WP: Mark Rogers (3-1)
LP: Jeff Karstens (5-4)
HR: Garrett Jones (22), Corey Hart (25), Aramis Ramirez (21)
MVP: Aramis Ramirez (+.151)
LVP: Ryan Braun (-.084)
Win Expectancy Graph, Star of the Game Voting, and Box Score
In a day dedicated to honoring Bob Uecker, the Brewers gave him a game that was never in doubt.
The Brewers got off to a fast start in the first inning with four runs, two from an RBI single from Aramis Ramirez and the other two from a two-run home run by Corey Hart. Jeff Karstens was knocked out of the game after six batters and a third of an inning, with the official reason being a hip injury. The Brewers tacked on another run in the second thanks to a passed ball. The Pirates would get two runs back from a Garrett Jones HR and a Alex Presley RBI groundout to make it a 5-2 game. However, the Brewers blew the game back open in the ninth with a Aramis Ramirez two-run home run, a Carlos Gomez RBI double, and a Jean Segura RBI single. The Pirates added one more run in the ninth from a Alex Presley RBI single, but it was too little too late as the Brewers won 9-3.
In what ended up being Mark Rogers final start of the season, he wasn't very efficient but he got the job done. In 5 1/3 innings, he allowed five hits, one run, and two walks while striking out five. Kameron Loe allowed a run in 1 2/3 innings of work, Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Jose Veras allowed a run in the ninth to finish the game.
Good days were plentiful on the offense today. Nyjer Morgan was 3-5 for the game with a walk and two runs scored. Aramis Ramirez was 3-4 with 4 RBI, 2 runs scored, and a walk. Corey Hart also was 3-4 with two RBI and a run scored. The other five position players also had a hit each.
After the game, the Brewers made a roster move, recalling Eric Farris from Nashville for tomorrow's game. (h/t Adam McCalvy)
The series against the Pirates continues tomorrow night. Marco Estrada starts for the Brewers, and A.J. Burnett goes for the Pirates. First pitch is at 6:10 PM CDT.