Saturday, July 4, 2015

Locke Magnificent In 1-0 Bucco Win

Well, Jeff Locke sure quieted the ado about Clayton Richard in a big hurry. He went eight innings of two-hit (three, if you count a game opening hit batter) with six K and no walks on just 89 pitches. With two DP's behind him, he faced one batter over the minimum. If it wasn't the game of his career, it was certainly by far his strongest showing of the campaign. No nibbling; he went right after hitters with first pitch strikes and filled the zone, going to three balls twice all day.

His only brief jam was in the second when he gave up both hits, singles to lead off the frame. But a DP cleaned that up before it became a mess, and that led to a streak of working to 21 batters over the last seven innings. Mark Melancon provided more drama making the save in the ninth, when a two out walk and infield single put the tying run on second, but a tapper to first earned The Shark his 26th save.

Jeff Locke Tosses a Gem (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)

it took the Buc three tries to dent Cody Anderson, who pitched a whale of a game himself. He's the kind of soft tosser that gives the Bucs fits, and he scattered six hits over eight innings. The Pirates helped by not playing very good small ball.

In the first, Josh doubled and went to third on a groundout, but a K and soft fly ended that threat. In the third, Jordy singled, went to second on a balk (Anderson dropped the ball while on the rubber) and was bunted to third. In a bad break TOOTBLAN, Josh hit a one hopper directly over the bad at third (maybe think opposite way next time, Josh), Jordy couldn't get back to the sack and was eventually tossed out in a rundown.

Finally in the sixth, a Josh double followed by The Kid's single to right brought home the one run Pittsburgh needed. Good thing, too - that was the last Pirate push of the afternoon.

Gerrit Cole and hard throwing Danny Salazar meet in the rubber match tomorrow at 1:35.

  • Cutch extended his hitting streak to 11 games and The Kid to eight.
  • Mark the Shark now has converted 24 straight save opportunities.
  • The Pirates drew 37,928 to the ballyard today, yet another sellout. The holiday crowd had a while to kill before the fireworks as the game lasted just 2:06.
  • Corey Hart hit another homer in his Indy rehab tour.
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