Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/9/14
The Pirates' Tony Watson took the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday while trouble was brewing. There were two outs in the sixth inning of a tie game, and the Cardinals had runners on first and third. Matt Adams, a career .319 hitter with runners in scoring position, was at the plate. The left-handed reliever's plan was to get a strike then try to expand the strike zone and throw a couple sliders that Adams would either roll over on or swing at and miss. Adams struck out, the Pirates went back to the dugout, and Watson's quick work of Yadier Molina, Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta in the seventh helped the Pirates defeat the Cardinals, 2-1. Watson got his first win of the year. “I'm just trying to go out there and keep doing the same things,” Watson said. “I felt good in spring training. I'm still working on some things, little mechanical things that (pitching coach Ray Searage and bullpen coach Euclides Rojas) always pick up on, but I'm just trying to be myself, go out there and pound the zone and get weak contact. Keep the pitches down so I can keep going out there every night.” Going into Tuesday's series opener against the Cubs, Watson hadn't allowed a hit in 31⁄3 innings early on this season. Watson gave up a solo home run to Shin-Soo Choo in last season's wild-card playoff game against the Reds. It was the only homer he allowed against a left-handed batter all season. However, he did not allow a run in three appearances against the Cardinals in the NLDS. Watson ended the 2013 regular season by not allowing a run in 21 straight appearances.
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