The Pittsburgh Pirates had every reason to hang their heads and chalk their Wednesday afternoon game against the Milwaukee Brewers as a lossafter going down three runs in the first inning. However, they would right the ship and come from behind to win 5-4 and accomplish the rare feat of taking a series from Milwaukee.
Willy Adams hit a three-run home run in the first to give the Brewers the lead. Ke’Bryan Hayes continued to swing a hot bat with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning. The Pirates would get to within one with an RBI double from Jack Suwinski, then tie the game when Joshua Palacios plated Hayes on a single to center in the sixth.
In the seventh, Ji Hwan Bae broke the tie when he hit an RBI triple to center. Bae then scored what would be the winning run on a Miguel Andujar single to center. Milwaukee would get back to within in a run in the eighth on a Mark Canha RBI single to center.
It was a bullpen game for Pittsburgh who would use six pitchers throughout the day. Colin Selby was tagged for three runs in the first, but Bailey Falter would throw 3.2 innings of shutout baseball to keep his team alive. Cody Bolton and Carmen Mlodzinski would each keep the Brewers off the board over 2.1 innings, before Colin Holderman allowed a run in the eighth. It would be David Bednar in the ninth, who would go on to collect his 33rd save of the season.
Freddy Peralta allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 5.1 innings. Trevor Megill collected a blown save in the sixth and Elvis Peguero got the loss after allowing two runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout in the seventh. Hoby Milner and Abner Uribe collected the final four outs via strikeout.
Solid win for this Pirates team today against a playoff contender like Milwaukee. It is great seeing the young guys compete even with the season almost over. It is being reported that Andrew McCutchen will be out for the remainder of the year with a partially torn Achilles tendon. Pittsburgh will now hit the road to begin a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves beginning Friday night.
Record vs. Brewers: 5-8
Record vs. N.L. Central: 20-25
Record at Home: 34-37
Overall Record: 65-75
Let’s Go Bucs!