The Pittsburgh Pirates entered their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers on a five-game losing streak and struggling in all aspects of the game. Steven Brault looked to be the stop gap for Pittsburgh and he would have help from his offense in a 7-0 win over Milwaukee. If the Pirates want finish this season strong, more nights like this would go a long way.
Brault would go on to have the best start of his short Major League career. He would throw six innings allowing one hit, while striking out six and walking one. The biggest stat was not allowing a single run. Brault would even do it with the bat going 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored. He definitely did it all tonight in leading the charge to victory.
The Buccos would get the offense going immediately in the first inning when Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run home run to deep right centerfield. The long ball would strike again in the fifth, this time when Starling Marte hit a two-run shot to deep right centerfield. Brault would plate his two runs in the sixth, while Jordy Mercer would hit the third homer of the night, a solo dinger to deep left centerfield.
It would be up to the bullpen to complete the shutout and it would take four of them to finish off the final three innings. A.J. Schugel pitched a scoreless seventh, striking out two batters in the process. Daniel Hudson collected the first two outs in the eighth, but was lifted after allowing a walk and a hit. Dan Runzier came in to collect the final out. The ninth inning would belong to Felipe Rivero. Rivero would allow one hit, but strikeout the final batter of the night for the victory.
This was a great way for Pittsburgh to snap their losing streak, plus who doesn’t love a win at Miller Park. The Brewers were unable to have a runner advance past first base all night. While the Pirates are out of the playoff hunt, the next two weeks are a chance for them to screw up the post season plans for their division foes. Game two of this three game series will take place tomorrow night with Gerrit Cole taking on Brent Suter. First pitch is 7:40pm.
Record vs. Brewers: 9-5
Record vs. N.L. Central: 30-35
Record on the Road: 29-43
Overall Record: 68-77
Let’s Go Bucs!