Pirates (11-7) v. Brewers (8-10)

While it was disappointing that we couldn’t finish off our first sweep of the year (I know we lost because Seth didn’t have his broom out), it was still nice to have a winning road trip. The Brewers had tons of opportunities yesterday and just couldn’t cash in. The Brewers left 11 men on base and were a horrible 1-13 with runners in scoring position. Don’t let Manny Parra’s final line fool you. Unfortunately he did not pitch that well. Yes Rickie Weeks committed the error (not making excuses, but he was shielded by the umpire), but the inning never should have got to that point. Parra walked the pitcher! How many times must we say this? Don’t walk the pitcher! Blow three 96 mph fastballs by him and see ya later! So ridiculous! Of course, the pitcher then comes around to score. Manny also threw only 55 of his 97 pitches for strikes. First of all, this is a horrible ratio. Second of all, 97 pitches to get through 5 innings is horrible. If there was a positive on the pitching end, it was nice to see the bullpen throw 3 shutout innings. Nonetheless, we still had a winning road trip. We now have a 7 game home stand, so let’s keep it going. Here is your game preview: Aaaargh! The Pirates are in town! Pittsburgh has been one of the early season surprises so far. For the most part they have done it with pitching, but their offense hasn’t been bad. They just pounded out 21 runs in a 3 game series against the Padres, so they’re hitting. That said, the Pirates do have two offensive starters on the DL. Catcher Ryan Doumit and SS Jack Wilson are out. Jeff Karstens starts for the Pirates tonight and I won’t lie, I know nothing about him. He has made 2 starts this year, one good, one bad. He has only made 20 career starts and has a 4.78 career ERA. The Brewers best starter to date takes the hill tonight. Braden Looper will try to extend his streak of great outings to 4. I have really enjoyed how Looper has pitched to this point. The only thing I would like to see is him possibly go a little deeper into the game. It would be nice to see him throw 7 innings, but admittedly, this is being overly picky. Let’s get this home stand off to a good start. Go Brewers!!

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