Spring Training Report: Pirates 6, Phillies 5

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Game: Pirates 6, Phillies 5

Starter: Brandon Cumpton 4 IP, 2R, 0 ER,1 BB, 2 Ks.

Hitter: Andrew McCutchen homered off Philadelphia right-hander Jeff Manship in the first inning, driving a 3-1 pitch over the left-field scoreboard to tie the score, 1-1.

Of note: Francisco Liriano pitched four innings in a start at Pirate City against the New York Yankees’ Class AAA team. Liriano gave up three hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out five.

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Cumpton went four innings in his first start this spring and got 10 groundball outs in a no-decision.

“Tried to get back to my game plan, just attacking hitters and getting ahead early, and putting the ball on the ground early,” said Cumpton. “I feel like I really concentrated on that in my bullpens. Some of my outings haven’t shown that. But feel like each outing I’ve slowly made minor adjustments, and it’s starting to click.”

Cumpton had been falling behind batters and leaving the ball up in spots this spring

“Each outing, even though I haven’t had good results [in] some of them, I still feel like I’ve made progress on different things,” he said.

Cumpton is being eyed as starting pitching depth for the Pirates. He currently is tied for the fifth-longest active regular-season shutout streak in the major leagues (15 innings).

“His command was in play today, the fastballs were good. He pitched inside, both sides of the plate well,” said manager Clint Hurdle. “It was an improved day for him all around.”

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