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Final: Phillies 3, Pirates 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (51-30) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (39-44)

Starters: RHP Brandon Cumpton vs. RHP Jonathan Pettibone

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. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Russell Martin, C
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  6. Neil Walker, 2B
  7. Jordy Mercer, SS
  8. Travis Snider, RF
  9. Cumpton, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel and I are on the scene.

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. LET’S GO, BUCS!!


  2. A little different twist in this lineup, has Mercer batted 7th before?

    • Snider 8th?

    • Don’t think so, but its a good spot with Snider in the lineup.

    • Sometimes, I think CH is just messing with us here on this blog when he comes up with all the creative lineups. Yes, I think we are that important.

      No, I don’t actually think we are that important.

      I don’t know what to make of his lineups. Some would say he needs to let guys settle into a specific spot a bit more. I sort of like that he is asking guys to be versatile. I don’t know how much different the mindset is from spot to spot at the big league level. CH is certainly open to new things strategically this year.

  3. 2 right fielders – guessing Jones is at first..

  4. Posted this late on the previous thread on bullpen sessions

    Bullpen session between starts is day 2 after start so Locke would have done that. Bullpen session goes about 14 minutes. Warming up for a game goes about 30 minutes. Also, pen session the pitchers only throws about 70% of game intensity while warmup gets the pitcher to game intensity. Very different

    • JAL

      Thank you. Any idea how many pitches thrown?

    • Agreeing with all your arguments in this discussion. But beyond the 14 minutes for a bullpen session, wouldn’t there be some warm up for that too? In any event, Locke did both (warm up for game, and bull pen). I have no problem with team moving his start back 2 days.

      • I haven’t done the math and I don’t have a schedule in front of me but does any of this push Cole back so it will be his last start before the all star break. If so then they could send him back to Indy, reset the rotation after the all star break for him to be the 5th starter and then bring him back up after being down there for 10-12 days. It would reduce his innings and add days to his super 2 status.

      • Before the pen session the pitchers spend about 25 minutes in a whirlpool then some some tossing in the outfield

    • Did you happen to hear how it went? Or is it closer to game time?

  5. So assuming that Cumpton goes back to Indy the moment the game is over and the Phillies have lefties the next two games, which position player comes up tomorrow? I didn’t think Tabata was ready, but that looks like the obvious choice based on the make-up of the 40 man.

  6. To NMR, from previous thread:
    I’m not even saying Cumpton will be flipped for anyone, let alone is he a Jeff Suppan. But neither was Jeff Suppan ‘Jeff Suppan,’ until he became JEFF SUPPAN. (Okay, just having some fun here.)
    But injuries and pennant races make all the girls look prettier at closing time.

  7. Frank Coonely tells Forbes that last Sunday was the Pirates largest walk-up ticket sale in franchise history.

    Morton clearly > Cole

    • I don’t know why there’s so many people down on Charlie’s starts this year. Yes, the walks have been up, but his velocity is up, his curve seems to have become a strikeout pitch, and he’s still getting a ton of ground balls.

      Is it still Nate McLouth trade resentment?

      Why no hatred for Locke then.

      We all know Gorkys took his share of abuse.

      He still is.

      • Trust me, up until this post I thought I was the lone member of the Charlie Morton fan club.

        Guys just aren’t willing to separate pre and post 2011. Simple as that.

        • I have completely ignored his pre 2011 numbers since his mechanics were changed and he had some success with them.

        • I’m a CM fan. Comes back from TJ and throws 95?

          Yea I’m good with that.

          Last outing was only 2 innings though. Can’t have those.

          Ha ha, or anymore rain delays.

        • Two good months.

          • Got it Milo, so what should the Pirates do with Morton?

            1. DFA the bum, two good months and good riddance.
            2. Keep him in the rotation and see what he can do, but short leash…one bad start and he’s DFA’d.
            3. Let him start at least until ASB or Trade Deadline…if he’s at least a decent 5 starter he stays in rotation.
            4. Trade him in a package deal, sponsored by Progresso.

            I get the opinions just struggle sometime with what the conclusions should be.

      • I also agree that folks are too ‘down’ on Charlie… there is “STUFF” there, good velocity, good movement… he is just getting his legs underneath him after the surgery/rehab/long layoff… he has the potential to be a solid part of the rotation in 2014 and beyond…..

      • Morton is like Tabby — both fairly promising but both need to just start getting it done. Albeit, Morton gets a few more ticks of the clock due to coming off last year’s TJ surgery.

      • Gorkys provided his share of abuse as well … while at the plate.

    • Read that, thought the article said Sunday was the ‘single largest day in terms of ticket sales’…those don’t all have to be ‘walk-up sales’, those could be for future dates I’d think.

      The best part of the article is that in terms of tickets sold, the Bucs are 10% or so ahead of last year’s total tickets sold already, and project to have well over 2M in attendance, likely 2nd highest to first season in PNC which was 2.4M.

      I would expect sales to continue to increase and if the Bucs are still doing well, I should say WHEN, the September gates should all get big boosts year to year.

      • Speaking of which, when do they start construction on expansion?

        Only 38,000 or so seats is killing them at the box office.

        • Probably when the season ticket waiting list grows to about 10,000.

          How many are on it right now?

        • It will kill them when they fill 38000 Monday-Thursday

        • 38 isnt killing them at the box office, their prices are. 38 is the right capacity, ticket prices need to rise, of course, only after the team’s performance justifies it…. Fenway seats less I think and the Sox generate a lot of box office… b/c of ticket prices.

        • Limited capacity will create demand. Economics 101.

          • There was some mention that they intended on having “very few walk up sales” on game day, when the stadium was being planned – say no more than 2000 – if my memory is accurate.

            They wanted you to have your ticket in advance – and minimum spur of the moment purchases.

            Econ. 101

          • Thank you, oh voice of reason.

    • Frank Coonelly speaks.
      Anyone who believes him, well………….

      I would trust another source, like my dead dog more.
      Just sayin’

      • The single best thing about this season had been that FC was nowhere to be seen. Now I feel like it’s that scene at the racetrack in “A Bronx Tale” where Eddie Mush shows up and bets on a horse, destroying the chances for everyone that this horse will win.
        Oh well, Pirates fans. At least we have next year…

      • And now I’m out until later tonight. Here’s to another game ending with the raising of the Jolly Hippo!

      • Not a FC fan, but seems to me it is easy enough for Forbes to double source the data about ticket sales…..

  8. Just saw this on twitter:


    Farm System Update: Taillon has a 2.90 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 83 and a 2/3 innings in 15 starts in Altoona this season. #gettingcloser”

    Why is he not in Indianapolis? I said he should’ve moved up when Gerrit came up to Pittsburgh, and I still stick by that statement. He should be in Indianapolis, with the view to give him a September callup.

    • Poor command of the changeup.

      • Searage will take care of that.

        He fixes all.

        • I agree Searage is awesome, but I dont want our top prospect called up for the MLB pitching coach to fix.

          His pitches need to be there, Searage can do his tweeking, but he needs to be ready first.

          • Couldn’t agree more.

            The Major Leagues are no place for a rookie to learn a pitch.

            • Exactly. Searage’s role is more Dr Phil-ish. Not that he doesn’t know how to teach, but that is more for the minors.

          • Remember this from DK’s recent column from Jared Hughes:

            “Wait ’til you get to Searage” or something to that effect?

            It’s an organizational problem.

        • How’s that working for Cole?

          • I’d say he’s doing pretty well. Maybe a strike out or 2 more, but it’s not like the kid has been blown away since called up.

            Has pretty much looked as he was billed.

    • Just speculating here. Cole had 13, 13, and 12 starts at each level. Taillon had 23 starts in West Virginia, 23 in Bradenton, and 18 so far in Altoona.

      • Could be relevant. Cole didn’t need as many starts coming from a top notch college program. (Who just won the college WS)

      • Thats some decent detective work there 21s. I like your inferring. Too bad it doesn’t jive with my idea on how the organization should treat their prospects. If they can play, they can play. Move them along as quickly as possible and get them to the big team.

        • Nate, that might be as quickly as possible in their eyes. Two years for Cole seems reasonable to me.

          • Truth. And I have no issue w/ how they’ve handled Cole. But I think they may be treating Jameson with kid gloves a little bit.

        • Cole was a college pitcher when drafted, taillon came directly from high school. Zero reason to ‘rush’ the development, every reason to make sure Jameson is ready to plug right into upper part of rotation when he arrives.

    • With the relatively young team and the farm system starting to yield a few crops, I think if Neal plays his cards any way but wrong at the deadline and over the winter, next year’s team may be even better.

      Don’t let anything happen to Mr. Searage though.

      • Heartily agreed. Both about Mr. Searage, and about the chances of a nice score at the trade deadline. It’s always been a buyer’s market, and we’ve finally become buyers. If Cool Hand Neil just plays his hand right.

        • What I like about this team is that right now we have either rising stars or journeymen at every position and the bench is adequate. Without the spectacular pitching, we would probably be holding our breath and hoping to break 81 at the end of the season.

          Even if AJ retires and we lose Wandy at the end of the season the pitching is not going to be a problem — except of course, all those guys are pitchers and their performance can vary greatly not only from game to game, but from season to season — but we’ll assume that there’s enough talent there to adjust for that.

          With the team constructed the way it is and the ability to actually trade pitching and/or prospects, we can cherry pick at the trade deadline and look for upgrades in the infield, outfield, catcher and bench — wherever the right guy happens to be. Basically every position cab be upgraded — although I would assume that the younger talent (Cutch, Marte, and probably Alvarez and Walker, would require a huge premium.

  9. Update from Rob Biertempfel on twitter:

    “@BiertempfelTrib 2m

    I’ve heard #Pirates prolly won’t announce any international signings today, but could have some cooking for later in week”

    Hot oven.


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  11. It is reported that the pens traded away Pascal Dupuis to Torono for a second round pick and Nikolai Kulemin.

  12. 100 bubble gum wrappers on the Cumpton UNDER line, please.

  13. From 24/7:

    Hurdle says either Locke or Gomez will pitch tomorrow. Cole will still pitch on Thursday. Once again, the front office has absolutely nothing to do with these decisions. :)

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  15. 100 on the over please.

  16. In keeping the low scoring games coming I’ll take 100 on the under for tonight please.

  17. CBSSports reporting Penguins/Letang have completed the deal. Any word from Pittsburgh sports channels from you home folks?

  18. Cheapest seat on Stubhub for Thursday’s game is $43.69 – for standing room only. Box seats for as much as $200.

  19. Possible trade targets for the Bucs, according to…………..

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  21. Jeff Locke will pitch tomorrow. Gerrit Cole on Thursday. Jeanmar Gomez will be in the bullpen. Vin Mazzaro needs some time because he pitched 5 innings in an actual baseball game on Sunday.

  22. Hmmmm.

    I don’t see ‘The Zoo’ among the locations.

    But I do see DuBois twice.

  23. Jerry Meals at it again. Costs Cumpton 7 pitches.

  24. Marte just stole first base.

  25. Is that Wanny in the seats behind home plate?

  26. I realize that Marte was out on a hit-and-run, but…

    It makes me wonder how many runners (and, therefore runs) have been erased by poor baserunning this season.

    Could that be why the ratio of runs scored to runs given up is curiously low for such a winning record?

  27. Snider obviously in there for his bat. Sorry.

  28. The importance of defense shows both sides on that hit by Brown, first a misplaced ball by Snider turns single into double, but than great quick replay hitying cutoff and laser to third catches runner attempting to take extra base.

    • That is quick relay, hitting cutoff man and pinpoint throw to third to catch runner.

      • I have said it before – I really like Travis – he is a great story and by all accounts a very nice guy and a good teammate – but we can do better in right field – and will need to do so if we are going to get into the playoffs.

  29. Is Vin Mazzaro the unsung hero of the year – what he did Sunday was AWESOME

  30. Jerry Meals is horrible.

  31. MLB umpire Brian Runge has been dismissed for what is believed to be the first known failed drug test among umps.

    Jerry Meals should pee in a bottle tonight. Might explain a lot of things.

  32. Started listening during the top of the 3rd.

    Nevrett is already completely on my nerves.

    Enough with the numbers, stats, and stupid trivia!!

  33. Garrett Jones is hitting .226 since May 1st with 17 RBI. Bad. Very bad.

    • Just when it appears the SS problem has been rectified, RF and 1B when a RHP is throwing rears its ugly head.

  34. Twice Jones has prevented Alvarez from getting up with guys on base. Might be time to flip flop them in the order.

  35. Wow just noticed how quickly and quietly Cumpton has come up in a spot start and breezed his way into fifth. Who saw him making a third quality outing this season? He has shown to be quite effective in a pinch.

  36. Cumpton is really good, guys. He needs a longer look now that Wandy won’t return. Keep him up (well, on his rotation turn, anyway) until AJ is back.

  37. These aren’t just quality starts. He’s not giving up runs or walks, and he’s pitching efficiently.

  38. Out of town:

    Reds 1, Giants 0, top of 5th

    Cards at Angels, 10:05 start

  39. Boy, jones and Snider sure aren’t bringing much to the team right now. Might be a good thing we face lefties the next two days. Keep them out of the lineup.

  40. Mercer looking sharp with the ‘D’

    Watching him mature before our eyes.

  41. Cumpton seems to be tiring.

  42. Come on, Clint, he isnt getting it done……..

  43. Three is plenty.

  44. Cumpton’s serving up softballs right now. If he wants to be a legitimate 5th starter, he has to get through the 6th inning one of these days.

    • At least one too many batters and perhaps two. Seemed pretty obvious

      • I like the guy, but if he tires like that at 75 pitches, he need more work in Indy.

        • Agree. I think 5 scoreless was a real plus for a rookie against thi lineup (aging, but still scary).

          Bet CM won’t wait for 3 runs.

          • CM is managing for his job.

            Cumpton had another promising start, just ran into a wall around pitch #75. I can’t blame Hurdle for giving him a chance to get out of the inning. Bats have to do their job now.

      • Ya call the guy up for a spot start, you get 5 great innings, and then you leave him in too long when he obviously starts struggling.

  45. So now Pettibone starts to struggle and the coach hits the mound to buy time for his bullpen.

    That’s how you do it.

  46. 6 no hit innings for Homer Bailey.

  47. Thats a start! ……………

  48. GI Jones bomb to center field! Bucs on the board!

  49. Timing in life is so crucial – when dancing, having sex and which at bat you decide to homer

  50. Neal Walker has got to stop batting right handed!!!!

    • am i mistaken or did neil take a stretch of only hitting lefthanded once earlier in his career? or maybe i was just dreaming…

  51. You CANNOT afford baserunning gaffes like that, Jordy!


    • Nothing wrong with that, he was aggressive, to get the offense going…. took a perfect throw to get him

      • I disagree.
        Down 2, you dont put yourself in a position to be thrown out, perfect throw or not.

        • with the way this offfense has been going (ZZZZZZ), I give benefit of the doubt to aggressive baserunning. It turned out to be wrong but I don’t call this a ‘gaffe’ just an aggressive play that didn’t work out.

    • Unfortunately, happens more than once.

  52. Who was saying that throws from the outfield were always terrible?

  53. Dude gets hammered and nothing to show for it. Maybe they can stop wearing the black softball shirts now, and get back to real unis.

  54. 7 no hit innings for Homer Bailey.

    • Really…a NO HITTER? Boy, a NO HITTER might get the reds motivated. Of course, if Homer loses his NO HITTER, they might just fold. Didn’t Homer toss the last NO HITTER? Or was the last NO HITTER thrown by someone else.


      • ………………………………………………………………………………………….

  55. Does anyone remember the trigger for Pedro to bat his way out of the last slump? It was being left on the bench for three straight games while Inge played third, wasn’t it?

    • I think this year’s NO SOUP should be given out to bloggers that suggest that Alvarez be benched after 3 games right after he pretty much carried the offense for a month. I knew it was going to happen just didn’t think so soon. NO SOUP!

      • I feel on some days like throwing Pedro into the Allegheny.
        Other days, I feel like nominating him for mayor.

        We are stuck with him, thru good and bad.
        Just have to limit the bad.

        And, I will have all the soup I want, its good for you. ;)

  56. Philly announcers are being very complimentary toward the Pirates. They are also not scared to death to criticize the Phils when they make a bonehead play–not like our Pirate PR Department announcers.

  57. Jerry Meals is from hunger.


  59. why does having Jerry Meals behind the plate scare me so much in this game?

  60. When was the last time Cutch was Clutch?

  61. 20/20 FORESIGHT question… do you let Jones hit vs. Bastardo or pinch hit? (I guess the problem is Inge, Barmes and Fort are all you have on the bench)…UMMM, never mind.

    • If it was football season, I would punt.

      • I agree… have ZERO confidence in letting Jones hit vs. a lefty… guess if I had to, probably would’ve given Fort a try vs. Inge…. but I do think I’d pinch hit

  62. Becoming disgruntled. Nothing will fall. At ‘em balls. Phils making plays out of their

  63. Inge? Come on Man!!

  64. Inge pinch hitting for Jones?


  65. This move is for all of you CH idolizers and Inge haters


  67. Inge pinch hitting for Jones?


  68. Rally. What rally??

  69. 8 no hit innings for Homer Bailey.

  70. C’mon…
    hit by pitch
    hit by pitch
    hit by pitch

  71. Better than a DP.

  72. Bastardo pretty much pitched around Pedro there…. tells you what the Phils think of Neil’s RH ability…. prove em wrong NEIL

  73. This Walker AB brought to you by …florida steeler !

    • OMG he got a hit.

    • Give all of us a break Milo. Neil has a .288 slugging percentage batting right handed. He has no business batting right handed. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while. Coaches, that know far more than you, have asked him to stick with the left handed batting and he refuses.

      • I hadn’t heard that the coaches have asked Neil to hit left handed vs. lefties.. this coaching staff? I would think Neil has the type of swing and approach that he’d do ok as a lefty… he wouldn’t be overmatched like Jones….

        Maybe what will encourage Neil to change is having him ride the pine vs. LHPs… play Mercer at 2B and Barmes at SS….

  74. Who’s managing the Phils, Tony LaRussa from afar???

  75. My dark cynical side wonders if the Pirates are especially weak with bases laded, or is that just selective perception?

  76. Ugh…………………………….

  77. Still got a shot.

    Snider, pinch hitter, then Marte lead off ninth.

    • Yeah, and who exactly is going to pinch hit? Barmes, that’s who. Unless you’d rather see McKenry. I mean, THREE useless bench players at a time? That’s the biggest hole on this time, if you ask me. And getting a RF would solve it, since Snider would then be a PH.

  78. NO HITTER #2 for Homer Bailey.

  79. Bailey one out away

  80. NICE pickoff

  81. The Reds are starting to get serious.

  82. 2 bloops and a blast, as someone used to say.

  83. Feh.

  84. Streak was due to end.

    Move on!

  85. No shame in first loss in ten games, had chances just never got the big hit tonight. Get back at it tomorrow with Locke taking the bump.

    Time to root the red hot Angels on tonight.

  86. FIVE runs in 3 games, at home against hittable starting pitchers… and the Pirates somehow are 2-1 in those games… and they had many chances to breakthrough and win the 3rd. Pitching, pitching, pitching, pitching, pitching, pitching…can’t say it enough.

    Cumpton did fine, wasn’t the reason why we lost the game, kinda glad they didn’t waste a Locke start with this lack of offense….

  87. Over/under for first “Chicken Little” ….here comes the collapse post…. 10 minutes?

    • OH MY GOD!!!
      WE’RE DOOMED!!!!

      RUN FOR COVER!!!!

      I just did this cmat, for fun, and to respond to your silly post about chicken littles.
      I have never understood the need to attack people for their level of fandom. Never.

      Oh, and I waited til the 10 minutes were up. ;)

      Enjoy your night.

  88. Did anyone hear about AJ’s bullpen session?

    • They said they would re-evaluate him tomorrow. Sounded like it went OK. Practiced covering first too to see how the leg reacted. Did a bullpen and a simulated game of something like 45-50 pitches.

  89. They better work on getting some guys on the bench that can actually hit the ball, when the team needs them to.

    Brandon Inge, is not that guy, and the sooner the FO realizes this fact, the better the Pirates will be.

    This is not the bench of a playoff team, veteran leadership , or not.

    This guy is as useful as DK at the “ask Huntington whatever question you want ” gathering.
    Make a move for Shierholz, Aoki, or bring back Presley.
    Brandon Inge should not be an important bench player , and will never be, for a team that is fighting for a division/playoff spot.

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