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Youman gets first win as Bucs take advantage of sloppy Brewers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- Major league players occasionally lose fly balls in the sun. On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Brewers lost ground balls, too, as an uncommon starting time made for a game-long defensive adventure at PNC Park.

At least it did for the visiting team.

Shane Youman earned his first major league win by limiting division-leading Milwaukee to two runs over six innings, and the Brewers' sloppy defense committed a season-high four errors during the Pittsburgh Pirates' 6-2 victory.

Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said it could have been worse.

"We haven't had one like that all year," he said. "There were other balls we misplayed that weren't given errors. We didn't play well defensively."

Even if the Brewers felt there should be an asterisk next to this one.

The game started at 4 p.m. -- a midweek rarity in the majors except for Wrigley Field -- because of a postgame concert and fireworks show. The Brewers didn't want to make excuses, but they said the sun made it difficult on defense.

"I couldn't see anything," said left fielder Kevin Mench, who allowed Jack Wilson's RBI triple to sail over his head during a three-run sixth because he didn't see it come off the bat. "Balls that were hit, you just hoped they weren't line drives. You were hoping they'd go high enough where you could get a chance to read it. That's the first time it's ever been that way."

He might want to get used to it. The teams play at the same time on Independence Day, which could have Prince Fielder punching a water cooler in frustration like he did while going 0-for-4 Tuesday.

"That wasn't a very pretty game," Yost said.

It was for the Pirates, who didn't commit an error while winning for the first time in three games. Ronny Paulino drove in two runs without getting a hit as the Pirates bounced back from a 10-3 loss to Milwaukee on Monday night.

Youman (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace the injured Zach Duke (elbow), twice allowed extra base hits to start an inning but otherwise was effective in his first start this season. He was 0-2 late last season.

"He pitched well enough in September to have a win, so it was good to see him get it," manager Jim Tracy said. "He battled like crazy ... and got outs when he needed them. He has poise, great poise."

The left-hander gave up eight hits but stranded eight runners in the fourth career start by a one-time 43rd round draft pick who was never given much chance to reach the majors. Corey Hart doubled and scored on Ryan Braun's single in the first and Mench led off the fourth with his fourth homer.

"It's been a long time coming," said Youman, who played for LSU's 2000 College World Series champions. "You start the year in Triple-A and you never know when or if you'll get the call. To be able to do it in my first game up is real huge."

The Brewers were 6-1 against the Pirates this season, but returned to familiar ways in PNC Park after their one-sided victory Monday. Milwaukee is 19-38 in Pittsburgh since 2001.

This was a messy loss with miscues all around. After Rajai Davis doubled to start the Pirates' third against starter Chris Capuano, consecutive errors on ground balls by shortstop Craig Counsell and third baseman Braun led to Jason Bay's RBI grounder. Counsell started because All-Star shortstop J.J. Hardy returned to the hotel with flu-like symptoms.

"He didn't see it out of the crowd," Yost explained of Counsell's error. "He caught a glimpse of something going by and that was it. That happens. When the sun's shining sometimes it comes out of the crowd and you can't see it."

The Brewers committed two more errors in the fifth. Center fielder Bill Hall misplayed Xavier Nady's double to the right-center gap, allowing Nady to reach third, and pitcher Yovani Gallardo threw wildly on Youman's sacrifice bunt. Paulino's sacrifice fly put the Pirates up 3-2.

The Pirates added three runs in the sixth with the help of Adam LaRoche's double and Wilson's triple.

Capuano made his first start since being sidelined by a groin injury on June 8, but didn't figure in the decision after allowing two runs, one earned, in 3 1/3 innings. Gallardo (1-1), who was 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in three starts with Capuano out, took the loss by giving up three runs, two earned, in 2 2-3 innings in his first career relief appearance.

Notes

  • Bay went 0-for-4 and is 13-for-99 (.131) in his last 26 games.
  • Capuano has won only one of seven starts in PNC Park.
  • Milwaukee 2B Rickie Weeks, rested Monday while in an 0-for-13 slump, singled his first time up.
  • The Brewers have homered in 12 consecutive games.
  • Damaso Marte, Shawn Chacon and Matt Capps followed Youman with a scoreless inning each.
 
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Shane Youman claims his first major league victory, yielding two runs on eight hits over six innings.  (AP)
Shane Youman claims his first major league victory, yielding two runs on eight hits over six innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Wilson
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

S. Youman
IP 6.0
H 8
ER 2
BB 1
K 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, RF4110011 .313
Craig Counsell, SS3010103 .243
Ryan Braun, 3B5021013 .343
Prince Fielder, 1B4000011 .274
Bill Hall, CF4000021 .272
Johnny Estrada, C4030001 .288
Kevin Mench, LF4111013 .274
Rickie Weeks, 2B4010001 .234
Chris Capuano, P1010000 .286
    Yovani Gallardo, P1000000 .125
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Graffanino, PH1000010 .256
Totals35210217  
a-struck out for Spurling in the 9th
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (14, Youman), Johnny Estrada (17, Chacon)
HR - Kevin Mench (4, Youman)
SH - Craig Counsell (5), Chris Capuano (3)
RBI - Ryan Braun (26), Kevin Mench (21)
SB - Ryan Braun (8, 2nd base off Youman/Paulino)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Ryan Braun (7, Misplayed grounder), Craig Counsell (1, Throwing), Yovani Gallardo (1, Throwing), Bill Hall (8, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano 3.1521230 4.28
Yovani Gallardo (L,1-1) 2.2543220 3.68
Chris Spurling 2000010 2.96
IBB - J. Wilson by Chris Capuano
HBP - Nady (by Chris Capuano)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 84-52, Yovani Gallardo 54-37, Chris Spurling 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 7-2, Yovani Gallardo 3-4, Chris Spurling 2-3
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 20, Yovani Gallardo 16, Chris Spurling 6
Pittsburgh Pirates
Rajai Davis, CF3120100 .243
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Kata, PH1000000 .183
    Shawn Chacon, P0000000 .300
    Matt Capps, P00000001.000
Jose Bautista, 3B5011013 .264
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5110002 .296
Adam LaRoche, 1B4111114 .231
Jason Bay, LF4101123 .256
Xavier Nady, RF4120011 .277
Ronny Paulino, C3002004 .231
Jack Wilson, SS3131100 .264
Shane Youman, P2000012 .000
   b- Nate McLouth, PH-CF1000001 .245
Totals35610646  
a-flied out for Marte in the 7th
b-grounded out for Youman in the 6th
Batting
2B - Rajai Davis (1, Capuano), Adam LaRoche (22, Gallardo), Xavier Nady (13, Gallardo)
3B - Xavier Nady (1, Capuano), Jack Wilson (2, Gallardo)
SF - Ronny Paulino (2)
SH - Shane Youman (1)
RBI - Jose Bautista (30), Adam LaRoche (46), Jason Bay (51), Ronny Paulino 2 (24), Jack Wilson (24)
2-OUT RBI - Jack Wilson (5)
SB - Jose Bautista (5, 2nd base off Capuano/Estrada)
Team LOB - 12
Pittsburgh Pirates
Shane Youman (W,1-0) 6822121 3.00
Damaso Marte 1000020 1.78
Shawn Chacon 1100020 3.82
Matt Capps 1100010 2.53
HBP - Hart (by Shane Youman)
Pitches-Strikes - Shane Youman 97-59, Damaso Marte 13-9, Shawn Chacon 16-11, Matt Capps 14-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shane Youman 5-11, Matt Capps 1-1
Batters Faced - Shane Youman 28, Damaso Marte 3, Shawn Chacon 4, Matt Capps 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25416
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Jim Joyce