Well, the Pirates drop another game this spring. This time it was to the Minnesota Twins. I must preface this with the fact that it was essentially their B team on the field. With that being said, the lacks of ‘#RaiseIt’ is bumming me out.
Lobstein took the mount and pitched rather effectively. In four innings, he allowed two earned runs on just three hits. He spring ERA is still just a 1.64. Luebke, who was praised earlier this week by different scouts, came in and worked a scoreless inning. The rest of the pitchers also held their own quite nicely.
The offense was again pretty anemic. The Pirates totaled just 6 hits, one coming from Lobstein. Cole Figueroa was able to collect 2 hits on the day, and I think it’s fair to say he is one who is seperating himself from the rest to earn an opening day invitation. His average now sits at a respectable .289 on the spring, and his ability to play as a super utility adds a much needed benefit.
Matt Joyce went 0-3 with two strikeouts when he really needed to come through. There really isn’t any reason to think he will be on the opening day lineup based on his performance and the competition he’s against. Another player who hasn’t done much is Goebbert, and today his 1-4 brought his spring average to a miserable .154.
The Pirates will be facing the Rays tonight with their ‘A’ squad at McKechnie Field. Liriano will be taking the mound and facing Jake Odorizzi. Everyone will also be able to breathe again, as Andrew McCutchen returns to the lineup on the #2 hole. Game time is set at 6:05PM.
- Jaso 1B
- McCutchen CF
- Freese 3B
- Marte LF
- Cervelli C
- Harrison 2B
- Mercer SS
- Escobar RF
- Liriano P