When you make Dave Bush and Jeff Suppan look like Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax, you know you're in for a long series, especially with CC Sabathia on deck. And the Brew Crew took it to the Pirates again, pounding out an 11-3 win tonight.
Milwaukee smacked around almost every pitcher the Pirates put on the hill - Paul Maholm, Jesse Chavez, Matt Capps; only Tyler Yates escaped unscathed. The 5 through 8 hitters for the Brewers went 10-19, with 8 runs scored, 9 RBI, three doubles and two homers. Thank God they didn't have a DH!
The loss was the ninth in a row for the Pirates, who have dropped 13 of their past 15 games. The Brewers are now 10-1 against the Bucs this season.
Brandon Moss was the only bright spot in an otherwise dark evening. He went 2-3 with a walk, double and his seventh long ball, a two run shot in the sixth.
Let's hope that the September road trip to Cincy, San Fran, and Houston cures what ails the Bucs. The two best teams in the NL have proved their mettle.
In ex-Pirate news, Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors says he wouldn't be surprised to see the Yankees let Damaso Marte go and bolster their bullpen via free agency. Marte is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA for the Bronx Bombers, his ERA doubling in the transition (it was 3.47 in Pittsburgh, where he was 4-0 with 5 saves).
Todd Redmond, the RHP Pittsburgh traded for Tyler Yates, is 13-5 with a 3.42 ERA for the Brave's AA Mississippi club. The 23-year old has 128 K's in 160-1/3 innings. He may or may not be a MLB arm, but Redmond sure would have looked nice in Altoona.