The Pittsburgh Pirates were one-hit by the Philadelphia Phillies in Grapefruit League action today. The Bucs fell 5-0. Travis Snider had a “double” thanks in part to a certain Phillies infielder who will go nameless.
Before yesterdays game, we tweeted yesterday that only the Milwaukee Brewers had scored less runs than the Buccos this spring. Now the team gets one hit? Yikes.
So just who did all the mesmerizing mastery on the mound for the Phillies?
John Lannan. The southpaw who spent last season in minors and got paid $5 million dollars to do so, losing a year of service time in the process. The Phillies are paying Lannan $2.5 million in 2012, and it appears he will be in the bigs. Lannan gave up the “hit” to Snider in his three innings of work.
Mike Adams. Outside of his rookie season, the righty had the least effective year of his career last season. But it still wasn’t too bad. Adams is tough and the Phils picked him up for a relative bargain probably because of his Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOC), which is as “a rare condition that involves pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers, and a weak grip.” He pitched one hitless inning.
Adam Morgan. He didn’t play above Double-A last season. Morgan was a third-round draft pick in 2011, and he blanked the Bucs for three innings. Morgan went 8-11 in 2012, when he split time between High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. He sported a 4-1 record when he reached Reading and put up a 3.53 ERA and 2.64 strikeout/walk rate.
Raul Valdes. The 5’11” Cuban native closed out the game preserving the one-hitter. The lefty has a career 4.07 ERA.
We don’t know about you, but that just stinks.