Breaking down Sunday's Pirates-Brewers game
Pirates beat reporter Rob Biertempfel's inside look at Sunday's game:
• Carlos Gomez was moved into the leadoff spot midway through spring training, and it has paid off. Through Friday, Gomez was leading the Brewers with a .386 batting average, 17 hits, nine runs, a .438 OBP and a .705 slugging percentage. He also shared the team lead with three homers.
•Charlie Morton went 2-0 with a 0.57 ERA in three starts last season against the Brewers. One of those starts was shortened to two innings by a two-hour, 20-minute rain delay. In that game, Morton allowed one unearned run and did not return after the rain stopped.
C Tony Sanchez was on the field five hours before game time Saturday to do some extra fielding drills. Sanchez will head back to Triple-A Indianapolis as soon as Chris Stewart is healthy, so the coaching staff wants to get as much hands-on time with him as possible.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates notebook: Recovering Cole exceeds expectations in simulated game
- Liriano, Snider lift Pirates to a victory over Dodgers at PNC Park
- Selig: Pirates’ rebirth a positive step for baseball
- Pirates notebook: Phillies’ Burnett not demanding trade
- Rossi: Liriano no ace, but he’s Bucs’ key
- Outfielder Polanco driving force for Pirates in victory over Dodgers
- Tuesday’s scouting report: Dodgers at Pirates
- Wednesday’s scouting report: Dodgers at Pirates
- Specialization, focus on velocity lead to surge in Tommy John surgeries
- Kovacevic: Who’s better than Cutch?