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Pirates wrap up spring training by losing to their Double-A affiliate

Mar 30, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

Pirates starter McDonald pitches against the Red Sox during the first inning of a MLB spring training baseball game in Bradenton Reuters

The Pirates dropped the final game of spring training to the Altoona Curve, their Double-A affiliate, 8-6. Starter James McDonald allowed four runs over two innings. Nathan Baker also allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning of relief. Overall, Pirates pitchers walked a staggering 11 batters and allowed nine hits, eight of which were singles.

It’s a disappointing way to wrap up spring training for the Buccos, but hey, spring training results don’t matter and the game doesn’t count.

  1. jimw81 - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    sums up their season every year. lose to a college team last year, this year lose their double a team. I guess they won’t schedule their triple a team next spring training.

  2. steelers88 - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Bring on Opening Day!

  3. revansrevenant - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    There is a joke in there somewhere, but I’m having trouble finding it.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      It’s a Phillies guy trolling Pirates fans. That is probably not only a source of great joy and delight to Mr. Crashburn, but also a contractual obligation.

  4. Stiller43 - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Their high A affiliate wasnt available?

  5. unclemosesgreen - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    The Pirates don’t really care – they’re already traveling in their minds. But what a great day for the Altoona Curve!

  6. seawurd - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    20 years of sadness……I still love my Bucs. PNC Park is a great place.
    Make this year the year, yinz guys!

  7. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    So what?

  8. pftaddict - Mar 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    The Pirates are lousy but it would be fair to mention that some players from the Pirates roster were playing for the Curve.

  9. mrfloydpink - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Playing a Double-A team should be good preparation for their schedule, particularly the parts of the schedule where they play the Mets and the Phillies.

    • Ben - Mar 30, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      C’mon man, you missed the easiest joke in the world not including the Marlins, and they don’t even have fans to get offende…oh, I see what you did there.

  10. stairwayto7 - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    73 wins and 21 years of losing

  11. garythebat - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    After scanning that headline, I was truly dumbfounded to click on the story and see that the byline did not contain the words “Matthew Pouliot.”

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