There was a lot of hype surrounding Chris Archer when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Tampa Bay Rays. The fan base was excited and even gave him a standing ovation the night he arrived at PNC Park. Even with that excitement, he has struggled mightily since he first donned a Pittsburgh uniform. That trend would continue today in a 7-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Archer would only last four innings today allowing six runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks. The hope was that this guy would be a top of the rotation pitcher for the Pirates and so far, he has been nothing more than a headache. He was replaced in the fifth by Nick Kingham. Kingham worked two innings and gave up one run on one hit with two strikeouts. The seventh and eighth innings belonged to Kyle Crick and Richard Rodriguez. They combined to keep Milwaukee off the board, while striking out one batter.
The Buccos offense would battle back, but just couldn’t keep up with the Brewers today. Already trailing by six runs in the fifth Adeiny Hechavarria would hit an RBI double to shallow left center. Pittsburgh would get as close as two runs down with a three run sixth inning. Adam Frazier started the scoring with a two-run home run to right center field. That would be followed up by a solo homer from Gregory Polanco. Unfortunately, that would be all the offense could muster today.
Another rough series for the Pirates comes to an end. They should have won the opener Friday night, but the pitching struggled that night as well. Saturday was finally the day that they put a complete team effort together, and that is what it takes to win at this level. Their road trip will continue on Tuesday when they being a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Record vs. Brewers: 9-4
Record vs. N.L. Central: 31-23
Record on the Road: 29-33
Overall Record: 64-67
Let’s Go Bucs!