PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Another early exit for Mitch Keller as the Pirates fell to the Reds 8-2 Friday night.
"Obviously when you don't produce it's frustrating," said Keller.
Despite giving up just five hits, four of them were doubles and the other was a home run as the Reds scored five runs off Keller.
"You have to execute to get wins at this level," said Shelton. "Pitching at this level is a grind and you have to continue to grind because no one is giving in. If you don't execute, you're not making your own opportunities. I think he's in a situation where he needs to make his own opportunities."
Keller now has an era of 6.61 in seven starts still looking for his first win of the season as he dropped to 0-5.
"We have seen signs of a different pitcher. Today we were too much in the middle of the plate. You can't be in the middle of the plate and consistency is an important thing and it's something we've been talking about for a while. It's something that definitely needs to improve." said Shelton.