Clint Barmes drove in all three Pirates runs with his home run off Bumgarner. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pirates fans are used to seeing Clint Barmes picking it at shortstop. Now he's kicking it.
The right-handed batter has made a mechanical adjustment to his swing, kicking up his left leg as the pitch approaches. The result? Better hitting, shown by Barmes swatting a three-run home run San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. It was the only extra-base hit Bumgarner allowed over his eight strong innings Friday night.
"It wasn't a bad pitch by any means," Barmes said about Bumgarner's low-inside slider. "I'll take that result every time, though."
Pirates starter Charlie Morton did not need any more run support than Barmes' shot in the Bucs' 3-1 road win ove...
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