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Pirates Open Series With 8-6 Victory Over Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened their three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers with an 8-6 victory at American Family Field on Monday night.

Mitch Keller started for Pittsburgh and was solid on the mound.  The Bucs’ right-hander pitched six innings of shutout baseball, giving up eight hits while striking out seven.

Colin Rea was on the mound for Milwaukee, giving up three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

Pittsburgh jumped on Rea and the Brewers immediately with a pair of runs in the first inning.  Jack Suwinski hit a two-run homerun, his third of the season, with Oneil Cruz on base to give the Bucs an early 2-0 lead.

Bryan Reynolds hit an RBI double to right field in the third inning, scoring Andrew McCutchen to make it 3-0.  Then in the seventh inning, McCutchen singled home Michael A. Taylor to increase the lead to 4-0.  Later in the inning, Cruz singled home McCutchen to make it a 5-0 score.

A two-run double by Willy Adames in the bottom of the seventh scored Andruw Monasterio and William Contreras to cut the Bucs’ lead to 5-2, but a two-run homerun by Yasmani Grandal in the top of the eighth made it a 7-2 score.

Milwaukee loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the eighth against Josh Fleming, thanks to a single and fielding errors by Jared Triolo and Cruz.  A grand slam by Jake Bauers cut the Pirates’ lead to a single run at 7-6.  But with the tying run on third base, Christian Yelich struck out to end the inning.  Reynolds completed his perfect day at the plate (5-5) by giving the Pirates an insurance run with a solo homerun in the top of the ninth, pushing the lead to 8-6, which would be the final score.

This was a great start to this series for the Pirates.  One day removed from a disappointing loss to the Chicago Cubs in the rubber match of that series, the Bucs came out on Monday and responded well by taking the first game of this series.  They are now in a solid position to hopefully win a series against another divisional opponent.

The Pirates and Brewers will meet back up on Tuesday night for the second game of this series at American Family Field.  Quinn Priester will be on the mound for Pittsburgh against Joe Ross for Milwaukee.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm.

Record vs. Brewers: 3-2

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

Record on the Road: 10-11

Overall Record: 19-23

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