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Pirates 6, Brewers 3: The duality of Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson started strong on Friday night, but then fell apart as the Brewers lost the second game of the series.

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WP: Charlie Morton (9-7)
LP: Jimmy Nelson (11-12)
SV: Mark Melancon (45)

HR: Adam Lind (19)

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Win Expectancy Graph

The Brewers have had a lot of success against the Pirates this season, but for one day, the Pirates got their way.

The game started off well enough for the Brewers. Adam Lind hit a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Brewers an early lead. Meanwhile, Jimmy Nelson was pitching very well for the first three innings, retiring nine of the first ten batters he faced. However, it all fell apart in the fourth inning. Nelson loaded the bases with two outs in the innings, and then an RBI infield single by Jordy Mercer and an RBI single from Chris Stewart gave the Pirates a 3-2 lead.

The final line score was not good for Nelson. In 5+ innings pitched, he allowed four runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts. It was Nelson's second straight bad start after he allowed five runs in Cincinnati on Sunday. With his innings pitched today, he is at 175.1 innings on the season. His career high was last year at 180.1 innings between Triple-A and Milwaukee. Maybe it was just a bad night, or maybe he is starting to get a little tired. It will be something to monitor over the last few weeks of the season.

On offense, it was a quiet night aside from the Lind home run. Logan Schafer was the only Brewer with multiple hits as he went 2-for-3 on the night. Hernan Perez drove in the only other run for the Brewers with a pinch-hit RBI in the eighth inning. Meanwhile, in the bullpen, Tyler Cravy allowed two hits and struck out the side in an inning of work, and David Goforth allowed two runs in his two innings.

The Brewers continue their four-game series against the Pirates tomorrow night. Zach Davies will make his third start for the Brewers, and Jeff Locke will get the start for the Pirates. First pitch is at 6:05 pm.