Getting Blanked conducted a video interview with Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle following Sunday’s 3-2 12-inning win over the Houston Astros. A transcript and footage of Hurdle’s responses are posted below.

Scott Lewis: Your Pirates just took 2-of-3 from the Astros and currently sit two games below .500. Is this where you envisioned the club a little over a month into the season?

Clint Hurdle:

SL: In a mind boggling series of substitutions yesterday, you lifted Casey McGehee for Nate McLouth as a pinch hitter in the 9th, and then trotted Rod Barajas out to play first base in the top of the 10th. What was your thought process in making these decisions?

CH:

SL: A number of pundits and baseball writers have questioned the Pirates’ decision to sign Clint Barmes to a multi-year contract, did you exert some influence on the front office to bring in your former shortstop in Colorado?

CH:

SL: Ok, this is going about as well as expected. So, you plan on running Yamaico Navarro out in right field all season?

CH:

SL: Last one; should Pirates fans be concerned about your on again off again bout with a purple complexion?

CH:

SL: Thank you for your time, Clint Hurdle.