Very, very, very, very, very frustrating game at Miller Park. Easily winnable. Just so frustrating to watch.
A.J. Burnett was absolutely dealing. He gave up a leadoff double in the first, but struck out Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez to strand the runner at third. Jordy Mercer led off the third with his first major-league double, but couldn’t even advance to third.
The Bucs struck first in the fourth inning when Cutch led off with an opposite-field solo shot. Can’t even describe how unreal this guy is right now. Burnett kept dealing, but so was Yovani Gallardo, who ended up striking out 17 Pirates.
The bottom of the sixth was when the wheels fell off. Burnett gave up a leadoff single, followed by another single to Braun. Garrett Jones fielded it cleanly, and his throw sailed over the cutoff man as a run scored and Braun got to third. A-Ram snuck an RBI-single through the drawn-in infield, and the Brewers took the lead. After a strikeout, Rickie Weeks hit a sharp groundball to third, but it was booted by Pedro (ruled a double, but that’s home field advantage BS), and Weeks strolled into second as another run scored. Milwaukee tacked on one more and went up 4-1. Aaaaaand that’s about it. The Brewers’ bullpen closed out the last two innings and they took the series.
It’s really a shame to lose this game. Burnett was awesome, but the box score makes his start look bad because of the poor defense. Cutch had three of the five Pirate hits. Next series is in Colorado, where hopefully the Bucs will absolutely mash some baseballs.
Pirates (49-39) – Brewers (42-46)
Win: Gallardo (8-6)
Loss: Burnett (10-3)
Save: John Axford (16)