World news – Last spring appearance, Pirates’ Mitch Keller finally has a goalless outing

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In his final appearance in the spring before the regular season started, Mitch Keller finally produced a goalless outing – too when an old Bugaboo cocked his head to chase him.

Keller went four of the 14 batters he faced but did not allow an extra hit and Baltimore Orioles failed to score in the first three innings of Sunday’s game against him Goal. Keller lowered his ERA in the Grapefruit League to 11.91 in a 2-1 win for the Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

Keller had allowed at least two runs, including 12, in each of his four previous spring outings (11 earned) over 5 1/3 innings during his last two appearances. After running 21 2/3 innings in the last Regular Season 18, Keller finished the 2021 Grapefruit League game with eight walks in 11 1/3 innings. He went two of his first two innings on Sunday.

However, the Pirates had hit in the top half of each of those two innings and re-ignited by one of their scheduled starting midfielders. One day after the prospective shortstop on opening day, Kevin Newman raised his spring average to 0.714 by going 3 to 4. Everyday second baseman Adam Frazier increased his Grapefruit League average by 0.553 by going 2 to 4.

« (beating over 500) is definitely in a good mood, » Frazier said during a video conference with the media after the game. « There’s a lot of talk. Go up to guys and ask different things about setup, what you’re doing, pointers, little things like this. You see people hitting baseball, something might click for you. » Frazier led the game on Sunday with a double off from Matt Harvey, his 10th extra base hit of the spring. Frazier hit Troy Stokes Jr. on a single and drove the following inning in one run than his single Oneil Cruz

Frazier ranks second among all MLB players on Extra-Base hits this spring, while the Pirates as a team finished second among the Grapefruit League teams on Sunday in batting average, doubles and racing .

« It’s definitely contagious, but … yeah, I might hit .500, but I’m still trying to get Kevin Newman at the .700, » Frazier said in the same boat that everyone else gets hit in, and you can get hits too The Pirates’ two infielder Adam Frazier and Kevin Newman were disappointed with their 2020 goal and made adjustments that serve them well. Http://t.co/8j4ZAfqcpR

Three scheduled members of the Bullpen for the Pirates’ season opener (Michael Feliz, Sam Howard and Rule 5 Select Luis Oviedo) combined three hitless innings and five strikeouts for the Pirates who played the game Grapefruit League will end with a home-and-home series on Monday and Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins before a travel day before the season opener in Chicago.

Also noteworthy on Sunday was that Quinn Priest, the top pitching expert of the Piraten, made his second (and last) appearance in the spring for the big club. The 20-year-old – the pirates’ first choice in 2019 – went three of the five batters he faced in the eighth inning.

Pirate pitchers allowed only two hits on Sunday. They had 10 strikes, including two in Nick Mears’ ninth.

After a 3-15-2 spring record last year, the Pirates (13-13-1) can enjoy a non-losing spring season with a win in one of their last complete both games. Her last winning season in the Grapefruit League was 2017.

« Everyone is pretty comfortable together, » said Frazier. « I think we will continue to grow when we start the regular season. »

Chris Adamski is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or on Twitter.

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