Prior to the Milwaukee Brewers coming to town, the Pittsburg Pirates had lost 18 of 22 games and had dropped seven consecutive series during that stretch. Just like most teams that have matched up against the Brewers in the second half, their problems seem to go away in a hurry.
Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf held the Brewers in check on Tuesday night, working 7 innings in the Pirates 5-2 victory. Ohlendorf allowed just 1 run on 5 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts.
Manny Parra took the loss, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits in 6-innings of work. The Pirates, who had just 87 home runs on the season, hit three in the series opening win on Monday and two more last night. The big blow was a 2-run shot off the bat of Lastings Milledge in the 5th. Parra hung a 3-1 curve ball and Milledge made the deposit.
Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder clubbed his 32nd homer of the season in the loss. The Brewers will send Yovani Gallardo to the mound tonight as they try to salvage the final game of the series and avoid a sweep.