Coming off a strong series victory over the Washington Nationals at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road to face off against N.L. Central foes the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew have had the Bucs’ number over the years, and that trend continued on Monday night, as the Pirates fell by a 6-1 score.
Zach Thompson started for Pittsburgh, being tagged with the loss after giving up six runs on six hits and four walks in four innings. Eric Lauer kept the Bucs in check throughout his start for Milwaukee, giving up just one run on five hits in six innings.
The Brewers scored the game’s first run via a wild pitch by Thompson to make it 1-0 in the first inning. A solo homerun by Diego Castillo in the top of the fourth tied the game. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, that would be the one and only run they would score.
The bottom of the fourth proved to be the difference in the game. A sacrifice fly by Kolten Wong broke the 1-1 tie, and then, later in the inning, Christian Yelich blasted a grand slam to make it 6-1. That would be the final score.
This was a difficult way for the Pirates to kick off their road trip. Hopefully this team can turn the page quickly and get back to winning baseball. JT Brubaker will take the mound for Pittsburgh against Corbin Burnes for Milwaukee.
Record vs. Brewers: 0-1
Record vs. N.L. Central: 2-4
Record on the Road: 1-3
Overall Record: 5-5
Let’s Go Bucs!