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Jason Grilli enjoying immediate success with Angels, Frieri not a quick fix for Pirates

Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage has been working on fixing Ernesto Frieri’s mechanics, notably Frieri’s release point, but there’s no signs of fixing Frieri quickly.
The Pirates suffered a second straight walk-off loss Tuesday night when Cardinals rookie Kolten Wong hit a walkoff homer off Frieri to deliver the 5-4 win. With a full count Wong had been sitting on a fastball and made Frieri pay who said afterwards he didn’t want to walk Wong and put a runner on base.
“”I give him credit,” Frieri said. “That was a really good at-bat. I didn’t want to walk him, I don’t want to put the winning run on base.”
With the loss the Pirates (47-43) have dropped to fourth place in the NL Central.
Ernesto Frieri with Pirates
3 IP – 9 Hits – 6 ER – 2 SO – 0 BB – 3.00 WHIP – 18.00 ERA
Jason Grilli with Angels 
5 IP – 4 Hits – 0 ER – 5 SO – 1 BB – 1.00 WHIP – 0.00 ERA

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