PITTSBURGH -- Heading into the finale of the three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday at PNC Park, neither manager was raving about his team's defensive play.
Clint Hurdle, whose Pirates face getting swept, had a stronger case. The worst defense, statistically, in the league helped ruin another game Tuesday when second baseman Alen Hanson threw away Jason Heyward's grounder in the second inning, allowing Addison Russell to score the game's only run in a 1-0 Cubs win.
Poor defense has haunted the Pirates all season. Asked what to do about it, Hurdle said: "Well, let's go find an elite defender. We just lost one."