Game 20: Bucs Win Again in the 9th

I will admit I had all but given up. My headline a few minutes ago read ‘Late Brewer Homers are the Difference.’ I was putting the finishing touches on my sometimes insightful, always poignant commentary. I was ready to click on the ‘publish’ button. All Milwaukee needed was another three outs. They came, but after a few too many Buccos crossed the plate. The losing streak is over. Hooray!

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Game 20 Live Blog: Pirates at Brewers

Lineups: Pirates: 1. Andrew McCutchen, CF2. Andy LaRoche, 3B3. Lastings Milledge, LF4. Garrett Jones, RF5. Ryan Doumit, C6. Jeff Clement, 1B7. Akinori Iwamura, 2B8. Jeff Karstens, P9. Ronny Cedeno, SS Brewers: 1. Rickie Weeks, 2B2. Craig Counsell, SS3. Ryan Braun, LF4. Prince Fielder, 1B5. Casey McGehee, 3B6. Jim Edmonds, CF7. Corey Hart, RF8. George Kottaras, C9. Randy Wolf, P...

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A visual look at the Pirates' offensive offense

Ryan DoumitIn an effort to ignore the new level of misery that the Pirates’ pitching staff sinks to on a daily basis, I will take a moment to focus on just how bad the team’s offense has been. Click for a visual look at the team’s offensive 2010 offense.

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Baker and Noris Help Welker With An Afternoon Win

As expected, the Pirates have called up righty�Jeff Karstens from Indianapolis to help them with their pitching woes. �Karstens will have to be added to the 40-man roster — he was removed from it back in November. �Over the past few weeks, Karstens had made 4 relief appearances for the Indy Indians, �for a total of 11 innings, allowing 11 runs (10 earned) on 15 hits. �He also made one start, last Thursday, and pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits.

In order to make room, Rule 5 Draft pick OF John Raynor has been designated for assignment. �If Raynor clears waivers, he will have to be offered back to the Marlins. �The Pirates are hoping they can work out a deal to keep him, like they did for Evan Meek a couple of years ago.

One late morning/early afternoon game today:

West Virginia Power 6, �Kannapolis Intimidators 1 (box)

The Power won the series over Kannapolis 3 games to one with today’s early-bird win. �Gabriel Alvarado made the start for the Power, and pitched 4 solid innings, allowing one run on 3 hits and 2 walks. �The run he gave up was a lead-off homer to Kannapolis RF Nicholas Ciolli, to begin the 2nd inning. �Alvarado worked around a base runner in each inning, but did not allow any of those batters to score. �He struck out one and erased one of the runners with a double play. �Ciolli had another hit off Alvarado in the 4th, and a third hit off Zach Foster in the 8th, accounting for 3 of Kannapolis’ 4 hits.

The Power answered the run in the bottom of the 2nd with 3 runs on 3 doubles in the top of the 3rd. �CF Evan Chambers walked with one out, and moved to third base when LF David Rubinstein doubled. �3B Jesus Brito brought Chambers in with a sacrifice fly. �Back-to-back doubles by 1B Aaron Baker and DH Rogelios Noris plated two more runs, giving the Power a 3-1 lead.

The Power were quiet over the next four innings, getting only one hit — a single by Aaron Baker, who was then caught stealing second base. �In the 8th, they utilized singles and errors instead of doubles to do their scoring. �With one out, Rubinstein and Brito both singled, and when the Kannapolis centerfielder made a fielding error, Rubinstein was able to make it all the way around to score. �Brito was left on second base, and a wild pitch moved him up to third. �Baker singled next, scoring Brito, and another fielding error, this one in left field, put Baker on third base. �Noris lifted a sacrifice fly, and Baker came in with the third run of the inning. �Power up, 6-1.

Duke Welker relieved Alvarado for the 5th inning. �He walked three and struck out three (S,W,W, S,W,S), but gave up no hits or runs. �In the eyes of the official scorer, that earned him his first win of the season. �Maurice Bankston pitched the next two innings and allowed only a walk. �Zach Foster gave up a walk and Ciolli’s third hit in the 8th, but left both runners on base, then retired the side in order to finish up the 9th.

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Game 19: Brewers Sock it to Buccos

Here’s all you need to know about this game: by the third inning Yovani Gallardo had three RBI. And Milwaukee was up 7-0. And Pittsburgh dropped their seventh straight.

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