Game 3 Wrap- Pirates 5, Orioles 3
Manager Dave Trembley said he was impressed by Chris Tillman’s outing, praising the right-hander for his ability to throw strikes. Trembley also said he took Brandon Snyder out of the game after being plunked in the knee because it was cold and there was no sense in keeping him out there. Snyder walked off the field fine, so it’s likely just a bruise.
The clubhouse opens at 8 a.m. tomorrow, so I will Twitter and blog the lineup as soon as I get it…
Live Game Thread..
Follow along here as Chris Tillman takes the mound against the Pirates…
Update 7:14: Tillman got leadoff man Akinori Iwamura on a grounder to the mound, and won the battle with Jose Tabata, getting the Pirates left fielder to strike out swinging on a full count. Garrett Jones also went down swinging. Tillman threw 17 pitches, 12 for strikes.
Updated 7:24: Duke sent the Orioles down 1-2-3 as well, including a strikeout of Markakis. Tillman opened the second inning with a strikeout (looking) on Ryan Doumit and Miguel Tejada flashed some leather at third. Tejada barehanded Steve Pearce’s ground ball on a bounce and threw cleanly to third. Looked like he had been doing that for 20 years. Tillman retired Brandon Moss on a fly ball to center. With 33 pitches, 22 for strikes, that should be it for him.
Updated 8:25: Went to talk to Tillman, so here’s what we missed. Adam Jones homered to right field off Daniel McCutchen to give the
Orioles a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Jim Johnson tossed a scoreless fourth.
Updated 8:50: Gonzalez said he wasn’t worried about his outing, noting that it was his first one of the year. He told me earlier this week he’s never really been a big Spring Training guy. What a weird motion though, I’ve never seen him throw until tonight. Crazy. Jake Arrieta struggled in his inning, walking two guys and allowing a single and a run. The Orioles capitalized on some errors by the Pirates infield and they lead 3-2 in the top of the sixth.
Updated 9:40: The Pirates tied it courtesy of top prospect Tony Sanchez, who blasted a solo homer off lefty Troy Patton. The Orioles got first and second with two outs off Ramon Aguero, but it came with a price: Brandon Snyder was plunked in the knee and came out. Josh Bell pinch ran, but they couldn’t convert on a bases-loaded opportunity.
Updated 9:55: Pirates just scored twice. 5-3