Win: Casey Sadler (1-0)
Loss: Kyle Lohse (0-2)
HR: Carlos Gomez (1), Andrew McCutchen (2), Neil Walker (1)
The Brewers have played all six of their games this season in Miller Park, at home, in front of hometown fans. In six games, they have now been scored upon 36 times and have scored 16 times. What I'm trying to say is, is can we have a do-over?
Once again, the Brewers struggled on both sides of the game with the offense only bringing in two runs -- both on a Carlos Gomez home run in the third -- and the pitching failing to keep their opponent off the board.
The Pirates scored first in the third, when Gregory Polanco singled home Tony Sanchez on a ball that went off the glove of Hector Gomez and into right field. The Brewers did come back in the bottom of the inning, though, on Carlos Gomez's home run. That gave Milwaukee a lead, which they hung onto until the sixth inning.
Up until the sixth, Kyle Lohse had looked pretty good. He had allowed just one run on three hits while striking out four batters in five innings. However, he led off the sixth inning allowing a double and a single, then Andrew McCutchen blasted a ball over the right-center field wall for a three run home run to give Pittsburgh a 4-2 lead. Lohse finished out the inning with a strikeout, a hit-by-pitch, a caught stealing and a soft grounder, but the beginning of the frame turned a great start into a bad one.
Things got worse from there when Tyler Thornburg was tagged for six unearned runs in the ninth inning. With one out, Khris Davis should have caught an easy liner, but let it pop out of his glove as he focused too much on throwing the ball back in before actually catching the ball. That led to a Corey Hart RBI single that poked over the head of Adam Lind and the runs poured in from there, capped off by a Neil Walker three-run home run.
Those six runs, by the way, put Thornburg in the Brewers' record books. He ties Mark Knudson for the most runs allowed in a game without allowing an earned run.
The Brewers move on to the Cardinals next so, thank god Milwaukee's gotten off to such a hot start.