The Milwaukee Brewers were victim to an extremely rare occurrence on Friday night: a bad Junior Guerra outing. The Milwaukee Brewers’ 2018 ace had been riding a three-game winning streak into today’s game, but a rough first innings was the ticket to defeat.
From the get-go, Guerra struggled against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Guerra allowed a lead off double to start the game, before eventually allowing back-to-back RBI singles that would give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
Guerra settled in for the second, but would allow two more runs to score in the third, putting Milwaukee down 5-1. Finally, the Brewers’ ace gave up a solo shot in the fourth to Gregory Polanco and that would end his night.
Recently promoted Brandon Woodruff took over and pitched three scoreless innings, but Milwaukee wouldn’t overcome the deficit its starter left it in. Woodruff also provided the Brewers’ offensive highlights with his first career homer, a solo shot in the sixth.
Aside from Woodruff, Travis Shaw would deliver a homer of his own in the seventh. That would bring the Crew back within three, but Jacob Barnes would allow a run of his own to score, putting Milwaukee out of reach.
Milwaukee plays a double header against Pittsburgh tomorrow. Chase Anderson (6-6, 3.81 ERA) takes on Ivan Nova (5-6, 4.50 ERA) in game one at 11:35 a.m. Brent Suter (8-5, 4.53 ERA) returns to Milwaukee for game two to face Clay Holmes (0-1, 7.11 ERA).