By Zane Heiple
|Photo Credit: AP/AP|
The Pirates traveled to
today to take on the Baltimore Orioles. Scott Olsen, who was signed during the offseason to be apart of the pitching rotation, but has been injured throughout the spring, made his debut in a Sarasota, Florida uniform this afternoon. Pittsburgh
This was the third time these two teams met this spring, with the Orioles winning the previous two contests. Kevin Correia made the start for the Buccos, while Jake Arrieta took to the mound for the O’s.
Things were looking good for Correia until the fourth frame when the Orioles tallied three runs on him. He finished his afternoon having thrown five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, allowing one home run and striking out one batter. Evan Meek came in for the sixth inning and allowed one hit, while striking out a batter.
The game went from bad to worse for the Pirates in the seventh inning when Baltimore scored three more runs to take a 7-2 lead. All three of these runs would come off of
pitcher Joe Beimel. The O’s would score one more run in the eighth to make it a 8-2 final. Olsen was on the mound when the final run was scored. He pitched one inning, giving up one run on two hits, with one hit being a homerun. Pittsburgh
Both teams brought the lumber today as they each accumulated fourteen hits. The difference was
was able to get timely hits with runners in scoring position, and had a pitching staff that was able to close the door when Buccos were on base. Baltimore
The O’s also hit three homeruns on the day, another stat that the Pirates have to contain if they hope to give teams trouble during the regular season.
Let’s Go Bucs!