Coming into their Mar. 25 Spring Training matchup, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays had enjoyed similar success in their exhibition season. However, nobody watching the game would have guessed that was the case, as the Pirates lashed into the Blue Jays without any remorse.
Through nine innings, the Pirates swatted 29 balls into the field of play on their way to scoring an incredibly impressive 22 runs scored. This game finished with a 22-5 Pirates victory over the Jays. Without needing to say, this was the highest scoring game of the spring for the Pirates, beating their previous high of 10 runs scored, which came against the Tampa Bay Rays on Mar. 8.
Starling Marte led the 19 Pirates that made a plate appearance with five hits, including one home run. This was a strong appearance for the star, as he recorded a batting average of .356, well above the .282 he recorded through the spring up to this point. In addition to a much higher batting average, Marte also recorded his second home run of the spring with the first homer coming in his last appearance on Mar. 23 against the Baltimore Orioles. This is a great sign for Marte, as he looks to be getting the power back in his bat just in time for the regular season.
Having a huge morale boost from this game, expect the Pirates to continue their hard hitting ways for the rest of Spring Training. This will give them the perfect mindset for the start of the season, as they will look to get off to a fast start in the always competitive National League Central.