The Pittsburgh Pirates jumped out to a quick 2-0 advantage in the second inning over the Minnesota Twins on Chase d’Arnaud’s sacrifice fly. Casey McGehee drove in the second run for the Bucs in the third inning. The third inning was an example of some lost opportunities for the Bucs, but heh, it’s just spring Ball.
Nate McLouth singled and the Twins knew something was up and fired several pickoff attempts his way. A pitchout would be the nail in his coffin. (McLouth was caught twice on the day) Yamaico Navarro followed with a single. Catcher Rod Barajas ripped a ball that went into the Twins bullpen at McKechnie Field for a ground rule double.
McGehee then doubled to plate Navarro, but Barajas was thrown out by about ten feet at the plate. It would be all the scoring the Bucs could muster.
The Twins rallied in the sixth inning with two outs. Danny Valencia crushed lefty Jo-Jo Reyes for a three-run bomb. Reyes, who I think has a shot in the Pirates pen, needed just one more out to get out of the inning. (I thought Reyes had a better shot until I went back and watched his three innings again… hit hard)
Starter Erik Bedard looked strong with three strikeouts in his three innings . The only blemish on the left-handers line was a Josh Willingham two-out first inning single.
Casey McGehee played strong at the hot corner and was 3-for-3 at the dish with two doubles. Joel Hanrahan got two quick strikeouts and hasn’t allowed a hit this spring. In an interview after the game, Hanrahan commented on getting to a three ball count. Yeh, the Pirates closer is dialed in already.
In the ninth inning, Juan Cruz impressed again, albeit against youngsters, with two more strikeouts.