SARASOTA, Fla. - The Pirates put runners on second and third with no outs in the fifth inning against reliever Jeremy Accardo.
They didn’t score.
They didn’t erase a 3-2 deficit.
Finally, a little excitement in this game.
Pedro Alvarez sent a screaming liner to third baseman Mark Reynolds, who made the catch and lunged at the bag to double off John Bowker. Two outs.
Matt Diaz followed with a single into right field. Nick Markakis charged the ball and made a perfect one-hop throw to catcher Matt Wieters, who applied the tag on Andrew McCutchen while blocking the plate. McCutchen never touched it.
Randy Winn, batting .182 coming into the game, just increased the Orioles’ lead to 4-2 with his first spring home run and RBI. He’s also singled today.
McCutchen lost his glove over the fence while attempting to rob Winn. He couldn’t find anyone to retrieve it, so he hopped over the fence in one smooth motion and came back with the glove. He also stuck the landing. I’m giving him a 10.