4:38p At this point, the Pirates might as well stop trying when they’re at Miller Park.
The Brewers, despite being shut out for the first seven innings of the game, found yet another way to take out the Pirates, with the final score being 2-1. The final blow was Nyjer Morgan’s sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, which kept the Brewers undefeated (8-0) against the Pirates this season.
The Pirates actually got on the scoreboard first, as the jumped on Brewers starter Shaun Marcum early. He was hanging a few pitches early on, and Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen took advantage of that by hitting back-back doubles in the first inning.
After that, however, Marcum was lights out. He ended up going 7 2/3 innings, his second longest outing of the season, while giving up one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out five. Unfortunately, the Brewers offense didn’t arrive in time, and Marcum had to settle for his third consecutive no-decision. But, he kept the Brewers in the game, and that would prove big, because of the Pirates starter on the other side.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton pretty much knocked out the Brewers for the first seven innings. He ended up going 7 1/3 innings while giving up a run on four hits. He walked two and struck out five. But, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made a decision that pretty much cost him the game in the eighth inning. With a runner on second, Hurdle pulled Morton for reliever Jose Veras. Veras came in and got the second out of the eighth, but then Hurdle made another change to bring in his All-Star closer, Joel Hanrahan. Hanrahan came in and did his job: he struck out Nyjer Morgan to end the inning. Or, that’s what should have happened.
Hanrahan’s pitch to Morgan was a slider in the dirt, and Morgan swung over it. But, catcher Michael McKenry couldn’t handle it, and bounced away from him. Morgan ended up reaching first, and Jonathan Lucroy, who was on second, advanced to third. That set the stage for Ryan Braun.
Braun tied the game with a RBI single back up the middle, and, from there, the Pirates knew that it was happening all over again.
Hanrahan got out of that inning, then pitched a scoreless ninth. He handed the ball over to Chris Resop for the 10th inning, and he would be the victim of the Brewers walk-off.
George Kottaras hit a one-out single in the 10th, and Casey McGehee followed with a double to put runners on second and third. That set the stage for Morgan’s walk-off sacrifice fly.
Miller Park continues to be house of horrors for Pirates
If I were the Pirates, I would never want to come to Milwaukee. Since the beginning of 2007, the Pirates are 3-36 against the Brewers at Miller Park, which includes an 0-6 mark this year. Obviously, it’s a mental thing for them at this point, but that’s their problem if they can’t get over it.
Up next for the Crew…
The Brewers start a three-game set at home against the Dodgers tomorrow. Randy Wolf (9-8, 3.48 ERA) will go for the Brewers, and is coming off a great outing in St. Louis his last time out. He gave up one run in eight innings against the Cardinals. Wolf, the former Dodger, is 3-4 with a 3.66 ERA against his former team. He has already taken a loss against the Dodgers earlier this year.
The Dodgers will counter with the former Cub, Ted Lilly (7-12, 4.71 ERA). Lilly is having somewhat of a down season, as his record and ERA show, but he’s doing well in August. Lilly is 5-2 with a 3.54 ERA against the Brewers in his career, most of those numbers from his days with the Cubs.
|Felipe Lopez, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.210|
|b-Casey McGehee, PH-3B||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.239|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||3||0||0||1||1||2||0||.317|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||0||2||1||1||1||0||.326|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.305|
|Mark Kotsay, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.258|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.270|
|Craig Counsell, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||3||0||.151|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.285|
|1-Jerry Hairston, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.255|
|c-Corey Hart, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.272|
|Shaun Marcum, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.156|
|a-Josh Wilson, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.266|
|George Kottaras, C||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.232|
a-Hit a sacrifice bunt for Hawkins in the 8th.
b-Flied out for Lopez in the 8th.
c-Flied out for Saito in the 10th.
1-Ran for Lucroy in the 8th.
2B: McGehee (19).
RBI: Braun (77), Morgan (28).
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 7.
CS: Betancourt (4).
E: Fielder (12), McGehee (16).
|Takashi Saito (W, 3-1)||1.0||0||0||0||2||1||0||2.35|
Pitches-strikes: Marcum 116-76, Hawkins 1-1, Axford 22-14, Saito 23-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Marcum 7-8, Hawkins 1-0, Axford 1-0, Saito 3-0.
Batters faced: Marcum 30, Hawkins 1, Axford 5, Saito 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Hawkins 2-0.