Thursday, March 30, 2006

Another strong day for McLouth, but Bucs lose 7-5

Victor Santos faced off against the Minnesota Twins and staff ace Johan Santana. He did not impress. 7 runs on 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

But more importantly, Nate McLouth had 2 hits, a BB, 2 RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored in four plate appearances. Nate's average this spring is .352, with 10 RBI and somewhere near a .580 slugging pct. (I had trouble finding updated stats.)

It infuriates me that this kid is not starting the season in center field and batting in the leadoff spot. It makes absolutely no sense. Chris Duffy is another name in a long line of Pirates players who entertain the fans with defense while "hustling" on offense, without much production at all in that department.

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