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Conway's Locke goes from All-Star to a playoff question mark
Locke failed to produce a quality start for the seventh time in eight outings since Aug. 1 in a 5-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, the 12th annual Roberto Clemente Day established by Major League Baseball to honor the Pirates’ great.
Locke said much of his second-half struggles stem from the problematic fact he is a pitcher without elite stuff, meaning he has to live on the edge of the strike zone. But Locke’s foremost problem Tuesday was that he caught too much of the plate. Locke said he struggled with fastball feel, and he left an 89-mph, two-seamer elevated and on the inside portion of the plate in the third. Jedd Gyorko crushed it for a three-run homer, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead.
“There were some challenges establishing his fastball in, which is one of his staples,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
“He let the bat go ... no complaints,” Hurdle said. “A good step forward for him.”
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