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3.4: The average number of runs the Pirates have scored during their seven-game losing streak. They haven't scored more than five runs in any game during the streak.

"It's been hard on Greg lately. He had one hit the whole trip and didn't have one the night back. I'm not good with math, but a 1-for-24 or 25, I do know how that feels, because those were my numbers quite often. Not too bad to take a break when you're 1-for-24." -- Hurdle on Gregory Polanco's recent slump, which is actually 1-for-26. The rookie was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game Wednesday.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.