The Bucs played a great game of baseball to finish off this homestand to sweep the Brewers. They took the game 4-2 thanks to good performances in all three phases of the game in a complete team effort. The atmosphere was electric and the fans want to see where this can go. The team went 6-1 on this latest homestand after the All-Star break.
The team received a 420ft blast from Gregory Polanco, his ninth of the season, in the 4th inning. Chris Stewart, Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison drove in the other three runs. Stewart had three hits and Josh Bell and Adam Frazier also collected a hit. Jameson Taillon went 5.1 innings giving up six hits, two runs, two walks and eight strikeouts. Taillon pitched a season-high 116 pitches in the game. Felipe Rivero collected the save with three groundball outs in the 9th inning.
Milwaukee kept the game close until the 5th inning. Manny Piña and Jonathan Villar both collected two hits. Brett Phillips and Orlando Arcia drove in the Brewers runs with Phillips’ hitting a ball down the right field corner. Jimmy Nelson started and went five innings giving up six hits, four runs, one walk while striking out five.
The win improves the Pirates to 48-48 as they hit the .500 mark for the first time since April 16.
The Pirates will travel to Colorado to face the Rockies at 8:40PM. Jeff Hoffman will face Trevor Williams in game one of this three-game series. This game kicks off a nine-game road trip to the west coast where they’ll face the Rockies, Giants and Padres leading up to the trade deadline.