Found April 14, 2013 on Pirates Prospects:
The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen one again showed why it has been one of the strongest units in Major League Baseball this season on Saturday. Mark Melancon has not allowed a hit in PNC Park yet this season. The only fireworks came after the game (and during the ninth inning from the inaugural game at Highmark Stadium — home of the Pittsburgh RiverHounds soccer team), as the bullpen combined to pitch the final four innings and allowed just three hits during that span in the Pirates’ 3-1 win against the Cincinnati Reds. Starting pitcher Jeff Locke did not pitch bad, but was helped by some solid defense behind him. Locke induced a lot of ground ball outs — 10 to be exact — and had to good fortune to have several balls hit hard but right at Pirates in the field. “If anything the ball was down more than it was last week in L.A.,” Locke said after the game. “I still kind of fell behind guys often and I need to get much better with that and control the ball inside a lot better than I did to...
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