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by Zane Heiple
Well I guess the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays forgot to post their lineups for the shootout before the first pitch today, as their game ended in a 3-3 tie. This is the only time of year where one can see a baseball game end like this and with the way the Buccos have been playing maybe this was for the best.
Pitching for Pittsburgh today was strictly done by bullpen and minor league players. The bullpen grouping of Tony Watson, Jason Grilli and Chris Resop shutdown the bats of Tampa. Watson and Grilli each pitched two scoreless innings, while Resop threw one shutout inning. The Rays were able to get to Brad Lincoln in the seventh inning touching him up for three runs. Tim Alderson then came in for the final two innings allowing zero runs on two hits.
Offensively for the Pirates Casey McGehee and Matt Hague led the way. Each would go 2-4, with McGhee bringing one run home on a solo shot in the first and Hague bringing in two on a home run in the seventh. Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker had a rough go of it at the plate going 0-4 each.
Always good to see some quality innings from the bullpen guys as I am sure they will be leaned upon heavily this season. Pittsburgh will have a split squad game tomorrow. One game will see Erik Bedard at home against the Baltimore Orioles, while the other will be against the Minnesota Twins on the road with Kevin Correia starting. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 1:05.
Grapefruit League Record 8-17-1
Let’s Go Bucs!