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Another game, another loss to Brewers

Another game, another loss to Brewers
Ian Snell's bloated pitch count from a previous outing caught up with him Tuesday night in the Pirates 8-5 loss against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Snell (1-4) lasted just five-plus innings and allowed five runs and four hits. The right-hander walked five and struck out two.

"I gave all I had," Snell said. "That's all I had. I didn't have anything over 94-95 (pitches) in my tank, period."

After tossing a career-high 131 pitches in seven innings six days earlier against the Brewers, Snell was only slightly better last night. He threw 94 pitches, 51 for strikes.

Did that last outing sap his energy?

"You can think what you want," Snell said. "I don't know. I can't tell you that. I'm not going to make any excuses.

"I tried my best. I was locating (pitches), but then it just started getting out of hand. I was walking people. People are going to look at it like, 'He walked the whole team,' but it happens."

The Brewers scored one run on two hits in the second inning, two runs on two hits in the fourth, three runs on two hits in the sixth, and two runs on one hit in the eighth.

It helped that each of those innings began with a walk ? accounting for four of the nine issued by the Pirates . Snell and four relievers went to three-ball counts against 17 of 40 batters.

"We walked too many, didn't score enough runs," manager John Russell said. "It just wasn't a good game for us at all."

With a backdrop of about 30,000 empty seats at PNC Park on a wet, chilly night, the Pirates absorbed their 17th straight defeat against the Brewers.

It's the longest stretch of domination by one team over another since 1969-70, when the Baltimore Orioles owned the Kansas City Royals for 23 consecutive games.

The Pirates won't get another chance to end the streak until July 20, when the Brewers come to PNC Park for three games. The two teams have nine games against each other remaining this season.

Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez got a scare in the first inning when he was shaken up on a diving play in the hole.

As he dived to snag Craig Counsell's hard grounder, Sanchez appeared to hyperextend his shoulder. He was in obvious pain as he threw from his knees.

Counsell was out, and Sanchez slumped onto the field. Sanchez was briefly examined on the field by the athletic trainer and remained in the game.

"Little bit of a scare," Sanchez said. "It was kind of the same thing I did last year. We'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Any doubts about Sanchez's health were quickly erased in the bottom of the inning. He lined a solo home run to left field off Jeff Suppan (2-2), giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead.

The Brewers grabbed a 3-1 lead. With two outs in the second, Corey Hart doubled and scored on J.J. Hardy's single to left.

In the fourth, Hart's two-out double scored Mike Cameron from first base. Hart scored on Hardy's double.

"If (Snell) finishes those guys off, it might have been a different story," Russell said. "He made too many mistakes. He had guys where he wanted them but let them get off the hook."

The Pirates made it 3-2 in the bottom of the inning. With runners at second and third, one out and the pitcher on deck, the Brewers chose to pitch to Jason Jaramillo, who singled to center. Brandon Moss scored.

Andy LaRoche singled to center with one out in the sixth. When Kendall couldn't find a wild pitch, LaRoche scooted to third. He scored on Ramon Vazquez's fly ball to center.

Delwyn Young's two-out double in the eighth drove in Andy LaRoche and Vazquez. It was the Pirates' first pinch-hit RBI this season.

How they scored

Pirates first inning (Jeff Suppan pitching): With one out, Freddy Sanchez hit a solo home run (No. 3) to left field on an 0-1 pitch. Pirates 1, Brewers 0

Brewers second (Ian Snell pitching): With two outs, Corey Hart doubled to left. J.J. Hardy singled to left, Hart scored. Pirates 1, Brewers 1

Brewers fourth: Ryan Braun walked. With one out, Mike Cameron grounded into a fielder's choice, Braun out at second. Hart doubled to right, Cameron scored, Hart to third on the throw. Hardy doubled to left, Hart scored. Brewers 3, Pirates 1

Pirates fourth: Brandon Moss singled to third base. Andy LaRoche walked, Moss to second. Ramon Vazquez fouled out to right, Moss to third, LaRoche to second. Jason Jaramillo singled to center, Moss scored, LaRoche to third. Brewers 3, Pirates 2

Brewers sixth: Prince Fielder walked. Cameron walked, Fielder to second. (Jesse Chavez pitching) Hart grounded into a fielder's choice, Fielder to third, Cameron out at second. Hart stole second base. Hardy singled to center, Fielder and Hart scored. Jason Kendall singled to left, Hardy to second. Suppan walked, loading the bases. Rickie Weeks walked, Hardy scored, Kendall to third, Suppan to second. Brewers 6, Pirates 2

Pirates sixth: With one out, Andy LaRoche singled to center and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Ramon Vazquez flied out to deep center, LaRoche scored. Brewers 6, Pirates 3

Brewers eighth (Evan Meek pitching): Hardy walked. Kendall walked, Hardy to second. Chris Duffy bunted out to pitcher, sacrifice, Hardy to third and Kendall to second. Weeks grounded to third base, fielder's choice, Hardy out at home, Kendall to third. Craig Counsell doubled to left, Kendall and Weeks scored. Brewers 8, Pirates 3

Pirates eighth (Mitch Stetter pitching): Moss walked. Andy LaRoche grounded into fielder's choice, Moss out at second. Vazquez walked, LaRoche to second. With two outs, Delwyn Young (pinch-hitting for Meek) doubled to right-center, LaRoche and Vazquez scored. Brewers 8, Pirates 5

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Added: May 7, 2009

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