Blue Jays 3, Pirates 2

That’s the ball game. The Blue Jays prevail in today’s matchup by getting one extra number on the scoreboard.

Andrew Mcutchen opened things up early with a two run opposite field shot thanks in part to John Jaso’s on base abilities. The lead diminished quickly when Troy Tulowitzski countered with a two run shot of his own off of Schugel in the 1st inning. Ryan Going would later break the tie with an RBI double off of Cory Luebke.

Today marked the second game Andrew McCutchen batted second in the order. As I love the idea of Cutch batting second, I struggle to like the idea of anyone else on this team batting third. Marte, Kang, and Cervelli are probably the 3 that would stand out to me, but all come with their flaws. Marte is too much of a free swinger. Cervelli doesn’t pack the power I would like to have there. Kang is probably the most logical choice, but he is going to take some time to get healthy. Even then, I really enjoy Kang being in the five spot which would allow Marte time to swipe a bag.

John Jaso continues to show why he belongs in the lineup as he went 0/1 with THREE walks. Whether it be the lead off as suggested today, or the two hole as we here at the NSN would like to see, Jaso certainly belongs in the top of the order. Starling Marte has left a mark this spring and went 3/4 beating out two infield singles. The offense has demonstrated what it is capable of doing the past week and appears to be readying for opening day.

Caminero worked rather quickly in the two innings he pitched and recorded a strikeout while allowing no base runners. Scahill came in for relief and also pitched a quick 1-2-3 to bring his spring ERA to a 4.5.

Tomorrow, your Buccos will play the Minnesota Twins at CenturyLink Sports Complex, and also the Atlanta Braves at McKechnie Field. You guessed it – it’s a split squad tomorrow.  Both games will be held at 1:05.

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