Major League Baseball

Final: Pirates 6, Yankees 3

Who: Pirates vs. Yankees, When: 7:05 p.m., Where: PNC Park, TV: Root Sports, Radio: 93.7 The Fan

Jordy Mercer rounds the bases after a leadoff home run. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Leading up to the first pitch…

• WhoPirates (6-9) vs. Yankees (10-5)
• When: 7:05 p.m.
• Where: PNC Park
Pitchers: RHP Tyler Glasnow vs. LHP CC Sabathia
• TV: Root Sports
Radio: 93.7 The Fan
• Boxscore: MLB Gameday

FOLLOW THE GAME WITH GAJTKA

10:26: BALLGAME. Judge scoots a grounder to Mercer for the easy force out at second base. The Pirates get back on track and Watson earns his fifth save, if you care about such trivial stats. More coverage to come!

10:24: Fourth time in nine innings that the Pirates have retired the first two Yankees, only to see them put at least two runners on base. Judge to the plate as the tying run …

10:19: Count me as a fan of Tony Watson‘s entrance video. ‘Take Out The Gunman’ by Chevelle is the backing track.

10:16: The bespectacled Tyler Clippard works a perfect bottom of the eighth.

10:08: Swing and a miss! Hudson gets Holliday on a low slider. Pirates are three outs away from ending a three-game slump.

10:06: There are a lot of Yankees fans on the third-base side of the lower seating bowl. They just jeered Cervelli for visiting Hudson with the count at 3-2.

10:04: Daniel Hudson is close to falling victim to badbaseballitis here in the eighth. Freese mishandles a routine Romine grounder, giving the Pirates their third error. Pinch-hitter Aaron Hicks singles past the diving Harrison. Now familiar face Matt Holliday pinch-hits with two on and two out.

9:48: RUN. Freese singles anyway, giving the Pirates a 6-3 lead. It’s an unearned run.

9:45: Layne walks Polanco. Girardi wants the righty Jonathan Holder. I thought Rob Manfred was supposed to save us from this nonsense.

9:41: RUN. Mercer, who walked against Warren, sprints home on Castro’s ugly dropped-catch error (are there pretty errors?) with two outs. McCutchen sprints to second on the mistake.

Warren is out and Tommy ‘Night Train’ Layne comes in.

9:25: Frazier made that catch more flashy that it needed to be, but he tracks down a Castro liner in the right-field corner nonetheless. Had to reach behind his head to grab it, because he overran the ball.

At any rate, it’s a perfect seventh for Felipe Rivero.

9:23: No grand slam for Bell off Warren this time. We’re on to the seventh.

9:10: Nicasio retires the side in the sixth with no trouble. Former Cub Adam Warren to the mound for the Bombers.

9:03: Man, the Yankees have some large men in their employ. Last year’s 41-homer Brewer Chris Carter pinch-hits for Sabathia.

8:57: Fantastic leaping catch by Judge at the wall in right-center, robbing McCutchen of at least two bases.

8:52: Big strikeout for Nicasio to stop the damage at two runs. Halfway through at PNC Park with the Pirates up one.

Glasnow threw 102 pitches, 65 strikes.

8:47: RUNS, but not earned runs. Back-to-back two-out singles by Ellsbury and Judge give the Yankees an opportunity, which Bird converts with help from Harrison’s second error of the game. Playing in shallow right-center field, Harrison has Bird’s hard grounder skip under his glove. Two runs score because both runners were off on contact.

It’s 4-3, Pirates, and Glasnow’s night is done. Juan Nicasio will face Romine.

8:32: Mercer strikes out on a curveball down and away. Sabathia’s retired seven of eight. Fifth inning upcoming.

8:28: Just noticing this, but there’s a Steelers logo on the backside of the pitcher’s mound. I’m a sharp one.

Osuna walks to start the bottom of the fourth.

8:22: I’ll give you the bad news first: It’s taken Glasnow 77 pitches to get through four innings.

Here’s the good news: Despite walking a pair, Glasnow has thrown 57 of those pitches for strikes. He whiffs Gardner on a good ‘downer’ curveball to end the top of the fourth and waste Romine’s leadoff single.

8:06: An eventful inning ends with Glasnow K-ing the powerful Bird on a down-and-in curveball. Two pitches previous, Bird cracked a deep foul ball that struck the Pirates Charities sign on the fly. That’s a first … and a blow for decency in DK‘s eyes.

Prior to that, Glasnow walked Ellsbury, who stole second base. The Yankees have snagged two bags on two tries so far.

7:59: RUN. Osuna taketh away. His fielding error on Headley’s double to right allows the quick Gardner to score from first base. 4-1.

7:48: From DK: I’m taking tonight off, though I’ll be at the yard covering the second game tomorrow. That said, I live a mile upriver and can always tell when the Pirates are doing well. Three sets of fireworks in the early going, and I’m guessing that’s good.

7:43: RUNSBell punishes an 87-mph meatball from Sabathia over the North Side Notch for his second homer in two games. This mammoth shot puts the Pirates ahead 4-0 in the second.

7:41: Woah! Osuna’s first big-league hit is a triple off the wall in right-center. Someone check to make sure Matt Sunday didn’t faint in the photographers’ well.

7:38: Glasnow gets around a two-out boot by Harrison to retire the side in the second. Nice swing by Sabathia on his popout to shortstop. The man has a .217 batting average in 115 at-bats, it turns out.

7:29: RUN. Freese’s infield single to third baseman Headley gets another run home. It followed a bunt single by Harrison and a single through the left side by McCutchen.

Cervelli bounces into a 6-4-3 to get CC and the Yanks out of it.

7:22: RUN. On the first pitch of the bottom of the first, Mercer lines an elevated Sabathia fastball into the center-field shrubbery. Second career leadoff jack for Jordy.

7:17: Two quick outs for Glasnow, then a pair of singles. But, in an extended rookie-vs.-rookie at-bat, he gets Judge looking at an inside fastball for Strike 3. Inning over, with a bit of drama.

7:08: Glasnow gets Gardner to bounce out to second base. We are underway on a beautiful Friday night in April. An usher told me to expect 28,000 or so on this fireworks night.

PREGAME

7:02: Some historical stuff that means nothing to this game: The Pirates are 2-1 at PNC Park against the Yankees, with all of those meetings occurring in 2008. Meanwhile, due to a fluke of interleague scheduling, the Pirates have played three series in the Bronx, going 1-8.

The previous meeting between the two teams was in 2014, when the Pirates won one of three in their first trip to the new Yankee Stadium.

6:55: A dignified pregame tribute to Dan Rooney features P.A. man Tim DeBacco reading an extensive list of Rooney’s accomplishments while in charge of the Steelers. A moment of silence followed.

Also, ‘Daniel M. Rooney 1932-2017’ is inscribed in gold ink on the dirt surrounding home plate.

6:14: Let’s get to tonight’s starting pitcher, shall we? This is start No. 3 of the Glasnow ‘experiment,’ if you want to call it that. Either way, he has a 12.10 ERA and a 2.55 WHIP through two appearances lasting a total of 6 2/3 innings.

However, after giving up four runs in the first inning last Saturday in Chicago, Glasnow got the Pirates through five against the Cubs with a diverse repertoire that included 26 changeups, 12 more than he’d thrown in his previous 25 big-league innings combined.

“I saw him come off the mound (after the first) with some angst, which is good,” Hurdle said. “I saw him absolutely cut up a lineup in the second, third and fourth. Power curve. A changeup that had bottom to it. Good velocity.”

Either way, Hurdle doubled down on his statement that Glasnow needs to learn at this level, not Triple-A, where he has dominated with raw stuff.

“This is the place for him to develop,” he said. “He’s going to learn valuable lessons here. And the sting of learning lessons is much more (significant) for a guy learning.”

6:05: Stopped by José Osuna‘s locker to congratulate him on making the major leagues, even if it took Marte’s suspension to make it so.

“It’s a little nicer than (Triple-A),” Osuna quipped when I asked how the big-league life was treating him. The spring phenom makes his first major-league start tonight, batting seventh and playing right field.

In case you’re curious, the Pirates aren’t planning to bump Bell to the outfield to allow Osuna to play his natural position — first base — a little more. Hurdle said Bell needs more reps at first and moving him around would only detract from that purpose.

6:00: Count Hurdle as “intrigued” by any Yankees fan attracted to the Bill Mazeroski statue beyond the right-field entrance to PNC Park. He said he saw a few New Yorkers snapping photos next to it yesterday.

“To this day, they’ll still complain about the one that got away instead of the 27 (championships) they have,” Hurdle said. “It’s still the rock in their shoe.”

5:55: Hurdle said he still enjoys the “freshness” and “pop quiz” nature that comes with preparing for interleague play, noting that the Pirates get to face a Yankees team with some exciting young players, like gargantuan slugger Aaron Judge, who has popped five homers over the fence in 15 games. He’s the first under-25 Yankee since Derek Jeter (1999) to do that.

Judge, who stands at 6-foot-7 and 282 pounds, is 24, or 12 years younger than New York’s starting pitcher. Sabathia carried a shutout into the eighth inning last Saturday against the Cardinals, lowering his three-start ERA to 1.47. This is the first time Sabathia has pitched against the Pirates since 2008, when he carried the Brewers to the playoffs after a midseason trade.

5:41: Girardi, who went through the multi-year Alex Rodríguez PED ordeal and all it entailed, is a little more qualified to comment on the subject of suspended players than most.

The 10th-year Yankees manager said he’s “always surprised” whenever a prominent player like Marte gets penalized for ingesting a banned substance.

“The players are well aware of the risk,” he said. “I think the message has been sent prior to this. … But, it happens. I think we all, in our lifetimes, would’ve done something differently. Sometimes you get caught up in the competitiveness and wanting to be great. Your competitive juices come out and you do something you wish you wouldn’t have done.

“You hate to see it happen in our sport, but it happens in all sports.”

5:25: Plenty of buzz around Francisco Cervelli‘s locker stall today, since he spent the first 10 years of his pro career in the Yankees organization. However, the part of his history that’s most newsworthy this week is the 50-game suspension he served in 2014 for his affiliation with the infamous Biogenesis anti-aging clinic.

Cervelli said he’s reached out to Starling Marte to tell him he’ll support him no matter what, modeling that stance after how his Yankees teammates treated him in 2014 when he had to sit.

“If you need me, I’m here,” Cervelli said, relaying his message to Marte. “Eighty days are gonna go quick, so get ready, because we’re going to need you.”

4:25: Planning to sit in on the Joe Girardi press availability, if only to get a better idea on what’s going on with the Yanks these days.

In the meantime, here are his starting nine:

1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Chase Headley, 3B
3. Starlin Castro, 2B
4. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
5. Aaron Judge, RF
6. Greg Bird, 1B
7. Austin Romine, C
8. Ronald Torreyes, SS
9. Sabathia, P

4:21 p.m.: Here we go from PNC Park, where there are already Yankees fans in pinstriped jerseys surrounding the place. Fair warning if you’re coming down.

Here’s Clint Hurdle‘s lineup card:

1. Jordy Mercer, SS
2. Josh Harrison, 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Gregory Polanco, LF
5. David Freese, 3B
6. Francisco Cervelli, C
7. José Osuna, RF
8. Josh Bell, 1B
9. Glasnow, P

THE SETUP

The Pirates welcome the Yankees to town for the first time since 2008.  Matt Sunday and myself will have you covered.  Follow along with all the action right here.

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LukesWall
LukesWall

Chevelle is a really good band. Watson-fiiting choice with ‘Take Out the Gunman’ !!

pieratz
pieratz

That Harrison between the legs 2 run error really soured Glasnow’s start. Glad they got the win, but these games already feel like September games when the team was eliminated in August.

Ike727
Ike727

Holy crap, Chevelle is my favorite band! Now I have to get to a Bucs game to see the Watson video. Is it online?

TWM in CLE
TWM in CLE

Kudos to Glasnow. Two improved starts after the disastrous beginning.

Yellow.Ledbetter
Yellow.Ledbetter

Congrats on the weekend sweep of the Yanks! 😉

eulerr
eulerr

Let’s see…McCutcheon hits a ball 390 feet and it’s just an out. Then he weakly pops up and ends up on second base with Jordy Mercer scoring. Who says baseball is a funny game?

NJ07035
NJ07035

Joe Garagiola 😉

read it many times when I was young

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chethejet
chethejet

Nice win. Watson is morphing into Mike Williams. To me he is not a closer. I think Osuna adds a nice bat off the bench. Polanco not exactly lighting it up. Need him to get hot.

Taillon's Curveball
Taillon's Curveball

The Pirates are the ultimate weekend warriors. 7-0 on Friday through Sunday, 0-9 on Monday through Thursday. Raise it!

musicman
musicman

If the Pirates win tonight does it mean they’ll win tomorrow and Sunday too?

chethejet
chethejet

Caps win. Hope it goes 7.

NuckyThompson
NuckyThompson

Caps win in OT, damn.

musicman
musicman

Toronto with bad zone coverage on the winning goal.

MC7187
MC7187

Neil Walker sure would look good at 2nd.

SeenItAll
SeenItAll

But would he really? Walker is approaching 32 years old; had major back surgery last September, and is currently hitting .210 with one HR in 16 games. He’s had chronic back problems for years. Maybe Harrison is not the answer but Walker is a risk at this point. By the way, he’s getting paid $17 mil this year.

Patrick
Patrick

You mean he would have looked good watching two of three roll into the outfield, untouched?

RadioWave
RadioWave

eighth inning defense again.

karbil2
karbil2

Does Harrison need his eyes checked? He was in position both times and missed judged the ball, depth issues.

shawn6687
shawn6687

Both plays on the grass perhaps contributing to the E’s? Just thinking out loud.

pieratz
pieratz

Alright Ed Sherran

musicman
musicman

Defense tonight has been terrible. Too many extra outs.

Milo Hamilton
Milo Hamilton

If Bell is still in the game Romine’s out.

Milo Hamilton
Milo Hamilton

OK they’re both listed at 6-2 but Bell plays taller. 😉

shawn6687
shawn6687

Or since we are so close to the NFL draft we can say Bell has good length. 😉

I’m surprised Jaso is 6′ 2″

Milo Hamilton
Milo Hamilton

Me too, I don’t buy it.

Patrick
Patrick

Another key to this year will be Hurdle’ s ability to keep Freese fresh, without sacrificing too much.. So far, he looks strong . . .

musicman
musicman

Capitals and leafs headed to overtime.

musicman
musicman

Thank you very much Yankees.

NJ07035
NJ07035

outstanding baserunning by Mercer – most guys are jogging that out and may only reach third

it is a fundamental that has been lost, but good job by Mercer nonetheless

musicman
musicman

An insurance run would be nice.

NJ07035
NJ07035

does two work for you?

musicman
musicman

Sure does!

Milo Hamilton
Milo Hamilton

Why in heaven’s name would Clint rather have Jaso leading off that inning instead of Frazier ? Makes zero sense.

musicman
musicman

Nice catch Frazier.

Milo Hamilton
Milo Hamilton

Dejan mentioned this in a recent column and I agree with it 100%, there is no way I’d take Bell out for defense here.

shawn6687
shawn6687

It is maddening. We could use a couple of insurance runs. Plus, if he is going to learn, let him have some late-inning opportunities fielding the position.

NJ07035
NJ07035

got your couple of runs

Patrick
Patrick

Next time DK logs in, can we get his opinion of the “carnivalising” of the bridge lights? It is popular in several cities, biut it seems detracting on the Clemente Bridge. Of course, some folks probably disliked the yellow paint.

Dejan Kovacevic

Ha! I don’t think I’ve ever logged OUT.

The Three Sisters deserve to be treated as a single entity. If one is lit, they all should be lit. I’d rather see that done uniformly, as these are the only side-by-side-by-side matching bridges in the world, but that argument’s already lost because of PNC Park cannibalizing the Sixth Street Bridge. In that case, then, yes, they all should be lit, all should be fun.

But the notion of detracting from Clemente … no way should that be a factor. Their significance is in their history as matching bridges, built one after the other in 1925-27. What the Pirates did to one of them should have no bearing.

Patrick
Patrick

Just to clarify, I did not say it detracted from Clemente, whom I revere, but meant the lighting show detracted from the essential qualities of what is now called, the Clemente Bridge.

jedclampett
jedclampett

You have passion when you speak of architecture, Dejan.

Milo Hamilton
Milo Hamilton

A regular Mike Brady.

TWM in CLE
TWM in CLE

Sans Afro. Hope Mr Phillips is happy with Mike’s plans secured in the orange tubes before they get lost in a boat at the amusement park.

DMac
DMac

Or, Art VanDelay

Patrick
Patrick

Thanks. Someday one of the Pittsburgh universities is going to give you an honorary doctorate. It will be well deserved.

chethejet
chethejet

Bucs have 5 picks in the top 88 in the draft. I draft 5 catchers.

chethejet
chethejet

Watching Osuna he has a look of a nice prospect. His power is not HR power but he can gap it. Better than watching jaso stink.

Dejan Kovacevic

His power is unequivocally home run power.

chethejet
chethejet

He has power but not extra power so to speak. His ISO which is a metric used as a power indicator is 149 to 170 range. that suggests more doubles than HR’s.

Patrick
Patrick

Cervelli & Nicasio play this little delay game which ends up as almost a “quick pitch.” Fun to watch on tv.

Milo Hamilton
Milo Hamilton

Adam Warren getting loose for the Yankees. We could have a possible Josh Bell homer from each side of the plate situation.

bigrick
bigrick

If I had to list the most important “wild card” factors for the Pirates to be in contention this year, my top three would be:
1. Glasnow-For his production to match his talent and to be much better than just a “fifth starter”
2. Bell-To be the real deal with the bat…meaning .300 with power and RBI(s)
3. Cutch-To return closer to his MVP level of play

Jeff 214
Jeff 214

Playoffs, are u serious…..

Milo Hamilton
Milo Hamilton

I think they’re a steroid cheat and a drunk driver away from contention.

Dejan Kovacevic

MILO IN THE HOUSE.

WVStarship
WVStarship

This team is very entertaining. That is, if you’re looking for laughs…

Patrick
Patrick

Now that’s an error.

RadioWave
RadioWave

And he can’t get the win.

TM
TM

Glasnow deserved better than what JHay decided to produce tonight.

Cuse Boodah
Cuse Boodah

Somebody needs to tell Harrison to get his head out of his ass. Inning should be over and no runs scored. Glasnow is improving. Got himself into trouble a few times but worked.his way out. Only 1 walk tonight.

Jeff 214
Jeff 214

Unfortunately we are no other options for 2nd. base.

musicman
musicman

This team has very little margin for error. Defense has to be better.

chethejet
chethejet

Never pay a singles hitter that kind of money. Just not a good play by J Hay. Glasnow may have gotten lucky but OK outing. Something to build on.

Yellow.Ledbetter
Yellow.Ledbetter

J Hay playing second base in right field makes no sense.

SeenItAll
SeenItAll

It does if you have the shift on against a LHB who pulls the ball. And although I’m not able to see the game I suspect he’s in short right-center field.

Yellow.Ledbetter
Yellow.Ledbetter

Didn’t seem like a traditional shift. JHay was just playing in right field. Either way it was a run of the mill ground ball to second that should have ended the inning.

Yellow.Ledbetter
Yellow.Ledbetter

J Hay playing second base in right field makes no sense.

Matt W
Matt W

J hay is the worst fielding 2B in the NL.

Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas

Overreact much? Good grief.

TWM in CLE
TWM in CLE

Sorry but he’s not very good.

musicman
musicman

Boy is the defense bad. Glasnow deserved better.

Sam Capuano
Sam Capuano

JHay… Inexcusable….And a lazy attempt

shawn6687
shawn6687

Man, Judge is huge! Too bad Colbert & Co. are out of pre-draft visits.

Dejan Kovacevic

I’ve got live commenting on. Self-refreshes every three minutes. Let me know how it goes.

Sam Capuano
Sam Capuano

Every time it refreshes, JHay gets crushed…And rightfully so

musicman
musicman

Tyler is doing a nice job so far.

jaydogg1974
jaydogg1974

With 77 pitches through 4 innings I know it’s unlikely but it would be nice to see TG have a 10 pitch inning and maybe get into the 6th.

Sam Capuano
Sam Capuano

Michael Kay griping about pitchers having to hit, as if he’s never seen a game in the NL

jaydogg1974
jaydogg1974

I’m really starting to think all cameramen are perverts. I swear every time the show a shot of the crowd there’s a hot 20yo in the shot.

SeenItAll
SeenItAll

It’s perverted to put the camera on an attractive woman?

shawn6687
shawn6687

Ha! Yeah, every single shot away from the action. Sooooooo obvious.

jaydogg1974
jaydogg1974

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining at all, just couldn’t believe how obvious it was.

shawn6687
shawn6687

It’s a feature, not a bug!

Steven J Smith
Steven J Smith

Should CC have to change his shirt since it has a ton of pine tar on it from his bat? I know it is in plain view, but just having it should make it a no-no.

shawn6687
shawn6687

Give him a lobster bib for his AB’s?

chethejet
chethejet

Great draw for the Bucs. Not sure Glasnow is ready for prime time but it is a learning process. CC Sabathia contract just is hard to justify now. Yankees rebuild would never happen under the two Georges.

Dejan Kovacevic

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Milo Hamilton
Milo Hamilton

Bye Bye Birdie !

shawn6687
shawn6687

Josh’s Good Guys feature upcoming?

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