The Pirates bid for a sweep came up short Sunday afternoon as the Brewers defeated the Bucs 6-2 at PNC Park.
Tyler Glasnow came out after flipping the switch in his last start and pitched well, even went into the 7th inning before being lifted. Glasnow gave up four runs in 6.1 innings, but only three were earned and another run shouldn’t have counted had John Jaso not misplayed a ball in right field. All in all, Glasnow struck out six, walked two and is truly looking like an improved pitcher.
The good news, however, was that Glasnow pounded the strike zone going after hitters, kept his pitch count in a manageable range and kept his team in the game.
Down 4-2 in the top of the 9th inning, Jesus Aguilar and Eric Thames both went deep off Pirates reliever Johnny Barbato for solo shots to make it 6-2 Brewers and that would be your final score. Gregory Polanco went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks. The Pirates are hoping his bat is starting to heat up. Andrew McCutchen, Francisco Cervelli and Josh Harrison (though he pinch hit late) all had the day off.
The Pirates head west for their first West Coast trip of the season, starting the road trip in Los Angeles with a three-game series with the Dodgers.