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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-04-30

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-04-30
The Brewers might not own the Pirates, but they have taken out a long-term lease on them.

When the Brewers pulled out a 1-0 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday, it extended their winning streak over their NL Central foe to 15 games. It also was the 18th consecutive home victory for the Brewers over the Pirates.

Both streaks are the longest active runs by one team over another, and both represent franchise records for Milwaukee.

So, why do the Brewers have the Pirates' number? True, Pittsburgh has accumulated 16 consecutive losing seasons, but the Pirates came in playing better, with an 11-7 record, and they led the majors with a 2.97 ERA at the start of the three-game series.

"In general, we're just confident in ourselves right now," said Milwaukee left fielder Ryan Braun, who singled home a run, walked, doubled and scored a run. "A lot of guys are swinging the bats well. I don't think it necessarily has anything to do with who we're playing. It's just believing in ourselves."

Let's just say the Brewers have a lot of confidence when they take the field against the Pirates.

BREWERS 1, PIRATES 0: It was the Yovani Gallardo Show on Wednesday, as the Brewers' young right-hander pitched eight shutout innings and accounted for the game's only run with a seventh-inning homer off Pittsburgh's Ian Snell. Gallardo did not allow a baserunner until Andy LaRoche doubled with two down in the fifth. During his eight innings, he allowed two hits and one walk while striking out 11 hitters, a career high. Gallardo was removed after his pitch count got to 116, and RHP Carlos Villanueva pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to record his second save of the season. The Brewers have won seven of eight games to climb over .500 at 11-10.

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Added: April 30, 2009

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