One night after the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up their first win of the season over the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee showed why they are currently atop the N.L. Central division standings. The Brewers struck early and poured it on in a 19-2 victory over Pittsburgh. It seems like these kinds of blowouts are frequent when these teams meet up, and they always favor the Brewers.
The game was all but over in the second inning. That is when Milwaukee plated seven runs. Kolten Wong drove in a run with a double to center. Luis Urias smacked a two-run homer, which was followed up by a solo homer from Keston Hiura, and three run dinger from Rowdy Tellez. Tellez struck again with a two-run shot in the fourth.
The Pirates scored their first run in the sixth when Ke’Bryan Hayes scored on a wild pitch. The Brewers had another big inning in the eighth. Urias scored on a passed ball, Omar Narvaez scored on an infield single, Willy Adames hit a 401 ft. grand slam, and the final two runs of the inning came when Mike Brosseau doubled to left center. Pittsburgh grabbed a final run in the eighth when Oneil Cruz hit into a fielder’s choice. With position player Josh VanMeter on the mound, Victor Caratini hit a solo homer and Tyrone Taylor scored on a ground out.
Roansy Contreras had his worst start of the season going just 1.2 innings and allowing seven runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout. Austin Brice pitched 2.1 innings giving up two runs on two hits with a walk. The next three innings belonged to Aaron Fletcher. Fletcher did not allow a hit and walked just one batter. Cam Vieaux was also roughed up as he allowed eight runs, seven earned, in just one inning of work. Milwaukee starter Corbin Burnes pitched six innings, allowing one run on one hit with four walks and five strikeouts.
Thankfully this only counts as one loss, even though its tough to watch when it happens. The Pirates are garnering some attention with their young players, and rightfully so, but nights like these show that they still have a long way to go before they can contend. Game three of this four game series will take place on Saturday afternoon at 4:05pm.
Record vs. Brewers: 1-7
Record vs. N.L. Central: 14-24
Record at Home: 18-21
Overall Record: 31-46
Let’s Go Bucs!