KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates won 9-7 to the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium on Sunday. The club combined for 20 hits off the Astros arms.
"We were able to go to the plate and really ground out some at-bats well," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "We were taking what was given to us. We hit most of the balls where they were pitched. Not some big swings, not much out of control, aggressive pepper a lot of times…The at-bats were much cleaner today. We kept pounding away. We haven’t had the shutdown innings we want to have throughout this week. Today we were able to on the offensive side stay relentless and keep putting runs on the board."
Right-hander Brad Lincoln made his first start of the Grapefruit League this spring, and third overall appearance with the Pirates. He allowed three runs on four hits over four innings with a walk and two strikeouts.
"My arm feels strong," Lincoln said. "Out there, I felt good. There’s ...