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Final: Brewers 4, Pirates 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (77-55) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (58-74)

Starters: RHP Gerrit Cole vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo

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. Jose Tabata, LF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. Marlon Byrd, RF
  6. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  7. John Buck, C
  8. Jordy Mercer, SS
  9. Cole, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. Rob Biertempfel, Karen Price and I 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.

284 Comments

  1. 2 LINE THURSDAY!!!

    ******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 STRIKEOUTS THROWN by Gerrit Cole in tonight’s game
    Line is 5.5

    Line #2
    Total Combined RBI’s by Andrew McCutchen + Pedro Alvarez + Marlon Byrd in tonight’s game
    Line is 3.5

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    77 Down, only 5 more to go!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23

    KEEP CALM & BREAK .500

  2. Unless someone can promise me Brandon Cumpton or Kris Johnson will turn into Marty Bystrom I demand we –

    Free Dan Haren.

  3. Just hope Cole can spot his fastball because Brewers still have enough firepower to blast poorly placed fastballs

    • good point.

      Even without Mr. Smear The Collector, their lineup is good. Not great, good.

      • I would agree with good, guys. But, take a look at how much your park influences HR.

        Bucs: 52 HR at home, 74 away
        Brewers: 72 HR at home, 61 away

        Brewers are a decent HR-hitting team w/o Braun. The Pirates are actually a very good HR team away from PNC.

        Our 74 road HR is #2 in the league to Atlanta, who have 74. Brewers are tied for 6th in road HR, with their 61. Incidentally, they are tied with the Reds, who the pundits always seem to think are this powerful team.

  4. When Marte does return, and he replaces Tabata at the leadoff spot, that is a pretty solid lineup.

    Of course , if John Buck , “wally -pipps” Martin, that could open up a whole can of worms.

    I realize Martin is the starter, but doesn’t Buck have some experience at 1st base?

    Would be nice to acquire the “april” John Buck, with the power that guy could provide.

    I would still give Pie the LF lead off duties, especially against a right handed starter.

  5. Dejan’s not at the Steelers game ?

  6. Marte took one handed dry swings in the cage yesterday. What’s next, they turn the sprinkler on ?

  7. Despite all the grief he gets here:

    In August, Tabata is hitting .309/.373/.485 with seven runs, two home runs, four doubles, and a triple.

    Not a lot of other Pirates doing that well.

    • Tabata has had a strong month, but the fact that his “hot month” has produced 2 HRs shows that he cannot hold down a RF spot, especially given that he plays indifferent defense and runs the bases like a 7 year old. I hope he keeps it up while Marte is out, but am excited about the Marte, Cutch, Byrd outfield finishing out the season with Tabata providing good bench depth.

    • Those are excellent numbers , for a 4th outfielder, which is where he fits best on this team.

      Isn’t he due to pay a visit to the DL?. I just don’t trust/count on him to do anything significant , when the chips are on the line.

      How many runs has he given up, with his below average defense , while you are picking and choosing stats?.

      • I don’t know – perhaps you can provide those stats to support your POV. I am not saying he deserves to start, just saying that he deserves a bit more respect than he seems to be getting here.

        • I agree that he gets ripped all the time. I suspect most of that is due to exaggerated percetion of slovenly play. I admit seeing him pull up short, or not go all out to first. At some point someone –a coach, the mgr, or a player got to him and told him to quit worrying about his hamstring, or he will be protecting it in Altoona. His effort has be good in recent times, imho. As for his childish baserunning, that hardly stands out on this team.

  8. Shhhhhhh!!!!! Don’t tell anyone that half our first base platoon and right fielder have actually not been the problem the last 40 games.

    • Eh…not sure that is true. I’d say the problem has been that the pitching has regressed somewhat (or a lot in Locke’s case), the offense has not been able to carry the team (the 1B and RF lack of power being a big part of the problem) and bad luck/not getting it done in close games (lost the last five one-run games, for example).

  9. That is why I like this place. Where else can you go from John Amos to John Stamos to Steven Stamkos in a single thread?

    Good Evening, Loonsters.

  10. Man, what to watch tonight.

    Bucs in pennant race.
    Steelers game is kinda worthless, but it is the Steelers.
    College football starts!

    My remote is going to be busy……..

    • Yes and don’t forget Mars and Franklin Regional high school football at some point in this evenings schedule.

      Straighten him out Milo

      • Oops sorry Plan, it appears that game is on Friday. I received some bad info.

        Boy there is a lot of that going around; I hope it’s not an a contagious epidemic

  11. I gotta admit. Pretty cool how South Carolina comes onto the field.

  12. As much as we were happy, by and large, to get these two, it sure does seem like starting a new season all over again to see them in there, doesn’t it? Hope it’s a real good start – as in let’s win this Central going away!

  13. Are you a big Rick Flair fan? I notice you mention him a lot. I was more of a Jimmy Superfly Snuka fan.

  14. I’m seeing too much Sanchez. Put Jones in there, please. I realize Clint loves Gabby, but I’d rather have Jones in there at PNC.

    • Probably some statistic he has showing Gaby Eats Up Gallardo … I know, sounds like one of those cheesy 1950s Sci-Fi movies.

    • Gaby is 7-22, .318 lifetime versus Gallardo, seems like the appropriate play, even more so when considering Jones is 7 for his last 59.

    • Have you seen Jones at the plate during the last few weeks?

      And have you seen Gabby at the plate the past week or so?

      This has nothing to do with who Clint loves.

  15. With all of this stuff about Amos, Stamos and Stamkos, can’t we please just talk about Barmes – once in a while.

  16. since he’s starting tonight behind the plate….

  17. Buck and Byrd
    Buck and Byrd
    Buck and Byrd
    Buck and Byrd
    Buck and Byrd

  18. Good defensive teams turn the double plays they are supposed to. This team routinely does not. And it costs them here.

  19. Yes it did. There would have been no pickoff throw had they turned it.

  20. Ooh, Tabata takes a ball outside.

    That’s one!

  21. I hate the Brewers, their announcers, and Lucroy. And yes, I’m doubling up on Lucroy.

  22. Can the Pirates at LEAST get 10 pitches out of Gallardo in the inning?

  23. McCutchen keeps me sane.

  24. And that’s WHY you run hard from box…. should have been an inside the park HR.

  25. Apologies if this has already been mentioned but the game is mlb.com’s free game of the day on their site.

  26. C’mon Pedro. don’t expand the zone, you have an actual hitter behind you.

  27. The way he came out of the box is why he only has 4 triples. Little things will mean a lot in October. that was a bad inning, top & bottom.

  28. Time to go to bed and pull the covers over my head. My heart can’t take this.

  29. I want to say this before we get too far along. I don’t know how you can keep screwing with a pitcher’s schedule between starts and expect him to be sharp with his control.

  30. When does Cole become that top of the rotation stud we were told about?

  31. Looks like Cole has caught Locke Disease. Can’t throw strikes and whe he does the pitch is fat.

  32. If the Brewers get a little pitching help, they will be scary next season. Very strong up the middle, both offensivly and defensively. Infielders are already superior to our guys. If Braun can playbw/o roids and Aramis has a year left in the tank . . .

  33. They lost the game before the 1st Cardinals series to stinky Miami. They lost the game before the next Cardinals series to stinky Colorado. Lessons learned ?

  34. Why do they continuosly pull outside pitches.

  35. Well the Mets are hitting well tonight. Sure do hope some of the Pirates join them.

  36. Maybe Cole can learn something from that at bat. 3 of the 4 four pitches Gallardo threw him were off speed and made him look foolish. That is the answer to Pattons question. Cole becomes an elite pitcher when he develops his off speed pitches. I like the 87 mph cutter he threw followed by a 97 mph fastball. Not enough of that at this point in his development.

  37. This is gonna be one of those games where you check the box score and Bucs have 10 hits without a run because they’ll scatter singles all night and won’t do anything with RISP.

  38. Who wants to be the 4th starter in the postseason rotation? Apparently nobody.

  39. I want one of those Parrot hats.

  40. I’m listening to the radio feed tonight with Bob Uecker. Better than anything the Pirates have.

  41. Bucs better realize now that the way they are not getting to Gallardo, that they will likely not get to the pen any time soon, so they need to start hitting Gallardo and score some runs. 3-0 at this point might as well be 8-0. Opportunity may be lost to tie the Cards before the series coming up. Now they will have to win the series to at least tie them up again. If they sweep they will be 1 game in first – barring any dramatics tonight. 3-0 is not insurmountable, but at this rate they are not doing anything.

  42. Welcome to PNC Park, Marlon. Left field is hard to hit it out in this place.

  43. Cole’s line is 7 IP and 3 runs on 82 pitches. That is pretty efficient.

  44. Let’s go Bucks!

  45. How many $%$#@^* double plays have we hit into tonight???
    GrRrrr!!!!

  46. ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  47. Leave it to the freakin Brewers to be spoilers for us…

  48. This offense is still horrendous. Gallardo ALWAYS has their number no matter who is on the team. I wish that would start to change. Doesn’t help that Dan I-”don’t-know-what-the-strike-zone-is”-asonia is behind the plate and making people swing at crap that is not even in the strike zone in order to not get caught looking. All we need is three. WAKE UP OFFENSE!!!!

  49. At least Gallardo is out of the game…

  50. Nice play by Petey

  51. did they go out on the town and party last night or what?

  52. This offense has now decided not to score runs for two starters: Burnett and Cole…

  53. So, they started thinking about tomorrow right around when they recorded the 3rd out last night ?

  54. Can we say thinking ahead to the next series? They better get their heads out of their keesters and come out and play the next three days or they are going to find themselves in a world of hurt.

  55. This team will have a very short stay in the postseason playing like this…

  56. Don’t look now but, the Nats are on a roll and making up ground…

  57. Why are we pitching to Ramirez???

  58. I knew Morris was going to let a run score there. Too many times recently. 4-0 and I’m out now. Come with your A game this weekend, Bucs!

  59. If they lose this one, they will have dropped all three games leading into the three most recent Cardinals series. To the Marlins, Rockies & Brewers, combined winning % – .427.

  60. Six outs left offense….FREAKING do something!!!

  61. Apparently they feel by making outs quickly tomorrow will get here faster.

  62. How pathetic…

  63. With this loss the Buccos will be 26-26 since July 1…not playoff baseball…

  64. The Brewers look like the team fighting for a pennant in this series…

  65. Uh oh. Overhead of the fountain.

    • They way overplayed that overhead tonight, didn’t they? Used it like it was a NEW TOY or something! Made the wife downright dizzy a couple times. That one was just awful, just looking down on the infielders from THE MOON! The only one that was halfway interesting was the BRIEF one where it showed Wilson running in from the pen! And Blass has just gotten downright BORING! Hello! Color men aren’t supposed to be boring!

  66. Can someone get a message to Nevrett:

    There is absolutely no reason to talk about the design on Buck’s mask for as long as he has.

    Who cares!? !

  67. I want Brown and Neverrette to speak at my funeral.

    The way they describe a walk as a game-winning HR, they can make my funeral sound like America’s Best Dance Party.

  68. Pedro you are supposed to wait for a pitch you can drive, not pick one off of your shoe tops! Geez!

  69. If Pedro does not get more consistent with his hitting–this will be a short post season.

    • If this entire team doesn’t start playing better it will be a short postseason…

      • There will be no postseason.

        I mean, there will be no postseason with the Pirates in it.

        Unless the Syrians and Iranians nuke us to death after we start WW III–then there will be no postseason.

        Whatever.

  70. Well, thats baseball.

    Everybody have a great night.
    Everybody hope for the best tomorrow.

  71. We all could have just watched the 1st inning & saved ourselves the frustration. The lack of focus was on display right from the get go. A double play was not turned in the top of the inning that led to a Milwaukee run. And lack of hustle by Andrew McCutchen in the bottom half cost the Pirates a run. What should have been a 1-0 Pirate lead was a 1-0 Milwaukee lead. And all downhill from there.

  72. Cole didn’t have his best stuff his last two starts but to receive only 1 run combined from your offense??? Really????

  73. Have any of you played baseball? You can be so much better than the other team and still get your butt kicked, How many balls did we hit tonight that were shots and ten feet either way we got a whole different ballgame.

    Bring on the Cards. We are primed and ready.

    Sweep.

    Go Bucs!

    Or go Uncle Buck!

    • Ken, yes I have. Once or twice is one thing….but to be consistently outplayed by lessor teams in a pennant race is concerning…lack of focus…

      • Where is the lack of focus? I look in their eyes and see them all in to every situation. I’m going to ask DK in the chat tomorrow what the locker room is like. It is a tough game, and just because the Brewers have a bad record this year, they are still major leaguers.

        • By the way I really liked Uncle Buck’s debut. Whoever put that video up earlier from the movie “Whats your record” Might just go rent that movie and chill out and get ready for the Cards.20 games over .500. We suck. :.)

  74. One Games Behind

    Still August

    Bitchin at Cutch not hustling? He’s lead this club for 6-7 weeks

    Cut me a break, at least act like you have been here before

    Many miles to go before we sleep

    I’m all in, see you folks tomorrow when the chips are pushed in

    60 Bucs = never say die ;-)

    • Yes, thank you. Cutch not hustling. Give me a break.

    • So you’re saying that he did hustle coming out of the box on that hit in the 1st inning ?

      • I’m saying cut Cutch a break

        No worry about that fellows character, honor or integrity

        And cut me a break

        Milo, this is the very first time, IMO, your post was out to lunch

        We lost 4-0

        Don’t diss the glue to our club, nor diss a guy that is busting is arse.

      • Milo, Don’t you know that you can’t trust your own eyes to see what was right there on the screen? You have to come to the board to have people tell you that it REALLY DIDN’T HAPPEN!

        And you know what else? The Bucs scored 10 runs tonight and won going away! It’s true because WE TELL YOU WHAT TO BELIEVE!

        Give me a break indeed!

  75. Disappointing going through the motions performance with first place at stake.

    • Reading never played ball or forgot. Baseball is a funky game. Sometimes you do everything right and it turns out wrong. Cutch hit the ball on the screws a few times tonight. Tomorrow he will hit a blop for a double.and ya’ll will say he’s MVP. Going through the motions. Give me a break. Oops no break. The Cards are checking into their hotel.

      Lets Go Bus!

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