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First pitch: Pirates-Cardinals, Game 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game 2, doubleheader: Pirates (63-42) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (62-42)

Starters: RHP Brandon Cumpton vs. LHP Tyler Lyons

Time: 8:35 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, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  6. Tony Sanchez, C
  7. Jose Tabata, RF
  8. Josh Harrison, 2B
  9. Cumpton, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel and Joe Starkey 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. have a feeling this on will not end 2-1

  2. Great win in Game 1.
    Great game, too.

    Lets hope Mr. Crumpton gives us a good outing.

  3. I have a bold prediction. At the end of this game – the Pirates will hold a 1.5 game lead in the NL Central and the Cardinals will be wondering what happened. Mad chaos will ensue the city after taking the first 3 games of this series.

  4. What pitchers are available for the Pirates in game 2?

    • Only ones whose arms haven’t fallen off.

      • Good vibes to ya, Revvie.

        • And ya ‘all, as we say in the mid-south.

          • The name Revvie has a good story behind it. My husband was raised as a Methodist. There was a Pastor, Pastor Marden. He worked with Pastor Harper, who performed the marriage ceremony between hubby and me.

            When Pastor Marden was starting out in the 1970′s, he was if the mind that he wanted to be approachable to all age groups. He encouraged the teenagers to early 20 something’s to find a name for him instead if Pastor or Reverend Marden. The kids decided on “Revvie Baby”. Pastor Madden liked it a lot.

            Sometime afterward, Reverend Marden was walking through town with the bishop when he heard one if his parishioners shout “Revvie Baby! Revvie Baby!” from across the street. Needless to say it was a very interesting moment.

            Revvie fits you because to call you Pastor Lucky or Reverend Lucky makes you sound like you should be doing drive through weddings in Las Vegas! :-)

    • My guess is that Cumpton pitches 5, Gomez pitches 3, and the ninth is pitched by Melancon if the Pirates are ahead or by Black if they are not.

      DK: No chance Melancon pitches twice in the same day. Almost no chance Black pitches in a tight game, given how poorly he fared last night.

      Tony Watson will be the key.

  5. Hope my wine holds out…or I do!

  6. Hold onto your undies folks…it’s gonna get interesting!

  7. Amazing game one. Really awesome to see two teams come with one reliever after the other and each one had great stuff. I didn’t realize the Cards had such a deep pen. Really went toe to toe with our pen. I’m just glad we came out on top because that game could have went either way.

  8. Anybody know much about the Cards starter Tylor Lyons???

  9. Nice top of the first. :)

  10. At least 24 outs to go in game 2 for Pirate pitchers.

  11. Nice 2 bagger by Jordy!

  12. Forgot to share this with everyone, but during the first game of the Pirates-Gnats game, my brother in law asked my 6 year old daughter if she wanted to dot he dot-to-dot that was in the first pitch type program that everyone hands out before the games now a days. She took one look at it and said “no because that isn’t the right mascot.” It was the Gnats’ mascot. Got her trained already to root for the Buccos.

  13. Ladies and gentleman, these are not the same old Pirates! Even in the losses, they have been in the mix. I was so excited by the win, I found myself screaming in my basement as I finished lifting weights. Twenty plus years of frustration, just about half of my life, could finally begin to be wiped away. Makes me believe anything is possible.

    Happy to be here. Good vibes to all!

  14. Jordy doesn’t like pine.

  15. Put up a big number in the first inning and run away and hide in game 2. Just like last night. Put up a nice number and just go with the flow.

  16. Let’s go Cutch – no more strikeouts! Hit the ball!

  17. Walks and errors are never good, especially when they should have been out of the inning.

  18. That should have been a DP

  19. Good job Cumpton!

  20. Yesterday, I was down in the Strip District with my wife and my folks to do a little shopping and to have lunch. Went to lunch at Pamela’s. As we were getting settled in, a person came in. My wife kicks me under the table and asks, is that Gerrit Cole that just came in. I look over my shoulder as he walks behind us. I tell her, I think it is but I’m not sure. I look back down at the menu to not look like an @$$ or anything. He walks back behind us again and I get a second look. I’m pretty sure it is at this time. I pull out the phone and pull up the At Bat up and look at the Pirates roster. I look at it, and glance over my shoulder, and sure enough…it is Mr Cole. Long story short, he gets his meal and we get our meal. He finishes up and walks up to the register to pay. He looks suspiciosly over at my wife, who is facing out towards the dining room. She said, you could tell he was trying to figure out if we knew who he was as she was sitting there with a Pirates shirt on and I had a Pirates hat on. He pays and heads out. This time, looking again at us and gives a small smirk while passing by. I don’t think anyone else in there knew who was having lunch. I wonder what he would have done if I had on a Cole jersey on. We didn’t want to be jerks and go up and bother him while he was having lunch. Just thought it was pretty neat and wanted to share.

    DK: Here’s hoping no one was filming what the young man was eating.

  21. Those soccer fans can really sing.

  22. JHay!! nice rope. Get Tabby in from 3rd!!

  23. I thought for sure having Jay Bell as the hitting coach would help improve the horrible bunting this team does.

    DK: … come on, Steve!

  24. Nice to take advantage of their mistakes. 1-0 good guys and a guy still on third. Come on Marte bring him in!

  25. Cards having major issues.

  26. Credit to the lunatic who said the Cardinals would regress.

    • Smart person. I was thinking the same last night. They were playing at sucha high win rate earlier, that they had to come back to Earth a little bit. Hopefully they can keep losing – especially to the Bucs!

  27. Jay Hay stole home this year at Indy. Go for it while the Cards are in disarray.

  28. So, since when did Cutch start playing the entire outfield?

  29. What an outfield. Could have caught that twice.

  30. Nice, Cumpton!

  31. We don’t need to trade for anyone. Just use the guys we have and let them play.

    Go ahead AP – make my day!!!

  32. Fake Pedro looks either tired or drunk.

  33. Just got home from Light Up night here in Pleasant Hills. Had my 3year old grandson, so I missed the climactic ending of Game One, and the start of this one.

    But I see my boys are turning up the heat. HEH, who didn’t know that would happen

  34. I think every pitching coach from Pittsburgh to Bradenton should get a Christmas Bonus. Well earned for the phenomenal way so many of the young arms perform when they make it to the majors. There is more than raw talent and Ray Searage behind this performance.

  35. Light Up?

    Pro marijuana rally ?

  36. I hope Molina is OK. He is one of the reasons I pay to watch MLB. Beating the Cards w/o him will seem a bit hollow and the games less exciting.

  37. Seems as Cumpton pitches better for the Pirates than he does even for Indy. Solid five innings turned in thus far.

  38. Another strong 5 inning start from Cumpton. Big decision for Hurdle. The offense could help them both out.

  39. Enough with the bunt attempts marte

  40. Trip, trip, triple for Marte!

  41. Marte Parte!!! Man on thrid no out – get him in!!

  42. I thought it was gone. Triple for sterling. See what happens when you swing away and not bunt

  43. Jordy hit the snot out of that one. RISP hit.

  44. Nice hit Jordy – didn’t try and kill it and look what happens – a hit to drive in the 2nd run. 2-0 Bucs!

  45. We don’t need no stinkin sac flies!

  46. Alex Rios fouled a ball off his foot and left the Chi/Cleve game in the 8th inning.

  47. 1-0 Good guys! I’m overwhelmingly underwhelmed. (That’s for you, Plan)

  48. CUTCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. 4-0 good guys.

  50. Cutch with a tworu n shot after Holliday probably dropped the ball over the fence – Thank you!!! 4-0 Bucs!

  51. Cutch puts an exclamation point on this inning! Cards unraveling a bit now.

  52. Off of Holidays glove

  53. You can’t stop Andrew McCutchen……

  54. … assisted by #7, Matt Holliday.

  55. I hope Tony LaRussa is watching these games

  56. The rook is coming undone now, and Gaby gets a hit to keep it going.

  57. The PNC crowd is electric tonight!

  58. Gaby Sanchez tags up from first, great hustle play as Bucs taking game to Cards tonight.

  59. Single by the Gabster!

  60. Wow! So good to be witness to this!

  61. I gotta get some ZzZz’s guys…gonna turn this on upstairs…but shutting down the computer…keep the vibes flowing, loonies!!!

  62. The last time the Pirates won as many as 3 in a row this late in the season (after game #100) was a 5 game streak from September 17-22, 2010. It raised their record to 53-98.

  63. As has been said by many very wise people, “The best trades are the ones that never get made”!

    This series has been very revealing about us IMHO

  64. Harrison with a triple!!!!

  65. They need to remove Holliday for his own safety.

  66. Come on BCumpt, get your first hit!

  67. Love the disgust in the redbird fans! BCumpt almost had that first hit, but rook lucked into that catch.

  68. That is how you don’t score from third with no one out. At least we still have the 4-0 lead.

  69. Best part of this whole game is we don’t have to hear Greg Brown call these triples. Well maybe that the 2nd or 3rd best part.

  70. CH has to let Cumpton go as far as is logical – as far as he can!

    • I can only follow on Gameday. How is he looking? It seems like he still has good stuff. And definitely hasn’t thrown a lot of pitches.


  71. I don’t know about the rest of you but this is exactly how I thought Cumpton would pitch.

  72. What a job by Cumpton. Breezed past his trouble point of 3rd time through the order.

    6 outs to go.

  73. Rosenthal says Peavy to Boston.

  74. In 8 games versus the Redbirds this season the Bucs have out scored St Louis 39-26 and are six outs from going 6-2 versus them, having already won 12 of last 17 against the Birds.

    Good pitching can slow down good hitting, these first three games have showcased that.

  75. Gaby with big RBI double and two hit night maybe that will quiet the naysayers a bit on him.

  76. Damn. A sac fly. I was hoping for a historical record for a division- winning club.

  77. Rios exited the game with a foot injury.

  78. Well this is how you put the Miami series in the rear view mirror. Cards about to fall to 0-6 on their road trip with Cincy on deck.

  79. What an incredible day for Pittsburgh!! I’m all verklempt!! :)

  80. Pirates have had more triples tonight that I think they’ve had sac flies all season

  81. 3 triples tonight for the Bucs. Keep it up! Foot on the throat.

  82. Something else this team needs is someone we can trust to play 3rd to give Pedro a rest. Josh is probably our “best” option right now since Inge didn’t cut it, but don’t really trust him over there. Hopefully we could survive for 1 game.


  83. I’m going to take the credit for all the triples tonight. I had my work league softball game today and for an mid-aged slow chubby man, I legged out a triple to bring home 2 runs today. It lead me to a 2-2 day with 4 runs driven in and 1 run scored.

  84. What happened to Twitter Tuesday ?

  85. Raise it!! Stunning!

  86. RAISE THE JOLLY ROGER!!!! Bucs take the double header and move to 1.5 game lead in the central. Best record in baseball!!! 18 to go until 82. Great start by Cumpton tonight.

  87. That dorky actor from “Dude Where’s My Car?” better not get anywhere near PNC Park this year

  88. This has been a downright impressive day at PNC.
    Lord only knows what will happen between now and first pitch on Wednesday.

    RAISE IT!!

  89. WIN!!! Raise the Jolly Roger Baby!!! See you tomorrow night.

  90. I am in shock; 17-4 through the first 3 games in this series. And one of those runs was a garbage run in the 9th last night. HOLY CRAP.

  91. The Bucs are now guaranteed to be in first place when July ends!


  92. Happy Birthday Clint.

  93. Happy 56th Birthday, Clint!!!

  94. Behind seven shutout inning from Brandon Cumpton who earns his first major league win, a Cutch two run blast and three triples the Bucs sink the Cards 6-0 to sweep the double header and there was nooooooooooooo doubt about it,

    With the win the Bucs are a SEASON BEST 22 above .500 at 64-42. They improve to 6-2 against the Cards and 13-12 in July. The Pirates hold a 1.5 game lead for the top spot in the Central and a 10 game lead for a playoff spot.

    The Pirates will go for their fourth consecutive win tomorrow night when Jeff Locke takes the mound for the Pirates.

    Like Cutch said – The Cardinals have to play us….Let’s Go Bucs!


    I cannot believe we swept them!

    Great job by Cumpton !!!


    I cannot believe we swept them!

    Great job by Cumpton !!!

  97. And to top it off we are 22 games over .500.


    18 to go to get to 82!

  98. No trades!! Look at that chemistry

  99. When you wake up tomorrow (hope everyone does) on the last day of July, your PBC will have the best record in baseball, and a 1.5 game lead over the second place Cardinals.

    ….fear the Bones….

  100. Your 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates, Ladies and Gentlemen.

  101. Every day should be CH’s birthday

  102. Wow…Unbelievable day for the Buccos! And I won all three wagers from Playoff’s lines…WHOA! Get to see them on TV for the next two days so looking forward to that also.


  103. What a day for the Pittsburgh Pirates!

  104. Holy cow!
    Was able to watch the first game on MLB Network. Thought I was getting lucky when I found the second game on an MLB Net. alternate channel. Watched all the way through the post/pre/bridge show, then the feed shut off right before the first pitch.

    So I took a nap.
    Just woke up. Too THIS!!

    Holy Cow!

  105. I’m not sure if anyone watching the run differential or not, but the Pirates +63 now ranks 7th best in all of Major League Baseball.

  106. I like the phrase ‘high water mark’.

    They pulled off a .500 July.

    The Cardinals have been shutout 6 times this year 3 by the Pirates.

  107. From Norman Chad:

    “When I go to sleep tonight, the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have the best record in baseball. With any luck, I’ll never wake up.”

  108. Seriously…Is this heaven?

  109. Wow. The Bucs are goin’ all the way, all the way, all the way, the Bucs are goin’ all the way this year!

    Great wins tonight – followed along via game cast. Will try to tune in tommorrow night on the 4 letter from our family vacation. Folks will be at Thursday’s game – hopefully a rare 5 game sweep.

    Night all.

    Randy in RVA (currently Sandbridge Beach)

  110. One of the other things I love; CH is the same after this game as he is after any other game.

  111. If you have not seen it; you have to check out the highlights from the Miami/NYM game. Qualls did a nice face plant after doing a fist pump after a strike out. Good stuff.

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