The nightmare that was the Pittsburgh Pirates’ road trip concluded on Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Pirates have lost six straight games, including two consecutive sweeps against N.L. Central opponents, and now find themselves 2.5 games out of first place in the division.
Luis Ortiz started for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Dauri Moreta suffered the loss, giving up three runs on one hit and two walks in a disastrous eighth inning.
Freddy Peralta was on the bump for the Brewers, giving up two runs on two hits with nine strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Trevor Megill earned the victory, while Devin Williams tallied his 12th save of the season.
After stranding the bases loaded in the second inning, the Bucs cashed in for the game’s first runs in the third inning. Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run homerun to put the Pirates in front. Unfortunately, those would be the only runs of the game for Pittsburgh.
After Jesse Winker’s single in the fifth got the Brewers on the board, they took over in a four-run eighth inning. A RBI single by William Contreras tied the game, and a sacrifice fly by Raimel Tapia put Milwaukee in front, 3-2. A two-run single by Luis Urias gave the Brewers a couple insurance runs, pushing the lead to 5-2 which would be the final score.
This was another horrible game for Pittsburgh, the latest in a stretch that has resulted in a winless road trip. The Bucs will look to snap their losing streak when they return home to PNC Park to kick off a brief home stand against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. Drew Smyly will be on the mound for Chicago against Osvaldo Bido for Pittsburgh.
Record vs. Brewers: 0-3
Record vs. N.L. Central: 10-10
Record on the Road: 16-20
Overall Record: 34-36
Let’s Go Bucs!