· Manager John Russell said Jeff Karstens was just trying to protect the inside of the plate when he hit Ryan Braun between the shoulders in the all-star leftfielder’s first at-bat after homering off the Pirates right-hander in the first inning. Braun glared at Karstens for a moment before heading to first.
“He’s trying to come in,” Russell said of Karstens. “(The Brewers are) very aggressive. You’ve got to be able to pitch inside. The ball got away from him. It looks bad because he hit a home run (in his previous at-bat). We’ve got to be able to throw at both sides of the plate.”
Umpire John Hirschbeck warned both benches. Later in the game, former Pirate Jason Kendall was hit by a pair of pitches.
· John Grabow, who had allowed no earned runs in 10 innings this year, allowed two earned runs in the loss. He gave up two hits, including a double by Corey Hart and a two-run single to Prince Fielder past a drawn-in infield.
“It’s a hitter’s ballpark,” Grabow said. “You have to come in here and make your pitches. We didn’t do that today.”