Game 70: A well-deserved breather for Rivero

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Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner

RiveroSaveMILWAUKEE — Felipe Rivero needed that day off he got yesterday. Each of Rivero’s three saves consisted of more than one inning’s work. On Saturday, he tossed 1.2 innings vs. the Cubs. On June 10 and 11, he worked 1.1 innings to close out games vs. the Marlins.

Rivero is the first Pirates pitcher to notch three saves of four or more outs since Joel Hanrahan in 2011. Who’s done it four times? According to Elias, it was Julian Tavarez, who got seven such saves in 2003. Four of those saves came consecutively.

>>> UPDATE 3:56 PM CT – Manager Clint Hurdle said both Juan Nicasio and Rivero will be available out of the pen tonight. Nicasio was out with what the team described as fatigue on Saturday, but was available yesterday.

>>> That latest NL All-Star fan voting update was released today. As before, there are no Pirates listed among the top vote-getters for position players:

FIRST BASEMEN

 

CATCHERS

#

Player

Club

Votes

 

#

Player

Club

Votes

1.

Ryan Zimmerman

Nationals

1,404,251

 

1.

Buster Posey

Giants

1,890,039

2.

Anthony Rizzo

Cubs

1,247,219

 

2.

Willson Contreras

Cubs

957,933

3.

Paul Goldschmidt

D-backs

828,361

 

3.

Yadier Molina

Cardinals

857,109

4.

Freddie Freeman

Braves

637,030

 

4.

Matt Wieters

Nationals

573,072

5.

Joey Votto

Reds

517,833

 

5.

Yasmani Grandal

Dodgers

525,432

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND BASEMEN

 

OUTFIELDERS

#

Player

Club

Votes

 

#

Player

Club

Votes

1.

Daniel Murphy

Nationals

2,365,180

 

1.

Bryce Harper

Nationals

2,827,330

2.

Javier Báez

Cubs

1,328,917

 

2.

Charlie Blackmon

Rockies

2,259,867

3.

DJ LeMahieu

Rockies

401,768

 

3.

Jason Heyward

Cubs

973,333

4.

Brandon Phillips

Braves

350,150

 

4.

Ben Zobrist

Cubs

887,804

5.

Kolten Wong

Cardinals

285,496

 

5.

Marcell Ozuna

Marlins

871,393

 

 

 

 

 

6.

Matt Kemp

Braves

835,324

THIRD BASEMEN

 

7.

Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins

823,558

#

Player

Club

Votes

 

8.

Kyle Schwarber

Cubs

775,212

1.

Kris Bryant

Cubs

1,603,326

 

9.

Yoenis Céspedes

Mets

576,463

2.

Nolan Arenado

Rockies

1,300,612

 

10.

Adam Duvall

Reds

532,243

3.

Justin Turner

Dodgers

747,659

 

11.

Dexter Fowler

Cardinals

490,136

4.

Anthony Rendon

Nationals

635,838

 

12.

Jayson Werth

Nationals

457,714

5.

Jake Lamb

D-backs

564,447

 

13.

Jay Bruce

Mets

432,805

 

 

 

 

 

14.

Yasiel Puig

Dodgers

430,423

SHORTSTOPS

 

15.

Billy Hamilton

Reds

367,684

#

Player

Club

Votes

 

 

 

 

 

1.

Zack Cozart

Reds

1,465,327

 

VOTING UPDATE SCHEDULE

2.

Corey Seager

Dodgers

1,143,767

 

Monday, June 19th

NL Voting Update #4

3.

Addison Russell

Cubs

967,495

 

Tuesday, June 20th

AL Voting Update #4

4.

Trea Turner

Nationals

652,507

 

Monday, June 26th

NL Voting Update #5

5.

Chris Owings

D-backs

541,960

 

Monday, June 26th

AL Voting Update #5

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>>> Monday, Pirates at Brewers, 7:40 p.m., Miller Park, Milwaukee. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.

Pirates (31-38): Adam Frazier 7, Josh Harrison 4, Gregory Polanco 9, David Freese 5, Josh Bell 3, Andrew McCutchen 8, Francisco Cervelli 2, Jordy Mercer 6, RHP Gerrit Cole (4-6, 4.54)

Brewers (38-33): Eric Sogard 4, Eric Thames 3, Domingo Santana 9, Travis Shaw 5, Hernan Perez 7, Manny Pina 2, Keon Broxton 8, Orlando Arcia 6, RHP Matt Garza (3-2, 4.17)

Gamecast: Garza is making his 15th start against the Pirates, the most of versus any NL opponent. He is 3-6 with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP that’s the fifth-worst of any of the 30 major league teams he’s faced.  On May 6 at PNC Park, Garza allowed just one run in seven innings of what ultimately was a 2-1 Pirates victory. … In his past four starts, Garza has a 6.75 ERA (15 earned runs in 20 innings). … Cole emerged from an awful stretch with a strong outing last week (one run on three hits in seven innings). Cole had allowed 23 runs in 19 1/3 innings in his prior four starts (10.52 ERA). … The Brewers have spent 30 days in first place in the NL Central and have not been more than a half-game out of first since May 15. … The Pirates have not been higher than in fourth place in the division since April 17.

>>> Tuesday, Pirates at Brewers, 7:40 p.m., Miller Park, Milwaukee. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-6, 5.61) Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (7-3, 4.91)

>>> Wednesday, Pirates at Brewers, 8:10 p.m., Miller Park, Milwaukee. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (3-3, 5.16) Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (1-1, 2.84)

>>> Thursday, Pirates at Brewers, 2:10 p.m., Miller Park, Milwaukee. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM. Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (7-4, 2.91) Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (5-2, 2.92)

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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