In a thrilling game, the Eagles defeated the Steelers by a field goal. Anyways, the Pirates did lose to the Phillies in a very ugly game. Gerrit Cole was scheduled to pitch, but a late switch delivered Kyle Lobstein to the hill vs. Charlie Morton.
Lobstein had a good outing today as he pitched three innings while striking out three and allowing just one hit. From here is where all hell broke loose. Wilfredo Boscan took over in relief gave up eight earned runs in just a third of an inning. Trey Haley also pitched two thirds of an inning today and gave up six earned runs. It’s probably safe to say that either of those pitchers aren’t making the team anyways, so there’s that.
Matt Joyce woke up today collecting two hits and even watched one leave the park. Pedro Florimon got into the home run action as well as he continued his very productive spring. It would appear as Florimon is locking up his spot on the opening day roster right now. I could go on about the rest of the scoring, but it was against a bunch of players not making the team and scored by a bunch of players who also aren’t near making the team. Either way after the 3rd inning, as Bubba Sparxx would say – It got ugly up in here.
I think the real story today was in the other ‘game’ that took place. Jung-Ho Kang faced live pitching for the first time since his devastating injury. In that game, he went 1-4 with a single. He’s still scheduled to return mid and late April, but it was a pleasant surprise to hear him in a lineup. Cole pitched three innings allowing one run while striking out three.
Tomorrow, the Pirates play the Twins at McKechnie Field at 1:05. Game time temperature is set at 80° with a 35% chance of rain. Anthony DiNardo will once again be in attendance as well. Let’s Go Bucs!