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Series Wrap-up, 4/26 - 4/28 @ MIL

After being swept by the Brewers by a combined score of 36-1 over three games last week at PNC Park, and having lost 21 straight games in Milwaukee entering Tuesday, there wasn't much hope for the Pirates to show well against their arch rivals this week.

But with two swings of the bat, much-maligned and oft-injured catcher Ryan Doumit delivered the Buccos not just from their Miller Park demons, but also to an improbable series victory over Milwaukee.

On Wednesday, Doumit crushed a 2-0 pitch from Trevor Hoffman into the second deck in right-center for a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the 9th, providing the final margin in a 7-3 win (Ronny Cedeno had tied it with a leadoff bomb to start the frame). Thursday, he crushed another 9th-inning homer off Hoffman, this time a solo shot that time the game at four and eventually allowing the Pirates to take a 6-5 win in 14 innings.

Thanks to a 17-3 Brewers win on Tuesday, the Brew Crew still hold a 61-17 scoring edge in six games against the Pirates this season. But Pittsburgh continued its pattern of losing big and winning close, and now have a 2-4 mark against its division rival - with both wins coming in its final at-bat.

More notes from the series:
- Doumit finished the series 5-13, including those two ninth-inning bombs and five RBI. Plus he made a great tag on Jim Edmonds in the bottom of the 13th on a throw from Lastings Milledge to push the Thursday game to a decisive 14th inning.
- Andy LaRoche continued to hit well since returning from back spasms, going 7-15 with three runs scored against the Crew. He's 13-23 since coming back to the lineup.
- Andrew McCutchen looked solid batting all over the top of the order, finishing the series 7-17 with two homers (both Thursday) and four RBI, pushing his average to .303.
- DJ Carrasco picked up the Win on Thursday and effectively saved the game Wednesday, totalling four IP, two baserunners and no runs allowed, and striking out four.
- The starting pitching finally gave the bullpen a little help: Jeff Karstens pitched an admirable 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday in a spot start (his first of the season), and Paul Maholm did well to get through seven innings Thursday despite allowing 12 baserunners. Of course, the 14 inning game on Thursday still means there will be some tired arms for the next series.

Speaking of the next series, the Pirates (9-12) now head to L.A. for a four-game set with the Dodgers (8-13), whom the Bucs took two of three from in the first series of the year. It will be Pittsburgh's last meeting with LAD this season.