Tonight I got to do something pretty rare for me when I am out of town for work. I got to watch a Pirates game. The bar right beside the hotel I was staying at had Extra Innings so it gave me a chance to unwind and watch the Pirates play. Needless to say there was a lot more that I didn't like than I did like while I watched the game over a few adult beverages.
Overall I guess you can chalk this one up to another game in Milwaukee. For some reason Miller Park is a house of horrors for the Pirates. When they go to Milwaukee you just know that something terrible is going to happen and the Pirates just aren't going to come out on the right side of it. I am not saying something terrible happened tonight, becuase it didn't, but you know what I mean.
James McDonald got the start tonight and for the first two innings he was just straight dealing. Looked really good and had a lot of the Brewers hitters baffled and trying to figure out what was going on. As the fourth inning came around he was leaving the ball up in the zone and not really getting much going, leading to the runs we see that the Brewers scored. Although this wasn't a good start for JMac I think we saw some good things and after he made a good start last time out I think he might be coming around. He is going to need to clean up some things, such as hangin pitches when he is ahead in the count and working from behind a bit, but his stuff looks better. He is getting into the mid-90's with his fastball and his breaking ball has some bite. I think he is starting to get it, he just hasn't put it all together yet. I target this to not having any time to get prepared in spring training but to be honest he should have that stuff worked out by now.
The offense was not good, again. Only five hits tonight and only one guy, Lyle Overbay, in the lineup had more than a single hit. That isn't going to cut it. At the beginning of the year I was really up on this lineup and when you look at it 1-5 or 1-6 you might think they should throw up their fair share of runs, but they haven't. No idea why but things just aren't clicking. Most of the guys are young but they need to get better. They will get better, but it just sucks watching stuff like this now.
What would a Pirates/Brewers game be without someone getting mad on the Brewers side for no good reason? Well, this is no different. This time it is Rickie Weeks. Let me set the tone. Weeks is on second, ground ball to Pedro, Weeks, being a terrible base runner, start to go to third before Pedro even lets go of the ball. Pedro sees Weeks being an idiot and someone from the Pirates dugout yells "PICKLE!" (ok, maybe they didn't yell that, but it would be real funny if they did). The rundown goes on a little too long for my liking but ends when Ronny Cedeno tags out Weeks. Well Weeks get mad. While in the rundown he tries to fake out Ronny and stops quickly as Ronny is running towards him and since he didn't throw the ball he tags out Weeks and "runs into him." Honestly it was nothing. I actually put my head down and checked my phone and when I look up the benches are cleared.
The replay comes up and it seems as if Cedeno and Weeks have some choice words and Weeks starts crying because I guess Ronny told him that he had a good time with his sister last night. I have no idea but that seems like it would happen. Well Weeks basically cries and the benches cleared for no good reason. This is why the Brewers are a joke. You are sitting in fifth place in the NL Central and you think you're good. Get over yourself. Sure Ronny probably talked shit but if you learned how to run the bases when you're in third grade you wouldn't have to deal with this.
So what do you think the best thing that could have happened from there? You might say that he comes up and hits a huge double or goes deep. What does Ronny do? Oh yea, he goes deep. Not only deep but a two run shot to tie the game at two. The only thing that would have made this sweeter was if he blew a kiss to Weeks as he passed him rounding the bases. It was one of the best single moments of the season.
But really, other than that it was a pretty typical game. I hate the Brewers and it just was the same old Pirates in Milwaukee. Hopefully they can come back strong tomorrow. Hopefully.