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Pirates Drop Series In Blowout Loss To Brewers

For the second straight series, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a chance to claim a series from a N.L. Central opponent.  And, unfortunately, the Bucs once again came up short, this time in a 10-2 blowout loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field.

Martin Perez started for Pittsburgh this afternoon and was hit hard during his five innings on the mound.  The Bucs’ left-hander was tagged for nine earned runs on eleven hits, including five homeruns. 

His mound opponent, Robert Gasser, faired much better on the bump, giving up one run on six hits and a walk in five innings, earning the victory for Milwaukee.

Andrew McCutchen and Bryan Reynolds led off the third inning with back-to-back singles.  A sacrifice fly by Connor Joe scored McCutchen, and the Pirates took the early lead at 1-0.

That lead wouldn’t last for long, as the Brewers immediately responded in the bottom of the inning.  After Jackson Chourio and Sal Frelick reached base safely to lead off, William Contreras blasted a three-run homerun to right field to put Milwaukee in front, 3-1.  A two-run homerun by Gary Sanchez later in the inning increased the lead to 5-1, putting the Bucs in a deep hole after three innings.

Pittsburgh did have an opportunity to get right back in the game in the fourth, but with two on and two outs, McCutchen flew out to center field to end the threat and the Bucs’ half of the inning.

Solo homeruns by Frelick in the fourth and Joey Ortiz in the fifth increased the Brewers’ lead to 7-1, and a two-run homerun by Chourio in the sixth would end Perez’s afternoon. 

McCutchen collected his third hit of the day, and fifth homerun of the season, in the top of the 7th when he connected on a solo shot to left field, making it a 10-2 score.

This was a very disappointing performance by the Pirates this afternoon.  After winning the first game of this series on Monday, they dropped two straight and once again failed to pick up a series victory.  And, for the second straight series, they dropped the rubber match to a divisional opponent.

The Pirates will open up a four-game series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday evening.  Jared Jones will get the start for Pittsburgh, with a first pitch slated for 7:40pm.

Record vs. Brewers: 3-4

Record vs. N.L. Central: 4-6

Record on the Road: 10-13

Overall Record: 19-25

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor