Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 8/29/13
The linescore makes this obvious, but this game was really decided in the first couple of innings. Neither starter came out with his best stuff, but the Brewers were able to capitalize on the rustiness that Gerrit Cole had after a longer-than-normal laoyff, while the Pirates left runners littered all over the bases against Yovani Gallardo despite hitting the ball awfully hard against him. Andrew McCutchen was stranded at third in the first inning after a triple that was very nearly an inside the park home run, two runners were stranded in the second after Marlon Byrd and John Buck both singled, and two runners were stranded in the fourth after a Gaby Sanchez walk and another Buck single.  By that point, the Brewers were already ahead 3-0. Tim Neverett mentioned as Cole took the mound that he said he felt his breaking ball was flat after his last long layoff, and in the early parts of this game he certainly looked like a pitcher that only had a fastball working. That was what gav...
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