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Pregame: Lincoln out, Leroux in

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WASHINGTON — Brad Lincoln was sent back to Triple-A Indianapolis and righty reliever Chris Leroux was recalled. “Brad did nothing to disappoint,” manager Clint Hurdle said. The Pirates need bullpen depth more than another starter, which is why Leroux was added. Hurdle indicated management will consider whether Lincoln could be added to the bullpen mix for the second half of the season.

»»» Chase d’Arnaud will get the majority of the starts at shortstop while Ronny Cedeno (concussion) is on the 7-day DL.

»»» The Indy imports almost pulled out a doubleheader sweep last night. But the Pirates, using a lineup comprised mostly of recent callups from Indianapolis, gave up two runs in the eighth inning and lost, 4-3, to the Nats. “It’s on-the-job training,” manager Hurdle said. “They’re getting experience right away, at the highest level. They’re also learning some things every day because it can be a different game up here. The staples of the game remain the same, but the talent level is obviously escalated. The game’s a little quicker up here.”

»»» Lincoln worked six innings and gave up two runs on four hits. He walked three (one intentional) and struck out four. “A very good night for Brad,” Hurdle said. “It felt good,” Lincoln said. “It felt like I attacked everybody with my fastball and was able to get ahead, for the most part. I finished guys with my fastball. I battled out there. That’s what I was brought here to do — pick up my game and hopefully move on.”

»»» Andrew McCutchen hit for the cycle … sort of. It took him both ends of the doubleheader to accomplish it, but it’s still impressive. In the first game, McCutchen doubled and homered. In the second, he tripled, doubled and singled. “he’s very confident,” Hurdle said. “I think he’s growing with his approach mentally moreso than the mechanical part. Sometimes, it’s knowing when to go up and maybe turn the field a little bit more to the right rather than just square up balls to the middle if (pitchers) are soft and staying away, throwing him changeups. You saw him hit some balls (Saturday) to right field, which is impressive, down the right field line and he hit the home run to left-center field. When he starts stroking the ball all around the park, he’s in a pretty good place.”

»»» Short-season State College last night went 7 for 7 in stolen-base attempts. Taylor Lewis swiped two bags.

Lineups for this afternoon’s game:

Pirates (42-41) – 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Chase d’Arnaud ss, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Andrew McCutchen cf, 5. Neil Walker 2b, 6. Lyle Overbay 1b, 6. 7. Brandon Wood 3b, 8. Mike McKenry c, 9. Kevin Correia rhp (10-6, 3.79)

Nationals (42-42) – 1. Roger Bernadina cf, 2. Danny Espinosa 2b, 3. Ryan Zimmerman 3b, 4. Matt Stairs 1b, 5. Jayson Werth rf, 6. Rick Ankiel cf, 7. Wilson Ramos c, 8. Ian Desmond ss. 9. Jason Marquis rhp (7-2, 3.62)

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Comments

  1. joel says:

    Too bad the Pirates lack enough hitting because they should have won all four games in Washington. Say what you want about the Nuttings and NH but the Pirates are real close to a good team. Try two sticks and a starting pitcher to fill in the blanks.

  2. DCBill says:

    Assuming the Pirates will not be able to acquire two hitters, they seriously should consider trading (dumping?) Overbay and Diaz and bringing up Hague and Bowker or Hernandez.

    If they are going to lose, I would rather see them lose with kids who can get better, rather than over the hill types.

    In the meantime, I have been pleasantly surprised by the hitting and lead off ability of
    Presley.

  3. pitts218 says:

    I’d like to see Vladimir Guerrero is avaible. The O’s should be ready to way the white flag on this season. he only signed a 1yr 10mil deal. can’t we afford 5-6 mil this season to make a run ? he can hit.

  4. AJS says:

    @Pitts

    Vlad doesn’t play the field. He’s a DH. Major defensive liability.

  5. pitts218 says:

    true he is dh’ing but still can play right field as a platoon , his defense is equal to Daiz with a better arm. Could get 40 games out of him. I’m just saying. Who else do you think that outhere can make an impact for us?

 
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