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Final: Pirates 3, Cubs 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (86-62) vs. Chicago Cubs (63-85)

Starters: LHP Francisco Liriano vs. LHP Travis Wood

Time: 1:35 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. Jordy Mercer, SS
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Marlon Byrd, RF
  5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Tony Sanchez, C
  8. Neil Walker, 2B
  9. Liriano, 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. Martin gets the day off. No Barmes. I like the line up. Let the quibbles commence!

  2. Well, what do you know. Facing a lefty, and no Morneau in the lineup. I think maybe CH let that one run its course. I thought Liriano was today, and AJ next game. AJ just pitched on Wednesday.


    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.


    Today’s Pick ‘Em Line
    Total STRIKEOUTS THROWN by Francisco Liriano in today’s game
    4-7 (EVEN ODDS)
    8-11 (EVEN ODDS)
    12 or More (DOUBLE ODDS)

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    Wild Card Magic Number: 7

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23


  4. Liriano is pitching today

  5. Today is the first of 4 games for me – to end the season.
    What a great season.

    Enjoy the game!

  6. The Pirates win the Central, I predict Plan-Demonium!

  7. Happy Sunday to all — Below is a link to Travis Sawchick’s article in today’s Trib. It deals with the Pirates’ change in defensive philosophy, filled with great insight and stats. Definitely worth a read. Go Bucs!

    • It is an amazing piece. It really let’s you know how much goes into strategizing behind the scenes. Welcome and Happy Sunday to you as well. Hope all is great in A-Town!

      • Hi Brandie — Thanks and all is well in A-Town (Austintown, OH)!

        • Will let Bizrow know when he comes back to add you to the list if that is okay. Long time lurker or had you posted before?

          • I’m a daily lurker and very rare poster. I usually find after lurking that I really have nothing intelligent to add. Although I do come away with quite a few laughs! And some good reads from JAL’s links.

            • Casper’s been seen once in a while. Brandie, thanks for catching his hometown,we’ll have ot make sure Biz knows. Casper thanks for posting your hometown. Jump in more often, friend :)

        • casper, did you happen to go to Fitch High School?

          • Hey Plan — No, although my wife (’91) and son did (’10). I live about 2 miles from Fitch. I’m actually from New Castle but work eventually landed me in Austintown, via New Castle, Slippery Rock, Akron, Cleveland and Philly.

            • Now THAT is a small world.

              I am from New Castle also……….. know the tri-state area well. Graduated from the “old” NC High. Was just in town the past few days for a funeral.

              Nice to meet a fellow Cane.

              • Yes it is! Sorry to hear your trip back was under circumstances. I went to the old Ne-Ca-Hi as well. Went to George Washington and was in the first 9th grade class to go to the high school. I graduated in ’86.

              • I went to GW also, graduated in ’83.

                Born and raised in Mahoningtown.


              • Wow! I knew quite a few people from Motown. I used to go down to the fields to watch some of the great softball games played down there. Used to have some tough baseball games against the 7th ward as well.

              • Yeah, night games at Progressive.

                Tough neighborhood to grow up in, but love it to this day. We wree the goofs who played tackle football on a grass/asphalt mix.

                You do need to post more often. You can still lurk, but its more fun in here.

              • Will do. And yes, Motown was full of some crazy guys. Although pretty good ones, for the most part. I’m sure we know a lot of the same people and could share some great memories. Given the years we graduated, we walked the halls at the same time and you actually graduated with my older sister.

              • Really? Who would that be? I havent seen many classmates in years.

              • To protect the innocent, I’ll refrain from publishing her first name. Last name is Moses.

              • Ah! Yes, do protect the innocent, and the guilty also! Really glad to hear from you. This made my day. Thank you for being in here.

                Look forward to hearing from you more.

            • My wife is a ’90 grad from Fitch.

              • Hey JD — Small world. I’d bet dollars to donuts that they probably know each other. She has 4 sibs who went to Fitch as well, although she is the baby.

  8. Woo-Hoo! Let’s go get ‘em! I like this lineup! I’m predicting big games for The Sanchez Boys!

  9. Greetings from section 145 as I continue my personal tour of the North Shore. This will be my first time to see Liriano as I have been on the Jeff Locke rotation schedule. One more game left in the package on Tuesday vs the Padres. Pirates starter will be ……Jeff Locke. :) oh well. When I was a kid we used to see Bob Veale every game. Family tradition I guess.

  10. Brng home the win Laddie!

  11. Ok gotta get hubs some lunch. Go Bucs!

  12. The blog. Bringing folks together!

  13. Way to end the inning Frankie!

  14. If only he could hit to Left field.

  15. Tabby with the Trip-Trip-Triple! Wild Pitch. Us 1 Them 0

  16. Tabata with a trip trip trip trip trip trip trip trip……. oops triple, and scores on a wild wild wild wild wild wild wild pitch!

    1-0 good guys.

  17. 2013 Bucs – the year of personal milestones. Cutch with career home run 100. AJ with career strike out 2000. And today, Franky could get career strike out 1000. Only 6 to go for that milestone.

  18. That was Gabby’s give Pirate movement for 2013! J/K :)

  19. Okay lunatics – question time. Why does Pedro decide on some hits he can round the bases in a matter of seconds and then on slow ground balls, he basically jogs to the base. He could have made the play closer on that ground ball if he was hustling down the first base line. Espically with Wood searching for the base after receiving the ball if he was going full throttle down the line.

  20. TONY MONTANA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2-0 good guys.

  21. One of my Sanchez Boys!! Like the way he more DANCES than he does run!

  22. A look at the scores that matter at the moment:

    Wash 4 Phil 2 – T5
    Cin 3 Mil 0 – T3
    Stl 1 Sea 0 – T3

    So no help so far today.

  23. Just wanted to put this in here…………….

    Frankie Liriano is a great fielding pitcher.

    That is all.

  24. Off topic Tenn is playing Houston tough maybe they aren’t as bad as everyone thinks, though after last week’s game maybe the Steelers aren’t as good as I thought they were going to be this year.

  25. Barmes makes that play. :-)

  26. Come on Hurdle for the past month now you have been leaving your starters in 1 inning too long.

    • Yeah – its Hurdle’s fault. He is the one that is out there pitching. He is listening to his pitcher and his pitcher said he could go one more inning. Its the same thing that happened in Boston in the playoffs a couple of years ago. Martinez said he could go one more inning – but ended up taking the lose because he stayed out to long.

      • I didn’t say its his fault but he’s watching the games he can see Frankie is laboring the last inning, so use your bullpen were in a pennant race every game counts. He is the manager so………

  27. What’s the Hurdle update now? :-)

    Should have brought someone in for the seventh inning after Frankie showed signs of fatigue and had the high pitch count. Just saying.

  28. Bad luck there. Frank wouldn’t have even started the 7th without the no-no. He was gassed.

  29. Semper Fi Marine. Welcome home Gunny. We chewed the same dirt.

  30. Farnsie on the mound! Correctomundo!

  31. Gee, I am sure am glad we almost didnt get Morneau.


  32. Thank you Morneau, I guess you were waiting to make it a BIG RBI.

    Let’s get this nailed down.

    • Couldn’t wait to get home from the game to post this John do I made a stop……. MORRRRRRRRNNNNNNEEEAAAUUUUUU! But I see you already acknowledged him like the good fan you are! Great baseball game and the place was electric!

  33. Watching game on while flooding continues outside in Boulder and all over Colorado. If you want to help by making a donation, and getting a great t-shirt in return, please go here

    and please share that link if you can

  34. Raise that Jolly Hippo !!!!!

    Pirates did what they are supposed to do….. took 3 of 4 from a bad club….. the Cubs!

  35. Sweet! Sorry for Liriano, but the important thing happened.


    STREAK 0!

  37. Raise the Jolly Roger. (Better late than never). :)

  38. Well STL is up 9-2 over Seattle and Cincy up 5-2 over Brew Crew.

  39. Maybe some of the Lacy over Bell comments will come to an end since Lacy got a concussion today.

  40. Go Bucs!

    Pens are on NHL Network at 6:PM (for the out-of-towners.) Also on ROOT Sports.

  41. Brewers 5, Reds 5… bottom 8th.

  42. Brewers win on walk off home run.

  43. Nice win by the Bucs, but the pressure could’ve been alleviated by not leaving a tub of runners on base early.
    That issue remains their #1 question mark.
    Two more weeks to get it done!

  44. Giants just beat the Dodgers 4-3. Pirates and Cardinals lead the Dodgers by a game in the standings for second place in the NL playoff standings.

    • A few cracks in the Dodgers the past week or so. Looking at the standings of some leading teams in their last 10 games:

      * Dodgers – 3-7
      * Braves – 4-6
      * Nationals – 8 -2

      Nationals are the team to watch this week. On a roll.

      I am always pretty optimistic, but it just makes me nervous that you see some teams on a bit of a slide…just hoping the Pirates don’t catch that bug.

      That being said…It’s a pennant race…we have been waiting years for this.

  45. What, everyone else missed this?

    Zach Duke gave it up for the Reds v. the Brewers.

    Good to see that Zach is still a Bucco at heart. Reds brought him up right before the deadline so he can be on their post season roster.

    Me likey!

    • I did notice that. I was going to couple that observation with Ryan Vogelsang giving up a 3-run double to the Dodgers, but the Giants came back and won.

  46. Went to the game today.

    I saw the Cubs twice this series. They have a few nice players but I still don’t see them doing much next season.

    Anthony Rizzo forgetting how many outs there were late in the game. Inexcusable. That’s part of the reason they are in last place. And that is the type of stuff that happened to the Pirates.

    But I must admit that I too lost track of the game. They flashed up on the scoreboard that Melancon and Grilli were warming up. When Melancon entered the game I turned to the guys next to me and said “Wow, Hurdle is bringing Melancon in in the 8th and I guess Grilli will pitch the 9th”. They quickly informed me that it was the top of the 9th.

  47. Big win to keep pace with the Cards. Sure wish Seattle could have a do over for that awful finish Friday in St. Louis where they absolutely gave that game away. We could have a one game lead right now. But, all in all, tied for 1st place with an 87-62 record is not so bad.

    Welcome to town, Padres. Be prepared for a beat down!

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