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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 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.



    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. 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).

    • 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.

      • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!!

  6. 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*

    • What are you saying, Daq??

      • 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.

        • 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.

        • Daq,

          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.

          • 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…..

          • 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.

          • 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.)

        • 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.

  7. 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.

    • 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.

  8. I’ll take the over for 100 please

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

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

    Steve Pearce

    • 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.

  11. 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.

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

    • The Bucs need a big first inning!

      • 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. Cutch off the Clemente Wall and finally Bucs break through.

  16. Cutch is clutch!

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

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

    • 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…..

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

      • 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

        • 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.

  19. A stinking home run, alas!

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

  21. Was that what I think it was???

  22. one thing we know… liriano is damn good.

  23. Meanwhile Cincinnati leads the Cardinals 5-1

  24. 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.

  25. 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….

  26. Hey Gaby

    How’s about a sacrifice fly?

  27. big error by tulo….

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

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

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

    • 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.

  31. 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.

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

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

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

  35. 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!


  36. Yeah lets trade for a fight fielder. Tabata sucks.

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

  38. Nice squeeze.

    Isnt that the second one this year?

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

  40. 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.

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

  42. 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.

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

  44. Double switch. Double. Cycle for Tabata? Yep.

  45. 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.

  46. How can this lineup score 5 runs?

    That’s baseball

  47. Bullpen not quite as sharp the last few games…

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

      • 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 :-)

    • 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.

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

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

  50. Nice job Morris…

  51. 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.

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

  53. We had ‘em aaaaaaaallllllllll the way!!!

  54. 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!

  55. Raise it! WOW!

  56. ….fear the Bones….

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