HR: Ryan Braun (25), Ryan Ludwick (12)
MVP: Chris Narveson (+.322 pitching, +.176 hitting for +.498 total)
LVP: Nyjer Morgan (-.102)
Game 2: Pirates 9, Brewers 2
MVP: Prince Fielder (+.058)
LVP: Zack Greinke (-.230)
It's about time the Brewers lost a game. All this winning was getting ridiculous.
The Brewers started their hottest starting pitcher and a guy who hadn't pitched in over two weeks today, so of course Chris Narveson is the one that got a win. He pitched 5.1 scoreless innings and drove in the game's first two runs in the first game. He left the start a little early after developing a (new) cut near the fingernail on his left index finger, but it's not believed to be serious and he's expected to make his next start.
Fortunately, shortly after he left the Brewers scored enough runs to make his absence a moot point. Tim Dillard pitched the final two innings. Seven different Brewers scored a run in the game: Yuniesky Betancourt (2-for-5) was the only one to score twice.
Meanwhile, Zack Greinke was all right tonight for six innings but couldn't get anyone out in the seventh in game two. He was given an early lead when Corey Hart homered to lead off the game, but allowed single runs in the first and fourth and five more in the seventh as Pittsburgh retook the lead and piled on. All told, he allowed the aforementioned seven runs on seven hits over 6.1 innings, walking one and striking out four.
Frankie De La Cruz might have pitched his way back to Nashville in relief of Greinke tonight. He allowed the first three batters he faced in the seventh to reach as the Pirates turned the game into a laugher. He needed 32 pitches to record the inning's final two outs. He pitched a scoreless eighth to improve the outing a bit, but his final line was 1.2 innings, two earned runs, three hits, a walk and a wild pitch.