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Pirates Notebook: Locke Gets Hit Hard, Irwin Drawing Some Attention

Pirates Notebook: Locke Gets Hit Hard, Irwin Drawing Some Attention

Jeff Locke had a bit of a rough outing today at McKechnie Field. The left-hander was hit hard, with eight hits in 3.1 innings, although he managed to limit the damage with only two runs allowed. Part of the low run count was due to Phil Irwin stranding two in the fourth, after Locke gave up a walk and a double to lead off the inning. Locke got a groundout for the first out, but the Pirates called on Irwin to get out of the jam.

"His command wasn't what he wanted," Clint Hurdle said of the outing. "Even the pitch sequences at times didn't really play out well for him. He really had to battle through some challenging situations on the mound. He pitched out of the stretch a lot today, and he pitched behind in the count a lot today. At the end of the day he was able to walk away and we were...

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