By Chad Carlson
|Photo Credit: Pirates.com
After scoring 28 runs in the past two games, the Pirates’ offense was not expected to continue this type of production any longer. Today, they managed only three runs against the Philadelphia Phillies, but it was good enough for them to earn their sixth win of the Grapefruit League season.
Kevin Correia pitched four shutout innings before handing the ball over to the bullpen to finish off the latter five frames to help the Bucs improve to 6-7 this spring with 3-2 victory today.
Correia gave up just one hit and one walk in his four innings of work, while Evan Meek, Justin Wilson, and Kyle McPherson each pitched an inning of scoreless ball. Kevin has yet to give up a run yet this spring, and he’s looking to revert back to the pitcher he was the first half of 2011. So far, so good for him, while the same rings true for a bullpen that was one of the best prior to the All-Star break last year, before falling apart and ending the season in the lower handful.
As for the offense, it was less exciting for the Pirates than it had been the last couple days. Alex Presley, Jose Tabata, and Andrew McCutchen were all given the day off, which, in part, allowed Starling Marte the opportunity to start in the outfield. He continued his hot spring today with two hits, including a homerun and an RBI and two runs scored, while Clint Barmes, Neil Walker, and Jake Fox (HR) added a hit each. Casey McGehee added an RBI as well.
Pedro Alvarez, on the other hand, did start, going 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout.
Daniel Moskos and Bryan Morris finished out the game for the Bucs, despite together allowing a pair of runs in the late innings. But the Phillies’ comeback came up a little short, the Bucs were able to escape with the win.
This was a solid win for the Pirates today. They didn’t score a dozen runs…in fact, they struggled at the plate against a nice slate of Phillies’ pitchers. But they had key hits an opportune times, and were able to push some runs across the plate. On the flipside, the pitching was fantastic today, top to bottom. Correia with yet another impressive outing, and the bullpen came in and did its job. This was a very satisfying victory for the Bucs this afternoon.
The Pirates will face the Tampa Bay Rays tomorrow afternoon at 1:05pm.
Let’s Go Bucs!