First Pitch: Unofficial and Official Exhibition Games

While it still hasn’t been announced yet, Cleveland Indians media is now reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Indians will meet up in three exhibition games before the regular season starts 12 days from now. We originally heard on Friday from Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette that these games were in the plans.

If all goes according to the sources from each side, the Pirates will host the Indians on July 18th and July 22nd, while the Indians will get the July 20th game in between. Mackey also noted the other day that all three games could be broadcast on TV.

So while we wait for the 2020 season to finally start, it sounds like we will be able to fill three of those 11 days of Spring Training 2.0 with televised game action.

Last night for the second day in a row, the Pirates had a live feed of their sim game on Facebook. The video feed was better last night than the previous day. The camera angle on Friday was from the first base dugout facing the pitcher/batter match-up and only showed about 30% of the field. Last night the single camera/no sound shot was from behind home plate and about 80% of the field was visible.

Mitch Keller started last night and did well until his fourth inning when the first four batters reached. After two singles and a walk loaded the bases, he walked in a run and that’s how the game actually ended.

Just like yesterday, if there is an exhibition game today, I’ll throw together a quick article with the link as soon as I see the confirmation from the Pirates.

Here’s video of Adam Frazier collecting a hit

Here are some photos from yesterday

**We will have at least four articles today, including the one you’re currently reading. If any news comes up, we will have more. The other scheduled articles for today are as follows:

This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History – The last no-hitter in team history

Card of the Day – A great pose on a 1993 Carlos Garcia card has a lot of background to go along with the card

1979 Season Recap – Pirates look to sweep the Houston Astros

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!


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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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