Pirates Boot Their Way to Spring Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a losing record for 20 straight seasons.  After watching the second inning myworld could understand why.  Brad Hawpe made an error in right field, allowing runners to advance an extra base on him when he allowed a single to skip past him ten yards.  Pedro Alvarez couldn’t handle a pop up, having the ball clank off his glove and roll towards the first base dugout.  Instead of chasing it Pedro sulked and Sean Rodriguez raced all the way to third on an infield pop up three base error.  A wild pitch by A.J. Burnett allowed the fourth run of the inning to score, allowing Tampa to take a commanding 8-2 win over the Pirates.

Pittsburg never got close, with Luke Scott rammed a double over the head of centerfielder Andrew McCutcheon as the ball one hopped the wall, allowing Matt Joyce to score from first.  In the fifth Desmond Jennings was able to draw a walk off Pirate super prospect Gerritt Cole.  He stole second and third and scored on a fly out by Yunel Escobar.

In the seventh Tim Beckham crushed one that one hopped the wall, scoring on a ground out.  An errant pick off throw by Jason Grilli allowed Rich Thomson to advance to third where he scored on a Hak-ju Lee bloop single.

Pittsburg had two hitters, Brad Hawpe and Alex Presley strike out with a runner on third and less than two out.  In the seventh Matt Hague ripped a clutch single to score their first run.  In the eighth Jose Tabata hit a checked swing double down the right field line and scored on a Alex Presley single.

Game Notes: Quite a few changes to Bradenton park.  They have added a left field bleacher area and a ramp that travels from the left field foul line to the right field foul line.  There is a picnic patio area along right field…Lots of sea gulls flying about after the sixth inning, lounging around the grass waiting for the game to end so they can go into the seating area and eat all the left over food…Lots of Baseball America’s were being handed out at the game.  When the announcer was reading the pages from the scorecard that had the winning stamp on them to win prizes a woman in front of me was flipping through the page numbers trying to find the stamp to win the prizes.  I had to inform her this was a magazine and not a scorecard with the prize stamp…The stadium gets a little chilly in the upper sections with the wind.  Myworld would recommend wearing something warm just in case….Jose Tabata had a good game with two doubles in two at bats, though one of the doubles was the result of a check swing…Gerritt Cole pitched two innings and allowed one run on one hit.  Myworld did not see much of a curveball from him today…Tim Beckham went 2 for 2 hitting a double and triple.  The only downside for him is he fell down rounding third and could not score on a Rich Thomson single.  He did score on a ground out to second…Brad Hawpe struck out twice, showed a poor arm from right field and made an error.  Not the best of days for him but it is still early in spring.

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