Barmes' glove work earning Pirates' praise

Barmes' glove work earning Pirates' praise

Barmes' glove work earning Pirates' praise
PITTSBURGH -- The play by shortstop Clint Barmes in the ninth inning of Monday night's 5-4 win over the Mets was many things. Clutch, exceptional, deceptively difficult. Everything but routine.

The pitcher on the mound at the time Barmes ranged deep into the hole to glove David Wright's one-out grounder -- perhaps 25 feet off the third-base foul line -- then made a strong, accurate sidearm throw with a flick of the wrist had his own description.

"That was kind of Troy Tulowitzki-esque," said Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan, invoking Colorado's Gold Glove Award-winning shortstop and Barmes' successor with the Rockies. "I've seen [Tulowitzki] make that play a lot. A great play by Barmes, and big.

"It's a lot easier pitching with two men out and none on than having one on and one out."

After Barmes kept the bases empty, Hanrahan nailed down his 10th save with a strikeout of Ike Davis.

"[Barmes] makes plays look easy that have a degree of difficulty you don't realize until you look at them again on tape," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's just a little unorthodox, a one-handed fielder. But he's been doing it like that since he's been 6."

The taken-for-granted defensive play signed off a satisfactory night for Barmes, who singled ahead of Michael McKenry's tying homer in the seventh and drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

The shortstop, who has been the frequent target of fans' boos as he's struggled to get his batting average off the Interstate, even had a good evening in that regard. Ronny Cedeno, the previous Pirates shortstop back in town with the Mets, got most of the boos.