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Final: Reds 5, Pirates 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (56-37) vs. Cincinnati Reds (53-42)

Starters: LHP Francisco Liriano vs. RHP Mike Leake

Time: 7:10 p.m.

Site: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

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. Liriano, 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.

211 Comments

  1. Here we go, Pirates!! :)

  2. TRIP-TRIP-TRIPLE PLAY FRIDAY!!!

    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!!!

    Line #1
    Total Combined REDS+ PIRATES BATTERS HIT BY PITCH in tonight’s game
    Line is 1.5

    Line #2
    Total Combined HITS + WALKS + HBP by Garrett Jones this weekend against the Reds
    Line is 5.5

    Line #3
    Total WINS by the PIRATES this weekend against the Reds
    Line is 1.5

    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 will be in attendance on Monday and Tuesday night at Nationals Park. Anyone going to the games on Monday & Tuesday in DC who wants to say hi is more than welcome to. Send me an email at buccooverunder-at-gmail-dot-com so we can meet up.

  3. This seemed like the longest all star break ever. It’s an odd feeling having so much anticipation for the Pirates to play again.

  4. This is also know as the start of Garrett Jones’ annual second half being productive,, hits 2 HRs this weekend

  5. Is it just me or does it feel like that first 7 in the line up should be able to put up more runs then they have up until this point. Especially when Walker comes back I don’t look at the line up and think 2 or 3 runs is what they should score. I’m really looking forward to some of these guys breaking out and having big second halfs.

    • I agree with you. Without blaming anybody in particular because that’s not the point, collectively, the Pirates need to do a better job of scoring runners from second with no outs and from third with 1 out. Do that once or twice a game, and things get a little easier.

  6. Seems like it was forever that the Bucos played last. Looking at the upcoming 10 games I hope to see a 7-3 record. Problem is that St Louis is playing any easy schedule till next weekend in Atlanta and they could go 8-2 easily.

    ON the lines I will take 100 on the under for lines 1 &2 and 100 on the over for 3 looking for 2 wins this weekend at least.

    • wow, been a while since we faced a 10-game road trip and anyone dared to hope for 7-3 record… their last great roadie, where they want 8-2, most were hoping for 5-4…..

      Cincy & Washington will be tough… have to hope for 4-3 there, possibly 3-4…then 2-1 in Miami and looks like 6-4 or 5-5…hope for upside

    • Could you put your wagers as a reply to what I posted above?
      Makes it easier for me to see.
      Thanks.

  7. Only single seats are available for all three games here in Cincinnati this weekend.

  8. The Bucs need to start the 2nd half strong. Mike Leake has dominated us this year. There’s no excuse to get blown away by this pitcher. Our rotation is set up the way it should be . We need to start scoring more runs. We need big 2nd halves from Jones and Walker, We need more of the same from Pedro and Marte and McCutchen and Martin need to be better offensively. This team needs two bats and a solid defensive back up to Martin. Could also use another solid veteran starting pitcher, but I don’t see it happening. There are too many questions with this pitching staff. Will Liriano stay healthy and keep it together? Burnett has been solid for us but has history of inconsistencies ,Morton has great stuff but never consistent and I’m worried about Locke going down hill, Numbers show he’s pitching way over his head, and Gerrit Cole can be dominant if he get’s in a groove but he could also go the other way. I don’t expect all of these pitchers to go the wrong way but I would be naive to think none of them will. Landing a pitcher is as important as adding a couple bats. That is if we truly want to go after a pennant and a World Series. If we’re going after a winning season and maybe a wild card spot and holding onto all of our prospects that I understand standing pat and preparing for 2015 when I think we’d truly be ready with what we have in the system

    • Man, that is a lot of needs for a team that has the second or third best record in baseball. Not saying I don’t see where you are coming from, but I think you are striving for a perfect tema here and not one that has all the tools it needs to get the job done as long as the guys come out and perform. you can’t take the best pitching staff in baseball and nit pick them down to nothing like that. No GM would ever sit there and look at his rotation like that. They would want to have injury depth that is for sure but at some point you have to trust what you are seeing.

      • Whjat are you talking about that is absolutely what a GM does. they prepare for the worst. And if you look at the careers of all these players you can’t help but wonder. This team does have the 2nd best record in baseball, but the last two seasons haven’t we had good 1st halves and fell apart in the 2nd half due to not having the offense we need and the pitching falling apart? Yes this team is better and built deeper, but not so much that we don’t need to fix our holes. NH know’s what he’s doing. He knows if this team is a serious contender to win a W.S and if he does think that than there will be significant moves made or at least attempted. If he doesn’t think this team is a championship contender than he will pretty much stand pat with similar moves that he’s made in the two previous seasons and hold onto the farm he has worked so hard to fix and he will wait another season or two to put the finishing touches on. Polanco will be in RF, Taillon,Cole,Locke,Kingham in the rotation. A full time 1Bmen and SS

  9. Playoffs,
    As painful as it is to do, I have to agree with all 3 of Biz’s wagers so I’ll take 100 on the OVER for all 3 lines tonight. Even a blind squirrel…right Biz?

  10. Understand the angst about post ASG collapse and maybe bad things happening to the pitching staff. But I like our starting rotation a lot more than the Reds’ and our bullpen WAY more than theirs. Can’t say for sure outcome but they are the chasers this year.

  11. I thought Kelly Leak was banned from the ballpark for spinning donuts and peeling out pn his motorcycle near the warning track. I guess not.

  12. I’ve rarely seen a Pirate HBP since the last Reds series a few weeks ago.
    Look for dugout headhunter Dusty Baker to attack early.

  13. What is this game of which you all speak.

    I do not recognize it.

  14. If McCutchen Get’s hit tonight I fully expect either Votto,Phillips or Bruce to take 96 in the ribs from Liriano or Wilson

  15. Beat Em Bucs

    Go like 60

    I want to get to 60 W before we get to 40 L

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  16. Did anyone notice that between MLB, ESPN, and Channel 10, the Yankees & Redsox
    are on all three days of this weekend-Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. What is this love
    affair with the Yankees. Don’t the networks realize that people actually like to watch
    other teams play. They must hate the Pirates, because they are hardly ever on TV. I, for
    one, won’t watch the Yankees play. I don’t hate the Yankees, but I think they have way
    too much media exposure, and I wish somebody could fix it. GO, BUCS!!!

    • I hear you, stuck with the Yanks / Red Sox game here tomorrow.

      On a bright note ESPN did select the Pirates / Cardinals game on Wed July 31st marking the second time this season the Bucs will have appeared on ESPN.

  17. Nice play by Barmes who had to go way to his right to get to ball and gives the nice flip to get lead runner.

    Liriano had to throw a lot of pitches to get out of this half inning, 26 total. Hopefully he is able to settle back in as Leake has been awfully stingy against the Bucs.

  18. Gonna say it now….
    I hate the 2nd half of baseball seasons!

    #BanThe2ndHalf

  19. Two awful calls on strike three to Marte and now Martin, that pitch to Russell was barely above the ankle, tough sledding if Leake gets that call.

    Nice rip by Jones, going with the pitch to double.

  20. I don’t envision Liriano going the distance tonight. Let’s hope he can get through 5.

  21. Here we go again-lead off with a double and can’t even move runner up. Same old can’t
    hit with RISP. The Reds didn’t have that problem, they just hit it out of the park.

  22. Anytime someone starts complaining about the Pirate’s situational hitting I’m going to say, “At least they’re not as bad as the Reds”.

  23. Marte leads off the 3rd-looks at 2 pitches in the strike zone, and then swings at pitch
    he couldn’t have hit with a bed slat. I rest my case.

  24. Tired of everybody looking at pitches. Swing the bat. Be aggressive. It’s called offense for a reason. Make something happen.

  25. Well, I can see the break did nothing about these guys looking at pitches down the middle of the plate.

  26. 5 Strikeouts in 3 innings.

  27. What’s the score of the Riverhounds game?

    • 2-1 Wigan

      I’ve actually been watching some of it online. I don’t know squat about soccer, but it looks like a good time.

  28. How bad are these guys???

  29. Heads up play by Barmes on AWFUL base running by the Reds to give up runner in scoring position. Poor bunt, poor base running, Reds fans should be irate.

  30. I so want to stay positive, BUT I can’t help but wonder how many more games over the next 2.5 months are going to be a brutal to watch as this one…

  31. I swear I’ve seen this movie before…

  32. Well, so much for that. Five runs ain’t happening.

  33. Brandon Philips just hit a line drive to the left center gap, and WATCHED IT. No way it was out, but he actually paused to watch it! It’s really unsportsmanlike, but there is no player I’ve seen in MLB that I would rather see drilled in the helmet with a 100 MPH pitch.

    • Here’s a little Brandon Phillips recently.

      “I just feel like they didn’t have to sign Joey (Votto) to that contract (10-year, $225-million extension). He still had two more years on his. And for (the front office) to go out there and sign him before they sign me, and they knew I was going to be a free agent?” Phillips shakes his head. “I understand Joey’s a good player. He’s one of the best players in this game. But I feel like I am too. I told them that this is where I wanted to be. I begged them. I told everybody I want to finish my career here. And then they give someone a contract who didn’t ask for nothing?”

      “To this day, I’m still hurt. Well, I don’t wanna say hurt. I’ll say scarred. I’m still scarred. It just sucks that it happened,” he says. “For (Castellini) to sign somebody for $200 million, there must be a new vegetable or fruit coming out that we don’t know about. For him to do something like that and tell me they didn’t have any more money, that’s a lie. But what can I do? I just feel like it was a slap in my face … But how can someone slap you in the face with all that money. It’s a nice slap in the face.”

  34. How smart is Hurdle? He changes pitchers, but puts in another lefty to face a good
    right hand hitter like Phillips with the bases loaded. We need some HITTERS and a new manager.

  35. Phillips: two pitches- bases clearing gap shot. Not looking for a walk. Not trying to run up the pitch count. Making something happen. Take heed, black and gold. Swing the bats!

  36. Back in this game.

  37. Marte and Cutch tee off on Leake, good sign for them to have power stroke to start out after break.

    Team has shown all season they will play all nine innings.

  38. Thank you!

  39. Martin goes yard, three HR inning, as Bucs bats chase Leake. Time to get to Reds pen.

  40. Yes!!! Never say die Buccos!

    • Hey but I thought this was a no hit offense according to some. Love the spirit of this team, they make you earn it.

      • +1

        I watched every inning of the 2010 Bucs. This team is light years away from that club. This team does not roll over and die. It makes come backs. It wins close games. It wins 1-0 games. It wins on the road.

        This is a good club. Believe me, all of us here have seen bad Pirate clubs, and this aint one.

  41. DING-DING-DINGERS!!

  42. Marte, McCutchen, Martin – can we pinch hit Mientkiewicz for Jones? Then Mercer, and use Maz for Barmes, and round it out with Madlock for Wilson?

  43. Battlin’ Buccos!

  44. Need a nice, quick 1-2-3 here

  45. How many balls has Pedro “deflected” into hits this year?

  46. What’s up pEdro?

  47. What an awesome double play!

  48. I don’t really blame Pedro on that one. Stuff happens.

    • Those just happen to happen to him a lot. When he does take the step to his his, the ball usually hits him in the chest, he scoops it, and throws. He goes for the backhand, he deflects it – not always, but too often it seems.

      • I don’t know about it to that detail. I just think despite the total number of errors he’s been playing a pretty good 3b overall.

  49. The Bucs are a friggin hit machine. These Reds doing little to impress me. No heart and far from fundamentally sound.

  50. I gotta give props to Reds announcers, who I usually find insufferable, have called out both the Reds LF and SS this inning.

  51. Stupid HR Derby definitely ruined Pedro’s swing……and his defense.

  52. I notice Wehner has upgraded Marte to ” 20 to 30 HRs someday,” from an earlier assessment of “someday maybe 15 to 20.”

  53. See what I mean about not hitting with RISP? Pedro swung at a bad pitch to strike out
    with 2nd and 3rd occupied. Lord almighty!!!

  54. I’m ONLY thinking out loud; it would have taken some “courage” to pinch-hit JHay for Pedro there, with the prevailing likelihood of a K by Pedro. Realizing too that later on Aroldis will be called on – to face us and Pedro.

    When you are trailing, you have to make something happen. Don’t you?

  55. Pedro has a big first half, looks to be continuing to improve, and now all of a sudden, everyone wants to yank him for JHay…c’mon guys….

  56. And Snider guns down Votto as the Reds run into another out on poor coaching and base running.

    They are trying to let the Bucs steal one.

  57. Bad play by Jones, great throw by Snider.

  58. Oh goodie.
    The Gaby Sanchez portion of tonight’s game is finally here.
    I’m going to bed.

    Later loonies!

  59. Apparently, White Sox pulled RF Alex Rios in 7th inning and was seen hugging teammates… Pirates are one of the teams after him, if you believe the conjecture by national media types.

  60. Sanchez draws the walk and once again Bucs send tying run to plate.

    • And, once again, inning over.

      • As I stated below, Mercer is in deep hitting slide, probably the position that needs most attention. Barmes has hit since Walker went down, but is that sustainable.

        It is the one everyday position I wish team could find an upgrade via trade.

        • shortstop from the Sox available–not bad and a helluva lot better than our options. But, Hurdle LOVES Barmes.

  61. Wow…guess CH made the right move there…

  62. Mercer has gone into deep hitting slump, makes you wonder move made with SS when Walker returns Monday.

    • Makes me wonder where Bob Hasis is?

      • I’m right here, ostensibly suffering the same as you.

        I’m wondering whom we gave up IF we acquired Rios?

        • Was thinking of you when Mercer hit into DP, but you did not disappoint. As for Rios, sometimes the best trade is the one you don’t make. But if he’s coming here, then he’s a Bucco and I hope he catches fire.

      • Whereever Rios is going, it’s apparently now a done deal. I was never so hot on him and now am downright getting cold feet.

  63. Well…it does guarantee that at least Marte will get to the plate in the 9th…

  64. Three instant K’s

    • Bob, do you EVER say anything positive?

      • I speak my opinion, if that happens to differ with your blind naivete – that is not my problem

        • I’m not naive Bob by any means….but it seems that some people will never be happy with this team…it’s like you WANT them to fail….I don’t get that.

        • Bob,
          I find you correct more often than not. There are too many Pirate Kool Aid sippers that do not see the glaring weaknesses in this team. I am thrilled with their first half performance but this team with McKenry, Inge, Snider,Sanchez,Barmes and Pedro and Walker not being able to hit left handers–we are in trouble. I also do not believe the pitching staff is as good as first half–hope I am wrong but the Cardinals are a much better team.

          • I am by NO MEANS a kool aide sipper….but every team has warts and yes, you work to improve them. But to nit-pic EVERY SINGLE THING CH does, or any player does…geezzz. I have news for you guys, even the Cards have their warts…and I do believe that this pitching staff is as good as the first half…they have earned that in my eyes…..

            • And, do you remember McDonald last year?? I hope you are right about the pitchers but I don’t think you are correct.

      • In other words, no.

  65. JHay may be one of the least baseball-aware players I’ve ever seen. Not only does he not notice the ball gets past the catcher, he doesn’t run all out to first. Drop him off in Indy PLEASE!

  66. Why is McKenry on this team when you have the MVP of the AAA all star game in Indianapolis. Sometimes, Huntington makes me wonder if he really wants to win.

    • Probably because it’s better for Sanchez right now to play every day – and he’s not going to push Martin out of the primary spot. Which still doesn’t explain McKenry.

    • I think you and Bob Hasis are pulling a quickie on us and are actually one and the same guy. The above banter between you “two” was definitely entertaining.

      • That is funny. :) I have sometimes wondered if some of our posters are one person with multiple e-mail accounts. But I have not thought of arguing with yourself. You can’t lose -well I probably could but that is another story.

      • Whoa!!! Somebody above didn’t think my jesting was very funny, though! Power went out and whole room went dark! Sorry guys! You both have friends in VERY high places!!
        My apologies, actually. Don’t want this to be taken as one of the things DK was just warning us about.

        I’ll just shrink away now if nobody minds…

      • And in case anyone thinks I’m exaggerating, check out the weather right now in Las Vegas. Heavy thundershowers which we almost never get. Really did lose power and internet for last 10 minutes.
        Lesson learned!

  67. Rios was pulled for not hustling to 1st.

    • Yes, I see that. And 24/7 relays to us: “MLB Network talking about Alex Rios, analyst mentions Ozzie Guillen pulled him from multiple games in past for not running hard to 1st.”

      Rios does not sound like a character we want in our dugout.

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