Two wins in a row? That’s exactly what the Pirates accomplished this afternoon with a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.
Pirates starter Ryan Vogelsong tossed a solid four innings, allowing just one run on four hits. The one run allowed was on a solo home run to Pablo Sandoval. After Vogelsong exited in the fifth inning, we saw a slew of solid pitching performances. Kyle Lobstein tossed a scoreless inning and Trey Haley, Eric O’Flaherty, John Holdzkom and Daniel Bard each tossed a scoreless frame to shut the door on the Red Sox. O’Flaherty now has a 1.80 ERA this spring, Haley hasn’t allowed a run this spring and Bard made just his third appearance but looked solid as well against his former team.
The bats recorded 11 hits (all singles), but did their damage on the scoreboard in the 6th inning when Jake Goebbert singled in a run to tie the game at one. And Pedro Florimon took another step to making the team with a two-RBI single to give the Pirates the final score of 3-1. Cole Figueroa recorded two hits, Cervelli had a hit and Goebbert finished with two hits.
Before the game, the Pirates made their first round of moves this spring. Eight players were reassigned to minor league camp, including big names Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon who will both take the rotation in Indy. Harold Ramirez, Steven Brault, Chad Kuhl, Kelvin Marte, Trevor Williams and Reese McGuire also were reassigned. Williams, Kuhl and Brault will join Glasnow and Taillon in Indy’s rotation. That’s looking like a strong Triple-A rotation. The team also announced that McGuire will start the season at Double-A Altoona.
The Bucs have their first day off tomorrow since spring training opened and will be back in action Wednesday against the Orioles in Sarasota at 1:05PM.