Chase Anderson pitches during the first inning
of the team's baseball game against the
Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in
MILWAUKEE — Chase
Anderson pitched six scoreless innings, Trent
Grisham hit a bases-loaded triple and the Milwaukee
Brewers routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1 Friday
night to strengthen their grip on an NL wild card.
Milwaukee is 8-2 since NL MVP Christian Yelich broke
his right kneecap on a foul ball and pulled two
games ahead of the Cubs for the second wild card
after Chicago fell to St. Louis 2-1 earlier in the
day. The Brewers trail Washington by a game for the
top wild card and are three back of the NL
The Pirates fell to 65-89 with their seventh
straight loss. The Brewers' final three regular
season opponents — Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and
Colorado — began Friday a combined 203-256.
Anderson (7-4) allowed three hits, struck out four
and walked one while matching his longest outing of
the season. Anderson hadn't pitched past the fourth
inning in his four previous outings.
Grisham, a 22-year-old rookie, tripled down the
right field line as part of a four-run outburst in
the seventh that put the game out of reach. Grisham
entered an inning earlier as a pinch-hitter and
walked during a three-run burst.
Outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who left Thursday's game
against San Diego with a sore left ankle, returned
to the leadoff spot. He drew a first-inning walk off
Steven Brault (4-6), stole second and hustled home
with a head-first slide to score on Mike Moustakas'
Ryan Braun followed with his 400th career double
and, after a strikeout, two more runs scored on a
throwing error by shortstop Kevin Newman.
Keston Hiura's run-scoring single extended the
Brewers' lead to 4-0 in the sixth. The Brewers
tallied two more runs in the inning when Manny Pina
was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Ben Gamel drew a
walk, both with the bases loaded.
Adam Frazier's leadoff homer in the seventh against
Milwaukee reliever Devin Williams broke up the
Brault, who gave up 10 runs in 2 2/3 innings to the
Chicago Cubs in his last outing on Sept 13,
surrender six hits and six runs (four earned) in 5
Ryan Braun gestures after hitting a double
during the first inning.
Pirates: C Jacob Stallings returned to the lineup
after missing a week with back tightness.
Brewers: Manager Craig Counsell said trainers used
various taping methods in an attempt to alleviate
Cain's ankle pain. Cain has also dealt with thumb
and knee soreness this season. ... RHP Brandon
Woodruff, who experienced some arm soreness after
his first outing in two months Tuesday after being
sidelined with a left oblique strain, will make his
next start Sunday. ... Yasmani Grandal returned to
the lineup after resting Thursday. He started at
first base and is expected to catch on Saturday and
Pirates: James Marvel (0-2, 9.00 ERA) will make his
third career start. Marvel surrendered seven runs in
four innings in his last start on Saturday against
Brewers: Zach Davies (10-7, 3.70) will make his 30th
start of the season. Davies is 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA
in four starts against Pittsburgh this season.