So, I guess this means that Clint Hurdle for Manager of the Year discussion is sort of dead now, right? The Pittsburgh Pirates are now a game away from being swept by the Houston Astros – the worst team in baseball – after Houston ripped the Bucs 8-2 last night.
Rookie Henry Sosa allowed just two hits and fanned seven Buccos in six innings of work. It was another big inning that sealed the win for the young Astros, this time is was the sixth.
In that sixth inning, the Pirates’ Chris Leroux faced four hitters and gave up four runs on four hits. Electric Stuff Charlie Morton surrendered six hits over his 5.1 innings pitched and allowed four runs. He did strikeout eight, but also walked four.
“The ball was elevated tonight,” Hurdle said of Leroux on ROOT SPORTS
We thought for a minute Hurdle meant levitated…
The season is turning out a little bit like this street magic trick for Clint Hurdle isn’t it?
Andrew McCutchen became the eighth Pittsburgh Pirates’ player to have 20 steals and 20 home runs in a season when he hit a solo shot to right field in the ninth inning. Congratulations to Cutch. Little solace, though.