SARASOTA, Fla. -- After right-hander James McDonald struggled with his fastball command, allowing five runs on six hits over three innings, the Bucs relievers were light's out at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon. Tim Wood, Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Jason Grilli and Jared Hughes combined to toss six scoreless frames giving up just one hit to the O's hitters the remainder of the game. The lone hit came off Hughes with one out in the 9th inning.
"We needed to put a stop to it out there, and they came in and were very effective. Very effective," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "Everybody threw strikes, worked ahead, kept the ball down. That’s always going to be a recipe for success. We had some guys spin the ball extremely well today, as far as the sliders, breaking balls, that type of thing. But the fastball command sets that up and our bullpen was very effective with fastball command. They followed the glove. Quick outs. Very effective."