The Pittsburgh Pirates came into today with an opportunity to do something they had not done since 2019, sweep a series. After a nearly two-hour rain delay, Pittsburgh matched up with the Milwaukee Brewers for the third time this weekend and for the third time came away with a victory. A two-run homer in the eighth lifted the Pirates to a 5-4 win.
The Buccos offense struck first when Adam Frazier hit an RBI single to right field to score Erik Gonzalez. They would double that lead in the second on a Jarrod Dyson RBI single to left center field. They would collect one more run off of Milwaukee starter Corbin Burnes in the sixth on a Bryan Reynolds single to right center to bring around JT Riddle.
JT Brubaker made the start for Pittsburgh today. He worked four innings and allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out six and walking one. He was replaced in the fifth inning by Geoff Hartlieb who ran into some trouble while on the mound for 1.1 innings. Hartlieb allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits with one strikeout. Sam Howard, Nik Turley, and Chris Stratton worked the sixth through eighth innings and allowed one hit to go with one walk and three strikeouts.
Down a run in the eighth, Gregory Polanco stepped to the plate with a runner on first and crushed a 410 ft. home run to right center field off of Brewers relief pitcher David Phelps. Now with the lead heading into the ninth, Richard Rodriguez got the call from the pen to earn a save. He would strikeout the first two batters, before getting a flyout to left to end the game.
Two injury notes today. Colin Moran left the game with concussion like symptoms after a collision at first base while applying a tag at first base. Kevin Newman was pulled from the game with abdominal discomfort after a swing and a miss at the plate.
The Pirates couldn’t have asked for a better weekend as these three wins have to be a huge confidence boost for a team that has struggled for most of the season. They will now have a scheduled off day on Monday before starting an eight-game road trip on Tuesday, with the first of two of those games being against the Chicago White Sox.
Record vs. Brewers: 4-2
Record vs. N.L. Central: 6-8
Record at Home: 5-9
Overall Record 7-17
Lets’ Go Bucs!