Through the top of the 7th, this was a well-played, close game. Yovani Gallardo kept the Pirates mostly at bay, apart from a 2-run bomb from Andrew McCutchen. The Pirates did, however, manage to work 4 walks against him, drive up his pitch count, and chase him after 6 innings.
The Brewers seem to have a good thing going with their ‘pen when they have the lead, but they are vulnerable outside of their top couple of guys. For instance, in a tie game, the Brewers brought in virtual unknown Rob Wooten; he barely has a wikipedia page. He gave up a single to Jordy Mercer, owner of 3 big league steals, and couldn’t concentrate on anything other than keeping Mercer on first and how a collaboratively-edited, multilingual, free online encyclopedia could have so little to say of him. Wooten threw, what felt like, a dozen times to first. In his rare, carefree moments on the mound, Wooten managed to throw enough pitches to Harrison to get two strikes on him, dashing his dreams of bunting against the metaphorical rocks. Harrison responded by flipping the switch from bunting to raking.
What a swing. The laser shot managed to sneak in just to the right of the left field foul pole, giving the Pirates a 4-2 lead.
The Pirates added another run off of Wooten in the 7th before blowing up the Brew Crew in the 8th. Wei Chung-Wang, a pitcher that the Pirates were unfortunate to lose in the rule 5 draft, came in just so Gaby and Pedro could take him out. Gaby homered, Jordo singled, Tabata doubled, Marte singled, Cutch recorded an out somehow, and Pedro homered. When the dust settled, the game was a laugher, 11-2.
Of course, there are a couple other things of note here. Volquez had a rough first couple of innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and a walk in the first three frames. He was fortunate to only give up the pair of runs. After that, he went on a roll and worked pretty effortlessly through the 7th. Volquez didn’t have his best command tonight, but he only issued one walk (only his 4th of the year). So there’s that.
Russell Martin snuffed out some would-be jams by throwing out a pair of base-stealers, in Lucroy and Scooter Gennett. He is a boss.
The early (and really only) offense off of Gallardo came by way of the aforementioned monster bomb from Cutch in the bottom of the 1st inning. It was his first of the year and, since Starling Marte was on base, it counted for TWO runs. The sound off of the bat was LITERALLY not unlike a lion’s roar. Times a billion.
Gallardo was stunned, though he managed to puke and rally before pitching another 5 innings. His crazy eyes, unkempt facial hair, history of alcoholism, and look of angry confusion strongly suggest that he is a vagabond at heart. “Not tonight, Yovani! Pack up your bindle and leave,” sprach McCutchen.
Lohse and Morton rematch tonight at 7:05 pm.
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