The Pirates won an exhibition game this afternoon via a sac fly and balk, defeating the Blue Jays 2-1 at Dunedin. Now that’s getting the job done. The Bucs improve to 3-1 in Grapefruit League action following a loss to Baltimore yesterday.
Starling Marte recorded a double and him and Gregory Polanco each stole a base. Jacob Stallings continued his strong spring performance with a 2-for-2 performance and is hitting .600 early this spring. Andrew McCutchen had the day off.
The Pirates pitching was stellar against Toronto as Chad Kuhl started and tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Wade LeBlanc followed Kuhl with two scoreless innings of his own and two strikeouts as well. Neither Kuhl or LeBlanc allowed a hit. LeBlanc is battling for a bullpen spot and should have an inside track to it.
Nick Kingham came in after LeBlanc and tossed a scoreless inning with one hit allowed and one strikeout. It would be reassuring to see Kingham put together a nice spring and most importantly, stay healthy.
Clay Holmes also tossed two scoreless frames while striking out four batters. Holmes and Kingham are just two more members of the Pirates strong, young SP depth going into this season. Holmes made 26 starts at Double-A Altoona in 2016, posting a 4.22 ERA. He most likely will start the season at Indianapolis this season and could contribute in Pittsburgh at some point this season.
Yesterday, Tyler Glasnow impressed everyone by striking out six batters in two scoreless innings of work during an 8-3 loss to Baltimore. Glasnow is currently in competition for a spot in the rotation. His strikeout victims including star Manny Machado and Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo and Jonathan Schoop.
The Pirates and Blue Jays will play a rematch Tuesday afternoon in Bradenton. Ivan Nova will make his first appearance this spring with first pitch at 1:05PM.