Tyler Glasnow made his return to a big-league mound tonight after a successful stint in Indianapolis for much of the summer. Reports were that he had better command of his pitches and was doing a better job of controlling the running. We were all quickly reminded that there is a huge difference between pitching in the majors and the minors, and the Milwaukee Brewers pounced on that difference. At the end of the night they picked up a series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates with an 8-2 victory tonight.
Glasnow would only last 2.2 innings and allowed five runs on four hits during that time. He would strikeout three and walk six. That stat line would balloon his ERA up to 7.89. A few questionable calls by the home plate umpire didn’t help, and even led to Clint Hurdle being ejected. Hard to say what Pittsburgh needs to do with Glasnow. Him being a former first round pick means that they have to exhaust every option on him, but the label of bust may soon be approaching.
The bullpen had ups and downs throughout their 5.1 innings of work. Wade LeBlanc pitched 1.1 innings allowing one hit and striking out two batters. Angel Sanchez was roughed up in the fifth, giving up three runs on three hits. Dan Runzler pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout, hit, and walk. Dovydas Neverauskas would work a scoreless eighth, allowing two hits, and that would be followed by George Kontos who struck out two and gave up one hit.
The Pirates collected ten hits on the night, but only scored two runs. The first came in the first inning when Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer that marked his 200th career home run. In the sixth inning Elias Diaz would reach on an infield single and in the process, bring home McCutchen.
September has not been kind to the Buccos, as they have won only one series so far and have posted a 5-8 record during this month. They will have a much-needed day off tomorrow, before starting the final series of this road trip against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Cincinnati has been tough on Pittsburgh this year, though the Pirates did take two of three from them earlier this month.
Record vs. Brewers: 9-7
Record vs. N.L. Central: 30-37
Record on the Road: 29-45
Overall Record: 68-79
Let’s Go Bucs!