Pirates Pound Arrieta & Phillies 11-2

Bucs hit 5 homers to back Trevor Williams

Jeff Hathhorn
March 14, 2019 - 5:12 pm
Jake Arrieta made fun of by Pirates fans

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BRADENTON, FL (93.7 the Fan) – Pirates pounded five home runs in beating a Phillies split-squad team 11-2 Thursday afternoon.

Five of the runs came off Jake Arrieta including homers by Adam Frazier and Corey Dickerson.  Shortstop Kevin Newman doubled in a run and chased Arrieta in the fourth, part of a 3 for4 day.

“It’s a little bit of confidence for myself to do it off a guy that dominant on the mound,” the 25 year-old Newman said.  “Definitely a nice little confidence boost.”

“He had a very good day at the plate,” manager Clint Hurdle said of Newman.  “We had a number of guys that had a good day at the plate today.  He had a very good day at the plate.  It was good to see him get the barrel out front and drive a couple of balls really hard.”

Newman was also part of the home run party, as were Starling Marte and Colin Moran.

Defensive was an issue for Moran, committing a couple of errors in the third inning as first baseman Josh Bell had one as well.  Starter Trevor Williams was able to get out of the inning allowing only a run.

“You know its Spring Training, pitching with a little bit of adversity is good, especially heading into the season,” Williams said.  “It’s good to work on stuff, get a body of work in so it’s not your first time dealing with runners on and no one out.  Good to get it out of the way now.”

Meanwhile, Clint Hurdle’s team continues its fielding woes.  The 18 errors are middle of the pack in the National League this Spring as Bell is tied for first in errors at first base and Moran is third for errors at third base.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt we want to play better defense,” Hurdle said.  “We’ve talked about it.  We are working at it.  If you get out here early, you see the volume of work we are doing early.  It’s not translating into the game enough now.”

Polanco slides

Rehabbing from left shoulder surgery that happened while sliding, Gregory Polanco was the designated hitter in a minor-league game at Pirate City on Thursday and went 0 for 4 with a walk.  Polanco also slid feet first into home with no incident.  Rookie Davis threw 50 pitches in two and two-thirds innings and Hurdle said the fastball command was good as he struck out three and walked one.

Pirates play their lone night game of their Grapefruit League schedule hosting Toronto tomorrow at 6 on 93.7 the Fan.  Joe Musgrove is expected to make his first start with Felipe Vazquez, Keone Kela, Kyle Crick, Richard Rodriguez and Tyler Lyons scheduled to pitch.

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