Brewers manager Ken Macha said he didn’t appreciate the up-and-in pitch from Pirates starter Zach Duke that struck Rickie Weeks in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game in Pittsburgh.
It was a 1-and-2 offering, but it also came immediately after Brewers pinch-hitter Jody Gerut delivered a pinch-hit, two-run home run that gave Milwaukee a 7-0 lead.
“To throw at somebody’s face, I don’t think that was very good,” Macha said. “I don’t know if he did or not. I can’t determine what the intention is. But I kind of took exception to it, and Rickie did, too.
“They were hitting Prince [Fielder] last year, and now they’re hitting Rickie. Those are the wrong guys to be hitting, I’ll say that. I would pick somebody else out.”
Fielder and Weeks have each been plunked five times this season, and Ryan Braun once. Brewers pitchers, meanwhile, have only struck four opposing batters.
“We don’t budge,” Macha said. “Prince doesn’t budge. He hangs in there. Pitchers are trying to back him off the plate, but he’s not backing off. Consequently, you get hit.”
Weeks got some payback the day after Duke’s plunking by scoring four times in the Brewers’ historic 20-0 win.