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Brewers fall to Pirates 6-3

Bats continue to slumber with...well, most of the time

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates
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WP: Jameson Taillon (6-7); LP: Wade Miley (1-1); Save: Felipe Vazquez (21); Homeruns: Mil - Jesus Aguilar (24); Pit - none

look at this Box Score at your own risk

Jameson Taillon dominated Milwaukee Brewer (55-39) bats tonight at PNC Park in Pittsburgh as the Pirates (44-49) won easily 6-3. The Brewers picked up two ninth inning runs with the help of a Pirate error but Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vazquez got a double play off of the bat of Jesus Aguilar to end the game.

Aguilar did provide Milwaukee’s first run, a one-out homerun in the top of the fourth that momentarily tied things up at one apiece. Jesus ripped his league leading 24th tater over the 410’ sign in left center off of a hanging slider from Taillon. The Brewers also put their first two runners on in the top of the fifth after the Pirates took a 2-1 lead, at first and third, but the Brewers elected to go with starting pitcher Wade Miley (at 78 pitches in his first start off of the disabled list), who struck out, and then Taillon also struck out Eric Thames and Lorenzo Cain to end the inning.

Taillon worked six innings with four hits allowed, the one earned run, walking two and striking out ten. With thirteen strikeouts, the Brewers have now struck out thirty times over the past two games.

Miley made it through five innings with four hits and five walks allowed, but held the Pirates to two runs. He struck out five. Adrian Houser went two innings and gave up four more runs,(all earned) on five hits and three walks, with three runs in the sixth.

Michael Feliz started the ninth inning against the Brewers and only lasted a third of an inning, allowing two hits and a walk, with an error by Jordy Mercer contributing an unearned run. Vazquez came in with a save now available and gave up an RBI hit to Christian Yelich, but then go the double play from Aguilar.

The two Pirate runs off of Miley came on two out RBI singles by Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer, the eighth hitter in the line-up. The fourth inning run resulted from two two out walks and then a line drive single that went off of the glove of Milwaukee shortstop Tyler Saladino.

Game Notes:

  • Tyler Saladino had two errors at shortstop tonight.
  • Alec Asher had a 1-2-3 eighth after getting called up today.
  • Erik Kratz had two hits, the only Brewer with more than one, and his first career stolen base.
  • Somebody besides Jesus Aguilar has to start getting clutch hits.
  • The Cubs had an off day, so the Brewers’ lead is down to one game.

Game two of the five game set will be Friday night. Junior Guerra (6-5, 2.70) looks to halt Milwaukee’s two game losing streak. He will be face by Nick Kingham (3-4, 4.26).