Braves 2, Pirates 0: Charlie Morton Hangs Tough, But Bucs Still Lose

PITTSBURGH - MAY 24: Charlie Morton #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the game on May 24, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

It was another day with good pitching and no offense, as the Pirates managed just six hits, all singles, off of Jair Jurrjens, who barely even bothered to throw balls in the first several innings. Charlie Morton, meanwhile, went seven innings and allowed two runs while striking out four and walking three.

Brooks Conrad knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second, and Martin Prado doubled down the line to bring in Jordan Schafer in the third. The Bucs' best chance to score came in the sixth, when Jose Tabata and Garrett Jones reached base to lead off the inning. Neil Walker popped out, though, and then Lyle Overbay had a horrible at-bat that ended in a double play. 

Evan Meek did strike out the side in the ninth, so that, at least, is very encouraging - the Bucs' bullpen could be about to get even better.

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