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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Aug 3, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Wil Crowe (29) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Wil Crowe (29) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Pirate bullpen out pitches Brewer bullpen

The Pirate bullpen has been one of the worst in the National League this season. This has led to them being a much maligned group. To the credit of the Pirate bullpen, they out pitched one of the best bullpens in the NL in this series.

Colin Holderman, Manny Bañuelos, Yerry De Los Santos, and Wil Crowe combined to strikeout six while issuing just one walk and allowing three hits in 3.2 scoreless innings pitched in Tuesday night’s victory.

Wednesday night De Los Santos allowed 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning pitched, but the rest of the bullpen picked him up by combining to pitch 7 scoreless innings in relief of Beede. Duane Underwood Jr. allowed the extra inning runner to score on Thursday, but that goes as an unearned run and was the only run allowed by the Pirate bullpen in 5.2 innings pitched.

Meanwhile, the much talked about Brewer bullpen allowed nine runs in 10 innings pitched. It was not a good first series for the new look, Josh Hader-less Brewer bullpen.

Adding to the impressive series for the bullpen is that they had two key relievers land on the IL during the series. All-Star David Bednar hit the IL on Wednesday, Dillon Peters joined him on Thursday. The rest of the bullpen stepped up and overcame this, including Yohan Ramirez and Eric Stout who were re-called to replace Bednar and Peters. Ramirez and Stout combined to strikeout four batters in 2.2 scoreless innings pitched Thursday afternoon.

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