Charlie Morton was dropping his sinker and curveball below the Marlins bats in a winning effort.
Charlie Morton is the ground ball. The ground ball, Charlie.
Morton played grounders for seven innings of Pittsburgh's 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins. The Pirates starter faced 25 Marlins batters, saw 20 of his pitches put into play and 15 ground balls to produce a quality start. He even contributed one of the Bucs' four RBI in a victory that put them three games ahead in the National League Central.
When batters have put the ball in play against Morton this year, 64.7 percent of those balls have been grounders. That is the most among Major League starters and among all pitchers not named Brad Ziegler. Tonight, the number was 75 percent because Morton dropped his two sinking pitches be...
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