Raise it! The Pittsburgh Pirates came out victorious over the Detroit Tigers by a score of 9-5. The takeaway from this game was the offense finally coming together and stringing along hits for runs. Hits have come at a premium this spring, and today the Buccos were able to mash 14 hits for the game.
Harrison, Marte, and Diaz were each able to compile two hits. Also, the power was displayed as Harrison recorded two doubles, while Marte and Diaz had a homer a piece. Another that stood out was Jason Rogers’ day at the plate. He only recorded 1 hit, but his patience earned him two free passes to first base. Rogers has been struggling a bit, but he looked more comfortable at the plate today and was able to get on base all three times.
Gerrit Cole made his debut today and it went pretty good. In the two innings he pitched, he struck out one and only gave up two hits. Unfortunately, those two hits were home runs. Cole sat around 93 MPH while touching 96. He stated he really just wanted to attack the strike zone and get a comfort for the mound and competitive action. Again, this is what spring is about at this point, so seeing today’s results were a positive.
The rest of the pitchers looked decent for the most part. Fuller, Schugel, Knudson, and Marte each pitched scoreless innings. Watson came in for an inning and gave up two runs on three hits while striking out two. Watson also gave up a home run today, which has been the achilles heel for this group of pitchers at the moment. Scahill was the only reliever to get multi innings action today and he struck out one while allowing three baserunners and an earned run.
The Pirates have surely proven they have loads of talent within their organization. If anything, you can see that Indianapolis is going to have a great year in the International League once the Pirates are able to decide who won’t be making the club out of the gate. Harold Ramirez, Elias Diaz, Alen Hanson, Adam Frazier, and Max Moroff have had a great spring so far, but will likely not make the club come April. Its too early to make any true predictions, but because of the depth at the major league and minor league levels, I could see a scenario where the Buccos make a larger than normal trade at the deadline this year. Time will only tell if that comes to fruition.
Tomorrow the Pirates will take on the Boston Red Sox in Ft. Myers at JetBlue Park at 1:05PM. If you have not been there, their stadium is quite impressive looking and has been dubbed Fenway South. Game temperature is set to be at 82º with partly cloudy skies.