MILWAUKEE – – Eduardo Escobar made quite an initial impression on Milwaukee fans during his first home game as Brewer.
Escobar hit a three-run homerun and a triple RBI to support Eric Lauer’s five white innings in the Brewers’ 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
âI’m so happy to have a good game today because people might have seen me with different teams, but it’s different when they see you with the home team,â said Escobar, who came to the Brewers on Wednesday via a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. âI’m so happy to have had a good game. I will continue to come here every day with my best energy every day and help the team win. This is the most important thing.
Escobar’s two-strike triple against Kyle Keller in the sixth took the Brewers’ lead to 2-0. He followed up by sending a 421 feet of road right against Nick Mears in seventh for his 24th home of the season.
He also walked twice to reach base in each of his four home plate appearances.
“He already adds a professional presence to a very good team, on both sides of the plate,” said Pirates manager Derek Shelton. “There’s just a very calming presence for him when he’s in the box.”
The Brewers’ victory had a bittersweet final.
Milwaukee’s John Axford entered the game to a standing ovation in the ninth inning as he made his first major league appearance since 2018, but he only struck out one of five batters he faced before going on. leave with an elbow injury that will require an MRI.
The Brewers acquired Axford from the Toronto Blue Jays earlier today. He last pitched for the Brewers from 2009 to 2013 and still holds the franchise record for one-season saves.
âIt’s unfortunate,â manager Craig Counsell said. âThe fact that he came back here was a real credit to him. You want the story to be good every night. Sometimes there are also unhappy stories.
Pittsburgh trailed 6-0 before the ninth, but tied the point at home after both Oxford and Brad Boxberger walked up. Boxberger ended the comeback attempt by striking out Phillip Evans to secure his fourth save on six occasions.
Bryse Wilson (2-4) worked five innings and allowed just one run in his debut with the Pirates, but the Brewers had a blast with the Pittsburgh relievers box after he left.
Wilson came to the Pirates with minor league pitcher Ricky DeVito in a trade with Atlanta on Friday.
âI’m just trying to get into the new situation with a completely open mind,â Wilson said. âGood restart. Have a good reset. Keep improving my craft and just put the team in a position to win every time we go out. It has been a good transition so far.
Lauer (4-4) allowed only three hits, struck out three and didn’t step on anyone. He also hit a batter. In his last six appearances, Lauer has allowed just five runs in 31 1/3 innings.
âHe’s done a good job for us all year,â Counsell said. âHe was consistent.
The Brewers took the lead in earnest in the third inning. Lorenzo Cain started with a single in the infield, stole second place, moved up to third on a free kick from Lauer and scored on Kolten Wong’s sacrifice fly.
Milwaukee opened the game with two two-way rallies against the Pirates relievers.
The Brewers had two strikeouts and none in the sixth before Omar NarvÃ¡ez walked and scored on Escobar’s goal. triple in the right corner. Keller then led Tyrone Taylor to a 3-2 away pitch with goals loaded to extend Milwaukee’s lead to 3-0.
Mears’ problems in the seventh started when Wong hit a single with an out that came out of the right-hander’s leg. Mears later yielded a three-point blast to Escobar.
âIt really wasn’t the comebacker,â Shelton said. âThe comebacker hit him in the back of the thigh. He twisted his ankle on the way down, and that’s what we were checking. The longer he stayed outside, the more he stiffened. It was more because he had rolled his ankle than he had been affected by the line training. As he retreated to line up the ball, he twisted his ankle.
Brewers closest Josh Hader and Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl entered the COVID-19 injured list after both tested positive.
Milwaukee returned utility Jace Peterson to the injured list and selected infielder Pablo Reyes for Triple-A Nashville.
The Pirates named the Indianapolis AAA launcher Shea Spitzbarth. Spitzbarth worked 1 1/3 inning of scoreless relief on Monday in his first major league appearance.
The three-game streak continues Tuesday night with a right-handed clash as Max Kranick (1-2, 7.31 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh and Adrian Houser (7-5, 3.69) for Milwaukee.