The Pirates kicked off Spring Training action today with their Black and Gold intrasquad game. Team Black beat Team Gold 2-1, thanks to a fourth inning RBI single from Andrew Lambo, followed shortly by a sacrifice fly from Jose Tabata to bring home the eventual winning run. Nick Kingham threw a scoreless inning to start the game, and Gregory Polanco picked up two hits, including a double down the first base line.
There were two changes to the lineup before the game. Both first basemen were removed from the lineup, with Pedro Alvarez and Corey Hart both getting a day off. Alvarez took batting and fielding practice before the game, and is fine. He just had his schedule re-arranged, and will start and play the next two days. Hart is out for a few days after cutting his foot on Sunday getting into a whirlpool. The cut required three stitches. The absence of both players gave Brent Morel and Andrew Lambo time at first base.
One other big event from today was Jung-ho Kang getting his first at-bat in a live game. He grounded out to shortstop on four pitches, and didn’t see another at-bat. The full at-bat can be seen below.