Gerrit Cole took the mound tonight for the Pittsburgh Pirates looking for another solid start on the road. Unfortunately, he ran into some trouble in the early innings, and the Bucs couldn’t muster a comeback as they fell 5-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers tonight at Miller Park.
Cole battled his way through six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits with ten strikeouts and two walks. His mound opponent, Brent Suter, gave up two runs on three hits in three innings in a spot start for Milwaukee.
A solo homerun by Eric Thames in the bottom of the second inning put the Brewers in front 1-0. Jordy Mercer’s groundout in the third tied the game and an RBI single by Jordan Luplow later in the inning gave the Bucs a 2-1 advantage.
The Brewers tagged Cole for four runs in the third inning. Ryan Braun’s groundout tied the game, and a two run double by Domingo Santana put the home team in front, 4-2. Thames followed with a run scoring single, making it 5-2.
The Pirates left too many runners on base throughout the game, and the Brewers bullpen made the big pitches at the right times, as they went on to win rather comfortably.
Pittsburgh certainly had their opportunities tonight, but they couldn’t cash in with a big hit. Cole wasn’t as sharp as he has been lately, but he still battled his way through six innings, keeping the game close.
The Pirates and Brewers will meet back up at Miller Park for the rubber match tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10pm.
Record vs. Brewers: 9-6
Record vs. N.L. Central: 30-36
Record on the Road: 29-44
Overall Record: 68-78
Let’s Go Bucs!