A rare event in 2020 occurred tonight, the Pittsburgh Pirates won a baseball game. Yes, you read that right, Pittsburgh won a baseball game. They opened a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night and took game one of the series 7-2. It felt like a total team win tonight, as they got good pitching from their starter and bullpen, the offense came through with clutch hits, and the defense didn’t produce any errors.
Chad Kuhl picked up his first win of the season after pitching five innings, allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout and three walks. That lone run came in the second inning on a Ben Gamel home run to deep right center. That home run was countered in the bottom half of the inning when Bryan Reynolds hit a solo shot of his own off of Milwaukee starter Adrian Houser.
The Pirates offense came to life in the fourth inning of this contest. Reynolds would bring home Josh Bell on an infield single to start the scoring. Gregory Polanco then hit a single to center to plate Colin Moran. The final run of the fourth came when Cole Tucker hit an infield single to bring around Reynolds.
Five pitchers were used out of the bullpen tonight, Sam Howard got the first two outs of the sixth before Geoff Hartlieb worked 1.1 innings. Richard Rodriguez pitched the eighth and gave up a solo home run to Christian Yelich, before handing the ball the Keone Kela in the ninth. Kela left the game with an injury after allowing one hit. Tyler Bashlor was the last man out tonight and he collected the final three outs.
After the Brewers cut the lead in half, the Buccos tacked on three more runs in the ninth. Reynolds hit a triple to deep left center that brought in two runs. He then crossed home plate for the final run of the night on a Tucker single to shallow right center.
This was a much-needed win for Pittsburgh. Now this team needs to string a few of these kinds of games together to gain their confidence back and give the fans a taste of what the future could possibly be. The Kela injury puts a twist in any possible trades the front had planned for him since the deadline is at the end of the month. These two teams will take the field again Saturday afternoon at 4:05pm.
Record vs. Brewers: 2-2
Record vs. N.L. Central: 4-8
Record at Home: 3-9
Overall Record: 5-17
Let’s Go Bucs!