DETROIT — Manager Clint Hurdle is not worried about how (or if) his club will bounce back after nearly being no-hit last night. “I hadn’t been around any until last night,” he said. “I’ve talked with people — hitting coaches, managers — who’ve had them thrown against them. I’ve never really heard of a collateral damage effect. We’re real good at showering well. We’ve got to be. You take the shower, you wash it off and we’re here today. There’s no shame in what happened to us last night. Anybody who thinks there’s shame in the event, that’s a little misguided. You look at the guy on the mound (Justin Verlander), who’s got a couple of them in the bag already and some one-hitters as well. He’s been good for a long time. He has that skill set, you might see a couple of them in a generation.”
»»» More notables: Here’s good nugget, courtesy of the Elias wonks via media relations superstar Dan Hart: The Pirates were last no-hit by HOFer Bob Gibson on Aug. 14, 1971. Since then, the only teams with longer runs of not being no-hit are the Cincy Reds (last no-no’ed on June 3, 1971) and Chi Cubbies (Sept. 9, 1965).
Here’s another goodie that was pointed out to me by the impeccably dressed John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press: the Pirates have twice been one-hit this year. In both games, they have not gotten a hit from either a catcher, infielder or outfielder. DH Josh Harrison got the single last night. On April 13, pitcher James McDonald singled off Matt Cain for the Bucs’ lone tally.
»»» The Pirates go into today’s game riding a 39-inning errorless streak. (Don’t blame me if Pedro Alvarez boots a grounder in the second inning. It was Hart who jinxed it by putting it in the game notes.) Their longest blunder-free run this season was 58 innings from April 21 to 28.
»»» 29’s a crowd: Gorkys Hernandez will become the 29th player to get in a game this season for the Pirates. Texas (25) and Atlanta (27) have used the fewest. At the moment, the Pirates are tied with the White Sox, Reds, Marlins, Mariners, Cardinals and Blue Jays, who each have used 28 players.
»»» Lovin’ lefties: Andrew McCutchen has eight hits in his past 12 at-bats against lefties. He’s ranked fifth in the NL with a .432 average against lefties. McCutchen is good at baseball. That is all.
Game 40: Pirates @ Tigers, 4:05 p.m. ET
Pirates (18-21): 1. Jose Tabata rf, 2. Josh Harrison dh, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 5. Neil Walker dh, 6. Rod Barajas c, 7. Casey McGehee 1b, 8. Yamaico Navarro lf, 9. Clint Barmes ss. Starter: A.J. Burnett rhp (1-2, 5.12)
Tigers (19-20): 1. Don Kelly cf, 2. Andy Dirks lf, 3. Miguel Cabrera 3b, 4. Prince Fielder 1b, 5. Delmon Young dh, 6. Alex Avila c, 7. Brennan Boesch rf, 8. Jhonny Peralta ss, 9. Ramon Santiago 2b. Starter: Drew Smyly lhp (1-0, 2.31)