Game #83 vs. Milwaukee

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.
Recaps
Pirates.com
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
SI.com
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 they’re skewed by a rocky April and May. In three of his last four outings, Sugar Shane’s qualified for a quality start. He was named the International League’s pitcher of the week on June 17 after throwing dominant games back-to-back against Charlotte and Durham. He’s not a hot prospect, but he’s 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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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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