The Pirates took on the Red Sox today and took a pretty bad beating. Jameson Taillon made the start and pitched two innings of solid ball. He did give up one run, but also struck out three. After that, it was all downhill for the Bucs pitchers. Jonathan Sanchez gave up four runs in just two-thirds of an inning. He had walked four of five batters at one point, including Lyle Overbay with the bases loaded. Zach Foster replaced Sanchez but gave up five runs himself. Andy Oliver allowed two more later in the game and Tony Watson gave up four in his .2 innings of work. Just a very ugly game on the mound.
Jared Goedert jacked a three-run homer off of John Lackey in the second and Felix Pie hit a two-run bomb in the fifth for the offense, but six runs wasn’t enough. Pie is now batting .444 in Spring Training, which is nice to see but also doesn’t mean much yet. Maybe Pie will be this year’s surprise player who breaks camp with a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Interesting stat from today’s game:
Eight of the 10 walks by #Pirates pitchers have gone to former Bucs: Holt, Sutton, Ross, Overbay.
— Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) February 28, 2013