PITTSBURGH — Felipe Rivero’s appearance on Friday in the Pirates' 5-2 walk-off win over the St. Louis Cardinals might have been an afterthought.
Rivero pitched a scoreless ninth inning, holding the door open for the offense and Josh Bell kicked it down with his three-run, walk-off home run.
It’s almost that the amazing has become ordinary when it comes to Rivero. Friday, he sat down the Cardinals’ No. 4, 5 and 6 hitters with just eight pitches — including a three-pitch strikeout of Stephen Piscotty with a fastball, changeup, changeup that sent Piscotty to a knee.
The inning took Rivero just eight pitches.
According to manager Clint Hurdle, that efficiency and command of the strike zone has been the biggest differenc...
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