W: Jorge Julio (1-0)
L: Jesse Chavez (0-1)
S: Trevor Hoffman (1)
HR: Bill Hall (3), Rickie Weeks (5)
MVP: Rickie Weeks (+.195)
LVP: Dave Bush (-.259)
Win Expectancy Graph
In a turn of events none of us would have seen as likely a week or two ago, the Brewer bullpen kept the Brewers in the game and carried them to victory tonight.
It wasn't Dave Bush's best night, to be certain. He allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits in five innings, and the Pirates scored in the third, fourth and fifth innings to run out to a 5-1 lead. But the Brewers scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the bottom of the sixth (including a go-ahead two run homer by Rickie Weeks) to take a 6-5 lead, and Jorge Julio, Mitch Stetter, Todd Coffey and Trevor Hoffman each pitched an inning of scoreless relief to close out the game.
The top of the order carried the load tonight offensively, led by Corey Hart, who went 2-for-2 with a double and three walks. All told, the top three spots in the Brewer lineup went 6-for-12, were on base ten times, scored four runs and drove in four. Six Brewers drew a walk in the game, as the Pirates gave out nine free passes.
With the win, the Brewers have inched back to .500 at 10-10, and get another chance for their first sweep of the season tomorrow.