BRADENTON, Fla. — After combining for just 12 hits over their first two spring training game and looking sloppy on defense, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle had a meeting with the team.
“We had a little conversation before the game [Monday] about our focus and about our purpose,” Hurdle said. “We’re at McKechnie now. It’s the second stage of spring training. Games are on, [there’s] competition, play, represent, those things that we talked about.”
The message seemed to have worked so far. The Pirates have won each of their last two games against the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, combining for 17 runs on 33 hits.
“We executed better,” Hurdle said. “We played better baseball. We’re doing better things.”
The Pirates will face the Toronto Blue Jays today at 1:05 PM. Their first off day of the spring falls on Tuesday.