Morton debuts in loss to Phillies

Final: Phillies 4, Pirates 1

WP: Vance Worley (1-1, 3.00 ERA)

LP: Chris Resop (1-1, 3.60 ERA)

SV: Michael Schwimmer (1, 0.00 ERA)

It was good to see Charlie Morton make his first start in Grapefruit League action today. He pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two batters. He seems to be progressing quite well and may be ready for the start of the season.

The Pirates offense was awful today and only recorded two hits. The team combined to strike out 12 times.

Rudy Owens and Juan Cruz each pitched a scoreless frame in relief. Cruz hasn’t allowed a hit over 3 innings this spring.

Both Chris Resop and Tony Watson gave up home runs today. Watson has now given up 9 hits and 6 runs in 5 innings. Daniel Moskos has yet to give up a run in 4 innings so far this spring. So we may have a little battle brewing for a spot in the bullpen between those guys.