April 28: Pirates (8-12) @ Brewers (9-11)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

So glad not to have to write about that certain streak anymore. Twenty-two games — which spanned my 3+ years as the Pirates’ beat writer — was certainly enough losses to endure.

And all of a sudden, the Pirates are one good Paul Maholm performance away from winning a series here.

Other news items…

  • The Pirates have named Brian Burres the starter for Thursday. This will be Burres’ second start for Pittsburgh this season.
  • Ryan Doumit, who has hit .435 since April 21, gets the day off on Wednesday. He’s hit safely in seven straight games, though that can’t trump the fact that the catcher can not handle the wear and tear of playing behind the plate every day. Even when he’s hot.
  • Speaking of hitters on a roll, Andy LaRoche is 12-for-18 since missing a week with back spasms. He continues to hit near the top of the lineup, a spot in the batting order that is allowing LaRoche to get more hittable pitches.
  • Aki Iwamura has returned to his leadoff spot after hitting seventh for the last two games.
  • Four remains the magic number. When the team scores at least that many runs, it is 8-1 this season.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Aki Iwamura (2B)
  2. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  4. Garrett Jones (RF)
  5. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  6. Jeff Clement (1B)
  7. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  8. Paul Maholm (LHP)
  9. Ronny Cedeno (SS)

Brewers lineup:

  1. Rickie Weeks (2B)
  2. Carlos Gomez (CF)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Prince Fielder (1B)
  5. Casey McGehee (3B)
  6. Gregg Zaun (C)
  7. Corey Hart (RF)
  8. Alcides Escobar (SS)
  9. Chris Narveson (LHP)

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