Kyle Lohse pitched eight and two thirds innings for his second win of the season in the Brewers 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday. The win puts the current winning streak to nine games and three consecutive series swept.
“These guys can play with anybody if they can stay healthy and pitch well,” said Bob Uecker in an interview with DoorCountyDailyNews prior to Saturday's game. So far that has been the case as Lohse recorded the pitching staff’s eleventh quality start in a row.
Milwaukee got on the scoreboard first in the third inning, when Carlos Gomez hit a sacrifice fly that scored Martin Maldonado who led off the inning with a double. Then with the score tied at 1-1, the Brewers added another run in the fourth when Aramis Ramirez singled home Ryan Braun to give the Brewers the lead 2-1.
In the sixth inning, the Brewers added a pair of runs on a misplay by Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez. With runners on second and third, Scooter Gennett struck out swinging, but the ball got away from Sanchez who had to make the throw to record the strikeout at first. The throw sailed first base and went down the first base line allowing Ramirez and Lyle Overbay to score.
It was the final offense scored on the day and gave Lohse plenty of room to work.
Lohse finished an out away from a complete game. In the top of the ninth, Lohse recorded the first two outs, but then gave up a single to Andrew McCutchen. Manager Ron Roenicke pulled his starter for Will Smith who struck out Pedro Alvarez to record his first career save and to end the game.
Lohse finished with nine strikeouts the most in a start since 2012.
The streak gets put to the test tonight when the Brewers will now host the St. Louis Cardinals for three games at Miller Park. Matt Garza will face off against Lance Lynn with first pitch at 7:10.