-Estrada really had another nice outing against the Pirates. I have no idea what it is about this guy but the Pirates just can't figure him out no matter what they do. It is wildly frustrating. He got through the first four innings without allowing a base runner and finished up going seven innings, allowing four hits, one run, and striking out eight. Ugh.
-On the other side A.J. Burnett was just as good. He went seven innings (again), gave up three hits, two runs, and struck out six while walking two. He really only had one rough inning and that came in the second inning. He walked Aramis Ramirez to leadoff the inning and then gave up a double to Carlos Gomez to put runners at second and third with nobody out. He then got Martin Maldonado to strike out and give a glimmer of hope that he could somehow get out of the inning. Unfortnately he gave up a double to Alex Gonzalez to plate both runs in what turned out to be the only runs the Brewers would get and the only runs they would need. The offense just didn't show up tonight. This isn't new for Burnett as you can see here:
Pirates now averaging 2.45 runs per A.J. Burnett start.
— Jim Rosati (@northsidenotch) May 25, 2013
-Neil Walker had a pair of hits tonight in four at bats with the only run batted while Starling Marte (triple), Andrew McCutchen, and Gaby Sanchez had the only other hits. The Pirates only walked once and as I touched on before they just struck out a bunch tonight against Estrada and while they put some pressure on in the final three innings they just couldn't get that one big hit they have been getting.
-Bottom line is that the Pirates offense has really been struggling the last 10+ days. The starters and pen are getting the job done and have enabled the Pirates to pick up some wins they probably shouldn't have got but that is the way it works. The offense is going to go through ups and downs and right now they are going through some down time. It sometimes only takes one game to really get it going again and here is hoping that happens tomorrow against Mike Fiers.
-I know people are a little more worked up about this loss because of the Pirates history in Milwaukee but to be honest I don't think the Pirates played good tonight nor did they play bad, they just lost a game. We have seen the Pirates get beat in some brutal ways in Miller Park but this was just your run of the mill loss. Nothing crazy about it the Pirates just lost. Just like any other of the previous 18 losses. It might mean more to you because you hate the Brewers (if you are like me at least) but it isn't like the Pirates offense was rolling and they came in and laid an egg. If this was an isolated bad game where everything that has been going right went wrong them I might entertain the idea of this stuff about Miller Park but that wasn't the case. Build a wall around the loss and come back tomorrow and get a win.