Found June 14, 2013 on
Fox Sports West:
Jerry Hairston jr.
Los Angeles Dodgers
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jeff Locke allowed just two hits over seven innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 on Friday night.
Locke (6-1) struck out five and walked one to win his sixth straight decision while shaving his ERA to 2.19. Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run double in the third inning off Stephen Fife (1-2).
Jason Grilli worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the ninth for his National League-leading 24th save.
The Dodgers played without manager Don Mattingly, who served a one-game suspension for his role in the brawl with Arizona earlier in the week. Bench coach Trey Hillman filled in for Mattingly. Los Angeles has lost five of six to fall a season-worst 10 games under .500 (28-38).
Los Angeles had chances in the eighth and ninth innings. Pittsburgh reliever Mark Melancon struck out pinch-hitter Juan Uribe with runners in scoring position in the eighth.
Yaisel Puig and Nick Punto hit consecutive singles off Grilli to start the ninth. Grilli then retired Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Mark Ellis to remain a perfect 24 for 24 in save opportunities.
Puig finished 2 for 4, including a bunt single leading off the game. He was quickly retired on a double play as Locke continued his unlikely ascension into the role of ace.
The 25-year-old left-hander began the season as the fifth starter and lost his first game of the year, a 6-2 defeat in Los Angeles on April 10. He hasn't been beaten since and appears to be growing stronger each time he takes the hill, a welcome development for a starting rotation in tatters.
A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, James McDonald and Jeanmar Gomez are all on the disabled list, leaving Locke and veteran Francisco Liriano as the top-end starters for one of baseball's biggest first-half surprises.
If the spotlight is getting to Locke, it doesn't show.
Deftly changing speeds and working both sides of the plate, Locke needed just 75 pitches to get 21 outs. The Dodgers didn't even get a runner to second against him, every baserunner either stranded at first or getting forced out in a double play.
McCutchen gave the Pirates all the offense they would need when he doubled to the corner in right field in the third, scoring Alex Presley and Russell Martin. Fife, making just his fourth start of the season, settled down and escaped without further damage when McCutchen was gunned down at home trying to score on a ground ball and Clint Barmes flew out to left with the bases loaded later in the inning.
Fife gave up six hits in five innings, walking three and striking out four.
Locke had little trouble getting through seven before turning things over to Pittsburgh's dominant bullpen, though Melancon ran into trouble during his first appearance in a week.
Andre Ethier singled with one out and Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled to the gap in left-center one batter later. Ethier held up at third rather than try to score, and it cost the Dodgers when pinch-hitter Juan Uribe struck out.
Pittsburgh added an insurance run when McCutchen singled leading off the bottom of the eighth and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Neil Walker.
Grilli made it stand up against the meat of Los Angeles' lineup.
NOTES: Locke singled off Fife in the third to end an 0-for-30 skid dating to last season ... Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts in his return from the disabled list. He also threw out two would-be base stealers. Ellis missed 14 games with a strained oblique. To make room for Ellis, Los Angeles designated C Ramon Hernandez for assignment. Hernandez hit .208 with three homers and six RBIs in 17 games with the Dodgers ... The series continues on Saturday when rookie Brandon Cumpton makes his major league debut for the Pirates, replacing Burnett. Clayton Kershaw (5-4, 1.88 ERA) starts for Los Angeles ... Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell pitched two perfect innings in relief. Howell is appealing a two-game suspension for his role in the brawl with the Diamondbacks. Reliever Ronald Belisario sat out to serve his one-game suspension.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Your browser does not support iframes.
Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen displayed some fancy feet as he danced back to second base, literally, after falling for a bluff of a pickoff move by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Stephen Fife during the third inning of Friday night's game at PNC Park.
McCutchen had reason to be feeling a little relaxed, as he had...
Mike Zagurski has been designated for assignment. (Photo by: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates have added right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton to the 40-man roster for his start tonight. To make room, they have designated left-handed Mike Zagurski for assignment. The DFA of Zagurski also clears a spot for Cumpton on the 25-man roster.
The DFA of Zagurski doesn’t come as a surprise...
A.J. Burnett will miss his next start with a right calf issue. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t made a decision on who will go down to make room for Charlie Morton on the 25-man and 40-man roster. One issue is that A.J. Burnett has been scratched from his start tomorrow with a right calf injury. Burnett made the team aware of his injury yesterday.
Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jeff Locke allowed held the Los Angeles Dodgers to two hits over seven innings of work and the Pirates shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0.Locke (6-1) struck out five and walked one to win his sixth straight decision while lowering his ERA to 2.19.Andrew McCutchen drilled a two-run double in the third inning to stake Locke to a to run lead, Mark Melancon...
Jeanmar Gomez is one of 10 starting pitchers the Pirates have used this year. Photo Credit: David Hague
Earlier today I was recording a podcast with James Santelli and Tom Bragg, talking about the rotation, and what moves would need to be made once guys like Jeanmar Gomez, James McDonald, and Wandy Rodriguez returned. Most of the conversation surrounded the fact that the Pirates...
ST. LOUIS -- With a strong bullpen, solid rotation and a lineup led by one of the game's rising stars in center field, the Pirates appear poised to end the longest streak of losing seasons in U.S. team sports history.
Oh, wait. You say you've heard that before. For the past two years, in fact.
Indeed, 2013 is feeling a lot like 2012 and 2011, when center fielder Andrew...
In the last few weeks the Pittsburgh Pirates have made a lot of prospect promotions. Gerrit Cole was promoted to the majors. Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel moved up to Triple-A. This week saw Nick Kingham and Gregory Polanco get promotions to Altoona. With half of the minor league season in the books, we should start seeing more and more moves.
I get asked “When will Player A...
Andrew McCutchen was the only Pirates batter to get an extra-base hit. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
That was the worst game the Pirates have played all season. Pittsburgh pitchers surrendered a season-high 17 hits in the 10-o loss, continuing the struggle after allowing 15 base hits Wednesday night.
Starter Matt Cain and the Giants held the Bucs’ lineup to three hits after it totaled...
Let's be straight about this: Charlie Morton is probably my favorite Pirate. The guy came through the minors with all of the talent in the world, but couldn't get it right in the big leagues. He completely scrapped his approach and rebuilt himself from the ground up, turning in one of the more pleasantly surprising Pirate performances in recent memory in 2011. It seemed like...
For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.
Result: Pirates 5, Yankees2 4
Starting Pitcher: Dan Urbina, RHP (2-0, 3.07) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes...
Travis Snider hit the game-tying home run in the 9th, but it was not enough for the Bucs to win. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
What a fun baseball game, even if it did not turn out in the Pirates’ favor as the Bucs lost 5-3 in 11 innings. With so much happening, let’s boil this contest down to a series of moments:
Moment 1: Brandon Cumpton walks off the field in the second inning...
Brandon Cumpston‘s minor league contract has been purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates and he is expected to start Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cumpton is not considered a high prospect, ranking 25th in the Pirate’s organization, but the 24-year-old has been solid for AAA Indianapolis, tossing a 3.31 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 66 AAA innings.The Pirates are off...
Dodgers (28-37) at Pirates (39-27)
7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Bucs kick off a weekend series against the last-place LA Dodgers tonight. Yep, last place. Despite spending tons and tons of money over the past year, the Dodgers have struggled (injuries haven’t helped) so far this season. That said, they are still a very talented club and swept the...
Tyler Glasnow makes his last start before the All-Star break, trying to finish off his great first half on a high note. Altoona was rained out yesterday against New Britain. The two teams play again two weeks from now in Altoona, the last time they meet this season. Bradenton is on their All-Star break. They will resume play on Monday. For a look at the possible starters over the...
The Pirates fell to the Dodgers in a wild, wild game on Saturday afternoon, evening this weekend’s series.
Brandon Cumpton immediately caught everyone’s attention with an incredible start to his big league debut. The righty isn’t known as a big strikeout guy, but he went right at the Dodgers and struck out all three batters in the first inning – then tacked on two more in...