The Milwaukee Brewers' game Tuesday night at Miller Park turned out much how most people probably expected it to — without issue and with another Pittsburgh Pirates loss. Playing the Pirates for the first time since the teams' Easter Sunday brawl in Pittsburgh, the Brewers got a workmanlike six-inning start from Marco Estrada and spread out enough offense to win, 5-2, in front of a crowd of 24,176. It was Milwaukee's seventh victory in eight meetings with Pittsburgh this season, and its third consecutive overall as the Brewers continue to regain their footing after an early May dip. Aside from Pirates starter Gerrit Cole earning plenty of boos for his third-inning plunking of Carlos Gomez, there were no other dust-ups between the two teams that were awfully testy the last time they met at PNC Park. "That stuff is kind of behind us," said Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. "I don't think anybody wants to do any of that anymore. We're all over it." Pittsburgh struck first with a Neil Walker solo home run two batters into the game. The Pirates also reached base in each of the next five innings against Estrada, whose pitch count was at 100 already in the fifth as he battled with his control, but each time, he was able to wriggle off the hook. Estrada, who improved to 6-0 with a 1.97 ERA in 13 appearances against Pittsburgh (10 starts), helped himself with a 10-pitch sixth that ended with Ike Davis grounding into a 6-3 double play. "You look at his ball-strike ratio, not what he usually does," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "Threw some great pitches but just couldn't get it locked in where he could just go through an easy inning. He did a great job of making the pitches when he needed to and finished up with a real nice ball game." Despite the struggle, Estrada limited the Pirates to six hits, one run (earned) and two walks to go along with eight strikeouts on a season-high 112 pitches in improving to 3-1. It also gave the Brewers their 29th quality start in 39 games. "Every inning I battled," he said. "I was trying to be too careful with every pitch. The plan was to bounce a couple of changeups. But I did it way too much. I wasn't giving it a chance. As the game went on, I started throwing it more for strikes. I can't be trying to be too fine.
Brewers beat Pirates for seventh time in eight games
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 14