The Crew will try to snap their 5 game losing streak and get a W in front of the fans at Miller Park. Back in the end of March, Pittsburgh Pirates broken spring training from Bradenton Florida and the Brewers broke from Chandler Arizona. When the teams broke north for the 2010 season. Pirates fans knew from the beginning, it was another season of trending water in their sinking Pirates ship.
Its been a long time since their were more Wins then loses for those Pittsburgh Pirates fans. You have to go back to 1992, under the leadership of Jim Leyland, the Pirates won 96 games and advance and lost to Atlamta Braves in the NL Championship.
The story is different for the young man that left the desert sun of Arizona. Talk of 90 wins, return to the playoffs. The team is said to be loaded with Talent. That talent team is 13-28 against any pitching staff ranked 6th of better. They enter this series against the Bucs, playing .430 baseball. That puts them on pace to win just 70 games. That puts them in the same class as the Pirates, manning a ship that is taking in water. Lets remember the 2003 and 2004 Brewers under Ned Yost won 68 and 67 games.
Whats even worst for the Brewers nation fans is that the Brewers are not capable of winning at home. The Brewers have the WORST record at home in the National League. They have 17 wins at Miller Park, 1 of those W's was against the Pirates in their first apperance. But like so mant others the Crew would drop the next 2 to the Pirates at home.
Lets look at those games
Monday April 26th - 25,982 - Zach Duke vs Yovani Gallardo. On this monday nights, the Brewers bats were able to beat-up on the 15th ranked pitching staff of the Pirates. Gallardo help his own case, with a 2 run double, that scores Casey McGehee in the bottom of the 2nd. In the bottom of the 3rd, Geoff Zaun rips a 3 run double. The Brewers send Pirates pitchers Zach Duke to the showers, with 8 runs in 4 innings. The Brewers get long balls from Casey McGehee and Alicdes Escobar. They cruise to a 17-3 win.
Tuesday April 27th -28,991 -Randy Wolf vs Jeff Karstens....The Pirates get on the scoreboard 1st in the top of the 2nd. They get a sac fly by Akinori Iwamura. The Brewers tie the score with a double by Craig Counsell. In the top of 4th, Jeff Clement hits a solo shot. The Crew would tie the game again in the bottom of the 7th, a solo shot by George Kottaras. In the bottom of the 8th, Prince Fielder puts the Crew ahead. Its time for Hells Bells and Trevor Hoffman. Hoffman throws Ronny Cedeno a 0-1 pitch and the game is tied. Later Hoffman faces Ryan Doumit with the bases loaded. Its just on the fair side of the rightfield foul pole for a grand slam. Bucs win 7-3
Wednesday afternoon - April 28th -28,401....Paul Maholm vs Chris Navreson. Its Navreson has a starter. He surrenders a single to Iwamura and then 2 run homerun by Andy LaRoche. Andrew McCutchen also goes deep. The Brewers come right back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Maholm walks weeks and then surrenders 2 run homerun to Carlos Gomez. With Ryan Braun at 3rd and McGehee at the plate, Maholm uncorks a wild pitch. The Crew pull ahead in the bottom of the 4th, solo lead off homerun by Cory Hart. Its 4-3 going to the top of the 9th, Trevor Hoffmann tries for another save. Its a 2-1 pitch to pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit and he puts in basically the same place as the night before. We go to the 10th, Claudio Vargas gives up a solo shot to McCuthcen. Octavio Dotel in the bottom of the 10th, gives up a double to Braun and Braun scores on McGehee single. Its the top of the 14th, Manny Parra gives up a lead off single to Iwamura. He scores on a double by Garrett Jones. D.J. Carrasco gets the W, when he gets care of the Crew 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 14th.
Who are the Pittsburgh Pirates
John Russell manager -is in his 3rd and maybe last season as skipper of the Pittsburgh Pirates. John William Russell was born in Janaury 1961, in Oklahoma City Oklahoma. Russell is 6-0 205 right-handed former catcher/outfielder. Russell plays his high school baseball at Norman High School in Norman Oklahoma, the home of the Tigers. In 1979, he is drafted in the 4th round by the Montreal Expos. Russell does not sign and stays in Norman and plays for the Sooners of the University of Oklahoma. In 1982, the Cubs take Shawon Dunston with the overall #1, 12 picks later the Phillies drafted Russell. Russell plays in the majors from 1984 thru 1993. He plays for the Phillies, Braves and the Rangers. In 2003, Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon asks John Russell to be the Bucs 3rd base coach. He has that job until the end of the 2005 season. He return to the Steel city as manager in 2008.
The Coaching Staff
Don Long - Hitting coach - Long is in this 3rd season with the Pirates as their hitting coach. Long is from Bremerton Washington and at one time was the Head Baseball Coach at the University of Seattle. Long never played in the majors and only majors league experience is the 3 season as John Russell's hitting coach
Joe Kerrigan - pitching coach - Kerrigan is in his 2nd season as pitching coach for the Pirates. Joseph Thomas Kerrigan born in January 1954 in the city of brotherly of love, Philadelphia. Kerrigan is 6-5 210 right-hander, who play his high school baseball for the Crusaders of Father Judge High School. He stays in the city of Philadelphia for college baseball, when he plays for the Temple Owls. In 1974, Janaury draft he is a 1st round pick of the Expos. He pitches in the majors from 1976 thru 1980, he plays for the Expos and Orioles. In 1983, Expos manager Bill Virdon calls on Kerrigan to be the bullpen coach. He does that with the Expos until the end of 1986 season. In 1992, Tom Runnells and later Felipe Alou asked him to be a pitching coach for the Expos. He holds that position until 1997, when Red Sox manager Jimy Williams asked him to be the pitching coach. In 2001, Williams is fired and Kerrigan manages the Red Sox for the last 43 games. In 2003, Phillies manager Larry Bowa calls on Kerrigan services to be the Phillies pitching coach. He hold that job untilt he end of 2004 season. In 2006, Joe Torre is next to ask for Kerrigan, he does the Yankees for 2006 and 2007.
Carlos Garcia -1st baseman -the former Pittsburgh is coaching 1st for the 1st time. He replaces Perry Hill at 1st base. Garcia was born in October of 67 in Tachira Venezuela. He is signed as amateur by the Pirates in 1987. Garcia was 6-1 185 right-handed hitting infielder. Garcia played in the Big leagues from 1990 thru 1999. He played the the Pirates, Blue Jays, Angels and Padres.
Tony Beasley - 3rd base Coach -Beasley is coaching 3rd for his 3rd season. Anthony Wayne Beasley was born in Fredericksburg Virginia. He coaches for the 1st time at 3rd base, for Washington Nationals in 2006, for manager Frank Robinson.
Gary Varsho -Bench Coach - The Marshfield Wisconsin native, 3rd season being the bench coach for the Pirates. Varasho born in June 61, he is 5-11 175 left-handed outfielder. He plays his high school baseball at Marshfield. He plays his college baseball for the Titans of the University of Oshkosh. In 1982, he is a 5th round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs. He plays in the majors from 1988 thru 1995. He plays in the majors with the Cubs, Pirates, Red and Phillies. In 2002, Phillies manager Larry Bowa asked him to be the bench coach. 2005, Larry Bowa is fired and replaced by Charlie Manuel. Varasho is Manuel bench coach for 05 and 06.
Luis Dorante - Bullpen -Dorante is in his 3rd season as Bullpen coach for the Pirates. He was born in October 68 from Falcon Venezula. In 2005, Florida Marlins Jack McKeon calls on Dorante to be the Marlins bullpen coach
The Pirates regular starting 8
C - Ryan Doumit -Ryan Matthew Doumit is 6-1 210 switch hitter. Born April 1981, in Mose Lake Washington. He plays for the Chiefs of Moses Lake High School. He would be drafted by the Pirates in the 2nd round of 1999 June draft.
1B - Garrett Jones - Jones was finally given a chance by the Pirates. After spending 3 years in the Braves farm system and 7 years in the Twins. Yes the Twins, gave him a cup of coffee of 31 games in 2007. Garrett Thomas Jones is 6-4 205, left-handed hitter. Jones was born in June of 1981 in Harvey Illinois. He plays his high school baseball for the Thunderbolts, of Andrew High School in Tinley Park Illinois. The Braves would draft him in the 14th round of 1999 draft.
2b Neil Walker - the homegrown Pirate, born and raise in the Pittsburgh area. Neil Martin Walker is 6-3 230 switch hitter. He played his high school baseball Pine-Richard in Gibsonia Pa, the home of the Rams. In 2004, the Pirates with the 1st round and 11th pick overall pick, draft the high school catcher. The Pirates remove him from behind the plate and first play him at 3rd, but in move to 2nd.
SS Ronny Cedeno - another player the Pirates are giving him a chance to play. Ronny Alexander Cedeno was born in February 1983 in Carabodo Venezuela. Cedeno is 6-0 170 right-handed batter. He would be signed as 16 year old kid by the Chicago Cubs in 1999.
3B Pedro Alvarez - the Pirates are working and looking to the future at the Hot corner. Pedro Manuel Alvarez is 6-3 225 left-hander. He is born in New York City. He plays his high school baseball at Horace Mann in the Bronx. He is a 14th round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2005. In 2008 he is the 2nd overall pick of the draft by the Pirates
LF - Jose Tabata - comes to the Pirates in the trade that sent Xavier Nady to the New York Yankees. Jose Nicolas Tabata is 5-11 210 from Anzoategui Venezuela. Sign as amateur free agent by the Yankees at the age of 16 in 2004.
CF -Andrew McCutchen -another 1st rounder. McCutchen was born in October 86 in Fort Meade Florida. McCutchen is 5-11 175 right-handed hitter. He plays his high school baseball at Fort Meade. The Pirates with the 11th overall pick in 2005
RF -Lasting Milledge - the sand in the sand bottle is running out on this top prosepect. Its been 7 years since he was drafted with the 12th overall pick in 2003. Lasting Darnell Milledge is 5-11 200 right-handed hitter. Born and raised in Bradenton Florida. Played his high school ball for the Mustangs of Lakewood Ranch. Milledge is fighting or platooning with Ryan Church. Ryan Matthew Church is 6-2 215 left-handed hitter in Santa Barbara California. He plays for the Braves of Lompac High School. He plays his college at Nevada Reno. He is a 14th round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2000
What do the Pirates bring to the table -they enter tonights contest on the night the Brewers honor their former rightfield, that wore #5 Geoff Jenkins. In my opinion, Jenkins is worthy of the honor. He was the nucleus of the Brewers in his playing days. The Pirates are 30-54, in which they are 19-20 at that awesome ballpark in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately when away from the ballpark on the 3 rivers, the Pirates are 11-34
The Pirates were the following in the months
I will love to give this stat, the Pirates have 30 wins, 9 of them are over the evil empire of the Chicago Cubs !!!!!. They are 9-3 over the Cubs !!!!
Runs - 3.24 the Pirates are the worst team in the National League to find ways to cross homeplate
Homeruns - 53 - the same for the long ball, dead last in the National League
Steals -53 - 6th best in the National League
Batting Average - .237 which is also dead last in the National League.
On base % - .303 is not dead last, its 2nd to last to the Houston Astros.
ERA - 5.13 - which is ranked 15th in the NL, only the D-Backs are worst
K's - 506 - 15th ranked in the NL,,,,The Nats are in last with 505
Whip 1.518 - the Pirates have the 3rd worst in the NL....ONLY the Brewers and D-Backs are worst
Friday night match -up.....Paul Maholm and Doug Davis....Paul Gurner Maholm is 6-2 220 left-hander. Born in June 1982, in Greenwood Mississippi. He plays at Germantown High School in Germantown Tennessee. He plays his college ball for the Bulldogs of Mississippi State. He is a 1st round and 8th overalll pick of the Pirates. He will be making his 18th start in 2010. He is 5-7 with an era of 4.50. After pitching 8 innings of 1 run baseball at Wrigley field, Maholm pitched against the Phillies at home and suffer his worst start of the season. 7 runs in 3 innings. He actually has pitched better away from PNC in 2010, he is 2-2 with an era of 3.40. Compare to era of 5.80 at PNC. In 16 career starts against the Crew he is 3-6 with an era of 4.66. In 9 starts at Miller Park, he is 2-3 with an era of 4.26
Doug Davis returns to the mound for the 1st time since, he faced the Atlanta Braves on May 10th at Miller Park. So far in 2010, in 3 starts at Miller Park, he is 0-2 with an era of 5.06. In 22 career starts against the Pirates, he is 8-6 with an era of 4.82
Saturday night - Jeff Karstens and Dave Bush
Sunday afternoon - Brad Lincoln and Randy Wolf
The rest of the match-ups will be done friday night, while watching the Bucs and Brewers
Its a series of ships that are taking water in 2010. The questions which one will take more water after this 3 game series, before the All-Star break.
Enjoy your baseball and Go Crew
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