The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers were back in action Tuesday night, and for the second straight night Milwaukee used the long ball to pick up the win. They would hit two home runs, which Pittsburgh would match, to win 5-2 and thus take this three-game series.
JT Brubaker made it through five innings tonight, but allowed four runs, two earned, on just two hits with six strikeouts and two walks. All four of the Brewers runs came in the second inning. Rowdy Tellez hit a two-run home run, which was followed later in the inning by a Kolten Wong two run double to right. Those runs were unearned because of a Kevin Newman throwing error earlier in the inning.
The Pirates runs came in the sixth and seventh innings. Daniel Vogelbach had the first homer of the night and then Josh VanMeter matched that one inning later. Unfortunately, both were solo shots and only put minor dents in the Milwaukee lead. Those runs were charged to Corbin Burnes, who worked seven innings and allowed just four hits during that time to go with ten strikeouts.
The Brewers scored their final run of the night off of relief pitcher Roansy Contreras in the seventh inning. It would be a solo homer from Hunter Renfroe. Contreras covered the final three innings of the game and stuck out five batters during that time. His lone hit allowed was that solo homer. Josh Hader collected his fifth save of the season after working the ninth inning for Milwaukee.
Neither offense did much tonight, and the fact that the Brewers scored five runs on just three hits shows just how costly that error by Newman in the second inning really was. Pittsburgh got four hits on the night with two coming off the bat of VanMeter. This three-game series will wrap up tomorrow afternoon with a 1:40pm start time.
Record vs. Brewers: 0-2
Record vs. N.L. Central: 2-5
Record on the Road: 1-4
Overall Record: 5-6
Let’s Go Bucs!