Andrew McCutchen stepped into the batter's box leading off the bottom of the eighth inning last night, as the Pirates led the Reds 5-2. On a 2-2 pitch, reliever Sam LeCure ran a fastball inside and hit McCutchen on the shoulder.
LeCure was warned by home plate umpire Mark Carlson, and manager Clint Hurdle emerged from the dugout to argue the issue of intent on LeCure's behalf to hit McCutchen.
A.J. Burnett will lead the Pirates onto the field tonight as they try to rebound from last night's loss. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
"I don’t understand a warning, if you’re going to warn, you thought there was intent to hit the guy, you should have thrown the guy out," Hurdle said. "First time he’d been hit, it’s our guy McCutchen that’d been hit."
While Hurdle expressed his extreme displeas...
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