Tuesday night’s game two of the Pirates and Brewers three game series at PNC Park, was more of the same from game one. The game began as a pitcher’s duel, and a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning once again broke a scoreless tie. Trevor Williams put together another nice start for the Pirates, even though he only lasted five innings in the ball game. It was Domingo Santana who hit the solo home run off Trevor Williams in the fourth inning, in a ball game that featured plenty of swings and misses generated by Williams’ pitches. With the season winding down for Trevor, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle pinch hit for him after he reached the 87 pitch mark to finish out the top of the fifth inning. Overall Williams did not have many difficult innings, as he put together five inning pitched, three hits allowed, one run, two walks and six strikeouts on the night. Williams would be relieved by Dovydas Nevauraskas, who pitched the sixth inning and recorded one out in the seventh inning before getting into trouble. Daniel Hudson got the final two outs in the seventh inning, and it was Edgar Santana who put a zero on the board in the eighth inning. George Kontos rounded out a strong night for the Pirates pitching staff, when he struck out Brett Phillips to help him get out of a jam of his own in the top of the ninth inning.
On the offensive side, the Pirates were shut out for a second straight night, while facing Brewers Ace Chase Anderson for the first six innings of the ball game. For a second straight night, the Pirates struck out 11 times, but this time around eight of them came against the Brewers starting pitcher. Starling Marte was the only Pirate to register a multi-hit game, as he went two for four on the night and helped set up the Pirates best scoring opportunity in the sixth inning. A lead off single by Adam Frazier, a throwing error by Chase Anderson and a bunt single by Starling Marte, put runners at the corners with nobody out for the middle of the Pirates batting order. Andrew McCutchen struck out, Josh Bell flew to short center field and Gregory Polanco popped out to the short stop to end the inning. The Pirates would have the lead off man reach base in the bottom of the eighth inning, but nothing amounted of that rally attempt as the next three hitters were all put out. The ninth inning was no better, as the Pirates went in order with two strike outs and a soft ground out from the middle of their order, on their way to being shut out for a second straight night.
The loss was the Pirates seventh straight, and it dropped the team to 68-84 on the season. The Brewers improved to 81-70 on the season, giving them a chance to move within one game of Colorado for the final wildcard berth in the National League. Tune in tomorrow night as the Pirates and Brewers wrap up this three game series, with Stephen Brault taking the mound for his third straight start, as he takes on Brewers rookie Aaron Wilkerson making his first MLB start.