Pittsburgh Pirates Complete Unlikely Sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 04: Michael Chavis #2 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts with Mitch Keller #23 after a walk-off 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on August 4, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 04: Michael Chavis #2 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts with Mitch Keller #23 after a walk-off 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at PNC Park on August 4, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 04: Zach Thompson #39 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on August 4, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 04: Zach Thompson #39 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on August 4, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

Pittsburgh Pirates outlast strong starting pitching trio of the Brewers

Milwaukee threw one of the best starting pitching trios that any team in baseball can in this series. Tuesday night saw defending Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes toe the rubber for the Brew Crew. Wednesday night was former All-Star Freddy Peralta, and then another former All-Star, Brandon Woodruff, started on Thursday.

Opposing this strong trio of Milwaukee’s was, well, a not so stellar trio. Bryse Wilson started for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, Wednesday saw Tyler Beede serve as an opener in a bullpen game, and Zach Thompson pitched on Thursday afternoon.

The discrepancy in starting pitching in this series is one of the biggest reasons why this series sweep was such a surprise. Honestly, it might be the single biggest reason the sweep came as such a surprise.

Wilson had the best outing of the three, pitching 5 cordless innings before allowing three solo home runs in the 6th inning. Wilson, Beede, and Thompson combined to allow 10 earned runs in 11 innings pitched.

Despite the struggles of the Pirate starters, the team was still able to sweep the series. A big reason was due to the offense making their starting pitchers work and knocking them out of the game early.

Burned pitched just 5.1 innings, Peralta lasted 3.2 innings, and even though Woodruff pitched into the 7th inning, the Pirates were able to get 3 runs off him after making him throw 95 pitches. It was an impressive, and unexpected, feat for this Pirate starting pitching trio to takedown the trio of the Brewers.

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