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

second game.