Astros 11, Pirates 8

Houston came out victorious in this whirlwind of a game. Pittsburgh came out the game with an early lead as John Jaso and Josh Harrison each had an RBI. Houston would then take a 6-2 lead in the 5th with a couple of home run shots. Once the reserves came in, Pittsburgh reclaimed the lead in the 6th to go up 8-6. Houston eventually finished us off by adding 5 more runs.

The theme to today’s game was the long ball. The Astros launched five homers today, two coming from Matt Duffy. Even though spring training stats typically don’t mean much, it appears the Pirates have been giving up their share of home runs. Out of relief, Caminero allowed three earned runs and a homer, while Hughes allowed the same in just 2/3 of an inning of work. Later in the game, Marte and Knudson would combine for 2 innings and allow five earned runs and three homers.

Nicasio started the game and looked brilliant for those 2 innings. He allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out two. The starting offense looked “ok” while the reserves once again lit it up during their opportunity. So far this spring, I would have to say that John Jaso’s bat has been looking impressive. There is still much work needed from a defensive standpoint (today he totally didn’t know where the ball was and never ran to 1st for the force out), but the potential is something real. Even Morse is hitting the ball so far. He even made sure to grab a sac fly ball from Marisnick as it was his 100th spring RBI. Yes, apparently that does mean something. Andrew McCutchen was able to collect his first hit, and Pedro Florimon is now 5-6 with five RBI’s in the past two games.

Tomorrow, the Pirates will once again be in McKechnie. This time they will host the Philadelphia Philles at 1:05PM. Your current game time forecast is 76º with sunny skies!

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