The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon at PNC Park and like most of the past matchups, Milwaukee got the best of Pittsburgh, by the final of 3-2. The Pirates offense struggled for most of this series and today was no different. The Brewers would use a former Bucco great to lead them to the victory.
Andrew McCutchen got the game started off right for the Brew Crew when he hit the first pitch of the game over the left field wall to give his team a 1-0 lead. That homer was hit off of Pittsburgh starter Jose Quintana. Quintana would settle down and throw five innings on the day, giving up one run on four hits with nine strikeouts.
Milwaukee starter Freddy Peralta worked six innings, giving up just three hits with seven strikeouts. The Pirates offense finally came to life in the seventh inning when they plated two runs. It started when Ben Gamel scored on an infield single by Jack Suwinski. The other run occurred when Michael Chavis scored on a sac fly by Diego Castillo.
The Pittsburgh bullpen was solid for the first three innings after Quintana exited the game. Miguel Yajure allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out two during his 1.2 innings of work. Heath Hembree faced two batters in the seventh, walking one and striking out the other. David Bednar pitched the eighth and struck out one batter.
Chris Stratton entered to pitch the ninth looking for the save. He had a very rough outing, allowing two runs on four hits. The winning runs crossed the plate when McCutchen hit a single to shallow right center bringing home Christian Yelich and Kolten Wong. The Pirates could not respond in the bottom half on the inning, as Devin Williams would pick up the save by striking out the side.
Thankfully this series is now over. For whatever reason, Pittsburgh just cannot figure out how to beat the Brewers thus far in 2022. The last time the Pirates beat Milwaukee was August 14, 2021. With the Brewers now out of town, the San Diego Padres will be coming to town to play a three-game series starting Friday night.
Record vs. Brewers: 0-6
Record vs. N.L. Central: 5-10
Record at Home: 4-5
Overall Record: 8-11
Let’s Go Bucs!