While players such as Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Francisco Cervelli are away at the World Baseball Classic, the door opens for some young players to shine. Today, Adam Frazier and Alen Hanson did just that. Frazier continued his hot spring by going 1-for-3 with three RBIs while Hanson drove in two. Frazier is hitting a very solid .381 this spring and will lead the way as one of the top bats off the bench this season.
Clay Holmes started the game only lasting an 1.2 innings while giving up two runs, four hits, and striking out two. Jared Hughes had another rough outing as he gave up three runs in two innings of work. Walks were a key issue for the team as they allowed five while only striking out six as a unit.
The Orioles sent 27-year-old right hander Mike Wright to the mount who gave up six hits and three runs (two earned). The team received a decent day from the bullpen today even though they almost blew it.
The Pirates scored in the top of the 9th inning on a Hanson double to take a 6-5 lead. Baltimore responded with a two-run home run by David Washington off of reliever Miguel Rosario to walk it off at Ed Smith Stadium.