Bolstered by early power and a stellar Adrian Houser pitching performance, Friday’s 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates was smooth sailing for the Crew.
It was, fittingly, human flint Willy Adames, who put the Brewers on the board first with a solo homerun with two outs in the first inning to left center field. Adames crushed a 430 feet homer on his first swing of the game.
WRC 135+ hitting Jace Peterson tacked on another run in the second with another long homer that traveled an estimated 450 feet and 108.6 mph to the center field batter’s eye.
Jackie Bradley Jr. decided there weren’t enough solo homeruns to center and smacked his own off the center field fence and into the Brewer’s bullpen to bring the Brewers up 3-0.
The Brewer offense cooled from the third to sixth innings, but Adrian Houser protected the lead with a gem, inducing groundballs, and for the most part, shutting the Pirates down. The Bucs were able to piece together a run on a double-bunt-run scoring groundout, but that was the extent of the damage Houser allowed. Backed up by the formidable Brewer defense, he went 6.2 innings, allowed only four hits and 1 run, walked two, and struck out five.
The Crew extended their lead in the sixth after Tyrone Taylor hit a triple that scored Christian Yelich and Willy Adames, both of whom reached on singles to open the inning.
Taylor would get stranded at third in the sixth but turn on the wheels to score from first on a Keston Hiura single in the ninth after leading off the inning with a walk. Hiura would score after beating a throw and a challenge while stealing third, and then score on a wild pitch to bring the Brewers up 7-2.
In relief, Brent Suter gave up a home run, but had plenty of cushion to get the Brewers through the eighth inning. Hunter Strickland allowed a walk but otherwise closed the door on the Pirates in the ninth.
The Brewers look to extend their streak tomorrow. They face the Pirates at PNC Park at 3:05 CT.