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Final: Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (71-49) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (62-57)

Starters: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy

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. Jose Tabata, RF
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. Cole, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel 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. That’s Bucs’ best starting eight!

    Go get ‘em!

  2. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    August 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Gonna need one you awesome people to re-post this for me in today’s game thread.
    Thanks in advance.


    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.


    Line #1
    Total RUNS SCORED by the Pirates in tonight’s game
    Line is 4.5

    Line #2
    Total INNINGS PITCHED by Mark Melancon this weekend against Arizona
    Line is 1.75

    Line #3
    Total WINS by the Pirates this weekend against Arizona
    Line is 1.5

    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!!!

    71 Down, only 11 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

  3. Atta boy Lambo, get a hit, now see the bench.

  4. Diamondbacks may be hot, but hopefully now is the time when they cool down

    • I realize that the Diamondbacks just had three walkoff wins in a row, but “hot” may be a relative term. In their last 10 games, the “hot” Diamondbacks are 6-4 while the “scuffling” Pirates are 5-5. The Pirates home record is substantially better than the Diamondbacks road record, and Cole has a better record and ERA than McCarthy, so chances are better for a Pirates win.

  5. Whats the latest scuttlebutt on Wandy?

    • Biz I just read where Wandy threw a simulated game today with no restrictions on throwing curve balls. No results yet (I am predicting no-hitter btw). If it goes well he goes out for rehab with an eye toward an early September return. Not much new….

  6. Jayson Stark gives Willie Stargell and the 1974 Pirates a pat on the back when discussing the Dodgers current streak:

    “• Now let’s remember something truly mind-boggling: These Dodgers were 12 games under .500 before all this started — 72 games into the season. And now they’re 20 over. How crazy is that?

    I asked Elias to determine the most games over .500 any team has ever finished after being 12 games under .500 (or worse) that late in a season. And the answer is 14 — by Wilver D. Stargell’s 1974 Pirates (88-74). That team was actually 12 under as late as its 86th game before getting its act together.

    But now digest this: That’s the only team in history that ever finished even more than eight games over .500 after having a record that bad that late. And these Dodgers are now 20 over. Holy schmoly.”

    DK: Welcome to non-grayman world, Tom.

    • These Dodgers are truly hot right now, Tom. But, I guess I’d rather they be this hot now than when we might play them in the post-season. If they stay this hot, they will steamroll all comers. But, I would say they will slow down at least somewhat. They’ve won 12 straight 1-run games. Amazing! Everything is clicking for them.

    • That 86th game in question just happened to be the famous brawl with Cincinnati that saw Pedro Borbon biting Darryl Patterson among other indiscretions. The Pirates went 51-25 the rest of the way & won the NL East.

      • Milo,

        I attended a game between the Pirates and Reds that had two bench-clearing incidents. Not sure if that was the same game or not.

        • Could be. It was the first game of a doubleheader if that helps. Of course, like with the Phillies in those days, there was more than one fight. Thanks for the nugget. Brings back fond memories.

      • My dad took me to a game at Wrigley Field in July of 70, I think, when Dock Ellis and the Pirates brawled with the Cubs. I was very little and do not have memory of it, but my Dad talked about it a lot.

        Pirates used to fight a lot, right. Or am I misremembering things again ?

        • July 5th 1970, Fergie Jenkins pitched for the Cubbies. My first game was August 5th 1970. And yes, they did fight a lot.

          • Yes, my family was in Chicago for a family reunion over the fourth.

            Ellis vs. Jenkins. Wow. God, my Dad was great. That was my first big league game as well.

          • And even better, they won their fights. The only thing in the last 15 years I can remember fondly is Sosa getting his batting helmet shattered by Salomon Torres.

            Those were the days…

  7. Hey guys and damsels,

    Sweet Jimmie did a beautiful job of some #’s homework and posted after the lights were turned off on the other stream.

    I am moving it over here for you to study, along with my initial comment for perspective of Sweet Jimmie’s work.

    Groat2Maz2Strangeglove says:
    August 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    McCutch is not Clutch!

    He ought to have at least 90 RBIs by now with Marte in scoring position so much with doubles, triples, and stolen bases.

    If I remember right, 12-13 of McCutch’s 17 homeruns are singletons. RISP is very low.
    McCutch is not Clutch! (And, as much as I like him, he can’t run the bases either, as shown against the Cardinals when he was at 3rd with 0 outs.)

    Kevin says:
    August 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    how many of Pedro’s HR are singletons, sir groat?

    Groat2Maz2Strangeglove says:
    August 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Too many . . . . for a true Clean-up hitter.
    Yet still not as high a % as McCutch.

    Jim S. says:
    August 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    So, I had to check on Cutch w RISP, year-by-year.
    Following are his slash lines (Avg/OBP/Slug%/OPS:

    2013: .282/.378/.371/.749
    2012: .326/.442/.533/.975
    2011: .285/.387/.550/.937
    2010: .255/.364/.351/.715
    2009: .324/.441/.634/.1.075

    Overall career slash line in all situations:

    I admit that I could not figure out how to set the parameters for career and splits simultaneously to find out what his career slash line is for RISP. Someone can hopefully help me there. But, I bet his overall career #’s are close to his overall career RISP #’s. If anything, it would appear his OBP goes up in RISP situations. Maybe teams tend to pitch around him, and, thus walk him more?

    So, what is the conclusion? Did Cutch forget how to be “clutch” this year? It seems to me, using the eye test, that he does seem to be swinging at more pitches out of the zone in RISP situations this year. He seems to be falling behind in the count very often, and when you are behind in the count, any hitter has a much lower batting average because he is forced to widen his strike zone and swing at “pitcher’s pitches.” When you are ahead in the count, you are much more likely to be able to wait for a pitch in your zone and drive it – thus increasing your chances of a hit.. Maybe Cutch is chasing too much because he feels the need to drive in runs as the main main in a struggling offense this year. I would say that is open to interpretation. Maybe he was doing a better job of being patient and setting up the pitcher rather than being set up BY the pitcher last year.

    I think it is a fair argument to have. I will stand by my position that clutch is not something you can sustain for a long period of time. The great majority of hitters fare pretty close to the same in RISP vs. non-RISP situations over the course of a long career.

    • I have to admit stats are not my main thing. The eye test is.this year’s Buccos doesn’t.have one.or two heros. Anyone or their brudder has come thru with a “clutch” performance. Barmes. Tabby. JHay. Pedro. Cutch. Gaby. Not one.stands out for me. This season seems to me to be more of a team effort. Just my thoughts.

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  9. Cups take three – zero lead over cards after one.

  10. Don’t you just hate to see an article in SI (8/19) about what a great prospect Miguel Sano is?…. Since we are in 1st place,… not so much.

  11. Quite a day in baseball…

    Ryne Sandberg takes over the Phillies

    Lawsuit against Ryan Braun claims he used PEDs back to college, took money in college and academic fraud by a law student who claims he was hired by Braun and his agent to do a back ground investigation on the man who took the sample from Braun that came back positive

    Longtime Boston announcer Jerry Remy son is charged with murdering his girlfriend; one day after being released for battery on the woman he brutally murdered her stabbing her multiple times including on her deck where neighbors tried to help but were pushed back when Remy lashed at them. The woman’s 4 year old child was in the apartment at the time.

  12. Since it is a Free Shirt Friday…………..

    How about a shirt with the following pictures?

    -Pitchforks and Torches,
    -a big Eeyore,
    -a Budweiser logo.

    Just trying to pump fresh ideas into the promotion.

    • I say a map with all the bridges; this way fans can find the closest one after the game should the Pirates lose and everyone goes crazy

    • I’ll take the one with the pitchfork and torches!

    • If we drag the river, I wonder how many givaway shirts we could find on the backs of Pirate fans of yore now interred in the muddy bottom. There might be skeletons cloaked in Tom Gorzelanny jerseys. Bony remains clutching Raul Chavez bobbleheads. Perhaps the heartbreaking find of a once-young couple, now eternally hand in hand, wearing matching his-n-her “We Will” tees.

  13. I’m gonna throw something out there…

    What ever happened to Drew Sutton?

  14. Cubs take a four – zero lead over the Cardinals in the fifth inning

  15. The Pirates have signed Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league deal.

  16. 4-0 Cubs lead StL. End of 5

    Schierholtz with 3 RBI.

    See, he’s helping the Buccos without even being traded to them.

  17. Cubs take a six nothing lead in the sixth inning

  18. A small correction, it is five nothing cubs in the sixth inning. Hopefully more to come.

  19. I was 30 seconds too early. It is now officially six nothing.

  20. Cubs lead seven – nothing after seven.

  21. It is a final. Cubs win seven to nothing over the Cardinals. It is the Cubs third shutout of the Cardinals this season.

  22. Don’t want anymore games like yesterday’s game. Clint Hurdle, know when your pitcher
    is ready to be replaced by a reliever. It’s not that hard to do. When he is blowing a 4 run
    lead, take him out BEFORE the game is tied or worse. See, how easy that was? I bet I could manage this team better than you. We will need to have our hitting clothes on,
    starting today. GO, BUCS!!!

    • so if score is 4-2 Bucs in top of 5th, one out and runners on 1st and 2nd, just so I know, your recommendation is that CH replace Cole with pretty tired bullpen to again cover 4+ innings?

  23. 0 for 2 with RISP tonight. This team refuses to hit once someone reaches second.

  24. Gerrit Cole’s hitting 1.000 with RISP.

  25. RISP ! RISP !

  26. PEDRO !!!!!!!!!!

    2-0 good guys

  27. On the replay they just showed Walker rounded second and never looked for the third base coach.

  28. Catching a lot of them with 2 hands now, isn’t he ?

  29. Plate umpire obviously rebelling against replay.

  30. There is no underlying meaning in this statement or question? Has anyone else noticed that Andino is hitting .362 in Indy? It has only been a month, but mercy!!!
    Start the “free Andino” campaign. Again, I am joking.

  31. Giving them right back…where have I seen this before?

  32. Greg Brown just said that Cole is “intense”.

    If he was pitching for the other team I wonder if he would call say that he is ‘flustered’

  33. Cole just gave away 2 runs. It’s ok our offense is awesome and will score plenty.

  34. The thing that’s so evident about Cole in his brief stint in the majors is that he just can’t put guys away with that great stuff. He gets two strikes on a guy and then foul ball after foul ball after foul ball. He may eventually get the out but it kills his pitch count. His secondary pitches just aren’t major league caliber.

    Hopefully with experience & maturity that will change. Should have paid more attention to those AAA strikeout totals. They tell a story.

    • Yeah that slider is awful milo. Good eyes

    • Me thinks me remember the Pirates front office continually saying in April/May and early June that Cole has things to work on, especially the secondary pitches. That may have been drown out by the “CHEAP NUTTING SUCKS” and “#FREECOLE” chants in and around the asylum.

      This FO is most often RIGHT in its assessments of prospect readiness…the blog is usually WRONG.

      • You can always find something to say a given player could use improvement on. Heck, Starling Marte is a far more unfinished product than Gerrit Cole is. To be clear, I was always in favor of sending Cole to Pittsburgh In April, *if he were ready* as the “later clock start” benefit remains years down the road and might not ever outweigh the cost of squatting on Cole now. The FO was playing bean counting games with Cole, plain and simple. However, the Cole question was not something I or anyone (other than Cole himself) need have been losing too much sleep over. He was going to get here in mid-June, anyway, and actually ended up coming a little sooner than that. So it’s water under the bridge, a happy ending, and all that good stuff.

  35. Is it safe to say Garrett Jones married up?

  36. Nice to see Walker getting on base whether via walk or hit

  37. There is Walker’s really sweet swing!

  38. McCutchen’s hit sounded like a broken bat. If it was it would be his second of the game.

  39. Great job by Cole to finish up in style. Progress, when needed most.

    • Just checking in for a quickie…
      I take this to mean Cole is done for the night? Did he look good? I see just two runs over six…

      • Nevermind. I see Harrison is batting.

        • Cole was good. He had a bad 4th inning.

          1 out nobody on.

          Walked Goldschmidt. 1 or 2 pitches down called balls
          Walked Hill. 1 or 2 pitches down called balls
          He was getting angry at the umpire.
          2 strikes on Prado, Threw a wild pitch on a slider.
          Threw another slider and left it up (expectedly) and gave up a single just in front of McCutchen
          1st and 3rd with 1 out. Struck a guy out.
          Big out but then he gave up a hit to Pollock that Cole may have been able to field.
          Struck a guy out

          He threw over 30 pitches. His last inning he went through the same guys with no problem. He could have or probably should have gone 7 or 8 tonight and given up 0 runs.

  40. Did they speculate on what Bell & Williams were talking about?

  41. I couldn’t have been more wrong about Jeanmar Gomez. What a find.

  42. Hurdle seems to be managing pretty good tonight


  44. That Tabata 2-run HR should mean Gomez pitches in 9th.

  45. Tabby! Woo hoo!

  46. Greg Brown ‘It won’t be a save situation with 2 more runs’
    Tabata HR

  47. Just checking in Loonies. Have the game on, just mentally exhausted. Cole came thru when needed. Bucs need to stand pat and hold the Snakes off. And Tabbby hits a 2 run homer so there goes my first line bet and I don’t care :) catch you all again soon. Go Bucs!

  48. Lambo lights the Tabata fire (sung to the tune of “video killed the radio star”)

  49. Not going to pretend to know all of the details of the Miguel Sano non-signing except that for a few hundred thousand, we did not get the deal done.

    Know that the kid is a little cocky (okay, a lot) and the agent was very greedy (which of them aren’t), but it always amazes me how for a relative pittance — in the scheme of things — a lot of GMs try to squeeze a little savings out of top-end prospects with high upsides, yet are so willing to throw multi-millions at the Rod Barajases of the world in free agency.

    Huge article this week in SI on Byron Buxton and Sano (both Twins), with Sano as the #3 rated prospect in the minor leagues and being compared to the Cabrera, Pujols and Stanton for his power. Know he is a third baseman but I am sure we could have found a position and place for him in our line-up . . . somewhere . . . anywhere. RF anyone?

    Neal’s failure to close the deal on Sano may turn out to be worse than Littlefield’s historic gaffe in selecting Danny (Effin) Moskos over Weiters.

    Not to put a damper on tonight’s game or anything. Oh well, back to the positive. Go Bucs!

  50. Jandy Tabata goes yard and Melacon (which I don’t understand) gets in. My bets are looking good!

  51. Raise it! Good to be back on the North Shore. And River Rescue has been released from duty under the Clemente Bridge.

  52. Beat Em Bucs

    Road trips will make a difference

  53. Where has JRay been? Haven’t seen him on since that troll dissed him last week.

    Hope he’s just on vacation or something. Enjoyed his input.

  54. One more win & we don’t lose 90. Sorry, old habits die hard.

  55. 10, Ten, X, Diez, Zehn, and my favorite, Dix, measly wins to go. I do believe I see light at the end of that long, dark 20 year long tunnel.

  56. Well, we can raise the Jolly Hippo tonight.

    Pitchforks and torches safely put away.

    Get em tomorrow too.

    BTW, Arizona looked sofffffffffff tonight.

    • That can happen when you play in a division that includes a team that has bought their way to win after win after win.

  57. and pirates got that game back… St.Lou got clobbered by cubbies 7-0. Just need MIL to pull through on CIN. tied 5-5 at the moment in the 6th.

  58. Lucroy 2 run walk off HR off Chapman! Brewers win 6-5

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