Rockies-Pirates game postponed by rain
Clint Hurdle hasn’t had an at-bat in a major league game since
1987. The Pittsburgh Pirates manager hasn’t thought once about
stepping back in either.
Which makes Hurdle all the more in awe of Colorado’s Jamie
Moyer. The 49-year-old Moyer is only five years younger than
Hurdle, and while Hurdle hasn’t played in a game in more than two
decades, Moyer is still out there finding ways to get guys out.
Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a major league game after
working seven solid innings in a 5-3 victory over San Diego last
”It’s a wonderful story,” Hurdle said. ”It’s a story that
only sport can come up with.”
Moyer’s chance to break his own record will have to wait a day
at least. Colorado’s game with the Pirates on Monday night was
postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up on
Wednesday as part of a doubleheader beginning at 12:35 p.m.
The cancellation gives the Pirates an extra day to prepare for
Moyer (1-2, 2.55 ERA). The left-hander surrendered six hits in
seven innings against the Padres, mixing speeds and using pinpoint
control while picking up his first win in nearly two years.
”He’s going to battle and he’s going to compete and you need to
be patient,” Hurdle said.
Something the Pirates have struggled to do this season.
Pittsburgh is last in the majors in batting average (.202), runs
(30) and next to last in home runs (seven). Yet the Pirates have
managed to be a competitive 6-9 while facing the hardest opening
month schedule in the National League.
Hurdle expects the bats to come around eventually, though
Moyer’s unusual stuff will present another challenge.
”You need to try and beat him with singles,” Hurdle said.
”From my perception across the field for many, many years now. He
definitely plays bigger than he is.”
Hurdle managed against Moyer in the 2007 National League
division series when Hurdle was with Colorado and Moyer was
throwing for Philadelphia. Moyer – a few weeks short of turning 45
at the time – allowed one run over six innings in Game 3 but took
the loss as the Rockies advanced to the NLCS with a sweep.
”He threw the best game of the three games we matched up with
the Phillies,” Hurdle said. ”It was just that mindset. He sinks
the ball. He changes speeds. He will pitch in. He stays out of the
heart of the plate.”
Kevin Correia (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will start Tuesday’s game for
Pittsburgh. Correia skipped his scheduled start last Saturday with
pain in his side. Tests came back negative and Correia’s improved
significantly over the weekend.
Pittsburgh’s James McDonald (0-1, 3.45) will face Juan Nicasio
(1-0, 6.19) in Wednesday’s first game for the Pirates, with Charlie
Morton (0-1, 3.60) taking on Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 4.80) in the