Sunday, March 4 – Saturday, March 10
– The Pirates fell to the Blue Jays, 8-5, on Sunday afternoon. Erik Bedard took the mound at McKechnie for his Pirates debut. He surrendered 2 runs in 2 innings. Bedard struggled in the first, but settled down in the second. Shairon Martis took the loss, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. Evan Meek also struggled, giving up 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in two-thirds of an inning. Joel Hanrahan, Doug Slaten, Jason Grilli, and Daniel Moskos all pitched scoreless innings. On the offensive side, Rod Barajas went 2-2 with two RBI. Nick Evans added a solo homer in the 7th.
– The Buccos pounded the Orioles on Monday night, 10-3, under the lights in Sarasota. “The Hit Collector” Matt Hague went 4 for 4 with a homer. Starling Marte went 3 for 3 with a SB. Alex Presley also went 3 for 3. He and Quincy Latimore both hit triples in the game. Marte and Robbie Grossman both had trouble playing balls in the outfield, which hopefully only had to do with poor lighting at Ed Smith Stadium. Jo-Jo Reyes got the start an gave up 1 run in 1 2/3 innings. Duke Welker gave up 2 unearned runs in the 6th inning. Michael Dubee, Justin Wilson, Jared Hughes, Bryan Morris, Mike Crotta, and Tim Wood all pitched scoreless innings for the Pirates.
– The Bucs put up at least 16 hits for the second consecutive game at the beat the Yankees, 7-4, in Bradenton. Kevin Correia got the start and pitched two scoreless innings. Chris Resop and Doug Slaten each gave up a run. Daniel McCutchen gave up two runs in the 9th. Ryota Igarashi, Juan Cruz, Chris Leroux, Tony Watson all threw scoreless innings. Andrew McCutchen, who signed a new deal earlier in the day, went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Clint Barmes (2 for 3), Starling Marte (2 for 2), and Yamaico Navarro (3 for 4) also had muti-hit games.
– The Pirates lost 8-6 to the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon. Jeff Karstens got the nod and pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits. Brad Lincoln gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in his inning of work, and Jeff Locke gave up 3 in 2 innings. Evan Meek also gave up a run. Starling Marte continued his offensive tear, going 2 for 2 with a homer. Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 3 with a solo shot. Garrett Jones hit a homer as well.
– Charlie Morton threw in a “B” game at Pirate City. He threw 1 1/3 before being pulled because of his pitch count. Morton continues to progress well in his rehab.
– The Phillies beat the Pirates, 5-4, on Thursday in 10 innings. J-Mac got the start and gave up one run over 3 innings. Justin Wilson gave up a run, Jared Hughes gave up 2, and Michael Dubee gave up the game-winning homer in the 10th. Starling Marte continued his hot streak and hit another home run. Casey McGehee went 1 for 3 with an RBI.
– The Pirates took down the Red Sox, 7-4, on Friday night in Fort Myers. Andrew McCutchen collected 3 hits and 2 RBI. The Pirates got 4 runs on 5 hits against Vicente Padilla. Shairon Martis got the start for the Bucs and pitched 2 scoreless innings.
– In the first ROOT Sports game of the year, the Bucs lost 4-2 to the Minnesota Twins in sunny Bradenton, Florida. The afternoon got off to a promising start when the Pirates jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Casey McGehee made a pair of defensive gems and went 3 for 3. Rod Barajas also hit the ball hard and went 1 for 3 with a double. Nate McLouth was 2 for 2. Erik Bedard looked sharp in his 2nd start as a Pirates. Bedard went 3 innings, giving up no runs and just one hit, striking out three. Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless innings as well, striking out two of the three batters he faced. However, Jo-Jo Reyes gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in his 3 innings of work. Jason Grilli and Juan Cruz pitched an inning a piece, neither giving up any runs or hits.
Spring Record: 3-5
On tap for next week:
Sunday @ Tampa Bay 1:05
Monday vs. Philadelphia 1:05
Tuesday – Off Day
Wednesday @ Baltimore 1:05
Thursday @ Minnesota 1:05
Friday vs. Philadelphia 1:05
Saturday vs. Tampa Bay 1:05
26 days until Opening Day