The 2023 Pittsburgh Pirates are going streaking once again. In a season full of ups and downs, Pittsburgh is currently trending in the right direction after winning their fourth straight game on Friday night. It would take some late inning magic to pull off that fourth win, but in the end the Pirates would take down the Milwaukee Brewers by the final of 8-7.
Milwaukee would put four runs on the board in the third inning. Christian Yelich doubled to right center to drive home the first run. Raimel Tapia then scored on a fielder’s choice, which was followed up by a Rowdy Tellez single scoring Yelich. The final run came when William Contreras scored on a sac fly by Willy Adames.
Pittsburgh would get three of those runs back in the fourth. Andrew McCutchen scored that first run when he homered off the foul pole down the third base line. Two more runs scored on a Nick Gonzales double to right center. The Brewers added three more runs in the seventh and looked to put this game away.
The Pirates rally began when McCutchen singled home Tucupita Marcano in the seventh inning. In the eighth Jack Suwinski singled home Carlos Santana to cut the Milwaukee lead to two. McCutchen was at it again in the ninth with an RBI double. Santana then ended the game when he launched a two-run home run 433 ft. over the Clemente Wall.
Pittsburgh used a total of six pitchers on the night, they will need to get some length out of their starters so the bullpen can get some rest these next couple of days. Osvaldo Bido only pitched 3.1 innings before being lifted for Ryan Borucki. Bido allowed four runs on four hits with one walk. He had been pretty good in his previous starts, so hopefully he finds that success again. Carmen Mlodzinski worked the final two innings to earn his first win of his big-league career.
This was a great come from behind win that saw the veterans and newcomers contribute. It has also been good to see this offense come to life since returning to PNC Park on Tuesday. The Pirates will now look to win a second straight series tomorrow afternoon at 4:05pm. Johan Oviedo gets the nod for Pittsburgh, Corbin Burns will go for the Brewers
Record vs. Brewers: 1-3
Record vs. N.L. Central: 11-13
Record at Home: 22-19
Overall Record: 39-42
Let’s Go Bucs!