Pirates Fall 4-2 in Series Finale

The Bucs dropped their second straight game in Milwaukee today to split the four-game series. The pitching was OK but the bats could not come through. The team had many opportunities to drive in runs but failed. The Pirates also ran into outs as Josh Harrison was thrown out trying to steal third. The team had a great opportunity to pick up some games on first place Milwaukee, but failed to do so. 

The bats struggled in the series finale and not much offense was generated. Gregory Polanco hit his fifth home run of the season in the 4th inning for the Pirates second run, and Josh Bell drove in the first Pirate run in the 1st inning by singling in Josh Harrison. Polanco picked up another hit in the game along with Adam Frazier‘s pinch-hit single. Ivan Nova started and again pitched seven innings giving up 11 hits, four runs, two walks and striking out five.

The Brewers offense showed up today scoring four to lead the charge. Eric Sogard and Travis Shaw both recorded three hits and Shaw drove in three runs including a home run. Eric Thames also drove in a run for Milwaukee. Chase Anderson pitched very well going six innings giving up two runs, two walks while striking out seven batters. The Brewers showed up at key times to increase their lead on the Pirates in the NL Central by six games.

The Pirates travel to St. Louis on Friday to play the Cardinals at 8:15 PM. Jameson Taillon will start for the Bucs against St. Louis right hander Adam Wainwright.

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