Hey, they say the pitching starts out stronger than the hitting at camp, and it sure looked it today. The Bucs won 3-2 against the Rays, with standout pitching from Jeff Locke and a key three-bagger by Felix Pie.
Locke went three hitless frames with a walk, a whiff and a bunch of ground outs; in fact, none of his 33 pitches went past the infield. Bryan Morris, Mike Zagurski, Duke Welker and Brooks Brown tossed hitless frames, while Chris Leroux worked out of a two on jam.
The runs surrendered came in fairly typical February style. Vin Mazzaro
balked after a two-out walk and single to put runners at second and
third. Ford lost the third out in the Florida sun to allow the runs.
Pirate pitching allowed four hits with three walks and six K over the
Pie's sixth inning triple chased Chase d'Arnaud home, followed by Pie plating on a Darren Ford knock. The other run came in on some nice baserunning by Travis Snider, who delayed on the basepaths long enough to allow Starling Marte to score on a Garrett Jones bounce out to first.
The Bucs host Atlanta tomorrow at 1:05.