A Walk and 4 Double Plays Sink Pirates as Brewers Sweep

The Pirates collected a fair share of runners through hits and walks. Unfortunately, they had more double plays than runs.

Ross Ohlendorf probably deserved better, but he was involved in his own undoing. With the game knotted at one each (solo homers from Casey McGehee and Garrett Jones – ROY candidates both) in the fifth, Ohlendorf issued a bases loaded walk to his counterpart Jeff Suppan. One out later Craig Counsell hit a two run single for the final two runs of the game.

Suppan danced into and out of trouble all afternoon. Pittsburgh hit into double plays in the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th innings.

Ohlendorf allowed just five hits and struck out six in six innings. Suppan allowed 8 hits and three walks in six innings.

The Good

Jones

Lastings Milledge had three hits and Brandon Moss had two doubles.

Ohlendorf coulda/shoulda been the winner with this kind of outing.

The Bad

Not enough hits with men on base.

The Rest

Jason Kendall stole two bases.

Ryan Doumit was behind the plate following a 1.5 game benching. Could’ve been due to day game following a night game that he was playing instead of Jason Jaramillo. Doumit was 0-4 with a whiff and a GIDP.

A handful of NL rookies have double digits in dingers – Jones, McGehee, Andrew McCutchen, Jake Fox, Colby Rasmus and Kyle Blanks.

This was Milledge’s first three hit game as a Pirate.

This was the second time this year that Moss has had two doubles in one game.

Chris Bootcheck has cut his ERA in half over his last three outings. It now rests on 12.00.

Not going to mention Milwaukee’s ridiculous winning streak in WI against the Pirates. Not going to mention it.

Counsell came into the game hitting .292 against Pittsburgh, his second best mark against any opponent.

Suppan is now 14-3 in his career versus the Buccos, the most wins he has against any franchise.

 

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Bucs Comeback and Take Series from Milwaukee

Paul Maholm didn’t have it today. Good news is that Jeff Suppan didn’t either. Neither started pitched five innings. Suppan went 3-1/3 and gave up five runs on four homers and three singles. Maholm went 4-2/3 and gave up seven runs, leaving the game with the Pirates behind.

It was an exciting fifth inning. Milwaukee trailed 5-2. But Ryan Braun hit a bases loaded double, scoring all three and then scored on a homer by Casey McGehee. After Bill Hall singled, Maholm was pulled for Joel Hanarahan who got the final out of the inning. The Pirates pulled even in their half off of Seth McClung. Delwyn Young walked and consecutive two out doubles from Andy LaRoche and Ramon Vazquez plated two runs.

It stayed that way until the 9th when Brandon Moss hit a walk off tater off Mitch Stetter with one gone. That made a winner out of Matt Capps, who pitched a scoreless ninth despite putting two runners on.

The Good

A win.

Winning a series.

Scoring 9 runs.

Garrett Jones hit a homer and had two doubles.

Ryan Doumit homered twice and drove in three.

The Bad

Maholm getting hammered.

The Rest

As Matt noted Andy LaRoche was traded. No surprise. Let’s see what Steve Pearce can do.

In the previous 31 games, the Pirates scored 9 runs or more just once (back on 6/24 vs. Cleveland). 13 hits was the most since that same game back on 6/24.

Last time the Bucs hit five round trippers in one game was 7/12/08. Damage was done then by Jason Michaels, Nate McLouth, Adam LaRoche and Jason Bay (2). None of them is still a Bucco. Last time anyone on the current roster was involved in a five or more homer game was 8/22/07 when both Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson went deep against Colorado.

This was the fourth time in 2009 that Maholm allowed six or more earned runs. He did that just three times in all of 2008.

This was Jones’ third career three hit game and his second in July.

Doumit homered twice in a game for the first time since 6/10/08 when he connected twice off of Tim Redding of the Nationals. Doumit came into the game hitting just .216 in his career against Milwaukee. He hadn’t homered against the Brewers since doing it in consecutive games on 7/4/07 and 7/5/07.

Braun has more career RBI against Pittsburgh than against any other club.

 

 

Beer Men Walk to Victory

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.

The Good

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.

The Bad

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

The Rest

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.

 

Beer Men Walk to Victory

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.

The Good

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.

The Bad

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

The Rest

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.