TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pirates Game Day: Pirates 8, Astros 6

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - The wind plays havoc on Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes as he reaches for a ball hit by Houston's Brett Wallace on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>The wind plays havoc on Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes as he reaches for a ball hit by Houston's Brett Wallace on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen shares the outfield with sea gulls during a game against the Houston Astros on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen shares the outfield with sea gulls during a game against the Houston Astros on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes makes a diving stop on a ball hit by Houston's J.D. Martinez on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes makes a diving stop on a ball hit by Houston's J.D. Martinez on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole (left) bundles up next to Starling Marte in the dugout during a game against the Houston Astros on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole (left) bundles up next to Starling Marte in the dugout during a game against the Houston Astros on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates pitcher Kyle McPherson delivers to Houston's Chris Carter on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates pitcher Kyle McPherson delivers to Houston's Chris Carter on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates left fielder Jose Tabata shares the outfield with a sea gull during a game against the Astros on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates left fielder Jose Tabata shares the outfield with a sea gull during a game against the Astros on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates second baseman Neil Walker tags out Houston's J.D. Martinez on a stolen-base attempt Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates second baseman Neil Walker tags out Houston's J.D. Martinez on a stolen-base attempt Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is greeted by Garrett Jones after scoring against the Astros on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is greeted by Garrett Jones after scoring against the Astros on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is caught stealing against the Astros on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is caught stealing against the Astros on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes makes a diving stop on a ball hit by Houston's J.D. Martinez on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes makes a diving stop on a ball hit by Houston's J.D. Martinez on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.

Pirates/MLB Videos

Sunday, March 3, 2013, 6:09 p.m.
 

MONDAY's game

PHILLIES at PIRATES, 1:05 p.m.

McKechnie Field,

Bradenton, Fla.

Radio: MLB.com

Pirates starter: RHP A.J. Burnett

Phillies starter: LHP John Lannan

SUNDAY's result

PIRATES 8, ASTROS 6

Pirates starter: Kyle McPherson 2.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

Astros starter: John Ely 1.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

Big bop: Triples are rare for catchers, but Tony Sanchez slammed one off the base of the right-field fence to score two runs in the sixth. The hard ricochet back toward the infield bought him some time.

Free pass: Andrew McCutchen was walked in all three plate appearances. That might happen a lot during the season, but spring pitchers usually relish the chance to go right at star hitters.

Stock up: Robbie Grossman, one of the prospects the Pirates gave up in the Wandy Rodriguez trade, is off to a 6-for-12 spring for the Astros, including a single, walk, hit batsman and steal Sunday.

Stock down: The Florida weather. Game-time temps dipped to 43 degrees with a hard wind. Players, coaches and fans bundled up as if they were at a football game.

Log on for photos from Sunday's game at sports.triblive.com

sunday's box score

Houston Pirates

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Greene ss 3 2 1 0 Tabata lf 3 1 1 2

J.Martinez pr-3b 1 0 0 0 J.Harrison lf 0 0 0 1

Elmore 2b-3b-ss 5 1 1 1 Barmes ss 3 0 0 0

Carter lf 3 1 1 0 C.d'Arnaud ss 2 0 0 0

B.Barnes cf 2 0 0 0 A.McCutchen cf 0 1 0 0

Wallace 1b 2 0 1 3 Pie cf 1 0 0 0

N.Freiman ph-1b 1 0 0 0 P.Alvarez 3b 3 0 0 0

J.D.Martinez rf 2 0 1 1 G.Sanchez 3b 1 0 0 0

F.Martinez rf-lf 1 1 1 0 N.Walker 2b 3 1 2 1

Corporan c 3 0 0 0 De Jesus 2b 1 0 0 0

R.Garcia ph-c 1 0 0 0 G.Jones 1b 2 1 1 0

B.Laird 3b 3 0 0 0 Hague 1b 1 0 0 0

Paredes rf 1 0 1 1 Hawpe dh 3 0 0 0

R.Grossman cf-lf 1 1 1 0 C.Robnsn ph-dh 1 0 0 0

D.Deshields Jr. 2b 1 0 0 0 Sands rf 2 2 1 0

J.Villar dh 3 0 0 0 Carroll rf 1 0 1 0

T.Sanchez c 2 2 1 2

May c 1 0 1 0

Totals 33 6 8 6 Totals 30 8 8 6

Houston 004 010 010 — 6

Pirates 050 012 00x — 8

E—Greene (3). DP—Houston 1, Pirates 1. LOB—Houston 6, Pirates 6. 2B—Wallace (3), Paredes (1), Tabata (3), Carroll (1). 3B—T.Sanchez (1). SB—R.Grossman (1). CS—J.D.Martinez (1), A.McCutchen (1). SF—J.Harrison.

Houston IP H R ER BB SO

Ely 1 23 3 5 3 3 2

Demel 13 0 0 0 1 0

M.Foltynewicz 1 0 0 0 1 1

Lyles L,0-2 2 13 3 3 2 1 2

Lo 23 0 0 0 0 0

E.Gonzalez 2 2 0 0 0 3

Pirates IP H R ER BB SO

McPherson 2 23 2 4 4 3 2

Waldrop 13 1 0 0 0 0

Grilli 1 0 0 0 0 1

Morris W, 1-0 BS,1-1 1 1 1 1 2 1

J.Wilson 2 2 0 0 0 1

B.Brown S,2-2 2 2 1 1 0 2

HBP—by E.Gonzalez (J.Harrison), by Grilli (R.Grossman). WP—Grilli. PB—Corporan. Umpires—Home, Chad Fairchild; First, David Soucy; Second, David Rackley; Third, Toby Basner. T—3:06. A—4,112 (6,562).

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pirates

  1. Burnett’s farewell tour wishlist has just 1 item: Pirates World Series
  2. Sawchik: Should McCutchen really get a huge salary bump?
  3. Pirates notebook: Infield prospect Hanson used to playing elders
  4. Pirates notebook: Tabata rediscovering his power
  5. Pirates looking at ways to make McCutchen’s off days more productive
  6. Pirates willing to consider high salary to keep star McCutchen
  7. Rossi: Pirates better with Maz on scene
  8. Ex-Brewers star Hart hopes to prove to Pirates he still can play
  9. Team interaction important to Pirates veteran pitcher Burnett
  10. Pirates ready to prove they have best outfield in baseball
  11. Pirates notebook: Team has big plans for newcomer Kang