Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 6-5

It didn't matter that Trevor Hoffman put the pitch exactly where he wanted it.

When you're a closer, all that matters is the outcome. When you're a struggling closer, it matters more than ever.

Hoffman's nightmarish April continued Wednesday when he blew his second ninth-inning lead in two days, on yet another home run. The final result didn't come until five innings later but that didn't make the 6-5, 14-inning defeat to Pittsburgh at Miller Park any easier to swall...

Earlier in the day, manager Ken Macha asked aloud the question many in Brewer Nation were posing Wednesday regarding closer Trevor Hoffman.

"How much rope is he going to get?" Macha said to reporters, rhetorically for the most part.

Asked to answer his own question, Macha replied, "I don't know the answer to that."

Questions swirled about Hoffman after he blew his third save in six chances Tuesday night against Pittsburgh, allowing five runs on two homers to squan...