The Milwaukee Brewers fought the Pittsburgh Pirates to a hard-earned 12-10 extra-inning victory at PNC Park. The game was filled with ups and downs, from clutch hits to defensive miscues, on both sides. Most importantly, Milwaukee came out on top.
The Milwaukee Nine took an early 5-0 lead. Super human being Christian Yelich started it off with an RBI triple and came in to score on a Ryan Braun groundout. Oralndo Arcia would hit his first of two homers in the second and Mike Moustakas smacked one of his own in the third. The offensive onslaught chase Pittsburgh starter Nick Kingham after three innings.
Brandon Woodruff was rolling coming into the game, going 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA in five games in May, but his first start of June would be one to forget. In the third inning, Keston Hiura botched a double play attempt that would have ended the inning cleanly. That opened the door for the Pirates to drive in four runs with two outs. The Bucs chased Woody in the fifth with a game-tying RBI single, then Junior Guerra allowed a two-run homer to Jose Osuna. The deep bomb put Pittsburgh up 7-5.
Defensive miscues would cost the Pirates the lead in the top of the sixth. Pittsburgh dropped a pop foul in third base that gave Yelich the opportunity to his a three-run homer, giving the Brew City Nine an 8-7 lead.
The rest of the game seemed simple enough, get to the eighth with the lead, give Hader the ball if needed. Unfortunately, Josh Hader couldn’t close this one out and would suffer his first blown save of 2019. Hader replaced Jeffress who had put two men aboard. He then allowed a three-run homer to Starling Marte, giving back a 10-8 lead to Pittsburgh.
One of baseball’s best closers, Felipe Vazquez, came on for the save. He’d hit Moustakas with a 101 mph pitch to the hand, putting a runner on with no outs. Two batters later, Keston Hiura and hit a deep home run to left field, tying the game at 10 a piece. Bad news from that innin though, Moose had to leave the game due to a bruised hand. No word on how long he might be out with that injury.
Brewers relievers would navigate through the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th cleanly. In the top of the 13th, Hernan Perez doubled with two men out, allowing Orlando Arcia the chance to win the game. Arcia would end up saving the day with a two-run homer, his second bomb of the day and the first multi-homer game of his career. Adrian Houser pitched his second clean inning in the bottom half, and the Menomonee Valley Nine would end the day tired, but happy.
Fun fact of the day: out of Milwaukee’s last five Saturday games, four have gone to extra innings.
Brewers’ last five Saturdays:— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) June 2, 2019
5/4 vs Mets: 18 inn. (5:22)
5/11 at Cubs: 15 inn. (4:56)
5/18 at Braves: 10 inn. (3:34)
5/25 vs Phillies: 9 inn!!! (2:52)
6/1 at Pirates: ❓
Zach Davies (5-0, 2.19 ERA) takes the ball for Milwaukee tomorrow at PNC Park. He’ll go up against #OldFriend Jordan Lyles (5-2, 3.09 ERA) at 12:35 p.m. Go Brewers!