CHICAGO -- The Pirates received a much-needed boost on Saturday afternoon when second baseman Neil Walker and right fielder Travis Snider returned to the starting lineup.
Walker's start was his first since Aug. 26, as the second baseman has been dealing with lower back tightness. It relegated him to only one pinch-hit appearance, which came during Friday's 7-4 loss to the Cubs. Snider had missed four games with right hamstring discomfort.
"Looking over and seeing him on the other side, I think it definitely brought a whole different feel to the clubhouse, to the dugout," shortstop Clint Barmes said. "It's huge for this team. We need him out there and just having him out there puts everybody a little bit more at ease."
Walker went 0-for-5, while Snider went 1-for-5 with an RBI.
The Pirates' lineup did take another hit, however. Alex Presley didn't play on Saturday after the outfielder was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning on Friday.