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Brandon Woodruff carries Brewers to 3-1 victory against the Pirates

Eric Thames also helped the cause

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Woodruff and the Milwaukee Brewers cruised to a 3-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Woodruff continued to be the anchor of the Brewers rotation. The only trouble he faced came immediately in the first inning. Woody gave up a hit to the first batter and then hit the second batter to immediately put two on. He safely navigated past Starling Marte and Josh Bell, but allowed gave up a double to Colin Moran. One batter came in to score, but Christian Yelich and Keston Hiura teamed up to gun down the runner trying to score from first at the plate.

The Milwaukee Nine came together to support their pitcher in the bottom of the first. Yasmani Grandal lead off with a walk and Christian Yelich followed that up with a single to put two on. After a ground out that advanced the runners, a Ryan Braun groundout led to a tag at the plate. The Pirates wouldn’t let the inning end without giving Milwaukee something good, though. Jordan Lyles hurled a wild pitch that let Yeli advance to third and then chucked away a pickoff attempt that allowed him to score. Eric Thames immediately took the lead then with a run-scoring triple.

Woodruff set down his next nine hitters in order. Corey Dickerson got to him in the fifth, dropping in a leadoff double. Despite an infield single, Dickerson wouldn’t come around to score. The infield single would be the last hit Woodruff gave up until the 8th inning, when he allowed another double to Kevin Newman. That was enough for Craig Counsell and he went straight into the bullpen, having Matt Albers finish off the inning.

While Woodruff was dominating, Eric Thames was still supporting his cause. Thames crushed his 11th homer down the right field foul line. That was the last run of the game.

Craig Counsell sent out Josh Hader in the ninth inning. Hader cut right through the three hitters he faced, locking down yet another Brewers win.

The rubber match gets going at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday at Miller Park. Zach Davies (7-2, 3.34 ERA) is trying to recover from two consecutive bad outings. He’ll face off against Steven Brault (3-1, 4.50 ERA).