The Pittsburgh Pirates got back into the win column on Sunday afternoon, thanks to a pair of homeruns and some strong pitching, beating the Milwaukee Brewers by a 5-1 score at Miller Park.
Gregory Polanco’s solo homerun in the top of the second inning gave the Bucs the lead early, but Keston Hiura’s RBI single tied the game after three.
A two run homerun by Josh Bell, which hit the hood of a car in the parking lot, gave the Bucs a 3-1 lead. After adding a run in the fifth, the Pirates added another insurance run in the seventh on a RBI single by Adam Frazier. The bullpen held on for a 5-1 win.
Pittsburgh handed Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff his third loss of the season, as he gave up four runs on four hits with three walks in five innings. Steven Brault started for the Bucs, giving up one unearned run on three hits in three innings of work. Nick Tropeano earned his first win of the season, while Richard Rodriguez, a day after giving up the game-winning homerun, shut things down with a scoreless ninth.
This was a nice response by this Pirates team, a day after a heartbreaking walk-off loss. They now put themselves in position to leave Milwaukee with a series split. Trevor Williams will take the mound for Pittsburgh tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:40pm.
Record vs. Brewers: 5-4
Record vs. N.L. Central: 9-10
Record on the Road: 5-12
Overall Record: 10-21
Let’s Go Bucs!