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Watson Continues to be Huge Asset from Bullpen

Watson Continues to be Huge Asset from Bullpen

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Left-hander Tony Watson was called upon with one out, two runners on, and the tying run on second base in the eighth inning on Saturday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Looking calm and collected as the fans were on their toes at PNC Park, Watson struck out Matt Carpenter swinging on an 0-2 slider.

"It was a situation where you got to come in and get some weak contact, get a ground ball," Watson said. "That’s the tying run on second base so looking to get early in the count, get the count in my favor. Fortunately it ended in a strikeout."

High-leverage situations like those are a common theme for the left-hander. Watson may not have a full season in the big leagues yet, but he's proving to be a valuable tool for Manager Clint Hurdle.

"Tony has just taken business one day at a time," Hurdle said. "He prepares extremely well. He’s conscious in his preparation. Has a lot of self-confidence, demands a lot of hims...

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