as long as he could last in his comeback from injury. That Wilson gave up a home run in relief was not out of the ordinary in that park. (The Bucs’ 5 homers yesterday were their most for one game this season.)

    Melancon may be the new 9th inning closer if Jason Grilli doesn’t get back to his old stuff. (What a wise decision to let Mark instead of Jason close this one.)

    But, apart from a very tough chance on Gabby’s throw to Pedro at 2nd base for the attempted DP (which led to a Seattle run), the fielding was again flawless. It was so good to see Mercer make up for his awkward try to intercept the Sanchez throw to Alvarez by getting the game-winning hit in the 9th. Pedro made up for his earlier bad throw to first, which Gabby stretched hard to make an out, with his sensational pick and throw in the ninth. It seems to me that these Bucs seem to prefer to battle back in the final innings rather than put games away for the closers early on.

    But this one, as nerve wraking as it was for a few innings, was a pleasure to watch.

    Funny thing, though. After the misplay in the bottom of the 4th on, I was expecting the Bucs to blow it. I hope it doesn’t take 20 years to turn this normal reaction around, in part because I’m not likely to live that long.

    • Are you seriously concerned about Grilli? Did you really expect him to save every opportunity?

      Yes, MM is a good fall back guy, some closing experience, but to say “if” Grilli doesn’t get back to his old stuff, is a little premature.

      BTW, this might be Grilli’s “Old stuff”

    • Living long, I worry about that too War Horse

      I’m 63

      Where do you reside?

      • Join the club on that one.

      • Retired to rural England. Living here plays havoc with my sleeping schedule, trying to watch the Bucs’ games live, especially night games on the West Coast. Still, it’s better than sitting in the car in Ohio as a boy listening to games on KDKA, because those were the Pirate teams of the 40s and 50s.

  55. We are good

  56. Due to the massive rain/storm in the st petersburg area during the bottom of the 9th, my direct tv went out.

    Does anyone know the explanation why Grilli did not finish this game?.
    Certainly, that one shaky outing sunday couldn’t lead to a changing of the guard at closer, can it?.

    I just hope he is not hurt.

  57. Ray Searage is on the postgame right now.

    He said Grilli’s legs were a little tired, a little “heavy.’ Said they decided to stay away from him today, with off game tomorrow, to allow him to recup.

    • One thing to keep in mind, and I’m just throwing this out there, but what about the effects the body takes from the travel? Especially from one coast to the other.

      I have no problem with MM stepping in today. Grilli doesn’t have to get every save or opportunity. That’s an added bonus that MM brings.

      Disclaimer: I use MM because 1. I like M&M’s and 2. I really can’t spell his last name with a cut and a paste.

      • I’m thinking

        Grilled cheese, when asked, said, yup, I’m a little squirrely now

        Not feeling just right

        CH chose well.

        My two cents anyways

      • Getting on an airplane for an hour or two every fourth or fifth day should not wear these athletes out. Of greater concern should be how much alcohol and/or sleeping pills they put in their systems the nights before they play.

  58. As promised, here are the updated and current standings.
    See you on Friday.

    TOP SCORES IN JUNE
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    blazer ~ 900
    Frankie ~ 850
    Nate83 ~ 775
    JUCOFan ~ 725

    CURRENT PARTICIPANT TOTALS
    Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) ~ 1900
    bman ~ 1605
    Frankie ~ 1575
    JRay3 ~ 1475
    Dadtackular ~ 1200
    JUCOFan ~ 1200
    Pucknutz ~ 1200
    stickyweb ~ 1200
    blazer ~ 1100
    Nate83 ~ 1050
    tdb1977 ~ 985
    theplanisworking ~ 900
    KJX ~ 750
    radio wave ~ 750
    fellocolonial ~ 700
    Jason81 ~ 650
    Ermine ~ 600
    Keith ~ 500
    RobertoForever ~ 490
    Bill Born ~ 485
    cherokee23 ~ 450
    EricBowser ~ 325
    JohninOshkosh ~ 305
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    Evan ~ 200
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    JoeyBats ~ 175
    TCB ~ 175
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    Vette60 (Randy in RVA) ~ 100
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    TJ ~ 50
    tmp444 ~ 25
    Chico ~ 0
    pants-n-at ~ 0
    steelercrazy ~ 0
    TK ~ 0
    Arriba Wilver ~ -25
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    buggee ~ -50
    OZ ~ -50
    absolute59 ~ -100
    Brian ~ -100
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    DemonDachshund ~ -100
    John in WM ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
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    Lad9 ~ -100
    JaxBuc ~ -140
    Joey Mellons ~ -200
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    cosmo ~ -300
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    Steve J. Smith ~ -500
    JD ~ -675
    JMB ~ -800
    Kevin ~ -1030
    Jandy ~ -1175
    Bizrow ~ -3300

    ***First Place at the end of JUNE will win:***
    (1) PITTSBURGH PIRATES BUMPER STICKER
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323996932466962432

    First Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES FITTED NEW ERA 59FIFTY HAT
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    Second Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY HAT
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    Third Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) PITTSBURGH PIRATES LICENSE PLATE FRAME
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323994796970627072

    Fourth Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) PITTSBURGH STEELERS BUMPER STICKER
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323996576253087745

    Fifth Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS BUMPER STICKER
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323996735837982720

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