Pirates edge Phillies 1-0 in rain after Freese HBP

PITTSBURGH (AP) Coming off two subpar outings, Chad Kuhl went into the video room to find some past success he could recreate.

Kuhl and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, and the Pittsburgh Pirates scratched out the only run of a rainy game Sunday when David Freese was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Kuhl used his sinking, two-seam fastball to rack up quick outs. He allowed his only hit in the fifth inning.

''I looked back, watched a ton of video and tried to get back to when I was good,'' the second-year pitcher said. ''It feels great to have it show up in the game - all the work paying off. It just feels like I'm on the right track.''

Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola (2-1) got back on track, as well. Nola returned from the disabled list and threw seven strong innings. The right-hander, who had been sidelined with a back injury, gave up four hits and faltered just briefly in the sixth.

Adam Frazier and Josh Harrison started the inning with consecutive singles, putting runners at the corners. Harrison stole second and, after Andrew McCutchen grounded out, Josh Bell was intentionally walked to load the bases. Nola hit Freese with a pitch, forcing in a run, before John Jaso grounded into an inning-ending double play.

''I'm not really good about getting out of the way, anyway,'' Freese said. ''But I saw it coming and I was trying to wear it, for sure. Just get that RBI.''

Philadelphia lost for the ninth time in 11 games. But the 23-year-old Nola struck out five and had thrown 89 pitches when he was removed for a pinch hitter in the eighth.

''What a breath of fresh air that was,'' Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. ''He looked like his old self today. That's the thing that I take out of this game that I'm really happy about. The only run scored was on a hit batsman. He looked like his old self and I'm really happy about that. That's about all I'm happy about today.''

Wade LeBlanc (3-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings to win in relief. Juan Nicasio and Felipe Rivero got the ball to Tony Watson, who earned his 10th save in 11 opportunities.

Pittsburgh's bullpen has been pitching well of late, and that's what gave manager Clint Hurdle the confidence to pull Kuhl for a pinch hitter in the fifth.

''Watch the way I lean on them. It shows you my confidence level,'' Hurdle said. ''We've got guys out there we feel very confident in giving the ball to and can get things done.''

The game started on time and was never delayed but was played during a steady rain that became heavy at times.

Frazier finished 2 for 3 with a walk to increase his batting average to .369. He would rank second in the National League if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. Frazier missed 18 games with a hamstring injury in late April and early May.

TRENDING

Lefties were batting .391 against Kuhl coming into the game, but he held the six Philadelphia left-handed batters hitless with a walk and three strikeouts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco hit off a tee and played catch Saturday for the first time since being placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring May 17. If all goes well, he is expected to take batting practice for the first time on Monday.

Phillies: OF Daniel Nava missed his second game with a strained left hamstring. He is day to day.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole (2-4, 2.84 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series in Atlanta on Monday night. Cole has compiled eight consecutive quality starts and pitched seven innings with two earned runs or fewer in each of his last three outings. He went six innings and allowed three runs against the Braves on April 9, but did not factor in the decision.

Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (0-4, 4.53) hopes to build off the momentum of his last start when Philadelphia hosts Colorado on Monday night. In his most recent outing, Eickhoff permitted two earned runs over six innings. He hadn't had a six-inning start in a full month, and his ERA rose more than two runs during that span.

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  • W: W. LeBlanc (3-0)L: A. Nola (2-1)S: T. Watson (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Hernandez 2B40000001.296.364.420.7840.0
F. Galvis SS40100010.255.296.430.7260.5
A. Altherr LF40000032.299.390.607.998-1.5
M. Saunders RF40000010.232.279.391.670-0.5
O. Herrera CF40100010.236.289.354.6430.5
M. Franco 3B40100001.225.286.384.6702.0
B. Stassi 1B20000101.204.283.389.6721.0
A. Knapp C30000022.256.360.419.779-1.0
A. Nola P10000112.143.333.143.4760.5
a- T. Joseph PH10000000.254.316.467.7830.0
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L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-grounded out for Nola in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier LF31200110.369.418.476.8942.5
J. Harrison 2B40100012.285.353.457.8102.5
A. McCutchen CF30000102.211.285.379.6641.0
J. Bell 1B20000100.244.333.504.8371.0
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D. Freese 3B30010012.263.368.450.8181.5
J. Jaso RF-1B20100103.176.293.341.6342.0
C. Stewart C30000002.242.306.333.6390.0
G. Ngoepe SS30000021.205.327.273.600-1.0
C. Kuhl P10000000.000.100.000.1000.0
b- J. Osuna PH10000001.209.274.403.6770.0
W. LeBlanc P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
D. Ortiz RF10000000.167.286.167.4520.0
  • a-singled for Rivero in the 8th
  • b-lined out for Kuhl in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Franco (6)
BATTING
  • RBI - D. Freese (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Harrison (4)
  • CS - A. Frazier (4)
FIELDING
  • E - F. Rivero
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (L, 2-1)7.04112503.520.8614.5
E. Ramos0.21002003.864.50-3.0
L. Garcia0.10000002.530.000.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (L, 2-1)7.0
E. Ramos0.2
L. Garcia0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl5.01002505.850.6014.5
W. LeBlanc (W, 3-0)1.11000102.360.759.5
J. Nicasio (H, 9)0.20000001.370.000.0
F. Rivero (H, 11)1.01000200.781.003.0
T. Watson (S, 10)1.00000102.750.0010.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl5.0
W. LeBlanc (W, 3-0)1.1
J. Nicasio (H, 9)0.2
F. Rivero (H, 11)1.0
T. Watson (S, 10)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Nola
  • HBP - A. Nola
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 89-57, E. Ramos 18-7, L. Garcia 1-1
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 9-6, L. Garcia 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 27, E. Ramos 4, L. Garcia
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 82-53, W. LeBlanc 21-11, J. Nicasio 9-5, F. Rivero 28-20, T. Watson 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 7-3, W. LeBlanc 1-2, F. Rivero 2-0, T. Watson 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 18, W. LeBlanc 5, J. Nicasio 2, F. Rivero 5, T. Watson 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Galvis SS40100010.255.296.430.7260.5
A. Altherr LF40000032.299.390.607.998-1.5
M. Saunders RF40000010.232.279.391.670-0.5
O. Herrera CF40100010.236.289.354.6430.5
M. Franco 3B40100001.225.286.384.6702.0
B. Stassi 1B20000101.204.283.389.6721.0
A. Knapp C30000022.256.360.419.779-1.0
A. Nola P10000112.143.333.143.4760.5
a- T. Joseph PH10000000.254.316.467.7830.0
E. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Nola in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier LF31200110.369.418.476.8942.5
J. Harrison 2B40100012.285.353.457.8102.5
A. McCutchen CF30000102.211.285.379.6641.0
J. Bell 1B20000100.244.333.504.8371.0
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T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Freese 3B30010012.263.368.450.8181.5
J. Jaso RF-1B20100103.176.293.341.6342.0
C. Stewart C30000002.242.306.333.6390.0
G. Ngoepe SS30000021.205.327.273.600-1.0
C. Kuhl P10000000.000.100.000.1000.0
b- J. Osuna PH10000001.209.274.403.6770.0
W. LeBlanc P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
D. Ortiz RF10000000.167.286.167.4520.0
Total2715104513-----
  • a-singled for Rivero in the 8th
  • b-lined out for Kuhl in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Franco (6)
BATTING
  • RBI - D. Freese (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Harrison (4)
  • CS - A. Frazier (4)
FIELDING
  • E - F. Rivero
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (L, 2-1)7.04112503.520.8614.5
E. Ramos0.21002003.864.50-3.0
L. Garcia0.10000002.530.000.0
Total8.0511450---
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (L, 2-1)7.0
E. Ramos0.2
L. Garcia0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl5.01002505.850.6014.5
W. LeBlanc (W, 3-0)1.11000102.360.759.5
J. Nicasio (H, 9)0.20000001.370.000.0
F. Rivero (H, 11)1.01000200.781.003.0
T. Watson (S, 10)1.00000102.750.0010.5
Total9.0300290---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl5.0
W. LeBlanc (W, 3-0)1.1
J. Nicasio (H, 9)0.2
F. Rivero (H, 11)1.0
T. Watson (S, 10)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Nola
  • HBP - A. Nola
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 89-57, E. Ramos 18-7, L. Garcia 1-1
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 9-6, L. Garcia 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 27, E. Ramos 4, L. Garcia
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 82-53, W. LeBlanc 21-11, J. Nicasio 9-5, F. Rivero 28-20, T. Watson 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 7-3, W. LeBlanc 1-2, F. Rivero 2-0, T. Watson 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 18, W. LeBlanc 5, J. Nicasio 2, F. Rivero 5, T. Watson 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Freese hit by pitch, Frazier scored, Harrison to third, Bell to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • T. Watson Pitching:
    • M. Saunders: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Saunders struck out swinging
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Herrera grounded out to catcher
    • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Franco grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • F. Rivero Pitching:
    • A. Knapp: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
    • T. Joseph: Foul, Joseph grounded out to third
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez safe at first on Rivero fielding error
    • F. Galvis: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Galvis singled to left center, Hernandez to second
    • A. Altherr: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • E. Ramos Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Harrison lined out to center
    • A. McCutchen: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Hanson singled to center, McCutchen to second
    • D. Freese: Freese grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
    • M. Saunders: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Saunders flied out to center
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Herrera singled to left center
    • M. Franco: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Franco popped out to shortstop
    • B. Stassi: Ball, Strike looking, Stassi flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Stewart fouled out to first
    • G. Ngoepe: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ngoepe struck out swinging
    • D. Ortiz: Ortiz flied out to deep left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez flied out to center
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Galvis grounded out to third
    • A. Altherr: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Altherr struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier singled to center
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Harrison singled to left, Frazier to third
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Harrison stole second, McCutchen grounded out to third
    • J. Bell: Bell intentionally walked
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Freese hit by pitch, Frazier scored, Harrison to third, Bell to second
    • J. Jaso: Jaso grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Freese out at second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Herrera popped out to shortstop
    • M. Franco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Franco doubled to left center
    • B. Stassi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stassi walked
    • A. Knapp: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Knapp struck out looking
    • A. Nola: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Nola struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • J. Jaso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jaso walked
    • C. Stewart: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Stewart grounded out to third, Jaso to second
    • G. Ngoepe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ngoepe grounded out to shortstop, Jaso to third
    • J. Osuna: Strike swinging, Osuna lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Galvis popped out to shortstop
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Saunders flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: McCutchen grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell grounded out to first
    • D. Freese: Foul, Ball, Ball, Freese lined out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • B. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Stassi grounded out to second
    • A. Knapp: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Knapp grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Nola: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nola walked
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • G. Ngoepe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ngoepe struck out looking
    • C. Kuhl: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kuhl flied out to left
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier singled to center
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • M. Saunders: Saunders grounded out to second
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Bell grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Freese struck out looking
    • J. Jaso: Jaso singled to right
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Stewart popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to pitcher
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Altherr grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • J. Harrison: Foul, Ball, Harrison grounded out to third
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, McCutchen grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)