Jack Wilson doesn’t care too much about becoming the first Pirate with 200 hits since Dave Parker in 1977. You wouldn’t know it by watching him at the plate.
Wilson looks to continue his hot hitting when Pittsburgh wraps up a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.
Wilson went 4-for-5 in Saturday’s 7-4 loss to the Reds, boosting his hit total to 194 with eight games to play. Parker had 215 hits for the ’77 Pirates, and no other Pittsburgh player has reached 200 since.
“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, really,” said Wilson, who ranks fourth in the NL in hits. “It would be nice to get 200 hits, but the only reason I get 200 hits is because I don’t walk. It doesn’t matter how good you do in games you lose.”
Wilson is 10-for-22 (.455) during a six-game hitting streak. Last season, the fourth-year shortstop established a career high with 143 hits.
The Pirates have lost five in a row and 10 of 12, getting outscored 27-15 in their last three defeats after a pair of one-run losses.
Cincinnati did not have a pitcher with 10 wins in two years until Harang won the series opener Friday.
“He’s worked hard to get it,” Cincinnati manager Dave Miley said of Wilson. “We all know how many starts and maybe some opportunities that just didn’t happen for him, but to get two guys on back-to-back days to get two wins, that’s good for them.”