Kuhl Produces Good Outing on Cool Night

Pirates starter allows an earned run in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Jeff Hathhorn
March 22, 2018 - 10:22 pm
Chad Kuhl

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Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl went five and a third innings giving up one earned as the Pirates lost to Toronto 5-4.

Kuhl allowed five hits, on a windy night that started at 62 degrees, with a walk and five strikeouts.

“Felt really good, felt like the curve ball and slider execution were ok,” Kuhl said.  “But felt good tonight.”

“There were a number of things I thought he did well,” said manager Clint Hurdle.  “First pitch strikes were in a good place for him, only had two, three ball counts tonight.  The pitch efficiency was in a pretty good place.  The fastball command improved.  The slider played.  He used the curveball.  The change-up was an effective pitch for him to both right-handers and left-handers.  I thought it was a very good outing for him.”

Kuhl said he could have continued, but manager Clint Hurdle wanted to get a situational appearance for Dovydas Neverauskas in the sixth.  Kuhl threw some more pitches in the bullpen before his night was over.

Hurdle said he will announce how the rest of the rotation will play out either Friday or Saturday.

Rivero Takes Loss

Felipe Rivero gave up a two-run homer in the 7th raising his ERA to six this Spring.  However, what Hurdle thought of it may differ from your own opinion.

“I don’t think it was a tough outing at all, I thought he had the best stuff he had all spring,” Hurdle said.  “That’s the kind of difference of lenses you can have when you watch these things.”

“Fastball velocity was the best it’s been.  Slider was the sharpest it’s been.  We got a ball we probably have to put away for an out and a wind-blown home run off the foul pole.”

Cervelli/Moran continue with Hot Bats

Catcher Francisco Cervelli went two for three with a walk and two RBI and his average is .379 this spring.  Colin Moran went three for five and is hitting .368 over his last 11 games.

Smoked

Acquired from the Mets to be a potential lefty out of the bullpen, Josh Smoker gave up a home run to minor-leaguer Jon Berti in the 9th.  It’s the third homer allowed this Spring and fifth earned run in nine and a third innings.  Smoker also struck out two and has 11 strikeouts in Grapefruit League play.

“He’s attacking the zone,” Hurdle said.  “We are looking at a guy that’s showed some success at the major league level.  He finished extremely strong last year.  He’s working hard to develop a secondary pitch and improve his fastball command.  Those are going to be the keys to his success.”

Feliz with 3 K

Michael Feliz struck out the side in his lone inning of work.  Feliz hasn’t allowed a run in his last three appearances and opponents are hitting .154 against him in 11 innings of work.

Former Major Leaguers Kids

Toronto had two former Major League All-Stars sons’ in their lineup.  Bo Bichette hit a two-run homer and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr had two hits including a double and a RBI.

Steelers owner partners with Pirates

Steelers minority owner Thomas Tull’s Rivendale Farms has become the Official Farm and Dairy supplier of PNC Park.  The players had already used some of Rivendale’s products, including chocolate milk as a post-game recovery drink.  The suite level will also be renamed the “Rivendale Suite Level”.