Pirates Caffeine: Maholm Shines, Hanrahan, Meek Struggle, Doumit Hurt

Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan has worked just 3.2 innings this spring and has struckout six.

Pittsburgh Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan got his yearly rough outing out of the way early last night.  Hanrahan surrended four earned runs on five hits then promptly struck everyone out in his inning of work.  The Bucs came from ahead to lose 11-8 to Baltimore last night in Bradenton.  

Evan Meek got in on the action in the sixth inning when J.J. Hardy laced a two-run single off the set-up man and the Orioles scored another run on a Pirates’ error.

Pirates starter Paul Maholm, looking for a bounce back year, pitched well.  Maholm allowed Vlad Guerrero to turn on a slider for a solo wind aided homerun, it was the only blemish on Maholm’s line.  The left hander scattered four hits over four innings.

Andy Marte has been on base in five straight games for the 6-8 Buccos.

“I was embarrassed for a little bit, there.  You give up five hits in a row, it’s not looking too good. You’re trying to work on things, but there comes a point in time when, ‘Alright, let’s let the competitor part take over, and get some people out.’ I didn’t do that until too late.”–Joel Hanrahan on Pirates website

 
We have to wonder how much the lack of work impacts Hanrahan.  Don’t be freaked by the outings from the Pirates late inning pitchers.  They will get ramped up very soon as the cuts are coming. 

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Maholm stats:

 

In the article below, you will find details on the oblique injury of Ryan Doumit and Ronny Cedeno is working on his body control in order to reduce the number of strikeouts.

 

Steve Pearce struckout again last night which isn’t going to help his attempt to make the Pirates opening day roster.

 

The Pirates head to Port Charlotte today to take on the Rays at 1:05.   James McDonald will be on the bump against Tampa Bay right-hander Wade Davis.  Also scheduled to pitch are Brian Burres, Daniel Moskos, Justin Thomas and Chris Leroux.

You can hear the game on Pirates.com.

Topics: Joel Hanrahan, Paul Maholm, Pirates Blog, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Pirates Blog, Steve Pearce

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  • jmarter

    I don’t believe Hanrahan’s struggles were a result of lack of work. For the first 5-6 batters he was working on locating fastballs inside. He missed and left several of these over the heart of the plate and they got hammered. Once he got pissed off and actually started “pitching”, he looked good.

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      Cool. I enjoy watching Hanrahan get pissed off.

  • cocktailsfor2

    @Tom: It’s always better to pissed OFF than pissed ON, I always say.

    …unless you’re paying for that sort of thing…

    XD

    • cocktailsfor2

      Also: this “new ” version of Captcha is HORRIBLE

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      We dislike all of the Captcha crap. Thanks for letting me know, our comments have taken a dive since we installed it. Please know that we are trying to improve things, (Captcha isn’t an improvement) and not piss everyone off, because like you said, nobody is paying for a golden shower here….

    • cocktailsfor2

      Well, the new “two-word” version is a MUCH bigger PITA than the previous one. This seems to have changed a few days ago?

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      yes, it did, in our constant search for improvement….ahem.