The Milwaukee Brewers jumped on Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole early and completed a 7-4 victory last night. It was the first game of a nine-game road trip for the Bucs. Cole allowed five earned runs in the first two innings, and last just four innings while his record fell to 15-8 this season. Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson converted the early lead into his fourth win of the season over the Bucs. Nelson allowed four hits and a run over his seven innings, striking out six and lowering his ERA against Pittsburgh to 1.72 over five starts. The Pirates hit three solo home runs in the game, including the 22nd of the season by Pedro Alvarez.
The Bucs and Brewers play again tonight at 8:10pm. Pre-game on WISR 680am is 7:45pm.
For the second consecutive game, the St. Louis Cardinals came from behind to defeat the Washington Nationals, scoring five runs in the final two innings to win 8-5 last night. The Cardinals now lead the Pirates by six games.
The Pirates called up six players from Triple-A Indianapolis Tuesday as roster expansions are permitted in September. One of the players is outfielder Travis Snider who was recently brought back to the organization after he was released by Baltimore. Snider was traded prior to the season for two minor league pitchers.