Pirates 8, Brewers 2
Given the way the Milwaukee Brewers have bashed the Pittsburgh
Pirates around at Miller Park in recent years, Kevin Correia
acknowledged that there were times when even a big early lead might
not have felt very safe.
But a six-run third inning off Randy Wolf proved to be plenty
Friday night, and the Pirates pounded the Brewers 8-2.
”I think it has a lot to do with how the games have gone here
in the past,” Correia said. ”A five-run lead doesn’t feel like
much here. We’ve given up a lot of runs in this stadium. With that
kind of offense, they could easily come back on you.”
Ryan Braun left the game after the seventh inning after he
aggravated lingering tightness in his right Achilles tendon and
strained his right hip. Braun sat out Thursday’s game in Los
Angeles because his Achilles was sore.
”The danger in trying to play through an injury constantly, is
it’s easy to re-irritate it,” Braun said. ”Your body also
compensates so it’s easy to hurt something else. I don’t think it’s
too bad, but it doesn’t feel too good right now.”
Correia (2-5) gave up two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings
for the Pirates, who have won six of their last seven games.
The Pirates came into Friday’s game with a 4-38 record at Miller
Park since the start of the 2007 season.
”It matters to a certain extent,” Correia said. ”Obviously,
it’s there. We know about it. I don’t think it affects the way we
approach the game or the way we’re going to play. But it makes it a
lot nicer when we do get wins here.”
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said it was a nice result for
Correia, who has pitched better this season than his record
”We all need some of that. It’s easy to say, `Well, the ERA’s
good, and he’s competing, and keeping us in games.’ Those are all
true. But you compete for a reason.”
Nyjer Morgan hit a solo home run in the first inning for
Milwaukee, snapping his Major League record of 138 straight plate
appearances without an RBI to start the season. But Morgan’s
misplayed ball in the outfield played a critical role in the
Pirates’ big inning.
Corey Hart hit a solo home run, his 11th this season.
The Brewers were coming off a four-game road sweep of the Los
Angeles Dodgers – the team’s longest winning streak this season –
but didn’t land back in Milwaukee until early Friday morning.
”I don’t think we had too much wind after landing at 7 in the
morning,” Braun said. ”You just turn the page and remember the
fact that we played really well the last four days and hopefully
tomorrow we get back on track.”
Wolf (2-5) went six innings, giving up the six runs and eight
hits, with four walks and five strikeouts.
Morgan homered off Correia in the first, giving Milwaukee a 1-0
lead and snapping his RBI drought. The previous record was 125, by
Herb Adams of the Chicago White Sox in 1950.
Wolf gave up back-to-back triples to start the third, as Andrew
McCutchen drove in Josh Harrison.
Pedro Alvarez struck out, but Wolf allowed an RBI single to Neil
Walker for a 2-1 Pirates lead.
Matt Hague singled, then Rod Barajas singled to drive in Walker
– and Barajas took second base on the throw home from Braun. Wolf
walked Jody Mercer to load the bases, and Correia hit a soft
grounder that allowed third baseman Aramis Ramirez to throw out
Hague at the plate.
With the bases still loaded, Jose Tabata lined a ball to center.
Morgan initially broke in, then realized he was headed the wrong
direction and made an awkward attempt at a leaping catch. The ball
sailed over his head for a double and three runs scored, giving the
Pirates a 6-1 lead.
It was another example of an offense that seems to be coming
”I don’t think there needs to be a scientific reason for
everything,” Hurdle said. ”We were due to get some hits.”
Wolf finally got Harrison to fly out to end the inning.
”To be able to get out in front of them definitely helps me,
enables me to put a little pressure on them – rather than the other
way around,” Correia said.
Hart homered in the sixth, cutting the lead to 6-2.
Braun’s nagging Achilles injury was tested in the sixth, when he
legged out an infield hit and stole second base, sending him
limping back to the dugout during a pitching change. But Braun
stayed in the game until the top of the eighth, when he was
McCutchen’s two-run double gave the Pirates an 8-2 lead in the
Notes: Former Brewer Casey McGehee received a round of applause
when he went to bat in the eighth. … Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks was
a last-minute lineup scratch because of an illness. … The Pirates
placed right-handed starter Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled
list with right elbow inflammation. Right-hander Juan Cruz was
activated from the restricted list. … Friday’s attendance was