Yet another loss for the Pirates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
A.J. Burnett started for Pittsburgh, and pitched well: 7.0 innings, 2 runs, 3 hits, 6 K, 2 BB. But the Pirates provided little run support, which seems to be the norm when A.J. takes the hill. He’s getting an average of 2.45 runs of support each outing, the fourth-lowest total in Major League Baseball.
The Brewers pushed both of their runs across in the second inning, as Alex Gonzalez doubled home Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez. But that’s all they could get, and they only collected four hits on the evening.
The Pirates just couldn’t get anything going with the sticks. Marco Estrada was perfect through 4.2 innings, until Neil Walker lofted a single to left field. Walker, who entered the game on a 1-for-16 skid, got the Bucs on the board in the seventh with an RBI double that scored Russell Martin.
– Estrada’s final line: 7.0 IP, 1 run, 4 hits, 8 K, 0 BB. Burnett was good, Estrada was better.
– The Brewers needed four relievers to complete the final two innings.
– Good to see Walker have a better day at the plate (2-for-4, double, RBI).
Pirates (29-19) – Brewers (19-27)
Win: Estrada (4-2)
Loss: Burnett (3-5)
Save: Rodriguez (1)