Sunday, March 15, 2015

After 5: Pirates 2, Orioles 0

The Pirates strung together some early hits in the fourth inning of the "A" game against the Orioles at McKechnie Fieldd, but only got one run in the frame to show for it.

Still, Pittsburgh leads Baltimore 2-0 after five innings.

The Pirates led off the game with consecutive doubles from infielders Josh Harrison and Neil Walker to get on the board, then chased Wei-Yin Chen with a pair of hits and a run in the fourth.

Sean Rodriguez led off that frame with a single and, after a groundout by catcher Elias Diaz moved the utility man to second, Rodriguez scored on a pinch-hit single by Tony Sanchez. With that, Chen's day was over and Harrison came to the plate with a chance to help break the game open.

But then Manny Machado did Manny Machado things. Harrison attempted a bunt, which Machado charged from third and snagged out of the air. The third baseman fired across the diamond Steve Pearce to double off Sanchez and minimize the damage.

Sanchez's pinch hit ended Vance Worley's day after five innings. The starting pitcher limited the O's to five hits and no runs despite the presence of regulars Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop, Pearce and Machado.

Pittsburgh, by the way, tied the Orioles 2-2 in the seven-inning "B" game at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. The attendance was 19, according to the @OriolesPR Twitter account. (Only media and scouts were allowed.)

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