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Final: Pirates 4, Marlins 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (67-44) vs. Miami Marlins (43-67)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez

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. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. Garrett Jones, 1B
  7. Alex Presley, RF
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. Locke, 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.


  1. I’m definitely not an Andrew Lambo champion, but if NH is seriously considering him as an option, doesn’t get need to get him up here for some ABs? You already know exactly what Presley is going to give you, same with Tabata. Why not get Lambo a look. You can always get Presley back up before sept. 1st.

    • A lot of people have been saying that, Boston. The counter that others make is you don’t bring him up in a pennant race.
      I’d like to see what he can do. Like you said, if he doesn’t work out, send him back and bring Presley back up. Or stick with Tabata if he gets/stays hot.

      • I get that, and am actually probably on that Side of the argument, thinking that you don’t want to mess around right now. But if that’s the case, why is NH giving interviews saying that he’s a possible internal option, when he can just as easily say that he doesn’t want to put Lambo in that situation, or he could be an option, next spring?

        He’s just running out of time if he wants to give Lambo a fair shot and actually give him a few weeks of ABs before making a decision.

        • Since I agree with you, Boston, I can’t answer that question lol

        • I think if you see RF go into a prolonged 7-10 game slump Lambo will get his shot. The timing for Lambo has been bad. A move to him wasn’t made earlier because Tabata was just getting healthy and then it was close to the trade deadline. While the trade deadline was happening right field started playing pretty good.

          Also the fact that Lambo wasn’t really on their radar at the beginning of the year also contributes. The same goes for Dickerson who has produced nicely and plays a position that hasn’t gotten a lot of production at the major league level.

    • Yes 3 weeks ago but currently the team is putting up 4 to 5 runs a game and right field has been contributing to that. It hasn’t been a black hole of offensive production during this homestand. I would be reluctant to fix what seems to currently not be broken.

      Tabata .265 avg. .339 OBP .401 SLG
      Marte .279 avg. .335 OBP .442 SLG

      The production out of right field offensively is not that far off from left field. Snider brings down the overall right field production for the year but it hasn’t been that bad since Presley and Tabata have been platooning. We need more from Walker and Jones/Gaby. They have shown signs of heating up lately. Hopefully it continues.

      In the last 15 games the offense has put up 68 runs and the includes being shutout twice. If that run production continues they will be more then OK.

      • What time period are you referencing for the stats with Tabata and Marte?

        Marte’s established in my mind.

        • Those are their stats for the entire year. Obviously Tabata’s are helped by his last game and Marte is helped by his first 20 games which if you take away he has been very average. Nothing wrong with average for practically being a rookie and the above average stuff he brings in other parts of his game.

          • Marte has 479 PA ‘s to Tabata’s 183. I don’t think that is irrelevant,

            • Agree that is not irrelvant at all. When right field is talked about alot of people (not you) keep saying they are 14th in production for the year among NL teams. That includes 234 Snider at-bats. The Tabata/Presley stat line gives the Pirates an average right fielder production wise. It lacks a little power but it’s not a black hole.

        • Just to be clear AW I’m not suggesting Marte be replaced I was just pointing out that maybe Tabata/Presley have not been as bad as those season long stats we keep hearing about for all of right field.

          I did not include Presley’s stats because I feel as if it is to small of a sample size with only 58 at-bats. His stats actually are better then Tabata’s. Snider has more at-bats then Tabata and Presley combined. I didn’t have a problem with that because I was one who incorrectly thought Snider had more to offer. Going forward the year long stats for RF are not fair to use in evaluating Tabata and Presley’s abilities.

          • I didn’t think for a second you were criticizing Marte. I just thought the comparison was off. Still do.

            • I do not think for one second that Marte is not a better all around player then any of our right field options including Lambo. I was just pointing out that the players currently contributing in right fields offensive stats are not that far off of what Marte is giving us. They are hardly the black hole that the season stats that include Snider would suggest.

              Do you think Lambo should be brought up?

              I’m not completely against it. I don’t think it would be the worse decision ever made but I also don’t think it’s a slam dunk decision that has to be made. Only Hurdle and NH know everything about these players and which gives us the best chance to win. I think they have done enough this year to earn our trust that the right move will be made.

    • I’m pretty sure that you’ll be seeing Lambo very soon, unless there is something about his game that we don’t know about holding him back. Defense, for example.

  2. First of back to back games for me tonight. Really want to see a Pirates victory tonight. Overall season record has not been that good so far this season (6-7) but tonight starts a long winning streak for me.

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  5. The Pirates have historically (and perhaps notoriously) struggled against pitchers with whom they are unfamiliar. Does anyone have an opinion whether they will fair better against Alvarez tonight, having seen him 10 days ago?

    • I would think they should be, since it’s not that long ago.
      But with these guys, one never knows!

    • Alvarez’ number 1 pitch is a 2-seam fastball. His ground ball rate in his last 3 starts is 53% which is very good. The pirates only reached base 3 times (2 hits, 1 walk) against Alvarez on July 26th in miami. Alvarez hasn’t surrended a home run this year. Pirates will need to hope Alvarez makes a mistake with his 2-seamer by leaving it up in the zone and take advantage of it. I’m expecting a low scoring game tonight. Both teams have an outstanding record when leading after 6 innings because both teams have a great bullpen.

      • great breakdown, Zack. Might help how I wager on Playoff’s line tonight :)

        • Thanks man. Marlins and Pirates fan. Been watching both teams games all year.

          • eh….not so good on Marlins…lol. Root for the Bucs tonight.
            Zack, does Biz have your hometown listed on his list? We’d love to add you if it’s not :)

            • pssst..I’m female, but please don’t hold it against me ;)

            • No, this is my first time posting on here. Btw, I’ll be at the game tonight wearing a marlins shirt. Rooting for them this series but I’ll be rooting for the pirates rest of the year. The streak ends this year. They’re gonna make the playoffs.

    • Zach stole my thought.
      Well done sir.

      The Pirates struggle against sinker ball pitchers.
      If his sinker is working tonight, it could be another repeat.

      But if his sinker is off, then we could see a singles/doubles bonanza.

  6. Mariners released Bay. Any chance the Pirates grab him?


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

    Looking for the current standings?

    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 COMBINED RUNS SCORED by Starling Marte + Neil Walker + Andrew McCutchen in tonight’s game
    Line is 2.5

    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!!!

    67 Down, only 15 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500


  9. I propose that we trade Travis Snider, and Nick Kingham to the Yanks for A-Roid.
    Then, we can call up Lambo.

  10. The Pirates have games 19-25 on the upcoming schedule at home. The 10 after that are on the road. They will need to go 15-10 during the next 25 games to break that record at home which I think would be awesome. If that doesn’t happen it more then likely happens on the road. Oh yeah I forgot to mention those last 3 games before the road trip are against the Cardinals. Wow that would be a nice game to attend.

    • It’s doable but harder than it looks. You have to take 2 out of 3 in every series except the road at St. Louis (1 win) and the SF 4 gamer (2 of 4). If you do that then the Cards come to town for that weekend with the Bucs at 80. Take 1: 81; Take 2: 82.

      Would be very cool to see!! Home fans deserve it for sure. Plus at this point, the sooner they hit 82, the sooner they can focus on trying to reach the playoffs.

      • I’m pretty sure the players are already focused on reaching the playoffs. If it were in doubt, they might be shooting for .500, but there’s just no way this team goes 14-37 the rest of the way. I’m usually one to worry about a jinx or a kibosh, but not this time.

        • I’m still paranoid. lol. Basically, until they reach 82, I’m not trying to think too much about the playoffs. Insert Jim Mora “Playoffs” clip here.

          I know it is borderline ridiculous at this point to think that they won’t hit 82, and most fans will consider this season an Epic Collapse 3 if they don’t reach the playoffs at this point, but I still want to see 82 in the W column before I fully move on to postseason dreams.

          But I agree with you, the players have moved on even if paranoid guys like me haven’t. Wasn’t Russell Martin quoted as saying 82 is in the bag the other day?

    • Good analysis. It would be more fun to break the streak at home.

  11. I keep hearing how Andrew Lambo has 29 home runs in the minor leagues this year.

    Do you know how many major league players have 29 or more home runs so far this season?


    • So are you for bringing him up, or agin it?

      • I like Lambo – and have followed his career since he’s been a Pirate.

        But I would temper the enthusiasm surrounding him – a minor leaguer who had to repeat AA – in regards to coming up and making a big difference.

        If he does I would be very happy. But I’m not convinced he would be much better than Tabata / Jones / Presley

        • SHANE SPENCER 2K13

        • But at least Lambo has the potential to be a 5 or 6 in the batting order. If your RF is batting 7, unless you are the ’60 Yankees or the Lumber Company of the ’70′s you have a problem. And this line up ain’t either one.

          If Presely or Tabata can’t lead off or bat 2nd then they, IMO, are not adding enough value.

          • I think if you bring Lambo up and he has to be your #5 hitter in the lineup, you have a problem.

            • I agree, he would need to earn it.

              I think we have a pretty good handle on the other two, as I said, if they can’t lead off or bat 2, over the long haul, which we are in, then the batting order is exposed. Too many .240 hitters in the middle of the lineup.

        • TC, agree with you, IMO, Lambo is like the “second string QB” for the Steelers used to be, Put him in, he can’t be any worse.

          I don’t think you throw the guy into a pennant race.

          September callup, fine

  12. I’ll take 100 on the over please for tonight.

    • You got it!!
      Do me a huge favor for next time, put your “wager as a reply to the daily line posting.
      Make life easier for me when I go to update the standings.

  13. Good Afternoon / Evening Dejan’s Looney Tunes!

  14. 100 on the under please!

    • You Got It!!
      Do me a huge favor for next time, put your “wager as a reply to the daily line posting.
      Make life easier for me when I go to update the standings.

  15. Long time reader and only my second post. I am originally from Cresson PA but have lived in North Charleston SC or there about for 33 years. I was back in Pittsburgh for the Cardinal series and had a terrific time!
    You guys are an informative blog and still have some fun without getting too combative.
    I am for a Free Lambo. Anyone remember Jones was a career minor leaguer till he got an opportunity

    • forgot to give Props to Dejan, I enjoy his writing and his videos and agree with MOST of what he says. Interesting to note the way his opinion of the Pirates this year has tended to become more positive.

      DK: I appreciate that, and welcome. Can’t say I find it interesting, though, that an opinion would “change” when the subject matter changes. Horse always precedes cart.

  16. first 100 on the over – thank you

    Bizrow I’ve moved from Lansing Mi to Mason Mi.

    I’m not so much a stat geek so I’m asking. Isn’t the production from 1st less than the product from RF in the last month?

    • Thanks Hal, Mason added, I do not remove because

      Its too much work
      I’m lazy
      Others may not have logged in because the location was there
      Too confusing to me
      And repeat No 1 and No 2 ;-)

    • You Got It!
      Do me a huge favor for next time, put your “wager as a reply to the daily line posting.
      Make life easier for me when I go to update the standings.

  17. Folks, just want to say, no matter what happens, this is truly a priceless season

    For the first time in many years the burgh is knee deep in a pennant race, not counting 97 where it was a year of attrition, not success.

    Lets not forget how this feels and make sure to enjoy the ride

  18. Where do the Marlins plug those jerseys in in-between innings?

  19. Well, I think that’s the 1st umpire Jones has gotten. It won’t be funny when it costs them a game. Just awful.

    • I just wish it was Meals that got hit….. GI is not much of a first baseman to be honest. Somebody on here complained about him being removed for defensive reasons a couple of weeks ago and I was stupefied.

      • The poor guy was stunned. I’m sure in all his years umpiring that’s the 1st time that ever happened. I can laugh now, Locke got out of it.

        • At least the ump laughed about it………….. didnt grandstand like the fool who went after AJ 10 days ago.

          I dont mind when the Pirates win or lose, I just wish they would control the Keystone Cops act in the field.

  20. Whoa…..the game is on mlb. Thank you mlb for blacking out the Braves.

    Lets Go Bucs!!!

  21. Listening to our announcers talk about the Marlins it reminds me of how Joe Paterno used to talk about Temple the week Penn State played them. Please.

    • “I don’t care what the stats say, Chris Paliscak is a good football player. If we’re not prepared, he’s gonna give us a lot of trouble. This team’s no pushover. Temple will be ready to play Saturday. I just hope we are too”.

  22. Barmes makes that play.


  23. Their heads are not in this game. Pedro has to be waiting at the base for that throw.

  24. If I didnt know any better, I would swear Locke thinks the plate is 59 feet from the mound.

    He looks out of it tonight.

  25. Lucky to get out of the 2nd with only one run.

  26. Looking too easy for Alvarez right now. Bucs not being aggressive right now, so they are easily falling behind each AB. Need to start hitting those straight fastballs before he throws any breaking stuff.

  27. Locke only went 4 innings in his last start & he’ll go no more than 5 tonight. Already at 50 pitches.

  28. Locke not looking great tonight. Command is off and he’s lucky they haven’t hit any over the fence

  29. Is anyone even up in the pen?

    He just looks out of it tonight.

    Milo, excellent point about the similarity between JMac and Locke.

  30. Jeff Locke

  31. The Cardinals is one thing, but the worst hitting team in the league (.231) is 8 for 15. Red flag.

  32. Any pitcher that fails to get the bunt down should be made to run laps, during the game.

  33. CUTCH !!!

  34. I thought that was gone. cutch just doesn’t come through. :-)

  35. Fastball is coming Pedro……

  36. PEDRO!!!!

    and, as an added “bonus”, Brown with the obligatory heart attack.

  37. I can’t believe Alvarez went for 3, but he made it. And I didn’t care if he made it, either,

  38. ANNNND just like that the game is tied and the OVER wins.

  39. Two things. OK Jeffrey, cut the crap. And #2, Clint has to be ready with the quick hook.

  40. Look at the bright side, at least he gets to face Stanton with a guy on 2nd. :)

  41. Should have been an error on Marte. We should be out of this inning.

  42. Atta boy Jeffrey.

  43. This Mickey Mouse defense the Pirates are playing tonight isn’t helping Locke find his game.

  44. Pirates I hope are still in the market for a hitter. Waivers clearing may be difficult especially from the American league.

  45. Pirates don’t seem to be having any trouble hitting fly balls to the outfield when no one is on Third with less than 2 outs. Just sayin’.

  46. Alvarez has thrown a first pitch fastball to 16 of 17 batters (only Pedro’s 2nd AB). Hacking at the 1st pitch if it’s in the zone is absolutely the correct approach.

  47. Lets see if Locke can go 6

  48. APB for more Lunatics. We need more vibes to secure the win!

  49. Pup night looks pretty cool

    I like em sleeping on the couch beside me though

  50. The decision maker, Vin Mazzaro.

  51. I missed the first 5.5 innings as I watched Star Wars Episode 6 with my son and daughter.

    Looking at the box score, doesn’t look like Jeff Locke is getting hitters to swing at his curve and that’s getting him to ring up a ton of walks and pitches. Tonight wasn’t too bad with 3 but 102 pitches and only 59 strikes isn’t very good.

    Wow, I have to see Pedro’s triple.

  52. Andrew Lambo homers to RF for Indy tonight!

  53. Somehow, some way they are where we want them to be – 9 outs left tie score, playing at home. Good chance to win.

  54. Barmes makes that play too.

  55. Oh what a catch by Andrew McCutchen

  56. The thought of moving McCutchen out of centerfield is just crazy.

  57. They deserve to lose this game. What a horrid defensive effort.

  58. Does Mazzaro ever have a 1-2-3 inning?

  59. Very fortunate to get out of that inning.

  60. AW I saw that you are thinking MVP for Cutch above. I have to concur. We are seeing a much different season from 22 this year. He is steadily improving and building to a peak, getting better seemingly every day, where last year he flashed and then flamed out. I like this version much better. Just an absolute joy to watch!

    • I agree Cutch is getting better all the time.

      My choice for MVP might be Russell Martin. The job he has done with this pitching staff, and throwing out runners is nothing short of miraculous.

    • Good to talk to ya, Rad Lad. Going to see the Curve Friday night!

      • Bring us back a report on Alex Dickerson.

      • Right back at ya Branimal! I have been trying to get to a Curve game for two years and I always seem to put it off. Glad you are going. Let me know what you think of Polanco, Hanson, and the other notables. Now we need to bring this one home!

  61. Nice and easy 1-2-3 inning from Watson…

  62. Has anyone asked Chad Qualls to pee in a cup ?

  63. Qualls owes us

    He stunk & ruined our chemistry

  64. There is the Chad Qualls we know and love.

  65. Nice play. Who wants an easy, anyway. This is the Qualls I recall.

  66. How bad would it screw people up if Cutch laid down a bunt here?

  67. Our Mike Dunn had an “e” on the end? (3rd player in the Van Slyke trade for you youngsters)

  68. When Pedro missed that fastball, this at bat was over. Pedro had no idea what was coming. None.

    • Unbelievably bad team when presented easy scoring opportunities. Marlins treied hard to give it to us. “Pathetic” is too kind.

  69. HUGE opportunity wasted there.

    HUGE !!

  70. If Brian Morris comes in I’m walking the dogs.

  71. Way to go Pedro and Martin–pathetic that neither one of them can hit the ball out of the infield. Pedro stands there at a pitch right down the middle with two strikes!!! Amazing.

  72. pattonbb nailed it — we should have bunted.

  73. Nice job by Morris. Lets see if Jones can end this one.

  74. Pedro: 2-2 count
    2013: .086 avg
    2010-12: .123 avg

  75. JHAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  76. RAISE THAT JOLLY HIPPO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. Another weak performance by this hopeless, overmatched player.

  78. Oh my.

  79. JHAY BABY!!!!!! Raise it after my Flash Player Crashed.

  80. ….fear the Bones….

  81. Wow! Wow! WOW!!!! Raise it! I am stunned. Magic, pure magic….

  82. So THAT was the mystery truck that pulled into PNC earlier today………….
    a truck full of rabbits feet. :)

  83. Hee, Hee, Hee, Too much fun!

    go dogers

    GO BUCS!

  84. Dodgers got the bases loaded, no out, down by one, bottom of the sixth. Hell ya, I’m scoreboard watchin.

  85. Interesting choice by Hurdle and it paid off.

    Could have PH Sanchez for Jones vs. the LHP leading off the inning. He leads the team in BB%. He used Harrison meaning Sanchez could have been in the 9th spot and hit in the 10th inning vs a RHP.

    He managed his gut and the Pirates won because of it.

  86. Bummer, Dodgers fail to score.

  87. JHay just told Lambo to STFD

  88. Another solid 3.1 innings turned in by the pen, Mazzaro, Watson and Morris all worked with no margin for error.

    Team dug itself a whole, but as it has all year fought its way back into the game. Very easily could have lost this game, but good teams can finds way to win when their defense, or pitching or timely hitting has a night off.

    Bucs now 7-2 on this 11 game home stand, 39-20 at PNC and 24 over .500 and proud owners of the best record in baseball, just another great night of 2013 Pirate baseball!

  89. I just can’t believe… this is actually happening.

    Never thought I’d see this….

  90. 68 wins. It’s late September right ? Right about now I usually hope they can get to 73 so they don’t lose 90. I really have forgotten what this is like. This one tonight really makes you wonder.

    • “I really have forgotten what this is like” Me too brother. Been a while. We have paid our dues and stuck by THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES. Let’s just have some more fun. And a bunch of more wins.

    • Team is 12-7 after the All-Star break and have put together a 4 game win streak and current 3 game win streak to push August mark to 3-2.

      Tonight is just one of the many in this 2013 season that gets your attention.

  91. If Rays hold on to defeat Arizona tonight consider this:

    The Pirates will have a 12 game lead with 50 games remaining to clinch their first postseason berth since ’92. That is unreal.

  92. Anyone looking for some entertaining, non-Pirate related highlights should watch the recap of the Braves Nats game. Harper hits a hr early, gets drilled his next at bat, starts jawing to Teheran, then McCann yells at him to “Take your &$?%ing base, Clown”. Great stuff.

    I won’t spoil the ending for you, but Bryce Harper and a 99mph elevated fastball from Craig Kimbrel are involved.

    • Harper is a big leauger at 20 years old. Saw his first pro at bat. Struck out and looked terrible. Second pitch on his second AB hit a homer in the lake. Rains came and the game was called. Look it up. Signed autougraphes for kids first, old folks second, and reluctantcly for the pro auto seekers third. Good kid and a baseball player.

  93. Can’t wait to see Mr. Hasis’ complaints about Clint’s managing this one. :-)

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