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The Pittsburgh Pirates' offense is so abysmal Alex Presley, their fifth-best hitter, was demoted to the minor leagues and richly deserved it. Imagine what that says about the rest of the lineup. Presley, the opening day left fielder and leadoff man, was optioned to Class AAA Indianapolis after batting .220 with two home runs and seven RBIs. He batted .298 last season and an encouraging .280 through April of this year, but a 3-for-38 May was too much for management. "We need Alex to be able to play his game to make our offense go," manager Clint Hurdle said before the 7-4 loss Wednesday night in Washington. "It's been a challenge, especially the past two weeks. He's not the only one, but he's a young player who we like a lot." The Pirates had pushed Presley to reach base more often, whether through walks, bunt singles or simply keeping the ball on the ground and capitalizing on his speed. He did none of the above, as evidenced by a total ...
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Pirates (17-19) at Nationals (22-14)
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The Bucs are in Washington for another two-game set against an NL East opponent. Despite that series loss at PNC last week, the Nats are still playing (most pitching) very well and will present the Bucs with another tough task. The good news (for the Pirates)...
The Pirates' offense was so anemic Alex Presley, their fifth-best hitter, was demoted to the minor leagues.
Final: Pirates 5, Nationals 3
WP: James McDonald (3-2, 2.68 ERA)
LP: Jordan Zimmermann (2-4, 2.58 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (8, 3.29 ERA)
James McDonald was just straight dealing tonight. He pitched five no hit innings and ended the night giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts.
Andrew McCutchen started things off in the 1st inning with an opposite field home...
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