PIRATES 10 – BREWERS 2
Win: Casey Sadler (1-0)
Loss: Kyle Lohse (0-2)
Andrew McCutchen may deal with knee discomfort throughout the rest of the season, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle admitted today, but more often than not, the injury is unlikely to hold a player of McCutchen’s caliber back.
McCutchen homered and drove in four runs in his return to the lineup as the Pirates crushed the Brewers, 10-2 behind McCutchen’s big day.
Trailing 2-1, McCutchen’s three-run homer in the sixth broke the game open to put the Pirates ahead 4-1 and Pittsburgh scored the games final nine runs, highlighted by a six-run ninth.
Neil Walker added a three-run homer in the ninth
The Pirates 1-4 hitters, Gregory Polanco (2-5), Jordy Mercer (2-5), Andrew McCutchen (2-5) and Neil Walker (1-4) went a combined 7-20 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs in the win.
Pittsburgh had 13 hits and held the Brewers to just 5 hits.
Casey Sadler earned his first career win, allowing 4 hits and 2 earned runs in five innings pitched. Sadler was efficient, striking out 5 and walking just 1, while throwing 51 strikes on 77 pitches.
- Jung Ho Kang started at third base in place of Josh Harrison and got his first big league hit, a leadoff single in the seventh after starting his MLB career 0-6.
- Corey Hart had a pinch hit RBI single in the ninth against his former team and is 2-2 in pinch hit opportunities this season
- The Pirates welcome the 6-0 Detroit Tigers to town tomorrow afternoon for their home opener. Gerrit Cole will take the mound against Anibal Sanchez