Jeff Suppan (RHP) (5-7, 4.43 ERA, 55 K) @ Paul Maholm (LHP) (6-4, 4.28 ERA, 73 K)

12:35 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

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Braden Looper (RHP) (8-4, 4.95 ERA, 63 K) @ Virgil Vasquez (RHP) (1-3, 6.52 ERA, 12 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

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Mike Burns (RHP) (2-2, 5.54 ERA, 19 K) @ Ross Ohlendorf (RHP) (7-7, 4.64 ERA, 60 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

It’s these guys again! Milwaukee’s 17 game winning streak against the Bucs is on the line.

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After seeing two uncharacteristically poor outings from Matt Capps, it’s not entirely surprising to hear that he will miss several games with a bruised bone in his right elbow.

Apparently Capps first felt soreness as he was taking off his shirt after his loss to the Brewers on Monday.

Luckily, no major damage was found. Hopefully this string on injuries ends soon.

On a bright note, Jack Wilson is feeling great. If all goes well, he will play a AAA rehab game on Saturday.

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PIRATES ASTROS

16 consecutive losses to one team? We need to get this monkey off of our back and beat the Brewers. Another glimpse of .500 wouldn’t be bad either.

Jeff Suppan (1-2, 5.88) @ Ian Snell (1-3, 3.72), 7:05 P.M. @ PNC Park

Post-Game Update:

It’s official. We’ve lost to the Brewers 17 consecutive times. They own us. At least we don’t have to see them again until July 20.

Freddy Sanchez got the Pirates started early with a home run in the 1st inning, but it wasn’t enough. Ian Snell didn’t pitch great (probably because he threw 131 pitches in his last outing), but he still managed to leave in the 6th inning with a 3-2 lead (he did walk the first 2 batters in the 6th). Jesse Chavez came into the game in relief, and things got bad. Chavez allowed 3 runs to score, before Sean Burnett came in and closed out the inning. Pirate pitchers gave up 10 walks in the game.

Delwyn Young hit a 2 RBI double in the 8th, but even that wasn’t enough, and the Brewers beat the Bucs 8-5.

You have to wonder if the Pirates will see .500 again this season.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Rickie Weeks flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Craig Counsell grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Ryan Braun flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Home
Nyjer Morgan flies out to right fielder Corey Hart.
Freddy Sanchez homers (3) on a fly ball to left field.
Nate McLouth grounds out softly, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Inning 2

Away
Prince Fielder walks.
Mike Cameron grounds into a double play, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Prince Fielder out at 2nd.
Corey Hart doubles (8) on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
J. Hardy singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Corey Hart scores.
Jason Kendall grounds into a force out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. J. Hardy out at 2nd.

Home
Brandon Moss walks.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a force out, shortstop J. Hardy to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Brandon Moss out at 2nd. Andy LaRoche to 1st.
Ramon Vazquez called out on strikes.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, shortstop J. Hardy to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Inning 3

Away
Jeff Suppan grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Rickie Weeks flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Craig Counsell grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Ian Snell grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Jeff Suppan.
Freddy Sanchez walks. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Nate McLouth flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 4

Away
Ryan Braun walks.
Prince Fielder flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Mike Cameron grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Ryan Braun out at 2nd. Mike Cameron to 1st.
Corey Hart doubles (9) on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Mike Cameron scores. Corey Hart to 3rd on the throw.
J. Hardy doubles (2) on a fly ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Corey Hart scores.
Jason Kendall reaches on a fielder’s choice out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. J. Hardy out at 2nd.

Home
Brandon Moss singles on a soft ground ball to pitcher Jeff Suppan.
Andy LaRoche walks. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Ramon Vazquez flies out to right fielder Corey Hart in foul territory. Brandon Moss to 3rd. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo singles on a line drive to center fielder Mike Cameron. Brandon Moss scores. Andy LaRoche to 3rd.
Ian Snell out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Jeff Suppan to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Inning 5

Away
Jeff Suppan called out on strikes.
Rickie Weeks grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Ian Snell.
Craig Counsell walks.
Ryan Braun strikes out swinging.

Home
Freddy Sanchez flies out to left fielder Ryan Braun.
Nate McLouth grounds out, first baseman Prince Fielder to pitcher Jeff Suppan.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Ryan Braun.

Inning 6

Away
Prince Fielder walks.
Mike Cameron walks. Prince Fielder to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Ian Snell, batting 9th.
Corey Hart grounds into a force out, fielded by second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Prince Fielder to 3rd. Mike Cameron out at 2nd. Corey Hart to 1st.
With J. Hardy batting, Corey Hart steals (3) 2nd base.
J. Hardy singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Prince Fielder scores. Corey Hart scores.
Jason Kendall singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. J. Hardy to 2nd.
Jeff Suppan walks. J. Hardy to 3rd. Jason Kendall to 2nd.
Rickie Weeks walks. J. Hardy scores. Jason Kendall to 3rd. Jeff Suppan to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 9th.
Craig Counsell pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche in foul territory.
Ryan Braun grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to center fielder Mike Cameron.
With Ramon Vazquez batting, wild pitch by Jeff Suppan, Andy LaRoche to 3rd.
Ramon Vazquez out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Mike Cameron. Andy LaRoche scores.
Pitching Change: Seth McClung replaces Jeff Suppan, batting 9th.
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces Sean Burnett.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Tyler Yates replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th, replacing Craig Monroe.
Prince Fielder pops out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Mike Cameron flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Corey Hart strikes out swinging.

Home
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, shortstop J. Hardy to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Nate McLouth walks.
Pitching Change: Mitch Stetter replaces Seth McClung, batting 6th.
Defensive Substitution: Chris Duffy replaces pitcher Seth McClung, batting 9th, playing right field.
Adam LaRoche flies out to right fielder Chris Duffy.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Tyler Yates, batting 9th.
J. Hardy walks.
Jason Kendall walks. J. Hardy to 2nd.
Chris Duffy out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Evan Meek to first baseman Adam LaRoche. J. Hardy to 3rd. Jason Kendall to 2nd.
Rickie Weeks reaches on a fielder’s choice out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to catcher Jason Jaramillo. Hardy out at home. Jason Kendall to 3rd.
Craig Counsell doubles (3) on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Jason Kendall scores. Rickie Weeks scores.
Ryan Braun flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Brandon Moss walks.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a force out, shortstop J. Hardy to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Brandon Moss out at 2nd. Andy LaRoche to 1st.
Ramon Vazquez walks. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo flies out to right fielder Chris Duffy.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Evan Meek.
Delwyn Young doubles (3) on a fly ball to right fielder Chris Duffy. Andy LaRoche scores. Ramon Vazquez scores.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out on a foul tip.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Donnie Veal replaces Evan Meek, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Prince Fielder hit by pitch.
With Mike Cameron batting, wild pitch by Donnie Veal, Prince Fielder to 2nd.
Mike Cameron flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Casey McGehee replaces Mitch Stetter.
Casey McGehee flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
J. Hardy walks.
Jason Kendall strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: Carlos Villanueva replaces Mitch Stetter, batting 6th, replacing Casey McGehee.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Chris Duffy.
Nate McLouth strikes out swinging.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, first baseman Prince Fielder to pitcher Carlos Villanueva.

Within the same 15 minutes last night, I watched the Penguins fall to the Washington Capitals 3-2 to go down 2-0 in their NHL playoff series, and I listened to the Pirates blow an 8th inning and a 9th inning lead to lose their 16th straight game to the Milwaukee Brewers. sigh.

I know it’s unrealistic to expect the Pirates’ team to make a playoff run, and it’s probably even unrealistic to consider a .500 season, but losses like this really sting.

Paul Maholm made a strong start, giving the team a chance to win. He pitched 7 1/3 innings, gave up just six hits, struck out 7, and left with a 3-1 lead. Tyler Yates then got a 2nd out. John Grabow came in to replace Yates, and it was all downhill from there. Yates gave up a single and walk to load the bases, and then f@#$ing Ryan Braun hit a pinch hit double (for Chris Duffy) to tie the game.

Some clutch hitting in the bottom of the 8th by Jason Jaramillo put the Bucs back on top 4-3. Matt Capps came in for the 9th inning and gave up 2 singles and a walk to load the bases. A J.J. Hardy sacrifice fly and a Rickie Weeks home run put the game out of reach.

This is the 2nd consecutive game where Capps has looked bad. After seeing Saturday night’s disaster relief effort against the Reds this showing didn’t surprise me a great deal, but it’s still extremely disappointing.

On the positive side, Nate McLouth had another nice night, going 3-5 with an RBI, and I felt good with Jaramillo’s night.

We should have won this game. I guess the Brewers really do own us. I can’t wait to see what happens tonight.

Come On, Mad Capper, Let's Get it Together

Come On, Mad Capper, Let's Get it Together

The Pirates are 12-12, but they have a tough road ahead. Their next 10 are against the Brewers, Cardinals, and Mets.

The Brewers put their 15 game winning streak against the Bucs on the line tonight.

It should be a good pitchers’ duel with Yovani Gallardo @ Paul Maholm, 7:05 P.M. at PNC Park.

Ryan Braun will not be playing tonight because he will be having an MRI on his back.

Last week, Jeff Karstens hit Braun in the back with a pitch. Braun thought it was an intentional beaning, and Karstens was fined by MLB for the pitch. Karstens has appealed.

Today, John Russell said, “We haven’t thought about it. Obviously they said a few things about it. Our guy got fined. They hit three guys the next day. So I wouldn’t think there’s anything on their side. We obviously don’t want to make a big issue of it. We just want to go out and play baseball. I would think it should be over.”

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Inning 1

Away
Corey Hart singles on a ground ball to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
J. Hardy singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Corey Hart to 2nd.
Rickie Weeks flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss. Corey Hart to 3rd.
Prince Fielder grounds into a force out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Corey Hart scores. J. Hardy out at 2nd. Prince Fielder to 1st.
Mike Cameron grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Prince Fielder out at 2nd.

Home
Nyjer Morgan flies out to right fielder Corey Hart.
Freddy Sanchez lines out to left fielder Bill Hall.
Nate McLouth flies out to left fielder Bill Hall.

Inning 2

Away
Bill Hall flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Casey McGehee grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jason Kendall grounds out, pitcher Paul Maholm to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Defensive Substitution: Chris Duffy replaces left fielder Bill Hall, batting 6th, playing left field.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Brandon Moss triples (2) on a fly ball to left fielder Chris Duffy. Adam LaRoche scores.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, third baseman Casey McGehee to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Ramon Vazquez walks.
Jason Jaramillo lines out to shortstop J. Hardy.
Paul Maholm walks. Ramon Vazquez to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan grounds into a force out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to shortstop J. Hardy. Paul Maholm out at 2nd.

Inning 3

Away
Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Bill Hall left the game due to an injured leg.
Yovani Gallardo strikes out swinging.
Corey Hart strikes out swinging.
J. Hardy flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Freddy Sanchez pops out to second baseman Rickie Weeks.
Nate McLouth singles on a ground ball to right fielder Corey Hart.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Chris Duffy.
Brandon Moss pops out to third baseman Casey McGehee.

Inning 4

Away
Rickie Weeks singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
With Prince Fielder batting, passed ball by Jason Jaramillo, Rickie Weeks to 2nd.
Prince Fielder singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. Rickie Weeks to 3rd.
Mike Cameron pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Chris Duffy called out on strikes.
Casey McGehee grounds into a force out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Prince Fielder out at 2nd.

Home
Andy LaRoche homers (1) on a fly ball to left field.
Ramon Vazquez grounds out to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Paul Maholm called out on strikes.

Inning 5

Away
Jason Kendall grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Yovani Gallardo lines out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Corey Hart doubles (7) on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
J. Hardy grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (11) on a line drive to right fielder Corey Hart.
Nate McLouth singles on a ground ball to center fielder Mike Cameron. Freddy Sanchez scores.
Adam LaRoche called out on strikes.
Brandon Moss pops out to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Inning 6

Away
Rickie Weeks strikes out swinging.
Prince Fielder strikes out swinging.
Mike Cameron grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andy LaRoche lines out to pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
Ramon Vazquez strikes out swinging.
Jason Jaramillo hits a ground-rule double (6) on a fly ball down the left-field line.
Paul Maholm called out on strikes.

Inning 7

Away
Chris Duffy grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Casey McGehee grounds out, pitcher Paul Maholm to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jason Kendall singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Yovani Gallardo strikes out swinging.

Home
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (12) on a line drive to left fielder Chris Duffy.
Nate McLouth grounds out, pitcher Yovani Gallardo to first baseman Prince Fielder. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.

Inning 8

Away
Corey Hart strikes out swinging.
J. Hardy walks.
Pitching Change: Tyler Yates replaces Paul Maholm, batting 9th.
Rickie Weeks strikes out swinging.
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Tyler Yates, batting 9th.
Prince Fielder singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. J. Hardy to 2nd.
Mike Cameron walks. J. Hardy to 3rd. Prince Fielder to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ryan Braun replaces Chris Duffy.
Ryan Braun doubles (5) on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. J. Hardy scores. Prince Fielder scores. Mike Cameron to 3rd.
Casey McGehee strikes out swinging.

Home
Ryan Braun remains in the game as the left fielder.
Pitching Change: Mark DiFelice replaces Yovani Gallardo, batting 9th.
Brandon Moss flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Andy LaRoche lines out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a line drive to right fielder Corey Hart.
Jason Jaramillo doubles (7) on a fly ball to right fielder Corey Hart. Ramon Vazquez scores.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces John Grabow.
Delwyn Young flies out to left fielder Ryan Braun.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces John Grabow, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Jason Kendall singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Counsell replaces Mark DiFelice.
Craig Counsell singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Jason Kendall to 2nd.
Corey Hart walks. Jason Kendall to 3rd. Craig Counsell to 2nd.
J. Hardy out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Nate McLouth. Jason Kendall scores. Craig Counsell to 3rd.
Rickie Weeks homers (6) on a fly ball to left field. Craig Counsell scores. Corey Hart scores.
Prince Fielder strikes out on a foul tip.
Mike Cameron flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Pitching Change: Trevor Hoffman replaces Mark DiFelice, batting 9th, replacing Craig Counsell.
Nyjer Morgan flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, pitcher Trevor Hoffman to second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Nate McLouth singles on a ground ball to shortstop J. Hardy.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.

As a Pirate fan, I think you have to be concerned about the direction the team is heading. The injury bug has hit the team, and the month ended with a 3 game sweep to the hands of the Brewers. Still, the Bucs finished April with an 11-10 record, and the starting pitchers are still pitching better than most anybody expected. Let’s hope the Bucs can get back on the winning track and continue to play .500 baseball.

The Pirates begin the month with a home-stand against the Reds and Brewers (ugh).

Tonight: Bronson Arroyo @ Zach Duke, 7:05
Saturday: Micah Owings @ Ross Ohlendorf, 7:05
Sunday: Johnny Cueto @ Jeff Karstens, 1:35

Go Bucs!

The Pirates try to avoid a 3 game losing streak and their 18th consecutive loss at Miller Park.

Ian Snell @ Yovani Gallardo – 1:05 P.M.

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Updated: Well, not too much to say about this one. Yovani Gallardo pitched a stellar game for the Brew Crew. He pitched 8 innings, allowed 2 hits, and struck out 11 Pirate batters. Oh yeah, he also hit a solo home run to lead his team to the 1-0 victory.

Ian Snell pitched well, but he probably shouldn’t have stayed in as long as he did. He threw 131 pitches.

The Pirates have now been swept, and they’ve now been defeated 18 consecutive times at Miller Park. The record is 19.

Former Pirate, Chris Duffy contributed a hit for the Brewers today.

From the Minor Leagues, the injury bug is still alive. Jose Tabata will be out 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury.

The Reds are coming to Pittsburgh for the weekend. I’ll be there on Saturday!

Enjoy the off day! Go Bucs!

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Inning 1

Away
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging, catcher Jason Kendall to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Corey Hart.
Brandon Moss called out on strikes.

Home
Rickie Weeks lines out to right fielder Eric Hinske.
Chris Duffy walks.
Ryan Braun called out on strikes.
Prince Fielder walks. Chris Duffy to 2nd.
Corey Hart flies out to right fielder Eric Hinske.

Inning 2

Away
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Chris Duffy.
Eric Hinske called out on strikes.
Andy LaRoche flies out to right fielder Corey Hart.

Home
J. Hardy flies out to right fielder Eric Hinske.
Bill Hall singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Jason Kendall grounds into a force out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Bill Hall out at 2nd. Jason Kendall to 1st.
Yovani Gallardo pops out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.

Inning 3

Away
Ramon Vazquez grounds out, pitcher Yovani Gallardo to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop J. Hardy to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Ian Snell strikes out swinging, catcher Jason Kendall to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Home
Rickie Weeks grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Ian Snell.
Chris Duffy pops out to third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Ryan Braun strikes out swinging.

Inning 4

Away
Nyjer Morgan lines out to pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Brandon Moss grounds out, third baseman Bill Hall to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Home
Prince Fielder grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Corey Hart hits a ground-rule double (6) on a fly ball to left field.
J. Hardy flies out to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Bill Hall walks.
Jason Kendall grounds into a force out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Bill Hall out at 2nd.

Inning 5

Away
Adam LaRoche called out on strikes.
Eric Hinske strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche doubles (7) on a fly ball to center fielder Chris Duffy.
Ramon Vazquez called out on strikes.

Home
Yovani Gallardo grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Rickie Weeks pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Chris Duffy doubles (1) on a ground ball to right fielder Eric Hinske.
Ryan Braun strikes out on a foul tip.

Inning 6

Away
Robinzon Diaz strikes out swinging.
Ian Snell grounds out to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.

Home
Prince Fielder singles on a ground ball to right fielder Eric Hinske.
Corey Hart pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
J. Hardy strikes out swinging.
Bill Hall strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 7

Away
Freddy Sanchez reaches on a throwing error by shortstop J. Hardy.
Brandon Moss flies out to center fielder Chris Duffy.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Ryan Braun.
Eric Hinske walks. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Andy LaRoche pops out to first baseman Prince Fielder in foul territory.

Home
Jason Kendall flies out to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Yovani Gallardo homers (2) on a fly ball to left field.
Rickie Weeks walks.
Chris Duffy flies out to left fielder Brandon Moss.
With Ryan Braun batting, Rickie Weeks caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Robinzon Diaz to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.

Inning 8

Away
Ramon Vazquez called out on strikes.
Robinzon Diaz doubles (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Corey Hart.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces Ian Snell.
Craig Monroe called out on strikes.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Home
Pitching Change: Tyler Yates replaces Ian Snell, batting 9th, replacing Craig Monroe.
Ryan Braun grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Prince Fielder doubles (5) on a line drive to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Corey Hart called out on strikes.
J. Hardy grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Carlos Villanueva replaces Yovani Gallardo, batting 9th.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Brandon Moss grounds out, first baseman Prince Fielder to pitcher Carlos Villanueva.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

It’s not like the Pirates deserved a 5-1 lead midway through last night’s game, and so it wasn’t entirely surprising when it disappeared. Two runs scored after a Brewer error helped to keep the 3rd inning alive. Two runs came in the 5th on a Jason Jaramillo double immediately after Eric Hinske and Andy LaRoche were hit by pitches.

Paul Maholm didn’t have the same command that he had in his 3 wins this season. He walked 5 batters and gave up 7 hits over his 5.1 innings of work.

Walks have been a problem in the last two games against the Brewers. Pirate pitchers have given up 17 walks in 16 innings (1.06 BB/Inn). Prior to this series, Pirate pitchers had given up 65 walks in 158 innings (0.41 BB/Inn). The Brewers walked just one batter last night.

Another subplot for this series has been the beaned batters. Things started to get ugly in the series opening game on Monday when Jeff Karstens seemingly intentionally hit Ryan Braun (who homered in his first at-bat of the game) to start the 3rd inning. Braun was quite upset by the pitch, and John Hirschbeck warned both benches. Later in the game, Jason Kendall was hit by Jesse Chavez in the 6th and by Evan Meek in the 8th, but no ejections were made. After the game, Ryan Braun had this to say:

Asked if Karstens drilled him intentionally, Braun said, “Probably, yeah. It’s rare for major-league pitchers to miss by that much with a fastball.”

Then, issuing a not-so-wise warning to the commissioner’s office, Braun added, “We play them about 17 more times (actually 13). Tell Mr. Selig, we’ll see what happens. It’s going to be interesting.”

Last night, Brewers’ starter Dave Bush hit three Pirate batters (Freddy Sanchez in the 1st and Eric Hinske and Andy LaRoche in the 5th).

There’s something to keep an eye on in the next 13 Brewers/Pirates matchups.

The Pirates managed 7 hits last night, and they came from an unlikely crew: the RBI double by Jaramillo, Brian Bixler avenged his 4K night by going 2-4, Ramon Vazquez singled in his only at-bat, Eric Hinske had a 2 RBI double, and Brandon Moss and Freddy Sanchez added hits.

If you’re keeping track at home, you can make that 17 consecutive losses at Miller Park for the Buccos. They try to reverse the trend at 1:05 today.

Ryan Braun threatens the Pirates

Ryan Braun threatens the Pirates