Braves Jump on Kingham, Pirates For 6-2 Win

Even rare triple play can't bail out Bucs

Jim Colony
March 11, 2019 - 8:19 pm
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Reinhold Matay USA Today

BRADENTON, FL (93.7 The Fan) - Nick Kingham didn’t do himself any favors in his bid for the 5th starter’s spot as the Pirates lost to the Braves, 6-2 in their final spring training trip to Disney World.

Kingham gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks in less than 3 innings and it would have been a whole lot worse had the Bucs not pulled off the rare 6-5-3double play in the second inning.

Steven Brault, also competing for that spot, allowed hits to the first  2 batters he faced in the fifth. A run scored on a force out but pitched scoreless ball the rest of the way, albeit it against minor leaguers.  The key was he only walked one batter.

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Offensively, it continues to be a struggle for many of the regulars, especially at shortstop. Both Kevin Newman and Erik Gonzalez made the trip (Newman at SS/Gonzalez DH) and were a combined 0-for-6.   Newman is hitting .182 this spring; Gonzalez .150.

Meanwhile, guys who are, basically, slated to rotate as third and fourth outfielders in Indianapolis continue to hit. Patrick Kivlehan went 3-for-3 and JB Shuck 1-for-3 which ties them for the team lead with 10 GL hits. If a spot opens up, Shuck may have an advantage since he can play center field/ 

Clint Hurdle has admitted a back-up centerfielder is a concern, although Pablo Reye has done nothing to prove he can’t be a super utility player.

Jameson Taillon makes his long-awaited Grapefruit League debus Tuesday afternoon against the Twins at LECOM Park. You can hear the game on 93.7 The Fan.

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