Pirates fall to Blue Jays in Montreal
MONTREAL — The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped their final spring training warm up with a 6-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in Montreal in front of more than 52,000 fans at Olympic Stadium.
Chad Kuhl, who won a spot in the Pirates starting rotation, lasted 2 2/3 innings on the mound against Toronto and gave up two earned runs on four hits with one strikeout. Tyler Glasnow, who was recently name the Pirates No. 5 starter, took the loss after going three innings in relief. Glasnow surrendered a two-run home run to Melvin Upton Jr. which was the decisive blow.
Former Pirates ace Francisco Liriano took the hill for the Blue Jays and gave up two runs on four hits against his former club.
At the plate for Pittsburgh, Josh Bell, Adam Frazier and Eric Wood all drove in runs. Andrew McCutchen reached base on a walk and came around to score. Starling Marte was hitless in two at bats.
The Pirates open the regular season on Monday at Boston.
Bucs, Jays tie on Friday
MONTREAL — Jameson Taillon allowed one run and three hits over three innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates played to a 1-1 tie against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday night at Olympic Stadium.
The game was halted by mutual agreement after 9 innings.
The Pirates and Blue Jays will conclude the spring training schedule with another game today in Montreal.
Toronto starter Marcus Stroman allowed five hits over four scoreless innings.
Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Darwin Barney led off with a triple to deep right field off Taillon and scored on Kevin Pillar’s groundout.
The Pirates made it 1-1 in the fifth against Toronto reliever Joe Biagini. With two outs, Adam Frazier singled and scored when Adam Frazier tripled to right field. Frazier tried to stretch the hit into an inside-the-park home run but was thrown out.
Frazier, Mercer and Josh Harrison each had two hits for the Pirates.
Wade LeBlanc, Daniel Hudson, Felipe Rivero, Juan Nicasio, Antonio Bastardo and Tyler Webb followed Tallion, each throwing one scoreless inning.