MILWAUKEE -- For the last week, Clint Hurdle has already had an "ignitor" in his lineup, his description of fiery Josh Harrison, who has been pulling regular action with Neil Walker sidelined by lower-back tightness. For Sunday's finale of the Brewers series, Hurdle hoped to have also added a Lightning Holt atop the order. Brock Holt was in the starting lineup, leading off and playing second -- shifting Harrison over to shortstop -- the day after making a significant Major League debut.
With the Pirates trailing 2-1 in the eighth inning Saturday night, Holt led off as a pinch-hitter and drew a four-pitch walk from Milwaukee reliever Jim Henderson, then wound up scoring the tying run on a two-out single by Andrew McCutchen. Asked about the patience shown by the 24-year-old infielder, Hurdle grinned coyly and said, "I wouldn't read too much into it, 'cause he was taking from the start." Still, following take-sign orders couldn't ruin the 5-foot-10 Holt's first big league experience, which, "to score the tying run in my first game, that was pretty exciting." Sunday's start was about to dial up the excitement. Hurdle had two reasons for giving a quick start to a guy with all of a month's experience in Triple-A, that experience having been quite conspicuous with a .432 average in 24 games at Indianapolis. "I always try to get callup players in quicker than later," Hurdle said. "The guy's hitting four-whatever in Triple-A. And [shortstop Clint] Barmes has not had a lot of success against [Brewers starting pitcher Yovani] Gallardo. So move Harrison over, put Holt atop the lineup at second, and let's go see where it takes us." Barmes is hitless in 13 career at-bats against Gallardo.