Pittsburgh Pirates - PlayerWatch
2B Neil Walker went 1-for-3 with a walk and has reached base safely in 22 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors. Walker has 11 hits in his past 23 at-bats and has scored 17 runs this month. He ranks first among National League second baseman with 15 home runs.
RHP Charlie Morton held the Rockies to one run through six innings and another in the seventh before leaving after failing to retire the three batters he faced. The two runners Ernesto Frieri inherited from Morton also scored, and he was charged with four runs in six innings. Morton (5-10) had won four of his previous six decisions and had a 2.73 ERA (33 innings, 10 earned runs) in his past five starts. In five previous career starts against the Rockies, Morton was 2-0 with a 3.16 ERA (31 1/3 innings, 11 earned runs).
Gerrit Cole (right lat soreness) threw a 60-pitch bullpen with Triple-A Indianapolis at Rochester and is scheduled to make an 80-pitch rehab start there Monday. Cole has been on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 5, his second stint on the disabled list this year. Right shoulder fatigue put Cole on the disabled list retroactive to June 4, and he wasn't activated until June 28. In 14 starts this season, Cole is 7-4 with a 3.78 ERA. He did not make a rehab start when he came off the disabled list following his shoulder fatigue and left his second start with back tightness.
3B Pedro Alvarez, who left Tuesday's game with left knee discomfort, was not in the lineup for the second straight game but did pinch hit in the seventh against right-hander Tommy Kahnle and struck out and stayed in the game. Alvarez took ground balls before the game, did some agility drills and hit in the indoor batting cage and manager Clint Hurdle said Alvarez was healthy enough to come off the bench and hit.