The Pittsburgh Pirates entered Sunday afternoon with the chance to do something that doesn’t happen very often, win a series against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field. Pittsburgh would get the series win with an 8-6 victory, where six of the runs came from home runs.
The Pirates got the offense started in the second inning on an RBI single to shallow left field by Kevin Newman. They would add to that lead in the third when Ke’Bryan Hayes scored on a passed ball. Milwaukee was able to tie the game in the third with a pair of runs. Mike Brosseau hit an RBI single to right center to get things started, and that was followed by a Luis Urias RBI single to left center.
Hayes struck with the first home run of the game in the fifth, a solo shot to right field that traveled 360 ft. That lead would not last long, as the Brewers plated two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Willy Adames doubled to right to score Jonathan Davis, then Urias came through again with an RBI sac fly to center.
Pittsburgh starter Jose Quintana lasted only 4.1 innings allowing four runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks. His counterpart, Eric Lauer, pitched five innings giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. It would now be up to the bullpens to decide who won this game.
The Pirates grabbed the lead for good in the sixth on a pair of solo home runs. The first came off the bat of Michael Chavis, who hit one 365 ft. to right. That was followed three batters later by a 410 ft. homer from Oneil Cruz. Those runs were charged to Milwaukee relief pitcher Trevor Gott, who was tagged with the loss today.
Daniel Vogelbach gave Pittsburgh some much needed insurance runs in the ninth inning with a 410 ft. three run home run to center off of Chi Chi Gonzalez. Those runs were important because of a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth by Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen would hit that off of David Bednar, who was chosen to represent the Pirates at the MLB All Star game in Los Angeles next week.
It is always great to win a road series against a division opponent, especially when playing the Brewers. Chris Stratton earned his second win of the year, while pitching .2 of an inning in the fifth. One downer for today was that Bryan Reynolds left the game early with what is being reported as right-side discomfort. Hopefully it is not a serious injury that will keep home out for an extended period of time. Pittsburgh will continue their road trip tomorrow night with the first of four against the Miami Marlins.
Record vs. Brewers: 4-9
Record vs. N.L. Central: 18-27
Record on the Road: 16-27
Overall Record: 36-50
Let’s Go Bucs!