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Final: Cubs 4, Pirates 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (53-32) vs. Chicago Cubs (36-48)

Starters: RHP Charlie Morton vs. RHP Edwin Jackson

Time: 4:05 p.m.

Site: Wrigley Field, Chicago

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. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Garrett Jones, 1B
  5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  6. Michael McKenry, C
  7. Jose Tabata, RF
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. Morton, P

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

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  2. McKenry catching, Cubs will be running if they get on base.

  3. Oh, yeah, before I forget……………..

    LETS GO BUCS !!

  4. After reading JAL’s #a9 link this morning, I truly believe some writers are so out of touch with reality, they should be medicated.
    Lee, and his $50MM coming here? And we would have to give up a key prospect or two?

    Insanity!

    I want to upgrade the roster, but I dont want the boys in white coats coming after me either!

    • Who was the “writer”? An actual credentialed media type or someone with an online blog?

      Zero chance we go and get Cliff Lee… makes less than zero sense… maybe the article was ghost written by Ruben Amaro, Jr.? BTW, I don’t think Amaro is faring all that well as a GM..he has held the cheese too long it is starting to stink.

      • AHA!!!

        Just saw the writer was David Schonfeld…….. same guy who said we should trade for Stanton.

        Man, thig guy just wants the Pirates to become the “Dodgers Lite” when it comes to salaries!!!

        Insanity! And, just stunningly bad journalism.

        • There is reason writers are writers and not GMs :)

          • Very good point.

            • With our talent in the system, that would not be a good deal for long-term.

              But, it depends on how “all in” we are come July 31st and onward. Do we want to go deep into the playoffs and (tongue biting) maybe WS this year or for several years to come?

              Like JAL said, there’s a reason ministers are ministers and GM’s are GM’s. Haven’t figured the second part yet.

              ;)

          • True, but some of these GMs do make moves like that. Think of the talent given up in the past few years by the Rangers, Angels, Blue Jays, etc. Frightening. Amaro, Jr. has been known to go “all in” as well. I’ll never understand giving up so much for one shot.

            • With you 100%, Jim. We’ve got many years of good baseball ahead.

              One season at a time.

              No reason to give up the store. If the Cards can be competitive year after year and let a guy like Pujols walk and the Astros of the past and even the Twins at one time, we can, too.

              The plan is finally working.

              • You call? ;)

              • We definitely agree on how to operate given our market size, Lucky. We have to be smarter than the average team, as the Cardinals and others have done. Cincinnati has done a very good job of it also.

  5. I am rooting for Tabata to ‘keep it going’ in RF… until then I’m looking more for ‘under the radar’ right hand hitter types, like Marlon Byrd… another thought came to me yesterday, what about Scott Hairston?

    Hairston can also play infield I believe, so I like him for the veteran Inge spot even if Tabby claims RF.

  6. Back in the Varsho days, they used to play two right fielders.

    Now I see they’re playing without a catcher.

  7. Maybe Hurdle knows something we don’t about McKenry batting 6th today.

  8. Friend just told me that someone on Twitter posted that Grilli just got a big hug from his Dad and handshakes from teammates. Hopefully he’s not the only one.

  9. SATURDAY OVER / UNDER!!!

    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 Line
    Total STOLEN BASES by Cubs runners in today’s game
    Line is 2.5

    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!!!

  10. 100 on the under please.

  11. A tempting line in deed with the Fort behind the plate…

    I’ll place a bet for 50 units on the over…

    Thanks.
    Randy in RVA (currently Brentwood, PA for the holiday weekend)

  12. @playoffs

    50 on the UNDER please

  13. 11 game hit streak now for Marte…..

  14. The legend of Fort McHenry’s arm will grow after that beaut.

  15. Nice throw, Fort. Oh my!

  16. ………..sheesh…can we get Tony Sanchez on speed dial, please?
    .
    …..McKenry HAS to do better!!!

    • He’s definitely in there for the 4-7 match-up vs. Jackson because Morton throws everything with sink and is not fast to the plate. So, that is a tough assignment for a good throwing catcher – which Fort is not.

      Cubs announcer just said the Bucs are 15-7 with Fort in the lineup. What?

  17. What’s this I hear about Spunky running for GM? :D

    And that talkin to Gabby gave Marte a couple weeks back paid off :)

  18. I think Marte is trying to make up for all the SB we’ll give up today.

  19. Cubs catcher is as bad as ours is.

  20. Bucs seem intent on forcing things today, for some reason. They aren’t facing Harvey. They are facing Edwin Jackson. I am still incredulous at Charlie leading off an inning, with his .071 average, and swinging at a 3-1 pitch. And, to top it off, it looked like ball 4. That is not bright at all.

    I will say, though, that Charlie seems to have some pretty nasty stuff today. If he finds the plate consistently, I think he could have a nice day.

  21. If the Pirates win today, it will be eight road wins in a row. They last did this in 1987.

  22. El Toro belts #22 = ALL-STAR

    • I would be surprised if he makes all-star because of the low batting average.

      • No other 3B in NL touches his HR, SLG, and OPS numbers….take away his slow start in April and he has been a .280 hitter.

        .245 is not awful for a power hitter who has racked up 57 RBI’s in the process.

        Would be a shame if he is not part of the NL team.

  23. And the video goes POOF!

    :(

  24. Charlie’s breaking stuff isn’t breaking anymore.

  25. Ouch. 2-1 Cubs.

  26. dang they’re smacking Charlie around :(

  27. Morton missed the plate by 3 feet that time. He needs to get his composure back.

  28. HBP. Placed his ankle right in the path of that pitch.

  29. Why is mckenry batting in the sixth position?

  30. What happened to Walker?

  31. Anyone noticed that Morton is 5/5 in allowing the leadoff batter to get on?

  32. What in the hell?!?!

    Kerwin Danley grants the runner time in the middle of Charlie’s delivery?

  33. I HATE Soriano!

  34. Not the outing Charlie needed to have today.

    Soriano absolutely crushes another one.

  35. OK.

    Nuff Charlie for today.

  36. Not sure Morton can be long for the rotation when he struggles to go six, and pays for each pitch that does not sink for him.

    Six hits, three walks just too many base runners once again in his start.

  37. Charlie doesn’t have enough control. Way too much movement that he doesn’t know where the pitch is going to end up. And too often it drifts over the heart of the plate.

  38. Absolutely inexcusable to give Soriano anything he can hit there with 2 outs and 1st base open. Stupid pitching.

  39. Cards a winner, Reds up 6-3, could be giving a game back to each of them today.

  40. Got the game back, finally, and we are down 4-1.

    What in the blue hell……………………. ?

  41. Is that Kris Letang pitching for the Cubs right now?

  42. I see on twitter that the Bucs have 4 all-stars – Grilli, McCutchen, Locke, and Alvarez. Won’t be official until 6:30, but this is what I’m seeing right now.

  43. Cubs broadcast said Walker left game with right side discomfort, sounds like oblique.

  44. What’s up with Snider? TERRIBLE at bat again.

  45. The Pirates’ hitters must have reservations at nice Chicago steakhouses

  46. Here’s the HWHIP (Hits + Walks + Hit Batters per Inning) of the starting pitchers

    1.175 A.J. Burnett
    1.176 Jeff Locke
    1.180 Jeanmar Gomez (1.075 as starter)
    1.181 Wandy Rodriguez
    1.234 Francisco Liriano
    1.382 Gerrit Cole
    1.404 Brandon Cumpton
    1.583 Charlie Morton
    1.753 James McDonald
    2.143 Phil Irwin
    2.561 Jonathan Sanchez

    The 5th spot should be Jeanmar Gomez or Gerrit Cole.

    It’s time we move away from players like Charlie Morton who don’t have a toolbox.

  47. The Pirates have four all-stars for first time since 1981 when Dave Parker, Mike Easler, Bill Madlock and Phil Garner were selected to the team.

    • Some guys are going to be upset. Were saying we had maybe 2. Good to see Locke and Pedro rewarded along with our 2 locks.

      • I thought they’d get 2, maybe 3. Great for Locke and Pedro to get recognized. Very easily could have had two more named (Marte & Melancon).

  48. #SayNoToPuig Get this trending!

  49. Well tough day to lose as Reds and Cards pick up game. Need AJ to pick team back up and get the series tomorrow.

  50. Lower The Jolly Hippo.

    We need to bring up Sanchez to see what he can do.
    Love the Fort, but he needs to go.

    Jeckyll and Hyde offense tanks again.
    As giddy as we are about the Bucs and their record, keep in mind consistency will be the only way this is sustainable.

  51. ehhh I want to see what AJ brings tomorrow….need some offense to back him up tho

  52. Fan voting – Say no to Puig!

    • +Millions!!

      • For players with so few games played this year, Puig isn’t even the best on his own team! Hanley Ramirez is beating him in almost every category (1 less HR, .004 lower BA – but otherwise better across the board) – and for straight numbers based categories, doing it in 30 less AB’s.

  53. I see another loss to blame on the manager. Why did he leave that batting practice pitcher. Morton in there after the Cubs got to him for 3 straight hits in the inning before Soriano lit him up again. Looked like he just poured it down the middle for Soriano, who hates curve balls and usually strikes out on them. Hurdle just doesn’t seem to know when a pitcher doesn’t have it anymore. I know, we can’t win them all, but holly cow, we should at least try to win them all.

    • Signs of The Collapse III are already showing.

    • Cannot prove.it, but my feeling is that CH is better about that tendency this year. I guess the innings put in by the Pen would support my view. The second home run seemed to a large mistake by Morton, not CH?

      • Essentially, Charlie threw 2 really bad pitches in 6 innings, and it cost 4 runs. Not really a Hurdle mistake necessarily – who called the pitch? (McKenry or the bench?)

        • Soriano’s first home seemed to come on a pitch that drifted back out over the plate.

          • Cannot believe I am defending managerial in-game moves, but perhaps CH wanted Morton to get some work since this was another just -back -from- injury start, and especially since his last one was cut so short?

        • I’m sure whoever it was didn’t order a meatball. :-)

    • Yep. If Clint would have taken Charlie out they maybe would have lost 2-1 instead of 4-1.
      Maybe. Wait . . .

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