The Pirates seem to often have trouble with the Milwaukee Brewers. Tonight was no different. The Pirates made 3 errors and only scored 1 run in a 5-1 loss to Marco Estrada and the hated Brewers.
AJ Burnett wasn’t his sharpest today. He let the Brewers take a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning with three straight hits and two stolen bases. However, with runners on 2nd and 3rd and no outs, AJ struck out two straight batters and got the next one to fly out to end the inning.
Burnett ran into trouble again in the 5th inning. He gave up a leadoff double and then a sacrifice bunt before Norichika Aoki doubled in another run. Aoki stole 2nd base and scored when Jean Segura singled to Burnett. Segura stole 2nd base before two groundouts ended the inning.
The 7th inning was the messiest of the night. Logan Schafer led off the inning and reached on a fielding error by Gaby Sanchez. When Burnett tried to pick off Schafer, a throwing error allowed Schafer to move to 2nd base. A sacrifice bunt by Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada advanced Schafer to 3rd. Aoki came to bat next, and a fielding error by Burnett allowed Aoki to reach base safely and Schafer to score the Brewers’ fourth run. To add insult to injury, Aoki stole another base before the inning ended.
Gaby quickly forgot his error as he led off the bottom of the 7th with a double. Neil Walker flied out, advancing Gaby to 3rd. A groundout by Pedro Alvarez scored Gaby, making the score 4-1.
Jose Contreras pitched a perfect 8th before Tony Watson came in to pitch the 9th. Watson’s rough stretch continued as he gave up a run on an Alex Gonzalez pinch-hit single, a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch, and an Aoki single. The score now stood at 5-1, and a perfect 9th by Brewers reliever Jim Henderson kept it there.
The Brewers stole 6 bases off the combination of AJ Burnett and Michael McKenry tonight, and 5 of their 9 hits were infield hits. “AJ did a real good job keeping us in the game. We didn’t do real good behind him,” said Clint Barmes, who was 2-for-3 today. “Offensively, we didn’t do what we wanted.” Gaby and Travis Snider had the only other two Pirates hits’ tonight.
“This is one you shower off and come back tomorrow,” Barmes said. “These games happen, and you can’t win ‘em all, but we’re gonna do everything we can to show up tomorrow and get back on track.”
In each of the other four-game series the Pirates have played this year, they’ve lost the first game before winning the next three. Hopefully that trend continues. Jeff Locke (3-1, 2.95 ERA) will start for the Pirates tomorrow. He’ll face Kyle Lohse (1-4, 3.53 ERA).