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Final: Mets 4, Pirates 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (56-36) vs. New York Mets (40-50)

Starters: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Dillon Gee

Time: 1:35 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. Jordy Mercer, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Jose Tabata, RF
  6. Garrett Jones, 1B
  7. Michael McKenry, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Cole, 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.


  1. Playoffs by 2012 says:
    July 14, 2013 at 5:16 am Literally just got back to the homestead from the 5 hour drive back from PNC.
    Met up with Johnny Ray 3 at the game. Helluva nice guy!
    Good times!!

    If I could get one of you to re-post the Sunday Pick ‘Em for me, I’d really appreciate it.
    No chance I’m going to be awake in time to post it myself.
    I’ll update the standings sometime this evening.

    Total Hits by the Pirates in today’s game
    0 – 4 (DOUBLE ODDS)
    5 – 8 (EVEN ODDS)
    9 – 12 (EVEN ODDS)
    13 – 16 (DOUBLE ODDS)
    17 or More (TRIPLE ODDS)

    GOOD LUCK!!!

  2. 100 on the 5 -8 line Please.

  3. 100 on the 9-12 please. Looking for my broom right now…..

  4. 50 on the 9-12 please!

  5. Melancon is replacing Locke on Tuesday.

  6. I don’t know about any of you; and I’m not going into right and wrong or guilty or not guilty but I really wish that these glorified atheletes would take responsibility for their comments they make on twitter.

    It absolutely disgusts me the way some of these guys talk on twitter. James Harrison is one guy I’m glad is no longer associated with the Steelers. All the legal trouble he has had and slapping women and never spent time behind bars wants to talk about the legal system.

    Teams need a social media policy in their contracts. I have one for the company I work for.

    • Like ATL WR Roddy White’s tweet that the jury and prosecutors should go home and kill themselves last night?

    • “All the legal trouble he has had and slapping women” That’s a bit of an exaggeration, I mean, if you actually look at the facts. Is there anything to support that beyond the one incident, which did involve an allegation of slapping a woman? Before anybody jumps and says, “you think he’s OK because of that?” No. But pretending like he had more of a legal record than he had isn’t fair, either. Maybe I’m missing something.

  7. Since Melancon is replacing Locke does that essentially mean the Pirates had 5 all-stars with Liriano and Marte potential snubs?

  8. I hope the bottom three of the lineup doesnt create long – and bitter – memories.

    Well. Maybe that’s unfair.

    Cole could get a hit.

  9. USDA Works to Bench Baseball’s Unsplendid Splinters
    A government lab has been studying broken bats at Major League Baseball games to try and improve safety for players and fans.By Billy House

    Friday, July 12, 2013 | 2:25 p.m.
    Final passage of a farm bill may be up in the air. But with Major League Baseball set to hold its All-Star game Tuesday, the U.S. Agriculture Department wants a little fan love for solving a big problem: the broken baseball bat epidemic.

    The more-scientific name is “multiple-piece failure,” which the USDA says can pose a danger on the field and in the stands at baseball games. On Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the results of what is described as innovative research by the U.S. Forest Service, funded by MLB, to cut down on the dangers from splintering bats.

    “The U.S. Forest Products Laboratory has once again demonstrated that we can improve uses for wood products across our nation in practical ways-making advancements that can improve quality of life and grow our economy,” Vilsack said in a statement.

    The Agriculture Department reports that Forest Service researchers at the laboratory developed changes in manufacturing that have decreased the rate of shattered maple bats by more than 50 percent since 2008. That was the year the Safety and Health Advisory Committee of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association began seeing a rise in the number of shattered bats during their games.

    Enter the Forest Products Laboratory, which formed a “wood grain trust” that has since made recommendations for new bat-making processes. As part of the research, wood experts at the lab examined every bat that was broken in games from July to September during the 2008 season, department officials said. They determined that a main cause of broken bats was the inconsistency of wood quality, primarily the manufacturing detail called “slope of grain,” which refers to the straightness of the wood grain along the length of a bat. Straighter grain lengthwise means less likelihood for breakage.

    Recommendations made by the Forest Service have included manufacturing changes to bat geometry dimensions, wood density restrictions, and wood-drying procedures. The recommendations have all contributed to decreases in multiple-piece failures.

    And this work is not over. The Forest Service research team has been watching video and recording details of every broken-bat event since 2009. And the team will continue monitoring video and studying broken bats collected during a couple of two-week periods this season.

    Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in a statement Friday that this work has “made the game safer for players as well as for fans.”

  10. At the risk of sounding nitpicky, didn’t Dejan just admonish someone for posting an article and tell him to please post a link instead?

  11. Given the booing of Wright all weekend, it won’t be surprising if Mets fans boo Pedro tomorrow night, even though he is from there.

  12. Hope the bullpen’s ready to work today.

    Unless hes hurt, Martin should be catching Gerrit Cole. Only Martin.

  13. well, that wasn’t too bright :(

  14. Karen, glad all went well with the wedding. I hope you enjoyed every second of it :)

  15. Do you think the league has figured out that the only pitch Cole can consistently throw for a strike is the fast ball and are sitting on it. It looks like he needs to go back down to better learn how to pitch. Pirates are 8 and 0 on games Gomez has started. Let him start for a while until Cole learns how to control his off speed pitches.

    • Not sure if he has the confidence in his other pitches. One thing to remember, he is a young in’ and learning about the necessity of mixing up one’s pitches consistently is going to take time and consistent exposure.

      Also, consider that his catcher is McKenry today and not Martin, which,as we have seen time and time again this season makes a tremendous difference. Missing “Cadillac” Martin today.

  16. Polanco fouls out to third in Futures game. Reminds me of Domonic Brown.

  17. Wa-hoo Marte!!!!

  18. Finally get to feel the energy of the crowd…Marte Partay gets the offense started with a rip.

  19. anyone notice the quick exchange between Cole & the catcher as he crossed home plate? Did Cole hit him with backswing on the dribbler?

  20. Cole’s “hit” should have been an E-1. Cole was basically walking to first- no hustle at all. Gee didn’t neec to hurry throw. He could have set up and thrown Cole out by 20 feet. Good thing got a real hit.

  21. barmes was robbed. Nice catch by their center fielder

  22. Where/are the bats, man?

  23. Nice Pedro!!!!!!

  24. OK I’m seeing great defense…where’s the OFFeNSe?????

  25. Barmes with a double!

  26. C’mon Marte~

  27. The backward K- not exactly what we were looking for there.

  28. Time for a rivershot…

  29. Can somebody come through today? Come on Man!!

  30. Ok, Hippo back.

    Time for a rally !!!

  31. and another hit by Barmes!

  32. This is it!!!! Jordy time

  33. Lower the Jolly Hippo.

    Great first half of the season.

    Need a bat desperately. If we dont get one, it could prove to be disasterous.

  34. Lower the Jolly Hippo.

    Great first half of the season.

    Need a bat desperately. If we dont get one, it could prove to be disasterous.

  35. At the sound of the gong, let the speculation on who will be shown the door recommence.

  36. OK, gotta get the dog out…have a nice night everyone!

  37. Gotta get my anger out. WHY let McKenry hit, when you pinch hit with Martin later? And then you pinch run for him anyways, insuring that turd McKenry would have to have continued playing if they’d tied it up?

  38. Took 2 of 3. End of story. Great “first half.”

    • And five Ps in the ASG.

      I can feel it down in my plums.

    • Well put. Fifty-six wins are in the books. Can’t wait for second half.
      Also AW, nice response above to the disproportionate remark about James Harrison.

      • Knitting together quality wins. Cannot wait to see if there are any laughers our Bucs can win. Waiting for them to string together 15 to 20 wins in August and 10 wins or more in September.

        • Yes, we need some laughers. We need an offense that can explode for laughers. Or at least scrounge up more than one or two runs per game. But laughers would be best. Elmo-style laughs.

      • If I tweeted, this would be by tweet after the Zimmerman verdict.


        That’s it.

        Peace be with all of you. Out for the night.

        Need to warm up my lungs for the HR Derby.

        • Zimmerman is marked, profiled for the rest of his life. He may have put the bullet in Tray on in self defense, but the death clock started with the disintegration of the family unit and lack of stable male role models.

          Drew, you are right. There needs to be peace, but that will not start until the breakdown of the family unit is addressed. IMHO.

          • I’d comment but as I was told last night, the Zimmerman verdict is only important to those involved.

            • As usual 21, you are twisting peoples words.

              I told you it was important to those involved, not ONLY to those involved. Please read carefully. If you feel you were involved, then obviously it is important to you. If others feel they were involved, then it was important to them also.

              Your response was to say everyone was involved. That is a blatant falsehood. I was not involved. While I am saddened that a young man lost his life, and we may never know why, this case is not important to me. So to say it was important to everyone is not true.

              • This is all you said yesterday on the topic after complaining that the game was interrupted for the verdict:

                “Yes, it is important to those involved.”

              • Re-read it. Please show me where the word “only” is involved. Also, please re-read what I posted above.

                I am not waiting for you to show me where I said “only”. It would be a long wait.

                Nice effort, however. :)

              • My goodness. You’re parsing this word by word. If you don’t understand how important this case is and why it has been in the news for the past 18 months, then I don’t know what to tell you.

                Sure looked to me that you implied that the case was important to only those involved and you didn’t like the game being interrupted. No, you didn’t use the word only. But if the entire conversation is followed, it sure looks that’s what you implied and you resented the game being interrupted.

            • Oh my. You certainly taking great liberties with this whole thing.

              Look, You think this is important. Others do also.
              I dont think this is important. Others dont also.

              There are a lot more important things in this country. Yes, this was a tragedy that the kid lost his life. But on my importance scale, it doesnt rank high. Why you need to state otherwise is pretty amazing.

              I am not going to discuss this any further. This isnt the forum for it. Its just another case of you twisting peoples words, or putting words in their mouths.

              I am out. Not a pleasure discussing this with you.

              • I haven’t twisted a word of what you’re saying. What liberties? Have you maybe thought that you’re not presenting your views clearly? You said I twist other people’s words. Who exactly?

                Why is it amazing that someone has a different opinion than you?

                Of course there are more important things. Where did that comment come from?

          • Brandie and 21,
            I’ll just leave it at this: T’is a ‘discussion’ not for this place. We can’t even agree here how to interpret baseball stats. ;)

  39. Still cautiously optimistic. We can DO this. Please get us a bat or two, BMTIB!!

  40. Collins believes the catcalls took a mental toll on Wright, who went 3 for 14 with one RBI in the series.

    “I’m sure it did,” Collins said. “He’s tired.”
    (this from RB’s notes)

    You have got to be kidding me. 5-10 seconds of booing every time you come to the plate is going to take a ‘mental toll’ on a conditioned athlete. Seriously. Tired.

    Do you know who doesn’t let booing take a mental toll on them? Players that went through the Navy Seal training as minor leaguers.

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