Blue Jays 5, Pirates 3
The Pirates lost to the Blue Jays at McKechnie Field this afternoon.
Pitchers Mike Crotta, Chris Resop, and Joel Hanrahan each pitched a scoreless inning for the Pirates, with both Crotta and Hanrahan retiring the side in order. Crotta was aided by a leaping catch by SS Pedro Ciriaco. Starter Paul Maholm pitched 5 innings and allowed 4 runs -- a solo homer in the 1st, then a 2-run homer in the 3rd. Another run scored in the 3rd on a walk, a stolen base and a single. Jose Veras allowed one run in the 8th on two singles and a sacrifice bunt, but he struck out the last two batters he faced to get out of the inning.
2B Neil Walker tied the score in the bottom of the 1st with his second home run of the spring. 1B Lyle Overbay and RF Garrett Jones added a run in the 4th. Overbay walked, then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Jones' single through the right side of the infield brought Overbay across the plate. The Blue Jays helped with the Pirates' final run in the 8th. With two outs, CF Corey Wimberly singled up the middle, and he also moved up to second base on a wild pitch. Three straight walks, to 3B Josh Rodriguez, pinch-hitter Andy Marte, and Jones, forced in Wimberly. The Pirates tried a last-minute rally in the 9th, when C Wyatt Toregas singled and 2B Jordy Mercer walked. A fly out by Wimberly ended the rally, though.
Also in the game today: LF Josh Fields, C Dusty Brown, RF John Bowker.
In Minor League Camp:
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 6, Indianapolis Indians 5
The Indians had an early lead, as they faced Phillies' star Roy Halladay this afternoon. DH Tony Sanchez picked up 2 RBI with a timely double in the 1st inning, and C Travis Scott added an RBI double in the 2nd inning. The Indians had runners on first and third in the 5th inning, when RF Miles Durham (on third) and DH Gorkys Hernandez (on first) pulled off a double steal, for the Indians' fourth run off Halladay. 2B Christian Colonel made it 5-3 in the top of the 8th with a solo home run. But the Iron Pigs tied the score with 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th, taking advantage of two Tribe errors and a sacrifice fly. Reliever Anthony Claggett then surrendered a double, which drove in the go-ahead run and gave Claggett the loss.
Blue Jays 5, Pirates 3