7:05 PM ET, June 14, 2013
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Locke barely made the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation out of spring training, winning a battle with Kyle McPherson almost by default after McPherson struggled and a better option never materialized."You know when you break camp as the No. 5 guy, if something happens or if someone starts off hot down below you might be the guy that gets moved," Locke said. "It's kind of pitching to survive."Something that's no longer an issue for him as the de facto ace for the injury ravaged Pirates.
Game notesLocke singled off Fife in the third to end an 0-for-30 skid dating to last season ... Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts in his return from the disabled list. He also threw out two would-be base stealers. Ellis missed 14 games with a strained oblique. To make room for Ellis, Los Angeles designated C Ramon Hernandez for assignment. Hernandez hit .208 with three homers and six RBIs in 17 games with the Dodgers ... The series continues on Saturday when rookie Brandon Cumpton makes his major league debut for the Pirates, replacing Burnett. Clayton Kershaw (5-4, 1.88 ERA) starts for Los Angeles ... Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell pitched two perfect innings in relief. Howell is appealing a two-game suspension for his role in the brawl with the Diamondbacks. Reliever Ronald Belisario sat out to serve his one-game suspension.
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 14: Stephen Fife #59 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the...(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|3rd||A McCutchen doubled to right, A Presley and R Martin scored.||0||2|
|8th||N Walker hit sacrifice fly to first, A McCutchen scored, G Sanchez to second.||0||3|
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|Stadium||PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA|
|Attendance||36,878 (96.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||74 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Alan Porter, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Greg Gibson|
The Pirates now have 11 shutouts this season. In the last 30 seasons, that's tied for the most shutouts through 67 team games.[+]
Most Team Shutouts Through First 67 Games - Last 30 Seasons
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