Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday: Pirates v Phils, Lindblom v Clay Buchholz, Lineup, Notes, Pirates Keep On Rolling

Today: The Pirates visit the Phillies at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. The game starts at 1:05 and will be on 93.7 The Fan.

Lineup: Jordy Mercer SS, Josh Bell 1B, David Freese 3B, John Jaso RF, Jose Osuna LF, Austin Meadows CF, Gift Ngoepe 2B, Jackson Williams C & Josh Lindblom P. Fran was originally scheduled behind the dish, but was a healthy scratch today; guess they don't want back-to-back games from him yet, especially with Stew on ice.

Fran takin' it easy in camp  - 2016 Falcon Limited Edition (Venezuela)

Pitchers: Josh Lindblom, Wade LeBlanc, AJ Schugel, and Jared Hughes, who becomes the first reliever to work in consecutive games.

Yesterday's Game: Tyler Glasnow gave up a three-run homer and used 80 pitches to get through four frames. But it wasn't nearly as bad as it seemed; the two runners aboard ahead of the blast were there due to suspect infield play, Tyler whiffed nine batters with some nice off-speed stuff, and he only walked one. So a lot of good, a little bad, and some team ugly in his outing. Jared Hughes put up a zippo in his frame and Steven Brault gave up a run in his four innings. The Bucs were no-hit by Anibal Sanchez over six; the next 13 batters teed off on Mark Lowe and Kevin Ryan. Fran's triple keyed a three-run seventh and bombs by Fraze and Austin Meadows in the eighth did in the Bosox 5-4. Glasnow and Brault are making the fifth starter call a horse race as the pitchers head into the final turn.

Tyler is stayin' alive after yesterday's outing (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)

  • So ya think putting together a 25-man roster is easy? Stew, who has a mild sprain of his left groin, told Adam Berry of that he is "optimistic" that he'll be ready for Opening Day. He's been babied through camp following a late-season knee procedure, and we hope this latest ouchie isn't a sign of Father Time catching up to the 35-year old Stewart.
  • Jameson Taillon is slated to throw 100 pitches in a minor league game at Pirate City today.
  • The Yankees released Jon Niese.

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