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Pittsburgh at Baltimore

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Pittsburgh (5-10) «0400000105100
Baltimore (10-3)002000000231

Pirates 5, Orioles 2

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Miguel Gonzalez was the Baltimore's second-leading winner last season and hopes to build on that success.

But on Sunday, he allowed four runs in two innings to a split squad of Pittsburgh Pirates in the Orioles' 5-2 loss.

Gonzalez made his second appearance this spring and allowed a four-run second that was made worse by left fielder Nate McLouth's error.

With one out in the second, Brad Hawpe hit a ball to left-center that McLouth had a hard time handling on a windy day. McLouth was charged with an error, and quickly four runs scored on four hits. Three of the runs were unearned.

"I don't think anybody that was here today could have caught the ball that Nate tried to catch," manager Buck Showalter said.

Chris Tillman was supposed to start on Sunday, but he was scratched on Saturday night with abdominal soreness. Showalter and Tillman both said he could have pitched during the regular season.

Gonzalez, who would have followed Tillman, started instead.

"I felt great in the `pen. Just one of those days," Gonzalez said. "Things weren't working when I went on the field."

Even the Orioles' Gold Glove catcher couldn't help Gonzalez.

"(Matt) Wieters tried to do his best to calm me down. The wind was bad today, so I thought McLouth had that ball, but it's not easy when the wind is not blowing your way," Gonzalez said.

Showalter has tentatively penciled in Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Tillman and Gonzalez as his first four starters.

After Gonzalez's truncated start, Jim Johnson and Darren O'Day pitched scoreless innings in their first official appearances.

Gerrit Cole, the first pick in the 2011 draft, allowed a two-run homer to Ryan Flaherty in the third inning. Cole was charged with two runs and four hits in four innings.

Overall, good work," Cole said. "Got through four, so that's good, pretty efficient."

Cole is ticketed for the minors, but should make it to Pittsburgh later in the season.

Catcher Russell Martin, who has been nursing a sore shoulder, caught for just the second time this spring, and the first time since Feb. 24. Martin liked what he saw from Cole.

"He's got a good feel out on the mound. He's got a good plan and he's able to execute it," Martin said.

"He's a smart kid. Of course he's got ability like not a lot of people have, but he's pitching with his mind and he has a plan. I feel like he's pretty polished for a young guy," he said.

Flaherty, who ended Thursday's game with a three-run homer, continues to impress in his attempt to secure a roster spot. He stayed with Baltimore in 2012 as a Rule 5 draft choice and is competing for a utility spot.

"He's doing the things to put himself in the position to make it," Showalter said.

NOTES: Pittsburgh RHP Charlie Morton, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, is scheduled to throw live batting practice for the first time since then on Monday. ... Martin batted leadoff in an attempt to make up at-bats. He was 0 for 2 and a walk. ... Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was with the rest of his team in Fort Myers for the split squad game against Minnesota. Bench coach Jeff Banister ran the team in Sarasota. ... On Monday, Pittsburgh and Baltimore play for the third time in four days. LHP Zach Britton is scheduled to pitch against LHP Jeff Locke. ... Orioles RF Nick Markakis, who's having an MRI on his neck Monday says he thinks it's precautionary and his neck spasms are becoming less annoying.

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

R. Flaherty
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

M. Hague
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Russell Martin, C2000113 .133
    Lucas May, C2000012 .375
Alex Presley, CF3011012 .261
   a- Darren Ford, PH-CF2000000 .200
Jose Tabata, LF3011021 .333
   b- Felix Pie, PH-LF2000000 .238
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3000001 .100
   c- Jeremy Farrell, PH-3B1000000 .000
Neil Walker, 2B2100110 .125
    Josh Harrison, 2B1000000 .059
Jerry Sands, RF3010001 .182
    Brett Carroll, RF1110000 .667
Brad Hawpe, DH4100012 .130
Matt Hague, 1B3131000 .364
    Matt Curry, 1B10110001.000
Clint Barmes, SS2121000 .333
    Alen Hanson, SS1000001 .000
Totals36510527  
a-grounded out for Presley in the 7th
b-popped out for Tabata in the 7th
c-flied out for Alvarez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brett Carroll (2, Redmond), Matt Hague (2, M. Gonzalez)
SH - Clint Barmes (1)
RBI - Alex Presley (4), Jose Tabata (6), Matt Hague (2), Matt Curry (1), Clint Barmes (4)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Presley (1), Jose Tabata (5), Matt Curry (1)
SB - Alex Presley (1, 2nd base off M. Gonzalez/Wieters)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alex Presley 1
DP - Walker-Barmes-Hague, Presley-Hague
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gerrit Cole (W,1-0) 4222121 4.50
Mark Melancon (H,2) 1000010 1.80
Kyle Waldrop (H,2) 1100000 0.00
Hunter Strickland (H,1) 1000020 0.00
Justin Wilson (H,2) 1000210 1.29
Ryan Reid (S,1) 1000030 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Gerrit Cole 23-17, Mark Melancon 5-5, Kyle Waldrop 3-3, Hunter Strickland 7-7, Justin Wilson 13-5, Ryan Reid 9-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gerrit Cole 4-5, Mark Melancon 1-1, Kyle Waldrop 1-1, Hunter Strickland 1-0, Justin Wilson 2-0
Batters Faced - Gerrit Cole 14, Mark Melancon 3, Kyle Waldrop 3, Hunter Strickland 3, Justin Wilson 5, Ryan Reid 3
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, 2B3010010 .400
    L.J. Hoes, LF1000002 .308
Nate McLouth, LF3000001 .263
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B1000010 .211
Matt Wieters, C2010000 .471
    Taylor Teagarden, C2000020 .286
Chris Davis, 1B3000001 .444
    Yamaico Navarro, 2B1000010 .200
Wilson Betemit, DH3000010 .059
J.J. Hardy, SS3000000 .067
    Niuman Romero, SS0000000 .333
Chris Dickerson, CF3000030 .313
    Xavier Avery, CF0000000 .182
Manny Machado, 3B1100200 .294
    Danny Valencia, 3B0000000 .158
Ryan Flaherty, RF2112000 .286
   a- Lew Ford, PH-RF0000100 .529
Totals2823239  
a-walked for Flaherty in the 8th
Batting
HR - Ryan Flaherty (2, Cole)
RBI - Ryan Flaherty 2 (5)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Flaherty 1
E - Nate McLouth (1, Dropped fly)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miguel Gonzalez (L,0-1) 2441220 2.25
Jim Johnson 1100000 0.00
Darren O'Day 1100010 0.00
Mark Hendrickson 1000020 2.45
T.J. McFarland 2200010 6.35
Todd Redmond 2211010 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 23-14, Jim Johnson 4-4, Darren O'Day 6-6, Mark Hendrickson 7-7, T.J. McFarland 10-10, Todd Redmond 10-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 2-2, Jim Johnson 2-1, Darren O'Day 1-1, T.J. McFarland 3-2, Todd Redmond 3-2
Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 12, Jim Johnson 4, Darren O'Day 4, Mark Hendrickson 3, T.J. McFarland 8, Todd Redmond 8
Game Information
Attendance - 6410
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Bill Welke