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Final: Pirates 5, Rockies 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (65-44) vs. Colorado Rockies (52-59)

Starters: LHP Francisco Liriano vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa

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. Jordy Mercer, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  5. Tony Sanchez, C
  6. Jose Tabata, RF
  7. Neil Walker, 2B
  8. Josh Harrison, 3B
  9. Liriano, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel, Karen Price and Travis Sawchik 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, recently, 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 country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Playoffs by 2012 says:


    Makes my job a helluva lot easier when I don’t have to hunt to find everyone’s “wagers”

    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 STRIKEOUTS THROWN by Francisco Liriano in tonight’s game
    Line is 7.5

    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!!!

    65 Down, only 17 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

  2. Lad9 says:

    Will go under for 100. Thank you Playoffs. Go Buccos!

  3. Tom P. says:

    Another example of baseball being unpredictable: the Pirates’ record in the last five games involving the Cardinals is 4-1. The Pirates’ record in the last five games not involving the Cardinals is 1-4 (the teams involved being the Nationals, the Marlins and the Rockies).

  4. cmat0829 says:

    100 over

  5. Bill Born says:

    100 on the under please.
    Thank you

  6. JMB says:

    I’ll rejoin the fray; I cant let Biz run away w. last place.

    100 on the OVER!

  7. Arriba Wilver says:

    I saw De La Rosa at Nats Park in June. He started out real strong, and faded quickly.

    I’m going to go 50 on the OVER, Please, Playoffs.

  8. JRay3 says:

    Good afternoon to the window, time to get back to winning baseball.

    75 on the UNDER

    Thanks and Let’s Go Bucs!

  9. Stuart says:

    Playoffs, I’ll bet 100 ventii on the over.


  10. bman says:


    100 on the UNDER please

  11. Dejan,

    Yesterday . . . . . Front Page . . . . . above the fold.

    I smiled when I saw you in the news box, staring at us all!

    Good job!


    Swoon III. Season #21. I can’t look!!!

  13. Arriba Wilver says:


  14. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    I can’t believe that a playoff contending team is batting Gaby Sanchez cleanup (?!) and Tony Sanchez 5th.
    I just don’t know how long a team can stay in the hunt with that kind of puny offense.
    How much of a difference and how good would a Mark Trumbo have looked in that lineup?
    Oh well….Trading deadline passed…*silence*

  15. Keith says:

    I think Frank’s on a roll. 100 on the OVER.

  16. theplanisworking says:

    Does that mean it is time to panic yet?? ;)

  17. Dadtackular says:

    100 Bazooka Joes on the over.

  18. Karen22 says:

    100: UNDER.

    Man, that lineup will scare the dickens out of…nobody.

  19. radio wave says:

    At playoffs: I will take 100 on the over for tonight.

  20. theplanisworking says:

    Oh Karen, it scares me allright. ;)

  21. theplanisworking says:

    Mr. Playoffs………….

    with the line right at where Frankie averages, I will go low tonight.
    Lower than a Hippo sleeping at the bottom of a Pond.

    I will take 25 sleeping Hippos on the UNDER.


  22. theplanisworking says:

    What are you saying, Daq??

  23. JaxBuc says:

    Please sir, may I have 50 Lirianos on the UNDER?

  24. John Lease says:

    Ok, what is Neil doing playing against a lefty?

    This is the only time I WANT Barmes in the lineup, and yet he sits. As crappy as Barmes is, he’s better than Neil Walker against a lefty.

    I guess Hurdle wants to give Pedro a day off, so I guess I understand Harrison playing.

    I’m not happy with two losses in a row, I’d like my mommy please.

  25. blazer says:

    I’ll take the over for 100 please

  26. Irish says:

    Wow, you’re throwing some tough lines up there…
    I’ll try Over for 50 (just hoping to see the Bucs romp!)
    Thanks, Playoffs!

  27. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    I guess I’m saying that this morning I heard a guy on the radio that covers the Angels.
    He said the Pirates could’ve had Trumbo for Taillon straight up.
    Not a simple decision….But sometimes people have to decide what they want more….A possible World Series or prospects.

  28. Ghost says:

    What does it look like to see a hippo freak out in panic? Should be a pretty good show!

  29. theplanisworking says:

    Hahahaha, no.

    Maybe seeing a Ghost would do it, however?? ;)

  30. kr70 says:

    I think we need a cuban. (not Mark) Latin America has always been good to the Bucs. Can they defect in Pittsburgh?

  31. Ghost says:

    As an early (first?) proponent of seeking Trumbo, that’s interesting. Personally, I still keep Taillon on the untouchable list, but it sounds like the Angels were listening.

  32. Ghost says:

    Have a cigar.

  33. JHadar says:

    I think one defected in Des Moines a couple of weeks ago.

    I don’t think it means he has to become an Iowa Cub.

  34. Ghost says:

    About Lambo, there is a case study of a similar player:

    Steve Pearce

  35. Chuck H says:

    Another game involving the non-hitting Pirates, and we’ll be in a 3 game losing streak. Is this the start of the annual summer meltdown? I don’t understand why we play the good teams so well and let the losing teams walk all over us. How long is the pitching going to keep us in games long enough to win? The stupid management doesn’t seem to get it
    that we need HITTERS in order to stay in the pennant race. The owners don’t seem to care as long as the fans keep coming to the games. I guarantee you that they will stop coming to the games if we go into our annual tailspin. Get rid of those automatic outs
    before it’s too late!! Get some damn runs tonight.

  36. Ghost says:

    I see. So after you’ve run off, your shoes (beach sandals) run off after you.

  37. theplanisworking says:

    Boy, you gonna go far………………. ;)

  38. Ghost says:

    “Get some damn runs tonight.”
    That should be the refrain of a song. A drinking song, a Sammy Hagar song, or something.

    I would love to see a big banner hanging from the railing in PNC park that boldly screamed, “Get some damn runs tonight!”

  39. theplanisworking says:


    good thing you put this trial balloon on a weekend when there are fewer commenters. This is the type of opinion that leads to wars, based on………..

    1) You would have to give up a top prospect for a player that was not guaranteed to go to the HOF, and
    2) other commenters would pick Trumbo apart.

    I dont know if I go for this deal, but I am of the belief that prospects are always an iffy thing, and players in the show with some success dont come cheap.

  40. theplanisworking says:

    Arent Sammy Hagar songs drinking songs??? ;)

  41. Ghost says:

    This is true. Gotta get Sammy in on this.

  42. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Plan…I have a feeling we are going to learn a whole lot more about this trading deadline wipeout in the next week.
    Count on it…..

  43. theplanisworking says:

    But the more I think about it, the more I say go for it…………… we have more pitching prospects in the minors than hitting prospects.

  44. theplanisworking says:

    Only after the trading deadline. ;)

  45. JHadar says:

    There are always a lot of rumors about trades. I suppose once in a while one of them is true. Hard to come to a conclusion without the details though.

    If it was true, it’s a deal worth at least worth considering — I’m not sure if I’d make it or not, but I would think long and hard about it, provided there was time to do that.

  46. theplanisworking says:

    What prospects would we have to give up for him? ;)

  47. War Horse says:

    100 Ks on the UNDER, please. (7 in 7 innings will be enough)

  48. Ghost says:

    I would not cry if we lost Taillon but gained Mark Trumbo. Because you are right — prospects are, indeed, iffy. The BMTIB’s problem, heretofore, is been that they’ve been on the wrong side of dealing MLB-proven talent for unproven prospects. Now they’re getting onto the right side of things. I just personally would still be setting aside this one particular kid, Taillon. He’s special as we are hoping we’re going to have a terrific 1-2 punch with Cole and Taillon in the near future. Would take more than Mark Trumbo for me to part ways with that. (Maybe I’ll regret this when Taillon is next Kris Benson and Trumbo is reigning league MVP.)

  49. War Horse says:

    Tom – If your compilation of stats for the last five games were truly indacitive of a trend, they would be useful. But they’re not. You spoil the data by making it a run of games which fell *around* the series with the Cardinals. Not good science. Not a good indicator, either. If it were, you good argue that, statistically, the Pirates are virtually unbeatable if you eliminate games when they played teams, for example, like the Braves.

  50. Ghost says:

    Sammy Khalifa Jr.

  51. theplanisworking says:


    Bring on Mas Tequila!

  52. JUCOFan says:

    100 on the under please!

    Go Bucs!!

  53. Ghost says:

    I gotta run. As Chuck said (and Sammy shall sing):
    “Get some damn runs tonight!”

  54. The Gunner says:

    The Bucs need a big first inning!

  55. cmat0829 says:

    my take is Neil has been hot lately, Clint wants to see if any possibility of that translating over to his RH at bats…. plus his defense at 2B is much bettter than Mercers.

  56. cmat0829 says:

    The Bucs need what they have needed to build the best record in baseball… a solid starting pitching performance and a few HRs from the offense… the past 2 losses, yes the offense has been sleepy but we have had 2 subpar starts …Morton was poor and Cole was not bad but not great.

  57. pattonbb says:

    You could add every Indy outfielder over the last 6 or 7 years not named McCutchen or Marte to the case study. Doesn’t mean they didn’t deserve a shot.

    I’ve been lukewarm on Lambo, but the bat is interesting. He deserves a look.

  58. cmat0829 says:

    Does De la Rosa remind anyone else of our Wandy Rodriguez? Bucs tried to sign him in winter of 2011 I believe…then traded for his doppleganger deadline ’12…

  59. JRay3 says:

    Not often you see a pitcher throw 32 pitches in an inning and get out of it unharmed.

    Tony Sanchez needs to look like he wants to hit, did not take the bat off his shoulder once.

  60. The Gunner says:

    The Bucs blew another opportunity to put some runs up on the board

  61. pattonbb says:

    That strike 3 call looked to be about a foot high.

    But I agree. Sanchez has to get aggressive.

  62. The Gunner says:

    Another RISP not cashed in. Frankie’s gotta hold the Rockies at bay.

  63. Tom P. says:

    I wasn’t trying to be scientific. I was only observing, that based upon each team’s whole body of work, one might expect fewer wins against the Cardinals and more wins against the other teams. I know that small sample sizes can lead to skewed results.

  64. JRay3 says:

    Cutch off the Clemente Wall and finally Bucs break through.

  65. Keith says:

    Cutch is clutch!

  66. JRay3 says:

    Cutch now with 30 doubles on the year just two off the top spot in the NL held by Carpenter 32.

  67. Steelag70 says:

    My thought is just how bad is Martin’s knee?

  68. Patrick(ri) says:

    A stinking home run, alas!

  69. JRay3 says:

    Clear the deck Jose Tabata, his 3rd HR and its 2-0 good guys.

  70. Steelag70 says:

    Was that what I think it was???

  71. The Gunner says:


    How about that Tabata!!!

  72. Patrick(ri) says:

    He did it to yank Milo’s chain.

  73. The Gunner says:

    And mine, too. As long as he contributes, I can put my personal feelings about him aside.

    Now we need more runs!!!

  74. Patrick(ri) says:

    +1. Of course, I realize one HR per every 1.45 months is not going to suffice.

  75. The Gunner says:

    Yep, he needs to do better than that.

  76. cmat0829 says:

    well, your choice, play him in a game on August 2 when he is hobbled a bit and risk losing him for a longer stretch…or try to limit him a bit now so he is available down the stretch… as for me? I don’t want to test it in any way…..

  77. cmat0829 says:

    one thing we know… liriano is damn good.

  78. JHadar says:

    Meanwhile Cincinnati leads the Cardinals 5-1

  79. JRay3 says:

    2.06 ERA only trails Kershaw (will have enough qualifying innings in next two starts), easily best FA pickup this offseason and serious Cy Young candidate.

  80. cmat0829 says:

    cool… we really can’t lose when the reds play the cards…. i tend to root for the home team as they ‘should’ win those games…

    Obviously division-lead wise, good to keep Cards behind us, but Reds losing also helps our cause to at least keep the top wild card spot …

  81. Patrick(ri) says:

    Be really nice to win 2 while those teams are heads up.

  82. JRay3 says:

    If these games stay the course will be right back to where we were before to start of the weekend and with two more games off the schedule.

  83. pattonbb says:


  84. Patrick(ri) says:

    + 1 . You blog faster and better!

  85. JRay3 says:

    Runners on corners nobody out and middle of lineup, chance to put game away right here. Weiss going to Rockies pen early asking them to cover many innings tonight.

  86. cmat0829 says:

    watching the Rockies… and I lived in Denver for 10 years… they clearly have a decent offensive team… CarGo (who isn’t really a factor in this series due to injuries), Tulo (who has Neil Walker injury-itis but is very very talented), the young catcher (baby bull), Arrenado at 3B looks good… but they really should’ve been aggressive sellers at the deadline to try to get top-notch pitching…. IMHO they should’ve offered Cuddyer to the Bucs for Taillon plus two other pitching prospects… I think Neal wouldn’t done that…. and would have been the right move for the Rockies….

    c’est la vie, the Rockies can enjoy “contending” and hopelessly surfing the waiver wire for pitching that can truly be above average….

  87. cmat0829 says:

    havent even looked but can’t imagine the Rockies bullpen is worth a crap

  88. The Gunner says:

    Hey Gaby

    How’s about a sacrifice fly?

  89. cmat0829 says:

    big error by tulo….

  90. JRay3 says:

    Martin always catches AJ and with him throwing tomorrow and it being a day game Martin sitting tonight to be expected.

  91. The Gunner says:

    Unbelievable! The breaks are going our way now!

  92. The Gunner says:

    Yeah, Tulo didn’t even appear to give it a decent try!

  93. Patrick(ri) says:

    Looked like a little leaguer who took his eye off the ball. Amazing play.

  94. theplanisworking says:

    Glad we got one there, could have had more…………………

  95. JRay3 says:

    Homefield scoring, Gaby gets credit for RBI single, helps the average with RISP.

  96. KenKopp says:

    Ah yep. Small ball, great pitching, pennant race, Cards losing, beer bacon…life is good.

  97. The Gunner says:

    It was something you would expect from Tabata

  98. Patrick(ri) says:

    T. Sanchez looks ready for MLB behind the plate. Not so sure about his bat.

  99. cmat0829 says:

    yes, but that makes 3 starts this week for game was DH, but I think this is more about being careful with the knee and also being dog days, than it is matchups…. i’d expect to see more of the backup catcher the next few weeks… be nice if it can be NOT when we are facing a LHP because it makes the lineup mighty weak

  100. JRay3 says:

    Last couple off innings Liriano just playing pitch and catch. If Pirates play a one game playoff have to think they would want him taking the ball.

  101. cmat0829 says:

    he looked good in the games he was a DH… i think he will be alright…. not much different than Fort… when he is off, he will look bad, just like Fort.

  102. The Gunner says:

    Liriano is definitely the man! And he fields his position well, too.

  103. cmat0829 says:

    there should be no doubt, Liriano is the ace… AJ won’t like it but in a 1-game situation it HAS to be Francisco

  104. JRay3 says:

    Agree team is also being a bit cautious with him as well, but don’t think knee is too serious or they would DL him and not take chance but they do want to be careful which is smart play.

  105. Chuck H says:

    What’s with Tony Sanchez? Everyone said he could hit. We sure love to hit into DPs.

  106. KenKopp says:

    AJ probably would concur and be the leader he has been for two years. And then follow it up with a great performance of his own.

  107. cmat0829 says:

    dont look know but Tabby might have a shot at the CYCLE….

  108. JRay3 says:

    Tabata a double away from cycle as he triples to start the Pirates 6th.

  109. theplanisworking says:

    Tabata with a
    trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip, trip……………… oh hell with it, he got a triple!


  110. KenKopp says:

    Yeah lets trade for a fight fielder. Tabata sucks.

  111. JHadar says:

    5-3 now, Cincy batting in the bottom of the 6th.

  112. cmat0829 says:

    also he needs to start tomorrow’s game… at this point in RF, hot hand simply must play. period.

  113. The Gunner says:

    Strange things happen at times. Tabby is having a good game tonight.

  114. pattonbb says:

    Tabata says you can keep Lambo in the minors for a couple more weeks.

  115. The Gunner says:

    Who could have said that?

  116. theplanisworking says:

    Nice squeeze.

    Isnt that the second one this year?

  117. JRay3 says:

    Squeeze to perfection nice job by JHay to get ball down and execute….4-0 may just be insurmountable tonight.

  118. cmat0829 says:

    beautiful… was just thinking squeeze… credit to JayHey for getting it down… hope Tabby isn’t hurt… can’t believe Rockies weren’t pitching out there, was most obvious squeeze situation of the year.

  119. Wild Bill says:

    Glad,we’re winning, but this team is seriously dumb when it comes to situational hitting.

  120. Patrick(ri) says:

    Maybe they were afraid the pitchout wouldn’t get a true bounce – back off the wall?

  121. cmat0829 says:

    ba-dum-dum. you will be here all week, try the veal.

  122. Patrick(ri) says:

    It is astounding how often our batters cannot make any kind of contact with guys on third.

  123. JRay3 says:

    Heck of a pitching performance once again by Frankie who is six outs from impoving to 12-4 on the year even missing first six weeks.

  124. JRay3 says:

    Great shots of AJ and Locke giving an embrace to Liriano in dugout for his effort, the camaraderie on this team is just awesome.

  125. cmat0829 says:

    not too likely but he has a shot to win 20

  126. KenKopp says:

    It is, but I cannot remember who was invovled in the first one.

  127. JRay3 says:

    Gaby Sanchez with his second RBI of night a two out single and his multi-hit night puts Bucs up 5-0!

  128. pattonbb says:


  129. KenKopp says:

    Double switch. Double. Cycle for Tabata? Yep.

  130. KenKopp says:

    I was kidding.

  131. theplanisworking says:


  132. theplanisworking says:

    Just found it……………

    May 29th against the Tigers,

    Mercer squeezed Snider home in the bottom of the 7th

  133. cmat0829 says:

    that was an error on mercer…and the type of play Barmes has been making with ease… make no mistake, folks, Barmes is much better glove… Jordy is ‘good enough’ but I’m ok with Barmes getting half or more of the time at SS as long as he keeps hitting decently.

  134. Thundercrack says:

    How can this lineup score 5 runs?

    That’s baseball

  135. The Gunner says:

    Milo mentioned something, too.

  136. Steelag70 says:

    Bullpen not quite as sharp the last few games…

  137. Thundercrack says:

    That pitch that Tulo hit looked like a good one from Watson.

  138. Patrick(ri) says:

    This is where Grilli’s absence really hurts – too much Morris .

  139. JRay3 says:

    Huge pitch by Morris to induce the DP, just three outs away.

  140. Thundercrack says:

    I was thinking about this today- our young relievers are getting valuable experience this year pitching in meaningful games. Hopefully that will be good for next year.

    If their arms don’t fall off :-)

  141. Steelag70 says:

    Nice job Morris…

  142. Patrick(ri) says:

    Nice pitch. Was sure he was gonna walk him. But then I thought it was a mistake to sign a pitcher with a rebuilt elbow and a broken arm.

  143. JRay3 says:

    Outside of the Cards blowout win versus the Pirates, the bullpen went through a stretch of pitching 13.1 innings and giving up just one run. And last night they covered 3.2 innings and allowed just one run and kept team in it.

  144. JRay3 says:

    Reds win, close the door and go back up 1.5 games.

  145. Patrick(ri) says:

    Good points. I was over-reacting to the blow-out, last night and Watson not being sharp tonight.

  146. The Gunner says:

    We had ‘em aaaaaaaallllllllll the way!!!

  147. JRay3 says:

    Behind seven shutout innings from Francisco Liriano who earns is 12th win, multi-hit games and three RBI’s from Gaby Sanchez and Jose Tabata and capped by Mark Melanocn’s 6th save the Bucs take the middle game of the series downing the Rockies 5-2 and there was noooooooo doubt about it.

    With the win the Pirates move to 22 above .500 at 66-44 and are now 5-2 on this 11 game home stand. The Bucs move to 1.5 games ahead of the Cardinals in the Central and hold a 10 game lead for a NL playoff spot.

    The Pirates will go for the series win tomorrow afternoon with AJ Burnett getting the call in the finale.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  148. Patrick(ri) says:

    Thinking ahead, win tomorrow & Reds take 2 of 3 from Cards — we gain a game & Reds get zip.

  149. Karen22 says:

    Raise it! WOW!

  150. Karen22 says:

    Nooooooo doubt about it!

  151. Karen22 says:

    And both off RIGHTIES!

  152. pattonbb says:

    ….fear the Bones….

  153. JHadar says:

    And they won with Gaby Sanchez hitting clean up and Tony Sanchez batting fifth.

  154. Karen22 says:

    Got that right, Mr. plan!

  155. Karen22 says:

    But surprises never cease, do they? They got it done. Tabata with a chance for the cycle…Gabby with two hits (and RBI’s) off of righties…Harrison with a squeeze…Sanchez (T) and Mercer with hits. Everyone contributed. NICE win!

  156. Karen22 says:

    Not anymore! ;)

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