Since Rod Barajas was injured on a play at the plate in Philadelphia earlier this week, Michael McKenry has been making the most of his playing time. When McKenry was acquired from Boston mid-June of last season, he started the majority of the remaning games behind the plate for Pittsburgh. In his first full-season in the Majors, McKenry has had to adjust to the backup role, which can be challenging for any young player. But recently, McKenry has been swinging a hot bat.
Over his last seven games, McKenry has gone 10-for-21 (.476) with three home runs and nine RBI. His third long ball of the season came on Sunday afternoon in the Pirates 5-4 loss to the Cardinals.
The Pirates, down by three runs, were able to rally for four runs in the fourth inning off Jake Westbrook.
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