Pirates Beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4-1

By: Mike Vukovcan

DUNEDIN, Fla. (KDKA) — If the Pirates have any chance of being respectable in 2011, the starting rotation needs to perform above expectation. Through seven games this spring, the starters have done that.

This afternoon, Charlie Morton and Brad Lincoln turned in strong outings as the Pirates beat Toronto, 4-1.

Those two righties are in a battle for the fifth spot in the Pirates rotation.

Morton started the game and pitched three innings, allowing one run, two hits and struck out one batter. Lincoln, who once was considered the team’s top pitching prospect, pitched three perfect innings (0 hits and 0 runs).

Morton and Lincoln have the edge over lefthander Scott Olsen, who’s yet to pitch this spring because of a hamstring injury. Both pitchers have identical stats through two spring training games (5 IP, 1 ER, 3 Hits).

Offensively, 3B Pedro Alvarez led the Pirates with a two-run triple in the sixth inning. The Pirates third baseman is batting .357 this spring collecting three doubles, four RBI’s and has a slugging percentage of .714.

On Friday, the Pirates take on the Philadelphia Phillies. RHP Kevin Correia is scheduled to start and will be followed by Brian Burres, Fernando Nieve, Bryan Morris, Kyle McPherson and Daniel Moskos.

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One Comment

  1. Economics of Winning says:

    If the PIrates spent $20million to get 1 ace pitcher this team would win 82 games and sell 5000 extra tickets a game. If those 5000 extra spent just $50 per game at the park, including tickets, the Pirates raise $20million to pay for him.

  2. Economics of Sports says:

    The economics of SPORTS. If you put a competitive team in PNC Park…and the PIRATES start winning and are still a legitemit contender in AUGUST, the Park would finally realize the scenario that it was designed for, the lesser seating capacity (THAN 3 RIVERS) would make the seats harder to get after the ticket prices go through the roof…probably making the die hard fans supporting the team through all of these miserable years unable to afford them. The ownership runs the team like any other business…turning a profit…but sports is not like “any other business”.

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