The Brewers dominance over the Pirates continued as Ian Snell was unable to get the ball over. He walked five and gave up three doubles in five innings to allow Milwaukee to score five runs. He was pulled after walking the first two hitters in the sixth inning. Jesse Chavez relieved and threw 15 of his 22 pitches out of the strike zone. He was charged with one run during the three run sixth that blew open a 3-2 game.
The Pirates were unable to do much against Jeff Suppan. He went 5-2/3 and allowed five hits and three runs. One of those hits was a dinger from Freddy Sanchez.
J.J. Hardy drove in four runs for Milwaukee.
Sanchez continues to swing the hot bat.
Andy LaRoche’s BA is now higher than his brother’s. Wait, maybe that isn’t so good.
Snell’s wildness. The animated scoreboard at Riverfront stadium used to play a “Walks Will Haunt” message showing a ghost strolling to first base whenever a Red was walked.
Two games under .500
This was the seventh time that Hardy has driven in four runs or more in a game. Last time was 7/6/08 when Milwaukee pounded Zach Duke.
This was Suppan’s sixth straight winning decision against Pittsburgh. He has not lost to them since 8/11/06 when he was with St. Louis. His career mark against the Buccos is 13-3 – his most victories against any single opponent. His career mark at PNC is now 10-5.
Sanchez’ third homer of the year gives him 15 XBH on the season. His fifteenth extra base hit in 2008 didn’t come until June 14th.
The Pirates surrendered ten walks in the game. Last time they gave up more than that was 9/18/08 when they yielded 11. The Pirates gave up nine walks to Milwaukee earlier this year on 4/28. Milwaukee got 8 walks from Pittsburgh on 4/27.
On the flip side, the seven walks that Pittsburgh drew is a season high.