Pirates 10, Rays 3
The Pirates posted 13 hits on their way to 10 runs in their McKechnie Field opener on Sunday afternoon. CF Andrew McCutchen had three hits, including a solo homer for the Pirates' first run of the game, and a double. RF Garrett Jones also had three hits -- 2 doubles and a single. McCutchen began a rally in the 4th with a single, and doubles by Jones and C Ryan Doumit drove in 2 runs, all off former Pirate pitcher Chris Bootcheck. Another former Pirate, Jonah Bayliss, came on to pitch the 5th inning for the Rays. Bayliss got the first two outs, then gave up a triple to 2B Neil Walker, and doubles by McCutchen and 3B Pedro Alvarez, and the Pirates had 2 more runs. Chase d'Arnaud came into the game for Walker in the 6th, and he led off the bottom of the 7th with a walk. D'Arnaud moved to second base on a ground out, then scrambled around from second base, surprising the Rays, to score on an RBI ground out by 1B Steve Pearce. The Pirates added another 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th. That inning began with a solo homer by C Jason Jaramillo. SS Josh Rodriguez singled, then with two outs and Rodriguez on third, d'Arnaud lined an RBI single up the middle. CF Corey Wimberly walked, and 3B Andy Marte drove in both d'Arnaud and Wimberly with a double into right field.
Kevin Correia made the start for the Pirates. He gave up a run in the top of the 1st, with a lead-off walk and two ground outs. Correia got into trouble in the 2nd inning, giving up two singles and a walk to load the bases with one out. That was all for Correia. Minor leaguer Ryan Beckman, who pitched for State College in 2010, came on in relief of Correia. Beckman got the first batter he faced to ground to second, which allowed the runner from third to score. Another ground out ended the inning. Usually that would be the end of the outing for a minor leaguer who is filling in. But, Joe Beimel, who was scheduled to pitch after Correia, had some elbow soreness and did not pitch. So, Beckman kept going. He threw three more pitches, and retired three batters in the 3rd inning, with a line out and two ground outs. Brian Burres earned the win with 2 scoreless innings following Beckman. Joel Hanrahan, Jose Veras, and another minor leaguer, Tony Watson, each pitched one scoreless inning. Watson worked around a lead-off single in the 8th. Chris Leroux pitched the 9th, and gave up a solo homer and two singles, but ended the inning with a pop out and a double play.
LF John Bowker and RF Andrew Lambo also got into the game.
Pirates 10, Rays 3