Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday: Bucs Lose 3-2; Split Game Day v Braves & Twins; Pitching & Lineups

Today: The Bravos visit McKechnie for game one while and the Bucs take a trip to Hammond Stadium and Twinkieland in a split squad day. Both games begin at 1:05. The Braves game will be on 93.7 The Fan with no TV; the Minnesota game is a no-show.

The pitching: Frankie gets the nod against Atlanta, with Trey Haley, Jorge Rondon and Eric O’Flaherty following. Jhoulys Chacin gets the ball for Atlanta.

Juan Nicasio takes the honor against Minnesota with Neftali Feliz and Jim Fuller in tow. Kyle Gibson starts for the Twins.

The lineup: v Atlanta: Gregory Polanco RF, Cutch CF, Fran Cervelli C, Michael Morse 1B, Matt Joyce LF, Josh Harrison 2B, Jason Rogers 3B, Jordy Mercer SS, Frankie P.

Matt Joyce makin' a case for himself (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)
v Minnesota:  John Jaso 1B, Cole Figueroa 2B, David Freese 3B, Starling Marte CF, Jake Goebbert LF, S-Rod SS, Danny Ortiz RF, Stew C, Nicasio P.

Yesterday: The Bucs dropped a 3-2 decision, with the big blow a two-run Tulo shot off AJ Schugel that answered a two-run blast by Cutch. The Pirates also got their first taste of the new slide rule. The game ended when Antoan Richardson's hard slide broke up a DP with an out in the ninth, but the umps deemed to be a bit off-line, giving the Jay's the twin killing by decree.

The continuing bad news: the Bucs stranded 10. The SABR-approved OBP part is working, but the old timey RBI part is on the blink. The good news: Arquimedes Caminaro put in a six up, six down appearance while John Jaso drew three walks at leadoff and Starling Marte had three hits (two didn't leave the dirt, but hey, they still count). The box score.

Ryan Vogelsong (75-80 pitches), Mark the Shark and Tony Watson (15 each) tossed against Jung Ho Kang, Fran Cervelli, S-Rod and Matt Joyce in a Pirate City back-field game. The pitchers won the match up, although Joyce did hit a dinger off V-Song.

  • Colombia qualified for its first WBC tournament. Pirate prospects Harold Ramirez and Tito Polo are on the club, along with once-upon-a-time farmhand Dilson Herrera, who was the hero in the clincher
  • Jacoby Jones, who hit .313 w/two homers for the Tigers, was assigned to minor league camp. Just his luck to be in a spring group that has 20 guys hitting over .300. He was a Bucco prospect last year, before being sent to Motown for Joachim Soria.

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