8-3-21 – By Gary Morgan @garymo2007 on Twitter
The beauty of baseball is how often it just makes no sense at all.
You know, I’m watching this game and the Pirates had baserunners, and even genuine chances. Enough that I took to twitter to complain that yet again they had a runner at third with nobody out and couldn’t drive him home.
Somewhere along the way after watching Max Kranick miss location on his fastball and breaking stuff a few too many times to call it ok, and Duane Underwood allow a run in his two innings of relief I looked up and realized, hey, the Pirates are being no hit here.
Just as quickly I noticed Adrian Houser was up over 100 pitches through 6. The Brewers sent him out one more time and he walked the leadoff guy which got him lifted. His fifth walk of the evening, which led to his only charged run.
Daniel Norris would not present much resistance as the Bucs scored 5 runs in all off he and John Cutlass to take a one run lead.
Reynolds pinch hit with the bases loaded and scorched a ball to short that was mishandled, mangled really by Willy Adames scoring a run and keeping the bases loaded for Hoy Park.
Not too shabby.
The next inning the Brewers would tie the score at 5 off of Chasen Shreve and we headed to the 8th. Brewers with a thin bullpen sent Angel Perdomo to the mound, he would surrender two hits to Gamel and Nogowski to put runners at the corners and they went to Miguel Sanchez to try to preserve the tie with Newman at the plate. Newman drove one to, eh, fairly deep ish right field and for some reason they didn’t send Gamel. I think I would have, but it would have been close and Garcia has a cannon.
Tie Game, Bottom 8th, which Chris Stratton shut down.
Devin Williams got the party started in the 9th. A walk to Polanco was all he would surrender.
The Bottom of the 9th went to David Bednar trying to force extra frames.
He did it, thanks to Gregory Polanco.
In the top of the 10 Ke’Bryan Hayes started at second, moved to third with one out, then two outs and guess who, Gregory Polanco with a drippler base hit to score the run 6-5 Bucs.
The Bucs would load the bases and bring Bryan Reynolds who didn’t start the game up for his third at bat. He would deliver with a two run single to go up 3 in the 10th. 8-5.
Bednar would stay in the game in the 10th. And 2 innings, 2 zeros, 26 pitches.
Bucs win 8-5.
Steven Brault is back tomorrow facing Freddy Peralta at 2:10 in Milwaukee.
News & Notes
- Gregory Polanco had two more stolen bases tonight, he is now 13 for 13. Craziest thing really.
- I know this is going to be countered with comments on his defense, but Gregory Polanco has been good offensively since returning from the IL. Tonight he was 2 for 3 with 3 walks and 2 stolen bases.
- Kevin Newman was 2 for 5, he continues to trend up with the bat.
- Ke’Bryan Hayes continues to struggle. 0 for 5 tonight and he’s getting to the point I might see if putting Castro at 3rd for a game or two and giving him a chance to work on some things might be in order. He’s getting hits, and I’m not panicking about him, but the way they do things he’ll get a day off soon anyhow, make it two. He’s not missing by much, but it’s been a long time since he’s had a meaningful hit.
- David Bednar pitched the 9th and 10th to finish this one out.
- Up until tonight, after leading by 4 the Brewers have won 50 straight games. Wow what an incredible stat that is and a testament to their pitching staff