Currently the Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff is ranked 6th in all of MLB, with their starting rotation coming in 3rd; while the Pittsburgh Pirates rank 29th batting. So, what happened after the storms rolled through on Thursday evening was something that could almost be expected. Corbin Burnes ran through the Pirates lineup, allowing one run on fours hits and striking out five; needing only 94 pitches to do so in 7.1 innings of work.
As this was happening, my mind started to envision the Brewers as the new version of the St. Louis Cardinals, with their excellent pitching, average to above average hitting that just seems to manufacture runs and at least one random out of nowhere player in the form of Jace Peterson; although it would be more Cardinals–like if he was developed in their Farm System. Nonetheless, it just works, and has resulted in a 6.5 game lead in the NL Central.
The Pirates on the other hand run Ka’ai Tom, who is now hitting .139 with a .510 OPS, out to left field almost every day. In the bottom of the 7th. when Tom came to bat, the best case scenario I could come up with for the situation was a walk to load the bases; but even then, Kevin Newman with his .206 AVG would be coming to the plate, so honestly it probably would have ended the same either way.
In the end, the Brewers tagged on three additional runs in the top of the ninth off the usually reliable Richard Rodriguez-who pretty much only came in because he hadn’t pitched in six days-to give the Brewers a 7-2 win over the Pirates in the first of four.
News and Notes
- Adam Frazier is officially your Starting Second Baseball for the National League in this year’s All-Star Game-and he got a bottle of bourbon. On the season Frazier is slashing .326/.393/.468 with 4 homers and 32 total extra base hits. Now, we have seen him go on hot streaks like this before, but never for this long.
- Prior to the game Colin Moran was placed on the 10 Day IL, with Jared Oliva’s promotion being the corresponding move. I saw Moran’s injury referred to as a broken hand and a broken wrist, but it is actually a broken bone; the pisiform bone if we are getting specific.
- Moran’s “replacement” Erik Gonzalez left the game with right side discomfort after legging out a single in the bottom of the 7th inning, leaving Phillip Evans and Ben Gamel as the lone options at the position on the roster currently.
- Clay Holmes looked completely wild out there last night, and also got called for a balk, which ultimately resulted in an RBI single from Pirates Killer Keston Hiura. Over his last 15 games, Holmes is sporting a 6.23 ERA, a 2.00 WHIP and has walked more batters (15) than he has struck out (14).
- Every time the Pirates go down early, I feel a deflation. Maybe it’s more internal, but it’s hard to imagine them coming back to win the game; even though I know it has happened a few times this year. Of course, it could be the result of injuries to some of the major players-and even some minor ones-that Gary and I are always talking with each other, as well as other Pirates Fans about.
Today at 7:05 PM EST-man do I really miss the the 6:35 starts, and I don’t really know why-the Pirates remain in the friendly confines of PNC Park, as JT Brubaker (4-7, 3.82 ERA) toes the rubber against Adrian Houser (4-5, 4.16 ERA); a pitcher that Pittsburgh has battled to a victory and a no-decision in his two starts versus the Pirates thus far this season.