Pittsburgh Pirates: David Bednar Pitches Scoreless Inning in All-Star Game

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David Bednar, the lone All-Star for the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitched a scoreless inning in Tuesday’s Night Mid-Summer Classic

Tuesday nigh was the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The lone All-Star representative in the game for the Pittsburgh Pirates was relive David Bednar. Despite the National League suffering a 3-2 loss, Bednar would pitch a scoreless inning of work.

Even though he has struggled leading up to the All-Star Break, Bednar has still been one of the best relievers in baseball this season. Bednar has posted a 2.89 ERA, 2.65 FIP, 7.4% walk rate and a 32.4% strikeout rate in 43.2 innings pitched this season.

Tuesday night Bednar got the ball for the National League in the 9th inning. With the National League trailing 3-2, Bednar took the mound. The Mars native and proud yinzer issued a walk while pitching a scoreless 9th inning.

It was great to see Bednar get an opportunity to pitch in the All-Star Game. It was even better to see Bednar pitch a scoreless inning. Even though the American League picked up a 3-2 victory on their way to their 9th consecutive All-Star Game victory, this victory was not due to Bednar but in spite of him firing a strong 9th inning.

Hopefully Bednar’s scoreless All-Star Game outing was the start of a strong second half of the season for him. Being over used prior to the All-Star Break led to him struggling down the stretch before the break. The Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans will hope this is something Bednar kicks after the break.

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Prior to the All-Star Break, Bednar was looking like a pitcher who was overlooked and potentially hitting a wall. Hopefully, the rest he will get over the break will do him well, setting Bednar up for a  strong second remainder of the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates.