Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Milwaukee Brewers 2-0

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Charlie Morton pitched another gem to stay unbeaten as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 on Wednesday night. The win gives Morton four on the year and also puts the Pirates’ record at 32-27. Morton was the star last night, limiting the Brewers to just three hits over seven and one third innings and continued to get many ground ball outs.

The Pirates scored first when Starling Marte hit an infield single that brought in Gregory Polanco to make the game 1-0. Pedro Alvarez added his tenth home run, a solo shot, in the second inning to give the Pirates a two-run lead. Offensively, the team collected 10 hits off of Kyle Lohse but were not able to score more than the two runs early in the game.

What Stood Out

Morton once again turned in a great performance while generating almost half of his outs from ground balls. He has focused on generating ground outs and the infielders behind him have been able to handle this when he is on the mound. If Morton is able to continue to pitch like this, he will be a very good back end of the rotation pitcher for the rest of the season. He also went deep into the game last night, giving most of the bullpen the night off.

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Another thing that stood out, and not in a good way, was that the Pirates had 11 hits and two walks yet only were able to score two runs. While it was certainly nice to see them salvage the final game of the series, it’s a little concerning that they had so many men on base yet were only able to scrape together two runs. Hopefully this pattern will change when the next series starts on Friday.

What’s Next

The Pittsburgh Pirates will start a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday following an off day for the team on Thursday. Former Bucco Kevin Correia will oppose Jeff Locke in the opening contest. Correia has never been a pitcher to focus on strikeouts, so Friday’s game presents an opportunity to start stringing some wins together. Locke’s last few outings have been shaky at best, and he’ll look to get back on track against a struggling Philadelphia club.

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