Pirates Lose Final Spring Game, 7-2, to Phillies

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost, 7-2, to the Philadelphia Phillies in their final game during Grapefruit League action this spring.

Right-hander James McDonald allowed one run on two hits over three innings against the Phillies in his sixth start. He walked one and struck out three in his final start during Grapefruit League action this spring. McDonald finished with a 8.31 ERA.

The lone run that McDonald gave up came in the bottom of the 1st inning. Shane Victorino drew a leadoff walk to start the frame. After retiring his next two batters, Hunter Pence connected for a RBI double into right field to plate the first run of the game.

The Pirates tied the game at 1 in the top of the 4th inning. Robbie Grossman, the Pirates Minor League Player-of-the-Year, hit a RBI double to left field to score Clint Barmes from first. The Bucs plated the go-ahead run in the frame after Yamaico Navarro hit a RBI knock to left to score Grossman.

Four runs scored off the Pirates ‘pen in the fifth inning. In right-hander Chris Leroux’s second inning of work, he gave up a leadoff single and a walk before Victorino hit a RBI single to tie the game at 2. Manager Clint Hurdle called upon righty Tim Wood from the bullpen, who gave up a three-run homer to Placido Polanco on a 1-2 pitch.

The Phillies scored two runs off reliever Kris Johnson (minors) in the 8th. Pete Orr hit a two-run double into right field in the Pirates 7-2 loss.

Game Notes:

  • Relief: Chris Leroux: IP+, 2H, 3R, BB, K; Tim Wood: IP, H, R, HR; Evan Meek: IP, H; Jared Hughes: IP, H; Kris Johnson: 0.2 IP, 2H, 2R, B; Tim Alderson: IP, 2H
  • Pirates finish with a 9-20-2 record during Spring Training.
  • Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-2 with a double. He finished the spring with a .310 average, four home runs and 12 RBI in 21 games.
  • Matt Hague went 2-for-3 and hit .400 (22-for-55) with seven home runs and 14 RBI in 25 spring training games – his seven home runs were the most by a Bucco in spring training since Craig Wilson hit eight in 2005.
  • Yamaico Navarro played in a team-high 27 games and hit .311.

Wednesday Info:

  • The Pirates will conduct a workout at PNC Park tomorrow from 3:00 to 5:00. Opening Day kicks off on Thursday at 1:35 as the Bucs host the Phillies. Lefty Erik Bedard is scheduled to start for Pittsburgh against Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay.