I’ve been thinking that it can only be a matter of time before the Pirates start promoting some Triple-A hitters. I mean, beside Chris Snyder, who doesn’t even have 100 at bats yet, Neil Walker is leading all Pirate hitters with a .265 average. I would assume that most competent minor league hitters could manage to hit .240 in the big leagues. They’d fit right in with this team. At the very least, we might be spared the pain of watching the antics of Brandon Wood (.183) and Xavier Paul (.231).
With Doumit and Pearce going on the DL, the Buccos rolled the dice by bringing up catcher Dusty Brown and versatile infielder Josh Harrison from Indianapolis. The two made themselves useful in their first game by providing 3 of the team’s 7 hits, 2 of the 5 runs, and an RBI to boot. In fact, their performance might have scared Brandon Wood into producing a 2-run bloop single in the ninth.
With Doumit out at least a month with a broken foot, if Harrison can hit .250 at least (and that’s saying a lot!), then, as soon as Alvarez is healthy, I figure that Brandon Wood will be wearing an Indianapolis jersey, if he’s not released outright.
But how about Josh Harrison! After getting his first major league hit in third inning, he came to the plate in the eighth with the Buccos down a run, two outs, and two men on base against knuckleballer R. A. Dickey, who had handcuffed Pirate hitters all night. He laced a single into right field, scoring both runners and giving the Pirates the lead. That’s coming through in the clutch in your first major league game. That’s big time.
Welcome to Pittsburgh, Josh and Dusty. If you can just hit .270, you’ll both own this town.