After two days of offense, the bats fell asleep as the Brewers fell to the Pirates 5-1 today at Miller Park. The Brewers lone run came on a Keston Hiura RBI single in the third, which tied the score at one. Pittsburgh, though, scored four unanswered runs to claim their fifth win against Milwaukee this season. Of the Pirates 10 wins this season, half have come against the Brewers.
Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff gave up two home runs, allowed four runs, and struck out seven in five innings. After the game, Woodruff head home to Mississippi for the birth of his daughter. Alex Claudio gave up another run in relief, before Eric Yardley and J.P. Feyereisen finished up.
The Pirates took the lead in the second innings on a solo home run by Gregory Polanco. After the Brewers tied the score in third, Josh Bell hit a two-run home run that hit the Toyota truck in right center field. Of note, the Pirates were the team the Brewers were playing the last time the truck was hit: by Mike Moustakas last season.
The Brewers did not help their cause, leaving 13 men on base, an all-too-familiar stat that has followed the team all season. In addition to their inability to hit with runners on base, the Brewers, and viewers, were befuddled by an atrocious missed call that stood even after replay. When asked about it in the postgame press conference, Craig Counsell said he didn’t think the home plate umpire was really paying attention.
The Crew and Pirates will play the final game of the series tomorrow. It will also be their final game against each other this season. If the Brewers win, they will split the season series 5-5.