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Monday, May 29, 2006

Brewers Stink in Loss to Pirates 3-14



From Sportsline.com:

Sean Casey may not have time to save the Pittsburgh Pirates' season. In his first game back from a long layoff, he showed how much better their offense might have been if he hadn't gotten hurt.

Casey had three hits and drove in three runs in his first game since mid-April, and the Pirates bounced back from a difficult loss to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 14-3 on Monday night behind Zach Duke.

"He's the kind of hitter who could roll out of bed on Christmas morning and hit three line drives to left field," teammate Jason Bay said. "It's good to have him back."

Casey admittedly felt nervous, especially after playing in only five games in PNC Park for his hometown team before injuring his back on a fielding play April 14. He was expected to be out as long as two months, but returned only a couple of days past the six-week mark.

"It felt great, because you feel helpless sitting," Casey said. "It was good to contribute, and good to contribute to a win."

Bay's streak of consecutive games with a homer ended at six as he was the only Pirates starter to not drive in a run, going 1-for-5. He was two games shy of the major league record first set 50 years ago this week by the Pirates' Dale Long and later tied by Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr.

"The only at-bat I didn't try to hit a home run was when I singled," Bay said. "It was the first time during this (streak) I tried to do too much. Maybe now I can get back to normal."

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