Thursday, March 29, 2012

Two to go...

(photo by John Lembo) Pirates starter James McDonald allowed 10 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Pirates lost 11-6 to the Minnesota Twins in front of 4,241 fans Thursday at McKechnie Field.
McDonald walked seven, allowed seven hits and hit a batter less than a week after taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Houston Astros.
Pedro Alvarez had two hits for the Pirates (8-17).
STAR OF THE GAME: Minnesota’s Brian Dinkleman homered and drove in four runs for the Twins, raising his spring average to .361.
PROSPECT OF THE GAME: Greg Picart, who collected the first hit in Bradenton Marauders’ history in 2010, doubled, tripled, drove in a run and scored a run Thursday. The 26-year-old hit .218 in 56 games last year with the Pirates’ Double-A team in Altoona.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Sometimes, these things happen.” – McDonald on his outing.
UP NEXT: The Tampa Bay Rays make their third and final trip to Bradenton today for a 1:05 p.m. start. Brad Lincoln will start against the Rays’ Matt Moore, who pitched at McKechnie Field during the 2010 Florida State League playoffs while with the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

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