The Pirates fall to the Red Sox 6-2 this afternoon for their fourth straight loss in Grapefruit League action, dropping them to 2-6-1 this spring.
It didn’t start well for Pirates starter Ryan Vogelsong as Travis Shaw hit a two-out, two-run HR in the top of the first inning to put the Bucs in a quick hole. Vogelsong ended up giving up three runs total, four hits and two walks in 3.0 innings of work. Mark Melancon had a much easier time than Vogelsong as he struck out the side in his one scoreless inning. Jared Hughes threw an inning, allowing one run and Arquimedes Caminero allowed two runs in his one inning of work. Eric O’Flaherty turned in his second solid outing with a scoreless inning as well.
The bats didn’t do much again this afternoon. Marte singled, stole second and scored later on a wild pitch. He’s having a fantastic spring so far through nine games. Cervelli went 1-for-3 and Polanco recorded a hit and also dropped a routine fly out in right field due to some crazy wind. Wind or not, he should have had the ball. Ed Easley singled home Adam Frazier in the 7th inning and that was pretty much it for this one.
This hasn’t exactly been the kind of spring to calm the yinzers over reactive imaginations.
The Pirates will travel to Port Charlotte tomorrow for the first of two straight games against the Rays. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05PM.