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Dickerson searching for timing, strong finish


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Clint Hurdle yells at home plate umpire Tripp Gibson before being ejected in the sixth inning Saturday. - AP

MILWAUKEE — This isn't the finish Corey Dickerson envisioned for himself or the Pirates. He was among the hottest hitters in the majors only two months ago, a catalyst in the team's meteoric rise from irrelevance to contention.

Now he's part of an offense in free fall, as illustrated by their five-hit performance in a 3-1 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Saturday night. Dickerson walked twice and had another strikeout, his 29th in 33 games since returning from the disabled list Aug. 4.

His and the Pirates' struggles began July 25, when Dickerson pulled his hamstring running out a ground ball in Cleveland. Ten days on the disabled list was enough for him to lose his timing at the plate, and there are now only 15 games remaining for him to find a solution before a long offseason.

"It’s been tough because I tried to come back at a fast pace," Dickerson, who walked twice Saturday, told "Tried to get our team back into contention, actual contention. When you come back, it’s more about plans and doing less. When you come back from the DL you try to do more and your timing’s not there. You fight with that stuff. You’re fighting consistency and all those things. It’s not like you get that time back."

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