CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Pirates lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 at Bright House Field on Tuesday.
Right-hander Chris Resop made his first start of the spring, sixth appearance during Grapefruit League action this spring. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle chose to go with all relievers today against the Phillies in order to get the 'pen arms work, and allow starter Jeff Karstens to pitch deep into a game in minor league camp.
Resop allowed a leadoff double off the wall in right field by Shane Victorino to start the game. The next batter, Placido Polanco drove in Victorino with a RBI knock into left field. After retiring his first batter of the frame, slugging first baseman Jim Thome hit a RBI double into the gap into right center field to plate the second run off Resop in the inning.
Resop struck out two of the three batters he faced in the second inning. Overall, Resop allowed two runs on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. He threw 31 pitche...