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Final: Rockies 3, Pirates 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (70-46) vs. Colorado Rockies (54-64)

Starters: LHP Jeff Locke vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood

Time: 4:10 p.m.

Site: Coors Field, Denver

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Alex Presley, LF
  2. Jose Tabata, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Garrett Jones, 1B
  7. Tony Sanchez, C
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Locke, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel is 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.

280 Comments

  1. SUNDAY PICK ‘EM!!!

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  2. Well we will finally get to see Presley and Tabata get some playing time (games in a row) to see if they have what we need or not. I know most minds are made up but this is a new year and injuries are behind them for now.
    Anyway Go bucs

    • This thought process makes way to much sense. Such rational thinking is not allowed.

      I’m actually looking forward to what they can do.

      • Don’t get too excited, Mad. Nate’s really just saying you’re thinking like him.
        ;-)

        First thing I thought, though, was “isn’t this the outfield that we began last year with?” Should be interesting, And we don’t have much choice.

        • I really don’t want them both in the line up but at least we will get to see what each of them bring to the table. Tabata is really the only one I was interested in seeing play 80% of the at bats. I have liked his approach at the plate all year. Reminds me of how he looked his first year. He also has shown good hustle going from first to third and second to home running hard as soon as the ball is in play.

    • Sunday afternoon.

      Hair’s On Fire lineup.

  3. very good piece on minor league play. No Pirate mention, just a good baseball story.

    Postcard from Myrtle Beach: Running the bases, one step ahead of fate

    http://o.canada.com/2013/08/09/postcard-from-myrtle-beach-running-the-bases-one-step-ahead-of-fate/

  4. In Denver for the game. But first, Guinness at Scruffy Murphy’s.

    Go Bucs. I think.

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    • Biz,
      Within the last week, the Pirates and Steelers honored a recent service veteran ( and embarrassingly I have forgotten his name ) who lost both legs and also survived two strokes as a result of severe injuries suffered.
      I would like to nominate him for your honor roll, as well as separately, All Service Personnel Deployed into Battle – Ever.

      As a bit of a question, I seem to recall that Dick Groat is from Swissvale. (This may have already been brought to your attention). Back in the day, Wilkinsburg and Swissvale were rivals akin to Beaver Falls – Aliquippa, or Bethel Park – Upper St. Clair.

      Submitted with all due respects.

  6. Since there’s a Bettis on the mound for the Rockies, maybe he’ll fumble the ball on the mound.

  7. Hope it doesn’t continue to go this way, but third major league start, 6+ ERA, 2 Ks already. Let’s not make this dude look like Cy Young against us.

  8. The little things like that Tony Sanchez passed ball will hurt a team like the Pirates. They don’t have the offense to give away bases.

  9. PEDRO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. PEDRO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Finally Pedro with a HR!! 1-0 Bucs.

  12. Pedro says…. “kick this”

    HR

    1-0 Pirates

  13. Pedro, Timing is EVERYTHING. We’ll take it, but it is one at bat too late

  14. Timmy says “46-17 when the Bucs score first.” Let’s add to that total on the good side. Cubbies just tied it up against STL.

  15. Melancon and his high school coach look like they are the same age

  16. With all the goofy things that have gone against us the past 2 games, it is very nice to see things even out today. We deserve some breaks.

  17. Mo Rivera blew another save today

  18. Goods to see Barnes hitting. If we care stuck with him, he might as well produce.

  19. Cutch with a swinging bunt RBI single (two at bats too late).

  20. Lots of first strike pitches from Locke today

  21. He stepped OFF the rubber….

  22. I’m waiting for the day that Locke drops the ball when getting the sign; he continually spins it, and it’d be a balk!

    What do you think TC?

  23. Rocky announcers say he clearly stepped off.

  24. Locke needs to let this go, no matter how frustrating the outcome.

  25. Has Tabata been able to get a ball out of the infield this week?

    • He has looked awful. You get ahead in the count like that and you need to come out of your shoes when you swing. Not throw out an excuse me like that.

  26. The little things keep going the Rockies way…

  27. Bob Hasis the floor is yours….

  28. I WANT LAMBO

  29. What I would really like to see if for Locke to go over and punch Barmes right in the face!

  30. Hair on fire!

  31. Whew!

  32. Barmes is fine. Errors do happen. Barmes also happened to score one of our two runs, today. No punches in the face.

    • NO! you are a team leader and ONLY here for you defense – if you choke on this kind of play in a regular season game why are you in the lineup – Jay Hay or Mercer are much better offensive options.

      I have lived through the losses – and awful teams and seasons – jettisoning this piece of crap and bringing up DeJesus is smart – Jettisoning Tabata and bringing up Lambo is a no brainer.

      We need someone – DK – to kick some front office ass!

      • Chill out. Today’s error was Barmes first since June. If you can’t tolerate an error once in a while… Relax, pop open a cold one — it’s on me.

  33. Another no-name pitcher with a high ERA is having his way with the hitless wonders. Why
    can’t Pedro hit a homer with someone on base? Not that a homer isn’t great anytime, but
    he’s had his chances lately with the sacks full, and didn’t even come up with a single. I
    have a feeling that we’re going to get swept by these Rockies. It’s a good thing that the
    Cards are losing right along with the Bucs. Do you still think we don’t need some hitting
    replacements.?

  34. Lead off walk.
    UGH!

  35. Pedro comes up big…

  36. Sanchez makes that play – and should have been in…

  37. Clint will not repeat yesterday with this pitcher. Opening 4 pitch walk seemed familiar?

  38. Pedro make a bonehead play

  39. Game should be 3-0 Pirates right now.
    Instead its 2-2.

    Sigh.

  40. So now we need to have the line on what will the lead be coming out of St. Louis…

    That will be interesting…

    Bucs play the Cards well – but I am really not feeling good about how things are going right now…

  41. Hate to sound like a broken record, but unless the team gets Pedro some Perry Hill-like tutelage, I really think you guys might want to get used to seeing Pedro at first after this season… He’s on pace for another 30+ E’s.

    • What about the outs he gets because of his strong arm, which at times is very accurate

      • It’s not like we’ll never get another strong arm again. Anyway, at times his arm is very INaccurate. I’m not saying get rid of the guy, just put him in a position where he can do better. Jones should be a bench player.

    • Didn’t you just say above it’s OK for Barmes to make an error. Why not Pedro?

      You have to be more consistent.

      • Bob,
        Barmes first error since June.
        Pedro’s first error since… yesterday?
        Petey has 23 or 24 this year and is on pace for 30+. Either we get him straightened out, or we move his bat to first.

  42. Is JHay the Swiss Army knife of baseball players?

  43. Blowouts, Balks, and Bad Defense.
    I’ll be happy when the Colorado excursion is finally over.

    • Yeah you may have to change your name to 2014

    • One of 2 things happened this weekend…………..

      1) The universe was against the Pirates, thats baseball, or

      2) This team highly underestimated Colorado, looked past them toward St. Louis this week.

      Or maybe both.

      • I think Friday’s game got the Pirates attention, regarding the Rockies

      • I would agree with both. What the Pirates have to understand is that the landscape changes with winning. Teams are now gunning for them so they need to be prepared to ball every place and every time.

        • Very much agree Brandie.

          I think Friday night, they definitely overlooked the Rockies.
          Saturday, and today, there were breaks against them, but they still thought they could just roll the ball out there and make a comeback.

          Bottom line, you dont get swept by a bad team. Period.

    • Maybe we could leave Barmes and Hurdle their – they seem to like it better than Pittsburgh

  44. I am not a big Brian Morris fan

  45. Dear Ghost,

    I apologize for making the blog regress to its predetermined mean with all of mylewd and lascivious talk.

  46. This series reminded me a lot of what the early 90′s teams would to do whenever they made a trip to LA to play the Dodgers.

    No matter what time of year, and how well they had been playing prior to boarding that plane, it was ALWAYS a debacle out there.

    If they lay an egg in St. Louis I’ll start worrying.
    But until then…

    STAY CALM & BREAK .500

  47. I think Bob Walk wants to tell Nevrett “will your lease quit complaining about that balk call?!”

  48. Nice to see Tony come through.

  49. Guess those x-rays were really negative

  50. How long to they keep Presley on this team?? They needed a right fielder and did NOTHING and play people like Presley.

  51. Let the ball hit you Presley! Bases are loaded and tieing run is 90 feet away! God, I hope they dont keep you around after this season. You are more worthless than anything I have seen.

    • I can’t believe he turned out of the way of that. Was screaming at the screen. No excuse.

      • Yeah, when he first made his way onto the scene(that series in Toronto, where he hit a HR), i thought he might be a Brett Butler/Steve Finley type player.

        2 years later, he seems to be overwhelmed at the plate, very shaky in the outfield, and a below average arm.

        He had a chance to be a hero , and take one for the team, but he backed out of that inside pitch, that surely would have nicked him.

        Amazing they just keep sending these guys out their.
        BTW- nice bunt Tabata!.
        Signing him to an extension, has to rank right up their with some of NH’s worst moves ever.

        They won’t cut him, nobody will trade for him, but that’s not a reason why he should be given this much playing time.
        He’s a 240 . hitter, has a career game 1x every 10, and is a terrible outfielder.

        This Lambo guy may not be the next Mickey Mantle, but for Christ’s sake, give the guy a shot already!.

  52. So Coors Field became our new House of Horrors.

  53. Bob Walk with yet another funny…………..

    “we have to get this offense on track soon”.

    Bobbie, we havent really done that all year.
    You are 4 months behind on this topic.

    ========================================================

    A 10-1 blowout Friday.
    2 close games still result in a loss.

    Against 2 of the worst teams in the NL the past 12 games, the Pirates went 6-6.
    You have to regularly beat the bottom-feeders. The Pirates didnt.
    Now, off to St. Louis. Only saving grace is that the Cardinals arent setting the world on fire either.

    And, no, I dont have any answers for this offense, either.

    • The Pirates should know that better than any team as they were under the bottom feeders for so long.

    • Bob Walk is a babbling idiot.
      Maybe he should address himself as Bobby Obvious.

      He went on a little too long, on that phantom balk call also.

      The Pirate’s color men are some of the worst in the game, no question!.

  54. I can not for the life of me understand why they don’t give Lambo a shot in right at this point.

    Between Tabata, Presley, and Harrison all you really have are 3 pinch-runners/defensive replacements.

  55. It doesn’t matter where they go they take their offense with them. If you are facing Chad Bettis with a chance to avoid getting swept and can only get 2 runs, you stink.

  56. Balk, walks, errors, and no offense = LOSS

  57. Granted, I’m listening on radio and not watching, but when we finally get a clutch gap shot, you have to send Walker to try and tie the game. The extra hit needed to gwt Walker invariably never materializes.

    • Agreed.

      The problem is, Walker wasn’t running all that fast.

      He’s breaking down faster than Lindsay Lohan’s acting career.

    • At first I thought the same thing. But they did get the ball in quick from the outfield. Plus Sanchez got to second so there wouldn’t be a game ending double play

  58. Before today, Rockies pitchers gave up 4.38 runs per game at home, their hitters scored 5.13 per game.

    Pirates just scored 1, 4, and 2 runs in their three games.

    That sucks.

  59. Imagine if the Braves had held Bream at third because he might get thrown out.

    • And Walker can run much better than Bream could. There goes that freakin’ Leyva again. Frank Oceak would have sent him in 1960.

  60. If Starling Marte was healthy enough to run, he’s healthy enough to hit.

  61. Same. Old. Pirates.

    • Hopefully the competition in STL will bring better execution from everyone for the Pirates.

      • I really think the Bucs took the Rockies lightly. They were looking ahead to St. Louis.

        The Bucs will take 2 of 3 against the Cardinals.

        • They got beat 10-1 on Friday.

          Doesn’t that get their attention that they shouldn’t take the Rockies lightly.

          (btw, I don’t believe any MLB team takes another team lightly..especially one that has lost for 20 straight years)

          • TC

            We gotta put this nightmare of a weekend behind us, there’s nothing we can do about what happened.

            Of all the championship Pirate teams I have seen (1960, 1971 & 1979), this team has the lousiest offense of them all. Our pitching had made us successful so far in 2013. Unfortunately, the pitching staff needs to turn things up a notch or two cuz we can’t depend on this offense for much help!!

      • A very poor effort. Utterly lifeless with the exception of Alvarez homer. Locke battled and deserved a better fate. Runners on 2nd and 3rd in the ninth, one out. Can’t score a run. Bad baseball. I saw nothing today to turn me back into a fan of this team.

  62. There was no excuse for Walker to not score on that play.

    I was watching the replay, and it was obvious that ball was not going to be caught.
    As i looked at Walker, he was standing flat footed a few feet before 2nd base.

    Sucks being a Pirate fan this weekend, and i am afraid its only going to get worse , over the next few days.

    Now this team is coming out on the short end of 1 or 2 run games.

    It’s going to be a LONG last 50 games.
    They should make the Playoffs by default, but won’t last long.
    Scoring 2 runs off a guy that was just in AA, not AAA, is pathetic.
    It’s time to give someone else a shot in RF.
    Presley, is a nice guy, but fails always in the clutch, or when he is given a chance to prove himself.
    Tabata is just a plain old lazy DOG!.

    Amazing this team has done so well , with such a black hole playing RF all season long.
    At least 12 more wins SHOULD be attainable.

    • Tomp, where was Walker when the outfielder let go of the ball?

      • I don’t recall exactly. I do recall him standing BEFORE he rounded second base, flatfooted, making sure it would drop in.

        No outfielder close to that ball, and no way anyone was catching it.
        It was just a terrible read on his part.

        • But that’s the key to knowing if Leyva made the right call from our perspective. Where Walker was when the outfielder threw the ball.

    • Watching the replay of Tabata on that hit in the RF corner, I didn’t think he dogged it.

      • Maybe not, but it looked like his main concern was not to turn it into a triple.

        They really need to get this RF carousel over with, and either bring someone up from AAA, or find someone hanging off the waiver wire.

        There has to be someone they can throw out their right?.

        I have seen enough of Tabata, Presley, at least he tries most of the time, he is just not a full boned major league baseball player.
        The swings these guys take, and the pitches they don’t swing at , are just mind boggling.

        Hitting coach has done a terrible job.
        Hope the plane ride to St louis puts them in a “good place”, but i am feeling more of the same crap is coming up over the next 3 games.

        I will predict they get swept,
        1 game they will get shut out in
        1 game they will get pelted in
        1 game they will lose thanks to their defensive lapses.

        • Way out there as soon as it gets to the corner it is a double

        • Which bridge are you going to jump from tonight? I’ll bring the popcorn.

          God almighty these posts are absolutely silly.

          I predict:

          I will have to pay taxes
          I will eventually die
          The Pirates and every other team in baseball will lose at least 3 more games this season

          • If you are like 35% of Americans, you will not pay taxes. Tax attorneys and loopholes are wonderful things.

            Yes, we all will eventually die.

            If you listen to some on here, the Pirates will never lose another game, ever. And, they will call others Eeyores, and Chicken Littles at every opportunity.

            Quite sad.

  63. UmpBall!!!!!!!!!!!!……
    Bring it!

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    kr70 ~ -300
    cmat0829 ~ -350
    Joey Mellons ~ -400
    Lad9 ~ -400
    Steve J. Smith ~ -400
    Jandy ~ -475
    JaxBuc ~ -500
    JMB ~ -700
    pattonbb ~ -1000
    JD ~ -1375
    Kevin ~ -1535
    Bizrow ~ -4400

    ***The Most Points for the end of AUGUST will win:***
    (1) PITTSBURGH PIRATES BUMPER STICKER
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323996932466962432

    First Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES FITTED NEW ERA 59FIFTY HAT
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323994233155485698

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) BRAND NEW PITTSBURGH PIRATES EARTH DAY GIVEAWAY HAT
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323994373731794947

    Third Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) PITTSBURGH PIRATES LICENSE PLATE FRAME
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323994796970627072

    Fourth Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) PITTSBURGH STEELERS BUMPER STICKER
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323996576253087745

    Fifth Place at the end of the season will win:
    (1) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS BUMPER STICKER
    https://twitter.com/TheBuccoWindow/status/323996735837982720

  65. Interesting thread today.

    Reminds me of a quote…

    “We have hands; we can stand on them if we want to.”
    ― Elizabeth Gilbert

    She musta been talking about Starling Marte

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