The Pittsburgh Pirates traveled to Milwaukee knowing that they are historically awful against the Brewers. Kevin Correia has also struggled recently, even more so on the road. Knowing all these facts Pirate fans couldn't have been very confident going in to this game.
Boy did the Bucco's prove us wrong. The Brewers jumped to an early lead after a first inning solo home run by former Pirate Nyjer Morgan but the Pirates took charge in the 3rd and never looked back as they claimed the 8-2 win. They hammered Brewers starting pitcher Randy Wolf for 6 runs, yep, you read that right, 6 runs all in the third inning. The Pirates bats came to life, and showed the players and fans alike what they can do when they have some hitting to support the strong outings they are receiving from their pitching staff. They can win.
Jose Tabata, Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, and Rod Barajas all contributed RBI's for the Pirates while several other guys also had great nights at the plate. Even Correia himself contributed a hit in the victory.
Jordy Mercer got the start at shortstop again as Clint Barmes is getting an extended rest to get back to basics. Despite Mercer going 0 for 4 I still like him at short and feel like now is the time to let him continue to grow in the Majors rather than leave Barmes in there to struggle. Mercer has a lot of potential and brings the Pirates one step closer to the "future" they have been building for years.
This win pulled the Pirates one game over 500 with a 26-25 record and puts them only 3 games out of first place in the division. They face off against the Brewers again tonight at 7:10pm. Erik Bedard will get the start against Shaun Marcum.