Jeff Locke was pitching, well, a Jeff Locke kinda game. Clint tried to nurse him through six, but with two outs waved Jared Hughes in. Locke hadn't been scored on, but gave up four hits and walked four to go with six whiffs and was at 104 pitches when he got the hook. Hughes got Adeiny Hechavarria on a grounder (what else) to close out the frame. Like Charlie Morton's game last night, there were runners but not much in the way of threats put up by the Fish as the whiffs, Pirate D and a couple of timely at 'em balls kept their attack frustrated.
|Kan't keep Kang off the sacks (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
Arquimedes Caminero faced his old mates and struck out the side in the eighth. Clint had him finish up the game, and though he lost a few ticks off the heater, Arquimedes still worked a 1-2-3 frame to close out the 5-1 win.
Gerrit Cole takes on a TBA; it's likely to be lefty Brad Hand, who started 16 games for Miami last year but has been working from the pen this season.
- Jung-Ho now has an eight game hitting streak goin' on.
- Eight of the nine Pirate starters had hits tonight; only last night's hero, Fran Cervelli, went without a knock. JHK had two hits and a plunk; Josh also had a pair of hits.
- The Pirates have won five in a row and are above .500 for the first time since May 12th. The Bucs didn't take five in a row in 2014 until September, in the midst of a 12-of-15 run, though they did have several four-game runs.
- It was another so-so crowd of 20,806 tonight.
- Omar Moreno and Jack Wilson will represent the Pirates at MLB Draft Day on June 8th. The draft will be carried by the MLB Network.