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Finally, Barajas goes deep



Rod Barajas heard the boos when he fouled out to start the eighth inning. He knew folks at PNC Park were honked off at him — not only for the 0 for 3 he was carrying at that point, but for his whole, miserable first few weeks of the season. There were more groans in the ninth inning when Barajas — who at that point was batting .126 — stepped to the plate with the Pirates down a run, a runner on third and two outs. “It’s not what you want,” Barajas said. “Nobody wants to hear that from your own fans. If they’re booing you, that means you’re struggling. I’d love to be doing better. I’m going to work and try to improve. I was in a situation to put them on my side if I came through at the plate.”

He did. Barajas cracked a two-run, walkoff homer to cap the wild, 5-4 victory. “Hopefully, now (the fans) will give me a little more leeway and I’ll have another couple of weeks to try to get things going in the right direction.”

Manager Clint Hurdle said he began to see a turnaround in Barajas during early work in the cage on Sunday. “That’s what I’m betting on,” Barajas said. “Even though (the homer) is the only hit I had today, I feel like I’m close. The swing is there. Now it’s just a matter of swinging at balls in the strike zone. I kind of went out of the strike zone in my first three at-bats. Once I get a little more patient … I think I’ll be OK.”



  1. John G says:

    Like it whas been stated several times when is a veteran player signed by the Pirates as a free agent who previously had a reputation for being at least an average or above average hitter ever going to hit at least the same previous way after signing with the Pirates? The list of players in this catagory goes on and on. While it was nice to see Alvarez hitting better although lately it seems he has slumped a bit, when he does hit well it is going to of course take more than him hitting well for the Pirates to be a better team. Meaning others in the line-up have to hit better and at least hit some home runs to break a tight game open.
    I think the Pirates must also lead the league in quad A minor league players. Quad A players are the nickname from scouts for players too good for triple A minor league players but not good enough for the majors. Previous players such as Chad Hermanson, Brad Eldred, and Adam H. (spelling) certainly fall into this catagory. Unfortunately by the way things are going there will probably be other current minor league players soon falling into this catagory.
    If this hitting slump by the team continues why not give Jeff Clements, Sterling Marte when he recovers from the current injury, or Matt Hague another chance. At the very least they can’t do worse than what they have now. I do however give Neil Huntington credit for signing pitchers Burnett (minus one bad outing against the Cardinals) and Bedard.

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