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Final: Pirates 4, Reds 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (93-68) vs. Cincinnati Reds (90-71)

Starters: RHP Brandon Cumpton vs. RHP Greg Reynolds

Time: 1:10 p.m.

Site: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

TV, radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup …

  1. Felix Pie, LF
  2. Jose Tabata, CF
  3. Travis Snider, RF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  5. John Buck, C
  6. Garrett Jones, 1B
  7. Jordy Mercer, SS
  8. Josh Harrison, 2B
  9. Cumpton, P

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates pageRob Biertempfel, Karen Price and Joe Starkey 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. One reason to watch this game is to watch Tabata play center field. Could be fun

  2. For those who wanted Cumpton, you got your wish. Regulars getting a well deserved rest. Bring home the W. Let the Reds know…it does not matter what line up is fielded. We will fight and beat you any place, any where, any time! BRING IT!

  3. purchased ticket for Wild Card game….. sitting in section 136…

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  5. Lineup I pretty much expected. Only concern is that with all these call-ups we go what, 10 deep in the OF, but we don’t have enuf to give Pedro the day off. And Mercer.


  6. Ultimate bench lineup:
    Pie, CF
    Harrison, 2B
    Lambo, RF
    Sanchez, 3B
    Jones, 1B
    Buck, C
    Snider, LF
    …and don’t look now, but they haven’t brought any other infielders.

  7. Brewers will excercise option on Aoki. Pretty clear now that the Brewers had no real interest in moving him.

    • They would have been interested if we had offered Jameson Tailon :-)

      But we never trade prospects

      • nor should we have ever contemplated trading Taillon for Aoki.

        • Not in a million years.

          • Can anyone show where any living soul said to trade Taillon for Aoki? Or any player for that matter?

            • just responding to TC’s post above. where he mentioned aoki and taillon in the same sentence.

              • Oh, I know cmat, not going at you. I just cannot recall anyone ever saying trade Taillon for any other player. I am just calling BS on that.

                Carry on. :)

            • The Brewers may have been much more serious to move him for a player like Tallion. That was my point.

              Plan, after weeks of criticizing the FO for not wanting to trade prospects (without knowing any of the names involved in the trade rumors), it seems like you are complimenting the FO now….for not making a dumb deal that involved a prospect.

              Hi Hippo. Have a nice day.

              • Thunder, I never wanted a top 5 prospect traded, unless the return was great.

                I did criticize the FO for never trading prospects, because until this year, they didnt. I dont see where my views have changed. I have complimented the FO now, because they did a good job this year……….. unless you want me to keep slamming the FO just so you can continue to argue with me??

                Happy Hippo Day to you too! :)

              • Grossman was a prospect.

              • 21,
                So was Rudy Owens and all the minor leaguers they traded away for Byrd & Morneau

    • My post had innocent intentions. I got TV’s point. Did not intend to start a brouhaha.


    The final regular season standings will be updated this evening.

    The Window will continue throughout the duration of the playoffs.
    September and October will be combined and all winners will be announced at the conclusion of the playoffs.

    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 RUNS SCORED by the Pirates in today’s game
    0-3 (EVEN ODDS)
    4-6 (DOUBLE ODDS)

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    Anything is possible if a person believes
    Mark 9:23


  9. Always bummed to see MLB regular season come to an end. No sport fits so nicely into day to day living like baseball.

    This year I’ll get over that really quick like.

    Anyone see SNL last night when Tina Fey said the gigantic lead singer for Arcade Fire looked like a “Serbian basketball player” ?

  10. I believe Cutch would make a good choice for MVP, but I cringe a bit when I see him touted as a “5Tool” player. Imho, his arm is average, at best, and not particularly accurate.

  11. I thought Cueto starting on Tuesday was Dusty’s attempt at mind games.

    But apparently Latos has some floating bone chips in his elbow.

  12. Pedro has to play to try to get the home run title all to himself. He’s tied with Goldschmidt.

  13. Back from the west coast and you guys did a great job in keeping me informed while gone the last 12 days. Couldn’t follow yesterday’s game while on the plane, but it was so cool to land and fire up the iPad to find we had own big.

    You guys going to Tuesday’s game have a blast; I’m all traveled out right now.

    btw – Ryan has some beautiful territory out there in Nor Cal.

  14. And the Pirates B team get on board early with Buck RBI single to plate Tabby, 1-0 good guys.

    Pirates have chance for win #94, makes CH look like a pretty good prognosticator huh?

  15. Mercer Mercer me a Jordy HR and Bucs up 2-0, peaking at just the right time. Meanwhile Reds scuffling at wrong time.

  16. El Toro plunked now there is a surprise.

  17. Jones is awful, I think I’d rather see Snider on the post season roster than Jones.

  18. Go Jordy, hit for the cycle!

  19. Now Mercer legs out a triple on blast to RC….CH has decision come Tuesday.

    • I think he has probably already made it.

    • If he has a decision to make, then he should no longer be our manager. There simply is a mere .75 pct. points difference in batting.

      Mercer has an inside the park homer plus a few triples; the other guy has trouble getting inside the park doubles.

      There is NO difference in defensive ability

  20. JHay with RBI single and Bucs up 3-0 on deflated Reds.

  21. Listening to Walk and Greg Brown trying to explain the American League play in to determine the Wild Card Rep. Who’s On First was less confusing.

  22. Cumpton has done masterfully in his spot starts this season, have to think he will be in mix and get opportunity in Bradenton come March.

  23. Just think if Cumpton had some of Locke’s starts down the stretch.
    Think we would have had the division title?

    Just a thought.

  24. Tampa Bay crushing Toronto.

    Twins and Cubs just phoned it in this weekend.

  25. Henderson Alvarez no hitter through 8. Score is nil to nil.

  26. I like Pimentel’s strikeout ability out of the bullpen. Maybe he can phase out one of the pitch to contact relievers next year.

  27. I wish Gabby would have played a few more times this season

  28. The Pirates have a chance to finish with a better record than Detroit and the Dodgers.

  29. NO hitter in tact on a wild pitch run scored with bases loaded

  30. Oh and this just in, Steelers SUCK! 34-17 in the 3rd.

  31. I’m sure Clint won’t do it, but I’d take Cumpton as the long man in the post season.

    He’s done nothing but pitch.

  32. Walk off wild pitch no hitter on season’s final day. Wow. Baseball is something else!

  33. Jones’ 100th HR as a Pirate.

  34. Mercer 3-4 with single, triple, HR but prob won’t get another AB.

  35. Jeanmar not helping his case for the post-season bullpen. Not having a great outing again.

  36. Raise it again for #94. Beat them again at HOME on Tuesday!! GO BUCS!!

  37. Pirates earn the SWEEP…4-2 to close out 2013 regular season with a 94-68 mark.

    What a season the Pirates gave us, now on to Tuesday night at PNC in biggest Game of year. Can’t wait to see the crowd, scene for playoff baseball in the Burgh, long time coming!

    Go Bucs!

  38. Raise it! Sweep! Can’t wait for Tuesday! Go Buccos!

  39. Pirates outscore the Reds 16-6 during the weekend. The Reds only scored in 3 of 27 innings, one in each game. The Reds end the regular season on a 5 game losing streak.

  40. Clint was way off with his preseason prediction. :-)

  41. 94 regular season wins!!!
    How about that?!?

    Here are the final regular season standings from The Window.

    ***Please note***
    - This fun little game will continue on throughout the duration of the post-season.
    - The most overall combined points in the months of September & October will win the Pirates bumper sticker.
    - The overall season winner will not be crowned until after the end of the Pirates post-season.

    stuart66 ~ 700
    Dom ~ 700
    TCB ~ 475
    Jandy ~ 300
    RobertoForever ~ 250
    cherokee23 ~ 250

    bman ~ 2905
    JRay3 ~ 2225
    War Horse ~ 1865
    Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) ~ 1475
    JUCOFan ~ 1325
    blazer ~ 1150
    Nate83 ~ 1025
    Dadtackular ~ 1000
    stickyweb ~ 950
    TCB ~ 875
    Irish ~ 775
    KJX ~ 750
    RobertoForever ~ 740
    fellocolonial ~ 700
    Chico ~ 600
    Ermine ~ 600
    theplanisworking ~ 500
    Dom ~ 475
    Bill Born ~ 430
    cherokee23 ~ 400
    JohninOshkosh ~ 335
    EricBowser ~ 325
    kr70 ~ 300
    OZ ~ 300
    Boise Bucco ~ 200
    Evan ~ 200
    Hal Smith ~ 200
    stuart66 ~ 200
    tdb1977 ~ 185
    A1C McG ~ 100
    Damon ~ 100
    PetroSteel ~ 100
    steelercrazy ~ 100
    Vette60 (Randy in RVA) ~ 100
    mlrgenuine ~ 50
    Big B ~ 0
    Fish ~ 0
    MarkV ~ 0
    pants-n-at ~ 0
    Ruffian706 ~ -40
    Pucknutz ~ -50
    JoeyBats ~ -75
    Ben ~ -80
    Alexandre Giesbrecht ~ -100
    Arriba Wilver ~ -100
    Brian ~ -100
    Dcpinpgh ~ -100
    John in WM ~ -100
    Kevin S ~ -100
    buffalo_bob ~ -150
    buggee ~ -150
    Ghost ~ -150
    Matt hoffman ~ -150
    DormontGeorge ~ -200
    Ryan76 ~ -200
    TJ ~ -200
    tmp444 ~ -225
    Drew71 ~ -250
    Frankie ~ -250
    Patrick ~ -250
    Joey Mellons ~ -300
    Rick in Crete ~ -300
    Steve J. Smith ~ -300
    toochca ~ -300
    BDHumbert ~ -325
    absolute59 ~ -350
    Jason81 ~ -400
    DemonDachshund ~ -450
    Jandy ~ -475
    cmat0829 ~ -500
    The Gunner ~ -500
    TK ~ -500
    Keith ~ -550
    radio wave ~ -575
    JaxBuc ~ -650
    Karen22 ~ -950
    Brandie ~ -975
    cosmo ~ -1000
    pattonbb ~ -1050
    JMB ~ -1350
    Kevin ~ -1535
    Lad9 ~ -2100
    JD ~ -2275
    Bizrow ~ -5000

    ***The Most Points for the end of SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER will win:***

    First Place at the end of the season will win:

    Second Place at the end of the season will win:

    Third Place at the end of the season will win:

    Fourth Place at the end of the season will win:

    Fifth Place at the end of the season will win:

  42. Why did they have to expand the playoff teams THIS year???

    Even if we get by the Reds, we’ll still be at a disadvantage as Liriano would have already got a start.

    • I think it started last year. But what’s the diff? And if we would have won the division, wouldn’t have to do it.

      Seems fair to me.

    • Win or go home. It’s baseball at it’s best.

      We just swept the Reds. I’d be more worried about overconfidence than the rotation for the next series . . . . I think our pitching is good enough that any one of our top four can keep us in a game if they’re on their game.

      If we get by the Reds, starting A. J. makes a lot of sense.

  43. If I remember correctly, you have a 25 man roster for Tuesday, then can reset come the next series. In order to get a few more bats available, do you keep Morton, AJ, and Locke(he’s rather obvious) and go with 10 pitchers and 15 position players? True, you’re in trouble if you go lots of extra innings, but neither AJ nor Charlie would be available on Tuesday. But then, not sure you are gaining much with the choices we’d have for bench players…..


  44. First time in long history of baseball that both venerable franchises in Pittsburgh and Cleveland have been in the playoffs at the same time.

    • Will never see a Pittsburgh/Cleveland World series, as much as I would love to see that.
      Buccos might be able to get there.And if by some way ya did – in game 7 leading by a ton something crazy would happen……
      Sorry Cleveland, just ain’t gonna happen. Not because ya got a bad team, just because there is some very dark black cloud hanging over all your teams. I don’t know what yinz did to anger the sports Gods but it musta been bad.

  45. Rays at Rangers tomorrow for the 2nd AL wild-card spot.
    Winner goes to Cleveland to play Wednesday.

    Think Francona has made a little difference in Cleveland?

  46. Checking the archives on March 31:

    DK had the Bucs at 76-86

    I had them at 77-85.

    Thrilled that we both were wrong!

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