|Jeff Locke (9-5, 3.23 ERA)¬† returned to the mound Saturday night, taking the loss in a 5-0 Pirates defeat. Overall it was an okay outing for Locke. He allowed 3 hits and 2 earned runs but lasted just 5 innings, throwing 53 strikes on 91 pitches. Whats remains very considering with Locke is the control problems. Locke walked four batters and leads the National lead with 78 walks, a stat you don't want to lead the league in. Locke is the type of pitcher where his game is dictated by control as he doesn't have swing and miss stuff. He is showing no signs of correcting those issues as Locke has walked 31 batters in his last 9 starts.|
Jeff Locke leads the NL in walks with 78
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8:29am - Sun, May 31st, 2015 by Inside Pittsburgh Sports
Charlie Morton (2-0, 1.93) allowed one earned run on three hits in seven innings of work to earn his second win of the season in the Pirates 5-2 victory over the Padres on Saturday night. Morton also made an impact his bat, driving in the go-ahead run in the sixth to put the Pirates ahead 3-2.
On the mound, a big plus again for Morton on the night was that his¬†sinker was in top form, getting 16 ground ball outs. "The sinker had really good life," manager Clint Hurdle said via Pirates.com "[Andrew] McCutchen was commenting on it from center field throughout the game."
Of the 21 batters Morton retired, 16 were ground outs, 2 were strikeouts, 2 were foul pops and 1 out to the outfield. In his first two starts of the season, Morton has 32 ground ball outs, a huge key to his success on the mound.
|2015 Stats: 2-0, 1.93 ERA, 5 SO, 1 BB, 0.86 WHIP|
9:04am - Sat, May 30th, 2015 by Inside Pittsburgh Sports
Pedro Alvarez went 2-4 with 2 RBI in the Pirates 6-2 loss to the Padres on Friday night.
Alvarez drove in the Pirates only two runs in the game, a 2-run RBI single in the third inning, scoring Neil Walker and Starling Marte. Alvarez with 9 home runs, 25 RBI on the season, has a batting line of .247/.325/425 on the season. Just little over two weeks ago, Alvarez's batting average was as low as .202
In the midst of a solid two-week stretch, Since May 15 -- Alvarez is 15-42 (.357) with 4 home runs, 10 RBI.
|2015 Stats: .247 - 9 HR - 25 RBI|
5:11am - Sat, May 30th, 2015 by Inside Pittsburgh Sports
5:00am - Sat, May 30th, 2015 by Inside Pittsburgh Sports
The Pirates bullpen squandered a dominant start from Francisco Liriano (2-4, 3.47 ERA) on Friday night. Liriano threw six shutout innings, allowing 3 hits, striking out 11 and walking 1 as Liriano put the Pirates in position to close out their eighth straight game.
Liriano left the game with a 2-0 lead but the lead would be squandered in the seventh and the game eventually lost in the ninth on a Derek Norris walk-off grand slam, 6-2 Padres win.
The Pirates have won just 2 of Liriano's 10 starts this season. Liriano has a 23 K to 3 BB ratio over his last two starts.
|2015 Stats: 2-4, 3.47 ERA, 75 SO, 24 BB, 1.09 WHIP|
4:02pm - Wed, May 27th, 2015 by Inside Pittsburgh Sports
Andrew McCutchen¬†went 2-3 with a double, key walk in the seventh inning and a run scored in the Pirates 5-1 win today. It was McCutchen's fourth multi-hit game over his last seven games. McCutchen had eight multi-hit games in his previous 38 games.
McCutchen has a batting line .262/.358/.457 on the season
|2015 Stats: .262 - 7 HR - 27 RBI|
Mark Melancon picked up his 12th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in the Pirates 5-2 win over the Marlins.
Melancon's velocity has been a hot story all season and a concern but for now he's getting results. Melancon has converted 10 straight save opportunities and has allowed 1 earned run over his last 14 2/3 innings.
Melancon has a 2.86 ERA and 1.18 WHIP on the season.
|2014 Stats: 2.86 ERA, 12 SV, 11 SO, 1.18 WHIP|
3:32pm - Wed, May 27th, 2015 by Inside Pittsburgh Sports
Gerrit Cole (7-2) appeared on his way to a losing effort Wednesday afternoon but he kept the Pirates in the game as the team broke out with a five-run seventh inning, en route to a 5-2 win over the Miami Marlins today.
Cole improving to 7-2 on the season, tossed seven innings of 2-run ball, allowing 7 hits, while striking out 7 and walking none. Cole is tied with Bartolo Colon and Michael Wacha for the NL lead in wins. The two runs Cole surrendered were on home runs by Justin Bour and Christian Yelich
Over his last three starts, Cole has 25 strikeouts and just 2 walks. On the season Cole has a 70/14 K/BB ratio in 64 innings pitched.
|2015 Stats: 7-2, 2.11 ERA, 70 SO, 14 BB, 1.09 WHIP|
10:54pm - Tue, May 26th, 2015 by Inside Pittsburgh Sports
10:46pm - Tue, May 26th, 2015 by Inside Pittsburgh Sports
Jeff Locke (3-2) struck out six and walked four in 5 2/3 shutout innings, earning his first victory in over a month as the Pirates cruised past the Marlins 5-1 on Tuesday night. Locke throwing 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowed 4 hits and 0 runs.
|2015 Stats: 3-2, 4.70 ERA, 42 SO, 20 BB 1.42 WHIP|
Charlie Morton (1-0, 2.57) making his first start of the season, limited the Miami Marlins to two runs in the Pirates 4-2 win on Monday night. Morton went 7 innings, allowing 8 hits, 2 runs, while striking out 3 and walking none. Both Marlin runs came at the hands of star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton who singled in a run off Morton in the first and homered off Morton in the third.
A big plus for Morton on the night was that his ¬†sinker was in top form, getting 16 ground ball outs and retired 15 batters on three pitches or fewer. ¬†"Charlie stepped in, stepped up and competed," manager Clint Hurdle said afterwards. "The numbers tell you how his mechanics worked." Morton threw 63 strikes on 87 pitches.
The Pirates winners of four straight, have climbed back to .500 at 22-22. They improved to 13-9 at home.
|2015 Stats: 1-0, 2.57 ERA, 3 SO, 1.14 WHIP|
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