ST. LOUIS — Josh Harrison spoke the past couple of days about struggling at the plate earlier this season because he wasn’t getting regular playing time with the Pirates. Before he was sent back the Triple-A Indy, management talked to Harrison about two things: rediscovering the strike zone and appreciating whatever playing time he got in the majors. Harrison, who’s hitting .391 over his past seven games, seems to have taken both messages to heart.
“There can be challenges with not playing every day when you get up here,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “When we were young and got to the big leagues and had a chance to play, you didn’t talk about how much you weren’t playing. You talked about having a chance to play in the big leagues. It’s a different dynamic. I’m old school that way; I don’t want to hear about what you’re not getting to do. You’re getting to play in the big leagues. You’re going to have to figure some things out. I think Josh took that challenge down (to the minors) with him and figured some things out. I’m proud of him for that. We’ve got a number of guys here who’ve changed their mindsets. It’s about taking advantage of the opportunity you do have.”
Lineups for today’s game:
Pirates (62-70) – 1. Jose Tabata rf, 2. Alex Presley lf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Garrett Jones 1b, 6. Josh Harrison 3b, 7. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Michael McKenry c, 9. Jeff Karstens rhp (9-7, 3.09)
Cardinals (69-63) – 1. Jon Jay cf, 2.Allen Craig rf, 3. Matt Holliday lf, 4. Lance Berkman rf, 5. David Freese 3b, 6. Skip Schumaker 2b, 7. Ryan Theriot ss 8. Gerald Laird c, 9. Kyle Lohse rhp (11-8, 3.73)