Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bell's Day at Top of Positives List

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bell's Day at Top of Positives List

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It's easy to be positive about the Pirates when they win an extra-innings game. They did enough good things Saturday to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 6-5, in 10 at PNC Park, overcoming a rare off start by Trevor Williams, another hurtful error by Colin Moran, another blown late lead on a home run allowed by Keone Kela, a baserunning blunder by Pablo Reyes and a day-game-after-night-game lineup that screamed spring training. But it would have been easy to be positive even if the Pirates had lost.

Josh Bell had a day. That would have trumped everything. Bell doubled in a run to right-center with two outs in the first inning on the first pitch he saw from Reds starter Tanner Roark, set up another run with a double to left-center in the third on the first pitch and hit a monster home run to center field in the fifth on the first pitch. He didn't even boo-boo limp.

That last part actually didn't happen Friday night.

Credit Clint Hurdle for making the observation and adding to the sports lexicon in a way I never had heard.

"He doesn't get a runner in and the next guy doubles down the line and he's running the bases like a madman," Hurdle said of Bell in Friday night's 2-0 win against the Reds. "So it's not like he's boo-boo limping 'cause he didn't get a run in. He's playing the game."

That was a portion of the 52-second answer that Hurdle gave when asked what impressed him most about Bell's solid Saturday.

"You like the results," Hurdle said. "You like the hard contact. You like the run-producer in the middle of the order. I think what I like most is just the way he's staying with things. Committing to things. Not getting too high, not getting low. He's becoming more of a professional with his at-bats . Today, you talk about putting a foot down and having a two-part swing and then hitting it -what did you say? -431 feet. There's real power. …

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