By Zane Heiple
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The Pirates were back in Brandenton today to take on the Minnesota Twins. The two teams had split their previous two meetings of the spring. Paul Maholm started the game for the Buccos today and Brian Duensing was his mound opponent for
. Coming into today’s game, Maholm had worked 14 innings, increasing his workload by one inning each time. Minnesota
The Twins took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth when Delmon Young grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, scoring Denard Span from third base.
Maholm lasted six innings today, giving up two runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and two walks. It was another solid start for Paul today. It would be nice for him to get his hit total down when the season starts, but he is the type of pitcher who is going to have the batters make contact and rely on his defense to make the outs.
Jose Veras and Scott Olsen came into the game for the Pirates in the seventh and eighth innings respectively. Combined, the pitchers gave up on hit and had one strikeout.
collected two more runs in the ninth off of pitcher Anthony Claggett. The Pirates dropped the game, 4-1, when they were unable to rally in the bottom of the ninth. Minnesota
This was one of those games we, as Pirates fans, are used to seeing: a decent pitching performance from the starter and a lack of offense that led to the loss. Today’s defeat dropped the Buccos to 10-15 this spring.
is off tomorrow as they will welcome the Houston Astros to town for their second and final matchup of the spring on Wednesday. Brian Burress is scheduled to take the hill for the Pirates. Pittsburgh
Let’s Go Bucs!