Early on in this 2022 season, there is a common trend that is becoming a theme for the Pittsburgh Pirates – they cannot beat the Milwaukee Brewers. On Wednesday night at PNC Park, the Bucs managed just one hit, losing to their division rivals by a 3-1 score.
The Pirates couldn’t solve Aaron Ashby on the mound, who took a no hitter into the sixth inning. He struggled with control, though, walking five batters through his 5.2 innings of work, allowing one run on one hit along with six strikeouts. Wil Crowe took the loss for Pittsburgh, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits in the seventh inning.
The lone hit of the game for the Bucs came off the bat of Bryan Reynolds, but it did not result in the run scoring. Later in the sixth, Ke’Bryan Hayes grounded into a double play, allowing Diego Castillo to score. Incredibly, despite not having a hit until the sixth inning, the Pirates had a 1-0 lead heading into the seventh inning.
But Brewers responded, as they so often do against Pittsburgh, with a pair of runs in the seventh. Rowdy Tellez grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring Christian Yelich to tie the game. A single by Tyrone Taylor scored Hunter Renfroe to give them a 2-1 lead. A bases loaded walk to Kolten Wong in the top of the ninth gave Milwaukee an insurance run that they wouldn’t need anyway. They went on to secure the 3-1 victory.
The losing streak against the Brewers continues for Pittsburgh, who will look to avoid the series sweep on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park. Freddy Peralta will take the mound for Milwaukee against Jose Quintana for the Pirates.
Record vs. Brewers: 0-5
Record vs. N.L. Central: 5-9
Record at Home: 4-4
Overall Record: 8-10
Let’s Go Bucs!