FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The last time the Pirates were in Fort Myers, the club hammered out 10 runs on 15 hits in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins. On Sunday, however, the results were much different.
The Pirates were held hitless by the Twins' lefty starter Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota bullpen until one out in the 7th inning. Outfielder Brandon Boggs hit a single into right center, but was called out at second trying to stretch a single into a double. That was the lone hit by the Bucs in the 10-0 loss at Hammond Stadium.
Right-hander Charlie Morton allowed five runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts over three innings in his second outing of the Grapefruit League this spring. But don't read too much into the numbers.
"I felt he’s the spot we anticipated him being in right now," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "Second time out, three innings, 51 pitches. On the upside: nine balls were on the ground. On the other upside: 11 of 18 first pitch strikes...