Pirates Rally To Beat Phillies

Osuna delivers GW HR; Dickerson makes spring debut

Jim Colony
March 03, 2018 - 4:19 pm
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The Pirates raised their Grapefruit League record to 2-5-2 by coming from behind to beat the Phillies in Bradenton, 4-3 at sunny but breezy LECOM Park

After the Phillies had scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th to take a 3-1 lead, the Bucs scored 3 in the bottom of the inning, Kevin Newman with an RBI double then Jose Osuna hit a 2-run homer.  Osuna is 5-for-his-last-10 with 2 doubles and a HR.  Hurdle said Osuna, who played 3rd base in the final innings again today, resents an inrguing bench option.  "I just love the way he's shown up and is working on the things he's in control of."

Ivan Nova made it through his scheduled 3 innings and allowed 1 run on 3 hits, including an Andrew Knapp rocket over the right field deck. Nova did give up a lot of hard outs but was generally pleased, saying says he needs to sharpen his curve ball.  “Last start it was not good, bullpen (between starts) a little better,” Nova explained, “today in the bullpen it was not good, but got a lot better in the second and third innings.”

George Kontos and Josh Smoker both pitched a scoreless inning, which is the third this spring for Smoker who is making a strong early camp bid to solidify a lefthanded set-up role.

Jake Stallings who had scored on Newman’s doubled was 2-for-2 with a single and double

Corey Dickerson, who was traded here 9 days ago, made his spring debut, playing left field and batting second.  Dickerson went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a fly out but he’ll take it.  “It feels nice to have that focus again,” Dickerson said. “it’s different when you have live BP ‘cause you can’t really think along with the pitcher and I felt like I started to do that today.  Dickerson doesn’t think his delayed start will hold him back.  “It won’t take too many at bats, “he explained, “I think it’s just getting a feel, getting the timing down, seeing multiple pitches; if you work deep in count you get a good read on your swing and your eye.”

The Pirates now face 3 straight longer trips starting Sunday against the Twins in Fort Myers, with Jamison Taillon scheduled to start followed by Steven Brault.

After playing the Braves Monday in Orlando, the Bucs get Tuesday off then will travel to Dunedin Wednesday to face the Blue Jays.