Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pirates Prevent the Sweep

The Brewers out hit the Pirates 14-13 tonight, but the Pirates come away with the 8-4 victory in Pittsburgh tonight to avoid the sweep. But if you're going to look at one stat tonight, it has to be men left on base. Pittsburgh left 11 on the bags tonight, the Brewers 25. Gotta do a little better with that Milwaukee, especially when those runners are in scoring position.

For the Pirates, it was the middle of their order that just took to it Dave Bush, who gave up 6 runs in 5 innings. Villanueva going to the bullpen to work it out was the right move, but Bush's days as a major league starter have to be numbered. The guy just doesn't have it, in my opinion. I'd love to see him try to close, perhaps, but we can't keep losing games because of Bush's struggles. As for those Pirates, Nate McLouth (he's still good?), Jason Bay, Xavier Nady, and Adam LaRoche all had multi-game hits, as they powered their team to victory.

The Crew got a hit from every batter that made it to the plate except for Tony Gwynn, including home runs from Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks, both who have been heating up lately. But the story still was men left on the base, and that ultimately was the Brewers' demise tonight.

The Crew will now head down to Washington, for night time affairs Friday and Saturday, and then matinees on Sunday and Monday.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: Not sure who to give it to, but I think I'll reward Bill Hall for his 3-5 night, and leaving no men on base.


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