Ed. note: Travel delays and prior commitments kept me from getting this posted sooner.
PirateFest was going on today, but I went to Pirate City instead. Luckily I arrived in time to get this shot:
Going inside I headed to the batting cages to see if anyone was hitting. Along the way I ran into club President Frank Coonelly and was able to ask him about the renovations that are going to happen at McKechnie Field. Specifically I asked if they considered making the outfield dimensions match those in PNC Park. Mr. Coonelly’s answers:
My thanks to Mr. Coonelly for his time. On to the game! Recap. Box Score.
Excellent: James McDonald. James was wild on the first two pitches of the game, causing me worry that it was going to be a long day. He would immediately right the ship and pitch 5 1/3 innings before giving up his first hit. Final line: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, and 3 K. McDonald also showed a good glove and was able to coax a walk out of Astros pitcher Kyle Weiland.
Good: Neil Walker‘s 2-run single and Garrett Jones‘ 2-run bomb accounted for all of the scoring. Walker’s hit came after Jose Tabata and Andrew McCutchen both failed to get a runner home from third with less than two out. Jones’ shot landed more than 90 feet past the right field wall.
Very Bad: Ryota Igarashi showed very little control and is looking at a steep hill to climb if he wants to make the team. The five batters he faced went walk, walk, homerun, ground out, infield hit.
Another beautiful day at McKechnie Field.
Lineups. (J.B. Shuck?)
Jose Tabata in the batting cage.
Garrett Jones followed.
A good day for autographs. Morton signed a lot on his way to the clubhouse after his appearance at PirateFest.
Rod Barajas signed after a turn in the batting cage. Someone asked him about possibly setting a new record for homeruns by a Pirates catcher.
Andrew McCutchen is good people. He signed every day that I saw him.
James McDonald does some long toss to get loose...
…and then warms up to Michael McKenry in the bullpen.
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Former Pirate outfielder and manager Bill Virdon watches.
Mini McGehee doesn't appear to like the mini-parrot.
When the gulls start landing on the field, you know the game will be over pretty soon.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a wrap up and final thoughts.
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