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Brewers series ends on ugly note for Bucs

The Penguins can advance tonight and we're all waiting to see if Ben Roethlisberger gets traded during the NFL draft or sometime after.

Before that action takes place, I just have to write about the Pirates.

Did you see the score Thursday afternoon?


Yes. Twenty.

And, if you weren't sure, they lost.

That makes it 36-1 against the Brewers in the three-game homestand. The Bucs just can't beat the Brewers. And, for this series, they weren't even on the same playing field.

That drops the Pirates to 7-8 on the season.

To paraphrase the coach from "Bull Durham," how did they ever win seven?

You can check out the scene here, it's one of my favorites from the movie.  Beware, there is some R-rated language there.


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