Game #158: Sabathia Elevates Brewers Into a Tie

Miller Park | 8:05 | Maholm vs. CC Sabathia |Box
CC Sabathia allowed just one run and whiffed 11 in seven innings pitching on short rest. He surrendered three singles and a double.
The Brewers offense struggled to do anything but walk against Paul Maholm. He allowed just two singles in six innings, but also walked six batters to take the loss. Both of those hits and four walks came in a three run fourth inning for the Brewers. With the Pirates up 1-0 thanks to a Jason Michaels RBI single, Prince Fielder singled in one run before Maholm walked in a pair of runs with two outs. Milwaukee tacked on one more in the sixth using an error, a sac bunt and a sac fly to score a run.
Adam LaRoche hit a solo homer in the 9th to cap the scoring.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Paul Maholm goes for win #10. He will undoubtedly (if he makes it) be the only Pirate ball chucker to reach double digits. This will be his fifth start against Milwaukee this year. He has yet to beat them and his last appearance against them was an L. That was back on August 30.
In nine career starts against Milaukee, Maholm is 2-4. His career ERA is 4.24. He hasn’t beaten them since 2006. The Beer Makers are hitting a collective .337 against Maholm. Mike Cameron is a ridiculous 10-15 with three homers and 8 RBI. Bill Hall is 14-23 with two homers. Prince Fielder is a mere 1-16.
Jeff Suppan’s lowest win total in the past 10 years is nine. He is 10-10 this year with an ERA that is more than a shade worse than league average. This is his fourth start against Pittsburgh in ’08, including the win back on August 30 against Maholm.
Suppan is 12-3 with a 4.20 ERA in 21 career starts. 12 wins mark his career high against one team. He is 12-2 against his current ball club. The Pirates are hitting .295 against Suppan. Adam LaRoche is 8-21 with two homers. Nate McLouth also has two homers and three doubles among his six hits in 14 ABs.
UPDATE: Apparently it will be CC Sabathia tonight and not Soup.

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Posted in 2008 Pittsburgh Pirates, Adam LaRoche, Away, Game Threads, Jason Michaels, Jeff Suppan, Milwaukee Brewers, Nate McLouth, Paul Maholm, September. Comments Off on Game #158: Sabathia Elevates Brewers Into a Tie
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