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Pirates' batting attack has been downright offensive

The Sports Xchange
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Every time it looks like the Pirates' offense can't sink any lower, it finds new negative territory.

The Giants' Matt Cain was perfect through 5 2/3 innings Friday at AT&T Park before his mound opponent, James McDonald, rolled a single through the left side to break it up.

That would be all Cain gave up, though, in going the distance for San Francisco's 5-0 shutout. Cain struck out 11, walked none.

The Pirates have scored 11 runs through seven games, only 11 extra-base hits and a sickly team average of .178. All three figures are lowest in the majors.

As a result, manager Clint Hurdle already has used 15 players at the eight starting positions and juggled his lineup inside and out. But what's a manager to do when the guy who got his only hit isn't due to pitch again for five days?

"Having been a bench player, I know what it's like," Hurdle said. "I know how it feels to be a forgotten man, until you're sent up there and all of a sudden everyone screams for you to get a hit.

"Try coming off the bench to face Lee Smith, and hearing everyone shout your name. For two weeks, you didn't know I existed, and now you're all on me?"

Don't be surprised to see Hurdle get another option or two with at least one roster move expected Saturday.

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