Pirates 10, Cardinals 3
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) _ Omer Munoz had three hits and three RBIs Saturday, including a two-run double that keyed a five-run fourth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-3 in replacement ball.
Munoz, 29, has spent eight seasons in the minor leagues with San Francisco, Montreal and Pittsburgh. He hit .314 with five homers and 38 RBIs in 79 games last season for the Pirates’ Class AA Carolina farm club.
Munoz could be the Pirates’ starting second baseman if replacement players begin the season. Carlos Garcia, Pittsburgh’s regular second baseman, is a fellow Venezuelan and one of Munoz’ best friends.
``I talk to Carlos almost every day but the subject of the strike never comes up,″ Munoz said. ``We just talk about families and things like that. I’ve been play a long time. I’m married with three kids. I have to do what’s best for my family.
Garcia visits the Pirates’ camp daily to receive treatment for a knee injury sustained in January while playing winter ball in Venzuela.
``I haven’t asked Carlos what he thinks. but I’d hope he understands.″ Minoz said.
The score was tied 2-2 before the Pirates’ fourth-inning outburst. Tim McConnell’s RBI single snapped the tie and Ted Williams hit a run-scoring double before Munoz hit his two-run double. Boi Rodriguez capped the inning with an RBI single, making it 7-2.
Pittsburgh won despite four errors, two by Rodriguez at first base.
Cecil Pettiford (1-0) got the win in relief, despite allowed two runs in one inning. Ray Davis was the loser, allowing seven runs and eight hits.
The crowd was announced at 1,562, the largest in the Pirates’ seven home games.