Brewers 8, Pirates 4
The Brewers drew 10 walks and had 11 hits in their 8-4 win over the Pirates. Ryan Braun hit a pair of two-run home runs and four Brewers had multi-hit games. Jimmy Nelson threw six plus innings, giving up three runs, two earned. They held off a late game rally by the Pirates, who closed the gap to 5-4 with a four-run seventh inning, to take game 1 of the series.
The Brewers came into Pittsburgh looking to continue their dominance over the Pirates. They put Nelson up against Jeff Locke in an NL Central battle on Jackie Robinson Day.
The Brewers got things going in the second inning. Jonathan Lucroy walked to lead off the inning, then Chris Carter hit one right back to Locke that caromed to first, but not in time to get Carter. Aaron Hill then reached on catcher’s interference to load the bases with nobody out. Scooter Gennett grounded into a double play, but Lucroy scored. Nelson grounded out to short, but the Brewers led 1-0.
Keon Broxton led off the third with a walk and advanced to second on a ground out by Domingo Santana. He stole third (he was originally called out, but upon replay was ruled safe) and scored on a single to left by Jonathan Villar.
Villar stole second with Braun batting. Braun singled and Villar held at third to put runners on the corners with one out. Lucroy flied out to left field, but not deep enough to drive in Villar. Carter drew a four-pitch walk to bring up Hill with the bases loaded and two out. Hill popped out, but the Brewers took a 2-0 lead.
Jimmy Nelson found himself in a jam after John Jaso reached on a two-out error and Andrew McCutchen hit a flare over first base that barely made the outfield grass. With runners on the corners, David Freese hit a line drive to Broxton in center to end the inning.
Gennett turned an 0-2 count into a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a bunt by Nelson. He took third on a wild pitch. Broxton struck out to bring up Santana with two outs. Santana drove a ball into left field to drive in Gennett. Villar struck out swinging to end the inning, but the Brewers lead was up to 3-0.
Starling Marte led off the fourth with a swinging bunt. Marte stole second, but he was thrown out at third trying to advance on a bad throw. Francisco Cervelli chopped a ball to third and Hill handled it easily for the second out. Gregory Polanco grounded out to second to end the inning with the Brewers still leading 3-0.
Carter drew a two-out walk and Hill blooped one into very shallow right field to put runners on the corners for Gennett. After Hill stole second, the Pirates intentionally walked Gennett to bring up Nelson with the bases loaded. That ended Locke’s day as Rob Scahill came on to pitch. Scahill struck out Nelson to end the inning to keep the Brewer lead at 3-0.
Kyle Lobstein relived Scahill in the sixth and got the first two outs. Villar doubled to left and Braun scorched a 460-foot bomb to center field to give the Brewers a 5-0 lead.
Marte made a spectacular catch to rob Carter of a home run to lead off the seventh inning. Gennett drew a one-out walk, but Nelson grounded out to end the inning. Marte’s great catch kept the score at 5-0 at the seventh inning stretch.
Josh Harrison drew a leadoff walk and was running when Jordy Mercer hit one to short. Villar shoveled the ball to Gennett too late to get Harrison. Gennett’s throw was wide to first and the error put runners on second and third with nobody out. Matt Joyce made the Brewers pay with a three-run home run to put the Pirates on the board. That ended the day for Nelson as Michael Blazek came on to pitch.
Blazek got a couple of quick outs before Freese doubled to right-center field to bring up Marte. Marte hit a ground-rule double to bring the Pirates to within one run. Blazek finally got Cervelli on strikes to end the inning. A 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh was suddenly just a 5-4 lead.
Villar smacked a two-out single to left field in the eighth inning and Braun knocked him in with another two-run home run to center field. Lucroy grounded out to third to end the eighth inning with the Brewers leading 7-4.
The Brewers brought in Tyler Thornburg to protect their three run lead. Polanco greeted him by scorching a ball over Carter’s head, but Santana played it perfectly and held Polanco to a single. Thornburg got out of the inning with a couple of fly balls to center and a strikeout. The Brewers took their 7-4 lead into the ninth.
Carter led off the ninth with a double over Andrew McCutchen’s head in center field. Hill hit a single into center, but Carter had to hold up to make sure it fell in and ended up on third. Gennett struck out for the first out of the inning. Colin Walsh, hitting for Thornburg, drew a walk to load the bases for Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Nieuwenhuis walked and Carter scored. Santana struck out and Villar grounded out to second, but the Brewers tacked on another run and took an 8-4 lead to the bottom of the ninth.
Jeremy Jeffress came in to shut down the Pirates in a non-save situation. Jaso led off the inning with a single off of Jeffress’ glove.
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