Randall Simon fondly remembered as ”the weiner whacker” returned to play his old team today. I had no idea he is playing for the Netherlands. Then again the Pirates could have been the State College Spikes as the lineup was laden with prospects. Simon went three for five and drove in a pair of runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Buccos/Spikes beat the Flying Dutchmen 5-4.
The Pirates were lead by monster tight end first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones. He drove in three runs with a two-run single in the first and an RBI single in the third. Jones is having a nice camp with six hits in ten at bats thus far. He played with the Twins in 2007 batting just over the Mendoza line in 77 at bats.
The Bucs continued the solo homer trend as OF Jeff ”I only hit homeruns” Salazar got hit his second homerun of the spring in the eighth inning. He has two in thirteen at bats this spring training. The Bucs held on in the ninth behind Daniel Haigwood who was shaky, but picked up his first save.
Ohlendorf got his first win while giving up four hits, an earned run, he didn’t allow a walk or stike out anyone his two innings of work.
“It went pretty well,” Ohlendorf said. “They only hit two balls hard, and one of those was caught.”
My man Donnie Veal took care of the strikeouts however. He pitched his fourth scoreless inning of the spring. He struck out the side with some of that electrifying stuff you have heard so much about. (I trust you read the story about the tough personal struggles that Veal, a Rule 5 pick has endured, if not scroll down please)