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Musgrove Pitches 7 Scoreless, Pirates Shutout Reds 2-0

Bell Scored On Kang's RBI Double In 7th For Game's First Run

April 05, 2019 - 10:51 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - All throughout the off-season and Spring Training the Pirates starting rotation was the talk of the town and for the second consecutive night, Pirates pitching shutout the Reds and the offense scored late for the 2-0 victory.

Joe Musgrove continued the string of quality starts by the starters over the first week of the season as he pitched 7 scoreless innings while striking out 8 and only giving up 3 hits and 1 walk tonight agaist the Reds.

All five starters seem to have a drive to top the previous outing by the pitcher the night before and Musgrove says that just makes him want to keep getting better.

"It fires me up, I think we all kind of feed off each other," said Musgrove. "We're competing in a sense of wanting to go out and top each other's outings, but everyone's pulling for each other and this is what we expect of each other every 5th day out there."

Sonny Gray was just as good for the Reds Friday night as Musgrove was for the Pirates as he pitched 6 and 2/3 innings while striking out 7 and only giving up 3 hits and getting charged with giving up the one run in the 7th inning.

"This is the guy (Gray) that you gameplan for, this is the guy that did all the big time pitching in Oakland," said Hurdle.  "He was getting the fastball down, keeping it low and his breaking ball, curveball was a factor tonight."

Gray retired 16 consecutive Pirates from the last out of the 1st inning through the end of the 6th before the Pirates were able to break through in the 7th inning when the Pirates started to push things on the basepaths and put pressure on the Reds defense.

"It's always important (to scratch runs across) when you're not slugging," said Hurdle. "I think one of the good characteristics we are trying to build here is that we can win different ways. If you have a team that the strength is the pitching, you're always going to be in the hunt, you're always going to be in the game and the games that you don't hit you're going to need to find a way to scratch some runs out."

Jung Ho Kang brought home the game's first run in the 7th inning with an RBI Double and Adam Frazier added some insurance in the 8th inning with an RBI Double of his own before Felipe Vasquez came in and shut things down in the 9th for his second save of the season.

The Pirates host the Reds in game 3 of this 4-game weekend series Saturday afternoon as Trevor Williams goes to the mound for the Pirates against Tanner Roark for the Reds.  First pitch of the game is at 1:35 pm.

Listen to Jung Ho Kang's postgame comments with the media through his translator below:

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