Brandon Woodruff threw seven shutout innings and the Milwaukee Brewers used a six-run fifth inning to coast to a 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Tuesday evening.
Improving to 4-1 on the season, Woodruff surrendered only two hits and issue two walks in his seven innings on the mound. Despite coughing up a few runs in the ninth, the Milwaukee bullpen held off an attempted comeback by the Pirates to keep the game at a safe distance.
Andre Jackson started for Pittsburgh, and after a few innings, ran into serious trouble in the fourth and fifth frames. He fell to 1-2 on the season, giving up six runs on three hits with five walks in 4.1 innings.
The Brewers scored the game’s first run in the top of the fourth inning. After walking the bases loaded to open the frame, Jackson induced Mark Canha to hit into a double play, but it did allow Christian Yelich to score from third base. Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead, but at the time, it looked like the Bucs avoided a huge inning.
Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, that huge inning for the Brewers came in the fifth, when six runs crossed the plate to make this one a blowout. An RBI triple by Andruw Monasterio was followed by a RBI single by Brice Turang, a sacrifice fly by Yelich, and an RBI double by Carlos Santana. A two-run single by Canha later in the inning made it 7-0 Milwaukee.
Connor Joe’s three-run homerun, his 10th of the season, in the ninth inning got the Bucs on the scoreboard to avoid a shutout. But other than that, this game was all Milwaukee from the beginning.
This was certainly a disappointing response to Monday night’s victory for Pittsburgh. They simply couldn’t solve Woodruff on the mound, while control issues for Jackson and Co. set the table for a deficit. The six-run fifth was the difference in the game, but it could have actually been a lot worse than that final score.
The Brewers and Pirates will meet back up on Wednesday afternoon for the rubber match of this series at PNC Park. Freddy Peralta will be on the mound for Milwaukee, while Pittsburgh has yet to formally announce a starter for the 12:35pm first pitch.
Record vs. Brewers: 4-8
Record vs. N.L. Central: 20-25
Record at Home: 33-37
Overall Record: 64-75
Let’s Go Bucs!