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Red Sox A-Team Beats A-Mac’s Pirates At McKechnie Field

McKechnie field from press box

McKechnie field from press box

The Boston Red Sox trotted out their A-squad on the road for the first time at McKechnie Field on Thursday attempting to extend their spring winning streak to seven games and did, defeating Andrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1.

Pittsburgh took an early 1-0 lead in the first with a run off starter and eventual winning pitcher Clay Buchholz on a sacrifice fly by McCutchen, but the Red Sox came back with four runs in the third inning.

Pirates logo, back of press box

Pirates logo, back of press box.

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett departed with one out and two runners on and reliever Ryan Beckman surrendered two home runs, a three run shot by David Ortiz and a  two out solo homer by Pablo Sandoval.

Boston’s final run in the 4th off former Red Sox reliever Mark Melancon when Shane Victorino doubled in Jackie Bradley, Jr

Five pitchers followed Buchholz and threw shutout baseball the rest of the way. Alexi Ogando pitched a perfect 4th inning for the Sox, who return home for a night game against the New York Yankees Friday at jetBlue Park. Game time is 7:05.

Notes on the day:

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre was in attendance as was Katy Feeney from the MLB office. Pirates great (and one time manager of the Astros and Yankees in addition to Pittsburgh) Bill Virdon was in uniform as a guest instructor. Former Lakeland High School star Keon Broxton played the final three innings in left field for Pittsburgh.

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Even the trash cans have Pirates logos.

 

 

Brian Mullen

Brian is a Boston native and art school student who took a summer job with a baseball team and never left. He has been employed by the Boston Red Sox in one capacity or another since 1982. He also follows and blogs college basketball. Follow him on Twitter @BostonBrian2015