Hurdle ejected after disputing close play at third

Hurdle ejected after disputing close play at third

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle got ejected from Friday night's game in the sixth inning after arguing a defensive play at third base.

With the Cubs' Brett Jackson on second and no outs, Darwin Barney grounded to short and Josh Harrison tossed to third baseman Pedro Alvarez attempting to retire Jackson.

Third-base umpire Gary Darling signaled safe and, from the moment he emerged from the dugout to argue the call, it seemed evident Hurdle was bent on inciting his own ejection.

He admitted as much after the Pirates' 12-2 defeat, but the motive was not trying to fire up his team.

"He said he was safe. But he was out," Hurdle said. "It just wasn't one I was going to walk away from."

The Pirates were in the early stages of arguably their worst game of the season, already trailing the lowly Cubs, 4-0, and having been held to one hit by left-hander Travis Wood.

However, lighting a fuse under his club was not something that crossed the manager's mind.

"That didn't even occur to me," Hurdle said.

The ejection was the fourth of the season for Hurdle.