Despite an early two-run lead, the Milwaukee Brewers three-series win streak was snapped on Sunday by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fortunately, the Cubs, Cardinals, and Reds all also lost. The Brewers remain second in the NL Central standings, just one game behind the Reds.
A Back-And-Forth Affair
The Milwaukee Brewers took the early lead in this game with two runs in the first inning. Daniel Vogelbach hit his first homerun of the season, a solo shot, in the bottom of the first. Avisail Garcia followed with a single, and later scored after a Travis Shaw RBI double.
Daniel Vogelbach hits a solo shot (1) to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead.
— MLB Updates (@MLBNews1234) April 18, 2021
The Pirates took the lead in the top of the third inning when Colin Moran hit a three-run home run off of Freddy Peralta. It was the first time Peralta gave up a home run all season. The Brewers’ fifth starter finished with five innings pitched, allowed three hits, three runs, and three walks while striking out seven. He received a no-decision in the Brewers’ loss.
Avisail Garcia tied the game with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the third. The Pirates jumped back in front by two when Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run home run off of reliever Brad Boxberger in the top of the seventh inning. Again, the Brewers tied the score in the bottom of the inning. After Jackie Bradley Jr. reached on a bunt single, Vogelbach smacked his second home run of the game to tie the score at five runs apiece.
Is it just me or Wisconsin baseball fans irrationally love when Daniel Vogelbach does something big because he just feels like one of us. pic.twitter.com/e31lvGjbQr
— Scott Grodsky (@ScottGrodsky) April 18, 2021
The 10th Inning
The Brewers used both Devin Williams and Josh Hader to keep to the Pirates scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings. JP Feyereisen was brought in for the 10th. Under Major League Baseball’s new extra inning rules, the Pirates came to bat with a runner on second. Colin Moran led off with a double to score the runner, making the score 6-5. Feyereisen retired the next two Pirates hitters, walked one, and then got a strikeout to end the frame.
The Brewers’ half of the tenth started with Jackie Bradley Jr. on second, under the new rules. Daniel Vogelbach and Avisail Garcia each flew out, but for some reason JBJ did not tag up from second on either flyout. Travis Shaw struck out to end the game.
- Jackie Bradley Jr. is on a eight-game hitting streak
- Freddy Peralta’s ERA rose to 2.00
- The Brewers were 0/8 with runners in scoring position
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