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Grilli Sees Recent Dip in Velocity, Qualls’ Experience Will Plug Him In Late

Grilli Sees Recent Dip in Velocity, Qualls’ Experience Will Plug Him In Late

Jason Grilli had an impressive first half of the season. So much in fact that there were even questions as to why the Pirates eighth inning man wasn't chosen to pitch in the National League All-Star game. Grilli posted just a 1.87 ERA over 35 appearances. He held the opposing batters to just a .145 clip and struck out 54 over 33.2 innings.

After allowing just one earned run in the month of July, Grilli saw his first real struggle of the season on Tuesday.

Grilli dished up three straight hits, the first going for extra bases, before Chris Johnson deposited a three-run homer into the seats to tack on four earned off the right-hander. The outing snapped Grilli’s 5.1 scoreless inning streak. The four runs were part of a seven run bullpen explosion in the Pirates loss.

Manager Clint Hu...

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