Sunday, March 11, 2007

Gorzelanny Ripped as Pirates Lose to Reds

Tom Gorzelanny didn't have any pain in his elbow after his three innings of work on Sunday. That's about the only thing that went well for the young lefty. Gorzelanny was ripped for four runs and six hits in three innings as the Reds beat the Pirates, 9-8 in Sarasota.

It started in the first inning when the Reds sent nine hitters to the plate against Gorzelanny. However after his initial struggles, Tommy settled in and retired the final seven hitters he faced.

Marty McLeary and Josh Shortslef each gave up single earned runs in their time on the mound while John Grabow allowed three runs in his only inning of work, earning his first blown save of the spring.

Jason Bay made his first spring appearance in left field and had a RBI single in three at-bats. Jose Hernandez had two hits, Nyjer Morgan drove in two runs and Jose Bautista drove in a pair with a double.

Other Notes:

-Yoslan Herrera is working hard in the Pirates minor league camp

-Really nice article on Masumi Kuwata courtesy of Yahoo Sports. I have to say I still don't really know why the Pirates brought Kuwata in, except for the attention they knew it would bring in Spring Training. But if Kuwata has no serious shot at making the roster, at 39, what is the point of having him pitch in Indy when there are more viable options for depth in the system. Either way, the guy seems pretty cool, hopefully he can hang around for a while longer.
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