Lohse, Brewers have 'one of those nights' in Pittsburgh
JUN 06, 2014 11:41p ET
It just wasn't Kyle Lohse's night.
Coming off a three-hit shutout, Lohse allowed eight earned runs on nine hits over five-plus innings in what was his worst start in a Brewers uniform. The Pittsburgh Pirates turned what was a competitive game into a rout with an eight-run sixth inning against Lohse and reliever Tyler Thornburg, handing the Brewers a 15-5 loss, their most lopsided defeat since September of 2012.
Lohse's frustrating night began by allowing two earned runs in the first inning on a ball Carlos Gomez lost in the sun and a jam-shot single. It ended in the sixth inning with Lohse slamming his glove in the dugout.
"It was just a bad night all around," Lohse said. "I made some bad pitches, I made some good pitches. Everything just kind of went their way tonight. You just turn the page, just like I turned the page on the last outing, which was really good, I turn the page on this one, which was really bad. That's how the season goes. You have to be able to bounce back. It was just one of those nights."
The eight earned runs allowed by Lohse matched a career high against the right-hander, last occurring in August of 2011 while he was pitching for St. Louis. Lohse hadn't allowed more than four earned runs in a start all season and was fresh off a dominating complete-game effort against the Cubs.
Pittsburgh got on the board on an RBI double from Andrew McCutchen in the first inning, a ball Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez appeared to lose in the sun. Russell Martin's flare single scored McCutchen with two outs and made it 2-0.
"I could go inning by inning, but there was just a lot of stuff," Lohse said. "It started off with a chopped ball and a ball Gomey normally gets to but it gets in the sun -- but that wasn't a good pitch. Just a bunch of things went wrong tonight and it adds up to that score."
The Brewers trailed 6-3 when things got out of hand in the bottom of the sixth. Martin and Pedro Alvarez started the frame with singles before Jose Tabata threw his hands out at a 1-2 slider from Lohse and blooped it into right for an RBI single.
"You execute four really good pitches and he ended up with a run-scoring single," Lohse said. "That was a pretty good way to cap off my night."
Thornburg couldn't stop the bleeding, as the inning got away from the right-hander after he took over for Lohse after Tabata's single. After allowing an RBI single to Jordy Mercer, Thornburg issued back-to-back walks to force in a run.
He then struck out two batters in a row before walking in another run. Martin followed with a bases-clearing double to blow the game open. All in all, Pittsburgh sent 13 hitters to the plate and had six hits in an eight-run sixth inning.
"He just couldn't throw the ball where he wanted to," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Thornburg, whose ERA rose to 4.25 by allowing five earned runs in one inning of work.
After the pitching staff carried the Brewers through April, Milwaukee's starting staff has hit a bit of a rut. The Brewers' five starters allowed 22 earned runs over 21 innings (9.43 ERA) since Lohse tossed his shutout last Saturday.
The 15 runs scored by the Pirates on Friday was the most given up in a game by the Brewers since losing 15-3 to the Cubs on Aug. 4, 2010.
"It hasn't been as good as we have been, but it hasn't been horrible," Roenicke said of the pitching of late. "Tonight, the one inning obviously was. You look at Wily (Peralta) and the five innings at 100 pitches (on Thursday), the run total wasn't that bad when he came out of the game."
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