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Final: Pirates 3, Padres 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (72-51) vs. San Diego Padres (56-68)

Starters: LHP Francisco Liriano vs. RHP Andrew Cashner

Time: 10:10 p.m.

Site: Petco Park, San Diego

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

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

155 Comments

  1. MULTI LINE MONDAY!!!

    ******PLEASE READ WHAT IS WRITTEN BELOW******
    PLEASE PLACE YOUR “WAGERS” AS REPLIES IN THIS COMMENT BOX
    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.

    NEW PLAYERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME & ENCOURAGED!!

    Line #1
    Total INNINGS PITCHED by the Francisco Liriano in tonight’s game
    Line is 7.25

    Line #2
    Total HITS + WALKS + HBP by Josh Harrison in tonight’s game
    Line is 1.5

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    72 Down, only 10 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

  2. As promised, the updated standings are below.

    76 Total Players now!
    YOU ALL ROCK!!

    TOP SCORES IN AUGUST
    bman ~ 400
    Jandy ~ 400
    War Horse ~ 300
    Dom ~ 250
    Brandie ~ 250

    CURRENT PARTICIPANT TOTALS
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    TK ~ 100
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    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    TJ ~ 50
    Bill Born ~ 30
    tmp444 ~ 25
    Brandie ~ 0
    pants-n-at ~ 0
    steelercrazy ~ 0
    stuart66 ~ 0
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    Keith ~ -50
    Ben ~ -80
    absolute59 ~ -100
    Arriba Wilver ~ -100
    Brian ~ -100
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    John in WM ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    buggee ~ -150
    cmat0829 ~ -150
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    radio wave ~ -150
    DemonDachshund ~ -200
    DormontGeorge ~ -200
    kr70 ~ -200
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    Kevin ~ -1635
    Bizrow ~ -4200

    ***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

  3. We need to light up Andrew Cashner.

  4. Columnist in the building.

    Well not really.

    He’s in Harrisburg.

  5. Welcome Lunatics, if you don’t see your current location below, please add a reply to this post

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  6. Is Marte benched or hurt?

    Heck we won’t have anything to talk about.

  7. Cashner is hardly a pushover, and he’s 6’6″ with a downward plane.

    • At this point Matt Morris wouldn’t be a pushover for this lineup.

      DK: Yeah, he’s better than Russell Martin after all. Or so the lying Pirates bloggers would have you believe I once wrote.

      • You lost me DK.

        I wasn’t commenting about Martin. Was just saying at this point there aren’t many pitchers that wouldn’t give the Pirates fits.

      • Note to self: NEVER mention Matt Morris in ANY context.

        • Matt Morris.
          Matt Morris stinks.
          Matt Morris is flummoxed.

          I could come up with more, but I would have to invoke Littlefields name. No thanks. ;)

        • Thanks Arriba. Really was an innocent reference. I couldn’t think of anyone off the top of my head. Matt Morris just popped out

        • MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS MATT MORRIS

        • Hey, give DK a break. He just went to DC via Harrisburg. ;-)

  8. Pirates must be counting on a shut out by Liriano with that lineup. Harrison, Tabata, and Sanchez. YIKES

  9. So I just go to the ESPN baseball page…. 5 out of 12 articles are Afraud related. Yeah I know its ESPN but man its ridiculous.

  10. Nice…JMac gets a rehab start with our Gulf Coast League team today. 2/3 of an inning with 2R, 2H and a BB. And this is a league with mainly 17-19 year olds. Yikes!

  11. Reds just beat the diamondbacks and the Cards just went up 4-2 against the Brewers in the 6th.

  12. I’m the last guy that would want to talk about AFraud, but how in the world is he still playing. I realize his suspension is appealed, but now he is suing the Yankees doctor for malpractice.
    Why wouldn’t they simply bench him? The players union not withstanding.
    Why not just release him, unless the financial aspect of that would be overbearing?

    Admittedly, I am totally confused.

    • Its the Yankees; they will sell their souls to the devil and then file a grievance saying they didn’t if it would help them win games and make the playoffs. Bottom line is the playoffs for this team. Afraud or not

  13. Well made it to SD and just left Bub’s where I had a cold one with Bryan Morris agent Jim. Got a lot of great stories including when Morris intentionally hit Valdespin earlier this season and response CH and team gave him in dugout, the fact that some in the pen are a little gassed, Wilson has a litle arm fatigue, how the players don’t think at all of last season when looking at this current stretch, how Morris got a 4th option year that they fought for something that happened in Lynchburg when he was suspended. So many interesting stories tough to recap them all.

    A lot of fun and insight have to gather my thoughts. Did say Morris says he feels good even with current heavy workload.

    After game waiting for Morris and than heading to dinner on Market St. Looking forward to it. Hopefully it will be out celebrating a win!

  14. Well their third place play this year makes the pirates right fielders look like migual cabrera. If they did have their doctors attempt malpractice this story will be around for at least a year and if it is true the team should and will be taken away from the Steinbrenners.

  15. Here I am just under the wire again. I will take 100 on the under Florline one. I will take 100 on the over for wine too. I cannot believe this lineup.

  16. JRAY, how is the Marine Layer holding up tonight?

  17. Nothing but strikes so far for Liriano. Man, he’s good.

  18. Bert Blyleven sighting in the stands.

  19. Hey, so the bat is not permanently affixed to Tony Sanchez’s shoulder.

  20. Lets compare and contrast Liriano & Matt Morris.

    One cost the GM his job and one probably saved his GM’s job.

    Go.

  21. Padres radio crew is marveling at how well he is pitching.

  22. Now THAT was funny!!!

    2-0 good guys.

  23. We’ll take it

    We need it.

  24. Hmmm. Maybe the magic has returned?

  25. Don’t see that every night…Alvarez may need to be resucitated after that.

  26. Huge out by Liriano…needed to put a 0 up there.

  27. Hey Biz,

    I was looking at your list of honorees and didn’t see George Benson.
    I want to officially nominate George ‘Breezin’ Benson to your list of honorees.

  28. 16 – Bob Veale – 1965 vs. Philadelphia.

    • Liriano is just filthy tonight. Bucs stopper and no question guy to take hill if faced with one game playoff.

      No help tonight, need this game to hold serve.

      • Agreed. I think that’s been clear for the last month, excepting one brief interlude in Colorado. Let’s hope we take division though.

  29. PEDRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3-0 good guys!

  30. Pedro strikes again…HR #31, RBI #82…where is fla steeler now?

  31. Pedro gets hot and we can breathe a little in September.

  32. A Jeff Clement reference by Neverette.

  33. JRay,

    When you meet up with Mr. Morris later, quote Mark 9:23 for me, he’ll get it.

  34. Hi, Kids!

    Just got home from a mini-vacation with pals. I see the Pirates missed me (and a lot of balls, too). Peeeuuuwww! But Frankie is doing his thing AGAIN. What are we down to? One pitcher who can hold the fort down with little to no run support? Egad. NEED BATS!

    GO BUCS! Go Francisco!

  35. Not to be negative here…………….

    the Pirates baserunning fundamentals are extremely poor.
    Something isnt right when the mishaps happen all the time.
    Dont know who is to blame for this, but I think it may be the players and coaches.
    It must improve for us to have any chance at winning playoff games.

    But, at least it happened when we were ahead, and only at 1st base.

    • Duh!

      Should say “players and coached BOTH”.

      Maybe I need to clean the Pond………………………………

  36. So JHay bunts for a base hit instead of laying a soft one down. And then gets picked off first . . . yet again.

    Next step in Pirates development will be the day we can reach down to Indianapolis and bring up solid, major league-ready position players.

  37. Nice 1-2-3 turned in by Justin Wilson…three outs from great start to west coast swing.

  38. Why did Liriano get taken out again?

  39. Behind 7 shutout innings from Liriano and an Alvarez blast the Bucs take the opener at Petco 3-1 and there was nooooooooo doubt about it.

    The Bucs improve to 73-51 retain a one game lead in the central and are 8.5 games up for playoff spot. The Bucs are 8-9 in August and 1-0 on this seven game west coast swing. The Pirates will look to take the series tomorrow with AJ Butnett taking the hill.

    Go Bucs!

  40. A gem from starter, a lucky break and a Pedro homer = a win. A little tension in the 9th. The rest is background noise. Lunatics can sleep well this morning.

  41. YES!!!!!!!!

    RAISE THE JOLLY HIPPO!!!!!!!!

    This is what the Pirates need to do…….. beat the bad teams consistently.
    If we take care of the bottom feeders, it will do wonders for this team.
    Great effort from Frankie again (no, not Coooonelly).

    Was peaceful in here tonight until the very end.
    Shame some people live to ruin things.
    But, see you loonies tomorrow.

  42. No more adventure saves.

  43. It was great to see Andrew McCutchen smiling that big, toothy, happy grin during the ball game. Haven’t seen it for a while. He and Pedro are a devastating combo when they’re both in form, as they were tonight. The gods of the game were smiling on the Bucs. Liriano’s 13 Ks are what stood out most for me. Time for some sleep. It’s 0600 here now. I am turning into what used to be called “a day-night reversal” case.

  44. Chalk up another win, courtesy of the pitching. We still need to add some hitting, though.
    The pitching can’t always do it, aka Saturday & Sunday. Everybody seems to know this but Pirate management. GO, BUCS!!!

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