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DETROIT — Yes, the Pirates were fully aware of what was going on as Justin Verlander chased a no-hitter tonight. And, yes, they talked non-stop in the dugout about trying to break it up, even as they paused from time to time to marvel at what Verlander was doing. “In the dugout, we all know what’s at stake,” said Josh Harrison, who broke it up with a single with one out in the ninth. “They know what’s at stake, too. At the same time, you’re like, yeah, this guy’s throwing a great game, but you can’t give him too much credit because you still have to face him.”

Verlander alternated between overpowering the Pirates with his upper-90s fastball and mystifying them with breaking balls that danced on the black. “Yes, he was nasty,” said Garrett Jones, who struck out in all three at-bats. “The curve was working. He was throwing it down, on the corners and hitting spots. And he was pumping up (his fastball) later in the game. Pretty good.”

Over the first eight innings, Verlander yielded just a pair of full-count walks — one to Neil Walker in the first inning, the other to Andrew McCutchen in the seventh. In between the two walks, Verlander ravaged the Pirates’ lineup, getting eight of his 12 strikeouts in the stretch. Walker thought he drew a leadoff walk in the seventh, as a 3-2 fastball from Verlander was low and, seemingly, out of the zone. But umpire C.B. Bucknor called strike three, which Walker vehemently protested. Manager Clint Hurdle ran out to the plate to send Walker back to the dugout before Bucknor could consider an ejection.

»»» Question: What do you think, Pirates fans, about this postgame quote from Hurdle? “I always wanted to be part of Tigers history since I was a little kid. I almost was. It would have been bittersweet. But, for my money, that’s a beautiful thing to watch.” Keep in mind, Hurdle grew up Michigan and idolized Al Kaline and Ernie Harwell. Is Hurdle required to throw his emotions and his roots out the door when he puts on that black-and-gold jersey?



  1. Chuck H. says:

    I’m not at all surprised by Verlander’s pitching performance against our Buccos. After all, he is one of the best pitchers in MLB, and the Pirates have THE worst hitting team
    in the majors, probably the worst of all time. I still say that they do not have discipline
    at the plate, and swing at too many pitches out of the zone. Get rid of the present hitting coach and hire one who knows what he is doing. All these automatic outs, assembled
    on one team, hit well in the minors to be selected by the majors. Most of them, anyway.
    Please do something before it’s too late!! Bringing up Gorkies Hernandez doesn’t solve the third base problem, noway.

  2. RobertoForever says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with what Hurdle said.

    He never said he was rooting for Verlander to beat the Pirates, just that it was a thing of beauty.

    Who didn’t grow up, hoping to be part of history for their childhood team. Its just that Clint doesn’t manage the Tigers, but some other team.

    And for the record, I don’t think anyone is surprised by a Verlander 1-hitter or a no-hitter, even if its against the Brewers, or the Blue Jays or the Yankees. That worst lineup in baseball went out the next day and knocked out Drew Smyly early and handed him his worst outing in his young career. 1-hitter forgotten.

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