03/05/10 9:50 PM EST
Pitching, power on display for Orioles
Tillman throws two perfect frames; Jones goes deep
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
at Sarasota, Fla.
Friday, March 5
Pirates at the plate: In his first at-bat as a pro, Tony Sanchez blasted a solo homer off lefty Troy Patton. Sanchez was the Pirates' fourth overall pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft. The Bucs capitalized on some defensive miscues in the third inning, and Akinori Iwamura's RBI single put them on the board. Neil Walker walked twice and scored, and the Bucs put up a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to seal the win.Orioles at the plate: Adam Jones homered to right field off Daniel McCutchen to give the Orioles a one-run lead in the third. Garrett Atkins doubled and singled, and Luke Scott singled and drove in a run. Pirates on the mound: Starter Zach Duke gave up a run on two hits over two innings, and McCutchen, in contention for the fifth rotation spot, allowed Jones' homer. McCutchen yielded a run on three hits over two frames. Orioles on the mound: Right-hander Chris Tillman had a stellar Grapefruit League debut, tossing two perfect innings and recording three strikeouts. Tillman fanned Jose Tabata, Jones and Ryan Doumit and appeared in total control. Just 21, Tillman is projected to be the Orioles' fifth starter this season. Closer Mike Gonzalez made his debut, allowing a run on two hits in the third inning, and setup man Jim Johnson tossed a scoreless frame. Worth noting: Miguel Tejada's transition to third base took a leap forward. He fielded several chances cleanly, and barehanded a sharply hit ball by Steve Pearce in the second inning to help secure Tillman's perfect outing. Grapefruit League records: Pirates, 1-2; Orioles, 1-2 Up next for the Pirates: After three consecutive games on the road, the Pirates will host the Phillies on Saturday in the club's first home game of the Grapefruit League season. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET. As part of the festivities, Bradenton Mayor Wayne Potson will throw out the first pitch, and Andrew McCutchen's mother, Petrina, will sing the national anthem.
Kevin Hart will be making the start for Pittsburgh as he begins to make his case for the Pirates' fifth rotation spot. He's scheduled to pitch the first two innings. Reliever Brendan Donnelly will also be making his Grapefruit League debut. He had a limited workload earlier in the spring to ease him into throwing off the mound again.Up next for the Orioles: The Orioles will travel to Lakeland to take on the Tigers on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Veteran Kevin Millwood will make the start. Manager Dave Trembley said that the right-hander could go three innings, depending on his pitch count. Millwood will be opposed by right-hander Justin Verlander.
Baltimore also expects Nolan Reimold and Michael Aubrey to make their Grapefruit League debuts. The team has been cautious with Reimold, who is coming back from surgery on his left Achilles tendon. Felix Pie is also expected to play in the outfield. Pie left Thursday's game after he felt his left quadriceps stretch out, but both he and Trembley said he will be a go.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.