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MooseWithFleas
02-25-2009, 05:32 PM
I thought it would be useful to make a thread to discuss spring training for the Pirates. It can cover game results, player progress, position battles, who will make the 25 man roster, who will make up the rotation.

The Pirates won their ST opener 8-2 over the Phils.

Box Score: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2009_02_25_phimlb_pitmlb_1



Pirates at the plate: Pittsburgh broke out for seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings led by Shelby Ford's three-run homer over the right-field wall. Ford entered the game to take over at second after Freddy Sanchez finished 2-for-2 on the day with an RBI double. Infielders Jack Wilson, Anderson Machado and Steve Pearce also contributed run-scoring base hits in the win. Pedro Alvarez, the overall No. 2 pick in last June's First-Year Player Draft, struck out in his first Spring Training at-bat.


Pirates on the mound: Non-roster invitee Chris Bootcheck made the start for the Pirates and retired the side in order in his only inning pitched. Closer Matt Capps also escaped his inning of work unscathed, though it took a timely double play to end the inning after he walked the bases loaded on 12 consecutive pitches out of the strike zone. Relievers Ronald Uviedo, Evan Meek and Craig Hansen each pitched perfect innings. Hansen struck out two.


From mlb.com




Up next: The Pirates travel south on Thursday to face the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET in Fort Myers, Fla., with righty Ian Snell scheduled to pitch the first two innings for Pittsburgh. He will be followed by starting candidates Ross Ohlendorf and Jimmy Barthmaier, as well as relievers Denny Bautista and Sean Burnett. Lefty Jon Lester will make the start for Boston.

MooseWithFleas
02-25-2009, 05:34 PM
Also interesting to note that the Pirates used 9 relievers in today's game. Found this strange because the Buccos rotation is in so much question after Maholm, that I thought they would start the process of finding their 5 starts right away.

MooseWithFleas
03-01-2009, 05:39 PM
Pirates won 6-4 today.


Pirates at the plate: Center fielder Nate McLouth had the big hit of the day, a three-run homer to cap a five-run Pirates fifth inning. The home run was the first hit of the spring for McLouth. Second baseman Freddy Sanchez drove in the other two runs of the inning with his RBI single. Third baseman Andy LaRoche continued his strong spring showing with a single and sacrifice fly.

Pirates on the mound: Jimmy Barthmaier, who is a long shot to make the rotation out of camp, allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in two innings. Relievers Chris Bootcheck, Donald Veal and Tyler Yates all tossed a scoreless inning in relief.

gowarriors
03-11-2009, 06:53 PM
2-2 today against the Blue Jays.

Maholm looked good - 4 solid innings. Training camp invitee Jason Davis looked impressive. Actually the whole pitching staff looked good.

Monroe had a nice clutch homer in the 9th to tie the game.

I was impressed with the Shelby Ford/Luis Cruz middle infield combo. They turned a couple of DPs and Ford made a nice flip pass to Cruz to throw a runner out at first.

Offense was pretty much non-existent. Laroche had a key single up the middle, scoring Morgan easily from 2nd after he had stolen a base.

MooseWithFleas
04-01-2009, 02:04 PM
Maholm has continued his fantastic spring going 3 scoreless so far against the red sox