There haven’t been too many games like this for Zach Duke in 2009. Thank goodness. Duke gave up seven runs in three innings and Milwaukee held on for the win.
The Beer Maker scored five times in the first. Prince Fielder crushed a three run homer to start things off. Rookie Jason Bourgeois hit a solo homer in the second and Ryan Braun added a solo jack in the fourth off of Chris Bootcheck. Braun’s homer would be Milwaukee’s final hit of the night.
The Pirates comeback came up short. It was mostly the work of super-rook Andrew McCutchen. He hit a two run double in the second and a two run homer in the sixth. In between. Steve Pearce drove in two with a double. But that was all the Pirates could do.
The Bucs brought the tying run to the plate in the 8th and the 9th, but couldn’t manage a clutch hit.
Duke was the loser, allowing 11 hits and seven runs in three innings. Brewers starter Manny Parra was slightly better. He held on to work five innings and get the win. He gave up 10 hits and six runs. Trevor Hoffman struck out the side in the 9th for the save.
McCutchen – as always.
Lastings Milledge had two hits.
The bullpen looked good. That’s a nice change.
Tough to get on Duke as he has been pretty solid all year, but this outing was awful.
Milledge has two hits in five of his last 10 games and has brought his average up 40 points.
This was the second time that Cutch has knocked in four runs or more. Last time was August 1 when he hit three homers off of Washington.
Parra had allowed just three earned runs over 11-2/3 IP in his two previous starts against the Pirates.
Duke falls to 3-5 career against Milwaukee.
Fielder has double digit career HRs against every NL Central team.