And after the double play that left the Pirates without a run in the top of the first, you would have Zach Duke dealing against a team he has historically pitched well against and was looking to shake the cobwebs from his last start off, do you think we'd have a deal, or not?
'Yes, I have banged all of the case models...'
For the second straight outing, Duke allowed seven earned runs, this time over four innings. The Brewers racked up double digit hits and the Pirates offense was quiet for most of the day. Derrick Turnbow let the Bucs creep back in with some walks in the eighth, but Frankie Cordero shut it down in the ninth, including a strikeout of Fast Freddy, who struck out four times on the day.
The bullpen was good again, led by my least favorite Pirate, Mr. Chacon, who's season ERA is now, 1.50. X Man goes deep for a two-run bomb, meaningless in the end.
It's on to the West Coast for the Bucs. If you think the recaps have been lacking lately, try writing about the this team on a daily basis.