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Final: Pirates 3, Reds 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (56-39) vs. Cincinnati Reds (55-42)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. RHP Homer Bailey

Time: 1:10 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. Travis Snider, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Michael McKenry, C
  7. Jordy Mercer, 2B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Locke, P

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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.

314 Comments

  1. The ultimate Sunday lineup.

    Pedro hasn’t had a hit since pre-ASB.

    McKenry hasn’t had one since April.

    Snider hasn’t…..

    We’ll probably win this one going away.

  2. That lineup feels like last year. 4 players that wouldn’t be on other team’s 25 man and we are rolling with that against the Reds, trying not to get swept.

  3. Starting two – maybe three guys who should not be on the 40 man roster IMHO…

  4. SUNDAY PICK ‘EM!

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    GOOD LUCK!!!

  5. JAL, I’d personally like to nominate THIS as the official song of the 2nd half.

  6. Free Tony Sanchez

  7. Is this where the golf talk is?

  8. Could be a double no-hitter today.

    Low-scoring pitchers duel, at the minimum.

    Locke needs to pitch lights-out because McKenry is behind the plate, so any walk or single is as good as a double for the Reds.

  9. 100 loss

  10. anyone see the Bedard thing…..no-hitter into 7th, he tells manager “I’m done”

    • Yep. And Bedard is correct in his concern re his shoulder – modern medicine can not yet transplant a pitching arm. However, the capability for a heart transplant exists and based on my observations of him over the course of his career, he just might want to look into one….

  11. Happy birthday Jandy! Hope you have an awesome one, and that one of your gifts is a Bucco win.

  12. We are into that portion of the season where the 54 games that are “supposedly” ones that the manager is in control of, with the burden of responsibility on his shoulders, he cannot afford to miss a decision – or make a wrong one – that causes a lost opportunity for a win.

    For those of you who think Hurdle walks on water, keep your eyes open, because he is not infallible, not by a long shot. I’m certain you all will say often “what in the world is he
    thinking”.

    Example: On Friday he was quick to pinch-hit for Jones – who had two hits in the game – but neglected to do the same with Pedro, who had no hits in the game. Did he not do the same on Saturday?

    Will those of you who understand CH’s mentality much better than I, please explain why. Neither one is great against a lefty pitcher as we know, but one gets replaced and not the other. Why? And don’t say or think potential. Potential does not win – performance and execution do.

    He should take that “pitch count malarkey” and shove it, when it comes to removing his starter. I know we have a spectacular bullpen, but if he is afraid of ruffling Pedro’s sensitive feelings, why is he immune to those thoughts regarding Liriano, AJ, Cole, et al.

    I won’t get into strategies such as stealing, bunting, hit and run, tag ups, taking the extra base or other, but he must put Leyva back on the bench (or out to pasture) because Leyva watches a different game than that which is going on, and EVERY logical opportunity of getting to third and successfully beyond must be achieved.

    No more rundowns between 2nd and 3rd, or 3rd and home.

    The coaches are the manager’s responsibility – as are the starting catcher, SS and RF.

    Neil Walker could provide some glue and stability.

    Let us hope – and pray.

    • Not going to offer up on every point, many of which I don’t agree with. That said, the past 2 nights, I see no issue whatsoever with CH lifting the starting pitcher. Liriano was off, and AJ just walked 2 guys in a row including walking in a run.

      As to Neil Walker, he is really important to this team, but his injuries, including during the ‘collapse’ last year, are killing us. He needs to stay on the field.. if he can’t it doesn’t matter what the talent level is.

  13. It has already been said, but I side with those who worry about a lineup with 5 automatc outs. Now watch em score 10 runs.

  14. That line up must stir some real fear into Reds pitcher Homer Bailey.
    So nice that Neal Huntington is nowhere to be found….Just like the bench he has provided for Clint Hurdle.
    Huntington (once again) is doing his best impression of a GM that has no intentions of making it to the post season.
    Breaking .500 will be sufficient for the Nutting Regime.
    Anything after that is a pest, a bother and a nuisance.

  15. on the lineup, no problem to me starting Snider… he has come up with 2 pinch hits last few nights and Tabby is back to scuffling…. I guess Martin does have to have days off sometime, so Fort will play 1x per week, maybe would have preferred not today since this is a big one to win….

    I think we can conclude a few things from the lineups since Walker has been hurt:

    1) Inge is done. He is the absolute last option CH has on the bench and has zero value.

    2) JayHey is not viable. He has played hardly at all since he was called back up.

    3) Fort is failing big time, CH is giving him chances (albeit at the expense of Inge/JayHey) and he is just not getting it done.

  16. Good Afternoon, Hipposter, my adopted wildlife relation!

  17. I believe that is the fifth time Choo has been CS against Bucs this year….Pirates say no Choo for You!

  18. Looking for Locke and Awe today!

  19. OH MY GOD!!!
    MCKENRY GOT A HIT!!!!
    :)

  20. Jones blasts that Bailey curve twelve rows back and gives Bucs first lead of series….Pirates have the power stroke going this series with five HR’s off Reds pitching.

  21. Hope that Garrett is heating up. He means so much to this lineup. Keep it up GI!

  22. That’s living up to your name, Homer Bailey!

  23. 6 home runs this series by the Pirates, 6 RBIs.

  24. Jordan Zimmermann pitching today for Washington.

  25. I believe someone on here friday said that Garrett would hit two HRs this weekend. Haha. Lets go Bucs

  26. Put men on base and these guys just disappear. This is a sick offense.

  27. Homer gives up a lucky hit to Locke, wp him to 2nd base and then laughs his way through the top of our lineup — only one swing finds the ball and it produces a little bouncer to 2nd. I take back the “sick” and offer “dead” instead.

    • Last week in the Met series, Tabby bunted to third (successfully and needlessly), then Cutch was walked intentionally and Pedro K’d against a lefty.

      So I ask, why couldn’t have Marte bunted – which he loves to do – and moved Locke into third, with one out.

      Maybe someone can answer for CH here – I can’t. The exact same scenario was in place – man on second and no one out.

      Managerial questions and logic!!

      • Marte did try to bunt and fouled ball back for two strikes…had to swing away than. are you watching?

        • Sir the first pitch was one of Marte’s pathetic swings and misses down in the dirt. The last was another swing for a K

          • So it is CH’s fault that Marte didn’t get bunt down and in two chances to single in a run didn’t get it done? Come on.

            • What I’m asking, in either case, why give up an out so as to, in subsequent AB’s the opposing manager will the chance to, take the bat out of the hands of our best hitter (Cutch), and best power hitter (Pedro)?

              CH’s fault? No it’s his strategy. The fault lies in the execution of an ill-conceived plan.

          • Man I wonder what Reds fans are saying about Bruce, and the rest of the awful swings there team has had today.

  28. Locke making the Reds offense look pretty dead, sick and anemic through three.

  29. Locke with another 1-2-3, 5 K’s and only one infield hit allowed, looking every bit the All-Star pitcher!

    • Yes he is.
      This is how the Bucs will make the playoffs……. with their pitching.
      Srue as heck wont make it with their hitting…..or lack thereof.

  30. Lucky, just saw that next Thursday is faith Night.

    Maybe you can take a road trip?

  31. Two walks and a 56 foot wild pitch on a pitch Locke tried to make too perfect gives Reds a run. They have not got hit out of infield today. Be nice statement for team to get him one back.

  32. If it looks like a choking dog, stumbles around 2nd base like a choking dog & gags like a choking dog, then it might be a choking dog.

  33. …………..and we make Bailey look like a Hall of Fame pitcher.

    It is 1-1, but I feel like we are behind.

    • Don’t exaggerate, he’s only getting 1.9 strikeouts per inning.

      • I am not exaggerating.

        I feel with the lack of production from the offense, I feel like we are behind, even though we are not.

        If I had more faith in the offense, I wouldnt feel this way.
        Sad but true.

  34. In the spirit of faith days, i hereby grant absolution to NH for the agony he visited upon me with the abrupt McClouth trade. Locke is just superb!

  35. Grat AB by Fort worked Bailey about ten pitches and than rips double off wall, which will help get Bailey out of game with him now at 113 pitches.

  36. If I, the fan whose opinion means nothing, were to make a list of positions that need upgraded, backup catcher ranks 4th.

  37. Mercer does it brings home Fort, who tired Bailey with his AB and Bucs retake lead! Team just continues to fight, even though you wouldn’t know it here sometimes. Great work by bottom of lineup!

  38. That hit by Mercer just snapped an 0 for 29 drought with runners in scoring position.

  39. Great timing, just showered after all that yard work.

    McKenry double, Mercer RBI single…. RISP HIT!!!

    2-1 lead

  40. CH with GREAT managerial move, starts Mercer which results in a infield hit, if Mercer not going easy FC.

    • +1 and a good job by Clint getting the bat on the ball. He usually misses those ones a foot outside! (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist a little snark. Forgive me Clint)

  41. The bottom of the lineup! Woo hoo!

  42. Baker let’s Bailey’s arm fall off at 121 pitches and Tabby makes him pay rips RBI single, poor managing by Reds skipper. 3-1 Buccos!

  43. Holy cow…. now Tabata with a PINCH-HIT w/ RISP

    Who are these guys?!?

    3-1 Pirates….

  44. Dusty Baker, a starting pitcher’s nightmare.

    Bailey finishes with 121 pitches…

  45. Very glad that the Reds have the worst manager in baseball. Surprised he didn’t keep Bailey in there until he hit 150 pitches.

    .

  46. McKenry AB really the catalyst to this whole inning, made Bailey labor and it was visible his tank was on empty after that.

  47. It all starts with Garrett Jones.

    And Locke.

    Although someone thinks Burnett is the ace of this team.

    Just ain’t me.

  48. Why wouldn’t Hurdle leave Tabata in the game for RF and leave Jones at 1B?

    Bring Sanchez in the 8th inning….

    #Hurdled

  49. Relievers cannot come into a game and walk people. Yikes!!!!

  50. For all the talk of offense, Pirates have 25 hits this series, Reds 18. Pirates have 10 runs, Reds 11.

    Just shows two good baseball teams not much separating them and winner today takes 7-6 season series lead.

  51. Bryan Morris comes in and does his job and should be out of inning with better throw by Pedro.

  52. I hope Pedro is not reverting to pre all star form. Miscues in the field and hits every fourth day. I thought he was coming around to hit 240 or 250 but this has been a bad series for him.

  53. Good morning, good afternoon and good night…Soto no match for Wilson and his gas.

  54. Clint just channeled his inner LaRussa right there.

  55. Did anyone else see that sign of the apocalypse?
    A hit by McKenry (double no less)…then a hit by Barmes…then a RBI hit with RISP…then a pinch-hit RBI with RISP…all in a row.
    Statistically, what are the odds of these Buccos putting that together?

  56. Boy, it’s painful to watch Gaby swing the bat. So nice when he leaves it on his shoulder and walks like that!

  57. Well… report has Pirates after Cubs pitcher Matt Garza.

    Wouldn’t mind a little Garza, SS Starlin Castro & OF Nate Schierholtz

  58. We need to walk more guys. Especially leading off innings.

  59. Here we go.

  60. I cannot recall Melancon throwing this many balls?

  61. I’m going to call ballgame. No way they don’t take the lead here.

  62. Best you could hope for there, gladly trade two puts for the run.

  63. A little credit to CH for putting Sanchez on 1st?

  64. That is why Gaby went in game. Way to get out of it. Cheese time!

  65. I was wrong. Hah! All part of the plan.

  66. Looks like CH broke up Jay Hay &Inge’s cribbage game.

  67. Dripping with veteraness.

  68. Marte was Partched, but good. A more typical at bat with risp.

  69. How did Inge get an at-bat before Josh Harrison?!?

    • He was ahead in their cribbage game.

    • Great question—only Clint can answer.

      • Maybe it has to do with Harrison’s last pinch hit – strikeout, wild pitch, lazy jog to 1st when he should have been safe. Just a guess.
        Harrison has zero baseball sense, and Inge pinch hits equally as poorly. I’d take Inge (given our options today). Harrison belongs in Indy. Inge, I don’t know.

    • Not sure it really matters which of the two hit. Neither is a major league hitter.

  70. Inge as a pinch hitter?? I would rather have had a pitcher hit in that situation!!

  71. One word of warning, they’re not all going to be that easy. :)

  72. Behind another Jeff Locke masterful performance, a GI Jones blast, key hits from Fort and Mercer and Jason Grilli’s 30th save of the year, the Bucs salvage a game in Cinci 3-2 and there was noooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Bucs are 18 above .500 at 57-39, 7-6 versus the Reds this year and three ahead of them in the standings. The Pirates head to DC to begin a four game set with the Nationals who were just swept by LA with Charlie Morton taking the ball in the opener.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  73. YAY !!!

    Nice win to stop the bleeding !!!
    Gotta go beat the Nats tomorrow!

  74. Raise it! Had to have this one today. I think I will call ballgame!

  75. All I can say is Whew….

  76. Despite a pound of K’s….. A much needed win!

  77. Deja vu all over again.

    The last time the Pirates played the Reds was at the beginning of a long roadtrip. They lost 2 of the first 3 but managed to earn a split in the finale. They went on to win the final 5 games of the trip.

    The Reds lost that final game to go 2-2, and went on a 9 game road trip right after. They went 2-6 on that road trip. Big difference between 3-1 and 2-2. They were unable to build a cushion and really sunk behind the Pirates as the Pirates went up because of a 7-2 roadtrip. The Reds now play 11 games on the road.

    Huge difference between 1-2 and 0-3.

    Hopefully the Pirates use this game as a spring board into the rest of the road trip and put the 3rd of 4 long trips this year behind them with another winning record just like they did in June.

    PS our offense still sucks.

  78. Charlie the Drewna?

    Really?

    Musta been a slow game.

  79. Heaves a huge sigh of relief! Thanks, Loonies—I followed the game here. I was afraid to watch. This was a huge win. Hope we finally set the reset button and move on with PURPOSE!

  80. That double play they turned when Melancon covered the bag reminded me of the Hold in Philadelphia when the ball bounced off the first base bag and they got the out because Melancon covered first. Both times I wrote the inning off as a tie and then somehow the inning was over and they still had the lead and Grilli finished it off.

  81. GREAT WIN, and a huge win…need to avoid sweeps and especially blowing a lead to lose one.

    Have to hand it to Melancon…yes his control was off, but with bases loaded, no outs, and Votto/Phillips/Bruce coming up, to escape with only 1 run allowed is MASTERFUL. Fantastic defense by Gaby/Barmes/Melancon on the double play. And oh, was I so glad that Phillips ‘cracker jacked’ his way to an easy ground ball to short. I think it’s great that Philips plays with so much joy and with a smile on his face, but he can do that without hot dogging it so much.

    Great game by the ‘sky is falling’ bottom of the order…Fort, Mercer, Barmes all came through… it was Marte/Snider/Cutch and Pedro that produced ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. ZERO. ZILCH. NADA.

    Be good to get Walker back in the lineup tomorrow…need Marte and Pedro to come back from the all star break (do they know it’s over?)…

    Inge has to go. JayHey has to go. Snider has to be buried on the bench. That’s all.

    • WHOA! I had no idea that’s how the 8th went down! Sooo glad I was blissfully ignorant! And you are correct – NO dead wood in the water ahead! GET SOME BATS!!

  82. 1. Starling Marte
    2. Neil Walker
    3. Andrew McCutchen
    4. Pedro Alvarez
    5. 1B/RF—————-> RH hitter
    6. RF/1B—————-> LH hitter
    7. Russell Martin
    8. Jordy Mercer
    9. Backup C————-> Tony Sanchez
    10. Gaby Sanchez
    11. Clint Barmes
    12. Jose Tabata
    13. Garrett Jones

    That’s all it takes… 2 hitters.

  83. Cardinals just got a huge break in the ninth when a line drive hopped into the stands for a ground rule double with a man on first with two outs. Then Alan Craig takes a HR away to end the game. Damn!

  84. Ground-rule double strikes again. 9th inning, 2 outs, tying run at first and San Diego hits a 2B to left.

  85. Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman is classless and a terrible announcer, should surprise no one that he said this about Pirates starter Jeff Locke – “This guy sucks”

    http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2013/july/thom-brennaman-on-pirates-pitcher-this-guy-sucks.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • He is a terrible announcers , along with that clown they call “the cowboy”.

      They are 1 of the few announcing teams i would rate “lower” than the current Pirates analysts.

      So many impotent Ab’s does Inge need to acquire before the FO does something and sends him packing?.

      This is really getting out of hand the way this bench is comprised.
      He may be a nice guy, and i am sure their are other nice guys in AAA, because they don’t belong in major league baseball any longer.
      Inge does not belong, or deserve a roster spot, especially the way the ball club is currently constructed.
      The main thing, he just shows no ability or desire to come through , in his limited, but important opportunity’s he is getting.
      I really don’t think the rest of the veterans are going to shed a tear when this guy is put out to pasture.
      I just don’t get it. I assumed he would have been getting his papers right after the met’s loss last sunday.
      The Pirate’s need a left handed bat off the bench, at least to force the opposing managers hand once in awhile.
      I really feel the attitude Hurdle and the front office have taken to justify this guy, is beyond pathetic.
      Great win today, and 1 game lost in the standings is a ton better than 3.
      Seems like a good time to be playing Washington, but scoring 3 runs a game is not going to get it done.
      Walker is back , and it looks like Harrison become the sacrificial lamb, for the roster spot.
      He should not be the only 1 leaving the team.
      I don’t like what i am seeing, but i will try to give NH the benefit of the doubt, until the 31st comes around.
      A team with playoff aspirations cannot be taken seriously , with a bench constructed like this one.
      It will come back to haunt them, sooner than later, if they keep the status quo.

      I still see getting a couple of guys like Aoki, and Ibanez/Morales may solve a few problems.

      I see Ryan Roberts was optioned to AAA again.
      That is a guy who would be a legit guy to replace Inge.
      He does everything better, and is a switch hitter.
      Same thing with Willie Bloomquist, who can also play OF, besides being able to actually Hit major league pitching.
      Do something NH!!

      DK: Please see reply on Riverhounds thread, Tom. Thanks.

      • And, the solutions may be in house: Ivan De Jesus and Andrew Lambo. Lambo hits from the left side and has the highest slugging and OPS stats of anyone at Indy. De Jesus’s drawback, though, are his high number of errors — but if you want a bat off the bench, the only Indy regular with a higher on base percentage is Matt Hague. Neither are on the 40 man roster, but we could DFA two we currently have.

    • Old Thom should do what us cable access announcers do – pass notes. What a jabrone.

    • What a classy dude! It’s about as classy as shopping for a soul mate at a strip club! What a no talent, supremely annoying, verbally flatulent windbag!

    • As if I needed one more reason to hate the Reds.

  86. Poor A-Fraud. He has a Grade 1 Hamstring strain and will not be joining the Yankees food a while.

  87. Hey everybody!

    ESPN has a rare treat tonight. They are actually showing a Yankees-Red Sox game.

  88. This is not hard….

    Bring up Lambo
    and TS
    and AP

    Waive Inge
    and Snider
    and Barmes

    • Yes. That WOULD be easy.

      I’d rather do the hard thing.

      And go trade for some REAL major leaguers.

    • Barmes Stays
      Snider stays unless another 1st baseman or RF’er is found
      I’d play with 24 just too get rid of Inge.

      And if you could get someone Ok, I’d drop harrison too

      • They pretty much are playing with 24, if Inge is part of the roster.

        Since the meaningless HR vs the mariners, has he had any hits?

        I remember a well struck ball to the warning track in Chicago, but since then, all i can recall is K’s, and maybe 1 or 2 pop ups to the right side of the infield.

        Seriously, besides getting Clint good hockey tickets to games in Detroit, what is he bringing to this club?.
        NH gets accolades for building a bullpen, how about getting off the snide and build a somewhat respectable major league bench.

        • Just checked, since that HR , 13 ab’s , ZERO hits, 6 k’s.

          Current batting average of 181.

          I don’t care how good of a clubhouse guy he is portrayed to be, the guy does not belong on a major league roster, unless he is listed as a coach.
          If he was DFA’d, does anyone think he would be claimed?.
          His spot makes the Pirates play with a short roster, which is appalling .

  89. The Yankees & Red Sox are in the 6th inning already. May even finish up by midnight.

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