The Pirates were able to outhit the Brewers 9-5 but the one bad inning really did the Pirates in. When you are as bad as the Pirates are in Milwaukee then you can't have innings like that, nor can you leave the bases loaded twice in the first four innings like the Pirates did either. This is not a team that is going to hit double after double but you gotta knock in a few runs when you have the chance.
A couple bright spots in the game today, however. Garrett Jones went deep for his 16th home run of the season while Lastings Milledge contintues to rake as he went 3-for-4. Milledge's average is now up to .276 while he is hitting almost .300 while he has been with the Pirates. As you might know I am high on Milledge and I feel he can really help the team in the future if he can stay away from making any more rap video's.
Some other great news today as the Pirates optioned Brian Bixler down to AAA Indy right after the game. I hope he never comes back up. Last night he took the field and struck out three times and commited an error. Bixler has struck out 23 times in his 33 at bats this season while being up with the Pirates. Awful. How is he still in the system. The midblowing thing about all of this was that this was Bixler's quote after the game last night from the PG:
"No, I don't think they have (the good playing Bixler in AAA)," he said in
a hushed tone afterward. "But I've said this before: I feel like I'm a major
league player, like I belong with the Pirates. I just hope that, when I get my
opportunities, I can put it all together and help this team win."
Really Brian? You think you will get more opportunities? I wouldn't give you another one if we had no more shortstops in the system. If you think you are getting another shot with me in charge then you are wrong. He has to be gone. He is terrible. I can go up and K 66% of the time. You feel like a major league player? What gives you that idea? Decent AAA numbers does not make you a major league player. Please.
Daniel McCutchen also made the choice to leave Team USA and will rejoin the Pirates and make his first start for the big league team on Wednesday. This will be our first look at a kid that looks to be playing pretty well in the minors this year (24 Starts, 13-6, 3.47 ERA, 142.2 IP, 145 H, 63 R, 55 ER, 10 HR, 29 BB, 110 SO, 3 HBP, 5 WP, 1.220 WHIP, 9.1 H/9, 1.8 BB/9, 6.9 SO/9, 3.79 SO/BB) and see what he can do with the big club. I am excited to see how he pitches.