Health of Alvarez, Marte concern after Bucs' loss
By Rob Biertempfel
Published: Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, 1:17 a.m.
DENVER — There was plenty of frustration -- and ice -- in the Pirates' clubhouse late Saturday night after a 6-4 loss against the Colorado Rockies.
The frustration came from the way the Pirates squandered a two-run lead and let the Rockies do all of their scoring with two outs.
The ice was necessary to soothe bumps and bruises newly acquired by Starling Marte, Pedro Alvarez, as well as days-old injuries to Andrew McCutchen, Jordy Mercer, Jason Grilli ... and so on.
“A long day,” said reliever Justin Wilson, who gave the trainers a scare by making what manager Clint Hurdle said was “a reaction” after throwing a pitch in the eighth inning. It turned out Wilson was fine.
“I just had trouble getting loose,” Wilson said.
Marte and Alvarez were not as fortunate.
Alvarez was spiked on the left index finger in a collision at third base, but stayed in the game. Marte was removed after being hit by a pitch from reliever Josh Outman.
X-rays showed no fracture and Marte was diagnosed with a bruised left hand. He is listed as day to day.
“It happens,” Marte said. “That's the game. They tried to pitch inside, and I get hit. I (stand) in the same spot every time. I'm not too close.”
Right-hander A.J. Burnett (5-8) could not hold a 3-1 lead in the sixth. The Rockies had a runner on first base and two outs, then had five straight batters reach base.
“I couldn't make a pitch,” Burnett said. “I left balls over the plate too much. I couldn't get a ball where I wanted it to go.”
The Rockies hit Burnett hard. Nolan Arenado and pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon each roped an RBI double. Dexter Fowler smacked a two-run single to give the Rockies a 5-3 edge.
Manager Clint Hurdle said he was not tempted to take Burnett out of the game at that point.
“He still had pitches to work with,” Hurdle said. “He left with (99) pitches. I liked the matchup. I liked A.J. pitching there.”
After Fowler's single, Hurdle finally replaced Burnett with lefty Tony Watson.
Corey Dickerson singled to left. Fowler slid hard into second base and spiked Alvarez's left arm. As Alvarez rolled over in pain, the ball trickled away and Fowler scored on the error.
Alvarez was examined by the athletic trainer and remained in the game. He left the clubhouse without speaking to reporters.
In the seventh, Marte was hit by a pitch on his left hand. He dropped to his knees, grimacing. After being examined, Marte left the field.
“When I got hit, it really hurt. You saw my reaction,” Marte said.
Alex Presley pinch-ran for Marte. After Neil Walker grounded into a double play, Hurdle went out to argue and was ejected by second base umpire Adrian Johnson.
It was Hurdle's fifth ejection this season.
“Adrian made the right call,” Hurdle said later after watching a video replay. “(Shortstop Troy Tulowitzky) was on the bag. I trusted my eyes, but my eyes were wrong.”
The inning marked the third time over the first two games of this series that the Rockies have batted around.
“It can get crazy here,” Hurdle said. “There were a lot of runs scored with two outs. That's not the way you draw it up, but that's what happened.”
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