Brewers' bullpen battered by Pirates

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 17, 2014 at 11:39 pm •  Published: April 17, 2014
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen had been nearly unhittable in the early part of the season. That sure changed Thursday night.

Milwaukee relievers gave up nine runs over the seventh and eighth innings, including pinch-hitter Josh Harrison's go-ahead two-run homer as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Brewers their first road loss of the season, 11-2.

Harrison's two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter. It stared Pittsburgh's outburst over the seventh and eighth innings that was capped by Pedro Alvarez's sixth home run of the year, which came off rookie left-hander Wei-Chung Wang.

Wooten allowed three runs while getting only one out and Wang was hammered for six runs in 2-3 of an inning as the Brewers bullpen's ERA rose from a major league-best 1.33 to 3.16. The Brewers selected Wang from the Pirates' organization in the Rule 5 Draft at the winter meetings in December.

"It was a good ballgame until the seventh inning," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

Wooten was upset with his performance.

"That's by far the most disappointed I've been in myself in professional baseball at any level," Wooten said. "I don't have the words to describe it. It's embarrassing."

The Pirates hit four home runs as Andrew McCutchen, last year's NL MVP, connected for his first of the season in his 57th at-bat in the first inning off Yovani Gallardo. Gaby Sanchez had a solo shot in the eighth off Wang.

Jonathan Lucroy and Scooter Gennett had two hits each for Milwaukee, which had won its first six road games. The Brewers have lost three of four since a nine-game winning streak.

Wooten relieved Gallardo to start the seventh. Gallardo, who had won four of his previous five stars in Pittsburgh, allowed two runs and three in six innings with four walks and six strikeouts.

"It was tough," Gallardo said. "I felt like I was fighting myself all night. I never felt like I was in control of the game."