Hey, pitching is the name of the game, and today, the Bucs got it in spades.
Charlie Morton put together another decent outing, going three innings and giving up a run on two hits (ex-Pirates Rajai Davis and Jose Bautista banged them out, producing the tally) and Brad Lincoln tossed nine-up, nine-down ball. Tyler Yates and Jeff Locke threw perfect innings, and Cesar Valdez closed it out.
Pedro tripled and had a pair of RBI, while Garrett Atkins and Andy Marte drove home tallies. Jason Jaramillo had a pair of doubles, one on a wind-blown pop that landed two steps in front of home plate, and scored.
The Bucs turned an unlikely Brian Friday-Pedro Ciriaco- Steve Pearce 4-6-3 DP, and Ciriaco and Josh Rodriguez stole bases.
Kevin Correia takes the hill against Joe Blanton and the Phils at McKechnie tomorrow.
-- The Bucs dressed minor-leaguer Jeremey Farrell for today's game; his dad, John, is the Blue Jay's skipper.
-- The Pirates announced that they agreed to terms with their 27 unsigned players on the club's 40-man roster. They all have fewer than three years of service time and zippo leverage.
-- Hey, the money they saved on those guys (McCutch, Garrett Jones, Walker, Jose Tabata et al.) is being spent in other areas. Baseball America has a list of money spent on international signings last year; the Pirates are fourth at $5M.
-- BTW, the 2010 Bucco bench tandem of Bobby Crosby and Ryan Church are still unsigned.