After an ugly loss on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates suffered a tough loss on Saturday night. This was a back and forth game all night, that saw them with the lead in the bottom of the ninth. A two-run walk off home run by the Milwaukee Brewers sent Pittsburgh back to the clubhouse with a second straight loss at Miller Park.
The Pirates jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Josh Bell hit a sac fly to right to bring home Cole Tucker. Milwaukee bounced back in the bottom half of the inning when Christian Yelich crushed a solo homer to deep right field. The Brewers then took the lead in the second on a bases loaded walk drawn by Luis Urias.
Jacob Stallings kept swinging a hot bat in the third when he brought Tucker around to score with a double to deep right centerfield to tie the game at two. In the fifth the Buccos were able to grab a two-run lead. It started on a Kevin Newman sac fly to center that plated Erik Gonzalez. The second run of the inning occurred on a 402ft. homer by Josh Bell to deep left centerfield.
JT Brubaker started for Pittsburgh and worked five innings, while allowing two runs on three hits with six strikeouts and three walks. The Brewers countered with Brett Anderson. Anderson also pitched five innings and allowed four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts. After that it was up to the bullpens to try and hold things down for their respective teams.
In the seventh Orlando Arcia hit a solo homer to get Milwaukee back within a run. They would take the lead an inning later on an Avisail Garcia double to left to bring home Yelich and Keston Hiura. The usually reliable Josh Hader came on for the Brewers in the ninth to pick up a save. He would walk five batters, with walks to Stallings and Adam Frazier with the bases loaded to give the Pirates a one run lead.
Richard Rodriguez looked to earn the save for the Buccos in the bottom part of the ninth. With a one run lead he would walk the lead off batter and then give up a walk off two run home run to Eric Sogard to lock up a 7-6 Milwaukee victory.
Another day, another loss for Pittsburgh. This one was tougher for fans to swallow because of the amount of times the Pirates held the lead. With this being a four-game series the Buccos will now need to win on Sunday and Monday to salvage a split.
Record vs. Brewers: 4-4
Record vs. N.L. Central: 8-10
Record on the Road: 4-12
Overall Record: 9-21
Let’s Go Bucs!