The Pirates first round pick in 2013 Reese McGuire thought he was just coming over to McKechnie Field Saturday to work as a bullpen catcher, but he ended getting to pinch-hit in the major league game and doubled in his only at bat.
Over this past week, my compadres and I with The Fan Morning Show spent the days at McKechnie Field dissecting and scrutinizing the Pittsburgh Pirates as they go through the rigors of Spring Training.
They were the pivotal figures of the 2013 season. McCutchen and Burnett and they could not have had more contrasting off seasons; Burnett into seclusion and National League MVP Andrew McCutchen delivering the highest profile proposal of the year.
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 Pirates’ McKechnie Field woes continued Saturday with a 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins in Bradenton, Fla., but presumptive ace A.J. Burnett took another step as he gets ready for his Opening Day start.
James McDonald allowed just one hit over 4 shutout innings, but his teammates were shut out for the first 8 innings in a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay at a sundrenched but chilly and windswept McKechnie Field Thursday afternoon.
Pirates Outfielder Travis Snider came into spring training this year as the likely candidate to win the starting job in left field come opening day, and it sounds like he came into spring training this year expecting an open competition.
Too many walks and not enough hits were the two problems for the Pirates as they dropped a 5-0 decision to the Phillies at McKechnie Field.
The Pirates snapped a six-game Grapefruit League losing streak with an 8-6 win over their former divisional rivals, the Houston Astros at frosty McKechnie Field.
The Fan’s Jim Colony stopped by McKechnie Field before heading to Lakeland for the Grapefruit League game against the Tigers to check out the new and improved McKechnie Field.
This was not a good day to be a Pirates pitcher. The staff combined to allow 16 runs on 14 hits and also walked 14 batters all leading to a 16-6 loss to the Boston red Sox today at McKechnie Field.
The Pirates fell to 2-2 on the Grapefruit League season after an 8-2 loss to the Rays Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla.
The Pirates and Orioles were rained out today in Bradenton.
93.7 The FAN Pirates pre and postgame host Dan Zangrilli provides all the latest news coming out of Pirates spring training.