Bucs Come Back Late To Win First Home Game

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After embarrassingly blowing a four-run lead and losing in extra innings last night. The Bucs looked to even their home opening series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Pittsburgh came back from a four-run deficit to win the game 8-6. They fought hard in the late innings to secure their first win at PNC.

Before the game, The Bucs placed relief pitchers Kyle Crick and Clay Holmes on the 10-day IL. Holmes is out with a forearm strain, while Crick is having shoulder problems. 

Derek Holland started his first Pirates game and threw 5.2 innings pitched, with five strikeouts and three walks. However, Holland did give up the game-tying home run in the top of the 6th inning. Holland was also the player who was ejected in Sunday’s game in St. Louis. 

The Scoring Begins

Neither team scored until the Bucs broke the tie, thanks to a Guillermo Heredia single to left that scored both Bryan Reynolds and Colin Moran. The Bucs took the lead in the top of the 4th, 2-0.

It wasn’t until the 6th that Milwaukee scored, but when Keston Huira came up with two outs, he blasted a two-run homer to tie the game 2-2.

Holland left the game after giving up the home run and the Pirates brought in Chris Stratton, who struck out the final batter of the inning. Having walked the first two batters, Derek Shelton made his call to the bullpen. Miguel Del Pozo entered the game with two on and no one out.

Del Pozo could not keep the game tied in the 7th; the Brewers scored with the bases loaded walk. Then Orlando Arcia drilled a double off the wall to take a 5-2 lead. Geoff Hartlieb came out of the bullpen after Del Pozo’s inability to throw strikes.

The top of the 7th ended, but not before the Brewers scored another run making it 6-2. 

The Comeback

Pittsburgh had a wild bottom of the 7th and found themselves tied again. After getting the bases loaded with no outs, they cut the lead to 6-3, thanks to a walk. With one out, Colin Moran reached first on a fielder’s choice that scored both Adam Frazier and John Ryan Murphy on a throwing error. The score was 6-5.

The tying run came off the bat of Phillip Evans, who dropped a double into left, scoring Kevin Newman.

Cole Tucker opened the bottom of the 8th with a double, and reached third on a sacrifice bunt by Murphy. Adam Frazier came up with one out and blasted a two-run homer for an 8-6 Bucs lead.

Nick Burdi earned his first Major League save as he shut the door on the Brewers in the 9th inning. Pittsburgh wins their first home game of 2020 on a huge comeback late in the game. The series comes to a close tomorrow night. 

Check out my series preview before game three to see who I have winning it all.

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