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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Brewers Swept By Pirates in 3-4 Loss



From Sportsline.com:

Jose Castillo was on his way to the clubhouse, celebrating not only a game-winning home run but a streak of six consecutive games with a homer when a Pirates teammate grabbed him and pushed him back toward the field.

No home run. No six-game streak. And, at least for a couple of minutes, no Pirates victory, though it took only one more batter to clear up the confusion.

Ryan Doumit hit a game-winning single after the umpires took away Castillo's apparent homer and called both teams back onto the field, and the Pirates finished off a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a bizarre 4-3 victory Thursday.

The Pirates trailed 3-2 entering the ninth, but Jeromy Burnitz doubled off Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow (2-2). One batter later, Castillo hit a long drive that bounced off the padding atop the right field wall and was first called a home run.

"It was fun celebrating," Burnitz said. "But once I saw their guys emphatically running in, I knew there was a chance we might have to replay it."

After conferring behind second base, the umpires decided Castillo's drive did not clear the wall and put him back at second -- after some Pirates had headed to the clubhouse and fireworks were shot off. Brewers manager Ned Yost argued Castillo stopped at first and should have been put there, though Castillo was seen running the bases and touching home following the initial wave of confusion.

"My argument was why did he get second base?" Yost said. "Nobody saw him stop at first."

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