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On location: Athletics 2, Pirates 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (53-35) vs. Oakland Athletics (53-37)

Starters: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Dan Straily

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. Jose Tabata, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Garrett Jones, 1B
  7. Jordy Mercer, 2B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Cole, 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. INGE IS ON THE BENCH!! yeah!!

    • Any word on PRNW?

    • And why is he even on the roster – DeJesus is hitting 300+ at Indy…

      Time to trim and adjust for the second half…

      Fort to Indy
      Barmes to retirement
      Inge to retirement

      Bring up T Sanchez
      and the bench is suddenly a whole lot better…

      • I like your most of your proposed moves. Inge needs to go and start clipping coupons. Barmes needs to become a utility man for the rest of 2013 as he can play all 4 infield positions – then retire after we win the World Series. If Sanchez didn’t have a case of the YIPS, I’d be OK with flip flopping him and The Fort but, unfortunately, now is not Sanchez’s time. DeJesus, Lambo and even Presley deserve an opportunity, too.

        C’mon BMTIB, don’t let your faithful fans down……………….again!


    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.


    Tonight’s Line
    Total HITS + WALKS + RUNS SCORED + RBI’s by Pedro Alvarez in tonight’s game
    Line is 3.5

    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!!!

    P.S. – The Window has secured tickets to the Pirates / Mets games on this Friday and Saturday.
    Anyone of you fine lunatics looking to meet up for a brew or two, send me an email at buccooverunder at gmail-dot-com

  3. Barmes at 2 hits yesterday…couldn’t ask for more from him.

    Nice to see Inge on the bench.

    With the exception of NW not in the lineup, I like how this lines up. With Tabby swinging the bat well right now, I like him in the 2 hole.

  4. Are Inge’s days numbered?

  5. The A’s are 10-0 against us.

    • That ends tonight. (He said hopefully). Hey, it’s Pup Night.

      • And auction night! I wonder if we’ll get to watch any baseball!

      • + 1

        Dachsys rule

      • Anyone know why the Pup nights are only on Tuesdays?

        • Dogs won’t agree to go on any other night of the week. I think Drew will confirm this.

        • Because that is the “twitter” night also, and most “tweets” appear to been written by dogs or chimpanzees. Just Sayin. It will also give Root sports even more reasons to show us the stands, and the fans, and the cute dogs rather than the action on the field or in the dugout.

          Maybe Robbie Instantkowski can interview a senior dog during a critical point of the ball game.


          • As long as Robbie stays out of the aisle he should be OK.

          • Rob: “We are here with Puddles. Puddles is a 15 year old Yellow Lab who’s mother was once owned by former Bucco pitcher Scott Sauerbeck.”

            Puddles: –sniffs micrphone–

            Rob: “Puddles, what do you like the most about this Buccos team?”

            Puddles: –yawns–

            • OR-

              Rob – “Fluffy, can you tell us a little bit about how it feels to be here at PNC?”

              Fluffy – “Lets Go Bucs – Lets go Bucs, Lets go Bucs etc.”

              Rob – “Fluffy is this your first time at PNC?”

              Fluffy “Lets Go bucks (ad infinitum) “WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”

              Rob – “you heard it here first folks”


          • If they can draft one to play RF, why all the fuss? :-)

          • Anyone see ole robbie get yelled at to sit down by a Chitown usher the other day? That was hilarious. Apparently he couldn’t figure out that the correct way to interview someone in the stands while the game was in action was to find a seat to sit down next to them. i think it was Hurdles’s dad he was talking to. Priceless.

            • Yes, unfortunately I saw that, and also heard “Company Man” Brown criticizing the usher for having the interests of the fans who wanted to actually see the ball game rather than Instantmakowski’s butt.


  6. Thought of the day…..

    If there is a big crowd tonight, does that negatively impact the Pirates Charities telethon that will be happening on tonight’s Root broadcast?

    If enough people show up at the stadium will they cancel the telethon?

  7. We have 29 games to go till the streak comes to an end. I believe we had 20-some games to go in each of the last two years before we collapsed.

  8. I like this lineup, even with Barmes in it.

  9. DK,
    Instead of the starting lineup, can you please just list the bench players for each game.

    We’ll take it from there.

    Thank you

  10. 100 on the over. Need to score some runs tonight.

  11. Twitter Night + Pup Night + Telethon Night = Me envying the deaf

  12. Speaking of twitter;

    Did anybody follow Blass when he had an account? Holy crap, there’s a reason he doesn’t anymore…freakin hilarious!

  13. I am actually looking forward to the telethon tonight.
    Maybe they can auction off Zagurski’s silverware?
    Maybe they can auction off a win?

    Maybe they can just auction off Inge???

    One can only hope.

    Oh, and I will definitely be using the “mute” feature tonight.
    Just sayin’.

  14. Donnie Iris just came up on my random playlist.
    Has to be a good sign.

  15. Harrison on way to Pittsburgh but no word if walker going on DL or he will there in case they put Walker on the DL tomorrow. Was sent down July 2 so his 10 are not up which means he can only be put on the roster if someone goes on the DL.

  16. My personal fave was Franquelis Osoria. He pitched like doggie doo, but man, could he do it day after day!

  17. And speaking of Mondesi, I’ve always admired and reveled in how he engineered his escape out of Dodge.

    • I think Kirk Gibson did that also.


      • Gibson feigned fearing for his family’s lives so he could run away, then resurfaced with the Angels just as soon as the Pirates terminated his contract?

        And I love the Colonel Kurtz imagery!

        • Thanks, anytime we start talking about some of our past “true” all-stars, I feel like I am traveling up the Mekong in some sort of crazy flashback!


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    Beat Em Bucs

    Go like 60

    Two losing streaks stop tonight

  19. Better mosey on myself. Got stuff to do with the kids.
    Be back tonight, all!

  20. Cryin’ Ryan Braun met with mlb investigators last week and refused to answer any of their questions about his connection to Biogenesis. There’s a story floating around that when Tony Bosch turned his phone records over to mlb, Braun’s number showed up “dozens” of times. He’s about to get 100 games.

    It’s the little things in life that bring me joy.

  21. Weather is going to be a factor tonight. Looks like a long night ahead.

  22. DeJesus is not on the 40 so if someone replaces a player on the 15 day DL has to be from the 40.

  23. @playoffs

    100 on the over if I’m not too late…

  24. Can someone explain this auction night to me?? People from the Burgh bid and pay for all items and then Nutting collects the money and disburses to his chosen charities??
    Why doesn’t he just write a check?? Many of the receivers are very worthy but this is given by the people in Pittsburgh and not Nutting and the Pirates.

  25. Gotta love a rain delay. Evening all. Just came from an early birthday dinner for yours truly with the family.

  26. They could be waiting the better part of an hour just for it to start raining.

  27. Apparently Alvarez has switched from “Daydro” to “Awaydro.” Did you know he’s hitting nearly .300 with 13 of his HR on the road? That leaves, well, an unmentionable number and 9 HR at home. Weird.

  28. Prediction – they never start the game.

  29. Still not raining. 30 minutes.

  30. I watch on MLB TV. No video during rain delays, so I’m oblivious to the auction stuff that’s probably going on.

    But I know that the Penguins do something similar, and I don’t recall anyone complaining about that.

    • What the Penguins do is nothing close to this. They sell some gift bags during the pregame show. Doesn’t interfere at all with the broadcast of the actual game. This is over the top intrusive.and frankly embarrassing. Makes the broadcast borderline unwatchable. We’re getting a gift from God tonight.

  31. Walker officially to the DL, Harrison on the roster

  32. The Pirates are posting information about the auction on twitter – currently 6200 to go and see the Pirates play in Colorado, 2500 to have a softball game at PNC Park, 3300 for a 2014 weekend trip to spring training, and 4100 for an autographed Pirates Uniform

    • the 4100 for the autographed Pirates Uniform includes the following:

      The newest addition for the 2013 Pirates Charities on ROOT SPORTS is a Pirates memorabilia collector’s dream with various unique items autographed by members of the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates.

      Autographed items include:

      A baseball from Pirates starter Jeff Locke
      A catcher’s mitt from Pirates backstop Russell Martin
      A home white jersey from Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez
      A black alternate jersey from Pirates outfielder Starling Marte
      A 1971 “Sunday Alternate” jersey Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer
      A batting practice jersey from Pirates reliever Mark Melancon
      A bat from Pirates infielder Neil Walker
      Batting gloves from Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen
      A Batting helmet from Pirates infielder/outfielder Garrett Jones
      A cap from Pirates closer Jason Grilli
      Cleats from Pirates outfielder Travis Snider
      The lineup card from the July 9 game – and bubble gum – from Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle

  33. According to DK, they’re announcing 8:45 as start time.

  34. This is just another instance of this group doing what they do best, over think things. And people wonder why some of us worry.

    • What are you referring to?

    • Isn’t it up to the umps at this point, though?

    • Or is that the other way around? Up to the umps once the game starts?

      • Not until they turn in the lineup cards. Now tomorrow is a different story being the last game for Oakland in Pittsburgh.

    • They did this to avoid a Charlie Morton situation and it blew up in their face. Now it will start raining after 45 minutes or so of playing and Cole will get the start that they tried to avoid in the first place. Without a delay Cole would have been ‘safely’ removed from the game after 6 innings and 80 pitches.

      I hope they get the game in with no problems because I hate DH. It seems easier to win tonight and win tomorrow than it is to sweep a DH.

  35. I live in the South Hills. Still have not seen any rain that would prevent them from playing.

  36. It would be hilarious if it started pouring right after 1st pitch.

  37. Can they auction off Inge’s retirement? We can then all bid.

  38. Watching the Lolligagger scene.

    It’s a miracle.

  39. The only thing this telethon is missing is PJ Maloney.

  40. The Blue Jays released catcher Ramon Hernandez from his AAA contract today. I mention this because the Pirates have been interested in the past. He is 37. Just an FYI.

  41. Looks like a washout ahead. Radar is lit up like Christmas over here in Ohio.

    • All they need to do is get into the bottom of the 5th and the sky can open up. The game will be official at that point.

  42. Cole is being pretty efficient after the first inning. Looks like he is pitching his brains out tonight after throwing 22 in the first.

  43. You have to be kidding me.

  44. Well, that wasn’t totally predictable. Ex-Pirate going yard.

  45. 87 mph change-up center cut. That would be a little of pitchers’ fastball, but unfortunately those pitchers who get hit hard.

  46. Maybe they can get something going here against future Hall of Famer Dan Straily.

  47. Half the Pirates strike outs come on chasing low sliders out of the zone. It has been commented many times that Cole has a good slider. Why won’t he throw it or why why won’t Martin call for the slider. Is his slider not as good as advertised.

  48. “You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.”

    Come on rain…….

  49. I’ve got paint drying on the walls in my basement.
    Sadly it’s more exciting to watch that then watch the Bucs offense.

    • Maybe breathing in the fumes might help as well.

    • So true.

    • But, havent people said everything is fine? I mean, just a little bench help is all that is needed?
      Stay the course? Dont disrupt that all-important chemistry?

      Hippos just don’t understand.

      • Can’t read too much into that.
        Moves most certainly will be made.

        Just gonna have to wait out the next 3 or so weeks to see what actually happens.

        • I wish I shared your optimism.
          We arent TBMTIB.
          We arent the smartest men in the room.

          I just hope we dont trade for some more AAAA players and prospects this year………… (here is looking at you, Mr. Snider.)

  50. Two hits. That’s awesome.

  51. Is there a worse team in baseball at hitting off speed pitches. He’ll is there a worse hitting team period.

  52. Up next – a chance to bid on calligraphy lessons from bench coach Jeff Bannister. And remember, it’s for the kids.

  53. The only positive I see from the Pirates hitting is that it has become do bad Huntington can’t stand pat. The heck with chemistry. If Huntington doesn’t find a couple hitters, a potentially could go down the drain.

  54. Maybe, with the telethon proceeds, the Pirates can buy a full set of T. Emanski videos. Back-to-Back-to-Back hits.

  55. I have written this before; I have never seen anyone take more meaningless, haphazard swings (and misses) and his head and eyes are nowhere near the ball – than Marte.

    Sliders and curves down and outside and he is committing to a swing. It is unbelievable.

    Now if the pitcher leaves anything up, that is different. Marte must stop guessing wrongly

  56. At the very least, no one team in the NL is running away with anything right now.
    If ever there was a time to “swoon” a little, it is now.

    • Serious question. Do you ever get the feeling that you’re posting the exact same things that you were at the exact same time last year ? Give or take a few weeks. I swear I could go back & just copy & paste mine. It’s like the Twilight Zone.

      But I guess that when the same players establish track records, then do the same things we shouldn’t be surprised. But as I’ve been saying for the last couple days, this looks vaguely familiar.

  57. Tabata swings at ball 4 twice and then flies out. McCutchen tries to do it all himself and hits it to the warning track. Because Jones with a 2-0 count tried to hit a homer as well. Quality offense. When all you want to do is pull the ball you look stupid on offspeed pitches out of the strike zone.

    You can’t expect the Pirates to hit Dan Straily.
    You can’t expect them to hit Donavan Hand.
    You can’t expect them to hit Tyler Thornburg.
    You can’t expect them to hit Jonathan Pettibone.
    You can’t expect them to hit Edwin Jackson.
    You can’t expect them to hit Charlie Villanueva.
    You can’t expect them to hit anyone.
    It’s not fair.

    You can however expect Brandon Cumpton to be recalled and pitch 5 scoreless innings.
    That’s OK.

    Can Ray Searage coach hitting?

  58. Pedro pays the OVER with the ROYAL SAMPLER

    1 HIT
    1 RBI
    1 WALK

  59. Ladies and gentlemen…Gaby Sanchez

  60. Marte has – before tonight I believe – 13 walks and 83 K’s. Unbelievable

    I think he has a nervous affliction. Even when on first, it’s as though he has got to be on the move. Granted that is a weapon but he always appears to be restless, or too eager for something to happen

  61. Still waiting for a signature moment from Sanchez this season . . . and waiting . . . and waiting.

  62. Alright, I’ve had enough.
    I’m going to bed.
    Later lunatics!

  63. Pirate hitters swing at balls near the dugout.
    Pirate hitters look at strikes right down the middle.

    Am I the only one seeing this??

  64. Two bleeping hits. But Hockey With the Hurdle’s went up to $7,000. Woo Hoo !!!!!!!!

  65. Why in God’s name would anyone want tonight’s scorecard, let alone pay actual money for it ?

    • I almost bid on the San Diego trip a few years back. Walk threw in breakfast with Bob. I thought that would have been a hoot. A signed scoresheet, not so much.

  66. Decrepitude, I say. Decrepitude. Three straight Series Ls. T. Petty: “And I’m free. Freefalling.”

  67. That a boy Gaby–keep up the lousy work and don’t tell me about 1,000 against left handed pitchers. the guy is no clutch.

  68. Okay. Bat to ball. Everybody. Okay.

  69. I’ll bid $1,000 for an honest to goodness line drive.

  70. Sympathy with Milo’s deja vu unease. However, we should pinch ourselves — four Bucs at the All Star game and a couple more who were deserving. There IS a difference this season.

  71. Dripping with power.

  72. Snider had his hit for the month last night. How do they keep this guy on the roster?? He has been awful ever since he was drafted.

  73. Harrison to PH…………………….. and an out……..

  74. Well, Mr. Meats whiffs. No surprise there.

    Snider may be the only ballplayer I have seen gain 15 pounds during the season.

  75. Travis Snider is next Brandon Moss. Can’t do squat for the Pirates and will go to another te and hit cover off ball. Seems like a stupid comment, but Moss looked as bad or worse when he was a Pirate.

  76. Bringing in the closer while losing to keep him sharp smells a lot like the Pirates of yore

  77. Clint might want to convene the Pirate Council after the game, except he gets to ask the questions.

    Grilli’s next save opportunity might be in the All Star Game.

  78. Pirates poised to fall to 13th in the NL in batting average ahead of only the Mets & Marlins. A good pinch hitter should fix that.

  79. The bench was bad now, so who do they bring up from Indy? Harrison, and now the bench is better? No way. They have better hitters at Indy, so why don’t they give them a shot? Whomever they get will be an improvement. My God, There has never been a more inept team in my memory of the Bucs. 9 hits yesterday, but only 1 run-now 2 hits off a no-name pitcher and relief pitchers. The owners of this team suck. I could run it better. DON’T GO BUCS!!!

  80. Ball over fence. Anybody? Anybody? McCutchen? Pedro? Anybody?

  81. Balfour has more nervous peculiarities than Marte

  82. . . . here we go.

  83. A hit !!!!!!!!!


  84. Payoff for not doube switching him out of the game

  85. McCutchen looks lost this year at the plate.

  86. I thought Cutch might get a hit, but then I remembered that someone was on base

  87. Now three guys are going to try to hit it 600 feet. Quality at bats to come, I’m sure.

  88. Pedro was out when the ump called the first pitch a strike (bad call)

  89. Got to try a steal.

  90. Really bad.

  91. Lower The Jolly Hippo, again.

    3 hits. 3.

    This team needs help.
    This team needs help.
    This team needs help.

    Now. Call up Lambo, DeJesus, anyone. See what they got, and if they dont help, get busy acquiring help.

    Great pitching being completely wasted.

  92. Just can’t hit. Period. Same issue for last several years. Pitching will get us to .500 this year– I hope! Maybe next year we can grab a hitter or 2 and get to playoffs. Hope we don’t completely self destruct again.

  93. Look on the bright side….if Bochy wants Harvey to start the All Star game, then we won’t face him this weekend. Should be able to win a couple against the Mets. At least one.

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