By Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner
Power wasn’t one of those tools last season, though. Marte went deep just nine times. He hit 19 homers in 2015. It wasn’t that Marte got off to a slow start last season, either — he hit three home runs by April 26.
Manager Clint Hurdle has repeatedly said he believes there is more juice in Marte’s bat. Will it show up this summer? “I don’t know,” Marte said through translator Mike Gonzalez. “We’ll see. I don’t try to hit home runs. I just try to put the ball in play, steal a base. Sometimes, I get a good swing and the ball goes.”
>>> About four hours before tonight’s game, Alen Hanson and Phil Gosselin took grounders at third and second base. Joey Cora looked on as Hurdle swung the fungo bat. The workout enabled Josh Bell to get in more reps snagging throws at first base. Two birds, one stone.
>>> According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Reds’ 8-0 win vs. the Cardinals was their second-largest shutout in St. Louis in the last 100 years. The Reds blanked the Cards,10-0, at Busch Stadium on Aug. 28, 2013.
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Pirates 6, Braves 5: Marte’s homer won it, but don’t overlook David Freese’s DP-busting slide in the ninth inning.
Notebook: In which Stewie makes his first start of the season and Glasnow awaits his turn.
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>>> Monday’s game: Reds at Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Reds (4-2): Billy Hamilton 8, Jose Peraza 6, Joey Votto 3, Adam Duvall 7, Eugenio Suarez 5, Scott Schebler 9,
Zack Cozart 6, Scooter Gennett 4, Tucker Barnhart 2, LHP Brandon Finnegan (1-0, 0.00)
Pirates (3-2): Jordy Mercer 6, Starling Marte 8, Andrew McCutchen 9, Gregory Polanco 7, David Freese 5, Francisco Cervelli 2, Josh Bell 3, Adam Frazier 5, RHP Tyler Glasnow (2017 debut)
Gamecast: Finnegan won’t turn 24 until Friday but already is in his third season in the majors. On Wednesday vs. the Phillies, he became the first Reds pitcher to throw at least seven shutout innings while allowing no more than one hit in his first start of a season since Jerry Arrigo in 1967… Three of Glasnow’s seven outings with the Pirates last season came against the Reds. At Great American Ball Park, he tossed three scoreless innings of relief Sept. 18 and one hitless inning Sept. 16. At PNC Park, he gave up two runs on five hits in three innings Sept. 11.
UPDATE: 3:59 P.M. — Josh Harrison is not in the lineup today, but will be available off the bench, per Hurdle. Harrison was struck by a pitch on his right calf in the eighth inning last night. He stayed in the game for the rest of that inning and limped as he made his way around the bases to score the Pirates’ third run, then was benched in the ninth. “It tightened up dramatically (during the game), but he felt better this morning,” Hurdle said. Harrison said he was fortunate to be hit on the right (back) leg. “If it had hit me on the left leg, it would have gotten a lot more bone,” Harrison said.
UPDATE: 6:24 P.M. — Zack Cozart was scratched due to a sore wrist. The new Reds lineup is above.
>>> Tuesday’s game: Reds at Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Reds: RHP Rookie Davis (0-0, 12.00)
Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (0-0, 0.00)
>>> Wednesday’s game: Reds at Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park. TV: None (due to conflict with Penguins playoff game). Radio: 93.7 FM.
Reds: LHP Amir Garrett (1-0, 0.00)
Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 0.00)
>>> Thursday’s game: Pirates at Red Sox, 2:05 p.m., Fenway Park, Boston. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM
Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-0, 3.60)
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1, 7.20)
Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.