The Milwaukee Brewers finished a 5-1 home stand by sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-6 Sunday, and pulled within 2 games of a .500 record, though it wasn’t easy.

Zack Greinke was stellar through 4 hitless innings. Things fell apart around him in the 5th as he struggled though all 9 players in the Pittsburgh lineup. He allowed a homerun to the first batter and after getting 2 outs, an additional 4 runs. By the time his 5.0 innings were up, the Pirates closed a 6-0 deficit to 6-5.

Marco Estrada continued his scoreless run since stepping into a relief role, eating up 2 innings. Kameron Loe helped the bull pen along for the 8th inning, but close John Axford, coming in for a non-save situation, gave up 1 run on 3 hits and a walk. He loaded the bases before a double play ended the game. Yuniesky Betancourt had a great running grab to get the first out of the 9th.

Thanks to Wally and Brew Town Boozer for their pinch hit efforts in the “250″ series over the weekend. Wally established the “PD 250 Player of the Game”, and we’ll keep it going with a tie: Ryan Braun smacked a 3-run home run in his first at bat and contributed 4 RBIs, while catcher Jonathan Lucroy raised his average to .329 with 2 hits and 3 RBIs.

The Brewers head west for a quick road trip, 2 in Los Angeles and 2 in San Diego. Shaun Marcum starts tomorrow against the Dodgers’ Jon Garland. Game time in 9:10 Central.

 

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  • Chris

    Winning six of eight is nice, but the Crew is still two short of .500. At least holding serve on the West Coast would be nice (if not essential). Nine game homestand follows, but the competition for that will be decidedly more severe than this time around.