Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kuhl's Pitching, Hitting Combine to Set Up Win He Gets First Two Rbis in Major Leagues to Boot

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kuhl's Pitching, Hitting Combine to Set Up Win He Gets First Two Rbis in Major Leagues to Boot

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After his first swing, Chad Kuhl took a second to collect himself.

It wasn't a pretty attempt.

He took a deep breath, and, on the second pitch, Kuhl got another curveball from Tigers starter Matthew Boyd. He adjusted to this one, made contact and lofted a ball over the shortstop's head and into left field for his fourth career hit.

David Freese and Sean Rodriguez scored to give Kuhl his first two major league RBIs.

The second of those two runs, which came with two outs in the fourth inning, ended up being the game-winner in the Pirates' 6-3 victory against Detroit Tuesday night at PNC Park..

"I was selling out to a heater if you couldn't tell," Kuhl said. "I got the slow curveball, then was fortunate enough to kind of lock in. I got it again and stayed on it just a little bit better that second time."

Manager Clint Hurdle was a bit more blunt in his assessment: "Quite a recovery after the first swing."

For as impressed as Hurdle was with Kuhl's piece of hitting, he was happier with Kuhl's work on the mound.

Over the first five innings, Kuhl gave up no runs, two hits and one walk, while striking out six.

He ran into some trouble in the sixth, giving up three runs, but still fought back to get out of the inning.

It marked the second consecutive strong start for Kuhl, following his seven-inning, four-hit performance last week against the Cincinnati Reds. In his past 10 starts, Kuhl is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 49 strikeouts.

"I'm always confident out there, but it's nice getting those results, getting that positive feedback," Kuhl said. "That's big."

Kuhl worked his curveball into his repertoire more Tuesday night, keeping the Tigers off balance for the better part of the game.

"I like it," Hurdle said. "It's a hard pitch to hit. Curveballs are hard pitches to hit, especially when it's coming off velocity that's upper-90s [mph]. …

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