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Bucs Split Split-Squad Games

Couldn't listen to either one (cursed webmeister), but was following on Gameday intermittently while doing work.  I thought the highlight was going to be Eric Frye pitching a pretty good inning (only one walk), but alas, the Gameday minions corrected their error and put him in as the catcher and figured out that someone else had been pitching.

As near as I can figure the highlights:

* In the first/away game, the Bucs fell to the Orioles 6-4.  Maholm (2 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 1 HR, 2 Ks) and Justin Wilson (0.2 IP, 1 hit, 3 BBs, 3 ER) got knocked around.  Jeff Karstens and Tyler Yates combined for 3 scoreless innings.  Locke and Crotta got to pitch some and were ok.  C. Valdez (our pick-up from the Diamondbacks for Duke, right?) closed out the game w/1.1 IP, no hits or walks.

* This game had most of our 1st team line-up, although Josh Rodriguez (SS) and Chase d'Arnaud (2B) were the starting middle infielders.  I have no way of knowing if this contributed to the scoring, although they did turn a double play.  The hitting was anemic, a combined 5-for-33, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts against seven different O's pitchers.  Tabata stole a base, Alvarez - invoking memories of Kung Fu Panda, I'm sure - was caught stealing.  We got a little power from Alvarez (a double) and a HOME RUN from Lyle F'ing Overbay - who were the doubters here?! (Joking).

* In the nightcap - or mid-afternoon cocktails - the Pirates came from 4 runs down, then hung on to beat the Rays 6-5.  Cedeno and Ciriaco appear to be knotted in an epic batting duel, with neither willing to strike the first blow and actually hitting the ball.  Once again, the team had an ugly overall batting line - 6-for-34, 2 walks, 7 Ks, 7 LOB.  Matt Diaz doubled and Garret Atkins homered with 2 on, 1 out. Gorkys and Elvis (Presley) both had stolen bases. 

* The pitching was a little more heartening as Bryan Morris pitched 2 innings against the Rays' starters, giving up only 2 hits and 1 run.  Fernando Nieve - is he a NRI? - imploded in the third.  A guy named McPherson got mistaken (for an inning) for Eric Frye and pitched well for two innings, as did Rudy Owens (notwithstanding giving up the game-tying run) and Sean Gallagher.

The Bottom Line? Its way too early in Spring Training to tell us anything.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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