Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bucs Win 4-3; Cumpton Gets TJ Surgery; Lineup & Notes

Andrew Lambo hit a pair of doubles (one well struck the opposite way, the other a carom off first base), scored twice and drove in another while Sean Rodriguez added two RBI to power the Bucs to a 4-3 win over Tampa yesterday. Frankie Liriano looked sharp again. The Rays plated their runs against Antonio Bastardo & Rob Scahill in the most frustrating of ways; each allowed a walk to score, one a two-out, bases empty free pass and the other to open an inning.

Andrew Lambo (photo: USAToday Sports)

Todays Game: The Pirates visit the Phillies at Bright House Field in Clearwater with a 1:05 start. Charlie Morton and Cole Hamels are slated to face one another. The game will be aired free via webcast on (no radio).

The Lineup: Josh Harrison 3B, Francisco Cervelli C, Jordy Mercer SS, Neil Walker 2B, Jose Tabata LF, Gregory Polanco RF, Deibinson Romero 1B, Gorkys Hernandez CF, Charlie Morton P.
The Bench: Steve Lombardozzi, Elias Diaz, Pedro Florimon, Justin Sellers, Mel Rojas Jr., Willy Garcia, Stetson Allie, Keon Broxton, Alen Hansen, Wilkins Castillo, Gift Ngoepe, Sebastian Valle, Jose Osuna.
The Pitchers: Jeff Locke, John Holdzkom, Stolmy Pimentel, Brad Lincoln.

Good to see The Kid back; he sat yesterday because of a HBP on the knee. Kinda surprised at a Romero/Allie combo at first; we though Andrew Lambo would be getting more work there. But with cut-down time approaching, Clint may be giving the bubble boys a last go-around in the MLB camp.

  • Brandon Cumpton felt some elbow discomfort while throwing BP early in camp, and yesterday was the result - he had TJ surgery (Bill Brink story) performed by Dr. Andrews. Well, so much for the Bucs getting thru camp with just some bumps and bruises. Fortunately, they are still deep enough in back-enders to cover his loss. 
  • Jesse Spector of TSN warns us NL'ers that the DH is on its way.
  • Former Pirate JR House, who took off a year to QB at West Virginia, is now a minor league manager per MiLB.


WilliamJPellas said...

If the NL goes to the DH, I will no longer be a baseball fan. It's that simple.

Ron Ieraci said...

I'm not a fan myself, Will, but I think the drop in offense and the amount of inter league play is gonna make the issue at least viable.