Final: Pirates 6, Brewers 4
A lot of us can be particularly hard on Kevin Correia at time, but I’m going to give credit where credit is due. He pitched great tonight and put up a solid stat line giving up just two earned runs over six innings. He struck out six batters and walked just one. His previous season high for strikeouts in a game was four.
Down 2-0 in the third inning, Andrew McCutchen did what Andrew McCutchen always does. He tied the ball game up with a two-run homer, his 20th of the year and fourth in his last three games.
Milwaukee would regain the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third thanks to a Pedro Alvarez error.
But the Pirates came storming back. In the sixth inning, the Brewers lead was cut to 3-2 when Casey McGhehee singled in Neil Walker. In the seventh, the Pirates would add two more runs thanks to a couple Milwaukee errors and a passed ball to gain the lead. McGehee would add a bit of insurance in the eighth inning with a solo homer to push the Pirates’ lead to 6-4.
Chris Resop, Jason Grilli, and Joel Hanrahan all pitched a scoreless inning to hold the lead to help the Pirates regain a share of the NL Central lead following Cincinnati’s fifth straight win earlier today.
Hopefully there isn’t anything wrong with Joel Hanrahan. He is escaping damage, but his command and effectiveness has been off a bit recently. He walked Nyjer Morgan on four pitches tonight marking it the eighth straight outing in which he gave up a base runner. He also recorded his first strikeout of the month after not having one in the first four innings in July.
It was nice to see Casey McGehee bounce back after his 0 for 5, four strikeout performance from Friday night. He was 3 for 5 with his seventh home run of the year to go along with an RBI single. All seven of McGehee’s home runs have come in June and July.