Some Pittsburgh Pirates are making a name for themselves in a spring training camp that just might surprise a few of us. The Bucs ripped CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes yesterday in front of a sellout crowd at McKechnie Field.
The top of the Pirates order provided the early spark and a lineup that wasn’t filled with starters contributed to a Pirates team that has 34 hits in their past two games while the pitchers have just two earned runs (Resop and Slaten) in their last 21 innings pitched.
Yamaico Navarro was 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. He has five hits in his last six at bats.
Starling Marte had two more hits and now has five straight.
The Bucs wasted no time in jumping on C.C. when in the first innning Jose Tabata singled, Clint Barmes singled, and then the $51.5 million dollar man singled to plate Tabata.
In the third inning, Barmes singled, McCutchen doubled and Barmes scored. The Pirates didn’t take their foot of the gas when in the fourth, Neil Walker singled and moved to second on Yamaico Navarro’s knock and then scored on an error by the first baseman Mark Teixeira.
In the seventh, Jordy Mercer doubled and then scored on Nate McLouth’s loud single. The Bucs kept adding on when in the eighth inning, Anderson Hernandez singled, Eric ‘the man with no batting gloves’ Fryer singled, Navarro kept on ripping with a double which plated both Hernandez and Fryer. Jake Fox then singled scoring Fryer.
Kevin Correia went two innings and allowed no hits, no runs, walked two and struckout none. Chris Resop allowed a run on two hits, but was able to avert any big damage with two strikeouts.
Right hander Ryota Igarashi went one inning and gave up a hit while striking out one. Juan Cruz pitched another scoreless inning and was followed by Doug Slaten who gave up two hits and an earned run.
Chris Leroux worked an efficient seventh inning, allowed no hits and struckout out one Bronx Bomber. Tony Watson followed Leroux and gave up a hit, but no runs.
Daniel McCutchen struggled in the ninth allowing two hits and two runs with a walk and one strikeout.