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Pirates win in Milwaukee, proving nothing is inevitable

Mike McGinnis

In proof that absolutely nothing is inevitable, not even the setting of the sun or the stench of a fart, the Pirates came back to beat the Brewers in Milwaukee, 6-4.

This one had "Brewers blowout" written all over it -- Jeanmar Gomez started and reminded everyone that he's actually Jeanmar Gomez, allowing an RBI single in the first (okay, thanks in part to some shoddy defense) and then walking the bases full. He got out of it with a strikeout and a pop fly, but it looked like it was going to be a long afternoon.

The Pirates tied the game when Pedro Alvarez homered the next inning, but Gomez gave up back-to-back homers to Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt in the fourth. (Leave it to the Pirates in Milwaukee to make Yuniesky Betancourt look like a good player.) Jeanmar Gomez left the game after that inning.

The Bucs cut the lead to 3-2 with a Michael McKenry homer in the seventh, but the Brewers made it 4-2 when Justin Wilson allowed an HBP, a walk and a single.

In the eighth, Travis Snider led off with a pinch-hit single, and Starling Marte golfed a low fastball over the fence in center to tie the game. Then Jose Tabata singled and stole second, apparently injuring his leg in the process. James McDonald pinch-ran and came home on Brandon Inge's single. Inge advanced all the way to third on an error, then came home himself on a single by Alvarez. Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli did their usual thing, and that was it.

Hey, what do you know? It's possible to win in Milwaukee. Which proves that your daft four-year-old can become president, or that you can take Kate Upton to the prom. Or, to paraphrase Lydia Dunfree on Party Down, you really could find a million dollars someone left in a paper bag somewhere. Goodbye, Milwaukee! Let's hope the Pirates leave a cloud of methane behind them on their way out of town.