Monday, March 4, 2013

Phillies beat Pirates 5-0

A.J. Burnett exited early and the Pittsburgh Pirates produced one hit as the visiting Philadelphia Phillies earned a 5-0 victory in front of 6,281 fans on a chilly afternoon at McKechnie Field.
The game-time temperature was 59 degrees, but that didn't prevent Philadelphia to score four runs early in the game.
Those four second-inning runs chased Burnett from the game after just 1 1/3 innings pitched. Michael Young's RBI single was the last batter Burnett faced, as Philly plated four runs off three hits, three walks and a hit batsmen.
Young (2-for-4, two RBIs), Ben Revere (2-for-3, run, RBI) and Yuniesky Betancourt (2-for-3, run) led the Phillies offense.
Travis Snider's first-inning double was Pittsburgh's lone hit.

STAR OF THE GAME: Philadelphia's pitching staff. The Phillies limited the Pirates to just one hit. After Travis Snider's first-inning double, Philadelphia hurlers shut the door on anymore offense. Starter John Lannan, Mike Adams, Adam Morgan and Raul Valdes combined to strike out five Pittsburgh batters, while allowing four walks.

UP NEXT: The Pirates return to McKechnie Field on Tuesday against Team Spain in a World Baseball Classic exhibition game scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Former No. 1 draft pick Gerrit Cole is slated to start.

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