Spring Training Game 6: Bucs/Jays Thoughts

I missed the broadcast of this one, but you can find a box score here and Dejan’s Post-Gazette writeup here.
Like the 2002 All-Star game, today’s exhibition ended in a tie after the teams ran out of pitchers. The game was knotted at eight after 10 innings.
My impressions:

  • If Eldred hits a homer every game, can we trade him to an American League team that needs a DH? He’ll never make it as a first baseman. Tracy would use him less often than Craig Wilson.
  • Javier Guzman should be making his way to minor-league camp within the next few days, I’d guess. Another error today. Can’t hit, can’t field, can’t run. But we knew that already.
  • Salomon Torres bounced back from a tough first outing to pitch a perfect inning against Toronto. If the Bucs are going to win, he, John Grabow and Matt Capps need to be nearly flawless in the eighth and ninth.
  • Neil Walker with another hit, this time a double. Slowly but surely…
  • Bryan Bullington with another solid inning, albeit against a bunch of no-namers. Right now, Indy’s rotation reads Youman, Bullington, Kuwata, Burnett, Van Benschoten (at least if I’m writing it). There’s a lot more baseball to be played, though, and Yoslan Herrera’s name certainly could be added to the mix.
  • Zack Duke with an iffy outing, but I won’t start to worry until the third or fourth time through, I think.

The Phillies come to Bradenton tomorrow afternoon.

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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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