August 19: Brewers (58-61) @ Pirates (48-70)

So with another two home runs against the Brewers on Tuesday, the Pirates have now hit 10 in their last three games against the Brewers. Broaden that scope a little bit and Pittsburgh has gone deep 14 times in the team’s last seven games against Milwaukee. That accounts for a little over 15% of the team’s season home run total (92), which ranks just 14th in the NL.

It should be noted, though, that everyone has gone homer crazy against the Brewers this year. Milwaukee has allowed 161 long balls, most by any pitching staff in the Majors.

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • Rain is still coming down at PNC Park as I type, though certainly not as heavily as it was earlier. The radar seems promising for a game to be played at some point later this evening. I’ll update as necessary if there is a delay…
  • Before lightening struck close to the ballpark this afternoon, outfielder Lastings Milledge was out (as he is every day) doing extensive work with outfield coach Gary Varsho. Any defensive struggles he might be having are not due to a lack of effort, I’ll attest to that.
  • Spoke with Charlie Morton, who said he felt real good during his two side sessions since his last start. He’s at the point, too, where he was able to laugh, at least a little, about how bad his last start (the 10 ER, 1 IP one) was.
  • Phil Dumatrait is scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen this evening for Indianapolis, after which a determination will be made as to whether he’s ready to rejoin the Major League club.
  • Manager John Russell did name Dumatrait as a likely candidate to start one of the two games the Pirates have against the Reds during an Aug. 31 doubleheader.
  • The Pirates are sure to have another doubleheader (against the Cubs) later in the season as well, though Chicago still has not announced on which day. The two teams play at Wrigley Field from Sept. 29 – Oct. 1.
  • Donnie Veal (sprained left index finger) made his first rehab start for Double-A Altoona on Tuesday. Veal pitched two scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out three.
  • RHP Jeff Sues has been promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis. Sues, who is on the team’s 40-man roster and who participated in big-league Spring Training earlier this year, made 40 appearances for Altoona this year. He finished 2-6 with a 4.46 ERA. He struck out 74 and walked 37.
  • The Pirates officially announced on Wednesday that the team’s home games during the upcoming G-20 Summit will take place as scheduled. More information about parking, closed roads and security will be released closer to the Sept. 24-25 dates.
  • Oh, and Brandon Moss just receieved a new bow for deer hunting. That’s not at all important or really relevant, but he asked that I throw the exciting news in here, so I obliged.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Delwyn Young (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (1B)
  4. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  5. Ryan Doumit (C)
  6. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  7. Brandon Moss (RF)
  8. Ronny Cedeno (SS)
  9. Paul Maholm (LHP)

Brewers lineup:

  1. Felipe Lopez (2B)
  2. Mike Cameron (CF)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Prince Fielder (1B)
  5. Casey McGehee (3B)
  6. Mike Rivera (C)
  7. Jason Bourgeois (RF)
  8. Yovani Gallardo (RHP)
  9. Alcides Escobar (SS)

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1 Comment

Thanks for the usual good and timely updates, Jen.

Wish, however, Mr. Moss would spend a little more time hunting opposing pitchers rather than deer (in-season or off-season)…priorities, man!

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