Red Sox 4, Pirates 1
By Tom Smith
Mar 9, 2014; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Travis Ishikawa (3) at bat during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
The Pittsburgh Pirates were no match for Boston Red Sox starter Clay Bucholz. The right hander fired three hitless innings in the Sox 4-1 win Sunday. Mike Carp continues to show off for slobbering Pirates brass, hitting another bomb that sent fans on the boardwalk scurrying.
The Bucs grounded out five times, a walk was the only offense for the Pirates until Gregory Polanco had another of his infamous infield singles in the sixth inning.
First baseman Chris McGuiness drove in the lone run for the Pirates. McGuiness also walked in his other plate appearance as he continues to impress. Travis Ishikawa saw his first action of the spring and went 0-for-3.
Charlie Morton pitched three innings. Electric Stuff was squared up several times as he allowed five hits. The righty gave up three runs, but was only charged for the solo bomb to Carp.
Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon were each perfect in their inning of work with two strikeouts. Tony Watson allowed two hits in his inning on the bump.
Maybe it was a big night out last night for the Buccos in Sarasota?