Lots of praise from opposition clubhouse on Charlie Morton..Jonathan Lucroy said Morton had best sinker they had seen all season. #Pirates
— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) June 11, 2015
MORNING PIRATES BUZZ
Photo: David Hague
With Charlie Morton he’s one of those pitchers who you know immediately whether it’s going to be a great or bad outing. It was clear from the start Wednesday night that it was going to be a good night for Morton who had his A+ stuff working.
Morton over-matched the Brewers with a terrific outing in throwing 7 1/3 shutout innings as he played the role of stopper in the Pirates 2-0 win.
Brewer players afterwards marveled at Morton’s sinker.
“A very effective and great body of work,” Clint Hurdle said of Morton’s gem vs the Brewers. “He had a sinker working. He was ahead of counts. The curve ball played well…..Really strong outing.”
Coming off labral surgery, the Pirates could not have expected a better start to the season for Morton who came in as a pricey question mark. With the way Morton is going right now, the Pirates have four pitchers who could throw a gem on any given night and they will just continue to wish for the best when Jeff Locke is on the mound.
Mark Melancon velocity ticking back up to near 91
Closer Mark Melancon threw a perfect ninth, needing just seven pitches to get his 19th save of the season. The velocity has ticked back up to near 91, a very promising sign and Melancon has thrown 13 1/3 straight scoreless innings. The last time he allowed an earned run was on May 11th.
KANG HAS NEEDED THREE-HIT GAME
Jung Ho Kang who had seen his average drop from .316 to .266 in a matter of 10 games, led the Pirates with three hits in the victory, going 3-4, all singles.
It was Kang’s fourth three-hit game of the season.