Hoffman Sends Down Pirates In 1st Save For Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Trevor Hoffman said it felt different. The result was the same.
The all-time saves leader notched his first with Milwaukee and the Brewers rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Tuesday night.
"The way the team played, the way we came back, we needed a shut down (inning) and so, overall, I think it was a good way of doing it," said Hoffman, who signed a $6 million, one-year deal in the offseason after recording 552 of his 554 previous saves with the San Diego Padres.
Brewers starter Dave Bush returned to the bench to watch Hoffman, and Ryan Braun, who drove in two runs, said it was just as exciting as Hoffman's first appearance on Monday when the Brewers scored five runs to make his outing moot.
"I don't know if that'll ever get old," Braun said. "Anytime you get an opportunity to watch a guy that's that good at what they do, it's pretty cool. You kind of become a fan and a spectator."
Milwaukee erased Pittsburgh's 5-1 lead with two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth on Bill Hall's solo homer off Pirates starter Paul Maholm and Rickie Weeks' two-run shot off reliever Jesse Chavez (0-1).
"The way they're swinging the bats, if you make a mistake, you know they're going to hit it hard," Pirates manager John Russell said.
From there, the Brewers bullpen held tight with Jorge Julio (1-0), Mitch Stetter, Todd Coffey and Hoffman.
"It's really nice to have Trevor and of course he's saved more games than anybody, but when you have a one-run lead and you're the manager in the ninth inning, you're always on the edge of your seat, no matter who is in there," Brewers skipper Ken Macha said.
The victory was Milwaukee's 14th in a row over Pittsburgh and 17th straight at Miller Park.
Hoffman, who spent the first 17 games on the DL after straining his oblique on March 13, said he felt fine pitching on back-to-back days.
"It's nice be able to go down the line like we all did and secure a victory," Hoffman said. "It's going to add momentum, keep the wind in your sails."