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Correia Very Efficient in Bucs Win Over Phillies

BRADENTON, Fla. — Right-hander Kevin Correia continued his solid spring on Friday at McKechnie Field in the Pirates 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The 31-year-old made his third start, and over four scoreless innings, Correia gave up just one hit with a walk and two strikeouts. He has yet to give up a run over his combined 9.0 innings in the Grapefruit League.

“He’s been pretty much been following the glove all spring,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “Very pitch efficient again today. He had 10 out of 14 first pitch strikes. The best nugget for me today was he retired eight hitters on three pitches or less. 46 pitches in four innings. He had one three ball count, that was the leadoff walk in the fourth inning. He followed the ball. He spun the ball very well. Threw some cutters and kept the ball down. He’s repeating his delivery, good tempo, good pace. It was a real good outing today.”

The lone hit that Correia gave up was a ground rule double to the Phillies’ Pete Orr with two outs in the 2nd inning.

“Everything feels good. I’m throwing the ball pretty much in the vicinity that I’m trying too. And right now, that’s the most important thing for me,” Correia said. “Today it was just a matter of trying to be a little more efficient. I think I’ve thrown alright my other outings. I think my pitch count was a little higher than I wanted it to in my previous outings in spring trainings. Today I was a lot more efficient.”

Center fielder Starling Marte leadoff the game with a home run off the Phillies’ lefty Cliff Lee. It marked the third long ball by Marte in the Grapefruit League. The 23-year-old prospect is now batting .500 this spring and has 11 hits in his last 20 at-bats.

“What he did was hit balls that were left out over the plate,” Hurdle said. “He’s doing well. We like everything we’ve seen from him. He takes a fierce swing. He’s been very confident at the plate. Against Cliff Lee, it’s no secret. You need to be ready to hit, number one. You’re going to get strikes, number two, so you take it from there.”

Lee, a Cy Young Award winner and All-Star, was impressed by the young prospect.

“I know he’s been swinging it pretty good,” Lee said. “A pretty good leadoff hitter. He’s fast and he’s got some power. From what I saw, he looked pretty good.”

Although Marte is having a torrid spring, he will not break camp with the Pirates. Marte finished the 2011 season with career-highs in average (.332), hits (178), doubles (38) and home runs (12) at Double-A Altoona and is slated to start the season in Triple-A Indianapolis.

“We’re not going to change our mind,” Hurdle said. “We want a complete package when he comes up here. He’s got some work to do. This is a spring training look at him.”

With one out in the 3rd, Marte picked up his second hit off Lee. This time, a single into center field. Clint Barmes followed with a single up the left side. Marte scored his second run after advancing to third on a wild pitch and a RBI ground out by Casey McGehee.

Jake Fox, who pinch hit for Correia, connected for a solo-homer to left center field off Lee to start the 5th frame. Fox, who is battling for a utility/bench job with the team, picked up his second long ball of the spring.

Right-hander Bryan Morris came in for the save in the bottom of the 9th inning, but did so by giving up two unearned runs. Morris hit his first batter by a pitch, then Montanez reached on a throwing error by third baseman Matt Hague. Morris walked his second batter to load the bases before issuing a sac fly and giving up an infield single.

With the 3-2 win, the Pirates have now won three games straight.

Game Notes:

  • Relief: Evan Meek: IP, H; Justin Wilson: IP, BB, K; Kyle McPherson: IP, H; Daniel Moskos: IP, 2H; Bryan Morris: IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, BB
  • McPherson made his first appearance since being scratched on Monday with dead arm like symptoms.
“I haven’t seen any gun readings, but he looked fine,” Hurdle said. “He said he felt much better. He’s ready to go.”
  • Matt Hague made his spring debut at third base. He made a throwing error in the bottom of the 9th inning for the first of the spring.
  • Starling Marte went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored as the leadoff hitter; Clint Barmes went 1-for-3 and
    is now hitting .350 (7-for-20) in eight games this spring…Jake Fox has three hits (two homers and a double) in his last four at bats.

Saturday Game Info:

  • The Pirates will face the Tampa Bay Rays at McKechnie Field at 1:05. Right-hander Jeff Karstens (five innings) will start for the Bucs against Tampa Bay’s James Shields.
  • Joel Hanrahan, Jason Grilli and Ryota Igarashi are scheduled to follow Karstens in relief.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Corey-Kane/1115153533 Corey Kane

    Great to see Marte hitting against a proven Major League pitcher.  Lots of people seem to think he is only hitting well because he isn’t facing definite starters.  Also, Tim, wasn’t Marte an excellent defensive player throughout his career thus far?  The errors in the field are not a positive but people are quick to judge his ability out there in his first real grapefruit experience.  I was quite surprised with the errors due to  watching him field in Altoona before and all of the scouting reports.

    • Lee Young

       Corey……Tim (an others) have noted Marte’s fielding prowess. ST errors appear to be an aberration.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Corey-Kane/1115153533 Corey Kane

    Or Kristy if you could answer my question! :)  

    • http://twitter.com/Kristy_Robinson Kristy Robinson

      Marte is known for being very good defensively in center. Some say he could push Andrew McCutchen to a corner. He’s had a few errors this spring, but its his first big league camp so it could be nerves or just playing baseball again with having an offseason. He hasn’t made one in a little while. They came early in spring. I wouldn’t worry about his defense. I saw him last year in Altoona a lot and he made some great plays.

      • Lee Young

         Kristy……..wholeheartedly agree! I saw him when the Curve came to Hbg. Great glove!!

  • James S

    I’d sure like to know what they see in Brandon Boggs. Maybe they think he’s Wade Boggs.

    • Lee Young

       I hear he’s a REAL nice guy. And, he has pictures……:)

  • James S

    I’d say Clint Barmes has quietly done a good job so far. I have confidence he will really help out the stability of the infield and his bat will be a surprising bonus.
    He’s always impressed me over the years as being in the mold of a scrappy Phil Garner type of player.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Corey-Kane/1115153533 Corey Kane

    Thanks Kristy!  I thought he was a good defensive player also but it is nice hearing that from someone who follows the game closely and not an average fan haha  People have been saying negative things about his fielding but I thought I remembered hearing he was good and he looked good when I saw him play also.  I heard several people say that too Lee, thank you!

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