The Brewers have now dropped two in a row to the division rival Pittsburgh Pirates, on the heels of a walk-off solo home run from Bryan Reynolds. Freddy Peralta returned for the Crew and pitched in his first game back from injury. Tyler Beede got the start for Pittsburgh and had a rough outing, needing to be replaced early.
Milwaukee jumped out to a 1-0 lead off a Kolten Wong RBI single in the first. Hunter Renfroe walked to load the bases and create the threat of a bigger inning, but Luis Urias grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Peralta would then pitch a clean first inning in his return, allowing only one hit and getting three flyouts.
Beede would get beat up by the Brewers in the top of the second and needed to be pulled. Omar Narvaez and Tyrone Taylor led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and Christian Yelich grounded into a fielder’s choice to put runners at the corners. Willy Adames then hit a two-run double down the right field line to bring home Narvaez and Yelich. Dillon Peters was brought in to replace Beede and immediately allowed a single to Rowdy Tellez that scored Adames. Andrew McCutchen then doubled to left, but the Pirates were able to get out of the inning with Tellez and McCutchen stranded and the score at 4-0.
Pittsburgh was able to score in the bottom of the third when Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a two-run single to cut the lead to 4-2. The Pirates would completely close the gap later when Michael Chavis hit a double off Jake McGee in the bottom of the sixth that resulted in an error by Milwaukee. This allowed Oneil Cruz to score and Chavis to advance to third. Tucupita Marcano then singled to center, scoring Chavis and tying the game at 4-4.
The Pirates were able to tack on three more runs in the bottom of the seventh, this time off newcomer Matt Bush. Hayes hit a single to right to score Reynolds and Cruz followed that up with a two-run blast giving Pittsburgh a 7-4 advantage.
After three straight singles with two outs in the top of the eighth, the Brewers had the bases loaded. Adames hit a single to score both Victor Caratini — who replaced an injured Narvaez — and Taylor. Tellez then singled, scoring Yelich and tying the game back at seven apiece. New Brewer Taylor Rogers pitched a clean eighth inning and did his job. Devin Williams however, allowed a leadoff, walk-off, home run to Bryan Reynolds to ended the ballgame at 8-7.
The series wraps up Thursday as the Brewers hope to salvage the last game of the three-game set. Brandon Woodruff takes the hill against Zach Thompson for the Pirates. After Thursday’s game, the Brewers will travel back home and take on the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game series. The first pitch for Thursday’s game is at 11:35 CDT on Bally Sports Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ.