Randy Wolf and the Milwaukee Brewers held the Pittsburgh Pirates scoreless for 6.2 innings at PNC Park. It wasn’t easy for Wolf as the Bucs were in business four times when they were able to get the important leadoff batter to reach base.
But each time it was a familar scene. The Pirates don’t have timely hitting at the moment. Hell, they barely have any offense at all and had been held scoreless for 23 innings before a wild pitch in the ninth set the final at 4-1 last night in PNC Park.
Wolf piled up ten strikeouts against the Pirates who have now dropped five of six games.
The Pirates wouldn’t go away easy and loaded the bases on closer John Axford in the ninth, but Josh Rodriguez couldn’t be the hero.
Paul Maholm deserved better. The lefty allowed just four hits and the two runs the Brewers scored in the first were all they were able to push across against Maholm. Prince Fielder drove in a run and Yuniesky Betancourt’s sacrifice fly were all the runs the Brewers would score until the ninth.
Joel Hanrahan was brought into the game in the ninth and the Brewers put a deuce up on the right hander. A Casey McGhee double. A Neil Walker throwing error when he had plenty of time after making a nice pick of a ball to his right. A certain Nyjer Morgan triple was ruined when he was dropped like a deer on opening day coming around second and was tagged out by Josh Rodriguez. Betancourt also had a double.
Hanrahan had words with the home plate umpire in an interesting scene that came after the Brewers stretched the lead to 4-0. Hurdle said that Hanrahan didn’t get tossed.
The Bucs travel to take on the Reds in a wrap around weekend series tonight