The Pittsburgh Pirates took game two of their four game series in Milwaukee on Friday night. The Pirates now lead this four game series two games to none.
Maybe just maybe the Pittsburgh Pirates are figuring out the house of horrors. Despite having lost nine in a row, and 64 of their last 81, at Miller Park in Milwaukee the Pirates have taken the first two games of their four game series in Milwaukee. With their win Friday night, the Pirates are now 65-61 on the season.
This was a big win for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins, and New York Mets all won tonight as well. So with the win the Pirates remain one game ahead of the Mets, one behind the Marlins, and two and a half behind the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card race.
The Pittsburgh Pirates did their damage in the sixth inning. Entering the sixth inning the game was tied at zero. However, that would quickly change.
The Pirates first got a run on a RBI double by Starling Marte that plated Andrew McCutchen. Then after an intentional walk to Francsico Cervelli, Jordy Mercer stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. Mercer then smashed a Matt Garza pitch over the left field wall for his first career grand slam.
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Mercer’s grand slam gave the Pirates a 5-0 lead. And this would prove to be a lead that the Pirates would not give up. Even though the Brewers would come back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth, the Mercer grand slam proved to be enough.
The Pirates got another strong start from Ryan Vogelsong. Vogey pitched 5 1/3 innings, and allowed just two runs. And those two runs came after he was out of the game.
Jared Hughes took over for Vogelsong in the top of the sixth, and his season long struggles continued. Hughes gave up a three-run home run to Orlando Arcia, with two of the runs being charged to Vogelsong. After this though, the bullpen would dominate.
Antonio Bastardo got the final out of the sixth inning. And with his outing tonight, left-handed hitters are now 0-for-13 against Antonio Bastardo since he returned to the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 1st. Felipe Rivero threw a 1-2-3 seventh inning, and then Neftali Feliz shut the Brewers down in the eighth inning.
Tony Watson ran into some trouble in the ninth inning. However, he would pitch around the trouble. With men on second and third with two outs, Watson was able to get Domingo Santana to pop out to Josh Harrison to end the game.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have now won two in a row at Miller Park, yay! While this is great news, the Pirates still have work to do. Largely due to a 1-5 home stand this past week, the Bucs are still two and a half games out of a postseason spot. However, the Pirates have a game in hand with the Cardinals and six games remaining with them.