Well ya can’t win ’em all. Even though this ST game meant relatively nothing, (none of them do do they?) it was a hard fought game that ended up in the wrong team’s favor. New York took this one 13-10.
Of course I hate the Yankees, who doesn’t. It’s too bad we only play them once in a blue moon, so “burghers like me have to revel in the spring training glory to get a shot at the Bronx Bombers.
Quite the pleasant surprise was starting pitcher Ross Ohlendorf. Ohlendorf provided 4 strong innings on the mound, not allowing a single run. Ohlie needed this outing to prove he is worthy of a rotation spot. He has a lot of competition in his way but he definitely carried his wait in a solid start, especially against the Yankees.
After meeting Ross at Pirate fest in January I could tell he wants to be a part of this club. His personality is not very dynamic as he is very soft spoken. He is still new to the franchise and it will take some time to gel in with the core.
What killed me the most was the 5 runs given up by Craig Hansen. Hansen has been great this spring allowing minimal hits and runs. To see him get shelled like that worries me. Hopefully his success in the first handful of games was not a fluke.
At the plate the Bucs held their own. Nyjer, who has has a less than mediocre spring thus far went off with a solo jack. Doumit also rose to the occasion with a home run of his own.
It’s always phenomenal to put up 10 runs against a big league club. It was our pitching that took us out of the game today. History tends to repeat itself and if the pitching staff is as atrocious as last year and today, we’re in for a long one.