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Pirates/Brewers Recap

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Pirates 8 Brewers 5

Pirates 0 Brewers 2

Pirates 8 Brewers 7

Well, that was interesting.  Little bit of every aspect of the game in this one: a pitcher’s duel, a home run derby and even an ugly brawl.  But, the bottom line is we pick up another series win and end a very ugly streak in the process.  So you can’t be unhappy with that.

Game one was the brawl portion of the series.  The Bucs jumped out to an early 6-1 lead behind Ross Ohlendorf.  Garrett Jones went yard.  Again.  Just about everyone got a hit.  It was a very nice showing, and a well deserved win.  The real fireworks, however, started in the 8th inning.  With the game at 7-2 Pirates and out of hand, the Brewers took the opportunity to get some payback.  From way back in April.  April!  It all started when Ryan Braun hit a home run and Jeff Karstens hit him his next time up.  This is one of those things that I hate about baseball.  If a pitcher feels shown up, he plunks the hitter.  If you don’t want the hitter to show you up, don’t hang a curve.  Period.  I can understand protecting your hitter, though.  If a pitcher on the other team throws at one of your hitters, you have to retaliate to establish some consequences and hopefully prevent it from happening in the first place.  The Brewers had a chance to throw at Karstens in that game.  They didn’t.  It started a bit of a tiff in the locker room.  They threw at our guy the next night.  The Pirates took it.  We’re even.  Or not.  Karstens came up to bat during long relief on Monday, and he got plunked.  I realize that revenge is a dish best served cold, but c’mon, that was April.  That revenge is frozen by now.  Plus, you already got your retribution.  I don’t get it.  Expect it to turn into some more fireworks in the future, though.  They come back in mid-August.  The Pirates aren’t dumb.  The umps issued warning before each of the last two games.  No use getting someone suspended.  If the Brewers can wait 3 months, we can wait 1, right?

Game two was the pitchers duel.  Virgil Vasquez and Braden Looper were all but unhitable.  Vasquez gave up 2 runs in about 7 innings, which I’ll take every time.  Especially from a 5th man in the rotation.  I think Vasquez is a fine 5th pitcher.  He shows flashes of brilliance and occasionally throws a stinker (which is what makes him a 5th starter instead of an ace).  I’ll take that.  Unfortunately, Looper also pitched 7 brilliant innings.  I’d love to shower him with praise, but I can’t.  We couldn’t hit anything off of the next 3 pitchers that entered the game, either.  That’s a surefire sign of a bad offensive night, not a great pitching night.  We managed 4 measly hits all night.  That will never ever get it done.  On the bright side, however, we only struck out once.  So, I guess that’s actually good defense by the Brewers.  I can respect that.

Game three was a slugfest.  Paul Maholm and Jeff Suppan were on the hill, so I wasn’t prepared for it, either.  Maholm’s been one of our best pitchers (which is almost saying something this year), and Suppan has been hit and miss all year.  Well, Maholm looked very mortal out there compared to the heavy Milwaukee bats, and Suppan was definitely in ‘miss’ mode.  Neither one made it to the 5th to register a decision.  There were 7 home runs in this game.  Doumit blasted two (and almost had a third), making it known he’s back from injury.  Garrett freaking Jones hit ANOTHER one.  That makes 9 already.  I wonder how much longer he can keep this up?  An interesting stat, though: all 9 home runs have been solo jacks.  A testament to the horrible OBP for the Pirates.  The biggest homer of the day, however, belonged to Brandon Moss.  His dinger in the bottom of the 9th untied the score and gave us our first series win against Milwaukee since I believe the Taft administration.

This is definitely turning into a bit of a rivalry.  I have no idea why, but any team that gets our anger up enough to hit 5 homers in a game is okay by me.  Don’t look now, but the Pirates haven’t lost a series since before the All-Star break (last week, I know, but I’m grasping at straws here).  We’re heading out to Phoenix tomorrow to start another series on the road this time.  Let hope we can keep this going.

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Pirates/Brewers Recap

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Pirates 4 Brewers 7

Pirates 5 Brewers 8

First of all, feel free to bypass this and go straight to the Pens recap below.  I didn’t forget about them.  Now, I’ve been a little sluggish updating about the Pirates, but while the Pens have been playing playoff hockey, they’ve been quietly sinking back into the losing Pirates we’ve come to know and hate.  Starting pitching is no longer going 6-7 innings a game.  Relief pitchers can’t find the strike zone.  The timely hitting has gone by the wayside.  It’s a mess.  I’m not going to lie.  Now, some of this can be blamed on injuries.  Matt Capps, Jack Wilson and Ryan Doumit are key contributors that are all out right now.  But the starting pitching has no injuries and just seemed to have lost its confidence.  Maholm gave a great outing in game one, going over 7 innings and giving up 2 runs.  He had 7 K’s and only 2 walks.  I’ll take that any day.  Unfortunately, the bullpen then took over.  Grabow gave up a run, and Capps uncharacteristically gave up 4 in the 9th inning.  That can’t happen.

Ian Snell had a much worse outing in game two.  He only went 5 innings and gave up 5 runs and 5 walks with only 2 K’s.  He then turned it over to Jesse Chavez who couldn’t find the strike zone (if you think I’m kidding he threw 15 balls to 5 batters.  7 strikes including the pitches put in play).  Just a disaster.  So after this series, we’ve lost 17 straight to Milwaukee.  There’s no secret to why they beat us.  They’ve got a ton of power bats, and we help them out by walking a ton of guys.  If they’re going to hit home runs, you might as well not put a man on and give them the extra run.  This is frustrating in every sense of the word.  The good news is that we don’t play the Brewers again until after the All Star break.  Good riddance.

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Mega Pirate Recap

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Well, I’ve been a bit busy lately, and I completely missed the Padres series recap.  Now that we’re done with the Brewers series, I guess I’ll just do them both in one big post.  It started out well enough, getting a solid win in San Diego 2 games to 1.  Then we had to go to what is fast becoming a house of horrors for the Bucs: Miller Park.  That was one of the more painful series sweeps I’ve seen.  But that’s good.  Makes me feel like baseball is almost relevant again.  I like it.

The bats really came alive in San Diego.  Ian Snell didn’t have a great outing in game one, and it really taxed the bullpen.  However, Zach Duke gave a great performance in game two which put us back on track.  Game two also saw 4 doubles and 10 runs for the Buccos.  Freddy had a nice 3-5 outing which continued his pretty good yet quiet start.   Adam LaRoche had 2 dingers in game three, with 4 RBI’s which helped us to an 8-3 win and the 2-1 series win.  All in all, a good series out on the left coast.

The pitching just fell apart in Milwaukee.  Jeff Karstens gave up 3 homers in game one (which still didn’t earn him the loss due to some more good hitting).  The front end of the bullpen threw up on itself in game two.  Maholm pitched a pretty good 4 innings to start off, and died.  Which was pretty surprising.  We had a 5-1 lead going into that 5th inning, and after some mistakes but escaping, we were still up 5-3.  After a homer in the 6th, we were up 5-4 when Maholm got the yank.  Then Jesse Chavez proptly gives up another 2-run dinger to the very next batter and all of a sudden we’re down one.  We never recovered.  Ian Snell had a great game in game 3, but Yovani Gallardo, an up-and-comer for the Brewers, had a better one and the Brew Crew wins 1-0.  I hate those games because you’re just waiting for a couple of key hits to get the ball rolling, and it never happens.  The pitching problems in the first two games were all the same: not being able to find the strike zone.  I’m not sure if it was being afraid of the Brewer hitting or what, but we couldn’t pitch strikes.  We gave up 8 walks in game one, 9 in game two and 4 in game  three.  That just can’t happen.  9 walks in a game for a major league pitching staff is embarrassing.  Especially when you’re hitters are giving you 5 runs of support.  For those counting at home, that’s 15 straight losses to Milwaukee.  We’ve got another weekend series against the Reds coming up.  Lets keep this to just a bump in a road and not the beginnings of something more.

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