Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tuesday: Day of Rest After 3-1 Win Over Tigers; Notes

Today: It's the first off day of the spring; the club is back at it tomorrow afternoon when they visit the Oriole's.

Yesterday: Pablo Sandoval tried to bunt against a shift and couldn't get the ball between the lines; two pitches later, he clobbered one over the fence. That 0-2 pitch was Ryan Vogelsong's only miscue in four pretty decent innings of work. In fact, it was the only run the Buccos surrendered as the Jolly Roger wafted in the Florida breeze once again thanks to a 3-1 win. Kyle Lobstein and Trey Haley both escaped bases-loaded jams while Eric O'Flaherty, John Holdzkom and Daniel Bard worked stress-free frames.

P-Flo is smokin' this spring!

Cole Figueroa continued to play strong ball both in the field and at the dish, while P-Flo banged a two run single (guess who's hitting .316 and leads the club in RBI with eight this spring? Yah, me too...) The Bucs again drilled 11 hits - all one-baggers - and stranded nine, but put together five of the knocks in the sixth to ring up the three spot. Jake Goebbert drove in the other tally; he and Figueroa each had a pair of hits. Here's the box score.

  • The Pirates are 5-8-1 in Grapefruit action so far this month. Starling Marte (.500/.500/.813) and Michael Morse (.333/.429/.500) have the best starts for regular players while Juan Nicasio (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R) has stood out among the pitchers.
  • Michael Dixon of Sportsnaut (carried on Yardbarker) thinks this is a make-or-break year for several clubs, the Buccos included.
  • Reliever Vic Black, a free agent who was DFA'ed by the Mets after last season despite a 2.60 ERA in 41 outings, had a scope done on his shoulder. The Bucs sent him to NY along with Dilson Herrera in 2013 as part of the Marlon Byrd/John Buck deal.

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