CLEVELAND, OH -- After the Pirates failed to score a run in the 2-0 shutout on Friday night in Cleveland, Manager Clint Hurdle said their biggest challenge at the plate this season has been not being ready for good pitches to hit. The club whiffed 10 times on the day and connected for just five hits, stranding seven on base. They had several missed opportunities to score, but were unsuccessful at coming through in the clutch.
"We’ve still got too many guys that just want to hit, rather than getting a good pitch to hit," Hurdle said. "We’ve got to have a better understanding and awareness of the game I think at times. The game doesn’t know the game's important but we found ways to bring all this drama to us when we’re in the box. Not so much anywhere else, but in the box. Like, I’ve got ...
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