SERIES REVIEW: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Marlins

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Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Game Three: Jeff Locke (6-8, 4.56ERA) vs. Chris Narveson (0-2, 3.86ERA)

Result: Pirates win 7-2

Winning Pitcher: Jeff Locke (7-8, 4.46ERA)

Losing Pitcher: Chris Narveson (0-3, 7.04ERA

  • What went right:
    • Jeff Locke had his best start in a long time. He looked awesome shutting down the Marlins. He went seven innings, allowed two runs on five hits and struck out three.
    • The Pirates’ offense exploded in the second inning. They scored six runs and pretty much put the game away early. The big lead allowed Locke to attack the strike zone and get comfortable.
    • Andrew McCutchen continued his push for a second NL MVP award as he went 2-5 with a home run, four RBI and a run scored. Cutch is Happening at the best possible time.
    • Josh Harrison had his best game since coming off the DL. He went 1-3 with two walks and two runs scored.
  • What went wrong:
    • Martin Prado had a solid game for the fish. He went 1-4 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored.
    • Outside of the first two innings, the Marlins were able to keep the Pirates’ offense pretty quiet. Erik Cordier pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed zero hits and struck out four.
    • Scott McGough also pitched well in relief for the Marlins. He went two innings, allowed zero runs on one hit.
    • Marcell Ozuna went 2-4 with a run scored.

The Pirates regained the series advantage thanks to their offense blowing up in the second inning. They looked to win the series against the Marlins with a little help from their ace.

Next: Game Four: Cole vs. Nicolino