The Pirates scored when Starling Marte, who had a pair of knocks, singled, stole second and came around on a Corey Hart knock. The next run was scored by Gorkys Hernandez, who is quietly having a nice spring, hitting over .350. He tripled and plated on a Clint Hurdle special, a suicide squeeze dropped down by Gustav Nunez. Deolis Guerra gave up one Red Sox run, and the tying tally came in on a two-out, ninth inning single off Stolmy Pimentel, who is not having a nice spring. His ERA is 9.00.
|Marte Partay; he steals second and scores on Corey Hart's single (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
Tomorrow's Game: The Pirates go on the road to Kissimmee to meet the Astros in a 1:05 match. Charlie Morton will toe the rubber. He missed his last outing, instead pitching a minor-league sim game. The game will be aired by the MLB Network and on 93.7 The Fan.
The Lineup: Josh Harrison 3B, Jordy Mercer SS, Gregory Polanco RF, Tony Sanchez C, Pedro 1B, Jaff Decker CF, Steve Lombardozzi LF, Pedro Florimon 2B, Morton P.
The Bench: Andrew Lambo, Gustav Nunez, Gorkys Hernandez, Brent Morel, Sebastian Valle, Deibinson Romero.
The Pitchers: John Holdzkom, Blake Wood, Rob Scahill.
Cutch is still out; Hurdle said he'd be running bases today. Just idle speculation, but sounds like he's working through a hammy/groin tweak; he's not slated to play tomorrow, either. Brent Morel is back after being on injury ice for a spell. And hey - who ever thought they'd see Tony Sanchez hitting cleanup? Josh has been hitting leadoff a lot; looks like he'll be back in the top spot again in 2015.
- Frankie, Tony Watson and Antonio Bastardo K'ed 12 Red Sox in six innings, with Watson & Bastardo striking out the side.
- Jung-Ho Kang was scratched today. He's not hurt, just getting in some extra work. He's a scratch for tomorrow, so the staff is emphasizing some field drills for him during his transition from full-time KBO All-Star to Pirate prospect.