The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers played game two of a three game series from PNC Park Wednesday night. While these teams are currently heading in opposite directions, Pittsburgh got the best of Milwaukee in game one and did so again tonight. The Pirates got plenty of offense, which was nice to see, and finished off the victory with a home run in the ninth inning.
This was a bullpen game for Pittsburgh and they would use a total of six pitchers over the course of nine innings. It started with Tyler Beede, who would allow four runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout over 1.1 innings. The Brewers were in a similar situation when they used seven pitchers. Freddy Peralta worked 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
The first run of the night came in the top of the first with Kolten Wong hit an RBI single to right center. Milwaukee added three more runs to that lead in the second. Willy Adames doubled home a pair and then came in to score when Rowdy Tellez singled to right. The Pirates scored two runs in the bottom of the third on a Ke’Bryan Hayes single to right center.
Pittsburgh would tie the game in the sixth with two more runs. Michael Chavis plated a run with a double to right, then was able to score when Tucupita Marcano singled to left center. The Pirates then took the lead with a three run seventh inning. Hayes drove in his second run of the game with a single to right. Oneil Cruz closed out the inning by launching a two-run homer to right center that traveled 430 ft.
The lead did not last long as the Brewers answered in the eighth. Adames plated a pair on a single to left and Tellez tied the game with a single to shallow right. With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, lead off man Bryan Reynolds would send the home crowd home happy with a 420 ft. solo home run to right center to end the game 8-7.
Plenty of offense tonight, but the bullpen did a good job aside from a rough 2/3 of an inning from Yerry De Los Santos in the eighth. Dillion Peters, Chase De Jong, Duane Underwood Jr., and Wil Crowe combined for seven innings of work, while allowing just three hits, striking out five and walking three. Crowe also picked up his fourth win of the season.
Pittsburgh called up Marcano after designating Yoshi Tsutsugo for assignment. Marcano would go 3-4 on the night with an RBI while playing left field and second base. Tyler Heineman left the game with an apparent groin injury. The finale of this series will take place on Thursday afternoon with the first pitch slated for 12:35pm. Scheduled to start are Brandon Woodruff for Milwaukee and Zach Thompson for the Pirates.
Record vs. Brewers: 6-9
Record vs. N.L. Central: 20-29
Record at Home: 23-29
Overall Record: 42-62
Let’s Go Bucs!