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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Brewers Lose Again 1-6

From Sportsline.com:

Jose Castillo's powerful bat is picking up where Jason Bay left off.

Led by Castillo's sixth home run in five games, the Pittsburgh Pirates stretched their winning streak to a season-high three by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 Wednesday night.

With temperatures unseasonably high in the 80s, the Pirates improved to 5-1 on their homestand.

"They are just hitting everything," Brewers manager Ned Yost said after his team lost its fourth consecutive game. "They hit good pitches, they hit pitches we get up a little bit. ... They are just red hot right now."

The Pirates have scored 56 runs in their last six games -- 9.33 per contest -- and have outscored the Brewers 32-5 in taking the first three games of a four-game series that concludes Thursday.

Players throughout the Pirates lineup are swinging the bats well. Freddy Sanchez had three hits and scored three runs, Sean Casey homered and improved to 6-for-12 with five RBI since coming off the disabled list Monday, Jack Wilson extended his hitting streak to 11 games, and Bay hit his team-record-tying 12th home run of the month.

"Hitting is contagious," Casey said. "A lot of guys are hitting right now. It all started with Jason Bay the last few weeks, and I think everyone's just feeding off of that."


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