Bucs lost to the Evil Empire today, 5-3, at McKechnie Field. Pirates.com has a recap here. Dejan's on vacation from the P-G for a couple of weeks, so their coverage is lagging behind a bit.
Paul Maholm got the start and went three innings. Not brilliant work, but acceptable for his first true competition of the spring (although he did pitch in a shortened "B" game against Cincinnati last week).
Ian Snell, Josh Sharpless and Damaso Marte followed, combining for five effective innings. Sully pitched the ninth and took the loss.
Ronny Paulino went 3 for 3 from the third spot in the order. Brad Eldred went 3 for 4 and--get this--started in right field. No errors for Big Country in the box score, but obviously we don't know for sure what his range looked like. We can guess, though: [Insert fat joke here.]
Of particular interest to me were the ground ball (to fly ball) ratios:
Ground outs-fly outs: Maholm 6-0, Snell 2-6, Sharpless 0-2, Marte 2-0, Torres 1-0.
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