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Monday, Aug 22, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT
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The Pirates dropped the first game of the doubleheader, 8-1. The key play early on, or at least the one people were talking about, was the decision to walk Craig Counsell, who's hitting .174/.286/.205, to get to Chris Narveson, and Narveson's subsequent decision to knock home two runs with a single to right. But that turned out not to matter, as the Brewers piled on six runs off Tony Watson and LOHGY (Lefty One-Homer Guy) Joe Beimel in the late innings.
Oh, and Michael McKenry played third base for some reason - there may be something wrong with Steve Pearce. (UPDATE: It looks like he hurt his finger.)
The Pirates have also sent Kevin Correia to the disabled list with an oblique strain. That sounds bad on the heels of Paul Maholm's injury, but it seems unlikely that whoever replaces Correia in the rotation will be worse than he's been recently anyway. That said, I'm struggling to figure out who that will be - Jeff Locke, Jose Ascanio and Brian Burres pitched too recently, Justin Wilson isn't stretched out to start, and Rudy Owens is hurt. Garrett Olson? Kyle McPherson? Aaron Thompson?