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After falling to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, the Pittsburgh Pirates headed to beautiful
for the rematch on Saturday. If the Bucco bats were looking for a challenge this Spring Training season, they may have found one, as Clearwater, Florida put Roy Halladay on the mound. The Pirates countered with their potential ace, Paul Maholm. Philadelphia
The Phillies struck first in the 2nd inning when their designated hitter, Ben Francisco, hammered a homerun to left field. The one run was the only that either starter would give up on the afternoon. Maholm went three innings, allowing the one run on four hits, while striking out a pair. Halladay also pitched three innings, giving up one hit, walking two and striking out four.
Both teams would score in the fourth inning. The Pirates tied the game, 1-1, in the top of the inning on a sacrifice fly to right field by Garrett Jones, scoring
. The Phillies, however, retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth when former Pirate Delwyn Young doubled to left field off Jeff Karstens, scoring Ben Francisco to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead. Lyle Overbay
The Pirates tied the game once again in the fifth inning when Andrew McCutchen grounded out to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, scoring John Bowker from third. The fifth inning also marked the end of the day for Karstens, who gave up one run on two hits while striking out one through his two innings of work.
Neil Walker, the Pittsburgh Kid, gave the Buccos a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning on a two-run homerun to left field that scored Overbay. Phillies’ right handed pitcher J.C. Ramirez was tagged with all four of
’s runs throughout the day. His final line was three innings pitched, five hits, four earned runs, one strikeout, and giving up Pittsburgh ’s homerun. Walker
Pirates’ pitcher Chris Leroux came into the ninth and closed out the game for the Buccos. The final out came when the Phillies’ Freddy Galvis flied into a double play on which Wilson Valdez was caught off first base.
The Pirates were able to get a little revenge on
today, winning the game 4-3. Timely hits and an all-around good pitching performance helped lead Philadelphia to the victory. With the first full week of Spring Training games in the book, the Pirates have a record of 5-4. They will be back in action on Sunday when they take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05pm. It will also be the first of four televised Spring Training games for the Pirates on ROOT Sports, formerly FSN Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh
Let’s Go Bucs!