In a rematch of Zach Davies and Jordan Lyles at Miller Park, it was a repeat of the results from last week.
The Pirates applied the pressure early in the game, getting a leadoff single from Kevin Newman to start the game. However, he didn’t remain on base as Christian Yelich caught him trying to get to second.
The Brewers then applied their own pressure in the bottom of the first, with singles from Ryan Braun and Mike Moustakas to put two runners on base with two outs. Unfortunately, they didn’t come in to score and the game remained scoreless.
The second inning came and Davies walked Josh Bell to start the inning. Colin Moran followed with a home run that put the Pirates up 2-0. Davies would finish up the inning with two strikeouts, but had to work around a double to Adam Frazier to get out of it. The Brewers responded right away, though. Travis Shaw drew a walk with one out, and Orlando Arcia doubled him in from first, cutting the Pirates lead to 2-1. After Davies struck out, Arcia stole third, and Lorenzo Cain brought him in with a single to tie the game back at 2-2.
The Pirates answered back in the third. Three straight singles started off the inning and loaded the bases for the Pirates. However, they only managed to cash in one run with a sacrifice fly, and Davies left the other runners on base to limit the Pirates to a 3-2 lead. The Brewers tied it up again in the third, as Mike Moustakas moved into a tie for fourth in the NL in home runs with his 19th of the year.
The Brewers tried to tack on more in the third as Yasmani Grandal and Eric Thames walked right after Moustakas’ home run. Unfortunately, they didn’t come in to score and the game was tied at 3-3.
Davies settled down after the third and kept the Pirates off the board in the next two innings, only allowing one more baserunner in his final two innings. Unfortunately, his pitch count was already over 100 after 5 innings, and his day came to an end after that. He allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings, with three strikeouts and just one walk. It wasn’t a great day for him, but he limited the Pirates to just three runs, which ended up being enough.
In the Brewers half of the fourth, they had already chased out Jordan Lyles, who was over 90 pitches after 3 innings. Lorenzo Cain walked to lead off the game, and Yelich moved him to second on a groundout. Braun then singled to drive in Cain, giving the Brewers their first lead of the day at 4-3.
The Brewers managed to tack on one more run in the game. Manny Pina led off the eighth as a pinch hitter, and he responded by hitting his second home run of the season.
The Brewers did follow that up by loading the bases, after Yelich doubled and Moustakas and Grandal walked. Unfortunately, Thames struck out to end the inning. It wasn’t a good day with runners on base, as the Brewers only went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. They had plenty of runners today though, with 10 hits and 9 walks as a team.
The bullpen took over for Davies and they were strong as usual. Alex Claudio had a perfect sixth inning. Junior Guerra worked around a single and a wild pitch for a scoreless seventh, striking out two in the inning. Jeremy Jeffress took the eighth and had a 1-2-3 inning. Josh Hader took the ninth, threw 11 of 13 strikes, and struck out the side to end the game.
Ryan Braun, Mike Moustakas, and Eric Thames each had two-hit days for the Brewers. Every starting position player except Ryan Braun and Orlando Arcia also each took a walk. Yasmani Grandal and Travis shaw were the only starting position players to go hitless, but every starter did reach base at least once.
The Brewers are now 5-1 against the Pirates this season, and the Brewers have a temporary 1⁄2 game lead in the division, though the Cardinals and Cubs are playing right now. The Brewers and Pirates will finish out their series to a sellout crowd on Christian Yelich bobblehead day tomorrow. Chase Anderson will start against Steven Brault in the Sunday matinee. First pitch is at 1:10 pm.