Pittsburgh took the lead early against Brewers’ starter Josh Lindblom. Colin Moran doubled against Lindblom with two outs and Adam Frazier scored from first. The tag at the plate was close, so Craig Counsell challenged, but the Umps upheld the play and Pittsburgh went up 1-0.
Things were quiet on both sides until the fourth inning. Jedd Gyorko followed up a Keston Hiura ground out with a solo homer to tie things up at 1-1. However, the Pirates answered back in the fourth with a two-run homer from Gregory Polanco.
Josh Lindblom was replaced by Brent Suter in the Brewers’ half of the fifth inning. Suter was immediately greeted by an Adam Frazier homer, giving Pittsburgh a 4-1 lead. Moran would double off Suter a couple batters later and come home on a Bryan Reynolds double.
Eric Yardley came on in the sixth and was welcomed with an error from second baseman Keston Hiura, allowing JT Riddle to reach. The next batter, Jacob Stallings, got to Yardley to extend Pittsburgh’s lead to 7-1.
Milwaukee wouldn’t go down without a fight. The Pirates sent Dovydas Neverauskas to the mound in the seventh inning. With two outs and two on, Keston Hiura hit his seventh homer of the season, putting the Brewers within three runs.
Unfortunately, it seemed like no Brewers pitcher could contain the Pirates’ offense. Angel Perdomo made his way to the mound and was one of many pitchers beat up by Carlos Moran, who hit a ground-rule double. Perdomo then walked two more batters, loading the bases. With two out and three on, the Brewers turned to Drew Rasmussen to get out of the inning but he wouldn’t finish the Pirates off either. Rasmussen walked in a run, then allowed a two-RBI single before a two-RBI double. Rasmussen finally got an out from Josh Bell to get out of the inning after five more runs came in to score.
The Brewers added one more run in the ninth inning, with Ryan Braun driving in Orlando Arcia with a ground-rule double, but couldn’t eke out any more offense. They fall to 11-14 and Pittsburgh goes to 6-17.
The teams finish the series tomorrow at 12:35 p.m. Corbin Burnes (0-0, 3.00 ERA) will take on JT Brubaker (0-0, 4.91 ERA).