The Pirates and Brewers opened up their season series tonight in Milwaukee. Randy Wolf took the mound for the Brew Crew in the first, and walked Jose Tabata to lead off. He stole second off the hobbled catcher George Kottaras, and then got thrown out at third on a bunt right back to the pitcher. With runners on first and second and two down later in the inning, Neil Walker grounded out to end the threat.
Nyjer Morgan took Kevin Correia deep in the first to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. In the third, Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen lead off with back-to-back triples to tie the game. Walker blooped a “bingle”, as Greg Brown called it, into right to take the 2-1 lead. Matt Hague singled, and Rod Barajas drove in Neil with a single to left. Jordy Mercer walked to load the bases for Corriea, who grounded into a force out to bring up Tabata. He hit a liner right at Morgan in center, who sprinted in, then froze, and then made a desperation leap at the ball. It sailed over his glove, and Jose trotted into second base with a bases-clearing double to make it 6-1 Bucs.
Correia pitched very well to contact, giving up just 3 hits through the fifth inning, until he gave up a solo homer to Corey Hart in the sixth to make it 6-2. Doug Slaten finished the inning for him, and Jared Hughes got the last two outs of the seventh. Cutch tacked on two more runs in the eighth with a 2-run double, and the Pirates took an 8-2 lead. Brad Lincoln, Tony Watson, and Juan Cruz closed out the game and the Bucs took game one of the series.
Pirates (26-25) – Brewers (23-29)
Win: Correia (2-5)
Loss: Wolf (2-5)