PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 26: Mark Rogers #37 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on August 26, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
This one was just a slooooowwww-moving pitchers' duel until the fourth inning, when Corey Hart and Jonathan Lucroy hit two-out singles and Carlos Gomez blasted a low Erik Bedard breaking ball into the stands in left. (Gomez's explanation for why that happened is interesting.) Then in the fifth, pitcher Mark Rogers led off with a double, and two batters later, Rickie Weeks laced a fastball up the middle for a single. The Pirates might have removed Bedard right then, but they left him in there. He did whiff the next batter, Ryan Braun, but then he left a 2-0 offspeed pitch up, and Aramis Ramirez blasted off for a three-run shot of his own. The Brewers tacked on an insurance run off Kevin Correia in the sixth after Jean Segura led off with a triple.
Meanwhile, the Pirates couldn't do anything against Rogers, a former early-first-round pick who has a good fastball but is otherwise a nondescript minor-league veteran. The Bucs managed just three hits against Rogers and five overall, and struck out 11 times.
Hisanori Takahashi made his Pirates debut in the eighth; I'd figured he might come in and wanted to see it, but after Bedard's excruciatingly slow pace and the two three-run homers, I wasn't sure it was worth it to stick around.