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Final: Giants 6, Pirates 3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (76-52) vs. San Francisco Giants (56-72)

Starters: LHP Francisco Liriano vs. RHP Tim Lincecum

Time: 9:05 p.m.

Site: AT&T Park, San Francisco

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

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

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Travis Sawchik 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.


  1. Hoping the streak ends against the cardinals.

  2. One lucky swing for a batter, and a very fortunate swing for we Pirate zanies, and we lose 60 BA points from our starting lineup tonight.

    • Bob,
      About Barmes getting another start at SS: even without the game-winning shot last night, I have no problem with this. Instead of Barmes getting his customary Sunday start, we’ll probably see Mercer be back for the finale, tomorrow. Hurdle will always give Barmes a couple of starts a week. Barmes’ stats may look lowly, but the guy punches over his weight for a .220′s hitter. Seems like he always uses the few hits he has in him for when it counts most.

    • . . . .and another 60 BA points behind the plate. With our dynamic offense, why not, we afford it.

    • Well, Barmes is an integral part of the team; Hurdle has to find ways to get him in there during the course of a week. Same with guys like Harrison.

      • Yes but there is far less sentiment for JHay to get some routine appearances, than there is for CB.
        Must be all in the defense.

  3. Marte to DL retroactive to last Monday

  4. A good chance for Lambo to get another round of AB’s during this call up. Problem tonight is, you never know which Tim Lincecum you’re getting. He has had a real up and down season with games as good as his n’o-no,’ to games like Jeff Locke’s last start in SD. Unfortunately, if there’s any kind of rhythm to Lincecum’s swings, he’s now due for a good one.

  5. Heard on radio that Lincecum might get shipped. Could he be auditioning for the Braves tonight, perhaps.

  6. Forget about Barmes and Sanchez, not having a 1B is a new twist on defensive shifts.

    Makes me a little uncomfortable, although it makes sense for RF.

    • Good one! Kept re-reading your post, trying to get your meaning. :)

    • +1

      And last night I wanted to mention that Gabby is really good at first base. He’s the best fielding first baseman for the Pirates that I have seen in a long time.

      I hope they keep him for 2014 – even if he platoons.

      • It’s only Monopoly money. :-P

      • Pedro’s goin’ to 1B in ’14, I keep telling you guys. ;)

        If our roster stays essentially the same next year, Sanchez in roughly the same role he has now would be fine with me, with one stipulation: he has to get better when he pinch-hits.

        And with that, Gang, I’m out until later tonight.
        (Oh, and Hippo… today while you were out, Rhino tossed all your things into his drained pond, and he has taken over yours. He says, “Hippo can come and make me move if he don’t like it.” Then he crossed out “Hippo” on your “Hippo’s Pond” sign and hand-scrawled “Rhino’s” over it.”)


        • Those damn rhinos are pushy in addition to being permanently horny. Squash him hippo!

        • Poor Ghost,

          all those injuries have made you hallucinate.

          Rhino was able to re-fill his pond by using all the tears you cried.

          Besides, we all know Rhinos cant write.

          I do hope you have good insurance……….

        • There is no way the Pirates will closet that superb arm of Pedro, by putting him at 1B.

          • Earlier comments about Pedro and 1st base – boy I hope not. Bad hands (errors are mostly caused by his glove, not his arm), bad footwork – bad combination. He’s a DH.


    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 Combined HITS + WALKS + RUNS SCORED by Andrew Lambo in tonight’s game
    Line is 1.5

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    76 Down, only 6 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

  8. From Sawchik on Twitter

    Also, Gerrit Cole’s next start has been moved back to Thursday. Locke on Tues, Morton on Wed

    So we get Liriano and AJ to start out the two games against the Cards next weekend. But yuckkkk on Locke going Tuesday against the Brewers. Even without the Bug Eyed cheating liar Braun they still have a potent line up. I don’t like our chances with Locke going up against those guys. Unless he starts pitching like the Locke from the first half of the season.

  9. Anyone else think the Marte injury was a bit mishandled?

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  11. Biz

    Thanks for the invite. I signed up. Much appreciated

  12. Anyone remember the last time Liriano started on a Saturday night road game?

  13. As the venerable Playoffs posts

    76 Down, only 6 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

  14. Um, free Morneau!?

  15. We’re down 3-0, the cards are up 4-1, and the reds are up 4-2. Not looking good at this point to stay alone in first place.

  16. 30+ pitches in the first means he’s not going to distance tonight. Offense will need to pick him up tonight.

  17. Erase my fantasy entry above of possibly not needing too much offense tonight with Lariano on the mound.

  18. Nostrabizus predicts

    The sun will come up tomorrow

    May not be seen in the burgh, though

    The PBC will be no worse than tied for the division lead

    Maybe 6 weeks to go?

    I’m all in

  19. The Cy young version of lincecum has shown up tonight, and with the gift “phantom” double in the bottom of the first giving the giants several runs, this is going to be a long game.

  20. Liriano leaving things up tonight and getting hit hard at times. Replay clearly shows the phantom double was FOUL, so we got screwed again by umps.

  21. Frankie’s leaving the ball up. Not good.

  22. All Yinz guys are going to have to help the Bucs come back tonight.

    Between still not feeling well, Frankie just not having it tonight, and not wanting to deal with the trolls that will show up later, I am off to bed. And, I really dont want to get down on the team.

    Good luck, guys.
    Go Bucs!

  23. They can pick away at this lead. No big deal right now.

  24. Timmy’s looking sick tonight. Might have to chalk this one up to him.

    No lineup can crack this stuff tonight.

    Question is: can he stay that way?

  25. The best thing about this game so far is watching the Giants ball dude try to field.

    They said he’s a physics teacher. He may want to keep his day job.

  26. 72 pitches for Frankie through 3 innings. Luckily, chuck went deep last night. We are going to need the pen early in this one.

  27. Man our boys are making Lincecum look really, really good. :(

  28. Night all. Get them tomorrow, but I hope to wake up and see they won 5-4.

  29. FREE MORNEAU (cut jones)

  30. Giants have shown what happens when you get the bat on the ball with RISP. The Pirates have shown what happens when you don’t. Pretty simple game sometimes.

  31. Wow, Sanchez heard me b*ching ;)

  32. That’s some power there by Tony. Geez that was hit far.

  33. Lincecum keeps trying to get us into the game — he has been wild all night.

  34. That is a fair ball on the other side!

  35. I think I like this club

    We’re losing, bottom of 5 but

    Never say die

    Like 60

  36. If it’s possible, Lurch is doing even worse than Frankie sheesh!

  37. Jared Hughes stinks.

  38. And nothing he can do to block that one. Its called a wild pitch for a reason.

  39. The Giants telecast has been entertaining. They’ve been talking about the third base ball dude a lot. Seems he is a physics teacher. Entertaining stuff and discussion about him.

    Boy, if last night was baseball at its sublime, this game is a slog to get through. Both pitchers going through a lot of pitches. I’m glad Lincecum is not a Pirate. Dude is just frustrating to watch.

  40. Just got back from a movie & dinner. What did I miss?

  41. Nice, Gabby jumps on one and scores Cutch :)

  42. Whole new ball game folks.

  43. And Sanchez scores Pedro :)

  44. Interesting trivia question on CSN.

    Last team to have 3 complete games by its pitchers in a playoff series.

    Answer was 92 Pirates Wakefield had 2 and Walkie had 1.

    This game is far from over, btw.

  45. Tony Sanchez hitting the ball well tonight. He might be starting to figure it out up here. Good sight to see.

  46. I would not complain if Hunter Pence played RF for the Pirates.

  47. At least this game is better than the one was at Heinz Field tonight…lol.

  48. Lurch and Vin not sharp tonight…

  49. How many of the SF runs were because of our (noob) catcher? Seems like he let at least 7 get away so far.

  50. Using Wilson that inning may have been useful against all those lefties. But who am I to criticize the almighty Hurdle. He only makes bad decisions about half the time.

  51. Nice break there. Thanks Scutaro.


  52. Lopez against Pedro could be truly ugly. He s the ultimate LOOGY.

  53. I stand corrected thanks

  54. Since its a Pirates game, I’m enjoying this bottle of rum. Though its much weaker than my usual.

  55. Am I the only one that seems like this game has taken forever?


  56. Ladies and Germs, I’ll be in the stands tomorrow down the 3rd base line with the wife and 2 of my boys.

    Hoping to see AJ shut them down and win the series.

    Cheap plug time: follow me on instagram and/or twitter for pictures.

    I’ll do my best to check in tomorrow to add updates.

    Can someone please repost this in tomorrow’s thread in case I don’t get back.


  57. Rtcoul on both

  58. Ok AJ. Need ya tomorrow. The veteran leader of the staff needs to step up and I am very confident he will.

  59. and that is that…good night all :)

  60. Thanks alot Atlanta!….As usual.

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