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Pirates Vs. Brewers: Bucs Beaten Badly By Zack Greinke, 7-2

Zack Greinke had nine strikeouts, and Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder hit long home runs.

Zack Greinke and the Brewers embarrassed the Pirates 7-2 on Friday night in a game that ended in watch-between-the-eyes fashion for Pirates fans.

Paul Maholm allowed four runs in five innings, with no strikeouts and no walks. Greinke racked up nine strikeouts before the Pirates finally scored two runs on him in the eighth, at which point the Brewers replaced him with Francisco Rodriguez, who got the final out of the inning. 

The Pirates then sent out Joe Beimel in the eighth, and Beimel allowed mammoth homers to each of the first two hitters he faced. Ryan Braun's went way out to right field; Prince Fielder's went to almost exactly the same spot in right, but got there faster, almost on a line drive.

Later in the inning, Rodriguez ended up coming to the plate and hit a grounder to first base. Garrett Jones fielded it and was slow returning to the bag, and he missed an opportunity to tag Rodriguez as well. K-Rod thus got his first major-league hit, much to the delight of the Brewers bench (as you can see in the picture).

The Pirates have historically been terrible at Milwaukee's Miller Park, and this game fit very much into that tradition.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.