Remember the epic collapse of 2012? Yeah, well, this is worse
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers capped off their three-game series on Wednesday night. In the game, the Pirates post-break collapse continued. The Brewers were 8-3 victors, as the Brew Crew finished off the sweep of the Pirates.
With the loss, the Pirates are now a woeful 48-66 on the season. This includes being a miserable 4-21 since the All-Star Break. This is the type of slide that needs to result in people losing their jobs.
As the Pirate woes continued, the Brewers quickly grabbed a 2-0 lead.
With two outs in the 1st inning Mike Moustakas doubled and Keston Hiura took a Trevor Williams fastball to deep right center field. The two Pirate killers teamed up to quickly give the Crew a 2-0 lead.
Ryan Braun tripled to start the 2nd inning. He would then come around to score on a sacrifice fly, and the Brewers led 3-0. Their lead grew to 5-0 in the 3rd inning when Eric Thames singled in a pair.
Facing reliever Drew Pomeranz who started due to the messiness of the Brewer starting rotation, the Pirates got their first base runner in the 3rd inning. It came when Jacob Stallings launched a solo home run with one out in the inning. His 3rd long ball of the season made the score 5-1 Brewers.
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Hiura, who has quickly become a Pirate killer, was at it again in the 5th inning. With one out in the inning he slugged a solo home run off of Williams, making the score 6-1 Milwaukee.
This second blast gave Hiura his first career two home run game. It also gave the Brewer second baseman 5 home runs at PNC Park this season… Pirate second baseman have hit 3 home runs at PNC Park this year.
In 5 innings of work Williams allowed 6 runs on eight hits, two home runs, a walk, and just one strikeout. He also allowed a career high six extra base hits in the loss. Williams has now made eight starts since coming off the injured list. In these eight starts he has allowed 36 earned runs and 13 home runs in 45 2/3 innings of work. This comes out to a 7.09 ERA, which, it goes without saying, simply is not good enough. While the Pirates have nothing to play for in the final seven weeks of the season, one thing worth watching will be to see if Williams can get back on track before the end of the season.
With Williams day over, Parker Markel took over for the Bucs in the top of the 6th inning. Markel issued a walk, allowed an infield hit, and quickly found himself in trouble. After a passed ball moved the runners up, pinch hitter Lorenzo Cain fisted a 2-run single into right field. This made the score 8-1 Brewers.
Despite a Pablo Reyes error, Michael Feliz pitched a scoreless 7th inning. This included recording a pair of strikeouts. Feliz continues to quietly put together a fine season as a reliever for the Bucs.
Stallings good night at the plate continued when he walked in the 7th inning. After Kevin Newman reached on a two-out throwing error by Moustakas, Bryan Reynolds singled in Stallings to make the score 8-2 Brewers.
After Milwaukee made a pitching change, Starling Marte remained red hot by picking up his second hit of the game. This one drove in Newman and made the score 8-3.
The Pirates were retired in order in the 9th inning to end the game. The team is now 18 games under .500, which is the worst record they have had since the end of the 2011 season which was Clint Hurdle‘s first as manager. Hopefully, 2019 will prove to be his last.
After a day off on Thursday, the Pirates kick off a six-game road trip in St. Louis on Friday night. Chris Archer (5.35 ERA, 5.56 FIP) is scheduled to start for the Pirates, while Mike Shildt and the Cardinals currenlty plan to send Dakota Hudson (3.99 ERA, 5.37 FIP) to the mound.