The Pirates are cruising. The pitching is making it look easy, and the hitters are doing enough to win the game. Too bad I’m making this post in March and not April or May. Let’s stay focused on the positives here though, it makes me feel better.
The Pirates defeated the Twins 2-1 today. Tom Gorzelanny made his 2nd start and gave up a run in 2 innings of work. After that first inning, the pitching (featuring Bootcheck, Burnett, Yates, Hansen, Mateo, and a resurgent Evan Meek) shut the Twins down, surrendering only 3 hits, and none in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. Andy LaRoche provided the Pirate’s offense today with a 2 run blast in the 5th inning that drove in Brandon Moss. Good to see those two playing well this spring.
Tomorrow the Pirates will go for their 8th (even though yesterdays game against the Netherlands doesn’t really count, but none of these games do so we’ll just count it anyways) win, and their 6th in a row. The Bucs take on the Reds for the 2nd time this spring, with Paul Maholm lined up to the toe the rubber.
In other news, my Brandon Webb shirt was a hit today. Although the non-baseball fans couldn’t understand that it said “d backs”, they kept asking me who the “obags” were… like whatever.