Monday, March 30, 2015

Final: Pirates 18, Phillies 4

BRADENTON -- And just like that, the Pirates are done at McKechnie Field for the year. A quick recap of the highlights from Pittsburgh's 18-4 win against the Phillies:
  • The Bucs hit six home runs, including a grand slam, to make up the bulk of  their 18-run outburst
  • Benches and bullpens emptied in the middle of the fifth inning
  • Manager Clint Hurdle and third base coach Rick Sofield were ejected. So was Philadelphia third base coach Juan Samuel.
No punches were thrown and no batters were hit, but the rest of the action is about all you can expect from a spring training brawl.

(Hurdle, by the way, was ejected for arguing balls and strikes an inning after the brawl.)

As for the actual baseball action, that game was essentially over by the time of the fight as the Pirates held an 8-0 lead. Corner infielder Pedro Alvarez stretched that lead to double digits with a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth and after Philadelphia answered with its own two-run homer, Pedro Florimon shot one right back for Pittsburgh's next two runs before Alvarez put the final touches on the blowout with an eighth-inning grand slam.


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