If this is the second of 22 straight home losses to the Pirates, I'm going to be very upset.
Wow, where do I start? Today's game included two blown saves, including yet another for Trevor Hoffman, a near disaster start that turned into a good outing for Chris Narveson, a couple of missed opportunities to walk off with a win, an extra inning bunting double play, Jim Edmonds thrown out at the plate in the 13th, and finally Akinori Iwamura scored in the top of the 14th on a double by Garrett Jones,
For the second straight day, the Brewers entered the top of the ninth with a 4-3 lead but couldn't hold it. First, Trevor Hoffman allowed a home run to Ryan Doumit (for the second consecutive day) in the ninth, then Andrew McCutchen hit his second home run of the day off Claudio Vargas in the tenth to give the Pirates a 5-4 lead.
After McCutchen's home run in the tenth, the Brewers had Ryan Braun on second and Prince Fielder on first when Casey McGehee singled up the middle off Octavio Dotel, scoring Braun to tie the game at 5. After Jim Edmonds flied out, Gregg Zaun drew a walk to load the bases and Alcides Escobar popped out on the first pitch to extend the game to the 11th. The run scored against Dotel marked the sixth consecutive appearance where he's allowed one.
After both sides were held hitless in the 11th, a double play on a popped up bunt ended the Pirates' threat in the 12th, and the Brewers were held quiet again. Manny Parra pitched his second of two scoreless innings in the 13th, but Jim Edmonds was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Alcides Escobar's single in the bottom half.
Finally, in the fourteenth, with Manny Parra pitching his third inning, Garrett Jones doubled to score Akinori Iwamura and give the Pirates a 6-5 lead. The Brewers were retired in order in the bottom half to end the game.
Chris Narveson bounced back from an awful start to have a pretty good day. After allowing the first three batters to reach (including back to back home runs by Andy LaRoche and Andrew McCutchen), Narveson pitched five innings without allowing another run. At one point he retired 13 straight batters. All told, he finished the day with five innings pitched, five hits, three earned runs, two walks and six strikeouts, and probably earned a second turn in the rotation.
For three innings, the bullpen took it from there. Narveson was followed to the mound by Carlos Villanueva, Todd Coffey and LaTroy Hawkins, who each pitched a scoreless inning. Coffey allowed one hit, while Villanueva and Hawkins pitched perfect innings. Unfortunately, the Brewers needed a fourth scoreless inning, and for the second consecutive day Trevor Hoffman couldn't hold a one run lead. Ryan Doumit homered off of him again to tie the game leading off the top of the ninth. Hoffman retired the side in order after that.
In a side note, in the eighth inning it was announced that Casey McGehee won't be flying with the team to San Diego, as he's returning home to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. He's expected to rejoin the team on Friday.