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Pirates 4, Phillies 3
A 2-run homer by 2B Neil Walker in the top of the 6th gave the Pirates the go-ahead run and one more for insurance, as the Pirates beat the Phillies in Clearwater, FL. A solo homer by Phillies' DH Ben Francisco off Pirates' starter Paul Maholm put the first run on the board in the bottom of the 2nd. It was the only run Maholm allowed in his 3 innings of work. He did not walk any batters and struck out two. Jeff Karstens took over for Maholm to begin the 4th. He also gave up a run, when Francisco and 2B Delwyn Young both doubled. Karstens retired the side in order in the 5th inning.
1B Lyle Overbay had 3 hits for the Pirates, beginning with a lead-off single in the 2nd inning. That time, he was forced out at second on a subsequent play. Overbay led off the 4th with a double into left field. He moved to 3rd base on Neil Walker's ground out, then scored on DJ Garrett Jones' sacrifice fly. RF John Bowker tied the score in the top of the 5th, when he doubled into left field, then scored on ground outs by SS Chase d'Arnaud and CF Andrew McCutchen. Overbay's third hit of the game was a line drive single in the top of the 6th, and Walker followed that with his blast over the right field wall to give the Pirates a 4-2 lead.
Tony Watson came on to pitch the 6th inning. He had two runners get on base, with a walk and a throwing error by d'Arnaud. But d'Arnaud redeemed himself moments later, when he took the throw from Watson on a bouncer back to the mound, and turned the inning-ending double play. Watson gave up a run in the 7th on a pair of singles, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI single. That inning also ended on a double play, when Watson struck out former Pirate Brandon Moss, then C Dusty Brown threw out the runner from first as he tried to steal second base. Sean Gallagher buzzed through three batters, retiring all on a total of 5 pitches in the 8th inning. Chris Leroux took the top of the 9th, and he also got out of a jam with a spectacular double play. A walk, a sacrifice bunt, and another walk put two runners on base with one out. SS Freddy Galvis lifted a long fly ball to left center field, but LF Alex Presley tracked it down with a long running catch, then whirled and fired in to the infield. A relay by SS Brian Friday, then to 1B Garrett Atkins, and the runner from first base was doubled off, ending the game. Leroux was credited with the Save, and Karstens got the win.
Also in the game: 2B Pedro Ciriaco singled in the 8th and stole second base. CF Corey Wimberly, 3B Josh Fields, PH/DH Andrew Lambo, an PH/RF Steve Pearce all got into the game.
Phillies 7, Pirates 4
A 3-run rally in the 7th inning was enough to push the Phillies over the Pirates at McKechnie Field this afternoon.
Starter Kevin Correia had a shaky top of the 1st inning. The first four batters he faced all singled, bringing in 2 runs. Then with runners on the corners, Correia buckled down, getting a foul pop out then two strikeouts to end the inning. The Pirates got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning. With one out, SS Pedro Ciriaco doubled into left field, and 2B Neil Walker moved him to third base with a line drive single into right. 1B Lyle Overbay also lined into right field, to drive in Ciriaco, though Walker was out when he tried to get from first to third. DH Matt Diaz also singled, but he and Overbay were left on base at the end of the inning.
Correia worked around a single in the 2nd inning, then retired the side in order in the 3rd inning. The Pirates also went down in order in both the 2nd and 3rd. Diaz tied the score in the 4th, with a walk and a stolen base, then a single by 3B Andy Marte.
Brian Burres pitched the 4th and 5th innings, allowing only a double. Fernando Nieve took the mound next. The first batter he faced was Ryan Howard, who blasted a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead. Nieve gave up a walk and a single after the homer, but left them on base. The bottom of the inning began with a walk by Walker. Pinch-hitter Tony Sanchez bounced a ground-rule double over the left field wall, moving Walker to third. RF Garrett Jones ground out to first, which let Walker score to tie it up again. Marte hit the next ground rule double, driving in Sanchez with the go-ahead run.
Nieve came back out for the top of the 7th, and that's when he got into even more trouble. Two singles (one to former Pirate Brandon Moss) and a double tied the score again, at 4-4. Nieve was relieved by Mike Dubee (whose dad is Phillies' pitching coach Rich Dubee). Dubee gave up a ground out to second, which allowed Moss to score from third base. A single brought in the third run of the inning, then Dubee got a strikeout to end the inning. Bryan Morris pitched the 8th inning, and gave up the final Phillies' run with a double, a ground out, and a sacrifice fly. Daniel Moskos pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 9th to wrap things up.
The Pirates threatened in the bottom of the 7th. Singles by CF Alex Presley and LF John Bowker and a walk by 2B Corey Wimberly loaded the bases with one out. All three were left standing there when both 1B Josh Fields and Tony Sanchez struck out.
C Wyatt Toregas also singled for the Pirates. SS Chase d'Arnaud, RF Andrew Lambo, and CF Gorkys Hernandez all got into the game as well.
Pirates 4, Blue Jays 1
Pitchers were the story for the Pirates this afternoon in Dunedin, Florida. Five Pirates' pitchers combined to hold the Blue Jays to 4 hits this afternoon in Dunedin, Florida. Charlie Morton made his second strong start in the Grapefruit League. He gave up one run in the top of the 1st, courtesy of two former Pirates: CF Rajai Davis led off with a double, legged out when LF Matt Diaz was a little slow in picking up (the Pirates should have anticipated Davis' speed). 3B Jose Bautista drove the run in with a single slipped through into left field. Morton ended the inning by inducing a double play, then he retired the side in both the 2nd and 3rd innings. That included a nice barehanded snatch of a bunt attempt, and a whirl to throw the batter out at first. Brad Lincoln buzzed through the next three innings, retiring all 9 batters he faced. Morton and Lincoln each struck out one batter, and neither gave up a walk. Tyler Yates and Jeff Locke each took an inning, and neither gave up a hit, though Yates walked one. Cesar Valdez gave up the other two Jays' hits in the 9th inning. After a strikeout, he surrendered two singles, and with a wild pitch, that gave him runners on the corners. But he picked the runner off first, then ended the game with a strikeout.
The Pirates' hitters were having some trouble with Blue Jays' starter Brett Cecil. Cecil struck out 5 of the first 6 Pirates' batters, and allowed only one hit, a double by C Jason Jaramillo, in the 3rd inning. Jaramillo doubled again to lead off the 6th inning. CF Andrew McCutchen followed with a walk, then a ground out put both runners into scoring position. 3B Pedro Alvarez drove in both with a standing triple into the right field corner, to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead. They added a run in the 7th, when 2B Brian Friday doubled into left field with two outs, then scored on C Dusty Brown's single. Another two-out rally provided the Pirates' fourth run in the top of the 9th. SS Pedro Ciriaco lined a singled into right field, then stole second base. 3B Josh Rodriguez slipped a single into left field, and Ciriaco came around to score. Rodriguez also stole second base, and Brown was hit by a pitch, but the rally ended when CF Corey Wimberly popped out.
Also getting into the game: Jeremy Farrell pinch-hit (ground out) in the 8th inning; his father, John Farrell, is the new manager of the Blue Jays. 1B Josh Fields, LF Alex Presley, RF Gorkys Hernandez, and 3B Andy Marte also played.
Twins 4, Pirates 2
The Pirates fell to a 3-3 record in Grapefruit League play this afternoon at McKechnie field. Both teams posted 9 hits, but the Twins did a better job of pushing runs across. Ross Ohlendorf made the start and was charged with the loss, but the only run he gave up was unearned, and 4 of the 5 outs he recorded were strikeouts. The run came in the top of the 1st, on a walk, a passed ball, and an RBI double. Ohlendorf got the first two outs in the top of the 2nd, then gave up a single, and by then he had reached his pitch limit. Mike Dubee, up from minor league camp, finished the inning for Ohlendorf, blowing three pitches past Jason Repko for a strikeout. Tony Watson pitched the 3rd inning, and gave up a run on a walk and an RBI double.
The Pirates got one run back in the bottom of the 5th. RF Andrew Lambo started the rally with a ground rule double down the left field line, and then he scored on LF Jose Tabata's single up the middle. Mike Crotta pitched 2 scoreless innings, working around a hit in each (4th and 5th). Joel Hanrahan took over for the 6th. The first batter he faced, 2B Luke Hughes, drove a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the Twins a 3-1 lead. After the homer, Hanrahan got two outs, then loaded the bases with a walk and two singles. Hanrahan was relieved by another minor league pitcher, Tom Boleska, who needed just one pitch to end the inning with a fly out, leaving all three runners stranded.
Jose Veras pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 8th for the Pirates. Justin Thomas gave up another unearned run in the top of the 8th. With one out, a fly ball to center field should have been either an out or a harmless single, but CF Gorkys Hernandez had trouble with the windy conditions. He dropped the ball, then when he tried to pick it up off the ground, he dropped it twice more. That allowed the runner to reach third base (3-base error). An RBI single brought him in from third base. Chris Leroux finished things up by retiring the side in the top of the 9th. The Pirates rallied again in the bottom of the 9th. With one out, DH Steve Pearce lifted a double into center field. C Dusty Brown lined a single into right field, plating Pearce from second base. Pedro Ciriaco pinch-ran for Brown, and he reached second base on RF Starling Marte's ground out, but another ground out by LF Alex Presley ended the game. Marte had singled in the 7th inning, but was out at second on a force play.
Also getting into the game: SS Corey Wimberly, SS Chase d'Arnaud, 3B Garrett Atkins, 2B Brian Friday, and 1B Josh Fields.
Pirates 2, Yankees 0
Six Pirate pitchers combined to shut out the Yankees at McKechnie Field this afternoon. James McDonald and Aaron Thompson each pitched 2 scoreless innings, and each allowed 2 hits. That was all the hits the Yankees could get. Daniel McCutchen pitched 2 innings, retiring 6 batters in order, including 2 strikeouts. Chris Resop, Ramon Aguero, and Daniel Moskos all contributed one scoreless and hitless inning, and Moskos earned the save.
The Pirates posted just 6 hits. Two of those belonged to C Chris Snyder. He singled to lead off the 3rd inning, but was caught trying to steal second base, then singled again to begin the 6th, and was replaced by pinch runner Jeremy Farrell. 2B Josh Rodriguez bunted Farrell to second base, and SS Pedro Ciriaco drove in the first run of the game with an RB double into left field. The Pirates scored again in the 7th, when DH Garrett Jones opened the frame with a walk. 1B Steve Pearce bounced a ground-rule double over the left field wall, moving Jones to third base. 3B Josh Fields brought in Jones with a sacrifice fly.
CF Alex Presley walked, singled, and was hit by a pitch in the game. LF John Bowker also singled. Also getting in the game: CF Gorkys Hernandez, LF Miles Durham, RF Andrew Lambo, 1B Garrett Atkins, RF Matt Diaz, C Wyatt Toregas, 2B Brian Friday, and SS Corey Wimberly. Doug Bernier, who played for the Indy Indians in 2010, got into the game for the Yankees.
The Pirates have signed 3B Christian Colonel to a minor league contract. Colonel was the Rockies' 5th round draft pick in 2003. He has played all around the field, he has spent more time in the infield, and most of those at third base. More about Colonel to come in the next few days.
Former Pirate farmhand C James Skelton (Bradenton 2010) signed with the Brewers.
The Pirates played two split-squad spring training games this afternoon (Monday):
Orioles 6, Pirates 4
The Pirates were held to 5 hits at McKechnie field this afternoon, but one of the big ones was a 2-run homer over the left field wall in the bottom of the 9th by RF Miles Durham, who was up from minor league camp. 1B Lyle Overbay also singled for the Pirates, scoring the first Pirates' run of the game in the 5th. 3B Pedro Alvarez knocked in the remaining run for the Pirates, in the 6th inning. LF Jose Tabata led off the inning with a single, stole second base, then scored on Alvarez's single Alvarez also doubled for the Pirates.
LF John Bowker, SS Brian Friday, CF Mel Rojas, 3B Andy Marte, 1B Steve Pearce, 2B Chase d'Arnaud, 2B Jim Negrych, and C Wyatt Toregas all got into the game for the Pirates.
Paul Maholm took the loss for the Pirates. He gave up a run in the 1st inning on a double and a single, then another on a solo homer in the 2nd. Jeff Locke allowed a run on two hits in the 6th. He allowed a single and a walk, then with two outs, an RBI single brought in a run. Justin Wilson got the first out, then walked the next three batters to load the bases in the 8th. A double and a sacrifice fly drove in all three of the base runners. Jeff Karstens pitched 2 scoreless innings, then Tyler Yates, and Mike Crotta each pitched a scoreless frame. Cesar Valdez finished up the 8th for Karstens, then pitched a scoreless 9th, facing only 4 batters.
Pirates 10, Rays 3
The Pirates posted 13 hits on their way to 10 runs in their McKechnie Field opener on Sunday afternoon. CF Andrew McCutchen had three hits, including a solo homer for the Pirates' first run of the game, and a double. RF Garrett Jones also had three hits -- 2 doubles and a single. McCutchen began a rally in the 4th with a single, and doubles by Jones and C Ryan Doumit drove in 2 runs, all off former Pirate pitcher Chris Bootcheck. Another former Pirate, Jonah Bayliss, came on to pitch the 5th inning for the Rays. Bayliss got the first two outs, then gave up a triple to 2B Neil Walker, and doubles by McCutchen and 3B Pedro Alvarez, and the Pirates had 2 more runs. Chase d'Arnaud came into the game for Walker in the 6th, and he led off the bottom of the 7th with a walk. D'Arnaud moved to second base on a ground out, then scrambled around from second base, surprising the Rays, to score on an RBI ground out by 1B Steve Pearce. The Pirates added another 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th. That inning began with a solo homer by C Jason Jaramillo. SS Josh Rodriguez singled, then with two outs and Rodriguez on third, d'Arnaud lined an RBI single up the middle. CF Corey Wimberly walked, and 3B Andy Marte drove in both d'Arnaud and Wimberly with a double into right field.
Kevin Correia made the start for the Pirates. He gave up a run in the top of the 1st, with a lead-off walk and two ground outs. Correia got into trouble in the 2nd inning, giving up two singles and a walk to load the bases with one out. That was all for Correia. Minor leaguer Ryan Beckman, who pitched for State College in 2010, came on in relief of Correia. Beckman got the first batter he faced to ground to second, which allowed the runner from third to score. Another ground out ended the inning. Usually that would be the end of the outing for a minor leaguer who is filling in. But, Joe Beimel, who was scheduled to pitch after Correia, had some elbow soreness and did not pitch. So, Beckman kept going. He threw three more pitches, and retired three batters in the 3rd inning, with a line out and two ground outs. Brian Burres earned the win with 2 scoreless innings following Beckman. Joel Hanrahan, Jose Veras, and another minor leaguer, Tony Watson, each pitched one scoreless inning. Watson worked around a lead-off single in the 8th. Chris Leroux pitched the 9th, and gave up a solo homer and two singles, but ended the inning with a pop out and a double play.
LF John Bowker and RF Andrew Lambo also got into the game.
Pirates 21, Manatee-Sarasota 1 (7 innings)
The Pirates' top prospects and players fighting for a major league job got the chance to show off their stuff this afternoon in the Pirates' annual charity game against the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota. The Pirates pounded out 20 hits, including home runs by 1B Garrett Atkins and 2B/3B Brian Friday. Atkins and Josh Fields, who took turns as the DH, and at third and in left field, each had 3 hits. 2B Corey Wimberly, 1B Steve Pearce, CF Gorkys Hernandez, Friday, C Wayne Toregas, and C Tony Sanchez all had 2 hits. Pearce's two hits were both doubles, and along with a walk, he drove in 4 runs. Atkins and Hernandez each had 3 RBI. The Pirates jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the 1st, with 3 runs. Pearce's first double drove in two, then a sacrifice fly by RF Andrew Lambo brought in Pearce. Wimberly began a rally in the bottom of the 2nd with a double, and the rest of the Pirates took off, adding 7 more runs in that inning. The Pirates scored in each of their 6 at-bats (it was only scheduled for 7 innings).
The Pirates' pitchers were not to be outdone. Aaron Thompson began the game by striking out the Manatees in order in the top of the 1st. Tyler Yates pitched the 2nd, and gave up the lone Manatees' run on a single, a wild pitch, a ground out, and a sacrifice fly. Yates gave up another single before ending the inning. Jeff Locke surrendered a single in his scoreless inning, as did Rudy Owens. Mike Crotta struck out the side, and Justin Wilson and Kyle McPherson both struck out 2 batters without allowing a hit.