LOCKE LOSES FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE GAME AS DODGERS SWEEP PIRATES

by Gair on April 8, 2013

CONWAY’S JEFF LOCKE TOOK HIS FIRST LOSS OF THE NEW SEASON AS A PITTSBURGH PIRATE PITCHER SUNDAY IN LOS ANGELES AS HIS PIRATES FELL TO THE L.A. DODGERS 6-2.

THE DODGERS SWEPT ALL THREE GAMES OF THE WEEKEND SERIES.

LOCKE ALLOWED FOUR RUNS OVER SIX INNINGS OF WORK, GIVING UP 8 HITS, WHILE WALKING ONE AND STRIKING OUT THREE BATTERS.

HIS PIRATES MANAGED TO GET ONLY 8 HITS THROUGH THE SERIES, BUT LOCKE DID HAVE A BRIEF EARLY LEAD SUNDAY COURTESY OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, WHO HOMERED TO PUT THE PIRATES UP 2-0.

THAT LEAD WAS SOON ERASED HOWEVER, LASTING ONLY UNTIL THE DODGERS’ FOURTH BATTER, WHEN ADRIAN GONZALEZ SINGLED IN TWO RUNS.

PIRATES MANAGER CLINT HURDLE TELLS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DOT COM’S TOM SINGER IT’S PAINFUL TO SEE A RARE LEAD DISAPPEAR SO QUICKLY.

“YOU THROW A PUNCH, GO TWO UP,” SAYS HURDLE – “AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, YOU’RE EVEN AGAIN. THAT’S SPORT. NOBODY FELT WORSE THAN LOCKE. HE BATTLED. HE BENT, DIDN’T REALLY BREAK.”

LOCKE TOLD SINGER “THE FIRST INNING WAS ROUGH. I HAD TO BATTLE THROUGH IT, AND IT WORKED BETTER FOR ME AS I WENT ALONG.”

HURDLE SAID “THERE’S A LOT FOR (LOCKE) TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS AND LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCE. HE NEEDS TO GET AHEAD MORE. HE GOT INTO SOME DEEP COUNTS. THE FASTBALL COMMAND AND MIX OF PITCHES WERE BETTER IN HIS LAST TWO OUTINGS OF SPRING TRAINING.”

THE PIRATES TRAVEL TO ARIZONA FOR A 3-GAME SERIES AGAINST THE DIAMONDBACKS STARTING MONDAY NIGHT.

LOCKE IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE TO THE HILL AGAIN SATURDAY AS THE PIRATES HOST THE CINCINNATI REDS IN PITTSBURGH.

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