Pirates, Rays have heat leading into off day
BRADENTON - Sunday started badly for the Pirates and starting pitcher Mitch Keller as Joey Wendle led off the game with a homerun, and it didn't get any better after that.
"29 pitches wasn't enough today," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "We need to use that as a learning opportunity, and get better from there."
In fact, the Rays scored 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in that first inning, and after they hit 2 batters themselves, the Pirates seemed to take offense when they hit Wily Adames in the 4th inning.
Rays manager Kevin Cash downplayed it, even though he was chirping at Hurdle after the HBP, "We didn't like them throwing inside."
"Things heated up," explained Wily Adames, the aggrieved party, or rather 1 of the 4 hit batsmen in the game. "This is only spring training."
Hurdle smirked as he said, "This game of baseball is so interesting that you can have the same play viewed differently by those involved. I was told someone was screeching at me. I thought it was a fan, but was told that it was Cash."
The Rays actually made the Pirates pay the best way you can. With a homerun from Avisail Garcia that scored Adames and Ji–Man Choi. Garcia had several hits and RBI, so that is phenomenal news for the Rays.
"I have been hurt," he said excitedly. "So, it is good to get back to what I do, and I feel very good right now."