PITTSBURGH -- The ball left Travis Snider's bat and he took off with his head down. ThePittsburgh Pirates outfielder had imagined driving the ball into the Allegheny River since he joined the team last summer.
In Snider's daydreams, the homer always went down the right field line, the shortest route out of PNC Park.
Reality turned out to be even sweeter. And longer.
Snider's 458-foot longball over the bushes in right-center propelled the Pirates to a 7-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night. The two-run shot was Snider's first homer since last August, an eternity for a guy once considered a power-hitting prospect.
PITTSBURGH -- Yovani Gallardo and the struggling Milwaukee Brewers can't even count on beating the Pittsburgh Pirates anymore.
Gallardo surrendered a tie-breaking two-run single to Neil Walker in the sixth and Milwaukee fell to the Pirates 3-1 on Wednesday night to fall to 2-10 in their last 12 games.
"Obviously we're struggling right now but we've got to get over it," Gallardo said. "We've got to work through it and turn it around as soon as possible."