Thursday, May 1, 2014

Brewers Dominate Pirates In Early 2014 Season

Pirates and Brewers
In recent years, the Milwaukee Brewers have dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates. That dominance continued this weekend as the Brewers took 3 out of 4 this weekend in Pittsburgh.

The first game of this four game series was defined by one inning, the bottom of the 8th for the Pittsburgh Pirates. When the game entered the bottom of the 8th, the score was just 5-2 and the Brewers were still hanging around. However 20 minutes of non-stop hitting by the Pirates changed all of that. A home run, a single, a double, and a three-run bomb by Pedro Alvarez later the Pirates led 11-2, and that was the final score. The pitcher who gave up all of those runs? We—Chung Wang, who’s ERA ballooned to 27.00 after this outing.

Game two went a little better for Milwaukee. Kyle Lohse continued his strong early season performance in this game. Loshe pitched 6.1 innings, gave up three walks, four hits, three runs, two of them unearned, and struck out five. The Brewers bullpen was excellent to finish this game, giving up just two hits, walking one batter, and not giving up a run.

Game three was somewhat of a slug fest. Matt Garza, the Brewers big off season free agent signing, had another below-average outing. Garza pitched 5 innings, walked three batters, gave up 8 hits, and 6 runs. His counterpart, Wandy Rodriguez, did not fair much better. Rodriguez pitched just four innings, gave up six hits, and was scored on four times. The offense was the story of this game. Ryan Braun was three for five with a pair of home runs. All five of Braun’s home runs this season have come against the Pirates. Jonathan Lucroy was three of five as well with two RBI’s. The final score was 8-7 Milwaukee.

Then came Sunday and was Sunday’s game ever interesting. Both pitchers had great starts on Sunday, especially Gerrit Cole, who went 8 strong innings, giving up six hits and just one run. However Cole will not be remembered for his pitching performance today but rather what happened in the third inning. Carlos Gomez stopped to watch to see if he had hit a home run, he didn’t and ended up on third with a triple. Gerrit Cole confronted Gomez at third base. This resulted in a bench –clearing brawl in which Gomez and Pirates outfielder Travis Snider were ejected. The game ended up going 14 innings, with the Brewers winning 3-2. The story of this game was not the win, but the brawl.

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