Spring Recap: Punchless Pirates Lose to Rays

The Pirates staged a replay of yesterday’s game, getting just two hits and one run, this time on the road against Tampa Bay.  The result was a 3-1 loss, played out in six innings.  The Bucs’ spring record is 1-2-1.

One of the hits came from the game’s first batter, Brian Goodwin.  He singled but didn’t get past second.  The next 14 Pirates were retired.  Tony Wolters walked with two out in the fifth.  Troy Stokes, Jr., led off the sixth with a double and came around on an error.  And that’s all the offense there was.

Steven Brault made his spring debut with a scoreless inning.  He walked one and struck out one.  Carson Fulmer, Nick Mears and Shea Spitzbarth each threw a scoreless frame, although Mears walked two.  Spitzbarth fanned two in his inning.

Miguel Yajure made his first appearance since the Taillon trade.  He got his first two hitters on ground outs, but gave up a dinger to Rays’ uber-prospect Wander Franco.  Yajure fanned his last hitter.  James Marvel accounted for the other two opposition runs, both on a home run by Austin Meadows.

Tomorrow the Pirates are home against the Braves.