Winning Pitcher: Rob Wooten (1-1)
Losing Pitcher: Mark Melancon (1-2)
HR: Rickie Weeks (1), Martin Maldonado (2)
Rickie Weeks lead off the first inning with an opposite field double. He advanced to third on a bunt hit by Jean Segura. With runners at the corners Ryan Braun hit into a double play. Weeks had to stay put and with two outs Jonthan Lucroy grounded into the third out. It was basically the worst thing ever.
Weeks decided not to let anyone strand him at third base his next time up so he hit his first home run of the season to give the Brewers the 1-0 lead! He hit that one to the opposite field as well. That's very encouraging. Jean Segura drew his second walk and then something weird happened. I was listening on the radio so I had to rely on the call. Segura got put in a rundown after being caught off first. He got to second base and the throw was off target so he ran to third. However, it was then revealed that the umpire had called a balk before the pick off attempt and therefore Segura had to return to second base. None of it matter as Braun lined out to end the inning.
Yovani Gallardo walked a couple guys and a runner reached on an error, but the first Pirates hit didn't come until the 5th inning when Jose Tabata lined a single up the middle. The second hit came off Tony Sanchez's bat on an 0-2 pitch. It was a home run giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead. Wandy Rodriguez kept things chugging along with a single of his own. Travis Snider worked a full count before Gallardo finally struck him out for the first out of the inning. Neil Walker would get a base hit and runners would be at first and second with still just one out for Andrew McCutchen. He would ground into a fielder's choice. Now with two outs and runners at the corners, Pedro Alvarez lined to Rickie Weeks who was able to secure the out at first time.
Martin "Slugger" Maldonado tied the game with a lead off home run in the bottom of the 5th inning. Wandy Rodriguez was able to stop the damage there as he struck out the next three batters.
The problems continued for Gallardo as he returned the lead to the Pirates with a Gaby Sanchez lead off home run. Gallardo would retire the next three in order.
Justin Wilson came in on relief in the bottom of the 6th. He quickly got Segura to pop out, Ryan Braun to ground out, and Jonathan Lucroy to strikeout.
Gallardo stayed in the game to face the Pirates relief pitcher. He struck him in out and Roenicke brought Zach Duke into the game. Duke didn't allow a hit.
Justin Wilson returned in the 7th and struck out the side.
Tyler Thornburg entered the 8th inning and promptly walked both McCutchen and Alvarez. Mark Reynolds bailed out Thornburg by starting a double play to get the runners at second and first bases. After that Ron Roenicke opted to make a double switch. Jeff Bianchi came in to play third base and would hit in the pitcher's spot (due up second next inning), Mark Reynolds moved from third base to first, and Jonathan Lucroy moved from first to catcher. Rob Wooten came in to pitch with the runner at third base and 2 outs and struck out Jordy Mercer.
With the left-hander Tony Watson on the mound, Roenicke pinch hit Elian Herrera for Logan Schafer. Predictably Herrera struck out. Jeff Bianchi did the same. Rickie Weeks singled, but Jean Segura lined out to the pitcher to end the inning.
Wooten returned for the 9th inning. Jose Tabata singled and Tony Watson popped up and Ike Davis drew a walk. With one out and runners at first and second, Starling Marte grounded into an inning ending double play.
The Pirates sent Mark Melancon to the mound for the save. Ryan Braun got his first hit of the game with a line drive single. Melancon then walked Jonathan Lucroy on four straight pitches. Mark Reynolds was up next and loaded the bases with a 6 pitch walk. On a 2-2 count Khris Davis hit a line drive. Ryan Braun scored and with the throw coming home Jonathan Lucroy slide and was safe. The Brewers won their second walk-off game in this series!!!
The Brewers will try to win another series as they travel to Chicago to face the Cubs. Kyle Lohse takes on Jeff Samardzija in a patented Cubs Friday day game. Start time is 1:20 pm.