The Pirates were two-hit in a 4-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, and they committed three errors.
None of the Pirates’ position players looked particularly good (except maybe Andrew McCutchen, who walked, stole second, went to third when the throw went into the outfield, and came home on a groundout for the Pirates’ only run).
But expect the chatter about this game to be about Pedro Alvarez, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. One of the strikeouts came on a terrible call, but Alvarez looked awful in the other two at-bats, and he now has 15 strikeouts in 33 Spring Training at-bats. He’s still the Pirates’ starting third baseman, even though he hasn’t really looked like a major-league hitter in much of Spring Training.
Erik Bedard pitched very well for the Pirates, breezing through six innings before struggling in the seventh, when he was replaced by Jason Grilli. Bedard got five strikeouts and allowed two runs, one earned.
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