By Jason Shetler
The Pirates traveled to Port Charlotte today to take on the Tampa Bay Rays and lost by a final of 5-1.
Francisco Liriano pitched three innings, giving up two runs and striking out three.
Jameson Taillon threw two innings and gave up a run. Taillon was at 95 mph on the fastball, which is very encouraging velocity to see from him in the early part of the Spring.
Neftali Feliz and Curtis Partch both went a scoreless inning.
Jorge Rondon allowed two runs in his one inning of work.
Michael Suchy was 1-for-2 with a home run.
Jordy Mercer, Matt Joyce and Elias Diaz also went 1-for-2.
The Pirates and Rays will be in Bradenton tomorrow to square off again at 1:05 ET.