The Pirates had their chances to put runs on the board tonight, but were unable to as they fell on a walk off to the Milwaukee Brewers.
A.J. Burnett was the starter for the Pirates and pitched pretty well. He did not allow a hit through five innings and after walking Carlos Gomez in the fourth, he stole second and third and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Burnett was pulled after 6.2 innings of work and struck out nine, with five of those coming in a row. He allowed his second run on an RBI double to Gomez and was not helped out much by the offense.
Jared Hughes threw a third of an inning and Jason Grilli performed well in relief as well. Grilli let a runner reach second with nobody out in the bottom of the eighth, but was able to escape the inning with no damage. Joel Hanrahan pitched the bottom of the ninth and allowed a walk off home run to Corey Hart on the second pitch of the inning, giving Hanrahan his first loss of the season.
Pedro Alvarez hit a solo home run in the second inning but also missed out on a golden opportunity in the sixth. He was up with the bases loaded and two outs and after a ten pitch at bat, struck out looking. It wasn’t the only time that would happen to the Bucs though. Alex Presley came up in the top of the ninth in a tie game with the bases loaded. He took a ball from John Axford but then watched three straight strikes to end another bases loaded threat. Earlier in the game, Brock Holt made his major league debut walking on four pitches. He eventually came into score on a clutch Andrew McCutchen RBI single in the eighth inning.
The Pirates will try not to be swept tomorrow afternoon, with a 2:10 P.M. start.
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