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Hurdle: Good to see emotion


CINCINNATI — Last night (actually, early this morning) manager Clint Hurdle did not want to be drawn into a critique of Brandon Phillips’ ball-tossing antics after Phillips was hit by a pitch. But, Hurdle was pleased with how Jared Hughes and A.J. Burnett stood up for themselves and their teammates. “Our guys play with emotion,” Hurdle said. “They are tied to one another, they are tied to the name on the front of the jersey. They want to fight through this and win games together. So, yes, that’s an important part of who we are and you like seeing it from your team.”

»»» Andrew McCutchen has 26 homers, the most by a Pirates right-handed batter since Jason Bay hit 35 home runs in 2006. … Rod Barajas has hit safely in seven of his past 11 games, yet is batting just .237 (9 for 38) in that span. … Starling Marte snapped an 0-for-11 slump with a double in the ninth inning last night. … Jared Hughes has made 58 appearances, which is tied with the Padres’ Brad Brach for the lead among NL rookies.

»»» Judging by this response from assistant GM Kyle Stark, it doesn’t sound like reliever Evan Meek, who was DFA’ed on Monday, will rejoin the Pirates if he isn’t claimed by another club. “We’ll see how things progress with Evan, based on what is out there for him and the potential financial fit with us,” Stark said via email. Last offseason, Meek avoided arbitration by signing for $875,000. He would’ve gotten another $25,000 if he had pitched 50 innings for the Pirates. Meek, wnho pitched 12 innings in the majors this season, has two years of arbitration eligibility left.

Game 141: Pirates @ Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET

Pirates (72-68): 1. Brock Holt 2b, 2. Alex Presley lf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Jose Tabata rf, 7. Michael McKenry c, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. Kevin Correia rhp (10-8, 4.28)

Reds: (85-57): 1. Brandon Phillips 2b, 2. Drew Stubbs cf, 3. Joey Votto 1b, 4. Ryan Ludwick lf, 5. Jay Bruce rf, 6. Scott Rolen 3b, 7. Dioner Navarro c, 8. Wilson Valdez ss, 9. Mike Leake rhp (7-9, 4.73)



  1. Chuck H says:

    What emotion, Hurdle? Right now, we’re not playing with any emotion, just a bunch of lazy ballplayers who are anxious to get the season over with. We had a chance to win a wild card spot, but now, that is gone, and if the Cubs had not lost so many games earlier, they would be ahead of us in the standings. They are so much better than we are. Also, the Brewers are set to overtake the lazy Bucs in the standings. Didn’t see that one coming, but they are also a much better team than we are. Their batters actually drive in baserunners most of the time. PIRATES STINK!!!

  2. Ben says:

    Maybe if the team had played with a little emotion at any point in the last six weeks, it wouldn’t be staring at a 20th consecutive losing season. This team has flat-out choked, and it’s been because – among other things – of their “Well, we’ll just get ‘em tomorrow” attitude. I understand that the season is 162 games, and that patience is necessary. But that’s in April-July. Once the stretch run hits, there’d better be a sense of urgency, and the team hasn’t shown any evidence of that since August 1.

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