Bucs Bench Packs A Punch

Clint Hurdle's Reserves Take Advantage Of Their Chance To Play

Eric Hagman
April 18, 2018 - 6:31 pm
David Freese

Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan) - It's no secret that Pirates manager Clint Hurdle prefers to keep his bench players involved.  In Wednesday's series finale against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park, he started the four he had available, and they took advantage of the opportunity.

Sean Rodriguez, David Freese, Elias Diaz and Max Moroff combined to drive in five runs and score three in a 10-2 win. 

"Everybody prepares, everybody works," Hurdle said afterward.  "Guys have stayed ready."

With Colorado starting left-hander Kyle Freeland, the Pirates began the game with eight right-handed hitters, as Gregory Polanco, Corey Dickerson and Colin Moran weren't in Hurdle's lineup.

"You incorporate as much information as you've got.  You give a couple of guys that have been playing just about every inning some time down. Other guys come in and perform really, really well, swinging the bat in key situations."

Rodriguez hit a 2-run home run in the 4th inning and also walked twice.  Freese doubled home two runs in the 5th.  Diaz went 2-4, and the switch-hitting Moroff added a run-scoring single. 

Rodriguez, on Fan Reaction, summed up the day this way:

"Probably the most difficult thing in baseball is coming off the bench after not playing for four or five days.  You go out there without any expectations, but you have to battle.  If you're ready every day to battle, something good is bound to happen to one or two of us, and today we were fortunate that it happened to all of us."

Adam Frazier, usually a reserve, but now the team's primary second baseman following Josh Harrison's injury, started in right field for Polanco. The lone left-handed hitter in the lineup, Frazier finished with 3 hits and an rbi.