It’s been a rough stretch of baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates lately, highlighted by a heartbreaking loss last night in the first game of their weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The Bucs were in desperate need of a victory as they took the field tonight, looking to snap a four game losing streak. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, they got a strong pitching performance and they finally came through with some offense, as they went beat the Brewers 9-1.
Jameson Taillon started for the Pirates, giving up one run on five hits with eight strikeouts in six innings. He has been solid as of late, further lowering his ERA to 3.49 on the season.
The Brewers scored the game’s first run, a solo homerun by Christian Yelich in the bottom of the third. Pittsburgh tied the game in the top of the fourth on a RBI double by Josh Harrison. The game remained tied until the top of the seventh, when Gregory Polanco hit a single with the bases loaded to score two, making it 3-1.
The knockout blow came in the top of the eighth inning, when Adam Frazier, who did not start tonight, hit a three run homerun to right field, making it 6-1. The Pirates would score three more runs in the ninth and would coast onto victory from there.
This was a nice response by the Pirates tonight following the heartbreaking loss last night. This was one of those “feel good” wins that this team has not experienced in what seems like a very long time. They will now look to play spoiler and take this series from the Brewers tomorrow afternoon in the finale.
Record vs. Brewers: 9-3
Record vs. N.L. Central: 31-22
Record on the Road: 29-32
Overall Record: 64-66
Let’s Go Bucs!