Prior to the game on Thursday, Manager Clint Hurdle said he's been trying some things to help spark the lineup. The offense struggled in the first two games of the three-game set against Milwaukee. They combined for just one run -- an Andrew McCutchen long ball, which snapped their 23 scoreless drought without scoring a run -- on nine hits in the series.

"There’s times you do move things around to try and catch a spark," Hurdle said. 'I do think we need to set our lineup up to where we have the best chance of having a continual lineup, with some strength from top to bottom. Actually one of the guys that’s been giving us more consistent at-bats here through the last four weeks has been [Clint] Barmes. The OBP, actual average from where it was before. [Andrew] McCutchen’s been super."


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