Pirates buzz: Morton staying in the starting rotation


The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 Thursday night, dropping their second game in a row and falling to 20-28 on the season. Pirates starter Charlie Morton (1-9, 9.35 ERA) was hit hard once again. Morton was awful from the start, allowing 7 runs, 8 hits and 3 walks through the first two innings of the game as the Reds batted around the order in both innings. Morton (2.0IP-8H-7R-3BB-2SO-2HR) lasted just two innings and had his second shortest outing of the season, that included a 68 pitch count. Manager John Russell had an hour long meeting with Morton after the game, but according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Morton will remain in the rotation for now. When asked by reporters if Morton will remain in the rotation Russell said, “As of now … yeah,”. “He’s worked really hard and, unfortunately, tonight was a night where nothingRead More »