The Brewers have now dropped two straight to the division rival Pittsburgh Pirates, on the back of a solo home run by Bryan Reynolds. Freddy Peralta returned for the Crew and played in his first game back from injury. Tyler Beede started for Pittsburgh, and had a rough outing, having to be replaced early.
Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead on a Kolten Wong RBI single. Renfroe then walked and the Crew loaded the bases early, but Urias grounded into a fielder’s choice that ended the offensive threat. Peralta would then pitch a clean first inning in his return, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
Beede would be hit by the Brewers in the top of the second and had to retire. Narvaez and Taylor led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and Yelich grounded into a fielder’s choice that ended with runners on the corners. Adames then hit a two-run double to bring home Narvaez and Yelich. Peters then entered for Pittsburgh and promptly allowed a single to Tellez that scored Adames. McCutchen then doubled to left, but the Pirates were able to get out of the game with runners stranded.
Pittsburgh was able to score in the bottom of the third when Hayes hit a two-run single that made it 4-2. The Pirates would tie the game late, however, when Michael Chavis hit a double off Jake McGee in the bottom of the sixth that resulted in a Milwaukee error. That allowed Cruz to score and Chavis to move to third. Marcano then singled to center, scoring Chavis and tying the game at 4-4.
The Pirates were able to tack on three more runs in the bottom of the seventh, this time behind newcomer Matt Bush. Hayes hit a single to right that scored Reynolds, and Cruz followed with a two-run blast to give Pittsburgh a 7-4 lead.
After three straight two-out singles, the Brewers had the bases loaded and Willy Adames hit a single that scored both Caratini and Taylor. Tellez then singled, scoring Yelich and tying the game at seven. New Brewer Taylor Rodgers pitched a clean eighth inning and did his job. Devin Williams, however, allowed a leadoff, walk-off home run to Bryan Reynolds that ended the game at 8-7.
The series ends Thursday where the Brewers hope to take the final game of the three-game bracket. Brandon Woodruff takes the mound against Zach Thompson for the Pirates. After Thursday’s game, the Brewers will return home to face the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game series. First pitch for Thursday’s game is at 11:35 a.m. CDT on Bally Sports Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ.