Fraze led off the third with a knock, cancelled by a Bell 6-4-3 DP and Andrew K. Same drill for the Brewers, who got a lob single with two gone. This time it cost when Domingo Santana doubled to half the lead when S-Rod's relay home took a hop that Fran couldn't glove cleanly. So far, the Bucs have left a play per inning go by. Fran doubled with two gone in the fourth and S-Rod walked. Jordy slapped a single to right that plated Fran barely as S-Rod was caught headed toward third, but he pumped the brakes long enough for Cervelli to get home. With two gone for Milwaukee *sheesh* Maldonado homered. Garza fanned and Brault is at 76 pitches after four.
|Fraze had three hits tonight (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Steven started the fifth with a rap to left and went to third on Fraze's third hit (in five innings!), a double to right. J-Bell's smoker into center chased them both home. It also chased Garza as submariner Ben Rowen took the ball. Cutch said "hi" with another knock, but a liner and around-the-horn DP ended the fun. A walk to Jonathan Villar opened the Brewer half. An infield single on a hit-and-run chased him to third, and that brought in Jared Hughes after Brault's 89th toss. He got a first pitch DP started by JHK on his kiester at the cost of a run, followed by a strikeout to make it 5-3 after five in a throwback outing.
The sixth started with a Fran single and he went to third on a S-Rod rap. Jordy rolled one up the middle to take a duck off the pond. Brent Suter was sent in. Alen Hansen popped up a bunt that hurt; Fraze's deep fly just moved the guys the second & third, then J-Bell's rocket was gloved by a lunging Villar, positioned nicely on a shift. Wade LeBlanc came on, and sandwiched a single and walk around a forceout. Then he coaxed a GIDP; lotta that going around tonight. Tyler Cravy worked the seventh. Gregory singled and stole second, where he remained. Wade was yanked for Juan Nicasio when a RH pinch hitter led off, then the Brewers swapped him out for Scooter Gennett, who Juan fanned. Ah, September. Another K and bouncer turned the page.
|Jordy had two hits and chased home two (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Rob Scahill took over in the eighth and worked a clean, two whiff frame. Antonio Bastardo gave up a bloop hit with two gone and a whiff left the runner sitting. Taylor Jungmann twirled a calm ninth as did Tony Watson to save the Bucs fifth straight win (this is not a typo) at Miller Park for Jared Hughes, his first W of the season.
Steven Brault was up in the zone & over the dish much of the night and again threw way too many pitches; his location has to come around if he's to become a viable starting candidate. The Buccos didn't help Brault early on, but tightened up as the game wore. It's a credit to the whole team that everyone is contributing, even if they still make more mistakes than a 10-week old puppy. Some lineup continuity next year should help the boys shape up.
|Juan has whiffed at least one batter in 30 straight outings (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
- Fraze had three hits, while Cutch, Fran and Jordy each added a pair.
- Guess who's back? AJ Schugel was available from the bullpen tonight for the first time this month.
- Chris Stewart had arthroscopic surgery to his left knee and will be out 6-8 weeks.