Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sunday: Bravos Go Down 9-6; 'Stros On TV Today - Pitching & Lineup

The Pirates face the Houston Astros at 1:05 in McKechnie Field. The game will be televised on Root Sports & MLB.TV and radio waved by 93.7 The Fan.

The pitching: Juan Nicasio will start, with Kyle Lobstein, Arquimedes Caminero, Jared Hughes, John Holdzkom and Wilfredo Boscan also expected to grab a ball. Brad Peacock will get the call for our former division mates.

Juan Nicasio (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)

The lineup: Josh Harrison 2B, Fran Cervelli C, Cutch CF, John Jaso 1B, Michael Morse RF, Jordy Mercer SS, Jason Rogers DH, Jake Goebbert RF, Max Moroff 3B.

Yesterday: Tyler Glasnow had a shaky start against the Bravos, and was lifted with two away in the second, down 2-0 and 45 pitches into his gig. All the things he is said to need polished - command, his change up, the running game - do indeed need polished if his first couple of outings are indicators. Except for Trevor Williams, the other wet-behind-the-ear guys were, well, still wet behind the ears. But it's early; the game ended up with another football score, with the good guys coming out on top 9-6.

Alen Hanson had a nice outing, going 2-for-2 with a RBI, pair of runs, stolen base and a solid day in the field. Then again, Pedro Florimon went 2-for-2 with three RBI. S-Rod and Elias Diaz had two-fer days at the dish, too. Spring is such a tease. At any rate, here's the box from the game.

  • Harold Ramirez, one of the young Buc OF crew, is due to join the Colombian WBC team for qualifiers that begin on March 17th. Gift Ngoepe already has played for South Africa's squad, which had their WBC qualifier series in February. SA didn't get past the opening round.

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