Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bucs Bow 4-2

The Pirates lost 4-2 to the Minnesota Twins this afternoon at McKechnie Field. Ross Ohlendorf got his first work of the spring in, going 1-1/3 frames and giving up an unearned run (Gorkys Hernandez booted a ball in center) before reaching his 30 pitch limit.

Ohlie gave up two hits and whiffed four in his outing, not too bad a start. The attack was led by Jose Tabata who banged out three hits at the top of the order, stole a base and drove Andrew Lambo home with a single. Dusty Brown, this year's version of Eric Kratz, singled in Steve Pearce for the other tally.

The Bucs had nine hits, but were 2-for-14 with RISP.

Joel Hanrahan was touched for a run in a short outing, giving up a long ball and departing with the bases loaded in 2/3 innings of work; minor-leaguer Tom Boleska bailed him out of the jam. Justin Thomas and Tony Watson also surrendered runs. Mike Crotta went two scoreless, and Jose Veras and Chris Leroux added shutout frames for the Pirates.

Danny Valencia was clutch for the Twins with a pair of two-out RBI doubles. Ex-Buccos Matt Capps and Phil Dumatrait pitched for Minnesota; the Mad Capper threw a scoreless frame and Dumatrait gave up a run in his inning of work.

Charlie Morton is scheduled for a three-inning start against Toronto tomorrow. He'll be followed by Brad Lincoln. Brett Cecil is scheduled to start for the Jays.

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