Weeks Homer in the 9th Puts Brewers on Top

The Pirates bullpen faltered in the worst possible way. The bullpen blew a lead of two runs in the 8th only to watch the offense put one on the board in the bottom half. But that skinny margin heading into the 9th wasn’t enough as Matt Capps allowed a three run homer to Rickie Weeks that broke a 4-4 tie. Paul Maholm had allowed just one run through seven. After giving up a one out walk in the 8th he was pulled. One out...

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Pirates Notebook: Maholm has been lucky

A lot has been said about Paul Maholm’s start being impacted by a streak of luck. Those comments aren’t met with any sort of favoritism by Bucco fans. Unfortunately they’re true. Going in to Monday night’s game, Maholm has a 3.09 ERA in 32 innings pitched over five starts. The “luck” factor is mainly based on his batting average per balls in play (BABIP). The average major league pitcher will have a...

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Pirates Notebook: Which side was the ump on?

A lot has been made this series about the favorable strike zone for the Milwaukee Brewers in their series sweep against the Pirates. Adam LaRoche made those concerns public with this quote in the PPG: “Go talk to the home plate umpire,” Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche said of Marty Foster, whom players felt gave far more favorable calls to Gallardo than Ian Snell, who walked four and struck out five. “He seemed to...

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Pirates Notebook: An objective look at the hot start

The 11-7 start to the season, complete with a sweep of the Florida Marlins, and a 2-1 series win against the San Diego Padres, had a lot of Pirates fans with high hopes for the 2009 season. The last two games against the Brewers have put those hopes in a free fall. A question that needs to be asked is: was the 11-7 start legit? The Pirates split a four series against the Cardinals to start the year. The same result came in a shortened...

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Another Blown Lead, Another Brewer Win

The Pirates gave Paul Maholm a 5-1 lead to work with. And for a while it looked like it might hold up. Maholm left the bases full of Beer Makers in the third and fourth innings. But the wheels came off in the fifth and sixth. After scoring twice in the fifth, Bill Hall led off the home half of the sixth with a solo homer to make it a one run game. One out later, Craig Counsell singled and Maholm was pulled in favor of Jesse Chavez. He...

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