BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates defense was sloppy in the Pirates 8-5 loss in the Grapefruit League home opener on Sunday afternoon. Chase d'Arnaud, Shairon Martis and Starling Marte all contributed to an error a piece as the Bucs fell to an 0-2 record this spring.
Marte's error proved to be more costly of the three. Trailing just one run when they started the 6th, the Blue Jays plated four runs (three earned) off reliever Evan Meek.
Meek gave up a leadoff single and a walk before Adeiny Hechavarria and Anthony Gose both hit back-to-back RBI singles. Right fielder Starling Marte, who replaced Nate McLouth in the game, bobbled a ball and allowed Gose to advance to second base.
Two more runs scored after Travis Snider hit a grounder to Meek, but Jeff Clement didn't over first base allowing a run to score. Meek ran the ball to the bag himself, Gose taking advantage by scoring the fourth run of the frame.
"We were sloppy on defense," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "It wasn’t where i...