Pirates Spring Training 2/28-3/10 summaries

2/28 vs Red Sox.  Lost 16-6

  • Pirates pitchers combined for 15 walks, including four with the bases loaded. Shortstop Josh Harrison made two throwing errors that allowed three runs to score.
  •  Jonathan Sanchez, gave up four runs, three hits and four walks in two-thirds of an inning.
  • Right-hander Jameson Taillon worked the first two innings for the Pirates. Among Pittsburgh’s top prospects, Taillon struck out three and allowed one run on one hit.
  • As for hitting, Jared Goedert hit a 3 run homer. Goedert spent seven years in the Cleveland farm system, splitting the 2012 season between Double-A and Triple-A. In Triple-A last year he hit for a .279/.331/.460 line in 326 at-bats with 14 homers. Goedert turns 28 next season, and hasn’t played in the majors yet. Jordy Mercer went 2-2 with a home run. Other than that it was pretty ugly.

3/1 vs Orioles   Lost 6-5

  • James McDonald allowed four runs and six hits in three innings. He gave up 3 home runs. He said that the Orioles, who have won six of seven, were swinging especially aggressively.
  • Gaby Sanchez homered twice for the Pirates.
  • Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen had his first hit of the exhibition season, a single off Mike Wright.
  • Travis Snider went 3-4.
  • Marte went 1-3 with a run and a triple.

3/1 vs Red Sox    Lost 5-2

  • Pirates played two games on Friday and had split squads
  • Jeff Locke started the game and got roughed up. 3 innings, 4 hits, 3 earned runs. Struck out 3 and walked 2. Boston’s lineup had a decent amount of their starters in but still nothing impressive from Locke who is battling for the 5th started pitching spot

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3/2 vs Tigers   Lost 4-1

  • Pirates catcher Russell Martin went 0 for 3 as the designated hitter after missing three days with upper-body soreness.
  • Marte went 2-3
  • Jeanmar Gomez started and gave up all 4 earned runs.
  • Jared Hughes and Mark Melancon both pitched a perfect inning

3/3 vs Astros  Won 8-6

  • Since Jose Tabata lost his starting right fielder’s job midway through last season, the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded for two outfielders capable of taking his spot in the lineup. Message received. Tabata lost 15 pounds in the offseason and has been the talk of the Pirates’ spring training camp. On Sunday, he keyed a five-run second inning with a two-run double to help the Pirates build a big lead before holding on for an 8-6 victory over the Houston Astros.
  • “I feel good about what I’m doing,” Tabata said. “I’m hitting the ball hard consistently and I feel like I’m in really good physical shape. I feel like I’m ready to have a good season.”
  • Tabata hit just .243 with three home runs in 103 games last season, the first year of a six-year, $15-million contract. He wound up spending six weeks at Triple-A Indianapolis at midseason and is competing with Travis Snider and Jerry Sands for a lineup spot.
  • Kyle McPherson is also trying to win a rotation spot and he gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings. He allowed two hits and three walks while striking out two.
  • McPherson said he also is not worried about spring training statistics.
  • “I don’t think you can put a lot of stock in the numbers down here,” McPherson said. “It’s about getting ready for the season. I think it’s misleading if you’re going to try to make any evaluations strictly through statistical analysis in spring training. There were a few pitches that could have gone either way that I walked guy on but I felt good with the way I threw.”
  • Pittsburgh catcher Tony Sanchez had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs, and second baseman Neil Walker also had two hits
  • Jason Grilli pitched one perfect inning then headed to the airport to catch a flight to Phoenix where he was to join Italy for the World Baseball Classic

MARCH 3 CUTCH

3/4 vs Phillies    Lost 5-0

  • A.J. Burnett lasted just 1 1/3 innings Monday against the Phillies, struggling with his control as his pitch count climbed to 51.
  • He walked in a pair of runs in a four-run second during a 5-0 loss, giving up four runs, four hits and the two walks.
  • Wandy Rodriquez pitched 3 innings. 2 hits allowed, one unearned run, one walk, and three strikeouts.
  • Pirates had one hit and it was a double by Snider.
  • UGLY

3/6 vs Red Sox    Won 9-3

  • The Pirates used a lineup that was fairly representative of what they will have opening day, with at least seven starters. “We think it’s time,” Hurdle said.
  • Locke faced the Red Sox for the second straight start. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts. He also earned the win. 2-1 in the spring so far.
  • Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs for the Pirates.
  • Marte led off and produced 2 runs and a triple.
  • Tabata came in for him and also provided 2 runs and had a double.
  • Fort McKenry went 2-2 with a run and a double

3/7 vs Rays   Lost 4-2

  • JMac pitched 4 scoreless innings and only gave up one hit. Also had 5 strikeouts.
  • The Rays scored four unearned runs against Jeanmar Gomez after Pittsburgh third baseman Gaby Sanchez was charged with a throwing error with two outs in the seventh inning.
  • Gaby has been getting some reps at third base. Should be interesting. Seems like move could move JHay out of roster and give a spot to Sands or elsewhere.
  • Matt Hague singled, Jared Goedert walked and Russell Martin doubled off Jake Odorizzi to make it 4-2.

3/8 vs Orioles    Lost 6-3

  • McPherson gave up three runs in the third inning. His total line was 3 innings, 6 hits allowed and 4 earned runs. Gave up a walk and got 3 strikeouts
  • Marte, who will likely open the season batting leadoff, was 2 for 2 with a walk. He stole two bases and scored twice. He was also caught stealing once.
  • Pirates RHP Jeff Karstens (biceps) pitched two innings of batting practice in his progression back to the mound.
  • Garrett Jones (oblique) had limited physical activity a day after being scratched from the lineup.

3/9 vs Twins      Lost 5-4

  • Burnett needed 45 pitches to get through four innings. He went back out for the fifth and wound up allowing two runs and two hits in 4 2/3 innings.
  • Jared Hughes pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings
  • Cutch went 0-3
  • Presley went 1-3 with a run
  • Travis Snider went 1-3 with a double

3/10 vs Twins    Won 7-4

  • Andrew McCutchen, Gaby Sanchez and Tony Sanchez hit home runs for the Pirates. McCutchen’s drive went off the scoreboard.
  • Jonathan Sanchez, in his first spring training start and fourth appearance, gave up two runs and two hits in two innings. Sanchez has an 11.81 ERA in 5 1/3 innings during the exhibition season.
  • Marte and Snider both went 0-3

3/10 vs Orioles    Won 5-2

  • Pirates number one prospect, Gerrit Cole, got the start. Pitched 4 innings, 2 hits, two earned runs, one walk, 2 strikeouts, and one home run given up.
  • With one out in the second, Brad Hawpe hit a ball to left-center that McLouth had a hard time handling on a windy day. McLouth was charged with an error, and quickly four runs scored on four hits. Three of the runs were unearned.
  • Catcher Russell Martin, who has been nursing a sore shoulder, caught for just the second time this spring, and the first time since Feb. 24. Martin liked what he saw from Cole.
  • “He’s got a good feel out on the mound. He’s got a good plan and he’s able to execute it,” Martin said.
  • Pittsburgh RHP Charlie Morton, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, is scheduled to throw live batting practice for the first time since then on Monday
  • Martin batted leadoff in an attempt to make up at-bats. He was 0 for 2 and a walk
  • Matt Hague went 3-3 with a double, run, and rbi
  • As of now, the Pirates are 5-10. All summaries and statistics are taken off espn.com
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