Brewers 0, Pirates 5
The Brewer bats went cold as they once again failed to go over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2014 season. They managed just 3 hits against the Pirates and did not score. Taylor Jungmann gave up 4 runs in 6 innings and striking out 6. Jon Niese had a much better game, going seven shutout innings. The two teams will face each other again on Sunday after splitting the first two games.
Taylor Jungmann and the Brewers came into the second game of the series looking to continue their dominance over the Pirates. The Pirates countered with Jon Niese in their effort to contain the Brewers.
Jungmann hit Starling Marte to lead off the bottom of the second, but got out of it with a pair of strikeouts and a ground out to short.
Jungmann got into trouble by walking with one out and John Jaso got the first Pirate hit. Andrew McCutchen battled to a full count, but Jungmann finally got him on strikes, bringing up David Freese. Freese drove one to right field, but Santana was right there to record the third out. After three innings, it was still scoreless.
Marte led off the bottom of the fourth by smashing a double down the left field line. Francisco Cervelli advanced Marte to third with an infield single. Gregory Polanco hit a soft ground ball to drive in Marte and move Cervelli to second with one out. Josh Harrison drove Cervelli in with a triple to right field. Jordy Mercer hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0. Jungmann finally got Niese to fly out to left to end the inning.
Andrew McCutchen hit a one-out home run, his first of the season, to give the Pirates a 4-0 lead. Jungmann got out the inning with no further damage, but the Brewers were running out of time.
Mercer led off the seventh with a double off of Brewer reliever Carlos Torres. After a strikeout, Torres walked Jaso and McCutchen to load the bases with one out, but he got out of it with a double play ground ball. The Pirates led after seven innings, 4-0.
Colin Walsh led off the eighth with a walk. After a Santana strikeout, Villar drew a walk to put runners on first and second with one out and Ryan Braun coming to the plate, but the Pirates turned yet another double play, their 18th of the young season, to end the inning.
Cervelli and Polanco drew one-out walks against Brewer reliever Sam Freeman, bringing up Harrison. Harrison hit the ball up the middle and drove in Cervelli. Mercer drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Freeman got out of the inning with a strikeout and a fly out, but the Pirates had a 5-0 lead going into the ninth inning.
Mark Melancon came in to close the game for the Pirates and made quick work of the Brewers. The Brewers have had 5 opportunities to go over .500 on the season and have failed each time.
Zach Davies joined the team in Pittsburgh in preparation for his start in the series finale. Scuffling center fielder Keon Broxton is being sent to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to make room for Davies.
|Record for the Week||2-3||0-1|
|Record for the Month||5-6||1-2|
|Record for the Year||5-6||1-2|
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