When it rains it pours. Usually when we are talking about the Brewers and Pirates that means that the Brewers are putting it to the Pirates. Last night the tables turned and it was awesome. The Pirates blew open a close game with an eight run sixth inning and despite the Brewers gathering 11 hits during the game the route was on.
If you are a hitter on the Pirates roster and you didn't have at least two hits last night then you probably didn't play. Seven different players had at least two hits with Russell Martin the only player with more than two (3-for-3) with Josh Harrison only having one hit and Ike Davis didn't have a hit at all. Slackers. Davis did walk with the bases loaded so I guess we can let him stay on the team.
Here is how the six inning worked out for the Pirates:
Basically Kyle Lohse didn't have it and Tyler Thornburg was left out there to take the heat. Thornburg walked four guys and gave up five run in one inning of work and walked in two runs. Not ideal if you are the Brewers. Really ideal if you are the Pirates.
Lohse has been really good for the Brewers this year. In his two previous starts against the Pirates this year he threw 15 innings and gave up four runs in a pair of Brewers wins. Pirate hitters had only a .151 average off of him and it was a lot like he has been the rest of the season. Last night the Pirates were all over him. They had nine hits and eight runs off him in only five innings. It would be cool if the Pirates did this all the time but from what I can see it's not all that common for teams to consistently score 15 runs on 16 hits (or something like that) a night.
Yay winning. Lets try and do it again today!