The Milwaukee Brewers are playing for their 2012 lives over the next nine games against NL Central opponents. Last night, the Brew Crew donned their Jason Voorhees masks a la an 80’s horror flick being played on Friday the 13th, and kept coming back from the dead against the new sweethearts of Major League Baseball.
It all started out like just another night at
Crystal Lake Miller Park as James McDonald had two outs in the first inning. The second half was starting as it should for the Buccos right hander, but then he hung a 1-2 slider to Ryan Braun.
You know how the movie goes, right? We’ve all seen this awful shit before. The Hebrew Hammer made him pay, with a bomb into the right field seats for the first run of the night.
The Milwaukee Brewers put up two more runs off JMac before they were done in the first. JMac would fire 34 pitches before the Friday the 13th movie-like start was finished. McDonald gave up a walk and a single followed by a Rickie Weeks double down the third base line. An error in left field by #DREWSUTTON allowed the third run of the inning to score.
McDonald worked off the rust in each of the next two inning,s as he gave up a Brewers run in each. Walks killed the righty (along with a heavy dose of Ryan Braun).
By the time JMac had two outs in the fifth, he was in another jam. Jared Hughes was called upon to strand the two runners, but gave up a pinch-hit single to Travis Ishikawa as McDonald stared from the bench.
The Pirates offense had three bombs on the night, none bigger than Neil Walker’s three run blast, but it wasn’t enough. The real killer in the game was the rough start by JMac, combined with the Pirates bullpen.
The relief corps has been a strength all season, but couldn’t hold the lead last night. Hughes gave up one run which was charged to McDonald, Brad Lincoln fired a 3-1 fastball out over the plate and Ryan Braun crushed it for his second bomb of the night, and Tony Watson allowed a grand slam which broke a 6-6 tie.
Watson got a quick out, but allowed back-to-back singles. The Bucco lefty got Corey Hart swinging, but the Pirates decided to intentionally walk Rickie Weeks to face Cody Ransom.
Ransom donned his Jason mask and, in true Voorhees fashion, came out of nowhere–with two strikes, to crush the grand slam to center field on a fastball left in the middle, middle of the plate. Ransom was 0-for-4 before the killer blast.
McCutchen, who had three hits on the night, crushed his solo shot with two away in the ninth to set the score at 10-7.