BRADENTON, Fla. (93-7 The Fan) — The Pirates’ dormant offense finally came alive in the late innings and they walked off McKechnie Field with a 4-3 win over the Orioles, their third straight Grapefruit League win.
The Bucs did next-to-nothing against Orioles starter Jake Arrieta — who allowed two hits with five strikeouts over four innings — but they battered the Baltimore bullpen.
Josh Harrison doubled home Alex Presley who had been hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. Brad Hawpe hit a lefty-off-lefty home run versus Daniel Schlereth in the eight, then Presley and Harrison teamed up again in the ninth.
Presley singled pinch-runner Jordy Mercer to third, Harrison scored Mercer and pushed Presley to third base on a hit-and-run and with the score tied, Presley beat the throw to the plate on Carlos Paulino’s fielder’s choice.
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