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Matt Hague salvages A.J. Burnett’s stellar start

Published on May 30, 2012 by in Game Recaps

Final: Pirates 2, Reds 1

WP: A.J. Burnett (4-2, 3.60 ERA)
LP: Johnny Cueto (5-3, 2.54 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (13, 2.37 ERA)

A.J. Burnett gave up a lead off double to Zack Cozart, who eventually scored due to an Pedro Alvarez error. Burnett then retired the next 17 batters to keep the Pirates in the game. He gave up just that one unearned run over seven innings while giving up just two hits.

The Pirates didn’t get anything across Reds’ ace Johnny Cueto, however, and it was looking like for the longest time the game would end in a 1-0 score. But Neil Walker drew a walk and Garrett Jones singled with two outs in the sixth inning. Matt Hague then doubled to the right center field gap to grab the lead.

Jason Grilli and Joel Hanrahan both pitched a scoreless inning of relief to seal the deal. Both struck out two batters.

Jordy Mercer singled in the first inning for his first ever ML hit. He also looked incredibly smooth at short stop and made some nice plays. Hopefully he gets a few starts in a row.

Outside of Burnett’s 12-run debacle against St. Louis on May 2nd, he has a 1.52 ERA over 47 1/3 innings with 40 strikeouts and 13 walks. In other words, he’s been awesome.

Matt Hague has collected a hit in each of his first six games since being recalled from AAA last Friday.

 
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