The Milwaukee Brewers shook off the monkey named nine game losing streak. The road warrior Chris Narveson stayed unbeaten away from Miller Park as the Brewers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3, last night. Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm was spotted a three run lead but just wasn’t sharp enough to hold it. Maholm gave up four runs on four hits and recorded seven strikeouts. A few key walks stung him during the night.
Narveson threw 34 pitches in the first inning, but endured the big blows and tossed six frames and allowed three runs on seven hits. The biggest heart punch was a two-run triple by 3rd Boss’ favorite Bucco, the white hot Steve Pearce. Andy LaRoche drove in Pearce with an RBI double into the right-field corner. LaRoche keeps spreading the ball around lately which is nice to see.
The fast working Maholm seemed fazed by the delay when home plate umpire John Hirschbeck didn’t feel too well and bowed out in the second inning. He got rocked by a pitch from Narveson. It took an extended amount of time before he was replaced behind the plate.
The key walk of the night was issued to Casey McGehee with one-out. A triple by Corey Hart over the Lastings Milledge-esque effort of Andrew McCutchen plated McGehee. Hart scored on a groundout by Gregg Zaun.
Pirate killer George Kottaras tied the game with a run-scoring double. The Brewers took advantage of another Maholm walk and grabbed the 4-3 lead when Hart, who got the walk, was able to score on a groundout by Adam Stern.
Everyone in the Bucs lineup had a hit with the exception of Garrett Jones. But none of them came late. Hell, I can recall just one hit after the fifth inning?
The Brewers Jody Gerut wasn’t available last night. His wife is having a baby. The Brewers carry 13 pitchers, so infielders Joe Inglett and Craig Counsell were the only bench players they had when catcher George Kottaras was called into action.
RumBunter/Pirates fan Brian Anderson made the wall at Fat Heads. Please bow to his power. Mets/RumBunter fan Chris Plummer made the wall at Fat Heads. Worship accordingly.
I will be running around like a madman this weekend, so coverage will be spotty.
Atlanta Brave Brooks Conrad almost pulled a Milledge? What a comeback for the Braves. Great, instead of coming to PNC on a downer, they are riding high….