Game 21: Bucs Mark Another Comeback with Extra Innings Win

It took another 9th inning rally to propel the Pirates to victory. This one took a bit longer as Garrett Jones delivered an RBI double in the 14th as the Pirates won a series in Milwaukee seemingly for the first time since Potsy was hanging out at the Cunningham’s house.

It was a see-saw game from the onset. The Pirates scored three first inning runs behind a pair of homers. Andy LaRoche hit a two run shot and Andrew McCutchen had a solo homer. Milwaukee answered right away off of Paul Maholm. Carlos Gomez hit a two run homer. After Ryan Braun singled and moved to third on an infield grounder, he scored on a wild pitch.

Corey Hart’s solo homer in the fourth was the only scoring between the 1st and 9th innings. Ryan Doumit hit a solo homer in the 9th off Trevor Hoffman to push the game to extra inning. McCutchen hit a solo dinger leading off the 10th, but Octavio Dotel couldn’t hold the lead. Casey McGehee singled in Braun who had doubled earlier in the home half of the 10th. Milledge failed on a bunt attempt with two on in the 12th as the Pirates were unable to score. But he redeemed himself the following inning by throwing out Jim Edmonds at the plate.

The Pirates went up to stay in the 14th. Aki Iwamura – back in the leadoff spot – singled and scored on the double from Jones.

D.J. Carrasco tossed three scoreless innings for the win. Manny Parra pitched the fateful 14th. Maholm gave up four runs in seven innings. He whiffed six but walked five. Brewers starter Chris Narveson gave up three runs over five innings.

The Good
Winning two straight.

Four homers in a game.

The Bad
Buccos whiffed 19 times today.

The Rest
This was McCutchen’s third four hit game and his second multi-homer game of his career.

As far as I can tell, this was the first time in his career that Hoffman yielded homers in consecutive games.

This was Narveson’s first career start against the Pirates.

Bucco hitters whiffed 19 times, marking the third time the club has struck out that many times in a single game. The all-time high is 21 set in a 14 inning loss to the Philles on 9-22-58. Ronnie Kline wen the distance for the Pirates and whiffed five times. Phillies starter Seth Morehead struck out twelve in nine innings. It was the only time he hit double digits in Ks in 24 career starts.

The three innings tossed represents the longest out for Carrasco in 2010. He went three innings or more eight times in 2009.

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