PITTSBURGH. Milwaukee Brewers Insist They’re Not Suffering Josh Hader Hangover.
Although it sure looks like it.
Brian Reynolds rushed home on a wild field with one strikeout in the 10th inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 victory to complete a three-game win over Milwaukee.
Reynolds led the bottom of 10th, equalizing with a double right hand from rookie Tucupita Maracano. Reynolds came in third with the ball from the right Ke’Bryan Hayes and scored as the Milwaukee pitcher pitched the ball 0-2. Matt Bush (2-2) missed by catcher Victor Karatini.
“I’m trying to hide it, but obviously not that much,” Bush said. “It just kind of got away from me.”
The Brewers have fallen to 0-3 since trading Hader, their four-time All-Star, to San Diego on Monday. Milwaukee failed to hold the lead in all three games at PNC Park, although as a starter Brandon Woodruff downplayed the idea that Hader’s departure played a role in him being cleared at PNC Park for the first time in two years.
“When you come to the baseball field, no matter who’s in that room, that’s our team, and we have a damn good team,” Woodruff said. “We’re here for each other, we’re going to play for each other, and there’s nothing we can do (who’s in the room and who’s not) but go out and do our job.”
Left back Ben Gamel then made a diving capture of a sinking liner Hunter Renfro to avoid further damage, and the Pirates responded late in the inning behind Reynolds, who hit a home run in the bottom of ninth in Wednesday’s 8–7 win.
“That says a lot about this team and how close we really are to being contenders,” Pittsburgh first baseman said. Michael Chavis. “We have several influential players. You will catch us on the right day, and everything will fall into place.”
Reynolds, Hamel, Maracano and catcher Jason Delay had two hits each for Pittsburgh. The victory ended a six-inning losing streak for the Pirates. Pittsburgh won three games in a row after seven games that saw the club briefly drop to last in the NL Central.
“I don’t think we’ve covered them since I was at the top,” said Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, who made his major league debut in September 2020. “We are moving in the right direction.”
Pittsburgh trailed 3-1 in the seventh, but trailed even RBI singles from Maracano and Gamel, the last to face the pitcher. Brad Boxberger this allowed Delay to score after Boxberger came out with two points and one strikeout in the seventh. Although Boxberger was not charged with the run, he symbolized how the Milwaukee bullpen struggled during the series. Brewers’ pitchers were charged with nine runs over three games.
Mike Brousseau hit a two-run home run for Milwaukee and Caratini added his seventh, but the Pirates also hit a couple of wild field runs, including the winning one.
The Brewers played the last 3 1/2 innings without stars. Christian Yelich and manager Craig Counsell. Both were thrown out late in the seventh round for arguing about balls and strikes with home plate umpire Jerry Mills after Yelich cleared the ball in an attempt to end the start of the half.
HAYES SAVE THE DAY
The Brewers loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Hayes ended the threat with a backhand on the sharp Grounder with a pinch-hitter. Tyrone Taylor. Hayes got up, touched third, and then threw a shot to first, one step ahead of Taylor.
Hayes said that before the pitch, he headed to the third base line, expecting Taylor to retrieve the ball. When Taylor ripped one of them, Hayes was right there.
“I was able to get to him and then put a glove on him,” Hayes said. “It was like between the edge (of the grass) and the mud. Luckily, it didn’t bother me too much. I was able to knock him down and play.”
Brewers: Seat C Omar Narvaez on the 10-day injury list with a left quadriceps sprain. Narvaez tensed his muscles as he rounded third base after hitting Willie Adams on Wednesday. Remembered C Mario Feliciano from Triple-A Nashville to replace Narvaez.
Pirates: seat C Tyler Hyneman (right groin deformity) on the 10-Day Injury List and LHP Dillon Peters (inflammation of the left elbow) on the 15-day casualty list. Called C Taylor Davis and LHP Eric Stout from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Brewers: Start with a five-game home game Friday night when they open a three-game set against Cincinnati. Eric Lauer (7-3, 3.75 ERA) will face Robert Dugger (0-0, 4.50) in the first leg.
Pirates: Start a 10-day, three-city trip on Friday when they visit Baltimore.