The Pirates’ struggles at Miller Field continued Tuesday night as they lost to the high-powered offense of the Brewers, 6-4. Four homeruns accounted for all of the Brewers’ six runs, three of which were off the bat of first basemen Prince Fielder. Ross Ohlendorf got the start for the Buccos and pitched relatively well, allowing only five hits in five innings with three walks. Unfortunately, three of those hits were homeruns that scored four runs for the Brewers, including back to back homeruns by Fielder, a mammoth 450-foot shot, and Ricky Weeks, who out-did his teammate with a 470-foot blast off the upper deck dining room in left field in the bottom of the third inning.
The loss for tonight’s game was given to the Pirates Jared Hughes (0-1) and Milwaukee’s LaTroy Hawkins was credited with the win.
The Pirates offense had opportunities to score, with 10 hits and the lead off man reaching base in 5 of the first 6 innings, including lead-off doubles in the top of the second, fifth and sixth innings.
The most lucrative inning for the Pirates proved to be the top of the fifth, which began with a ball fished out of the dirt by shortstop Ronny Cedeno and driven to left-center for a ground rule double. On the first pitch of his at bat, Pittsburgh pitcher Ross Ohlendorf squared to bunt, shifting the Milwaukee defense and opening a gap in the middle of the infield that allowed him enough space to pull back and poke a slow rolling grounder over second base, scoring the speedy Cedeno from second. After an Alex Presley ground out that moved Ohlendof to second, Josh Harrison was able to single the pitcher across the plate for the second run of the inning.
A two-run homer from Fielder in the fifth that scored Ryan Braun brought the score to 4-3 in favor of the Brewers, and another in the bottom of the seventh that also came after a Braun walk sealed the victory for the Brew Crew. Fielder now has 38 homers for the season and added to his fifth straight 30-homerun season.
The Pirates head into the final game of their 2011 campaign at 7:10 tomorrow as they face the Brewers for the 9th time this season at Miller Field. Jeff Locke is set to start on the mound for the Pirates.