Johan Oviedo threw seven shutout innings and the offense hit three homeruns to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Bucs earned a series-split with the Brewers in a hard-fought four game battle this weekend. The Pirates are now 50-61 on the season.
Oviedo gave the Bucs a much-needed shutdown performance on the mound. He lasted seven innings, giving up two hits and three walks while improving to 6-11 on the season. Brandon Woodruff suffered the loss for Milwaukee, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings.
Endy Rodriguez broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third inning when he hit a solo homerun, his second of the season, to right field to make it 1-0. Connor Joe’s eighth long ball of the year, a solo shot to left field, increased the lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning.
Bryan Reynolds gave the Pirates some insurance runs in the top of the eighth, hitting a two-run homerun to right center field. The round-tripper was Reynolds’ 14th of the season, and also scored Rodriguez to make it 4-0 Pittsburgh.
The Brewers avoided the shutdown by scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth inning. A throwing error by Ke’Bryan Hayes allowed Mark Canha to reach base, and also allowed William Contreras to score. But it was too little, too late for Milwaukee, as the Bucs were able to close out the inning and secure the victory.
After a heart-breaking loss on Saturday night, this Pirates’ team showed a lot of resilience by taking the field on Sunday and playing a solid game on all facets on its way to victory. They will now return home to PNC Park for a series against the Atlanta Braves, beginning Monday night. Spencer Strider will be on the bump for Atlanta against Osvaldo Bido for Pittsburgh.
Record vs. Brewers: 3-7
Record vs. N.L. Central: 13-17
Record on the Road: 24-33
Overall Record: 50-61
Let’s Go Bucs!