Colin Moran with Game-Winning Hit in Pirates Win

Joe Musgrove gave up 3 runs in 5 innings

Jeff Hathhorn
March 20, 2019 - 4:40 pm

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FT. MYERS, FL (93.7 the Fan) – Colin Moran’s two-out single to center ended a two-out, two-run rally by the Pirates to beat the Twins 6-5 Wednesday afternoon.  The Bucs closed the gap to one with four runs in the eighth inning.

Moran finished with a pair of hits and RBI as Pablo Reyes led off and had three hits and two runs scored.  Reyes spring average now up to .293.

Making just his second start of the month, Joe Musgrove gave up three runs on eight singles over five innings. 

“Good, tired, it’s all part of that build-up process,” Musgrove said.  “I felt good coming out of it.  Feel healthy.  Threw a lot of strikes today, commanded the top of the zone a little better than the last time out.  So I was happy with it.”

“I’m getting the results I want.  I’m getting weak contact.  I’m getting them to put it on the ground.  Hopefully, more often than not, the guys will be there to field it.”

Musgrove said he has a six inning simulated game in Florida before he will join the Pirates Monday in Houston.

Stallings Leaves Early

None of the Pirates regulars made the hour and 45 minute trip south as catcher Jacob Stallings left the game in the second inning after hurting his neck grounding into a double play.  The Pirates said it was a precautionary move. 

With Elias Diaz just resuming baseball activities and not ready to start the season, Stallings is Francisco Cervelli’s main back-up.

“As far as next man up, he has prepared himself,” Hurdle said of Stallings before the game.  “The offensive game has really come on the last two years.  There were so many times he came up last year and didn’t even play.  But he was around and he absolutely used those opportunities in a positive fashion.”

Feliz Struggles Again

Righty reliever Michael Feliz was scored on in his fifth straight appearance.  Feliz gave up two runs on three hits including a Jonathan Schoop home run.  Feliz’s ERA in Grapefruit League action is now 6.00.

Meanwhile Nick Burdi had his fourth straight clean outing and in 9.1 innings has given up only two earned runs, striking out 12.  Clay Holmes got the win with a perfect eighth and Brandon Maurer the save with a perfect ninth.

No Word Yet on 5th Starter

Hurdle said they had yet to decide on the fifth starter in the rotation, but confirmed they are moving righty Rookie Davis to a bullpen role, although he would seem a long shot to make the club.

“He’s been a starter for most of his career, but his best fit at this time would be in the reliever pool,” Hurdle said.  “He got a late start, some things are out of his control.  That’s why we’ve broken down his stints and brought him in later in games.”

Back to .500 on the spring season 12-12-2, the Pirates host Baltimore tomorrow at 1.  Chris Archer will make his first ever Bradenton start as a Pirate.  Kyle Crick and Tyler Lyons are also scheduled to pitch.

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