Game 145 Recap: Sanchez Spoils Locke’s Debut

Locke made his Major League debut.

Anibal Sanchez allowed just one hit in throwing a complete game shutout. Jeff Locke was decent in his first effort in The Show. He was scored on in only one inning, but that was all Sanchez would require.

Florida got to Locke in the third inning. Emilio Bonifacio reached on an infield single to start the inning. Bryan Petersen walked. Omar Infante dropped a sac bunt to move both runners up one base. Gaby Sanchez walked to load the bases. John Buck singled in two runs and pushed Sanchez to third. Donnie Murphy’s sac fly brought in run number three, but Buck was caught off second for the third out of the inning.

Pittsburgh loaded the bases in the second against Sanchez. Neil Walker doubled and Ryan Ludwick reached on an error. Michael McKenry walked. But Locke whiffed. That would be as good as it would get. Sanchez wouldn’t allow another hit.

Chris Leroux, Chris Resop and Jose Veras combined to pitch the final four innings without incident.

Locke was pulled after five innings. He gave up those three runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out one. Sanchez walked three to go along with the one hit. He K’d eleven.

The Good
The bullpen tossed four innings of two hit baseball.

The Bad
Um, only getting one hit.

Bucs hitters whiffed eleven times.

The Rest
Sanchez had split two previous decisions against Pittsburgh in three starts. He has two shutouts and three complete games in 2011.

The last pitcher to toss a complete game one hitter at the Buccos was Roy Oswalt on 7/8/10.

Bucs have been shutout 13 times in 2011. Bucs were shutout 15 times in 2010.

Author: Randy Linville

Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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  • Anonymous

    I like Locke. He needs to be more agressive in the zone
    but he showed his big curve a little and it’s pretty good
    would like to see him develop a Cole Hamels change up
    but I think he’s already good enough to be #5 next
    year after Karstens, McDonald, Morton and Correa.

    • Anonymous

      Locke’s changeup is supposed to be his best pitch