Bucs rush out of gate but fizzle late vs. O's
Two first-inning runs all Pittsburgh can muster on Saturday
ORIOLES (ss) 5, PIRATES 2
at Sarasota, Fla.
Saturday, March 20
Pirates at the plate: Leadoff batter Andrew McCutchen singled and scored, while Ryan Church added a pair of hits. Garrett Jones drove in McCutchen with a sacrifice fly, but the Bucs couldn't muster any more after they scored two runs in the first.Orioles at the plate: Luke Scott launched a full-count homer off Pirates starter Charlie Morton in the bottom of the fourth inning. Felix Pie, playing in his first game since suffering from left shoulder tendinitis, singled in his first two at-bats. Ty Wigginton doubled. Paco Figueroa added insurance with a two-run single in the eighth.
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Pirates on the mound: Morton had allowed just two hits before Scott took him yard. The right-hander exited with two outs in the fifth, yielding three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks. Morton also picked up three strikeouts.Orioles on the mound: Starter Brad Bergesen yielded two runs in the first, but he settled down after that. He retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced, exiting after 4 2/3 innings. Kam Mickolio followed Bergesen and allowed one walk and one hit over 1 1/3 innings. Worth noting: Pirates reliever Javier Lopez wasn't at Saturday's game. He was granted permission to fly home to Colorado for the birth of his child. ... Infielder Ramon Vazquez was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup with a sore shoulder/collarbone, the result of a ground ball that hit him during Friday's game. Vazquez's absence raised some red flags early on Saturday, as he is a prime candidate to be traded before the end of Spring Training. But he remains a Pirate for now. Grapefruit League records: Pirates 5-11; Orioles 7-11. Up next: The Pirates made a late rotation switch for Sunday's game, penciling in Daniel McCutchen to make his first Grapefruit League start against the Rays. Attempting to beat out the struggling Kevin Hart for the fifth spot in Pittsburgh's rotation, McCutchen will throw roughly 65 pitches in a 1:05 p.m. ET game on MLB.TV at McKechnie Field. Zach Duke, Sunday's original scheduled starter, will instead pitch in a Triple-A game at Pirate City.
Baltimore travels to Clearwater, Fla., for the second time in three days to take on Philadelphia on MLB.TV at 1:05 p.m. at Bright House Field. Former Oriole Jamie Moyer will pitch for the Phillies and will be opposed by veteran Kevin Millwood. Will Ohman and Jim Johnson are also expected to pitch.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.