War is Over!

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So this is the Brewers

And what have you done?

Took two out of three

It sure was a lot of fun.

Thank you John and Yoko, a great song for a great series.

The Pirates defeated the Brewers ending a 22 game losing streak in Milwaukee on Tuesday with a 7-3 victory.

The man of the hour looked to be Trevor Hoffman.
 

“Hells Bells” resounded and chants of “It’s Trevor Time” could be heard around Miller Park. After all, the MLB saves leader deserves an ovation like that.

Ryan Doumit must have took offense to the fanfare as he took matters into his own hands.
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Hoffman checked into the game with a 3-2 lead. Ronny Cedeno got under his skin launching a solo home run.

A few batters later, with the bases loaded Doumit jacked a grand slam deep into the second deck over the right field wall. That sealed the deal and ended the torment.

It never seemed like it would come.

The series began right where it left off in Pittsburgh following that 20-0 history making contest.
Pittsburgh fell 17-3. It was just an ugly game, something Pirates fans have been used to this past week.

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On a play at the plate that Gregg Zaun was clearly safe, manager John Russell got his butt of the bench for the first time in quite some time. Originally I believed Doumit made the tag and Zaun was out. Russell obviously did not get to see the replay multiple times like I did at one of Morgantown’s famed bars, the Boston Beanery. I was glad to see Russell defending his players and actually talking during a game. He looks like he is going to fall asleep at any time and also can hardly be heard during post game interviews. WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins is the same way in the interviews. A very low talker who is quite soft spoken and talks in “coach speak.” However, Huggins is the most in your face, smash mouthed coach in any sport. Russell needs some lessons from Huggy Bear.

The rubber match on Thursday was big. A win by the Pirates would actually tie the Brewers for fourth place in the Central. Now it is quite an accomplishment considering the beat down the Brewers have laid on the Bucs.

Welcome to fourth place boys!
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Andrew McCutchen teed off for a pair of homeruns and Andy LaRoche kept his big bat hot with a homerun and two hits of his own.

The marathon game went to the 14th inning. It should have been over way before that.

Hoffman came in again. Blew it again. Without saying, Pirates closer Octavio Dotel forfeited his own save a few innings later.

After going hitless the entire game Garrett Jones drove in the winning run to cap off the win and take the series. A great series. There is nothing better than raising the Jolly Roger in Miller Park. After all it was 22 game since it last happened.

photo credits: AP/postgazette.com

9 Comments

All i can say is FINALLY!!!!!
http://section316.mlblogs.com

Sounds a lot like the game I watched last night; extra innings, two blown saves…never a dull moment. Glad you won the series :O)

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Doumit is really coming to life for the Buckos. Garrett is looking good. I need Ohlenddorf to get healthy…actually I think he is sorely missed by Pittsburgh. He was pitching well at the end of last season.

http://stonebutch99.mlblogs.com

I was standing next to a Pittsburgh resident when I was in Canada for a trade show and mentioned that the Pirates beat my team. He seemed fairly shocked and then had very little good to say about them. I guess Pirates fans are tired these days, eh? Congrats on the win!

You must feel like you’ve been on an emotional roller coaster. Jeez, what a ride. Glad the series had a happy ending.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Matt,
I love tht song! Hey congrats on your Pirates beating my Dodgers. Tough loss for Kershaw. With the way the iwnd was blowing I thought I was going to see a few homeruns but no. Let’s see what today brings.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/
http://DodgersBlueBlog.com/

Finally they remembered how to win.. and no they need some encore performances in the month of May…
-peter
Phillies Outside

oh what history you have between the Brew Crew :(

A win must have felt refreshing! Here’s to better games played by the Pirates!

http://mimi.mlblogs.com

your spirit is indomitable!!
mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

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