The Pirates had an interesting situation in the fifth inning today. And by "interesting situation" I mean an extremely frustrating series of managing that has become common for Clint Hurdle.
To lead off the inning, Jeff Locke stepped to the plate. He laced a single down the third base line, giving the Pirates a gift runner at first base with the top of the order coming up.
The response? Brock Holt came up attempting a bunt. Holt got in to a two strike count, then hit a slow chopper to first base, beating out the throw after the Cubs' first baseman looked to second for the force out. Another gift runner. The Pirates now had runners at first and second with no outs.
The response? Starling Marte came up attempting a bunt. Just like Brock Holt, Marte got in to a two strike count. Marte then...
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