GOLD 4, BLACK 3
Chris Diazs run-scoring single proved to be the difference in Team Golds 4-3 win over Team Black during the Pirates intrasquad game in front of 2,418 fans at McKechnie Field.
Tony Sanchez doubled and homered for Team Gold, and Andrew Lambo, the Pirates Minor League Player of the Year in 2013, went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk. He also scored the game-winning run.
The game raised $19,328 to benefit the Manatee Education Foundation, Wakeland Elementary School and G.D. Rogers Garden Elementary School.
STAR OF THE GAME
Sanchez, the Pirates first-round pick in 2009. His homer, a three-run shot, and double were each hit the opposite way.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
We covered what we needed to cover. Now its time to start playing and add that to the equation and evaluation. manager Clint Hurdle on the Pirates beginning their slate of spring games.
The Pirates open Grapefruit League play at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday when they host the New York Yankees. Francisco Liriano will start for the Pirates against the Yankees Ivan Nova.