By Zane Heiple
|Photo Credit: Kathy Willens/AP
Kevin Correia gave Pirates’ fans a glimmer of hope that Clint Hurdle was right in naming him the Opening Day starter. Even though the Buccos would drop the game today 4-2 to the New York Yankees, Correia pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out five and walking two.
The Yankees got two of their runs in the first inning off of a Alex Rodriguez homerun.
gained a run back in the second on a Jason Jaramillo double that scored Pedro Alvarez. Pittsburgh made it a 3-1 game on a Chris Dickerson single that scored Nick Swisher. New York
The Pirates cut into the lead again in the fifth on Neil Walker’s sacrifice fly, which scored Jose Tabata from third. In the sixth inning, Ronny Cedeno made an excellent play in deep short to throw A-Rod out at first base. The Yankees put the final nail in the coffin in the eighth frame when Austin Krum singled in Ramiro Pena.
Jose Veras continued his excellent spring as he pitched the seventh inning, allowing one hit and striking out one to drop his ERA to 1.50. Michael Crotta gave up the run in the eighth which would be his first of the spring.
On the offensive side of the ball, Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 3 today and Tabata reached base three times. Chris Snyder was supposed to make his return today from a back injury, but was scratched from the starting lineup just before the first pitch. This injury may force the Pirates to carry three catchers on the Opening Day roster, with the final roster moves to be made early this week. On a positive note, James McDonald threw three innings in a Triple-A game today with no pain. He will throw a side session on Thursday and, if that goes well, he will join the Buccos in
Let’s Go Bucs!