The Brewers teed off against an array of Pirate pitchers Friday night, none of whom were Mitch Keller, in a 10-4 Milwaukee win.
The Pirates opted to use a combination of Rookie Davis (0-1), Clay Holmes and Nick Kingham instead of their top prospect, Keller, in the first contest of their 10 game road trip. Keller wound up striking out 13 in AAA Indianapolis Friday. Davis, Holmes and Kingham did not.
Davis was tagged for three runs in three innings pitched in his first start of the season, working out of jams most of the night. He walked five, allowed four hits and a home run and struck out a pair.
The Bucs got a pair of runs in the third on RBI doubles by Adam Frazier and Bryan Reynolds, but the rally ended when Brandon Woodruff picked Reynolds off at second base to end the inning.
After the Brewers got a run off Holmes in the fourth, Kevin Newman brought the Bucs back to within one in the sixth with his second home run of the season.
But lifelong Pirate killer Ryan Braun broke the game open in the home half of the inning, taking Kingham’s full count four-seamer to dead center for three runs.
The Brewers added three more runs in the eighth at Kingham’s expense. Kingham’s five earned runs in 2.1 IP ballooned his season ERA to 9.61. The unearned run came in the eighth, stemming from a dropped pop-up by Colin Moran.
Geoff Hartlieb got the final five outs for the Pirates, striking out three.
Brandon Woodruff gets the win (8-1) after going six innings of three run ball.
Reynolds added another RBI double in the eighth. He went 2-4 on the night.
Eric Thames homered and scored two runs for the Brewers. All eight starting position players for the Brewers recorded at least one hit.
Jordan Lyles (5-3, 3.38) will try to snap his mini slump Saturday against Zach Davies (6-0, 2.20). First pitch is at 4:10 p.m..
1. This is the 13th time the Pirates have allowed at least 10 runs this season- the most in the NL.
2. Friday was Reynolds’ first career multi-double game.
3. Since 1908, the only Pirates with a worse season ERA over 30+ inning than Kingham are John Van Benschoten in 2007 (10.15) and Steven Blass in 1973 (9.85).