Lincoln gets breather after two-inning outing

Lincoln gets breather after two-inning outing

MILWAUKEE -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle declared right-hander Brad Lincoln unavailable out of the bullpen for Saturday night's game after he threw 48 pitches Friday in a two-inning stint against nine batters.

Lincoln was touched up a bit for a run on three hits, charged with his first career blown save after allowing the second of Ryan Braun's two home runs in the game. It was Lincoln's first earned run allowed in a relief role this season, and his 0.61 ERA as a reliever still leads the Major Leagues.

Despite the high pitch count, Lincoln did not issue a walk and has allowed just four walks in his past 26 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. Hurdle said he wasn't sure prior to warmups if Tony Watson, who threw 35 pitches and allowed four runs Friday, would be available Saturday.