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Eric Thames, Zach Davies lead Brewers to 4-2 win over Pirates

Thames was involved in all four of the Brewers runs, and Davies saved the bullpen with 8+ innings pitched.

Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

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With the Brewers looking for a series win against the Pirates to finish up their road trip, Eric Thames and Zach Davies came up big in the Sunday matinee to ensure the win.

The Brewers got on the board early, scoring a run in the second inning with some small ball. Eric Thames walked, and Hernan Perez and Orlando Arcia each singled to load the bases. Manny Pina then grounded out to third, but Colin Moran just threw to first for the out, not going for the runner or an easy double play. It would have been the right move to surrender a run for two outs in that scenario, but he only took one. Either way, the Brewers had a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get another run in that inning.

The offense then tacked on a few more runs in the third inning. Ryan Braun singled with one out to put a runner on base, and with two outs, Eric Thames came up to the plate and cashed in, hitting a two-run home run to right to increase the lead to 3-0.

Meanwhile, with the Brewers bullpen in rough shape after yesterday’s 13 inning game, Zach Davies needed to deliver some quality innings today. He did just that, pitching eight innings today. It wasn’t the cleanest outing, as he did allow two runs across the start. The first came on a sacrifice fly in the third inning, and the second came on an RBI groundout in the fourth. However, that was all that Davies allowed for runs. The Pirates did manage to get eight hits and a walk off of him, and the Pirates offense also got some help from three errors (one by Davies and two by Manny Pina). Davies only had one clean inning all day (a 1-2-3 inning to start the day). Despite all that, Davies pitched through any trouble he got in and made sure that bullpen would get as much rest as they could. He also had a nice little catch he tipped up into the air and caught to end the fourth.

The Brewers tacked on another run in the fifth inning, when Christian Yelich doubled to lead off the inning, and Eric Thames had a double of his own to bring Yelich in. Overall, Thames was involved in every run the Brewers scored today, as he scored twice and drove in three runs. Also on offense, Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun had two-hit days. One sour note was the offense struck out ten times, and only recorded one walk (also by Thames).

It got a bit interesting in the ninth. Zach Davies stayed in, and immediately started the inning by allowing a double to Colin Moran. At that point, Craig Counsell went to the bullpen and brought in Alex Claudio. Gregory Polanco then grounded out to third, but catchers’ interference was called on Pina, which allowed Polanco to reach. It did keep Moran at second at least, but the tying run was now on base. Adam Frazier came up bunting next, and did get one out, with the Brewers taking the out at second. Corbin Burnes came in next, and struck out Elias Diaz on three pitches for the second out. Kevin Newman came up with two out, and a ground ball fielded by Keston Hiura to Orlando Arcia ended the game and saved the Brewers 4-2 win.

After an off day on Monday, the Brewers are back home for a three-game series against the Marlins starting on Tuesday night. Chase Anderson will pitch against Pablo Lopez in the first game of the series. First pitch is at 7:10 pm.