Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Clint Barmes drove in all three Pirates runs with his home run off Bumgarner. (Photo Credit: David Hague) SAN FRANCISCO — Pirates fans are used to seeing Clint Barmes picking it at shortstop. Now he’s kicking it. The right-handed batter has made a mechanical adjustment to his swing, kicking up his left leg as the pitch approaches. The result? Better hitting for Barmes, shown by his swatting a three-run home run into the left-field seats off San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. It was the only true mistake Bumgarner had over his eight strong innings. Charlie Morton did not need any more run support than Barmes’ shot in the Bucs’ 3-1 road win over the Giants. In his longest outing since August 8, 2011, Morton generated 12 ground-ball outs over 7.2 innings. Morton only had one inning in which he allowed a runner in scoring position. Defending National League MVP Buster Posey laced a 4th-inning double then scored on Roger Kieschnick’s pop-up single that third baseman Jordy Mercer could not track down. By earning the victory, the Pirates improved to a 4-1 record on both their California road trip and their 2013 games against the floundering World Champion Giants. Tony Watson and Mark Melancon got the final four outs as the Bucs hung on to a one-game lead in the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals. More to come from AT&T Park.
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