MILWAUKEE -- Friday's 10-7 loss to Milwaukee was the first time the Pirates had lost with Drew Sutton batting leadoff. The Pirates entered Saturday at 6-1 in those contests. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he liked the value of having a switch-hitter at the top, especially when followed by another switch-hitter in Neil Walker.
"You just look at the Giants series [July 6-8], when you try to match up in leverage situations and they've got four switch-hitters in the lineup, it can provide some challenges," Hurdle said. "Anytime you have guys that can take it from both sides, it's almost like an extra player."
Sutton has hit safely in eight of nine games and 11 of 14, including two hits Friday night.