Pittsburgh Pirates’ series takeaways vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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Jul 17, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton (50) is patted by Jordy Mercer (10) before being relieved in the seventh inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The Brewers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Game One: Charlie Morton (6-2, 4.15 ERA) vs. Mike Fiers (4-7, 3.96 ERA)

Result: Pirates lose 4-1

Winning Pitcher: Mike Fiers (5-7, 3.79 ERA)

Losing Pitcher: Charlie Morton (6-3, 4.34 ERA)

Save: Francisco Rodriguez (20, 1.36 ERA)

  • What went right:
    • Charlie Morton had a fairly solid start, though he probably stayed in about an inning too long. He went six innings, gave up four runs on five hits and struck out two.
    • Gregory Polanco had a hit from the lead-off spot and went 1-4 with a single.
    • Jung-Ho Kang pretty much was the offense, as he went 1-3 with a home run and a run scored.
    • Starling Marte stole second base.
  • What went wrong:
    • Mike Fiers had a very good game, going seven innings, giving up one run on three hits.
    • The Pirates went 0-7 with runners in scoring position.
    • Pedro Alvarez had yet another fielding error.
    • Gerardo Parra had a big game from the lead-off spot, going 2-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Pirates came out flat out of the All Star Break in game one of the series. They looked to rebound in game two against Jimmy Nelson.

Next: Vance Worley vs. Jimmy Nelson