Locke had another great start in Altoona today.

The Pittsburgh Pirates started Jeff Locke out in Altoona again this year, partially because he only pitched 57.2 innings at the level in 2010, and also to create room in the AAA rotation for guys like Sean Gallagher and Brian Burres, who could get the call to the majors in the event of an injury to the rotation early in the season.

In 2010, Locke was impressive in Altoona, with a 3.59 ERA in 57.2 innings, spanning ten starts.  In that time, he had a 56:12 K/BB ratio.  Heading in to today's start, Locke had 9.1 innings, with a 1.93 ERA, ten strikeouts, and two walks.  He followed his first two outings up with a gem today.

Locke threw 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. The line doesn't look ...

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