Game #130: Bucs Blow Chance as Brewers Sweep

Miller Park | 2:05 | Maholm vs. C.C. Sabathia | Box
The Pirates took Milwaukee to extra innings thanks to a pinch hit RBI single from Nate McLouth in the 9th of former Bucco hurler Salomon Torres. In the 12th, the Pirates loaded the bases with no one out, but couldn’t score as Guillermo Mota retired Brandon Moss, Chris Gomez and Luis Rivas without incident.
The Brewers took that momentum and won it in the bottom of the 12th. Rickie Weeks singled, stole second and scored on a single from J.J. Hardy. All the damage was done off Jason Davis.
C.C. Sabathia left with the lead after six, but got a no decision after the Pirates tied the game at 2-2 in the seventh when Nyjer Morgan singled in Freddy Sanchez.
Sabathia allowed one run on eight hits and no walks in his six innings. He struck out five. Paul Maholm lasted six innings and gave up eleven singles, a double and two walks but only two runs. Maholm benefited from three double plays, a caught stealing and a base runner kill at second to help survive.
Mota won. Davis lost. Brewers sweep.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Every time my wife hears the name C.C. Sabathia she breaks out in this child’s clapping folk tune. Ah, the annoyances of a 13 year marriage.
Sabathia would be my guess for the first 300 game winner to make his debut this century. He is 8-0 since coming to the NL, including five complete games and two shutouts in his nine starts with the Beer Meisters.
Sabathia has not faced the Pirates since 2006. He is 2-0 in three career starts with a 1.64 ERA. The Pirates are hitting a mere .212 (18-85) against Sabathia. Freddy Sanchez and Luis Rivas have homers.
The Pirates counter with their ace, Paul Maholm. He leads the annual race to 10 wins. Each Pirate staff must have at least 10 game winner. Maholm had another nice outing last time – seven innings and two runs – but received a no decision.
His lone appearance against Cleveland was in 2006. He allowed a run in 5-1/3. The Indians have just 13 at bats against Maholm. Jamey Carroll is 3-6.

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Posted in 2008 Pittsburgh Pirates, August, Away, Brandon Moss, Chris Gomez, Freddy Sanchez, Game Threads, Jason Davis, Luis Rivas, Milwaukee Brewers, Nyjer Morgan, Paul Maholm. Comments Off on Game #130: Bucs Blow Chance as Brewers Sweep
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