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Brewers Blank Pirates, Earn Series Split

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon at PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to earn a series win against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Pittsburgh got a stellar pitching performance, but a two-run home run in the fifth for Milwaukee, and the Pirates going 0-11 with runners in scoring position, led to a 2-0 loss.

Zach Thompson returned from the IL today and looked good for someone having not pitched in fifteen days.  He would throw 4.2 innings allowing two runs on four hits, with two strikeouts and one walk.  Those two runs came on a two-run home run from Omar Narvaez in the fifth inning.  Brandon Woodruff started for the Brewers, and he would pitch six innings.  During that time, Woodruff struck out eight and allowed six hits.

Both bullpens dueled it out quite evenly on this sunny afternoon.  Duane Underwood Jr. was back in Pittsburgh and allowed one hit, with a walk and strikeout during his 1.1 innings on the bump.  Tyler Beede threw for two innings and struck out one batter.  The ninth belonged to Chris Stratton and he struck out two batters during that time.

Milwaukee would also use three pitchers out of the bullpen, with each working one inning.  Brad Boxberger struck out one, walked one, and allowed one hit in the seventh.  In the eighth Devin Williams struck out three and gave up one hit.  Josh Hader picked up his 25th save of the season in the ninth.  He would give up a hit, strike out two, and walk one batter.  The final out came on a Bryan Reynolds fly out to left with the bases loaded.

The Pirates outhit the Brewers 9-5 today, but just couldn’t find that clutch hit to get them on the board.  Daniel Vogelbach led the way going 3-4, he was followed by Jack Suwinski and his 2-3 performance with a walk.  Four other Pittsburgh batters had one hit a piece.  After a rare Independence Day off day on Monday, the Pirates return to action on Tuesday when they host the New York Yankees for a short two game series.

Record vs. Brewers:  2-8

Record vs. N.L. Central:  15-25

Record at Home:  19-22

Overall Record:  32-47


As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor