|Jeff Locke (9-5, 3.23 ERA)Â 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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Gerrit Cole (4-0) improved to 8-0 in his last 10 starts, allowing an unearned run in six innings, while striking out eight and walking just one in the Pirates 8-1 win over the Cubs to avoid being swept. The right-hander is 6-0 in six career starts against the Cubs.
"I thought he did a lockdown job," manager Clint Hurdle said of Cole. "He stayed focused. He kept firing and kept battling. A very solid professional start."
Cole lowered his ERA to 1.76 and has a 35/8 K/BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings.
|2015 Stats: 30.2 IP, 4-0, 1.76 ERA, 35 SO, 8 BB, 0.98 WHIP|
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Mark Melancon was not available to pitch tonight in the Pirates 4-3 win of the Cubs Wednesday night but manager Clint Hurdle said prior to the game that Melancon will stay in the closer role.
"He's going to close tomorrow, if we have a lead late," Hurdle said. "For me it would be an absolute overreaction to one blown save to make a switch now."
Melancon's cutter velocity has slipped to around 88 mph and has even sat at 87. "I still believe that the velocity will get back to where we've seen it," Hurdle said.
|2014 Stats: 8.53 ERA, 2 SV, 4 SO, 3 BB, 1.89 WHIP|
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The Pirates believe everything is setting up this season for Gerrit Cole to take that next step in becoming a No. 1 ace. His outing today against the Detroit Tigers was a step in that direction. "He was really good today," manager Clint Hurdle said of Cole who pitched one-hit ball into the seventh. "We've seen him really good before. The fastball command makes him dynamic."
Cole struck out 8, while walking 2 and allowing just 3 hits in six innings pitched. Cole was flawless until he exited in the seventh after loading the bases in what was his only hiccup of the night against an excellent Tigers lineup. Jared Hughes would bail him.
"He wants to be a master craftsman out on the mound, and you saw that today through six innings, for sure," Hurdle said of Cole.
|4/13 vs Tigers: 6.0 IP - 3 H - 1 R - 1 ER - 8 SO - 2 BB - 94-63|
|2015 Stats: 11 IP, 1-0, 3.27 ERA, 14 SO, 1.09 WHIP|
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