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Pirates' batting attack has been downright offensive

The Sports Xchange

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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