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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Brewers Lose 1st Doubleheader Game 3-6



From Sportsline.com:

Ian Snell is learning how to pitch inside to major league hitters and seeing the results.

Snell struck out 10 to tie his career high and Freddy Sanchez got three hits to raise his NL-leading batting average to .342, sending the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader.

"A great performance by Ian Snell," Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said. "He did something today that was very impressive. His effectiveness of pitching inside helped him immensely with his curveball and his slider down and away that he had very good command of, which was evidenced by the fact that he walked one and had 10 strikeouts."

Snell (13-10) became the first Pirates pitcher to win as many as 13 games in a season since 1999, when Todd Ritchie won 15.

"I was actually throwing inside and changing eye levels to all the hitters," Snell said. "I wasn't throwing a lot of the same pitches to the same hitters."

Snell said he has always had a fear of throwing inside since he hit and seriously injured a batter when he was young.

But Snell said pitching coach Jim Colborn has helped him get over that fear, and Snell rebounded Wednesday after two consecutive losses.

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