Saturday's scouting report: Phillies at Pirates
Pirates reporterBob Cohn'sinside look at Saturday's game:
• Edinson Volquez appears to be another successful reclamation pitching project for the Pirates. Although his season numbers look ordinary, the 30-year-old righthander is 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA since May 22. Coming off a 6-0 win over the Mets on Sunday, he has thrown 13 straight scoreless innings.
• Volquez's mound counterpart, rookie David Shumacher, still is trying to find his way. In his third start, June 3 against Washington, the 25-year-old right-hander gave up seven earned runs in six innings. He has pitched better since, notably in a win over St. Louis on June 19 in which he yielded one run and four hits in 7 2⁄3 innings. But he has lasted five innings in each of his past two starts, walking nine, three more than in his first six starts.
Friday marked the second year in a row the Phillies and Pirates faced off on July 4. The teams have met six times on Independence Day, with all of those games being played in Pittsburgh.
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