MORNING PIRATES BUZZ ON 7-2 WIN OVER MARLINS
— Andrew McCutchen drove in four runs in the Pirates 7-2 win over the Marlins Wednesday night and is currently third in the NL with 85 RBIs, McCutchen on pace for a career high 110 RBIs has been two factors — hitting .394 with runners in scoring position and having more opportunities with RISP –.
“I’m getting more opportunities than I have in the past, and being able to come through,”McCutchen said via the Associated Press.
“Look at the batting average with runners in scoring position,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “You get guys on in front of him and that gives him more opportunities.”
— Jeff Locke was given plenty of run support as the Pirates put up a six-run second inning and led 7-2 after two innings. Locke not only got the run support, he had the type of outing he needed, pitching seven strong innings in allowing five hits and two runs. It was Locke’s longest outing in over a month.
— Josh Harrison was 1-3 with two walks and two runs scored, reaching base three times on the night. Harrison hasn’t found his swing yet but Hurdle loved the energy he brought to the table. “Game slowly coming back,” Hurdle said of Harrison. “He brings energy. He’s not where he wants to be offensively yet but he’s getting there. One reason we love this guy so much is versatility.”
— Joe Blanton pitched two scoreless innings allowing no hits and no runs. Blanton struck out three and threw 16 strikes on 27 pitches. Blanton with the Pirates — 15.1 IP, 0.59 ERA, 20/5 K/BB ratio.
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