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Pirates' Tyler Glasnow struggles mightily against Blue Jays

Kevin Gorman
| Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6:41 p.m.
Pirates pitcher Tyler Glasnow hands the ball to manager Clint Hurdle, as he leaves the game against the Blue Jays Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Dunedin Stadium.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates pitcher Tyler Glasnow hands the ball to manager Clint Hurdle, as he leaves the game against the Blue Jays Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Dunedin Stadium.
Pirates pitcher Tyler Glasnow delivers during the first inning against the Blue Jays Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Dunedin Stadium.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates pitcher Tyler Glasnow delivers during the first inning against the Blue Jays Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Dunedin Stadium.

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Clint Hurdle had no shortage of words to describe Tyler Glasnow's latest pitching performance, but "frustrating" isn't one the Pirates manager chose.

Not even after Glasnow struggled against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, giving up six hits, seven runs (six earned), with five strikeouts and three walks in 22⁄3 innings in a 13-4 loss at Dunedin Stadium.

"There's challenges here," Hurdle said. "Frustrating, I think you take that and move that aside. If you want to get frustrated, that's on you. I can't get frustrated. My job is to coach him up. You take that part of it, it's not about emotion for us. It's about watching a man, trying to help him develop and give him an opportunity to go out and pitch. He's got to find a way to make pitches. He's got to find a way to get outs. That's the final stage for him, he knows well as anybody."

After striking out six without a walk against the Baltimore Orioles in his previous outing, Glasnow struggled in a five-run second inning. It started with Ezequiel Carrera dropping a bunt that Glasnow allowed to roll down the third-base line. Then Carrera stole second base. Glasnow walked Luke Maile, then gave up a single to Dwight Smith Jr. Shortstop Max Moroff's throwing error allowed two runners to score, and Smith made it 4-0 by scoring on a wild pitch. Glasnow walked Curtis Granderson, then gave up a two-run homer to Devon Travis to make it 6-0.

"The overall inconsistency was what was challenging for him," Hurdle said, noting Glasnow threw 73 pitches and only retired one hitter on three pitches or less. "There were some good fastballs, then there were way too many pitches thrown on top of everything. ... There comes a point in time you have to keep people off the plate."

Glasnow had trouble with his curveball and changeup.

"It was there at times. It wasn't there at times," Glasnow said. "That's kind of just how baseball is. It's still early for me. There was definitely some good signs, definitely not some great signs, either. I'll just keep working at it. ...

"It just wasn't a very quality start today. It's still early. I've just got to focus on it and get back out."

Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at kgorman@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

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