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Pirates Fall to Phillies on Walk-Off Home Run

Posted By Drew Karpen On Mar 8 2012 @ 9:28 pm In Pittsburgh Pirates | No Comments

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Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Michael Dubee was going to be a long shot to make the roster, but the outcome today did not help his slim hopes. Dubee came on to pitch the tenth inning, which was most likely going to be the last inning no matter what. Luis Montanez was the first batter scheduled to face Dubee, and was also the last. Montanez hit a walk-off home run off of Dubee to propel the Phillies to a 5-4 win.

Starter James McDonald went through his second stint in the spring. McDonald produced a strong outing against a potent Phillies offense, going three innings allowing one run on two hits while striking out one. McDonald’s lone run came in the second when he allowed back-to-back hits to Hunter Pence and former Bucco Ty Wigginton. Wigginton doubled in Pence to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

After the Phillies scored another run in the fourth, they broke things open in the fifth when Shane Victorino belted a two-run home run off of Jared Hughes. Hughes will likely begin the season in AAA Indianapolis with the logjam of pitchers in the bullpen.

With a 4-0 lead and lefty Cole Hamels making quick work of the Pirates through the first 3.2 innings, it was looking like another defeat. The only thing the Pirates needed was for Hamels to exit.

With Hamels out of the game, Josh Harrison got the comeback rolling in the top of the sixth with a leadoff single. Harrison quickly got into scoring position after stealing second. With a runner on second and no outs, newly acquired Pirate Casey McGehee recorded his first hit of the spring with a RBI single. After a double by Rod Barajas put runners on second and third, first basemen matt Hague added another RBI to his spring total with a groundout. The Pirates manufactured another run in the inning with a sacrifice fly by Gorkys Hernandez, cutting the lead to 4-3.

With the Pirates still down by one in the eighth, rising star Starling Marte delivered once again with a solo home run. This was Marte’s second home run in as many days. Marte has lit it up this spring with a .692 average.

The comeback was all for nothing when the before mentioned Montanez ended the game with a solo shot in the tenth off of Dubee.

Barajas led the offense with a 2-3 day at the plate, increasing his average to .500. Barajas was the only player that recorded multiple hits.

The Pirates will play their second night game of the spring on Friday when they travel to Fort Myers to battle the Boston Red Sox. Shairon Martis will make his first start of the spring. Martis signed a minor league contract with the Pirates following the release by the Washington Nationals. Pedro Alvarez and Clint Barmes are expected to be back in the lineup. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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