PNC Park | 4:05 | Youman vs. Chris Capuano | Box
The Brewers didn’t look like one of the best teams in the National League on Tuesday.
Four errors—four!—and four walks—four!—helped the Pirates’ offense break out a bit. (When you’re handed eight free bases, you don’t have much of a choice.) The Bucs went ahead for good in the fifth, then tacked on a little insurance in the sixth. Starter Shane Youman earned his first major-league victory as the Pirates sunk the Brewers, 6-2.
Don’t look now, but Jason Bay is hitting .256 after another 0 for 4 game. We’ll only go as far as Jason carries us. For all the talk about bringing in another bat to provide a boost for the lineup, it might make as much sense to start hoping that the sluggers we do have start to … slug?
Ryan Doumit (.301), Freddy Sanchez (.296) and Xavier Nady (.277) were the only Pirates who ended the game yesterday with batting averages higher than .265.
The Pirates are 1-1 in this all-important seven-game homestand.
Don’t forget about the mid-afternoon start on this one. We’re playing in the twilight hours so that Live can rock long into the evening. Zambelli fireworks, too—it’s a 3rd of July extravaganza!
I talked about Youman a little bit yesterday:
[His Triple-A] numbers are pedestrian, but theyre skewed by a rocky April and May. In three of his last four outings, Sugar Shanes qualified for a quality start. He was named the International Leagues pitcher of the week on June 17 after throwing dominant games back-to-back against Charlotte and Durham. Hes not a hot prospect, but hes better than the alternative.
Six games left on the all-important homestand. Run the table, and perhaps a glimmer of hope remains.
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