With confidence in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen fading, Geoff Hartlib and Nick Burdi stepped to the mound on Tuesday night and expected an 8-6 win against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park.
Both pitches recorded the first, helping the Pirates recover from a 6–2 deficit they faced in the seventh inning. Hartleb won after two scoreless innings and a 1-2-3 ninth with Burdee (thanks to a game-ending double play).
“Yes, it’s good for him,” manager Derek Shelton said of Burari, who suffered severe nerve damage last season and spent most of the time in 2019 from surgery. “Anytime you can get the last three outs of a game, and you learn to get the last three outs of a game, this is an important step.”
Hartleb was summoned from the satellite camp of the Pirates from Altoon, the day before relievers Clay Holmes and Kyle Crick were put on the injured list.
“Not the easiest situation,” Shelton said, “when you drive in a car and you put in the heart of that game and you go back to the eighth (for his second innings) and do what he did. did.
“First big league win.” I mean, I experienced that a few days ago. It is a good experience. It is fun to be able to congratulate a man on his first big league win. ”
This would not have been possible without a timely display of power by second baseman Adam Frazier, who broke a 6-6 tie in the eighth inning with a two-run homer in the Wrightfield Bleakers.
It was a welcome scene for a team that struggled collectively at the plate after a 1-3 start to the season.
“The first ball I have played all year. It felt very good, ”said Frazier, who came into the game with two hits (solo) from 16 batters.
“Hopefully, we can all pick it up here soon. Each of us was pressing very hard. If you forget how to do something, you are trying to make the pitcher come to you and do it instead of being aggressive. ”
The game also includes first fees for Cole Tucker, who debuted at Wrightfield and Brian Reynolds, who was hitless (0 for 13) in the first four games. Tucker scored four runs in the seventh and doubled ahead of Frazier’s blast. Reynolds was 2 for 4 with a single in the two-run second.
Reynolds said, “Yes, I was sweating it, but I still believed that I would get another hit on some other occasion.”
Reynolds ‘biggest play, however, was Ryan Braun’s double play in the eighth inning and a throw to home plate for one of the Pirates’ two outfield. Guillermo Heredia got second, Orlando Archaea got third base. On both plays, the Pirates recorded a slick pick-up by third baseman Philip Evans and catcher John Ryan Murphy.
“Those two plays told me to keep at that ball game,” Frazier said, “and allow us to be at the end.”
The pitcher starting Derek Holland also recorded an assist, landing Avicel Garcia at first base in the second inning. But his best effort was allowing the Brewers only two hits. He gave up in a 2–2 tie after Keston Hiera’s homer in the sixth.
“Really good effort,” Shelton said of Holland, who scored five runs in 5 2/3 innings. “Honestly, he made a bad pitch.”
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