The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen one again showed why it has been one of the strongest units in Major League Baseball this season on Saturday.

Mark Melancon has not allowed a hit in PNC Park yet this season.

The only fireworks came after the game (and during the ninth inning from the inaugural game at Highmark Stadium -- home of the Pittsburgh RiverHounds soccer team), as the bullpen combined to pitch the final four innings and allowed just three hits during that span in the Pirates' 3-1 win against the Cincinnati Reds.

Starting pitcher Jeff Locke did not pitch bad, but was helped by some solid defense behind him. Locke induced a lot of ground ball outs -- 10 to be exact -- and had to good fortune to have several balls hit hard but right at Pirates in the field.

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