The Pittsburgh Pirates are in Milwaukee for a three game series attempting to break a 21 game losing streak. Tonight is a rematch of the game five days ago at PNC Park, where Gallardo was not his best. However, he was sharp enough to pitch five scoreless innings. The Bucs made him work in the first inning when he threw 26 pitches. Gallardo walked two Pirates and K’d the rest. He would add seven more strikeouts to get his first win.
Keep Your Eyes On:
Gallardo is 4-2 against the Pirates with a 2.66 ERA in nine games, including eight starts.
Duke gave up seven runs, six earned last Wednesday against the Brewers. Duke got his last win against the Brewers on September 11, 2006.
Andy LaRoche has six hits in eight at-bats since returning from back spasms. Let’s trust Ross Ohlendorf can be as impressive when his back feels better.
Andrew McCutchen is batting .200 against right handed pitchers this season. 10-for-50.
Jeff Clement has hit safely in his last four starts.
Bean balls. This was from last Wednesday:
Brewers manager Ken Macha said he didn’t appreciate the up-and-in pitch from Pirates starter Zach Duke that struck Rickie Weeks in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game in Pittsburgh.
It was a 1-2 offering, but it also came immediately after Brewers pinch-hitter Jody Gerut delivered a pinch-hit, two-run home run that gave Milwaukee a 7-0 lead.
“To throw at somebody’s face, I don’t think that was very good,” Macha said. “I don’t know if he did or not. I can’t determine what the intention is. But I kind of took exception to it, and Rickie did, too.
“They were hitting Prince [Fielder] last year, and now they’re hitting Rickie. Those are the wrong guys to be hitting, I’ll say that. I would pick somebody else out.”
What is going on? We woke up in Moscow. All of our Pirate Hitler parodies were pulled from YouTube. I hate cats.
I will be on the road, so no further updates today. Go Bucs.