Tag Archives: Matt Diaz
Twins 4, Pirates 3
The Pirates finished their Grapefruit League action with an 11-20 record, as they now head north to Pennsylvania, where they will play 2 games against the Philliies in Philadelphia. Reliever Anthony Claggett suffered a Blown Save and the Loss, as he gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th for the Twins’ walk-off win.
The Pirates were leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the 9th. Claggett walked the first batter, then the next hitter lifted a fly ball to center field, which sailed over CF Starling Marte’s head and caromed off the wall for a triple. That brought in the tying run. After a strikeout, the next batter ricocheted a soft liner off Claggett’s lower leg. The ball landed over toward third base, where 3B Josh Rodroguez raced in to make the scoop, but his throw to the plate was not in time for C Jason Jaramillo to tag the runner on third, and the winning run scored.
LF Jose Tabata got the game started with a double into left field to open the top of the 1st. 2B Neil Walker bunted Tabata to third, and CF Andrew McCutchen brought him in with a sacrifice fly. Walker started the Pirates’ 4th inning rally with a lead-off single into center field. 1B Steve Pearce doubled into center, plating Walker, and RF Matt Diaz’s single brought in Pearce. The Pirates had only two baserunners after the 4th inning — Jaramillo singled in the 8th, and Pearce walked in the 9th.
Jeff Karstens made the start, scattering three singles and a walk over the first four innings. With two outs in the 5th, Karstens got Twins’ Denard Span to ground to short, but a wild pitch by SS Ronny Cedeno resulted in a single and a throwing error, and Span positioned on second base. Another single brought Span across the plate with an unearned run. Garrett Olson finished the inning for Karstens, then pitched a scoreless 6th inning. Mike Crotta surrendered his second earned run of the spring, with a walk and a double in the 7th inning. Chris Resop pitched the 8th inning, and kept the Twins from scoring despite a single and a walk.
Also getting into the game: 2B Brian Friday and SS Jordy Mercer
The Pirates traded infielder Josh Fields to the Rockies this afternoon, for a player to be named later or cash. Fields was in Pirates’ camp as a non-roster invitee, minor league free agent. He had been sent to the minor league camp at the end of last week. In 21 Grapefruit League games, he went 5-for-29, and struck out 11 times.
Josh Rodriguez, the Pirates’ Rule 5 pick from last December, has made the 25-man roster. He will have to stay on the major league roster all season, or else go through waivers and be offered back to the Cleveland Indians. Rodriguez will be a back-up infielder and a bat off the bench. That means that Pedro Ciriaco will be heading back to Indianapolis to begin the season.
C Chris Snyder will begin the season on the Disabled List. That leaves Ryan Doumit and Jason Jaramillo to share catching duties for now, and leaves open a spot for OF John Bowker on the 25-man roster.
Former Pirate RHP Nate Adcock, who was chosen by the Royals in the Rule 5 draft, has won a spot on the Royals’ 25-man roster. Like Rodriguez, if he doesn’t stick with the Royals, he’ll have to go through waivers and be offered back to the Pirates. Adcock pitched for A+ Bradenton in 2010, earning an 11-7 record and a 3.38 ERA. In 141.1 innings, he allowed 131 hits, 53 earned runs, 38 walks, and struck out 113. If he comes back to the Pirates, he would likely be assigned to AA Altoona.
The Indy Indians faced off against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in Clearwater, Florida this afternoon…. no results available at this point.
Pirates 5, Rays 4
The Pirates won on a walk-off error in the bottom of the 9th inning this afternoon in Bradenton. Pittsburgh had been leading 4-3 going into the top of the 9th, but a solo homer by Rays’ John Jaso tied the score, and made reliever Chris Leroux the victim of a Blown Save. In the bottom of the inning, 2B Josh Rodriguez walked with one out. A ground out moved Rodriguez to second. CF Pedro Ciriaco grounded to third for what should have been the final out of the game, but Rays 3B Daniel Mayora made a wild throw to first, and the ball got away, Ciriaco had been off and running, and he rounded third and scored on the error to give the Pirates the win.
The Rays had scored in the 2nd inning on a solo homer, and also began the 5th inning with a solo homer, both off Pirates’ starter Paul Maholm. After the homer in the 5th, Maholm gave up another run on a double an an RBI single. Joel Hanrahan pitched two hitless and scoreless innings, working around a fielding error by 1B Lyle Overbay in the 7th. Leroux was credited with the win.
The Pirates tied the score at 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the 3rd. 2B Neil Walker tripled to the wall in center field, then scored on CF Andrew McCutchen’s ground out. When the Rays took a 3-1 lead in the top of the 5th, LF Jose Tabata got the Pirates a run closer with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning. The Pirates took a 4-3 lead in the 6th, when McCutchen led off with a walk. RF Matt Diaz grounded into a force out, replacing McCutchen at first. Diaz moved to third base on 3B Pedro Alvarez’s line drive double, and both Diaz and Alvarez both scored on C Ryan Doumit’s single lined into center field.
Steve Pearce was officially informed that he will begin the season on the Pirates’ 25-man active roster. John Bowker, who had a pinch-hit single in the 7th inning today, is still on the bubble, and his fate will probably be decided by what the Pirates do about their catchers — two or three catchers on the active roster?
The Indianapolis Indians had a day off today. They have 6 more spring training games, with their last next Saturday.
Other news: Former Pirate Nyjer Morgan was traded from the Washington Nationals to the Milwaukee Brewers today.
Rays 9, Pirates 5
The Pirates out-hit the Rays 10-9 this afternoon in Port Charlotte, Florida, but the Rays made the most of their opportunities and took the win. The Pirates got busy in the top of the 1st, when Pedro Ciriaco, in center field again, opened the game with a single, then stole base. He moved to third on a fly out, then scored on C Ryan Doumit’s double into right field. RF Matt Diaz started the top of the 2nd with a single, and advanced to third base on a throwing error. He scored on a wild pitch. 1B Andy Marte doubled, was bunted over to third base, and scored on starting pitcher Charlie Morton’s soft looper single into left field, giving the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
The lead did not last long. Morton got out of the first inning with a double play, but began the bottom of the 2nd by loading the bases on a double, a bunt, and a hi batter. A 2-RBI double and a sacrifice fly brought in 3 runs for the Rays to tie the game. The Pirates took the lead again in the 4th. Marte led off with a single into right field, and 2B Corey Wimberly reached on a fielding error. Morton bunted them up one base each, then both scored on SS Josh Rodriguez’s line drive single into right.
Morton sailed through the bottom half of the 3rd and 4th innings, but loaded the bases again in the 5th, on a walk and two singles. Then he got wild and forced in one run with a hit batter, and a second run with a walk, and the game was again tied, at 5-5. Morton got out of the inning with two fly outs, and a force out at the plate on a little dribbler that did not leave the home plate area.
Joel Hanrahan took over on the mound for the 6th inning. He retired the first two batters he faced, then walked the next two. A wild pitch moved the two runners up to second and third base, then an RBI single brought in both runners, giving the Rays a 7-5 lead. Jose Veras pitched a perfect 7th inning, with one strikeout. The Rays scored 2 more runs off Chris Resop in the 8th inning. A double, and a bunt back to the mound that turned into a single, put two runners on base. A sacrifice fly drove in one run, and a triple plated the second.
2B Gift Ngoepe led off the top of the 9th with a walk, then SS Jordy Mercer singled through to left field, but both were left on base. LF Evan Chambers, 3B Andy Vasquez, RF Robby Grossman, and 1B Matt Hague also got into the game.
The Indy Indians were scheduled to play the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees this afternoon in Bradenton. No word as yet — results from the minor league camp can be hit or miss.
The Pirates pared down their camp roster by four more this morning. Pitcher Daniel McCutchen was optioned to AAA Indianapolis, where he could either be a starter or pitch in long relief. Relievers Tyler Yates and Sean Gallagher were also reassigned to minor league camp, and are both expected to go to the Indy Indians’ bullpen. C Wyatt Toregas and INF Josh Fields were also reassigned to minor league camp.
Pitcher Fernando Nieve, who was reassigned to the minor league camp on Monday and released on Tuesday, was not unemployed for long. On Thursday, he signed a minor league contract with the Astros.
Astros 10, Pirates 6
The Astros and the Pirates had a hit-fest this afternoon in Bradenton, combining for 30 hits (14 for the Pirates). But even with a solo homer by 3B Pedro Alvarez and a 2-run blast by CF Andrew McCutchen, it wasn’t enough for the Pirates to take the win. Starter Brian Burres struggled trhough 5 innings and gave up 6 runs on 10 hits. The Astros jumped right on Burres in the top of the 1st, scoring 2 runs on a single, a walk, an RBI double, and a sacrifice fly. McCutchen tied the score with his homer in the bottom of the 1st. The Pirates took the lead in the 2nd inning, when C Ryan Doumit led off with a single up the middle. SS Ronny Cedeno doubled, putting two runners into scoring position. Burres chopped an infield grounder that let Doumit score, and LF Jose Tabata’s sacrifice fly brought in Cedeno. But the Astros kept coming at Burres, with a solo homer in the top of the 3rd, then 3 more runs in the 5th. Two singles and a fielding error by RF Matt Diaz tied the score, and a double and a sacrifice fly drove in 2 more runs, to give the Astros a 6-4 lead. Alvarez’s homer got the Pirates within one run again in the bottom of . 2B Neil Walker got the run back in the bottom of the frame with a double, scoring on a single and a sacrifice fly by 1B Lyle Overbay. The Astros put the game away in the top of the 9th. With Tyler Yates on the mound, three consecutive singles, a double, and a sacrifice fly gave the Astros 3 more runs.
Chris Resop gave up a double but kept the Astros from scoring in the 8th inning. Mike Crotta pitched a perfect 6th inning, continuing his scoreless streak for the spring. 2B Pedro Ciriaco singled and pinch-hitter Steve Pearce doubled in the game, both boosting their cause as they try to make the Opening Day roster. LF John Bowker, CF Corey Wimberly, C Dusty Brown, and SS Josh Rodriguez all got into the game.
The Indianapolis Indians did not have a scheduled game today.
The members of the 2010 Altoona Curve were presented with their championship rings before the Pirates’ game today.
Iron Pigs 6, Indians 5
The Indianapolis Indians ended their 4-game spring training winning streak with a loss today to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Pirates’ Ronny Cedeno came to minor league camp to DH in the game and posted 3 hits for the Tribe. OF Andrew Lambo singled and tripled for the Indians, and his triple in the 4th inning brought in one run. The score was tied at 4-4 going into the top of the 9th, with reliever Tom Boleska on the mound for the Indians. He gave up 3 hits, including an RBI single by former Pirate Brandon Moss, plus a sacrifice fly, to give the Iron Pigs a 6-4 lead. The Indians got within one run when INF Jim Negrych got on and was brought across the plate by INF Josh Harrison’s RBI single. Lambo’s single loaded the bases with one out. But a double play ended the inning and the game with the Indians unable to catch up.
Twins 4, Pirates 1
Newest Pirate LHP Garrett Olson made his debut with his new team this afternoon, as the Pirates lost to the Twins in Bradenton. Olson came on in relief to pitch the 8th inning, and retired the side in order with a pop out, a fly out, and a ground out.
Paul Maholm made the start for the Pirates. He pitched 6 innings and gave up 9 hits and 2 walks, but allowed only 2 runs. With two outs in the 3rd, Maholm gave up a single, then made a throwing error on a pick-off attempt, which put the runner into scoring position. A single by C Joe Mauer brought in the run. The second run scored in the 5th, when a double, a single, and a walk loaded the bases. A grounder to short started a double play, but the runner from third still scored.
Jose Veras pitched a scoreless 7th inning for the Indians, allowing just a double. Anthony Claggett took the 9th, and he gave up the remaining two Twins’ runs. A walk and a single put runners on the corners, then a ground out plated the first run. A fielding error by SS Pedro Ciriaco allowed the runner from second base to come around and score.
The Pirates’ only run scored in the 2nd inning, and was unearned. A fielding error on a force attempt gave the Pirates runners on first and second. C Jason Jaramillo lined a single into center field for the RBI, as RF Matt Diaz scored from second base.
The Pirates had just 6 hits in the game, including one by LF Steve Pearce. That gives Pearce 9 hits over his last 9 games (9-for-19, .474), and a .308 average overall. LF John Bowker and C Dusty Brown also singled. CF Corey Wimberly, 2B Shelby Ford, 1B Josh Fields, pinch-hitter Starling Marte, and 3B Andy Marte all got into the game.
The Pirates have a day off on Tuesday.
Indianapolis Indians 7, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 2
The Indians had both the pitching and the hitting tuned up this afternoon as they defeated the Yankees at Bradenton. SS Jordy Mercer, 2B Josh Harrison, and C Eric Fryer each drove in two runs. The scoring started when Harrison tripled in the 3rd inning, when 3 runs came in. Mercer blasted a solo homer, then Fryer’s 2-run double was the gem of the 8th inning, as 3 more runs scored. Starter Justin Wilson pitched 3 scoreless innings, with 4 strikeouts, to earn the win. The Yankees scored their 2 runs in the 5th, with reliever Jared Hughes on the mound. Hughes pitched 2 innings and also struck out 3 batters. Tony Watson pitched 2 scoreless innings (3 K), and Anthony Claggett (2 K) and Ramon Aguero each pitched a scoreless frame.
Pirates 7, Red Sox 5
A 5-run 4th inning put the Pirates well on their way to a win this afternoon at Bradenton. The rally began when 2B Neil Walker reached base on a fielding error and CF Andrew McCutchen walked. 1B Lyle Overbay lifted a double into left field, which brought in both Walker and McCutchen. 3B Pedro Alvarez grounded to third, where Overbay was out, leaving Alvarez on first. RF Matt Diaz lined a single up the middle, and C Dusty Brown loaded the bases on an infield grounder that bounced off Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett. With two outs, Pirates’ starter Kevin Correia slipped a grounder into left field, driving in Alvarez and Diaz. When the throw in to the plate was not in time to get Diaz, the Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia tried to throw back to third to surprise Brown. The real surprise was when Saltalamacchia’s throw sailed into left field, allowing Brown to score and Correia to move up to third. LF John Bowker gave the Pirates 2 more insurance runs with a homer in the 7th inning. Correia also singled in the 3rd inning but was out in a force play at second.
2B Pedro Ciriaco doubled after Bowker’s homer in the 7th. CF Corey Wimberly, RF Josh Fields, and SS Josh Rodriguez got into the game. Steve Pearce played a few innings at third base as well.
Correia pitched 5 innings in his start. He gave up two singles in the top of the 1st and one in the 2nd, but double plays got him out of both innings. He zipped through the 3rd and 4th innings, then gave up 3 runs in the 5th. A walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly brought in the first run. Two more singles added a second run, then a throwing error by Walker at second and a sacrifice fly added an unearned run. Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless 6th, with 2 strikeouts. Then Justin Thomas allowed a run to score in the 7th on a run, a double, and a wild pitch. Fernando Nieve pitched the final two innings and earned the save even though he gave up a run on a double, a walk, and a single in the 9th.
Orioles 13, Pirates 3
Indianapolis area native C Jake Fox beat up on the Pirates’ pitching this afternoon in Bradenton, with two booming home runs and 4 RBI. The first homer capped a 6-run 3rd inning, when Pirates’ starter Ross Ohlendorf gave up four singles and a double before the homer. Fox struck again in the 7th — Scott Olsen gave up a double to DH Matt Wieters, followed by Fox’s second homer. Olsen surrendered a single and a walk after the homer, and he was relieved by Mike Dubee. Dubee struck out the first batter he faced, then gave up an RBI single, before ending the inning with a fly out. The Orioles added 3 runs in the 8th off Joe Beimel. A double, a walk, and a single loaded the bases, then a single and two ground outs drove in the runs. Former Indy Indian C Michel Hernandez singled for the Orioles in the top of the 9th, and scored on an RBI triple off reliever Sean Gallagher. Daniel McCutchen pitched 2 scoreless innings for the Pirates, allowing 3 hits.
While the Orioles were busy posting 20 hits, the Pirates managed 8. Two of those were by 3B Pedro Alvarez, who also had the Pirates’ only extra base hit, a double in the 7th, which was ruled a ground-rule double. That made a difference, because 2B Neil Walker had opened the inning with a walk. He raced around and crossed the plate on Alvarez’s double, but then was called back to third base when the umpires ruled it a ground-rule. Walker was left standing on third base, when a strikeout and a ground out ended the inning.
The Pirates did score one run in the 2nd inning. 1B Lyle Overbay began the rally with a single lined into right field. RF Matt Diaz grounded to short, forcing Overbay out at second, but Orioles’ shortstop (and another former Indy Indian) JJ Hardy made a throwing error on his relay to first, allowing Diaz to reach second base. Diaz advanced to second on a fly out, and scored on C Jason Jaramillo’s RBI single. LF Jose Tabata led off the 5th inning with a walk, and moved to second base on Walker’s ground out. CF Andrew McCutchen plated Tabata with a single up the middle. Overbay reached base on a catcher’s interference call, then Diaz brought in McCutchen with a line drive single into right field.
Also getting into the game: LF John Bowker, 3B Andy Marte, Corey Wimberly in center field, RF Miles Durham, RF Steve Pearce, 2B Josh Harrison, pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco, 1B Garrett Atkins, C Dusty Brown, and SS Josh Rodriguez. Durham entered the game to play right field in the top of the 8th. In the top of the 9th, he crashed into the wall trying to catch the ball that turned out to be a triple. Durham was down for a few moments, but was able to get up and walk off the field under his own power. Pearce took over for Durham in right field, then singled in the bottom of the inning. Josh Rodriguez also singled in the 8th inning, and Josh Harrison worked a walk in the 9th.
Phillies 7, Pirates 4
A 3-run rally in the 7th inning was enough to push the Phillies over the Pirates at McKechnie Field this afternoon.
Starter Kevin Correia had a shaky top of the 1st inning. The first four batters he faced all singled, bringing in 2 runs. Then with runners on the corners, Correia buckled down, getting a foul pop out then two strikeouts to end the inning. The Pirates got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning. With one out, SS Pedro Ciriaco doubled into left field, and 2B Neil Walker moved him to third base with a line drive single into right. 1B Lyle Overbay also lined into right field, to drive in Ciriaco, though Walker was out when he tried to get from first to third. DH Matt Diaz also singled, but he and Overbay were left on base at the end of the inning.
Correia worked around a single in the 2nd inning, then retired the side in order in the 3rd inning. The Pirates also went down in order in both the 2nd and 3rd. Diaz tied the score in the 4th, with a walk and a stolen base, then a single by 3B Andy Marte.
Brian Burres pitched the 4th and 5th innings, allowing only a double. Fernando Nieve took the mound next. The first batter he faced was Ryan Howard, who blasted a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead. Nieve gave up a walk and a single after the homer, but left them on base. The bottom of the inning began with a walk by Walker. Pinch-hitter Tony Sanchez bounced a ground-rule double over the left field wall, moving Walker to third. RF Garrett Jones ground out to first, which let Walker score to tie it up again. Marte hit the next ground rule double, driving in Sanchez with the go-ahead run.
Nieve came back out for the top of the 7th, and that’s when he got into even more trouble. Two singles (one to former Pirate Brandon Moss) and a double tied the score again, at 4-4. Nieve was relieved by Mike Dubee (whose dad is Phillies’ pitching coach Rich Dubee). Dubee gave up a ground out to second, which allowed Moss to score from third base. A single brought in the third run of the inning, then Dubee got a strikeout to end the inning. Bryan Morris pitched the 8th inning, and gave up the final Phillies’ run with a double, a ground out, and a sacrifice fly. Daniel Moskos pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 9th to wrap things up.
The Pirates threatened in the bottom of the 7th. Singles by CF Alex Presley and LF John Bowker and a walk by 2B Corey Wimberly loaded the bases with one out. All three were left standing there when both 1B Josh Fields and Tony Sanchez struck out.
C Wyatt Toregas also singled for the Pirates. SS Chase d’Arnaud, RF Andrew Lambo, and CF Gorkys Hernandez all got into the game as well.
Pirates 4, Blue Jays 1
Pitchers were the story for the Pirates this afternoon in Dunedin, Florida. Five Pirates’ pitchers combined to hold the Blue Jays to 4 hits this afternoon in Dunedin, Florida. Charlie Morton made his second strong start in the Grapefruit League. He gave up one run in the top of the 1st, courtesy of two former Pirates: CF Rajai Davis led off with a double, legged out when LF Matt Diaz was a little slow in picking up (the Pirates should have anticipated Davis’ speed). 3B Jose Bautista drove the run in with a single slipped through into left field. Morton ended the inning by inducing a double play, then he retired the side in both the 2nd and 3rd innings. That included a nice barehanded snatch of a bunt attempt, and a whirl to throw the batter out at first. Brad Lincoln buzzed through the next three innings, retiring all 9 batters he faced. Morton and Lincoln each struck out one batter, and neither gave up a walk. Tyler Yates and Jeff Locke each took an inning, and neither gave up a hit, though Yates walked one. Cesar Valdez gave up the other two Jays’ hits in the 9th inning. After a strikeout, he surrendered two singles, and with a wild pitch, that gave him runners on the corners. But he picked the runner off first, then ended the game with a strikeout.
The Pirates’ hitters were having some trouble with Blue Jays’ starter Brett Cecil. Cecil struck out 5 of the first 6 Pirates’ batters, and allowed only one hit, a double by C Jason Jaramillo, in the 3rd inning. Jaramillo doubled again to lead off the 6th inning. CF Andrew McCutchen followed with a walk, then a ground out put both runners into scoring position. 3B Pedro Alvarez drove in both with a standing triple into the right field corner, to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead. They added a run in the 7th, when 2B Brian Friday doubled into left field with two outs, then scored on C Dusty Brown’s single. Another two-out rally provided the Pirates’ fourth run in the top of the 9th. SS Pedro Ciriaco lined a singled into right field, then stole second base. 3B Josh Rodriguez slipped a single into left field, and Ciriaco came around to score. Rodriguez also stole second base, and Brown was hit by a pitch, but the rally ended when CF Corey Wimberly popped out.
Also getting into the game: Jeremy Farrell pinch-hit (ground out) in the 8th inning; his father, John Farrell, is the new manager of the Blue Jays. 1B Josh Fields, LF Alex Presley, RF Gorkys Hernandez, and 3B Andy Marte also played.
Pirates 2, Yankees 0
Six Pirate pitchers combined to shut out the Yankees at McKechnie Field this afternoon. James McDonald and Aaron Thompson each pitched 2 scoreless innings, and each allowed 2 hits. That was all the hits the Yankees could get. Daniel McCutchen pitched 2 innings, retiring 6 batters in order, including 2 strikeouts. Chris Resop, Ramon Aguero, and Daniel Moskos all contributed one scoreless and hitless inning, and Moskos earned the save.
The Pirates posted just 6 hits. Two of those belonged to C Chris Snyder. He singled to lead off the 3rd inning, but was caught trying to steal second base, then singled again to begin the 6th, and was replaced by pinch runner Jeremy Farrell. 2B Josh Rodriguez bunted Farrell to second base, and SS Pedro Ciriaco drove in the first run of the game with an RB double into left field. The Pirates scored again in the 7th, when DH Garrett Jones opened the frame with a walk. 1B Steve Pearce bounced a ground-rule double over the left field wall, moving Jones to third base. 3B Josh Fields brought in Jones with a sacrifice fly.
CF Alex Presley walked, singled, and was hit by a pitch in the game. LF John Bowker also singled. Also getting in the game: CF Gorkys Hernandez, LF Miles Durham, RF Andrew Lambo, 1B Garrett Atkins, RF Matt Diaz, C Wyatt Toregas, 2B Brian Friday, and SS Corey Wimberly. Doug Bernier, who played for the Indy Indians in 2010, got into the game for the Yankees.
The Pirates have signed 3B Christian Colonel to a minor league contract. Colonel was the Rockies’ 5th round draft pick in 2003. He has played all around the field, he has spent more time in the infield, and most of those at third base. More about Colonel to come in the next few days.
Former Pirate farmhand C James Skelton (Bradenton 2010) signed with the Brewers.