National League Game Summary - Milwaukee at Pittsburgh
(Wednesday, August 24th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Milwaukee 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Aaron Thompson combined with three other
pitchers on a five-hit shutout as Pittsburgh took a 2-0 win over Milwaukee to
split a four-game series.
Thompson made his MLB debut and over 4 1/3 innings he gave up four hits and
two walks with a strikeout. Jason Grilli (1-0) pitched 2 2/3 perfect innings
to get the win while Jose Veras and Joel Hanrahan each worked an inning with
Hanrahan getting his 32nd save of the season.
"I just made sure I threw strikes out there today," said Thompson. "I wanted
to give the guys behind me to make a play and that's the name of the game."
Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker each had a sacrifice fly for the Pirates, who
had dropped five of seven coming into the game.
Shaun Marcum (11-4) lost for the first time in almost two months as went six
innings and gave up two runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts
for the Brewers, who swept a three-game series over the Mets coming into the
Pittsburgh series. Ryan Braun had two of the five hits.
"For the most part I thought I made good pitches when I had to," said Marcum.
"But they took advantage of the chances when they got them and two runs was
The Pirates grabbed the lead in the first inning when Jose Tabata led off with
a double, moved to third on a sac bunt from Josh Harrison and scored on a
McCutchen sac fly.
Braun made it to second on a one-out single and stolen base in the Milwaukee
fourth. However, he stayed there as Prince Fielder struck out and, after Casey
McGehee walked, Yuniesky Betancourt grounded out to end the frame.
The bottom of the fourth saw Pittsburgh add another run as Harrison led off
with a double, went to third on a wild pitch and later scored off a sacrifice
fly from Walker for a 2-0 lead.
Milwaukee threatened in the fifth with men on second and third with one out.
Grilli, though, took over and struck out Corey Hart before getting Jerry
Hairston Jr. to ground out and end the inning.
Hanrahan flirted with disaster in the ninth as Braun singled and Fielder
walked to start the frame. However, he then struck out the next three batters,
getting Jonathan Lucroy to look at strike three to end the game.
Despite the loss, Milwaukee has still won 10 of the 12 games against
Pittsburgh this season...Marcum's last loss came on June 29 against the
Yankees. He went 4-0 in his previous nine starts...Pittsburgh plays four games
in St. Louis starting on Thursday...Milwaukee hosts Chicago for three games
beginning on Friday.
08/24 18:22:48 ET
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