Tag: Neil Walker
Shelby Ford's lead-off home run was a bright spot for the Indians.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 10, Indianapolis Indians 3
A shaky first inning from Tribe starter Rudy Owens gave the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees a lead they would never give up, as the Indians lost at Victory Field tonight. Owens suffered his 4th loss of the season, and with the Tribe bullpen getting thin, outfielder Corey Wimberly made his professional pitching debut. The Yankees posted 17 hits and scored in every other inning.
It was a tough night for Owens (photo). He lasted 5 innings and allowed 7 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks. The first inning began with three consecutive hits: a double by CF Austin Krum, a single by SS Ramiro Pena, and a 2-RBI triple by C Jesus Montero. The triple hit near the top of the right field wall, over the leaping RF Miles Durham, who then crashed into the wall and fell to the ground, as CF Alex Presley chased down the ricochet. Montero held at third when 1B Jorge Vazquez grounded to third for the first out of the inning, then Owens walked LF Justin Maxwell.
Maxwell was leaning off first, and Owens' throw to first picked him off. Maxwell took off for second base. 1B Matt Hague took a quick look over at Montero on third to make sure he was not thinking of going home on the steal attempt. But that extra second it took Hague to look to third was enough so that the throw to SS Brian Friday, covering second, was a second too late. Montero made an awkward slide into second base and Friday's tag was late, and Montero was called safe (photos below). As Friday looked at the umpire in protest, Montero, still off balance, rolled off the base -- if Friday had held the tag, Montero would have been out.
After a strikeout by 3B Brandon Laird, DH Jordan Parraz lined a 2-RBI single into center field, driving in both Montero and Maxwell. 2B Kevin Russo also walked, then RF Dan Brewer's RBI single plated Parraz. Brewer tried to advance to second base on the throw in from Durham in right, but a quick throw by 3B Andy Marte to Friday this time let Friday tag out Brewer. The Yankees had a 5-0 lead.
Phillies 8, Pirates 5
The Pirates' regular starters played the entire game on a chilly night in Philadelphia -- a big change from the weather they'd enjoyed in Florida for the past 6 weeks. 2B Neil Walker provided the offensive boost, reaching base in 4 of his 5 at-bats, with a walk, three singles, and one RBI. Starter Ross Ohlendorf lasted 4 innings, and allowed 6 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits, one walk, and 3 hit batters.
LF Jose Tabata led off the game with a walk, and Walker followed with a single slipped into right field in the top of the 1st. 1B Lyle Overbay brought both runners in with a double, to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The Phillies got one run back in the bottom of the frame, on a pair of singles and a throwing error by C Ryan Doumit. Ohlendorf began the bottom of the 2nd by surrendering a solo homer to Phillies' Ben Francisco, then loaded the bases with a walk and two hit batters. A fielding error by SS Ronny Cedeno and a sacrifice fly brought in two more runs for Philadelphia. The Phillies made it 6-2 in the 4th, when Ohlendorf hit his third batter of the game, and allowed 3 more singles.
Minor leaguer Mike Dubee, whose father Rich Dubee is the Phillies' pitching coach, pitched a perfect 5th inning for the Pirates. Chris Leroux started the 6th inning and allowed a walk and a single, then an RBI ground out. He was relieved by Garrett Olson, who finished the inning with a fly out and a ground out. Jose Veras threw a 1-2-3 inning in the 7th. Evan Meek took the bottom of the 8th, and began by giving up two singles, including one to former Pirate/Indy Indian C Erik Kratz. A fielding error by Walker kept the inning going, and Kratz scored an unearned run on an RBI ground out.
The Pirates scored again in the top of the 5th. Pinch-hitter Josh Rodriguez and Tabata both walked to open the inning, and Walker lined into right field, where Francisco misplayed the ball. Both runners scored and Walker ended up on third base, credited with a single. CF Andrew McCutchen plated Walker with another single.
The Indy Indians were scheduled to play the Las Vegas 51's in Dunedin this afternoon -- no word on the results.
Twins 4, Pirates 3
The Pirates finished their Grapefruit League action with an 11-20 record, as they now head north to Pennsylvania, where they will play 2 games against the Philliies in Philadelphia. Reliever Anthony Claggett suffered a Blown Save and the Loss, as he gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th for the Twins' walk-off win.
The Pirates were leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the 9th. Claggett walked the first batter, then the next hitter lifted a fly ball to center field, which sailed over CF Starling Marte's head and caromed off the wall for a triple. That brought in the tying run. After a strikeout, the next batter ricocheted a soft liner off Claggett's lower leg. The ball landed over toward third base, where 3B Josh Rodroguez raced in to make the scoop, but his throw to the plate was not in time for C Jason Jaramillo to tag the runner on third, and the winning run scored.
LF Jose Tabata got the game started with a double into left field to open the top of the 1st. 2B Neil Walker bunted Tabata to third, and CF Andrew McCutchen brought him in with a sacrifice fly. Walker started the Pirates' 4th inning rally with a lead-off single into center field. 1B Steve Pearce doubled into center, plating Walker, and RF Matt Diaz's single brought in Pearce. The Pirates had only two baserunners after the 4th inning -- Jaramillo singled in the 8th, and Pearce walked in the 9th.
Jeff Karstens made the start, scattering three singles and a walk over the first four innings. With two outs in the 5th, Karstens got Twins' Denard Span to ground to short, but a wild pitch by SS Ronny Cedeno resulted in a single and a throwing error, and Span positioned on second base. Another single brought Span across the plate with an unearned run. Garrett Olson finished the inning for Karstens, then pitched a scoreless 6th inning. Mike Crotta surrendered his second earned run of the spring, with a walk and a double in the 7th inning. Chris Resop pitched the 8th inning, and kept the Twins from scoring despite a single and a walk.
Also getting into the game: 2B Brian Friday and SS Jordy Mercer
The Pirates traded infielder Josh Fields to the Rockies this afternoon, for a player to be named later or cash. Fields was in Pirates' camp as a non-roster invitee, minor league free agent. He had been sent to the minor league camp at the end of last week. In 21 Grapefruit League games, he went 5-for-29, and struck out 11 times.
Josh Rodriguez, the Pirates' Rule 5 pick from last December, has made the 25-man roster. He will have to stay on the major league roster all season, or else go through waivers and be offered back to the Cleveland Indians. Rodriguez will be a back-up infielder and a bat off the bench. That means that Pedro Ciriaco will be heading back to Indianapolis to begin the season.
C Chris Snyder will begin the season on the Disabled List. That leaves Ryan Doumit and Jason Jaramillo to share catching duties for now, and leaves open a spot for OF John Bowker on the 25-man roster.
Former Pirate RHP Nate Adcock, who was chosen by the Royals in the Rule 5 draft, has won a spot on the Royals' 25-man roster. Like Rodriguez, if he doesn't stick with the Royals, he'll have to go through waivers and be offered back to the Pirates. Adcock pitched for A+ Bradenton in 2010, earning an 11-7 record and a 3.38 ERA. In 141.1 innings, he allowed 131 hits, 53 earned runs, 38 walks, and struck out 113. If he comes back to the Pirates, he would likely be assigned to AA Altoona.
The Indy Indians faced off against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in Clearwater, Florida this afternoon.... no results available at this point.
Pirates 5, Rays 4
The Pirates won on a walk-off error in the bottom of the 9th inning this afternoon in Bradenton. Pittsburgh had been leading 4-3 going into the top of the 9th, but a solo homer by Rays' John Jaso tied the score, and made reliever Chris Leroux the victim of a Blown Save. In the bottom of the inning, 2B Josh Rodriguez walked with one out. A ground out moved Rodriguez to second. CF Pedro Ciriaco grounded to third for what should have been the final out of the game, but Rays 3B Daniel Mayora made a wild throw to first, and the ball got away, Ciriaco had been off and running, and he rounded third and scored on the error to give the Pirates the win.
The Rays had scored in the 2nd inning on a solo homer, and also began the 5th inning with a solo homer, both off Pirates' starter Paul Maholm. After the homer in the 5th, Maholm gave up another run on a double an an RBI single. Joel Hanrahan pitched two hitless and scoreless innings, working around a fielding error by 1B Lyle Overbay in the 7th. Leroux was credited with the win.
The Pirates tied the score at 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the 3rd. 2B Neil Walker tripled to the wall in center field, then scored on CF Andrew McCutchen's ground out. When the Rays took a 3-1 lead in the top of the 5th, LF Jose Tabata got the Pirates a run closer with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning. The Pirates took a 4-3 lead in the 6th, when McCutchen led off with a walk. RF Matt Diaz grounded into a force out, replacing McCutchen at first. Diaz moved to third base on 3B Pedro Alvarez's line drive double, and both Diaz and Alvarez both scored on C Ryan Doumit's single lined into center field.
Steve Pearce was officially informed that he will begin the season on the Pirates' 25-man active roster. John Bowker, who had a pinch-hit single in the 7th inning today, is still on the bubble, and his fate will probably be decided by what the Pirates do about their catchers -- two or three catchers on the active roster?
The Indianapolis Indians had a day off today. They have 6 more spring training games, with their last next Saturday.
Other news: Former Pirate Nyjer Morgan was traded from the Washington Nationals to the Milwaukee Brewers today.
Yankees 4, Pirates 2
Reliever Mike Crotta, who had not given up a run up 'til today, surrendered his first spring training run this afternoon in Tampa. Crotta came on to pitch the final inning, with the Yankees already ahead 3-2. He gave up a single, a sacrifice bunt, and another single, for the Yankees' final run of the game. Crotta is still in the running for a bullpen spot with the Pirates.
The Yankees got onto the scoreboard first, with a 2-run homer by Alex Rodriguez in the bottom of the 1st inning off starter Kevin Correia. Correia sailed through the next two innings, then gave up another run in the 4th on a walk and two singles. He gave up only one more hit in the next two innings, finishing his afternoon with 6 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Jose Veras pitched a scoreless 7th inning.
The Pirates scored one run in the 2nd inning, when 3B Pedro Alvarez led off with a walk and C Jason Jaramillo doubled him in. LF Jose Tabata smacked a triple in the 5th inning, and scored on 2B Neil Walker's sacrifice fly, for the Pirates' second run. The Pirates posted 10 hits in the game, but did not score again -- 8 runners were left on base. Manager Clint Hurdle indicated that today's lineup is what he expects to be his regular starting lineup, and today most of those position players were in for the entire game. SS Ronny Cedeno came out of the game in a double-switch in the bottom of the 8th, and Josh Rodriguez entered the game. Rodriguez lined a single in the top of the 9th, but was left on base.
The Pirates have two more games in Florida (at McKechnie Field against the Rays on Sunday, and in Ft. Myers against the Twins on Monday. Then they will play two games in Philadelphia on Tuesday and Wednesday, before heading to Chicago to begin the regular season next Friday.
The Pirates reassigned four more players to minor league camp this morning: P Brian Burres, C Dusty Brown, INF Andy Marte, and INF Corey Wimberly. Moving Marte to minor league camp is encouraging for Steve Pearce, who is now nearly assured a bench spot on the major league team.
S/W-B Yankees 6, Indy Indians 5
The Indians faced New York Yankees' pitcher CC Sabathia this afternoon in a AAA spring training game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in Tampa this afternoon. They hit 5 singles off Sabathia in three innings, but could not bring any of those base runners around to score. James McDonald came from the Pirates' big league camp to make a start for the Indians. He gave up one run on 4 hits in his 3 innings. The Indians scored a run in the 6th inning on Alex Presley's sacrifice fly. Josh Fields, who went 2-for-3 in the game, doubled in a run in the 7th, then Jim Negrych followed with a 2-run homer. The Indians were leading 5-2 going into the bottom of the 8th. The Yankees tied the score in the bottom of the frame with 3 runs on a pair of doubles. Then in the bottom of the 9th, the Yankees scored with a 2-out single to take the win.
Sketchy reports from two other games:
On Thursday, the Indians lost to the Las Vegas 51's by a score of 5-3, despite home runs by Chase d'Arnaud and Alex Presley.
On Friday, the Indians and the S/W-B Yankees played to a 1-1 tie. Rudy Owens pitched 4 innings for the Indians, and struck out 6 batters.
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.
Astros 10, Pirates 6
The Astros and the Pirates had a hit-fest this afternoon in Bradenton, combining for 30 hits (14 for the Pirates). But even with a solo homer by 3B Pedro Alvarez and a 2-run blast by CF Andrew McCutchen, it wasn't enough for the Pirates to take the win. Starter Brian Burres struggled trhough 5 innings and gave up 6 runs on 10 hits. The Astros jumped right on Burres in the top of the 1st, scoring 2 runs on a single, a walk, an RBI double, and a sacrifice fly. McCutchen tied the score with his homer in the bottom of the 1st. The Pirates took the lead in the 2nd inning, when C Ryan Doumit led off with a single up the middle. SS Ronny Cedeno doubled, putting two runners into scoring position. Burres chopped an infield grounder that let Doumit score, and LF Jose Tabata's sacrifice fly brought in Cedeno. But the Astros kept coming at Burres, with a solo homer in the top of the 3rd, then 3 more runs in the 5th. Two singles and a fielding error by RF Matt Diaz tied the score, and a double and a sacrifice fly drove in 2 more runs, to give the Astros a 6-4 lead. Alvarez's homer got the Pirates within one run again in the bottom of . 2B Neil Walker got the run back in the bottom of the frame with a double, scoring on a single and a sacrifice fly by 1B Lyle Overbay. The Astros put the game away in the top of the 9th. With Tyler Yates on the mound, three consecutive singles, a double, and a sacrifice fly gave the Astros 3 more runs.
Chris Resop gave up a double but kept the Astros from scoring in the 8th inning. Mike Crotta pitched a perfect 6th inning, continuing his scoreless streak for the spring. 2B Pedro Ciriaco singled and pinch-hitter Steve Pearce doubled in the game, both boosting their cause as they try to make the Opening Day roster. LF John Bowker, CF Corey Wimberly, C Dusty Brown, and SS Josh Rodriguez all got into the game.
The Indianapolis Indians did not have a scheduled game today.
The members of the 2010 Altoona Curve were presented with their championship rings before the Pirates' game today.
Indianapolis Indians 7, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 2
The Indians had both the pitching and the hitting tuned up this afternoon as they defeated the Yankees at Bradenton. SS Jordy Mercer, 2B Josh Harrison, and C Eric Fryer each drove in two runs. The scoring started when Harrison tripled in the 3rd inning, when 3 runs came in. Mercer blasted a solo homer, then Fryer's 2-run double was the gem of the 8th inning, as 3 more runs scored. Starter Justin Wilson pitched 3 scoreless innings, with 4 strikeouts, to earn the win. The Yankees scored their 2 runs in the 5th, with reliever Jared Hughes on the mound. Hughes pitched 2 innings and also struck out 3 batters. Tony Watson pitched 2 scoreless innings (3 K), and Anthony Claggett (2 K) and Ramon Aguero each pitched a scoreless frame.
Pirates 7, Red Sox 5
A 5-run 4th inning put the Pirates well on their way to a win this afternoon at Bradenton. The rally began when 2B Neil Walker reached base on a fielding error and CF Andrew McCutchen walked. 1B Lyle Overbay lifted a double into left field, which brought in both Walker and McCutchen. 3B Pedro Alvarez grounded to third, where Overbay was out, leaving Alvarez on first. RF Matt Diaz lined a single up the middle, and C Dusty Brown loaded the bases on an infield grounder that bounced off Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett. With two outs, Pirates' starter Kevin Correia slipped a grounder into left field, driving in Alvarez and Diaz. When the throw in to the plate was not in time to get Diaz, the Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia tried to throw back to third to surprise Brown. The real surprise was when Saltalamacchia's throw sailed into left field, allowing Brown to score and Correia to move up to third. LF John Bowker gave the Pirates 2 more insurance runs with a homer in the 7th inning. Correia also singled in the 3rd inning but was out in a force play at second.
2B Pedro Ciriaco doubled after Bowker's homer in the 7th. CF Corey Wimberly, RF Josh Fields, and SS Josh Rodriguez got into the game. Steve Pearce played a few innings at third base as well.
Correia pitched 5 innings in his start. He gave up two singles in the top of the 1st and one in the 2nd, but double plays got him out of both innings. He zipped through the 3rd and 4th innings, then gave up 3 runs in the 5th. A walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly brought in the first run. Two more singles added a second run, then a throwing error by Walker at second and a sacrifice fly added an unearned run. Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless 6th, with 2 strikeouts. Then Justin Thomas allowed a run to score in the 7th on a run, a double, and a wild pitch. Fernando Nieve pitched the final two innings and earned the save even though he gave up a run on a double, a walk, and a single in the 9th.
Orioles 13, Pirates 3
Indianapolis area native C Jake Fox beat up on the Pirates' pitching this afternoon in Bradenton, with two booming home runs and 4 RBI. The first homer capped a 6-run 3rd inning, when Pirates' starter Ross Ohlendorf gave up four singles and a double before the homer. Fox struck again in the 7th -- Scott Olsen gave up a double to DH Matt Wieters, followed by Fox's second homer. Olsen surrendered a single and a walk after the homer, and he was relieved by Mike Dubee. Dubee struck out the first batter he faced, then gave up an RBI single, before ending the inning with a fly out. The Orioles added 3 runs in the 8th off Joe Beimel. A double, a walk, and a single loaded the bases, then a single and two ground outs drove in the runs. Former Indy Indian C Michel Hernandez singled for the Orioles in the top of the 9th, and scored on an RBI triple off reliever Sean Gallagher. Daniel McCutchen pitched 2 scoreless innings for the Pirates, allowing 3 hits.
While the Orioles were busy posting 20 hits, the Pirates managed 8. Two of those were by 3B Pedro Alvarez, who also had the Pirates' only extra base hit, a double in the 7th, which was ruled a ground-rule double. That made a difference, because 2B Neil Walker had opened the inning with a walk. He raced around and crossed the plate on Alvarez's double, but then was called back to third base when the umpires ruled it a ground-rule. Walker was left standing on third base, when a strikeout and a ground out ended the inning.
The Pirates did score one run in the 2nd inning. 1B Lyle Overbay began the rally with a single lined into right field. RF Matt Diaz grounded to short, forcing Overbay out at second, but Orioles' shortstop (and another former Indy Indian) JJ Hardy made a throwing error on his relay to first, allowing Diaz to reach second base. Diaz advanced to second on a fly out, and scored on C Jason Jaramillo's RBI single. LF Jose Tabata led off the 5th inning with a walk, and moved to second base on Walker's ground out. CF Andrew McCutchen plated Tabata with a single up the middle. Overbay reached base on a catcher's interference call, then Diaz brought in McCutchen with a line drive single into right field.
Also getting into the game: LF John Bowker, 3B Andy Marte, Corey Wimberly in center field, RF Miles Durham, RF Steve Pearce, 2B Josh Harrison, pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco, 1B Garrett Atkins, C Dusty Brown, and SS Josh Rodriguez. Durham entered the game to play right field in the top of the 8th. In the top of the 9th, he crashed into the wall trying to catch the ball that turned out to be a triple. Durham was down for a few moments, but was able to get up and walk off the field under his own power. Pearce took over for Durham in right field, then singled in the bottom of the inning. Josh Rodriguez also singled in the 8th inning, and Josh Harrison worked a walk in the 9th.
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.