Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 5/14/13
Runs have been difficult to come by at times for the Milwaukee Brewers, and scoring essentially has been a problem each time Kyle Lohse pitches. Reversing that trend, though, may not be easy against Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jeff Locke, who takes the mound at home Tuesday night. The Brewers (16-20) have been outscored by 25 runs while losing nine of 11 this month, beginning with a 6-4 defeat to Pittsburgh on May 1 that marks the Pirates' only victory in the last 11 meetings. Milwaukee's scoring woes surface mainly when Lohse (1-4, 3.53 ERA) is on the hill, as he's received one or no runs of support five times in his seven starts. Lohse, though, has posted a 4.93 ERA while suffering the loss in each of his last three outings. However, he's received 12 runs of support through 43-13 innings on the season. "It's not something that I'm going around hanging my head about or saying anything," Lohse said after giving up four runs in 6-13 innings of a 4-1 loss to Texas on Wednesday. "I don't worry about what our offense does. I've got to concentrate on what I'm doing out there. That's all I can control." The right-hander has pitched well in his last five starts against Pittsburgh, going 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA. He likely hopes the offense can produce similarly to Monday, as Milwaukee beat the Pirates 5-1 in the series opener. Norichika Aoki went 3 for 5 with three RBI and young shortstop Jean Segura added three hits and three stolen bases for the Brewers, who played without Ryan Braun as he was given the night off to rest his sore neck. Milwaukee stole six bases, with Aoki adding a pair and Carlos Gomez swiping another. "It's the same as every night, we just try to stay aggressive on the basepaths and if you can go for the next base, we go for it," Aoki said. Generating offense may be difficult against Locke, though. Locke (3-1, 2.95) is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA over his last four starts after giving up one run in six innings of Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday. He's allowed three hits or fewer in each of those outings while posting an average of 0.88 walks and hits per inning in that stretch. The left-hander has allowed one run or none in four of his seven starts. Locke gave up five runs in four innings, including a two-run homer to Gomez, while falling 7-3 on Sept. 28, 2011, in his only start against the Brewers. Segura is hitting an NL-best .368 with Gomez second at .367, and they'll look to improve those marks against a Pittsburgh team that had its three-game winning streak snapped Monday. The Pirates (21-17) have lost four of five at home after mustering four hits, their fewest since also finishing with four in a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 7. Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Neil Walker each went 0 for 4. "This has not been the norm, this has been abnormal for us," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I'm going to go, take a shower, head to the house and get ready to play tomorrow." The Pirates have lost five straight home meetings with the Brewers.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jarvis Landry stands by prediction that Dolphins will beat Patriots twice

Dak Prescott: No finger-pointing on Cowboys offense

CFL commissioner explains why he blocked team from signing Johnny Manziel

Everson Griffen asks for help naming son after sack

Manny Pacquiao trying to bait Conor McGregor into fighting him

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Watch Chargers punter Drew Kaser somehow miss kicking net on practice attempt

Marvin Jones makes amazing catch in between Vikings defenders

Report: Chip Kelly could make decision by Sunday

Lane Kiffin reportedly would be open to Tennessee return

Jay Cutler reportedly throws passes in practice

Joel Embiid: I'm ‘the best defensive player in the league’

Raiders' fall from grace shows there's more work to be done

NFL Week 12 predictions

College football Week 13 predictions

The 'Getting a leg up on the competition' quiz

Biggest sports turkeys of 2017

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Raiders' fall from grace shows there's more work to be done

The 'Getting a leg up on the competition' quiz

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

NFL Week 12 predictions

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker