Having secured its prey, the black snake squeezes it to death before eating it. The body is coiled around the prey, tightening until respiration stops and suffocation occurs. -- Encyclopedia Britannica

Jeff Locke's ground-ball rate is 6th in the NL.

Jeff Locke is a black snake. You watched him on the mound Wednesday night in the Pirates' 2-1 loss at Cincinnati. He pitched seven scoreless innings despite allowing runners into scoring position in three of the first four frames. He also retired 10 of his last 11 hitters to finish strongly and hand off the Pirates' one-run lead to the bullpen.

Perhaps most impressively, Locke held the destructive 2-through-5 hitters of the Reds' lineup 1-for-12 on the evening. All four batters have posted above-league-average numbers this season, but ...

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