The lights were on at McKechnie tonight, but not for the Pirates late inning relievers. The Pirates dropped another game to the Orioles and are now 7-18. They also sport a -41 run differential. We all know it is just spring, and many of the teams stats have come from players that aren’t going to even be on the team, but it can cause for slight concern.
Trevor Williams, who is slated to be in Indianopolis this year, got the start and was effective. In the five innings he worked, he allowed seven hits, no walks, and punched out five. He also allowed two solo home runs by Pedro Alvarez and Nolan Reimold in the first which provided the only scoring in his outing. The Pirates were quick to take the lead back as the scored three runs in the first. Josh Harrison began the scoring by netting a two RBI triple in the typical Josh Harrison fashion – by losing his helmet rounding first. Jake Goebbert followed up by scoring Harrison with an RBI single. This was essentially all of the scoring done by the starters of this game.
The Pirates gave up the lead in the 8th inning when Arquimedes Caminero entered the game. Caminero, who’s having an awful spring, quickly gave up 2 singles. He allowed an earned run as Reese McGuire was unable to receive a pitch cleanly and it bounced off his glove as a passed ball. This would allow the Orioles to tie the game. The Pirates sent in Luebke for the 9th and it didn’t get any better. Luebke would allow two runs by giving up 3 hits and the Pirates would once again gain a number in the loss column.
The highlight was obviously what the lineup was able to do early in the game. Both, Jaso and McCutchen, earned a hit and a walk today. Even Jordy Mercer had two hits in the contest. Marte and Polanco were late scratches, so Joyce and Figueroa entered the lineup. There hasn’t been many games where we seen the true lineup that included Jaso and Cutch at the top, so it’s been hard to really gauge their potential. So far though, I have liked what I’ve seen.
The Pirates do have some decision to make, but I think Matt Joyce and Jake Goebbert have made a few of the decisions easier. Their Grapefruit action has certainly been something forgettable, and forgetting them off the roster is something Pittsburgh should consider. With the trade of O’Flaherty, the door has opened for Luebke to make the team, but another horrible outing hasn’t done him any favors. Even with the so called ‘rave’ some scout gave on him, his stuff isn’t translating to success. Also, Pittsburgh is all too familiar with underwhelming pitchers with ‘electric stuff’ and may be wise to let this one pass on by as well.
Tomorrow, they will be facing the Twins back at McKenchie at 1:05PM. Gerrit Cole is scheduled to take the mound vs Tyler Duffey.