Pregame: Welcome to Miller Park



MILWAUKEE — As if the Pirates don’t already have enough cause to dread coming to Miller Park, the fine folks here hung up a welcome banner over the visiting players’ entrance. The Bucs have dropped 12 straight games at Miller Park since winning two in a row on April 27-28, 2010. The last Pirates starting pitcher to pick up a victory here was Tom Gorzelanny in 2007. (A nod to Jen Langosch of for that last bit o’ research).

»»» Alex Presley has six triples, which ties him with the Cubs’ Darwin Barney for most among NL rookies. The last Pirate to hold that honor was Al Martin, who had eight triples in 1993.

»»» today was first to report that special assistant to the GM Larry Corrigan was cut loose by the Pirates. Major league scout Keith Champion also was fired.

»»» Not to put too fine a point on it, but Neil Walker’s .992147 fielding percentage squeaks past that of Cincy’s Brandon Phillps (.991573) for tops in the NL among second basemen. The club record for a second baseman is .993, set by Johnny Ray in 1986.

»»» They don’t hit a lot of homers, but they can find the gaps. The Pirates have hit 16 doubles over their past five games. The lead the NL with 101 doubles since Aug. 1. Since the All-Star break, only the Mets (138) have more doubles than that Pirates (125).

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Pirates (71-88) – 1. Alex Presley cf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Derrek Lee 1b, 5. Garrett Jones rf, 6. Jason Jaramillo c, 7. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 8. Chase d’Arnaud ss, 9. Charlie Morton rhp (10-10, 3.67)

Brewers (94-65) – 1. Corey Hart rf, 2. Nyjer Morgan cf, 3. Mark Kotsay lf, 4. Prince Fielder 1b, 5. Rickie Weeks 2b, 6. Jerry Hairston 3b, 7. Yuniesky Betancourt ss, 8. Jonathan Lucroy c, 9. Shaun Marcum rhp (13-7, 3.31)