March 15: Cranks & Clunks
From Kissimmee, the Paris of Central Florida, where the Pirates held on to beat the Astros, 3-2.
- Josh Harrison: Ran his hit streak to six straight, raising his average to .304. Not bad for a guy who was hitless in his first 13 at-bats of the spring.
- Jonathan Sanchez: Who wasthat guy? First-pitch strikes to nine of 10 batters. Never mind no walks — didn’t even have a three-ball count.
- Carlos Paulino: Wasn’t even in Kissimmee. But the Bucs love his arm. Just how deep that love is was hinted by the reassignment to Minor League camp of Tony Sanchez. Paulino will get some more looks to determine whether he might rank as the top midseason callup candidate.
- Pitching staff, all of it: 17 runs allowed in the last 6 exhibitions.
- Brooks Brown: Okay, he let both of the runners he inherited in the ninth to score. But then he picked up his third save – 33% of the entire team total.
- Michael McKenry: He went 0-for-3 as the DH, which Clint Hurdle now uses only in games not started by members of the projected rotation. So, thanks to the Fort, Pirates DHs now are 5-for-40 (.125) in March.