By Zane Heiple
|Photo Credit: Derick E. Hingle|
The Baltimore Orioles completed a five game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates this spring with an 11-7 win tonight. The Pirates struck early with three runs in the first inning.
hit a two-run homerun to give the Bucs a 2-0 lead. Neil Walker came up next and hit a solo shot to make it 3-0. Lyle Overbay
The O’s answered in the second off of
starter Ross Ohlendorf. The first batter of the inning, Luke Scott, hit a solo shot, followed by a solo homer by Mark Reynolds. The Orioles tied the game in the third inning with a Felix Pie sacrifice fly that scored Derrick Lee. Pittsburgh
The fifth inning saw the end of Ohlendorf’s day as three more runs would score for
. His final stat line looked like this: 4.2 innings pitched, five earned runs on nine hits, four K’s, two walks, and three homeruns. He also picked up the loss, dropping his Spring Training record to 0-4 with a 10.05 ERA. Baltimore
The Buccos got a run in the eighth inning with Pedro Alvarez singled to right field, scoring Overbay. The final scoring of the night came in the top of the ninth when Josh Rodriguez blasted a two-run homerun to trip the lead to 11-7, which would be the final.
It has been a tough road for Ohlendorf this spring as he had another bad start tonight. It looks like he will get one more start this spring to figure out what he is doing wrong. It was nice to see the Pirates collect four home runs tonight, especially since they are not known for their long-ball capabilities. Hopefully the Bucs will have more success in the regular season against
Baltimore as the two teams will meet in on June 20-22 for an interleague series. Pittsburgh
In an non-game note, manager Clint Hurdle named Kevin Correia his Opening Day starter for the Buccos. The Pirates will return to action tomorrow when they take on the Rays for the next to last time this spring.
Let’s Go Bucs!