Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pirates Game 27 Recap - Brewers 12, Pirates 8

-This was just an odd game. There was at least one run scored in every inning except the ninth inning and the Brewers managed to score runs in six different innings while the Pirates scored in five separate innings. True to form Miller Park was an absolute launching pad that saw seven combined home runs (four Pirates, three Brewers). Just like every time the Pirates had no answer for the Brewers. Ugh.

-James McDonald was not good. Seven runs on eight hits with five walks in only five innings of work. That is not goign to win you any games. The funny part of this was after McDonald left he was actually in line for the win. Just not sharp all night. Any time you walk five guys in a game you are going to have a long night and to be honest with you I have no idea how he made it through five innings. It was a bad James McDonald.

-The offense actually showed up in a big way. They pounded out 14 hits including four from Andrew McCutchen, three from Starling Marte, and two from Clint Barmes (!!!!).

-Russell Martin and McCutchen went back-to-back in the fifth inning and both of these balls were absolutely tanked. Actually from what I see they both were estimated to go 431 feet but that seems to be pretty tempered for what it look like they went live.

-No idea why Clint Hurdle went with Vin Mazzaro after the Pirates took an 8-7 lead in the top half of the seventh inning. Literally no idea. With pretty much a full rested pen he goes with Mazarro who gives up a game tying home run to Jean Segura in the first batter he saw. He then let the next two runners on before getting yanked. Luckily Bryan Morris was able to come in and mop that mess up but there is no reason Mazzaro should have been in the game.

-All-in-all it was just another Brewers/Pirates game. Combined 20 runs, 29 hits and seven home runs and while the Pirates were able to grab some leads with some huge hits the pitching really lost this one. The pen has been pretty good all season but they were not good tonight.

-Jeanmar Gomez get the start in like three minutes. Winning one seems like a stretch though, doesn't it?

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