Sunday, March 11, 2018

Notes: Bucs v Blue Jays; Pirates Spanked Twice; Camp News

Today: The Pirates visit the Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium for a 1:07 match. Clay Holmes, Jack Leathersich, Richard Rodriguez, Casey Sadler, Brett McKinney and John Stilson will spin the horsehide. The match will be on the MLB Network and 93.7 The Fan.


Yesterday: Good thing yesterday wasn't a tripleheader; the Bucs were bashed in split squad slaughters, 13-5 by the O's and 15-1 by the Bravos. In the Birds' game, Chad Kuhl gave up eight runs in 2-1/3 IP (seven hits, three homers & three walks) and Tyler Eppler five more in the following 1-2/3 frames. George Kontos, Michael Feliz (two frames. two K) and Edwin Santana then shut the gate, but... Starling Marte had two more hits, including one of the five Bucco doubles.

In the other contest, Trevor Williams gave up a three-spot in four frames, with a two-out, two-run dinger the main culprit. Felipe Rivero also gave up a two-run dinger. Kyle Crick and Jordan Milbrath combined for 2/3 IP and gave up eight runs, though only two hits. Three walks, a bopped batter, a couple of errors, sacrifices, legacy runners coming home...it added up in a hurry. Kevin Siegrist made his first outing and struck out the side after an opening rap. Josh Smoker also had a nice outing, a 1-2-3 frame with two whiffs. Pittsburgh had seven hits; Colin Moran had two of them while Jordy homered.

Notes:
  • Williams' had a better outing than the line indicates - he retired 9-of-10 before a bad sequence beginning with a walk. The homer that stuck the dagger in wasn't good hitting but a mistake ball, he said; the pitch floated from the moment it left his hand.
  • S-Rod looks like he's physically at 100% this spring - he's batting .300 w/three homers (although still sporting an ungodly K rate) while playing all three OF spots and both middle infield positions. 
He's back... (image via Positively Pittsburgh)
  • Joe Musgrove's minor league outing went w/o hitch and he's slated to go Thursday against the Yankees. But he'll be AWOL for a couple of days - as a member of last year's WS champion Astros, he'll hook up with his old homies for their Monday visit to the White House per @RobBiertempfel of The Athletic.
  • Elias Diaz's 2017 pop time was pretty dang good, per Statcast. Stewie was up there, too, although Fran, well, not so much.
  • In an annual rite of spring, the Pirates have agreed to terms with their 31 pre-arb players (under three years service and includes Josh Bell, Jameson Taillon, Adam Frazier, Trevor Williams, Musgrove, Chad Kuhl, Colin Moran, Elias Diaz, Michael Feliz, Max Moroff, Jose Osuna, Kyle Crick, AJ Schugel and Tyler Glasnow), who have exactly zero leverage to negotiate. No particulars were released.
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