Monday, March 26, 2012

2 hits + 3 errors = defeat

(photo by John Lembo) The Pirates mustered just two hits in a 4-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night in front of 5,927 fans at McKechnie Field.
The Pirates (8-14) committed three errors, giving them 26 this spring. Andrew McCutchen walked, stole second and scored on Garrett Jones’ groundout in the seventh.
Neil Walker doubled and Michael McKenry singled for the Pirates.
Matt Weiters went 3-for-4 for the Orioles (10-9).
STAR OF THE GAME: Pirates starter Erik Bedard pitched into the seventh inning, allowing seven hits and two runs, one earned. He struck out five and walked one. Bedard will start Opening Day on April 5 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
PROPSECT OF THE GAME: Gregory Polanco gave the fans the thrill when he flied out to the right-field wall in the ninth inning. Polanco, 20, appeared in 48 games last year with the GCL Pirates and three more with the Pirates’ New York-Penn League affiliate in State College.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I just do the same thing every time. If it goes good, it goes good. If it goes bad, it goes bad.” - Bedard after Monday’s start.
UP NEXT: The Pirates head to Clearwater today to play the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:05 p.m. Chris Resop will start against the Phillies’ Cliff Lee.

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