Final: Pirates 9, Braves 2 (box)
WP: Jason Grilli (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
LP: Jonny Venters (0-1, 18.00 ERA)
James McDonald started and pitched two scoreless innings. He struck out one, walked one, and didn’t allow a hit. Through two games, Pirates’ starters have yet to give up a base hit.
Three of the left-handers competing for bullpen spots pitched this afternoon. Newly acquired Jonathan Sanchez gave up one hit over two scoreless innings along with two strikeouts, a walk, and a HBP. Tony Watson pitched a scoreless inning and gave up two hits. Justin Wilson pitched the ninth inning and gave up a run on two hits.
Closer Jason Grilli got his first action of the spring and pitched a scoreless fifth inning. He struck out two batters and walked one. Jared Hughes did the same with two strikeouts and a walk in a scoreless eighth inning.
Mark Melancon, who was acquired from Boston is the Joel Hanrahan trade, made his Pirates debut in the sixth inning. He gave up a run on two hits, with one of thos...