The Pittsburgh Pirates (12-13) and Baltimore Orioles (10-15) met Sunday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. For Pittsburgh, Mitch Keller (0-1, 11.91) took to the bump, whereas Baltimore gave the nod to Matt Harvey (0-0, 4.80).
There wasn’t a lot in the way in which of scoring on this recreation. Troy Stokes kicked off the festivities with a single within the first inning, permitting Jacob Stallings to attain from third, planting the Pirates to a 1-0 lead.
Within the high of the second inning, Adam Frazier singled to left; within the course of, Oneil Cruz got here in to increase the marginal Pittsburgh lead, 2-0.
The Orioles had been in a position to minimize the lead in half within the backside of the fourth inning. Austin Wynns hit a fly ball to left area, which was caught by Brian Goodwin. Scoring on the play was Likelihood Sisco, making it a 2-1 ballgame.
The rating would stand pat from that time on, enabling the Pirates to assert their thirteenth win of Spring Coaching and drawing the group to a .500 document throughout the preseason.
For Pirates’ followers, curiosity stemmed from whether or not or not Keller may enhance previous to the beginning of the season. His outcomes, as is usually the case, had been a blended bag. The younger pitcher tossed three innings and didn’t enable a run, whereas solely giving up one hit, however he walked 4 batters.
Different pitchers of observe embrace Michael Feliz and Sam Howard, the latter of whom is vying for a bullpen spot; each pitchers struck out a pair in every of their respective appearances. Quinn Priester, maybe the subsequent huge factor via the pipeline, walked three in his 0.2 innings however was taken off the hook when Blake Weiman made an look within the eighth to work out of hazard.
Nick Mears closed out the sport with a scoreless last body, together with a pair of strikeouts. Lastly, pitching solely gave up two hits to Baltimore on the afternoon, along with 10 strikeouts as a group; the group additionally walked eight hitters.
The Pirates totaled six hits within the recreation, together with Frazier’s 2-for-4 exhibiting, together with an RBI; a kind of hits was Frazier’s sixth double of the spring. Goodwin went 1-for-3 with a double. The opposite three hits had been unfold between Wilmer Difo, Stokes, and Cruz.
The Pirates can have two extra alternatives to wash up any last deficiencies earlier than heading north for the summer time. The Bucs will sq. off in opposition to the Minnesota Twins tomorrow afternoon at LECOM Park in Bradenton earlier than dealing with that very same Twins group on Tuesday afternoon at CenturyLink Sports activities Advanced in Fort Myers, Florida. The previous recreation is slated to have first pitch thrown at 1:05, whereas the latter recreation is slated for 12:05.
March 31 will probably be an idle day for all 30 main league organizations. The Pirates will kick off their common season schedule on April 1 in opposition to the Chicago Cubs. That recreation will probably be performed at Wrigley Area with first pitch scheduled for two:20. The Pirates received’t play a recreation at PNC Park till April 8, when the Cubs come to city to start the primary homestand of the 12 months.