Consistent approach helps Milwaukee Brewers win series against Pirates

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It was an afternoon of sticking to the process.

Although they found themselves scrambling to do much against the Pittsburgh Pirates early on, the Milwaukee Brewers continued to grind at home plate. A tough and productive appearance on a plate by one, the Brewers eventually destroyed the bullpen of their last resident visitors.

Twenty-three batters came in from fifth to seventh for the Brewers, all three innings in a 6-1 victory at American Family Field on Wednesday afternoon.

It wasn’t always pretty. An error helped the Brewers tie the game. Another gave them head. Another pair of points scored on walks. The Brewers had just one more base hit.

However, no style points were needed.

THE SCORE OF THE BOX: Brewers 6, Pirates 1

Music was playing in the clubhouse. Players would stop at the pop-a-shot hoop to throw basketballs. It was another victory – and another series win, too. That’s all the Brewers cared about as they kept pace with the National League wild card race.

Zach Thompson shut down Milwaukee’s offense for four innings, allowing just three hits on a slew of weak contacts, before giving way to the Pirates’ bullpen to start the fifth.

With Manny Bañuelos on the mound and two runners on base thanks to an error from Ke’Bryan Hayes, Willy Adames capped a 10-pitch at-bat with an RBI double to the right to tie the game at 1-1.

In the sixth, against Miguel Yajure, Keston Hiura started by hitting a two base error by shortstop Oneil Cruz. He moved to third base on a groundout to first by Luis Urías and scored a batter later when Omar Narváez’s groundout to a drawn Kevin Newman at second base was briefly juggled.

Ten brewers came to home plate and seven in a row reached base in a low seventh that lasted more than half an hour. Hiura led Hunter Renfroe with a single that deflected off Cruz’s glove and Urías followed with his own RBI single to make it 4-1, Milwaukee.

Narváez, Garrett Mitchell and Christian Yelich followed with consecutive walks to drive in two more races.

Freddy Peralta went five innings striking out three and only allowing Ben Gamel a solo homer in the fourth.

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