What a difference a few hours make? Earlier in the day the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped an eight-game losing streak with a blowout win of the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee made sure that did not happen again by taking game two of the doubleheader by the final of 6-0. The Pittsburgh offense that looked so sharp in game one, was nowhere to be found when the sun went down. The Pirates would only account for four hits during the seven innings.
Mitch Keller made the start for Pittsburgh and was decent during his 4.1 innings on the mound. He would allow two runs on nine hits, with three strikeouts and one walk. Both of those runs would come in the fourth inning. Jace Peterson hit an RBI single to shallow right center for the first run, and a fielder’s choice by Lorenzo Cain would plate the second. Brewers starter Aaron Ashby worked four innings giving up three hits and striking out four.
Anthony Banda collected the final two outs of the fifth, before handing the ball over to Chris Stratton in the sixth. That would be a rough inning for Stratton, as the Brewers collected three more runs. It started on a throwing error by Pirates catcher Michael Perez which allowed Peterson to score from second. The final two runs of the inning came on a Rowdy Perez home run that bounced into the Allegheny River.
The seventh inning would belong to Shea Spitzbarth. He would allow on run on one hit. That lone hit would be a solo home run by Avisail Garcia to left center field. Milwaukee would use three pitchers out of the bullpen to cover the final three innings. They combined to allow one hit, while striking out four batters.
This three-game series will wrap up tomorrow afternoon. Neither team has yet to announce a starter for that contest. Tomorrow’s game will also be the final time that these two teams play each other during the 2021 season, which is a blessing for those of us who cheer on the Buccos.
Record vs. Brewers: 5-13
Record vs. N.L. Central: 13-39
Record on the Road: 19-42
Overall Record: 42-75
Let’s Go Bucs!