In yesterday’s 2-1 victory over the Reds, Andrew Lambo was key in starting the Pirates’ rally in the 8th. With one out against Jonathan Broxton, Lambo reached base with a sharp infield single to second base. Lambo was soon brought in by a Josh Harrison triple, who was then brought in with a single by Jose Tabata.
It was a solid at bat by Lambo, where he didn’t try to do too much in a key spot. It’s the type of at bat Clint Hurdle is hoping Lambo can consistently give the Pirates.
“We’re looking for quality at bats like we’ve got from every player we call up,” Hurdle said.
Of course, with a .328/.389/.563 triple slash line in Triple A, Hurdle believes that Lambo can provide more than just that.
“We’re looking for some gap power, some ability to change the game with a swing, cause he’s shown that as well,” Hurdle said.
And for Hurdle, all that Lambo really needs to translate his minor league success to the majors is opportunity.
“[Josh] Harrison’s a very good example of that. Harrison had decent Triple-A numbers. Lambo’s got bigger numbers,” Hurdle said.
Of course, Hurdle recognizes that it’s easier than it sounds to make the jump to the majors.
“There’s never been a bigger gap for me from Triple-A to the big leagues,” Hurdle said.
After steadfast work in the minors, it’s a well-deserved opportunity for Lambo.
“It’s a player who’s worked hard and had to deal with some challenges,” Hurdle said “His time has come now, and he’s going to be with us from here to the end.”
Knowing the work he’s put in, Lambo couldn’t be happier to be called up, especially to a playoff-contending team.
“It’s awesome. It’s a great atmosphere, its electric stuff,” Lambo said. “Coming to the field every day, it’s a pleasure.”