Pirates Use Six-Run Third Inning to Defeat Brewers 8-2

I think Aoki's face in this picture sums up how we're all feeling right now.

WP: Kevin Correia (2-5)
LP: Randy Wolf (2-5)

HR: Nyjer Morgan (1), Corey Hart (11)

MVP: Nyjer Morgan (+.084)
LVP: Randy Wolf (-.422)

Win Expectancy Graph, Star of the Game Voting, and Box Score

The Brewers came back to Miller Park with a lot of momentum and lifted spirits. The momentum hit a brick wall and the spirits were crushed very quickly.

The game started off on a good note, as Nyjer Morgan hit a solo home run in his first at-bat to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the first inning. It was Nyjer Morgan's first RBI of the season, and he got it in his 139th plate appearance. If you would like more background on it, Kyle went into depth on his RBI-less streak here and here.

The lead did not last long, though. In the top of the third inning, triples by Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen to start the inning tied the game at 1-1. Neil Walker added an RBI single to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead, and Rod Barajas made it 3-1 with another RBI single. Then, with the bases loaded and two outs, Jose Tabata hit an RBI double that Nyjer Morgan should have caught. Instead, it cleared the bases and gave the Pirates a 6-1 lead. Corey Hart would made it 6-2 with a solo HR in the 6th inning, but an RBI double from Andrew McCutchen in the 8th inning made it 8-2.

Randy Wolf got hit hard again. In six innings of work, he gave up six runs (all earned) on eight hits and four walks. He added five strikeouts to that as well. This raised his ERA for the season to 6.05, and his FIP is up to 4.54 following this game. Juan Perez added a clean inning of work, and Tim Dillard finished the last two innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk.

In another injury to add to the long (and still growing) list, Ryan Braun strained his hip and was removed from the game in the top of the eighth inning. We're waiting to hear how bad the injury is.

The Brewers and Pirates continue their series tomorrow evening in an untelevised game at 6:10 PM. Erik Bedard will start for the Pirates, and Shaun Marcum will take the mound for the Brewers.

(Note: I don't have access to Ron Roenicke's postgame quotes tonight so there will be no quotes. I'll post a video of them later tonight if one becomes available. Turning points and stat of the night will be posted as normal, though may be delayed.)

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