After two fairly disappointing two game series’ against the Detroit Tigers, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally found a way to bounce back against the Milwaukee Brewers, but it didn’t come without its own issues.
Friday night was a very sub par performance for the Pirates. Jeff Locke seemed to walk the lead-off batter every single inning, and his final line was certainty nothing to write home about.
Once Jeff Locke was taken out of the game, Ryan Braun really took over the game for the Brewers. With a three run lead in the top of the sixth inning and Kyle Lobstein on the mound for the Bucs, Braun launched a two-run home run off of the big green wall in center field. Then again in the eight inning, Braun launched another huge home-run off of Neftali Feliz to put the game out of reach.
Before Braun’s eighth inning home run, the Pirates had a great seventh inning thanks to a four run outburst that cut the Brewers’ lead to one. Unfortunately the Pirates couldn’t get any more runs as the Pirates fell 8-4 in the opening game of the series against the Brewers.
Saturday was a much better day for the Pirates, as they came out and shut out the Brewers with a 5-0 win. Jonathan Niese had an absolutely remarkable performance on the bump as he went 7 innings with only 3 walks and 3 hits allowed, and obviously 0 runs allowed.
Andrew McCutchen put his first home run of the season out of the way with a rope in the 5th inning. Josh Harrison also added his first triple of the season that really sparked the Pirates offense, along with quality doubles by Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer.
Gregory Polanco didn’t record a single hit in the game, but even his outs were productive, as he recorded his sixth RBI of the season.
Watson and Melancon closed the door on the Brewers with two quality innings for both men, with neither of them giving up a single hit.
You know the term “look good, feel good, play good”? Well, the Pirates certainly looked good on Sunday in the 1970’s throwback uniforms, they looked like they felt good, and they definitely played “good”, or well, to be grammatically correct.
Behind the arm of Juan Nicasio, the Pirates went on an offensive explosion with a 9-3 victory over the Brewers to wrap up the three game series. Nicasio had a decent line of six innings pitched while surrendering three earned runs on five hits and two walks. It wasn’t the best pitching performance Nicasio has given the Pirates, but it certainly didn’t need to be with the offensive explosion.
Behind Andrew McCutchen’s second home run of the season, the Pirates put up nine runs to polish off a decent series. Sean Rodriguez added his first home run of the season with a two run blast in the bottom of the eight inning.
Gregory Polanco had a phenomenal game as he went 3-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a double.
The only issue offensively on Sunday was the number of runners left in scoring position. McCutchen left three runners in scoring position which is unacceptable, but luckily it didn’t come back the haunt the Bucs in this game specifically.
The Pirates begin a road trip tonight, starting with a series against the San Diego Padres.
The Burgh Blog Writer