Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bucs Sting Rays

The Pirates treated their 6,367 Bradenton fans to an easy 10-3 Grapefruit League romp in the home opener. McCutch and Garrett Jones led the attack with three knocks apiece.

McCutchen had a homer, double, stolen base, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI; Jones doubled and had a run and RBI. Andy Marte drove in a pair and Jason Jaramillo chipped in with a long ball as the Bucs pounded out 13 hits.

Kevin Correia and Chris Leroux were shaky at the start and finish of the game, but Ryan Beckman (who pitched at State College in 2010), winner Brian Burres, Joel Hanrahan, Jose Veras and Tony Watson shut Tampa Bay down in between.

The Pirates stole three bases - even Ryan Doumit had one - and turned a pair of DPs as they shook off the rust that showed in yesterday's game.

The squad will play two on Monday, with part of the club staying at McKechnie Field to face the Orioles and the rest traveling to Port Charlotte for a third straight game against the Rays.

Paul Maholm will start against the O's and Bryan Morris versus the Rays.


monkee363 said...

The O's not the A's.

Ron Ieraci said...

Monkee - thanks, kind sir. Good thing that I can edit my posts!