Just one game after the Pirates blasted out 21 runs on 36 hits they managed to get one run on six hits against the Brewers on a water soaked PNC Park.
Before we get into anything about the actual game itself I just have to get this out there one more time. I have no idea why Ryan Church is on this team or is even in the lineup. With his sorry performance in the ninth inning today I officially have no faith in him getting another hit for the rest of the year. Tonight, with runners on first and second and one out, down by two, Church took a strike that was marginally outside. He then proceeded to take two pitches right down the middle, the latter he argued with the umpire about. Have some balls and take a swing. That is unacceptable if you are hitting .300 let alone with you are hitting .180 like Church is.
Ok, now that we got past that we can get onto the game. If I told you goign in that the Brewers would only get three hits you would probably figure the Pirates would win this game by multiple runs. Boy, would you have been wrong. Those three hits produced three runs and that was all she wrote.
The pitching was good, for the most part. Jeff Karstens was perfect through four innings but gave up a leadoff home run to Prince Fielder to start the fifth inning then gave up an infield single and a moon shot to Rick Weeks in the sixth inning. Yes, I just went over all the Brewers hits in two sentences, and the Pirates lost. Ugh.
Pedro Alvarez had a pretty nice night tonight. He walked three times and really showed some nice disipline. The more he watches those pitches he chased earlier in the year the better he is going to be. I was forced to watch the FSN Wisconsin broadcast and they actually threw up a nice stat. This season when Pedro hits ahead in the count he is hitting a staggering .463 while only hitting .130 when he is behind in the count. If he can work counts more he is going to see a lot better pitches to hit and his average and home run numbers are going to go way up.
Not a whole lot more to talk about. Tough loss. Get em tomorrow.