Pirates fall to Blue Jays in spring opener

Final: Blue Jays 7, Pirates 1

WP: Kyle Drabek (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

LP: James McDonald (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

It’s spring training, and this is the first game of that, so look at the results as you will. But there are a few notes that I took out of this game that are worth mentioning.

Gorkys Hernandez is the reason why the Pirates weren’t shut out. In the 5th inning, with 2 outs, he singled, stole second, and scored on a Michael McKenry bloop single. Starling Marte doubled in the 9th. Those were the Pirates’ only 3 hits.

Chris Leroux gave up a home run to Eric Thames on the first pitch of the bottom of the 5th. He then struck out the next 3 batters.

Tony Watson gave up 4 hits and 3 runs in the 6th inning. He also hit a batter. Brad Lincoln and Chris Resop each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. James McDonald, the starter, gave up 2 ER on 2 hits and a walk. Daniel McCutchen gave up 1 run on 2 hits and a HBP. Ryota Igarashi pitched a perfect frame while striking out a pair.

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