Hey, the Bucs came from behind to take a 5-3 win from the O's tonight, their first of the Grapefruit campaign, led by last year's top pick, Tony Sanchez.
He was a late inning replacement for Ryan Doumit, and homered in his only at-bat after fighting off some pitches, gunned down a would-be base stealer, and threw out a runner when he pounced on a drag bunt. Nice way to open camp.
Zach Duke and Daniel McCutchen started, and both gave up a run in two innings of work; not much to be analyzed in their opening act except that it looked like their first start. Jeremy Powell gave up the other run without surrendering up a hit or walk. A boot by Aki Owamura, a roller that went through Ronny Cedeno's wickets, and a low throw by Neil Walker did the damage.
The last four innings were Oriole goose eggs thanks to Javier Lopez, Evan Meek, Ramon Aguero, and Ron Uviedo, each tapped for a hit in an inning of work. Aguero got the W; Uviedo the save.
The RBIs went to Iwamura, Garrett Jones, Sanchez, Delwyn Young, and Jose Tabata, with Young and Tabata doing the honors in the ninth against Rhymin' Alfredo Simon to bring home the bacon.
Notable performances included stolen bases by Young, Walker, and Cedeno. Walker went one-for-two with two walks and a pair of runs; Rule 5 OFer John Raynor went 2-for-4. Bummers were those three errors and twelve Ks collected by the Bucco lineup.
Tomorrow, the squad opens its McKechnie Field schedule against the Phils at 1:05 PM, broadcast by 104.7 FM WPGB. Bradenton Mayor Wayne Potson will throw out the first pitch, and Andrew McCutchen's mother, Petrina, will sing the national anthem.
The Pirates will start off with Kevin Hart and DJ Carrasco (2 innings/45 pitches), Brendan Donnelly, Donnie Veal, Jack Taschner, Steve Jackson, and Jean Machi (inning apiece).