TribLIVE

| Sports


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

Spring training breakdown: Pirates 5, Red Sox 3

Pirates/MLB Videos

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 6:06 p.m.
 

Red Sox starter: RHP Clay Buchholz 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

Pirates starter: LHP Jeff Locke 4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB

Boom: Pedro Alvarez whacked his first home run, a two-run shot to left in the eighth inning.

Whiff: Right-hander Vin Mazzaro had five strikeouts in two innings. Going into the game, he'd fanned five in 7.2 innings.

Get two: With runners on first and second and none out in the ninth, Boston's Blake Swihart popped up a bunt. First baseman Matt Curry dropped the ball, then picked it up to start an unusual 3-5-4 double play. The infield fly rule was not invoked because it was a bunt. “Been working on that on the half-field at 6 o'clock in the morning. Top secret,” pitching coach Ray Searage joked.

Stock up: Recovered from a sore upper back, left-hander Tony Watson tossed a 1-2-3 inning. “Definitely a confidence boost,” Watson said.

Stock down: Neil Walker went 0 for 3 and twice stranded a runner at third base.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pirates

  1. Pirates notebook: Autographs to come at a cost at PirateFest
  2. Pirates enter Plan B with Martin off market
  3. Pirates star McCutchen marries in private ceremony
  4. Pirates ready to protect top pitching prospects from Rule 5 draft
  5. Pirates cut ties with Davis, clearing path for Alvarez to play first base
  6. Pirates trade Davis to A’s for international signing bonus money
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.