In the final game of the home opening series, the Pirates struggled out of the gate. Last night, the Bucs were able to find some late game heroics to win their first home game.
However, tonight the Brewers’ pitching staff shut the Bucs down for the entire game. The Bucs’ had no answer for Milwaukee. They struck out 14 times and only had one hit.
Joe Musgrove had a bit of an interesting start; Musgrove pitched well, but gave up a lot of walks. He was also the victim of two home runs in the 3rd and 6th innings. Musgrove pitched 5.2 innings, earning eight strikeouts and dishing out three walks.
After removing Musgrove, Derek Shelton went to Dovydas Neverauskas to finish the 6th. Neverauskas did his job and came out undamaged. The Brewers led 3-0.
Robbie Erlin entered the game in the 7th in relief of Neverauskas. Although Erlin gave up a double with one out, he was able to get out of the jam with two strikeouts.
Brewers’ starter, Brandon Woodruff, pitched a one hit, 10-strikeout gem. Woodruff gave up only one hit in his 6.1 innings pitched.
Erlin was successful late in the game, pitching two scoreless innings for Pittsburgh. However, the Bucs’ bats still haven’t woken up yet.
Richard Rodriguez was called upon to get three outs in the top of the 9th. And he did just that, shutting down the Brewers 1-2-3. The Bucs’ pitching struck out 14 batters in the game.
Milwaukee’s pitching completely dominated the Bucs’ hitters. The Pirates only hit came in the 1st inning off of Phillip Evans. Pittsburgh looked lost in their final home game before going to Chicago. The Bucs don’t have an easy series coming up on Friday night when the face the Cubs who are 4-2.
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