Today: The Pirates travel to meet the Tampa Bay Rays. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte. The contest will be webcast (audio) at pirates.com.
Lineup (subs): Adam Frazier SS (Kevin Newman), Alen Hanson 3B, Phil Gosselin 2B (Gift Ngoepe), Jose Osuna 1B (Joey Terdoslavich), Elias Diaz C (Christian Kelley), Danny Oritz LF, Chris Bostic CF, Barrett Barnes LF & Chad Kuhl P.
Pitchers: Chad Kuhl, Felipe Rivero, AJ Schugel & Wade LeBlanc.
|Gregory & Starling in their DR suits (photo WBC2017 via Pirates)|
Yesterday's Game: How loaded was the DR lineup yesterday? Ex-Bucco and Dominican manager Tony Pena batted Gregory Polanco eighth. The pitching, tho, isn't quite as set – the DR tossed just three of its rostered arms, filling in the innings with five Pirates minor leaguers. Gerrit Cole was sharp; Tyler Glasnow not so much as he gave up a bundle of hits (in justice, all ground ball knocks), four walks (that's the concern) and a passel of runs. It didn't help when Dan Runzler relieved him and poured some gas on the fire. The Bucs collected 13 hits of their own, with a pair apiece from Josh Bell, Jordy Mercer, Danny Ortiz, Eury Perez and Jackson Williams. It wasn't nearly enough as the Pirates went down 10-6.
|Jared Lakind joins Team Israel (photo Dace Arrigo/Pirates)|