CM – In Pirates, trio of base-laden strolls turn the road loss into Brewers


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The Pittsburgh Pirates’ starter Chase De Jong marked his four walks in five innings on Friday as « definitely more than you’d ever want ».

Imagine what he thought when Clay Holmes got that – in just a third of an inning.

The Pirates’ normally reliable bullpen imploded during of a seventh six-step inning in which Holmes and Trevor Cahill gave three consecutive free passes with loaded bases, giving the Milwaukee Brewers a 7-4 home win on Friday.

« I just think we’ll be with ours tonight Command had to fight, « said Pirates manager Derek Shelton after the game. « Our bullpen has been so consistent and so good that (it happens) when they go on an outing like this. »

Milwaukee’s unlikely seventh with five runs, with a ball barely leaving the infield, was in stark contrast to one Pirate offensive that sparked a trio of laser beam home runs.

Another game in the life of the Pirates in 2021, who have had a losing streak of at least five games for the fourth time over the first 62 games of the season.

Ben Gamel, Gregory Polanco and Ke’Bryan Hayes had well-hit homers for the pirates. The Gamel and Polanco explosions came from Brandon Woodruff, who had the second-best allowed home run rate in MLB at 0.474 per nine innings. They were pulled deep to the right in the second and sixth innings with exit speeds of 103.5 and 109.2 mph.

Woodruff had the third best ERA (1.42) and the best WHIP (0.74) of the majors but he was largely stalemated by the unannounced De Jong.

De Jong made his third start for the Pirates since signing as a minor league free agent in the off-season and throwing 20 innings in Triple-A , and limited the Brewers to two runs on four hits in five innings.

« We threw a lot of good (fastballs), » said De Jong, referring to backup catcher Michael Perez, « but capable being able to hit the curveball early in the count with gloves on and then expand with it and get weaker contact as we could (Friday) was really why we were able to cover five and keep the team in the game. That was because I could command that breaking ball early and throw better ones later. ”

The biggest flaw on De Jong’s line was four walks. But Holmes would face over a span of seven strokes.

Shelton picked up left-handed Sam Howard after Howard withdrew each of the four thugs he came into play with in game six. It came Holmes, who hadn’t been charged with a deserved run in nearly two months that included 17 appearances and 17 innings. « He was really good for us, » said Shelton. « (Friday), he just didn’t have his best stuff and was out of the zone. »

Holmes couldn’t find the record and only threw 10 strokes under his 25 pitches (plus one deliberate walk). Two of these 10 strikes were hit for an infield single by Luis Urias and a strange two-run double by former NL MVP Christian Yelich.

Holmes could not only grab Yelich’s grounder to the left of the hill, and the ball also found its way through diving Pirates midfielders Erik Gonzalez and Adam Frazier. Yelich stormed into second place after Daniel Robertson and Urias met.

After a Holmes strikeout from Avisail Garcia and the deliberate walk by Omar Narvaez, the real fun began for Milwaukee.

Willy Adames went on four Pitches. Shelton called on Cahill to make his debut as a replacement for the Pirates – and Cahill promptly led Jace Peterson and Jackie Bradley to 7-2 Years ago, three consecutive base-laden walks.

The Pirates retreated in eighth for two runs when Gonzalez aboard Hayes hit one over the fence in fair territory for the fourth time in 10 games this season (although one (who he hit on Tuesday didn’t count as a home run when he was known to miss first base).

But Brewers’ Josh Hader was working around a pinch hit single by Bryan Reynolds in round ninth, around his 15th . Save.

Chris Adamski is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or on Twitter.

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