Game #86: Maholm Sharp, Offense Not So Much

Miller Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. David Bush | Box
Paul Maholm walked just one batter in eight innings. Tyler Yates walked the first hitter he saw and that baserunner scored the winning run.
Maholm and David Bush matched up and both allowed just one run in eight innings. Maholm gave up four hits – one of which was a solo homer by Mike Cameron – and one walk while whiffing six. Bush did him one better. He allowed four hits, whiffed seven and walked none.
Two of the Pirates five hits were doubles in the fifth from Adam LaRoche and Jose Bautista that knotted the score at one.
The Brewers wasted a chance in the 8th. Bill Hall doubled, but was caught in a rundown when Jason Kendall bounced to Jack Wilson. Hall was retired and Jose Bautista fired to first where LaRoche tagged out Kendall who had strayed too far off the bag.

Pre-Game Thoughts
David Bush is in the middle of a not so stellar year. He is 4-8. His ERA is over 5.00. He went 3-3 in June and lowered his ERA by nearly a run. He was beaten by Pittsburgh on May 22. His career mark against the Pirates is 1-4 with an unsightly 6.17 ERA. He is 20-12 with a 3.76 ERA at Miller Park.
Nate McLouth is 5-10 and Freddy Sanchez is 7-16 against Bush.
Paul Maholm is 5-5 and will try to push his record over .500 for the first time all year. He has won his last three decisions. He was beaten by the Brewers back on May 20th. He is 2-3 with a 4.26 ERA against Milwaukee. He has not beaten them since 2006.
Maholm hasn’t fooled many of the Brewers. They are hitting .336 against him as a gang. Bill Hall is 9-15 with two homers and seven runs knocked in. Mike Cameron is 5-6 with a homer. Prince Fielder is 0-10.

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