Ke’Bryan Hayes’ Home Run Not Enough For Pirates in 9-7 Loss to Phillies
Ke’Bryan Hayes hit his first home run of the spring but it wasn’t enough as the Pittsburgh Pirates fell 9-7 to the Philadelphia Phillies at LECOM Park in Bradenton on Monday afternoon.
After a Jack Suwinski leadoff double, Hayes blasted a home run to left-center field in his second at-bat of the spring to get the Pirates on the board.
JT Brubaker got the start on the mound for the Pirates. His outing began on the wrong foot as he served up a two-run homer to Alec Bohm to put Philadelphia up 2-0 just two batters into the game. However, Brubaker settled in nicely and struck out the final five batters he saw.
Edmundo Sosa hit a three-run homer off of Pirates reliever Yohan Ramirez to put the Phillies up 5-0. All three runs against Ramirez were earned.
Endy Rodriguez collected a pair of hits including an RBI-double. Like Rodriguez, Drew Maggi collected a pair of hits and drove in a pair of runs in the ninth inning.
Cal Mitchell drove in a run with a base hit up the middle in the eighth.
Andrew McCutchen made his first appearance in the field this spring in right. At the plate, McCutchen went 0 for 1 with a walk.
Bryan Reynolds (left field) made his first appearance of the spring and was hitless in two at-bats.
Rule 5 draft pick Jose Hernandez tossed a scoreless fourth inning. The left-hander struck out a batter, walked one and was sitting 97-98 mph with his fastball.
Non-roster invitee Tyler Chatwood was tagged for three runs in his relief appearance.
The time of the game was two hours and 43 minutes. With the loss, the Pirates fall to 0-2 on the spring after losing to the Toronto Blue Jays by an identical 9-7 score on Saturday.
The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday when they host the Baltimore Orioles at LECOM Park at 1:05. Luis Ortiz is expected to start for the Pirates.
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