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After almost two months of watching Clint Barmes‘ unbearably awful struggles at the plate, Pirate fans were very happy to see shortstop prospect Jordy Mercer called up from Indianapolis at the end of May. Mercer wasn’t/isn’t exactly an eye-popping prospect, but had steadily moved through the system and had been hitting the ball very well at the time in Indianapolis.
It seemed like a no brainer at the time. Surely Barmes (and his 2 year/$10 million contract) wasn’t going to go away, but since he was struggling so mightily, why not see what Mercer can do for a while? It seemed pretty clear that he would get a look:
I can further tell you that, once Jordy Mercer arrives, he won’t be sitting on the bench. Clint Barmes will. For now, anyway. #Pirates
— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) May 29, 2012
Indeed, Mercer got two starts in a row after he was called up. He went 1-for-8 with a walk and did fine in the field. That was Clint Hurdle’s “two day rest” for Barmes, who was back in the l...
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Final: Pirates 9, Indians 5
WP: Tony Watson (4-0, 3.74 ERA)
LP: Jeanmar Gomez (4-6, 4.95 ERA)
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