March 3, 2013
The Pirates defeated the Braves 9-2 on Sunday to improve to 2-0 in Grapefruit League play. -They will take on the Twins at 1:05 on Monday, and that game will be on 93.7 the Fan.
Some notes from Sunday's box score:
James McDonald pitched two solid innings (one walk, one strikeout, no hits), which is a good sign.
Jonathan Sanchez got off to a good start with two strong innings of his own (one hit, one walk, two K's). Everyone will be watching him very closely this spring.
Mark Melancon allowed a homer to Jason Heyward.
Clint Barmes went deep for the Bucs.
Sunday's lineup might be fairly close a template of the one the Bucs will send out in the regular season. That's somewhat notable because Clint Hurdle slotted Russell Martin in the #2 spot. Martin is more patient than most other Bucs hitters, but his recent numbers certainly would lead most to think he should be near the back of the lineup. Then again, I'm not really sure who else I'd prefer in the #2 spot. Maybe Neil...