Game 41: Milwaukee Makes Most of Scant Knocks

The Brewers only got five hits. Normally that’d be trouble. But the Pirates were blanked over the final eight innings as Milwaukee split the two game set.

It started off well. The Pirates collected four hits in the first off of Milwaukee starter Chris Narveson. Steve Pearce drove home two with a two out triple. Andy LaRoche followed with a double, pulling Pearce home from third. A quick three spot.

Paul Maholm gave up two runs in the top of the second. A walk to Casey McGehee preceded a triple from Corey Hart. Greg Zaun’s grounder scored Hart. 3-2.

Narveson settled in and allowed no more runs over six innings. Milwaukee got two more in the fourth inning off Maholm. The inning went single (McGehee), walk (Hart), double (George Kotteras) and RBI ground out (Adam Stern).

That was all the scoring.

Maholm went seven and allowed four hits and four runs. He whiffed seven. Narveson got the win. Carlos Villaneuva got the save. He hit Ryan Doumit with a pitch before getting a game ending double play from Delwyn Young.

The Good
No complaints about Maholm.

The Bad
Getting stifled over the final eight at bats.

The Rest
Narveson is 4-1 despite an ERA over 5.00. He had no decisions against Pittsburgh prior to this game.

Maholm is now 3-6 against Milwaukee. Those six losses are the most he has against any franchise.

Brendan Donnelley came off the DL and pitched a scoreless 8th.

Bucs are 18-23 after 41 games in 2010. They are one game off the pace of 2009 (19-22 after 41 games).

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Maholm didn’t have his great stuff but really battled through it to put together a good start. The free-swinging Brewers helped him. Not a bad loss, and could have happened to anyone.

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