August 21, 2014

Brewers take 2 of 3 from the Pirates (AUDIO)

The (42-46) Milwaukee Brewers capped off a series victory over the (49-39) Pittsburgh Pirates with a 4-1 victory Sunday at Miller Park.  It was the Brewers first of three-straight series against teams in the NL Central ahead of them in the standings.

Yovani Gallardo struck-out a career high 14-Pirates to bump his record to 8-6 on the season.  In all, Gallardo lasted 7-innings allowing just 1-run on 4-hits.  It was the 15th “quality start” for Gallardo in 18-tries this year.  Manager Ron Roenicke was thrilled with his starters day…

AUDIO: Ron Roenicke on Gallardo’s day :12

The bullpen did their job to secure the win.  Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless 8th while John Axford shut the door in the 9th for his 16th save of the season.  Axford says that’s how they got the job done last year…

AUDIO: John Axford says this win reminded him of last year’s wins :14

Offensively, Martin Maldondao had 3-hits while Aramis Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 9-games with an RBI Single.  All four Milwaukee runs came in the 6th inning.

The Brewers entered the weekend 8-games behind first place Pittsburgh.  Despite picking up a game on the Pirates, Milwaukee is still 8-games out of first.  Cincinnati swept the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend to reclaim the division’s top spot.

The Brewers host the Cardinals for a 3-game series starting tonight at Miller Park.  The Cardinals are 4.5 out of first and 3.5 games ahead of Milwaukee in the standings.  Michael Fiers (3-3) takes on the Cardinals Lance Lynn (11-4) for a 7:10 first pitch.