For those haters waiting for Charlie Morton to fail….grab a cigar, it’s going to be a while. You might want to buy a box because instead of regression, the Pirates right hander is progressing. Last night against the NL Central leading Reds, Charlie Morton was a bat breaking, groundball producing machine.
Morton pitched another complete game shutout against the league leader in runs, this one better than the last. Eat crow Marty Brennamen. Again.
Morton induced 15 more groundball outs while throwing 106 pitches, 67 for strikes. He is your league leader in groundball outs and it all added up for the first shutout of the Reds at Great American ballpark this season. Morton has made two starts and pitched 18 innings against the Reds this year. He has allowed two runs.
"Charlie’s two seamer was his best pitch today. — Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Chris SnyderI felt like I did my job. —- Pittsburgh Pirates rates mind freaker Charlie Morton"
Bronson Arroyo gave up all the Bucs five runs as the Reds winning streak was snapped at seven. The Pirates had seven hits, including 400+foot bombs by Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen to end the Buccos six-game skid.
The Pedro bomb got him some retribution for being fooled in his first at-bat against Arroyo. A changeup by the former Pirates draft pick got Alvarez to K his first time up. But on the repeat matchup in the fourth inning, Pedro murdered Arroyo’s belt high changeup 414 feet. [Here is the video] Lyle Overbay and Neil Walker congratulated the slugger at homeplate.
Staying thirsty Ronny Cedeno put a leadoff double into the corner and Andrew McCutchen hit a bomb to set the lead at 5-0 which was all electric stuff would need.
Smoke ’em if you got em.