The Pirates opened up the second half of their season with a 10-7 loss to the Brewers last night. James McDonald struggled, and the bullpen gave up the lead late. As the Bucs have done throughout this season, though, they once again responded from a trying effort with a 6-4 victory over the Brew-Crew tonight at PNC Park.
Casey McGehee, one day after going 0-5 with four strikeouts, responded phenomenally tonight with a 3-5 effort, including a homerun, two singles, and two RBI’s. Andrew McCutchen hammered his 20th homerun of the season, while Neil Walker extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games.
The Pirates didn’t get the lead until the seventh inning, but when they got it, they never let it go. Kevin Correia battled his way through six innings, giving up four runs (two earned), and after giving up a pair of runs in the first inning, held the Brewers in check for most of his outing. He earned his sixth victory of the season with the support of the always-reliable bullpen.
Chris Resop and Jason Grilli pitched scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth, while Joel Hanrahan nailed down his 24th save on the night.
Brewers’ starter Marco Estrada had the strikeout working tonight, fanning eleven Buccos on the night, but a couple mistakes, including a big one to McCutchen, were his biggest detriment. Offensively, Milwaukee managed just six hits as a team, with Corey Hart the only player with a multi-hit performance.
With the way this Brewers offense typically scores runs, it may be difficult to understand why they are where they are in the N.L. Central this year. But given the horrid bullpen and the sloppy miscues that we saw tonight, it’s no wonder they’re eight games back in the division.
A day after a rough outing, the Pirates went right back to the form that has helped them get to the top of the division this year. Correia was solid starting the game, the bullpen kept the game in hand in the latter innings, while the offense got the timely hitting down the stretch. The Bucs are now back to eleven games over .500 and are tied for first with the Cincinnati Reds following their 3-2 walk-off win today over the St. Louis Cardinals are Great American Ballpark.
A.J. Burnett will make the start for the Pirates tomorrow as they try to win their second series over the Brewers at Miller Park this season. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10pm.
Record vs. Brewers: 3-2
Record vs. N.L. Central: 21-12
Record on the Road: 20-24
Overall Record: 49-38
Let’s Go Bucs!
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