Orioles 11, Pirates 7
The Orioles pounded out 15 hits, including 3 homers, to the Pirates' 8 hits (and 4 home runs) this evening, as the Pirates lost in Sarasota, Florida. 2B Neil Walker took care of half of the hits and half of the homers for the Pirates -- he homered in the 1st inning, singled in the 3rd, homered again in the 6th (both solo homers), and singled in the 8th.
The Pirates got onto the scoreboard in the top of the 1st, with back-to-back homers by 1B Lyle Overbay (2 runs) and Walker. Starter Ross Ohlendorf worked around a single in the bottom of the 1st, but gave up two solo homers in the bottom of the 2nd, then an unearned run in the 3rd on an error, a single, and a sacrifice fly.
The 3-3 tie lasted until the bottom of the 5th, when the Orioles got to Ohlendorf with a 2-run homer, a double, and a walk. Evan Meek relieved Ohlendorf with two outs and runners on first and second. The first batter Meek faced, former Indy Indian JJ Hardy, singled in a run, to give the Orioles a 6-3 lead. The Pirates got one run back with Walker's second homer in the top of the 6th, but the Orioles scored 2 more unearned runs off Meek in the bottom of the frame. Garrett Olson came in to pitch the 7th inning and allowed 3 more Orioles' runs, with a walk, a double, a sacrifice fly, and an RBI single.
The Pirates rallied for a run in the 8th, on a lead-off walk by Overbay, and singles by Walker and 3B Pedro Alvarez. They added another 2 runs in the top of the 9th when SS Josh Rodriguez blasted a 2-run homer.
Chris Leroux pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning for the Pirates. Pedro Ciriaco got another two innings in at center field, where he made some outs. Also in the game: pinch-hitter Steve Pearce, pinch-hitter/LF John Bowker.
The Indy Indians were scheduled to play a game against the Las Vegas 51's in Bradenton this afternoon. No results available at this point.
Last season's 2nd round draft pick Stetson Allie pitched in an intrasquad game at Pirate City this afternoon. In two innings, he allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks.
The Pirates released, then immediately re-signed OF Austin McClune. Not sure what that was about.
Former Pirate pitcher Oliver Perez, who was released by the Mets on Monday, signed a minor league contract with the Nationals yesterday.
Orioles 11, Pirates 7