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Keller Dominates In Win Over Orioles

For the second start in a row Mitch Keller showed that he can be one of the best pitchers in all Major League Baseball.  Keller was stellar today against the Baltimore Orioles, as he would pitch seven innings, allowing only four hits to go with a career high thirteen strikeouts in a much needed 4-0 win for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh jumped on the scoreboard in the first inning when Carlos Santana hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Andrew McCutchen.  Three insurance runs were then added in the third inning.  The first run came on a Ke’Bryan Hayes single to bring in Bryan Reynolds.  Both Hayes and Jack Suwinski would come home on a Ji Hwan Bae single to right.

Once Keller was lifted from the game, Colin Holderman would come on to keep the Baltimore offense in check during the eighth inning.  He would allow two hits, with two strikeouts during that time.  David Bednar worked the ninth and struck out two batters, and allowed one hit.

Orioles starter Kyle Gibson allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and three walks over the course of five innings this afternoon.  Mike Baumann pitched the next two innings, striking out three and walking one.  After Cionel Perez pitched the eighth, Austin Voth would strikeout two Pirates batters during the ninth inning.

The win today allowed Pittsburgh to avoid being swept, which was important after coming into the game today having dropped eleven of their last twelve games.  The Pirates front office may want get those contract talks with Keller ramped up, because if he continues to pitch like he has the past two outings he may price himself out of their budget.  Pittsburgh will have an off day on Monday before starting a two-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Tuesday.

Record vs. Orioles:  1-2

Record vs. American League:  7-11

Record on the Road:  12-10

Overall Record:  22-19

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.