The Pittsburgh Pirates came back late from a 5-0 deficit on Wednesday afternoon to win 6-5 over the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers. The Pirates scored four runs in the eighth, then put up two runs in the ninth on back-to-back singles from Logan Hill and Colin Moran. Zack Kone scored the tying run, while Pablo Reyes scored the go ahead run.
Joe Musgrove made his second spring start and went five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. The Twins scored two runs in the sixth off of Michael Feliz to take a 5-0 lead. Nick Burdi, Clay Holmes and Brandon Maurer each followed with a scoreless inning, with just one Minnesota batter reaching base over the final three innings.
Pablo Reyes had a nice day at the plate in the lead-off spot, collecting three singles, scoring twice and driving in a run. Colin Moran had two hits, two RBIs and a walk. The Pirates had a total of ten hits, all of them singles.
Jacob Stallings left the game early due to neck tightness, which could be an issue with Opening Day just a week away.
The Pirates are at home this afternoon to take on the Baltimore Orioles. The game will be broadcast live on AT&T SportsNet and shown on a tape delay on MLB Network.
Here’s the lineup for today:
- Adam Frazier 2B
- Starling Marte CF
- Corey Dickerson LF
- Josh Bell 1B
- Francisco Cervelli C
- Jung Ho Kang 3B
- Melky Cabrera RF
- Erik Gonzalez SS
- Chris Archer P
The bench today consists of Lonnie Chisenhall, Colin Moran, JB Shuck, Steven Baron, Jerrick Suiter, Ryan Haug, Gabriel Brito and Jonah Davis.
Chris Archer gets the start today. He will be followed by Kyle Crick and Tyler Lyons.
Nick Burdi will pitch at Pirate City today, giving him his first day of back-to-back work in games.
The Pirates will be on the road on Friday, traveling to Port Charlotte to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. Francisco Liriano will get the start. The game will be shown on a slight tape delay on MLB Network.