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    Pirates split squad loses 6-4 to Baltimore
    Monday, February 28, 2011
    By Colin Dunlap, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    BRADENTON, Fla. -- A split squad Pirates team lost, 6-4, to the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon at McKechnie Field.

    Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was a brighspot for the club, going 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.

    The Orioles scored a run in each of the first two innings off starter Paul Maholm -- in the first on an infield single by Vladimir Guerrero; in the second on a solo home run by Nolan Reimold.

    Maholm, by prescription, threw nothing but fastballs and sinkers in his predetermined two-inning outing, never throwing an offspeed pitch.

    First baseman Lyle Overbay, who the Pirates signed as a free agent in the offseason, hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to slice the disadvantage in half at 2-1.

    A Craig Tatum infield single off Pirates minor league lefty Jeff Locke in the sixth pushed it to 3-1 in Baltimore's favor.

    For the second consecutive day, the Pirates got a gift from the elements, as a sixth-inning Alvarez infield pop up turned into an adventure --- and an RBI single. Alvarez towered a ball to the right side, but because of a wind in excess of 20 mph and a glaring midday sun, Baltimore's second baseman, Brendan Harris, was unable to field it. The ball fell to the ground and Jose Tabata raced in from second to pull the Pirates within 3-2.

    But a three-run eighth inning for the Orioles pulled them away for good, as Pirates minor league lefty Justin Wilson struggled, yielding three earned runs and didn't make his way out of the inning.

    Miles Durham added a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn't enough.


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    NOTE -- The club provided an update on left-handed stopper Joe Beimel, who missed his scheduled one-inning appearance on Sunday with arm soreness. Beimel received treatment today. The plan is for him to go through the throwing program tomorrow; his status will then be re-evaluated.



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    Maholm, by prescription, threw nothing but fastballs and sinkers in his predetermined two-inning outing, never throwing an offspeed pitch
    I said this last year because it came up then... but this is why you can't evaluate these guys based on stats. Spring Training, for the most part they are all working on something. Pitcher could be working on a specific part fo a delivery, certain pitches, a certain pitch itself. Often you'll see a pitcher nothing really using their full rep. like a regular season game.

    same goes for batters. Tinkering with their stance, approach, sometimes they will have a batter specifically lay off a certain pitch and just work on their eye
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    I agree. IMO, spring training standings are pretty much useless. It is the regular season games that count.

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    Default Re: Pirates split squad loses 6-4 to Baltimore

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    I agree. IMO, spring training standings are pretty much useless. It is the regular season games that count.
    Those are worthless too. i was talking more about individual stats, but yeah, spring Training Record means pretty much nothing
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