The Pittsburgh Pirates came back to beat the Milwaukee Brewers in a wild game at PNC Park on Friday night. They attempted to do the same on Saturday, but this time, they came up short in an 11-8 loss.
Johan Oviedo started for Pittsburgh, falling to 3-9 on the season. He was hit hard by the Brewers, giving up eight runs on nine hits in five innings. Roansy Contreras came in and continued his struggles on the mound, giving up three runs of his own. Corbin Burnes started for Milwaukee, giving up two runs on one hit in his seven innings of work.
Rowdy Tellez’s sacrifice fly in the first inning scored the game’s first run. They broke the game open with five runs in the second inning, highlighted by a three-run homerun by Christian Yelich, his 10th of the season. Milwaukee added four more runs in the sixth inning on a double by Jesse Winker and a single by Victor Caratini, giving them a 10-0 lead.
But has been the case for most of the season, this Pirates’ team does not give up. A two-run single by Jack Suwinski in the seventh got the Bucs on the board, and, after Raimel Tapia’s solo homerun in the seventh made it 11-2 Brewers, Pittsburgh responded with six runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Josh Palacios singled home a run and later scored on a two-run homerun by Suwinski. A two-run triple by Tucupita Marcano and a RBI double by Jared Triolo cut the lead to 11-8, but that would be as close as the Bucs would get on the day.
Unfortunately, the Pirates couldn’t put together another victory against the Brewers today. They showed a lot of heart to get back into the game, but they dug themselves too big of a hole early in the game. It was a certainly a disappointing performance by Oviedo, and the continued struggles by Contreras is concerning as well.
The Brewers and Pirates will meet back up on Sunday afternoon for the rubber match of this series. Colin Rea will be on the mound for Milwaukee against Rich Hill for Pittsburgh.
Record vs. Brewers: 1-4
Record vs. N.L. Central: 11-14
Record at Home: 22-20
Overall Record: 39-43
Let’s Go Bucs!