Chris Leroux and Jared Hughes (two perfect frames) closed out the final 4-2/3 frames with minimal damage, although a couple of bases loaded walks by Leroux, who issued free passes to the first three D-Backs he faced, helped jack up Sanchez's stats some.
The only bright spot on offense was once again Starling Marte, who banged out a couple of more hits and has a .333 BA in the early going.
The Pirates get a day to lick their wounds. They return to PNC Park to begin a 10-game home stand on Friday against the Reds, followed by the Cards and the Braves.
- Wandy Rodriguez has been diagnosed by the Pirates as having a left hamstring strain. His status is still undetermined, but it's not likely he'll make his next scheduled start.
- Clint Barmes had another 0-fer today; and he's hitting .087. He has some work to do to catch up to 2012's April, when he hit .149.
- Gerrit Cole lasted two innings in his start at Indy today. The righty worked two frames, giving up a run on four hits with two walks and five K while tossing 63 pitches. The Tribe was leading 5-1 when he left the game, so it wasn't the pitching line but the pitch count that got him the early hook in an eventual 7-2 victory. An outfielder that wasn't on the spring roster but looked in place in his few outings at camp is Brett Carroll (.368), who went 3-for-4 and added a dazzling catch. Brandon Inge went 0-for-5 and is hitting .087 after 23 at-bats. Altoona was rained out.
- Brad Hawpe doesn't have baseball out of his system yet; he inked a minor league deal with the Angels.